In the last few weeks, airports around the world have been forced to take action to help safeguard against the spread of Ebola. Screening programs are being introduced to quell public concern and reduce the risk of people exhibiting symptoms from entering the country without further testing.
When it comes to video analytics, security operations have turned a corner. Gone are the less-than-reliable analytics of yesteryear. Video analytics today deliver more precise, informative, and far-reaching insights, to a degree that many organizations have stopped questioning whether to use video analytics, and are working to determine how and where to implement them to get the most value.
I’m just back from the ASIS 2014 show in Atlanta. I had a lot to reflect on during my flight home. It was a busy few days. I moderated two insightful panels, one on justifying security investments and another on trends in security , and also hosted a PSIM workshop. As I perused the show floor, I heard a lot of people talking about products, features and differentiators. Some products cost more, and some were integrated and solved bigger problems, so naturally they were weren’t just products, they were solutions.
The other day, we read about a manhunt in Phoenix, Arizona, in which two suspects from a gas station shooting fled to the Sky Harbor Airport. One was caught swiftly but the other eluded police. The busiest terminal was locked down for three hours while police searched for him, delaying 69 outbound flights, cancelling 13 others and inconveniencing thousands, to say nothing of the risk to all involved.
Almost every organization today uses CCTV in one form or another. Some of the most important and even tragic events of our time have been captured on video. Video recordings are rightly the cornerstone of many successful post incident investigations. But in situations where time is of the essence, getting to the crucial segments of video that reveal clues cannot wait.
CCTV cameras are a fixture on nearly every university campus. But security departments are starting to evolve their thinking around situational awareness beyond just having video, and beyond video’s value solely as a deterrent or forensic tool.
Every year, 911 operators receive 240 million calls, many of which save lives. But it’s not always possible or safe to call. A new ruling by the FCC offers citizens more ways to contact 911 by mandating that all wireless carriers and some message services support Text-to-911 by the end of the year. In life or death situations, this option can be invaluable.
At 11pm several lights are switched on in an office on the 40th floor of a large tower block. Knowing that the building closed at 8pm, the intelligent building management system, which is being monitored at the front desk, alerts the on duty manager. Should he ignore it, send the on duty maintenance person to switch it off, dispatch a security guard to investigate further, or call the local police? The on duty manager, who is new to his job, isn’t quite sure how to handle the situation.
A speedy 911 response is the difference between life and death in many emergencies. Recently, the FCC voted to ensure citizens have even more options for contacting 911 by mandating that all wireless carriers and some message services support Text to 911 by the end of the year. This not only provides another option for the public to contact the authorities in an emergency when it’s not possible or safe to call, but also supports those more reliant on texting, including the 48 million Americans who are deaf or hearing impaired and the 7.5 million with speech disabilities.