Come January, the TSA says it will transfer over responsibility for airport exit lane security to the airports. Because of the obvious operational and budgetary impacts, this is a deeply contentious issue and many airports are petitioning the change.
As the use of smartphones and other mobile devices becomes more prevalent, we’ve grown accustomed to ‘capturing [and sharing] the moment’ on these devices using various apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter. Think about spotting a celebrity or passing a witty billboard – we instinctively reach for our phones to share this information with others.
Nothing raises my ire more than paying the monthly cable TV bill. Considering the few kids channels we use, the occasional sports game, nature channel show, or daily news, it always seems that I’m paying for way more than I need. When I question my cable company about it, the answer is always the same: “Why don’t you just pick from one of our great packages?" But who needs 15 foreign language channels and endless cooking shows. It seems there’s always a tradeoff – give up the shows I want to watch or pay more for the ones I don’t want or need.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) pegs annual bus ridership in the U.S. and Canada at around 5.4 billion. It goes without saying that transit agencies strive to keep passengers safe and secure, but with large fleets to manage and millions of annual riders things can and do go wrong.
Duke Energy is one of the first electric power companies in the U.S. to successfully deploy PSIM for critical infrastructure protection. I had the great pleasure of interviewing Darren Myers, managing director of Enterprise Protective Services for Duke Energy, and Rocco “Rocky” Marcello, former director of Duke Energy’s Enterprise Protective Services. They shared some impressive results, which highlight the advantages of PSIM
Until recently, video content analytics (VCA) applications had primarily been considered a security technology. That though is changing. Advancements in VCA and system integration are creating opportunities for business insight that in turn can yield greater ROI for the entire organization. According to a recent study by the Loss Prevention Research Council, of the retailers who leverage IP video for retail applications outside of security
There are few industries that spend more on physical security than retail banking. With hundreds or even thousands of branches to secure and protect, banks invest in all types of technologies, from CCTV and access control to fire alarm and vault management systems. Monitoring and managing these systems across the enterprise can be costly as well. And, mergers and acquisitions can create new complexities, as the ‘parent’ bank is faced with either absorbing the other bank’s legacy security systems or ‘ripping and replacing’ them.
A rash of deadly shootings at college campuses and schools in recent years has placed security in the spotlight. By their open nature, college campuses are difficult to secure. Recent incidents are driving educational institutions to invest in security technology – and more so, in comprehensive, integrated solutions to better detect, mitigate and respond to threats. At the center of this discussion is PSIM (Physical Security Information Management). Here are seven important ways that PSIM helps Educational Institutions address tough security challenges.
During my recent pilgrimage to ASIS, I walked the floor in search of something that would capture my imagination – something refreshing and new. I walked past an inconceivable number of cameras, electro-mechanical door hardware, racks upon racks of IT servers, storage and networking hardware, and amazing X-ray scanners that can detect unusual cargo, including chemicals and radioactive material. It was the same as every year. Faster, cheaper, better – yes, but the same.