Larry Anderson's Security Beat

Combining crowdsourced data to create a useful whole

Smart phone video played a starring role in the investigation following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The investigation also highlighted limitations in existing systems related to incorporating crowdsourced information, including video, audio, still images and other data. What's needed, and doesn't exist yet, is a system that can unify the information – the thousands of video snippets and still images from smart phone cameras – into a “big picture” that reflects th...

A sea of cameras all ready to deploy

I shot these photos of a room full of video surveillance cameras during my recent tour of Genetec's facilities in Montreal. And the photos don't even show them all. Definitely a lot of cameras, and they're just some of the ones Genetec uses to test and ensure integration with the company's software. How does a company like Genetec, and all the other video management system companies for that matter, integrate all these security cameras into their systems? My visit to Genetec reinforced the ongo...

Made in the USA: Does it matter?

In today's security market, nothing is really “Made in the USA” – or is it? Most components of security systems today are manufactured in places like China and Korea. Even products that are technically assembled (“made”) in the United States contain many components manufactured overseas. In the global marketplace, does it really matter? Is it fair to characterise goods manufactured overseas as somehow lower in quality? I was thinking about the variables of “M...

Time to Check In

Hello, glad to meet you. Welcome to my new column, where I will write about the security marketplace from the viewpoint of a “seasoned veteran.” I won't say “old guy,” but suffice it to say that the lady at the grocery store no longer asks if I qualify for the “senior discount.” Somehow she knows. I should start by assuring you, dear reader, that I am a real person. It seems obvious, but in the days of Siri and other “pretend” people, you can't al...

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