Surveillance & Security News for April 2019

OSSA creating an app-based platform to disrupt the security industry

In today’s technology-driven markets, a platform is a business model that connects producers and consumers in an interactive ecosystem. Some examples of platforms are Uber and Airbnb, which have disrupted and transformed traditional markets. Isn’t it time to deploy the platform model in the physical security industry? That’s the goal of the Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), a non-profit organisation. Interactions and exchange The book ‘Platform Revolution&rsqu...

Cybersecurity: beware of these enterprise risks

Cybersecurity involves a variety of risks and vulnerabilities to the enterprise, from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to phishing to USB drives. Companies may also be at risk from use of interactive kiosks, or even from cyberattacks against traveling executives. Preventing phishing and cyberattacks The 'Management Hack' service is designed for C-level executives, such as CEO, CFO or event CIO Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to gain sensitive information such as user names, passw...

Why DIY does not spell doom for professional security installers

There’s no question that the popularity of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) security and home automation products is on the rise. The reasons for the growth in DIY sales are numerous, including increased awareness of home automation products, fast set-up, limited (if any) installation costs, and interoperability with other smart security products. In fact, with the parallel rise of smart home hubs like Alexa and Google Home, many people are opting to attempt the set-up of smart home devices without an...

Milestone Systems has released its annual report that cites enhanced investments and solid growth in 2018

Milestone Systems delivered significant and satisfactory financial results in 2018. The Group’s net revenue increased to DKK 934 million from DKK 881 million in 2017, while the operating income (EBIT) grew to DKK 195 million from DKK 171 million. In 2018, Milestone Systems made strategic investments in several areas. The company also decided to accelerate innovation by increasing its development capacity by 45 per cent by the end of 2019. Innovative video technology solutions “Mark...

ABLOY UK launches innovative new Global Vision, ‘Abloy - For Trust’ in collaboration with Finnish F1 racer

Security expert Abloy UK has unveiled an innovative new global vision, ‘Abloy - For Trust’, and announced an exciting collaboration with Finnish racing icon Valtteri Bottas, to strengthen its renewed brand. ‘Abloy - For Trust’ This new vision has seen Abloy revitalise its core brand values and position itself for continued growth in the future. The Abloy branding has also been refreshed to better represent its modern digital offering. The Abloy branding has also been re...

Prodatakey releases a whitepaper on how new technologies strive to improve mobile credentialing

ProdataKey (PDK), an innovator of cloud-based networked and wireless access control products and services, releases a whitepaper that explores why widespread adoption of mobile credentialing in conjunction with access control systems has lagged behind other smart phone applications, and how new technologies promise to overcome barriers related to a security/convenience trade-off previously inherent in such solutions. By virtue of their processing power, smart phones can provide superior encrypt...

ABLOY PULSE ecosystem delivers encrypted, electronic access control via self-powered cylinders, padlocks and electronic keys

A century after the ABLOY brand invented disc detainer technology, the company is still reimagining the future of security. In Finland, the ABLOY PULSE ecosystem now delivers highly encrypted, electronic access control via self-powered cylinders, padlocks and electronic keys — with no need for batteries or any external power supply. A thirst for sustainable solutions grows in all walks of life — including security. In a recent survey for ASSA ABLOY’s “Wireless Access Con...

Cybersecurity: when cybersecurity meets physical security

As physical security systems increasingly resemble the architecture of an IT (information technology) network, the cybersecurity risks are increasing. Sometimes hacks in physical security go unrecognised because of poor detection. Here's part two of our Cybersecurity series.  Going forward, the physical security industry should adopt the same principles as the information security market, embracing new elements such as risk assessment and certifications. A change in culture is needed to al...

Affordable drone radar: how Echodyne is reinventing drone prevention

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, present a range of threats, from the careless and clueless to the criminal. While many incidents may seem harmless, the threat to any location at any time depends on a range of factors. Drones are inexpensive for criminals to buy or make, and there are continuously improving battery, airspeed, and payload capabilities. UAVs can also fly without an RF signal to jam or hack. Fortunately, sensor technologies including radar are available for security ag...

Sri Lanka bombings reignite threat of terrorism worldwide

Simultaneous suicide bombings at several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on April 21 were of a scale, sophistication and level of coordination that hasn’t been seen since 9/11. Nine suicide bombers targeted three churches and three hotels on Easter morning, and the resulting casualties numbered 359 dead, including 45 children, and about 500 injured. The complexity of the attacks suggests the bombers received help from an outside organisation, likely the Islamic State (IS). Sadly, securit...

Pulse Secure recognised as technology leader and top performer in the global Network Access Control (NAC) market

Pulse Secure, global provider of secure access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, has been recognised as a technology leader and among the top three performers in Network Access Control (NAC) according to research by Quadrant Knowledge Solutions. The NAC market, estimated at nearly $1.3 billion and growing by 27.6 percent per year, is driven by workforce mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), global regulations, automated threat response and Internet of Things (IoT) securi...

Fermax 2 Wire Duox system installed at an apartment complex in Nottingham

Fermax is delighted to have been able to offer an ideal, cost effective solution to allow installation partners to complete a successful upgrade of a large apartment complex in Nottingham. Working with its approved partner FSE Security systems and involving over 90 apartments at Marina Park Nottingham, the challenge was to upgrade an old third-party audio only system to a modern audio-video system with the minimum of disturbance to residents and without incurring excessive high cost. By using...

USAV, a division of PSA Security Network, appoints Patrick C. Whipkey as new director

USAV, a division of PSA, has announced the addition of Patrick C. Whipkey as the director of USAV. In this role, Whipkey will directly impact the success of USAV by cultivating relationships with integrators, manufacturers, service provider partners and associations within the network, as well as managing programs and collaborating with the management and executive teams on the overall strategic direction of USAV. Security industry veteran Prior to joining PSA, Whipkey spent ten years with IMS...

ASSA ABLOY’s SMARTair access control system secures Lycée Kreisker school in France

The school gate is more than just a physical barrier. The moment a child passes through, the school assumes their duty of care. That’s why regulations in France stipulate schools must verify the identity of everyone who enters. And the gate is where SMARTair now begins its work at Lycée Kreisker, in Brittany. This large, mixed-age school had high standards for a prospective new access control system. The security of the site and safety of students and staff who use it every day was...

Bank of Hawaii Uses March Networks Video Solution for Strategic Planning

Brian Ishikawa has always kept tight control over his video surveillance system, allowing only authorised personnel within his corporate security division to access video footage. So it was a change for Ishikawa, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Security for the Bank of Hawaii, to get used to the idea of authorised staff from the bank’s branch division being able to review video for operational, compliance and marketing-related purposes. The insights collected from the vide...

Cloud security: trends in the cloud for physical security

Cloud platforms and applications are becoming prevalent across security solutions. In the simplest terms, cloud systems store and access data and programs over the Internet instead of using an on-premises computer server. The cloud is a metaphor for the Internet. This technology helps security integrators provide managed services and the advantages of off-site systems and services to customers, which is why cloud computing is often mentioned among the 'megatrends' in the physical security indu...

Secutech India 2019 offers networking opportunities for the commercial security, smart home and fire safety sectors

Security industry stakeholders from across the subcontinent have descended upon Mumbai for the 8th edition of Secutech India, which opens its doors today at the Bombay Exhibition Center. Taking place from 25 – 27 April, the fair offers business, networking and sourcing opportunities for India’s commercial security, smart home and fire safety sectors. In addition, plenty of educational value can be gained through the fairs fringe events, which include a fire safety training and two fu...

NatWest UK unveils UK’s first biometric payment card trial, in collaboration with Gemalto and Fingerprints (Fingerprint Cards AB)

NatWest has rolled out the UK’s first biometric payment card trial. The card is provided by Gemalto and is using Fingerprints’ T-shape sensor module and newly-announced software platform for payments. Its ultra-low power consumption means that the card does not need to feature a battery, as it borrows power from the contactless POS terminals, and superior biometric performance ensures both security and convenience for its user. This is the first trial in the UK, a leading and pionee...

Infosecurity Europe 2019 announces the list of keynote speakers and moderators

In an already inspiring line-up, Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s number one information security event, is delighted to announce that renowned broadcaster and author Kate Adie will be delivering the opening Keynote at this year’s event on Tuesday 4 June (10.15-11.05am). Also announced is Jamie Bartlett, bestselling author of The People Vs Tech, The Dark Net & Radicals and Senior Fellow and former Director of Demos who will open day 2, Wednesday 5 June (10.15-11.05am) and former CE...

Connected Technologies enhances its turnkey system interface by adding Mobile Badge

Connected Technologies LLC, maker of the award-winning Connect ONE cloud-hosted security management platform, has added Mobile Badge to its wide range of value-add features and capabilities included in the turnkey system interface. Designed for schools, campuses, construction sites, clubhouses or other locations with a changing, fluid population, Mobile Badge puts credentialing identification management on the user’s phone, similar to a traditional physical badge. Mobile Badge can be used...

Synesis launches a high precision AI solution to count the actual capacity of parking spaces in real time

Synesis introduced a high precision AI solution which enables regular CCTV cameras to count the number of available and occupied parking spots in the visible area in real time. Unlike existing analogues, the Smart Parking module based on the bound of deeply trained neural networks and computer vision allows to solve three major problems simultaneously: a real-time monitoring and notification, compatibility with parking lots of any scale and configuration, and minimisation of control resources....

'Security & AI Forum’ and Asia Pacific Disaster Management Summit at Secutech 2019

Security industry stakeholders from around the world are readying themselves for a productive three days of business in Taipei, as the countdown to the 22nd edition of Secutech enters its final few weeks. On top of the business and networking opportunities that Secutech creates, the fair also plays a crucial role for information exchange within the security industry. This year, the fair’s fringe programme will cover all of the most important topics for the Asian market, including the appli...

Scoring terrorism: report reflects a decreasing threat in Europe

Terrorism is amongst the more unyielding security threats worldwide, but a report on global terrorism from the Institute for Economics & Peace, Sydney, Australia, provides reason for optimism, especially outside the world’s terrorism hot spots such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Europe is the region with the biggest improvement from the impact of terrorism and has recorded a marked fall in terrorist activity. The number of deaths in Western Europe fell from 168 in 2016 to 81 in 2017. Turkey...

KnowBe4’s intuitive KCM GRC management platform ensures effective vendor risk management

According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. and U.K.-based CISOs by the Ponemon Institute, 59 per cent of companies said they have experienced a data breach caused by one of their vendors or third parties. With large organisations today having upwards of 100,000 third-party vendors to manage, and small organisations having a significant sub-set of that, managing third-party vendor risk is an important part of an organisation’s overall cyber-health. KnowBe4, the provider of the wo...

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