The Security Industry Association (SIA) led a coalition of industry groups urging negotiators to accept a Senate-backed provision for tax reform to expand deductions under Section 179 of the IRS tax code, which empowers businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. The revised tax code permanently expands eligibility for deductions to fire protection, alarm, and security systems, along with other equipment, placed in service in 2018 and beyond.
Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) has executed a strategic agreement to supply its intelligent robotic solutions through Allied Universal Security Services. Allied Universal provides security service, systems, and solutions with over 150,000 security professionals to serve, secure, and care for people and businesses nationwide. RAD’s S5 Security Robots add significant benefits to the Allied Universal product and services portfolio by delivering a cost-effective solution to augment traditional guarding services. The robots will be leveraged to help Allied Universal customers supplement existing security professionals and improve safety, increase situational awareness and drive efficiency across the enterprise.
We recently discussed how casinos and gaming facilities are realizing the benefits of IP video to secure their facilities and meet gaming compliance regulations. Yet, there’s another reason why the migration from analog to IP video is taking place at such a rapid pace. As gaming facilities continue transitioning to full IP video systems to capitalize on the high-quality imaging they provide, they are also realizing other benefits that include the ability to centralize and manage surveillance operations more efficiently.
Siklu announced that its MultiHaul™ auto-aligned radios, were selected by the City of Wichita to provide the wireless connectivity for 72 fixed bullet, dome and PTZ cameras from Axis Communication which make up the surveillance network deployed in the city’s Old Town district.
NodeSource, the Node.js® company, and Sqreen, a SaaS security monitoring and protection solution, announced the results of a joint developer survey. The survey of nearly 300 CTOs, CIOs and developers revealed that, while the developer community fully understands the risks of operating in the open internet and the complexities of building reliable, secure code, developers are not taking advantage of tools that can identify and mitigate threats.
One of the major challenges that comes with cloud computing, especially for security professionals, is protecting sensitive data that’s stored in the cloud. Consideration also has to be given to various regulatory compliance requirements that have to be met. The most common way to secure this data is via encryption, but the question arises as to who should be responsible for maintaining the encryption keys. With SaaS solutions, it can be difficult to separate encryption key management from the provider, so it’s up to each customer to explore available options. One of the main challenges is to implement encryption that doesn’t hamper user experience or performance. This, coupled with encryption key management, makes the situation very complex.
One major transformation in casino surveillance and security operations is the transition from analog video to digital recording and IP-cameras. The change is being brought about by several factors: some gaming commissions now insist on remote access to recorded or live video, which analog video cannot do; many manufacturers no longer make or sell VCRs; and analog systems have limitations on cable distances and distribution points, which limits their functionality.
On the Move Systems is pleased to announce that Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), its wholly owned subsidiary, has deployed its first unmanned security guard robot at the headquarters of Romeo Power Technology in Vernon, Calif. The 113,000-square-foot facility will benefit from the addition of RAD robotic personnel and will augment the existing security, safety, and operational processes in place at the site.
Honeywell, a leader in products, software, and technologies for connected buildings and homes, announced Richard (Rich) Lattanzi as the president of Honeywell’s global security business and Dino Koutrouki as the president of Honeywell’s global fire business. In their new leadership roles, Lattanzi and Koutrouki will drive greater customer focus. Both will continue to report to Michael Flink, president of Honeywell Security and Fire.
Four leading security manufacturers have teamed up to provide safety and security solutions for the players, coaches, and fans at the 71st Annual Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS). For the first time, Milestone Systems is joining Axis Communications, Extreme Networks, and Lenel to provide video surveillance systems, access control, and network connectivity for the 10-day tournament. A fully integrated security system is in place as 16 Little League Baseball teams and hundreds of thousands of fans from around the globe come together Aug. 17-27 in South Williamsport. A priority of Little League Baseball officials is promoting a fun, exciting experience, while also providing the highest level of security.