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Public spaces in cities and suburbs are important places for community development and promoting outdoor recreation. These areas may include main streets, parks, promenades, band shells and fields. Such locations are often utilised by public event planners for community activities, including summer festivals, wintertime ice skating rink installations, music concerts and art fairs. As the year drew to a close, holiday and Christmas markets as well as major New Year’s Eve events, presented cities with constant public event security needs. The public nature of these events increases risks of incidents with high-speed vehicles that put attendees in danger. Fortunately, there are three ways for public space managers to prevent casualty-causing collisions and further promote the use of local public areas. Developing an effective action plan When strategising how to react to an alert, think about what time of the year and time of day the event is occurring It is important to have a plan developed before an incident or accident occurs. Warning systems, utilising doppler radar and digital loop technologies, alert guards to abnormal vehicle velocity changes in the surrounding area. Managers of public areas should organise a meeting with public safety authorities and local agencies to discuss what must immediately occur when a high-speed vehicle is approaching a public event. When strategising how to react to an alert, think about what time of the year and time of day the event is occurring. Having such a reaction plan in place combines technology and strategic planning to ensure everyone is on the same page to effectively target a threat and promote overall event safety. Securing public areas Ideally, there will be no need to implement a well-conceived action plan. After all, taking preventive measures to secure public areas where events take place is important to keep people safe from accidental vehicle collisions and intentional attacks. Protect attendees by clearly separating pedestrian and vehicle locations using security devices such as – Barricades Portable barriers Bollards Install guard booths Avoid the risk of vandalism and theft, making sure people are safe when walking back to the cars at night by keeping parking areas illuminated with flood lights. Install guard booths with employees who monitor activity in the parking area and who are prepared to react if an alert is triggered. Furthermore, prevent accidental collisions by clearly marking the parking area with informative warning signs and using barricades to direct traffic. These three tips can be used by public area managers to promote security at the next community event. Additionally, the technologies used to secure an event can also be used as infrastructure for year-round security. Installing gates that shut when the public space is closed or using aesthetically pleasing bollards are steps any public area manager can take to promote community safety.
From satellite imagery to street views to indoor mapping, technology has disrupted our past world. This has left us dependent upon new ways to visualise large spaces. This new world has brought many benefits and risks. But what does that mean for the security professional or facility manager today and what technologies can be used to secure buildings and improve facility operations? A brief history of 3D technology Starting May 5, 2007 (inception 2001), Google rolled out Google Street View to augment Google Maps and Google Earth; documenting some of the most remote places on earth using a mix of sensors (Lidar/GSP/Radar/Imagery). The mission to map the world moved indoors May 2011 with Google Business Photos mapping indoor spaces with low cost 360° cameras under the Trusted Photographer program. In the earlier days, 3D scanning required a high level of specialisation, expensive hardware and unavailable computing power With the growth of 3D laser scanning from 2007 onwards, the professional world embraced scanning as effective method to create digitised building information modelling (BIM), growing fast since 2007. BIM from scanning brought tremendous control, time and cost savings through the design and construction process, where As-Built documentation offered an incredible way to manage large existing facilities while reducing costly site visits. In the earlier days, 3D scanning required a high level of specialisation, expensive hardware, unavailable computing power and knowledge of architectural software. Innovation during the past 8 year, have driven ease of use and lower pricing to encourage market adoption. Major investments in UAVs in 2014 and the commercial emergence of 360° photography began a new wave of adoption. While 3D scanners still range from $20K – $100K USD, UAVs can be purchased for under $1K USD and 360° cameras for as low as $100. UAVs and 360° cameras also offer a way to document large spaces in a fraction of the time of terrestrial laser scanners with very little technical knowledge. Access to building plans, satellite imagery, Google Street View, indoor virtual tours and aerial drone reconnaissance prove effective tools to bad actors The result over the past 10+ years of technology advancement has been a faster, lower cost, more accessible way to create virtual spaces. However, the technology advances carry a major risk of misuse by bad actors at the same time. What was once reserved to military personal is now available publicly. Access to building plans, satellite imagery, Google Street View, indoor virtual tours and aerial drone reconnaissance prove effective tools to bad actors. Al Qaeda terror threats using Google Maps, 2007 UK troops hit by terrorists in Basra, 2008 Mumbai India attacks, 2016 Pakistan Pathankot airbase attacks, ISIS attacks in Syria using UAVs, well-planned US school shootings and high casualty attacks show evidence that bad actors frequently leverage these mapping technologies to plan their attacks. The weaponization of UAVs is of particular concern to the Department of Homeland Security: "We continue to face one of the most challenging threat environments since 9/11, as foreign terrorist organisations exploit the internet to inspire, enable or direct individuals already here in the homeland to commit terrorist acts." Example comparison of reality capture on the left of BIM on the right. A $250 USD 360° camera was used for the capture in VisualPlan.net software What does this mean for the security or facility manager today? An often overlooked, but critical vulnerability to security and facility managers is relying on inaccurate drawing. Most facilities managers today work with outdated 2D plan diagrams or old blueprints which are difficult to update and share.Critical vulnerability to security and facility managers is relying on inaccurate drawing Renovations, design changes and office layout changes leave facility managers with the wrong information, and even worse is that the wrong information is shared with outside consultants who plan major projects around outdated or wrong plans. This leads to costly mistakes and increased timelines on facility projects. Example benefits of BIM There could be evidence of a suspect water value leak which using BIM could be located and then identified in the model without physical inspection; listing a part number, model, size and manufacture. Identification of vulnerabilities can dramatically help during a building emergency. First Responders rely on facilities managers to keep them updated on building plans and they must have immediate access to important building information in the event of a critical incident. Exits and entrances, suppression equipment, access control, ventilation systems, gas and explosives, hazmat, water systems, survival equipment and many other details must be at their fingertips. In an emergency situation this can be a matter of life or death. Example benefit of reality capture First Responders rely on facilities managers to keep them updated on building plans A simple 360° walk-through can help first responders with incident preparedness if shared by the facility manager. Police, fire and EMS can visually walk the building, locating all critical features they will need knowledge of in an emergency without ever visiting the building. You don’t require construction accuracy for this type of visual sharing. This is a solution and service we offer as a company today. Reality capture is rapidly becoming the benchmark for facility documentation and the basis from which a security plan can be built. Given the appropriate software, plans can be easily updated and shared. They can be used for design and implementation of equipment, training of personnel and virtual audits of systems or security assessments by outside professionals. Our brains process visual information thousands of times faster than text. Not only that, we are much more likely to remember it once we do see it. Reality capture can help reduce the need for physical inspections, walk-throughs and vendor site-visits but more importantly, it provides a way to visually communicate far more effectively and accurately than before. But be careful with this information. You must prevent critical information falling into the hands of bad actors. You must watch out for bad actors attempting to use reality capture as a threat, especially photo/video/drones or digital information and plans that are posted publicly. Have a security protocol to prevent and confront individuals taking photos or video on property or flying suspect drones near your facility and report to the authorities. Require authorisation before capturing building information and understand what the information will be used for and by who.There are a number of technologies to combat nefarious use of UAVs today Nefarious use of UAVs There are a number of technologies to combat nefarious use of UAVs today, such as radio frequency blockers and jammers, drone guns to down UAVs, detection or monitoring systems. Other biometrics technologies like facial recognition are being employed to counter the risk from UAVs by targeting the potential operators. UAVs are being used to spy and monitor for corporate espionage and stealing intellectual property. They are also used for monitoring security patrols for the purpose of burglary. UAVs have been used for transport and delivery of dangerous goods, delivering weapons and contraband and have the ability to be weaponised to carry a payload.Investigating reality capture to help with accurate planning and visualisation of facilities is well worth the time The Federal Aviation Administration has prevented UAV flights over large event stadiums, prisons and coast guard bases based on the risks they could potentially pose, but waivers do exist. Be aware that it is illegal today to use most of these technologies and downing a UAV, if you are not Department of Justice or Homeland Security, could carry hefty penalties. Facility managers must have a way to survey and monitor their buildings for threats and report suspicious UAV behaviours immediately to authorities. At the same time, it’s critical to identify various potential risks to your wider team to ensure awareness and reporting is handled effectively. Having a procedure on how identify and report is important. Investigating reality capture to help with accurate planning and visualisation of facilities is well worth the time. It can help better secure your facilities while increasing efficiencies of building operations. Reality capture can also help collaboration with first responders and outside professionals without ever having to step a foot in the door. But secure your data and have a plan for bad actors who will try to use the same technologies for nefarious goals.
As anyone who has ever flown on a commercial airline since 2001 knows, security measures at airports are well enforced and the emphasis on traveller safety is all around the airport and its grounds. Mass transportation, meanwhile, presents a special but not any less significant challenge when it comes to determining security issues. These facilities need to develop the means to protect a constantly changing and large population of passengers. And unlike airports these facilities often have hundreds of points of entry and exit on multiple modes—buses, subways, light rail, commuter trains, even ferries. About 2 million Americans will use the nation’s airways on a given work day, while 35 million people will board some form of public transportation. In fact, statistics have shown that nearly 11 billion trips are taken on public transportation every year. In some large metropolitan areas in North America where mass transit is well established, more than 20 percent of the area’s inhabitants get around via public transportation.About 2 million Americans will use the nation’s airways on a given work day, while 35 million people will board some form of public transportation Solving mass transit security For transportation officials and their security providers, solving the mass transit security issue begins with determining the key concerns and then creating the proper responses via security systems, policies and procedures to mitigate the risks. Although vandalism and graffiti are very visible signs of criminal behaviour in mass transit settings such as bus stops and subway stations, this is not where transportation officials typically focus their energy. Fences and gates can secure out-of-service buses and train cars, as can remote surveillance methods to keep such vandalism at a minimum. Instead, it is the day-to-day safety and security of transit riders and employees that should become the highest priority. This begins with creating the safest environment possible that is highlighted with appropriate signage and, when necessary, audible warnings, and supporting that with technology, such as surveillance cameras, that will document what has happened if an incident occurs.Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package Crime prevention in transportation Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package Incidents of concern within a transit setting can take several forms, ranging from legitimate accidents or crimes to false claims such as faked fall down the stairs to potential and actual suicides. Bus and subway stations also have become magnets for homeless people who may put themselves and others in harm’s way by trying to access less secure public areas within a station as temporary shelters. If someone is injured on a subway platform and the transit provider is held liable, it could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. Suicides are a major concern for operators, with personnel now being trained to look for individuals who seem distressed, are loitering in the area or are intentionally putting themselves in a dangerous situation, such as standing too close to the edge of a platform. The deployment of video analytics, which can be programmed to send alerts when certain pre-set actions occur, can help determine when such dangerous behaviours come into play. Analytics can also be useful in alerting security about other suspicious behaviours at a transit stop, such as an untended bag or package or a person going into a restricted area. Whether it is on the bus, train or ferry or at the stops themselves, cameras and intuitive video management systems are the key to both active and forensic transit security. Some cities use buses that are up to 60 feet long and those can be equipped with up to a dozen cameras Train security and safety By using the proper cameras and recording systems in a transit environment, quick-acting personnel can locate a person of interest who boarded a train at one station, follow him during his trip and produce a crisp, clear identifiable image at the end. Those setting up the system thus should keep in mind proper camera positioning, resolution and motion-based changes to framerates or other compression settings. A typical 30-foot bus often has six cameras—one each at the front and middle doors, two more within the bus and then one looking forward and another looking behind the bus. The latter two are important in the event of accidents to verify liability. Some cities use buses that are up to 60 feet long and those can be equipped with up to a dozen cameras.Train stations often deploy high-definition cameras to better support facial recognition software to get that actionable image Train cars are similarly equipped with two to four cameras to view activity down the centre aisle. Within the stations themselves, there can be from 15 to 30 or more cameras capturing wide-angle shots. Train stations, which have a restricted point of egress, often deploy high-definition cameras to better support facial recognition software to get that actionable image. Installing the right technology for the solution Although bandwidth and storage can be a concern, with motion-based recording, the resolution can be bumped up during event, resulting in a 1-megapixel stream jumping to 4 or even 8mbps when needed. By changing the resolution on demand, end users can cut their storage needs significantly. Transportation settings often rely on the same technology used in other security installations, primarily mini dome cameras, although there are some mini transit domes built specifically for the environment with the proper aesthetics. Because of vandalism threats, transit typically avoids pendant mounts, which can be more easily grabbed and damaged. Temperature ratings for cameras also come into play in cold climates with cameras often getting outdoor exposure.Today’s new buses and trains are constructed with the cameras onboard and newer stations also take security into consideration at the earliest design stage As trains and buses move along their routes, especially those that service outlying areas, Internet connectivity becomes an issue as well. Because it may be difficult for video to be sent in transit, security bus barns are equipped with Wi-Fi so video from onboard cameras can be downloaded at the end of the day. And the use of hardened recorders at the stations allows security personnel to retrieve recorded video. Transit security with modern technology Today’s new buses and trains are constructed with the cameras onboard and newer stations also take security into consideration at the earliest design stage. Older infrastructure from long-standing subway and bus terminals can prove to be a challenge when adding security, but these issues aren’t insurmountable. Often the solution is to add more cameras to cover the same square footage because of less-than-ideal sight lines and to place conduit wherever it works best, which may mean positioning it under platforms or in other out-of-the-way places within older stations. Looking ahead, transit security will continue to evolve, not only as new stations and modes of transportation are added to the system, but in terms of communicating with commuters. People can expect to get mass notification alerts on their mobile devices, and those same devices can provide vital data to transportation entities to better develop their overall systems.
Frontier Pitts will be exhibiting at the IFSEC Exhibition at Excel, London between the 18th and 20th of June 2019. Frontier Pitts will be showcasing a fully operational Secured by Design accredited LPS1175 Automatic Bi-folding Gate SR2 on the stand. This is the first automatic Bi-folding Speed Gate on the market to achieve Secured by Design accreditation and LPS1175 Security Rating! Many clients had been installing unrated Security Gates that had not been tested alongside LPS1175 security rated fence lines. By testing and upgrading certain elements on all models of their Automatic Security Gates, Frontier Pitts is now pleased to bring to the market the first complete LPS1175 Anti-Intruder Gate Range to the market, introducing another perimeter security layer to the security onion. Platinum Automatic Security Gate range Frontier Pitts can offer the complete solution for all Mob Attack scenarios and Crowded Place, Public Realm venuesThe Platinum Automatic Security Gate range with Security Ratings of 2 and 3 includes: Platinum Sliding Gate up to 10m wide Platinum Bi-folding Gate; double leaf up to 10m wide, single leaf up to 5m wide Platinum Hinged Gate; double leaf up to 10m wide, single leaf up to 5m wide Platinum Pedestrian Gate: Fully Automatic, Semi-Automatic, Manual operation. The Platinum range joins the large portfolio of high security products, further bridging the gap between Frontier Pitts Security Range and their high security Anti-Terra IWA14/PAS68 impact tested products, enhancing their accreditations further. They can offer the complete solution for all Mob Attack scenarios and Crowded Place, Public Realm venues. Frontier Pitts’ technical consultants will be available to discuss the perimeter security requirements, and advise on the best IWA 14, PAS 68 & LPS 1175 solutions.
Organisers of Security & Counter Terror Expo, the UK’s leading national security event, have announced the launch of a unique live technology showcase at its 2018 event. The Integrated Security Showcase will feature a live security operations centre where visitors can see innovative technologies, solutions and services in action, helping them to identify unique solutions that can be used in a variety of installations to tackle the latest security threats. A carefully curated array of products will be displayed in the area, with facial recognition, hostile vehicle identification, cyber threat mitigation, intrusion detection, perimeter protection, CCTV, video surveillance and biometric solutions all working in harmony. Among the suppliers taking part in the new Integrated Security Showcase are Bosch Security Systems, Custom Consoles, HARP Visual Communication Solutions, Frontier Pitts, Warrior Doors, Technocover, Fast Lane Turnstiles and Zenus Biometrics, who will each unveil their latest technologies, solutions and services.Chemring Technology Solutions will show visitors how its VehicleScan technology can identify foreign objects concealed under vehicles Communal entrance and high security doors systems Warrior Doors will bring its market leading, communal entrance and high security doors systems to the new show feature, while Zenus Biometrics’ facial authentication software will show visitors how its facial recognition can be easily integrated with existing hardware to offer the fastest and easiest check-in solution by identifying key personnel by searching a database of faces in real-time. Custom Consoles will demonstrate its security control room desks and video monitor mounting systems. The manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture will provide one of its SteelBase control desks for use within the showcase, which can be easily configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of control room. Harp Visual Communications Solutions’ complex audio-visual solutions will also be on display, with the company demonstrating how multiple image sources can be integrated and displayed on one continuous screen surface – all processed through its own video wall processor, MERLIN. Bosch Security Systems will provide its video management and CCTV systems Also joining the Integrated Security Showcase, Bosch Security Systems – a global supplier of technology and services – will provide its video management and CCTV systems, while Fast Lane Turnstiles will introduce its high-tech entrance control systems for pedestrian throughput. Revealing how security professionals can defend and prevent threats from unauthorised drones, Drone Detection Systems will demonstrate its drone detection and intervention solutions, designed to detect all type of civilian drones (RPAS, UAS). In addition, Technocover will supply a cutaway mesh cage unit to emphasise the benefits of physical security access solutions, used to protect specific assets, Frontier Pitts will underline the essential role its security barriers play in regulating and restricting vehicle access, and Chemring Technology Solutions will show visitors how its VehicleScan technology can identify foreign objects concealed under vehicles.Frontier Pitts will underline the essential role its security barriers play in regulating and restricting vehicle access This new feature is to educate security system integrators Speaking about the Integrated Security Showcase, David Thompson, Event Director, Security and Counter Terror Expo, said: “This new feature is a unique, interactive learning environment designed to educate security system integrators, architects, consultants and end users looking to protect and secure critical assets from potential threats. It will offer exhibitors a chance to reveal the latest technologies live to an audience of senior buyers, while offering visitors a unique insight into real-time operations and the chance to discuss the ever-evolving range of threats, operational strategies and technologies to shape future policy.” The Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) will run from 6-7 March 2018 and will also include a number of networking events.
Global providers will showcase latest aviation and airport security solutions at the event With the Middle East, and in particular the GCC, emerging as major international air travel hub, aviation security will be a key point of interest at Intersec 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection. Rise in airport security market investments Investment in the airport security market continues to rise; a March 2015 report titled ‘Global Airport Security Technology Market Assessment’ by analysts Frost & Sullivan, estimated the global annual spend on airport security would surge to US$12.67 billion in 2023, up from US$8.22 billion in 2014. The increase in investment comes as the Middle East outpaces global growth in air traffic; according to estimates by Airbus Industrie, over the next 20 years (2015-2034) air traffic in the Middle East is expected to grow 6 per cent annually, compared to the world average growth of 4.6 per cent. This will drive a need for nearly 2,460 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$590 billion. By 2034, the fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft in the Middle East will almost treble from nearly 1,100 in 2015, to over 2,950 by 2034. Which is why many of the world’s foremost security providers that specialise in aviation and airport security will showcase their latest solutions at Intersec 2016, which takes place from 17-19 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Smiths Detection at Intersec Smiths Detection, a global provider of technologies to identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) threats, is among the major names at Intersec 2016 with a full airport security portfolio in tow, from x-ray inspection equipment, to explosives and narcotics detection and people screening systems. The increase in the number of global air passengers, particularly in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, have played a key role in driving investments in airport security infrastructures Smiths Detection’s varied solutions have been adopted at several global locations, including its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a next generation high-speed checked baggage explosives detection system (EDS), and RadSeeker, a handheld radioisotope detector and identifier designed to meet the U.S Homeland Security mission requirements. Paul Baker, the Managing Director of Smiths Detection in the Middle East, said: “The increase in the number of global air passengers, particularly in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, have played a key role in driving investments in airport security infrastructures. “Passenger traffic at airports in the larger region has recorded fast paced growth. As per the findings of a recent IATA report, Dubai Airport announced growth projections of 126 million passengers by 2020 as aviation demand continues to soar. Additionally, passenger numbers in Qatar are expected to increase at a rate of 4.8 per cent annually until 2034, in preparation for the World Cup 2022.” Range of cutting edge airport and aviation security solutions Exhibitors such as German company Bosch Security Systems, Nedap from the Netherlands, and Genetec from Canada, are among other big international names to descend upon Intersec 2016 with a range of cutting edge airport and aviation security solutions, from perimeter security, command, control and integration, cybersecurity, communications, surveillance, access control, and screening. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “The rise of big three Gulf carriers, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, is the driving force of international trans-continental travel. The growth in their travel hubs and the surge in passenger numbers passing through terminals, along with air freight and cargo, means global airport and aviation security majors are expecting the Middle East to become a big market for cutting-edge technologies and the latest in security systems. The extension of existing airportsand their facilities in preparationfor mega events such as theDubai 2020 EXPO and the 2022FIFA World Cup in Qatar requiremore updated facilities includingsecurity systems “The highly-evolving nature of security threats to global air travel increases demand for the latest command and control facilities, enhanced security communication channels, access control and monitoring systems, all of which will be on show at Intersec 2016.” Nuctech is another exhibitor at Intersec 2016 with a strong focus on airport security, and will return after having sourced projects through previous editions of the annual showpiece event for Dubai Police in Dubai Airports, Dubai Customs, Abu Dhabi Airport, Sharjah Customs, Ras Al Khaimah Customs and Ajman Customs. “The trend of national and regional security inspection in the Middle East is getting more and more important,” said Yuan Youzhong, the General Manager of Nuctech Middle East. “The extension of existing airports and their facilities in preparation for mega events such as the Dubai 2020 EXPO and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar require more updated facilities including security systems.” Other exhibitors at the event Other exhibitors at Intersec 2016 with aviation security solutions include 2N Communication from the Czech Republic; Adani from Belarus; AllGoVision from India; Italian company CEIA; Delv from Australia, UK companies Frontier Pitts and Rockwell Collins; Gesab from Spain, Swiss company WEY Technology; and UAE-based companies G4S and Intertech Vision. Now in its 18th edition, Intersec 2016 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, spanning over 50,000sqm. The dedicated trade show focuses on the six core sections of Commercial Security; Information Security; Fire & Rescue; Safety & Health; Homeland Security & Policing; and for the first time in 2016, Smart Home and Building Automation.
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