Today, the market demand is strong for access control technology that employs mobile credentials managed and implemented via apps on personal smartphones, replacing the need for physical cards. Mobile credentialing has the potential to improve both security and convenience and is delivering enhanced protection in many ways. To date, however, mobile credentialing has not been able to find the balance between security and convenience.
Viakoo demonstrated innovative new offerings for physical security service assurance and sustainable cyber hygiene at GSX 2018. Viakoo is showcased two of their newest software solutions for the intersection of physical and cyber security: the new Camera Firmware Update Manager (CFUM), and the new IoT Tracker. Viakoo helps to automate the process of assuring that video surveillance is working as it should, providing an auditable record.
I have mentioned in this space before that I have the opportunity to travel a lot and that this has afforded me an excellent view into how airports are run. But my perspective is not limited to their inner workings. In fact, from my office here in Montreal, I can see the O6L and 24R runways at the P.E. Trudeau airport. This means that, every once in a while, I get to watch these feats of engineering and technology move through the air. And I am reminded of the incredible precision required to get so many planes safely through take-off and landing every day. At the same time, I also know that any disruption on the airfield —no matter how small— can delay flights or threaten security.
We know by now that the possibilities and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence (AI) to both the security industry and beyond are nearly limitless; as one of the most exciting and fastest growing branches of computer science, AI has demonstrated its ability to provide exceptional efficiency and task adaptability to a wide range of markets. In areas that are seeing rapid growth and the need for increased productivity, users demand solutions that simplify and enhance processes in a cost-effective manner.
We are fortunate to have Steve Reinharz join Security.World as a monthly columnist to share his insights and knowledge on physical security, artificial intelligence, and autonomous security. We asked Steve to share with us his background and expertise as an “AI” system matter expert. We hope you learn as much from Steve as we do.
What would you think if there were a cure for cancer, but the medical profession didn’t provide it? How about a plant that solves world starvation, but farmers couldn’t be bothered to grow it? Or if there were an Unbreakable cipher for perfect digital security, but the cryptography field doesn’t use it? Not only is that Unbreakable cipher real – it’s been around for over a hundred years! It was invented by Gilbert Vernam, a Bell Labs Engineer (not a cryptographer, mind you) in 1917 and is the only Unbreakable cryptographic cipher. All it took for anyone to send an Unbreakable message was to pre-share a one-time-only encryption key, which is known as a One-Time Pad or OTP. So if this perfect Unbreakable cipher exists, why doesn’t cryptography use it?
Temperatures here in Montreal have once again settled into the low negative 30s. Rather than complain, we embrace the cold and head outside. And this year, it’s with the added benefit of getting ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. To be fair, we are not all Olympic athletes able to compete in bobsledding, skeleton, or moguls. But we do feel like winter sports are an essential part of our everyday lives. We feel personally connected with the event, and, for me, this extends to issues of security. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Juliette Kayyem, a professor who teaches on homeland security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At the time, she said something that has stayed with me ever since: “If you want to have a perfectly safe Super Bowl, don’t have a Super Bowl.”
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.