It’s evident that the majority of security installations are becoming more and more complex. No longer content to monitor and manage separate access control, fire alarm, video surveillance, intrusion, and HVAC control systems, corporate security and technology managers want to consolidate and integrate various disconnected security and facility management systems. At a dramatically increasing pace, the Information Technology department is leading the initiative, particularly given the trend toward convergence of physical and logical security systems.
CSA Congress 2014 – In what could be called a tale of perception versus reality, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) today released the results of a new survey that found a significant difference between the number of cloud-based applications IT and security professionals believe to be running in their environments and the number reported by cloud application vendors.
ONVIF, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it now claims members from six of the seven continents in the world, with the addition of Brazilian security products manufacturer intelbras to its membership ranks.
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ONVIF, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S.-based Security Industry Association (SIA), signaling cooperation toward the further development of IP-based interoperability standards in access control. Both ONVIF and SIA’s Standards Committee have been working toward standardized interfaces for Physical […]
The Homeland Security Department has switched vendors for a deal inked last September to update an employee badge system with advanced biometric verification features, such as face and iris scans, officials announced late Friday. DHS originally awarded the $102 million contract to HP Enterprise Services on Sept. 27, 2013, but in November the department notified the Government Accountability Office that it was reevaluating the award after XTec, which had previously provided software for the project, argued that "the agency did not reasonably evaluate proposals," Ralph White, GAO managing associate general counsel, told Nextgov last month in an email. The value of the new contract, over an anticipated 10-year timeline, will remain the same, Homeland Security officials say. DHS awarded the new contract to XTec Inc., on Feb. 28, officials said in a filing on FedBizOps.gov, a website for federal business opportunities. Homeland Security last month temporarily extended XTec’s expiring contract for one year while reassessing technologies proposed by XTec, HP and other technology firms. In recent years, GAO attorneys had twice dismissed challenges to contracts brought by XTec. In November 2011, the credentialing firm was unsuccessful in contesting an award to Secure Mission Solutions for a Secret Service access control and visitor management system. Later that month, XTec lost a protest against an order for HP technology to support a General Services Administration system that issued and maintained ID cards for employees governmentwide. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the government required that all federal employees carry biometric ID badges […]
The Goode Intelligence research analysis and consultancy organisation for the mobile security industry, has issued a new market forecast report revealing that the market for mobile biometric security products and services is set to grow significantly over the next six years. Goode Intelligence reports that as a result of the combination of Apple’s positive move […]