When Congress passed legislation to create the FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority) just over two years ago, the idea of building a nationwide broadband network for first responders seemed a massive undertaking. Now that 2013 is in the rear view mirror, some would say it’s still a lofty goal, even though progress has been made.
While collaboration before, during and after incidents is as old as time, what is new is a wave of technologies that make it far easier to communicate and manage tasks, people and other resources in both public and private sectors. This marks a significant shift from individual organizations running siloed systems to a community of organizations sharing vital information that affects security, safety and operations.
Few sports fans want to consider security risks as they embrace the excitement of the Olympic Games. Looking back two years ago, many of the security concerns in the weeks before London 2012 were eventually mitigated by the British Army and helped pave the way for perhaps the most successful Games in recent years.
No security organization is an island. Time and time again, experience shows that results are best achieved through collaboration between public and private sectors, among agencies, and across city departments. Threats can be identified and mitigated faster, investigations can be resolved quicker, and money can be saved.
So, what is collaborative security? Why is it a growing trend? And why should you care?
Why are some Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) deployments the envy of others around them, while others are underutilized, even neglected?
For starters, you need to start with a clear vision. To put it simply, your enterprise risk management strategy should drive what you integrate through PSIM, not the other way around. Once you define your vision, you want to avoid scope creep and stay on track. If it’s a more complex project, it will be more successful if it’s done in phased rollouts.
Big Data is a big business. Companies everywhere are tapping into Big Data to transform themselves. Still, for all its notoriety, Big Data is hard to pin down. Ask 10 different experts what Big Data is and you’ll get 10 different answers.
Many Physical Security firms have latched onto the Big Data buzzword. But what does Big Data really mean in the context of Physical Security today, and how will it transform Physical Security tomorrow?
We make decisions in split seconds all the time. But few are as critical as those made during 9-1-1 calls. Ensuring that those decisions lead to an optimal outcome can be the difference between life and death. Due to the critical nature of 9-1-1 emergency communications, maintaining effective responses is something we all need and want. It is the reason that most, if not all PSAPs, have some form of quality assurance (QA) procedure.
In the next few years, Brazil is preparing to host some of the world’s largest sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. In order to put on these events, the country will also be looking to implement scalable security programs to ensure the protection of all athletes, visitors, and venues involved.
Video surveillance remains at the bedrock of security solutions. As well, it is becoming clear that Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) is emerging as a key solution for efficiently administering incident response. When government-level operations utilize these solutions, they can have a widespread impact on the safety and security of people and property such as critical installations, airports, and seaports.