Over the past decade, the reliability and functionality of video analytics have advanced to a point where, for many security operations, it is no longer a question of “should we use video analytics?” But rather, “How should we implement video analytics within our technical architecture?”
The date September 11, 2001 is not only a day that lives in infamy, it represents the high water mark for the corporate security industry. Companies rushed to hire marquee security directors or increase the profile and cache of their incumbent CSOs. They issued mandates to rebuild or dramatically enhance their security organizations. Resources flowed to security and many businesses afforded the CSO unprecedented access to, or even a seat at the executive table. In this era the value of security was just assumed and security leaders could focus all of their attention on doing a great job of protecting the business without the distraction of having to justify their existence.
Two of the major topics of discussion at last month’s IFSEC International event in London were PSIM and Safe Cities, which naturally converge to help cities secure major sporting events. One such example is our recent project with Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, and host of the Commonwealth Games that begins in just a few weeks.
At the NENA Conference recently, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel on the “Synergy between 9-1-1 & FirstNet.” Joining me for this enlightening discussion were: Jackie Mines (Director, Division of Emergency Communication Networks, Department of Public Safety, State of Minnesota, Walt Magnussen (Director for Telecommunications at Texas A&M University and Director of the TAMU Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center - ITEC), and Amanda Hilliard (FirstNet Outreach Director).
The continent of Europe is made up of 45 different countries. In the EU alone there are 23 official languages spoken. One would imagine that on a continent so diverse it would be difficult to find common ground. But despite the cultural and language differences, the countries of the old continent do share similar challenges. Many of the European city centers are dotted with historical sites which impede new road construction. Massive investment in public transportation helps to address this urban accessibility problem while balancing the need to protect historical heritage.
The Houston Ship Channel, located in Houston, Texas, is part of the Port of Houston—one of the United States' busiest seaports. When it comes to securing the Ship Channel, the stakes are high. The Houston Ship Channel is a vital national asset. The region includes 40 percent of U.S. chemical refining capacity and 14 percent of U.S. crude refining capacity. A shutdown of the refining and chemical industry in this region would impact the nation, region, state and local economies.
As of May 15, 2014, the four major carriers in the US – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile – all voluntarily committed to providing text-to-911 as a service in areas where 911 call centers are prepared to receive them.
I was asked a few weeks back to host a webinar. When I was told I could pick my own topic, it got me to thinking. I speak at security conferences throughout the year and host PSIM Workshops as well. The one question that always comes up is ‘what can I do to make my PSIM deployment successful?’ So to answer this question, I went on a fact finding mission. My methodology was simple: I interviewed organizations and consultants that had implemented PSIM to gather the lessons they learned along the way. The result is list of best practices that were commonsensical, but surprisingly insightful as well. I’ve summarized some of these below.
There are few places where quality service matters more than emergency communications. PSAPs review calls to ensure they’re meeting high service standards and adhering to protocols (a process known as Quality Assurance or QA). Today this involves mainly voice calls. But as NG9-1-1 and public safety broadband come online, PSAPs will become the touch point for handling text-to-9-1-1, video and a whole lot of sensors and data.
School districts across the nation are facing increasing demands from the public to ensure the safety of students and staff. Unfortunately, security budgets aren’t increasing at the same rate. This leaves school administrators the formidable challenge of finding economical solutions to improve security leveraging existing systems.