Timely and important issues in the security marketplace dominated our list of most-clicked-upon articles in 2018. Looking back at the top articles of the year provides a decent summary of how our industry evolved this year, and even offers clues to where we’re headed in 2019. In the world of digital publishing, it’s easy to know what content resonates with the security market: Our readers tell us with their actions; i.e., where they click. Let’s look back at the Top 10 articles we posted in 2018 that generated the most page views. They are listed in order here with a brief excerpt. 1. U.S. President Signs Government Ban on Hikvision and Dahua Video Surveillance The ban on government uses, which takes effect ‘not later than one year after … enactment,’ applies not only to future uses of Dahua and Hikvision equipment but also to legacy installations. The bill calls for an assessment of the current presence of the banned technologies and development of a ‘phase-out plan’ to eliminate the equipment from government uses. 2. Motorola Makes a Splash with Avigilon Video Surveillance Acquisition Early clues point to Motorola positioning Avigilon as part of a broader solution, especially in the municipal/safe cities market. The company says the acquisition will enable more safe cities projects and more public-private partnerships between local communities and law enforcement. Motorola sees Avigilon as ‘a natural extension to global public safety and U.S. federal and military’ applications, according to the company. 3. Impact of Data-Driven Smart Cities on Video Surveillance One of the major areas of technology that is going to shift how we interact with our cities is the Internet of Things (IoT). One benefit will be the ability to use video surveillance to analyse data on large crowds at sporting events The IoT already accounts for swaths of technology and devices operating in the background. However, we’re increasingly seeing these come to the forefront of everyday life, as data becomes increasingly critical. Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency 4. CES 2018: Security Technologies Influencing the Consumer Electronics Market Familiar players at security shows also have a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For example, Bosch is highlighting its “Simply. Connected” portfolio of smart city technology to transform security as well as urban mobility, air quality and energy efficiency. Many consumer technologies on display offer a glimpse of what’s ahead for security. Are Panasonic’s 4K OLEDs with HDR10+ format or Sony’s A8F OLED televisions a preview of the future of security control room monitors? 5. SIA Predicts Top Physical Security Trends for 2018 Traditional security providers will focus more on deepening the customer experience and enhancing convenience and service. The rise of IoT also places an emphasis on cybersecurity, and security dealers will react by seeking manufacturers and technology partners with cyber-hardened network-connected devices. 6. High-Speed Visitor Screening Systems Will Improve Soft Target Security The system is more expensive than a metal detector, but about a third the cost of familiar airport body scanners. Labor reduction (because of faster throughput) can help offset the system costs, but “it’s difficult to quantify the improvement in the visitor experience,” says Mike Ellenbogen, CEO of Evolv Technology. 7. How to Prevent ATM Jackpotting with Physical and Cyber Security A new crime wave is hitting automated teller machines (ATMs); the common banking appliances are being rigged to spit out their entire cash supplies into a criminal’s waiting hands. The crime is called “ATM jackpotting” and has targeted banking machines located in grocery shops, pharmacies and other locations in Taiwan, Europe, Latin America and, in the last several months, the United States. Rough estimates place the total amount of global losses at up to $60 million. The safety and security world bring a complex problem to solve- how to pick out a face in a moving and changing environment and compare it to several faces of interest 8. Why We Need to Look Beyond Technology for Smart City Security Solutions Although technology is necessary for an urban area to transition in to a safe and smart city, technology alone isn’t sufficient. Truly smart cities are savvy cities and that includes how they employ software, sensing, communications and other technologies to meet their needs. 9. How New Video Surveillance Technology Boosts Airport Security and Operations Employing airport security solutions is a complex situation with myriad government, state and local rules and regulations that need to be addressed while ensuring the comfort needs of passengers. Airport security is further challenged with improving and increasing operational efficiencies, as budgets are always an issue. As an example, security and operational data must be easily shared with other airport departments and local agencies such as police, customs, emergency response and airport operations to drive a more proactive approach across the organisation. 10. The Evolution of Facial Recognition from Body-Cams to Video Surveillance The safety and security world bring a complex problem to solve how to pick out a face in a moving and changing environment and compare it to several faces of interest. “One-to-many” facial recognition is a much harder problem to solve.
Evolv Technology, creator of the Evolv EdgeTM people screening system that detects weapons and bombs, today announced the addition of Alan Cohen and David Orfao of General Catalyst to its Board of Directors. Both have deep experience scaling sales, marketing and distribution, ultimately building organisations that have created new multi-billion-dollar disruptive companies. Most recently, Cohen was a Board Member and Chief Commercial Officer at Illumio. A long-time enterprise tech veteran, his prior two companies, Airespace (acquired by Cisco for $450 million) and Nicira (acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion), were the market leaders in software-driven, cutting-edge technologies. Experience in organisational scaling Allaire grew from a venture-backed start-up to a $119 million public corporation trading Prior to Airespace, Cohen held executive roles at Cisco and IBM. He is well known for his experience in marketing and organisational scaling in several industries including networking, security, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and enterprise software. Cohen also serves as an advisor at Cohesity, Mist, and Netskope. Before co-founding General Catalyst, Orfao led Allaire Corporation from 1997 to 2000 as president, CEO and member of the Board of Directors. During his tenure, Allaire grew from a venture-backed start-up to a $119 million public corporation trading on the NASDAQ. Successfully completing IPOs on the NASDAQ The company pioneered the internet application server market before merging with Macromedia. Prior to Allaire, Orfao held executive positions at Frame Technology Corporation, Claris Corporation and SQA Corporation, successfully completing Initial Public Offerings on the NASDAQ with Frame Technology and SQA Corporation. Orfao sits on the Board of Directors for several General Catalyst-backed companies including Circle, Envoy, OG Systems and RStudio. Their extensive experience scaling and transforming businesses will be invaluable" “We welcome Alan and David to the board – their extensive experience scaling and transforming businesses will be invaluable as we expand beyond the initial markets we have developed in 2018,” said Mike Ellenbogen, CEO at Evolv Technology. “These additions and the rest of our board and team of advisors share the same passion for applying technology to help solve important challenges. With their support and influence, we are well-equipped to extend our reach.” From battle-hardened security personnel, to former CIA and FBI operatives, Evolv’s list of advisors and board members includes the following experts that are helping improve the people screening experience with technology to keep people safe from mass shooting and mass casualty events. Advisors: David Cohen, one of the world’s leading authorities on intelligence analysis and operations from the CIA and NYPD. Juliette Kayyem, who has spent over 15 years working to make our nation more secure as Massachusetts’ Homeland Security Chief and Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). John Pistole, former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator who helped transform the organisation from a one-size fits all agency, to a risk-based, intelligence-driven agency. Board Members: Mark Sullivan, a federal law enforcement agent for nearly 35 years and former Director of the U.S. Secret Service. Bilal Zuberi, a partner at Lux Capital and former entrepreneur focused on backing entrepreneurs who imagine and build the world they want to live in. Mike Ellenbogen, co-founder and CEO of Evolv Technology focused on applying advanced technology to help make our world a safer place. Evolv Edge is used by a variety of venues including Oakland International Airport, a top NFL sports stadium, performing arts venues in New York City, iconic tourist attractions and airports across the U.S. and Europe.
Evolv Technology announced Evolv Edge, its people screening system that detects weapons and bombs, has achieved the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFETY Act Designation. Following a rigorous application and due diligence process by DHS, the Evolv Edge is now a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT). As part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Congress enacted the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) to provide incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of effective anti-terrorism technologies from developing and commercializing technologies that could save lives. The process to obtain the SAFETY Act Designation involves extensive review of the product, its use and experience – including a review of test results; operational, manufacturing and quality assurance practices and effectiveness; and feedback from customers. Security teams look for technology, such as the Evolv Edge, that is validated by the SAFETY Act to provide peace of mind" Preventing physical security threats “The SAFETY Act Designation mitigates the impact of terrorism-related lawsuits, allowing our customers to focus on what’s most important: providing a seamless experience for their visitors and employees that help keep them safe,” said Mike Ellenbogen, CEO at Evolv Technology. “This Designation provides further validation and reassurance for Evolv Edge customers that the technology can be used effectively for its intended purpose of detecting and preventing physical security threats – ultimately helping people feel safer in places they visit.” “Venues like sports stadiums need to employ a comprehensive, multi-layered plan to ensure the safety and security of their fans, players and staff,” said Mark Sullivan, a member of the Evolv Technology Board of Directors and former director of the United States Secret Service. “Part of this effort includes carefully evaluating security technology to help protect against the kinds of threats we’re increasingly seeing in our world today. Security teams look for technology, such as the Evolv Edge, that is validated by the SAFETY Act to provide peace of mind that their technologies are working as they should, enabling them to be proactive before an event happens, and provide the safest visitor experience possible.” Hassle-free people screening Evolv Edge takes the hassle out of people screening by consistently scanning for bombs and weapons Evolv Edge takes the hassle out of people screening by consistently scanning for bombs and weapons without the need to empty pockets. The result is a positive experience for both employees and visitors. The systems have screened millions of people at many different types of venues globally including performing arts venues, sports stadiums, transportation hubs and government institutions. For example, Oakland International Airport (OAK) installed the Evolv Edge earlier this year to enhance its employee screening program; and an iconic tourist attraction with peak traffic of 13,000 visitors per day is using Evolv Edge for daily visitor screening. Evolv Edge also recently completed operational testing and evaluation by Safe Skies and was successfully tested by TNO, an internationally recognised detection and testing facility, among other certifications and awards.
As an innovator in airport security, Oakland International Airport (OAK) announced that it has installed the Evolv Edge, a physical threat detection and prevention system powered by artificial intelligence, to streamline its employee screening program. This installation enhances OAK’s security posture by protecting against metallic and non-metallic threats while simultaneously improving operational efficiency. Physical threat detection system OAK is committed to applying advanced, innovative solutions to complex security operations OAK is committed to applying advanced, innovative solutions to complex security operations. The TSA acknowledged this commitment by selecting OAK as a TSA Innovation Site, a prestigious distinction that promotes improved efficiency and allows the airport to try technologies to benefit its growing passenger and employee base. As the second busiest airport in northern California, passenger travel at OAK is on pace to surpass the 13.2 million travelers that passed through the airport last year. To accommodate this growth, more and more employees are being hired to work at OAK. Therefore, OAK began researching innovative solutions related to employee inspection methods and equipment. Evolv Edge provides OAK with the ability to screen employees for metallic and non-metallic threats with a fast, non-invasive process. Designed with built-in wheels for portability, OAK can easily move the system throughout the airport allowing maximum efficiency for its employee inspection program. Non-invasive employee screening With Edge, organisations, such as OAK, can adapt a risk-based security approach while balancing security with positive experience With this installation, OAK continues to be at the forefront of security through its use of modern technologies to combat today’s evolving threat landscape. By replacing traditional physical screenings with Evolv Edge’s precision, mobility and multi-threat detection capabilities, OAK can control access and respond to different threat scenarios quickly and efficiently. With Edge, organisations, such as OAK, can adapt a risk-based security approach while balancing security with positive experience. “With today’s threat landscape, the security perimeter has expanded beyond traditional checkpoints,” said Mike Ellenbogen, CEO of Evolv Technology and a 20-year veteran in aviation security. “Evolv Edge’s flexibility and portability provides Oakland International Airport with an added layer of security when it comes to employee screening. Oakland International Airport is always at the forefront of innovation, and we will continue working closely with their team to ensure success and safety.”
Several recent terrorist and mass violence attacks have been directed at soft targets, or relatively unprotected locations where people gather such as outside a music venue or in the unscreened passenger areas at airports. Attacks in public areas have led to the development of new security technologies aimed at protecting soft targets. One company addressing the challenges is Evolv Technology and its Edge automated high-speed personnel screening solution. The system integrates walkthrough firearm and explosive detection for high-throughput protection of events and soft targets.The Edge system has multiple detection sensitivity settings to respond to various threat scenarios Enhanced visitor experience The system seeks to increase security without compromising the ‘customer experience’. People simply walk through single-file – between two 5-foot-tall stanchions. One lane can screen up to 800 people per hour, and the system detects explosives or metallic objects without the need for pat-downs or wands or other invasive procedures. Any personal belongings can remain in visitors’ pockets. A single security guard is needed for each lane to verify any detected threats. “The system combines an improved security posture with a better visitor experience,” says Mike Ellenbogen, CEO of Evolv Technology. “We need to fly and have been trained to be screened at the airport, but we don’t expect to be screened going to see a ball game or a Mozart concert. Evolv recognised a need for a new way to inspect people before they enter these types of facilities. It’s a seamless system that pulls various technologies together. We want to feel safe but without having to sacrifice the quality of the experience.”Screening analytics provide data on the numbers of people screened by time of day and by result The system combines millimetre wave and magnetic field sensors, along with artificial intelligence (AI)/ machine learning and can incorporate additional data such as biometrics. Known bad actors can be identified using facial recognition. The system has multiple detection sensitivity settings to respond to various threat scenarios. Expanding perimeter protection A security guard provides the human touch by verifying any threats detected by the system. The locations of concealed items are displayed on a photo of the individual using a color-coded box overlay. Screening analytics provide data on the numbers of people screened by time of day and by result. Ellenbogen says the company is working to have the system adopted at entertainment venues, performing arts centres, sports centres, for air and rail transportation, and to protect high-profile government buildings. The Edge system can expand the protected perimeter to a wider area that was previously unprotected. The Edge system can expand the protected perimeter to a wider area that was previously unprotected For example, concert-goers exited the arena of an Ariana Grande concert May 22, 2017, in Manchester, U.K., and entered the surrounding area that was unscreened and unsecured. Placing a user-friendly screening system around a wider perimeter outside the concert venue might have prevented the use of an improvised explosive device in the terrorist attack.Placing a user-friendly screening system around a wider perimeter outside the concert venue might have prevented the use of an improvised explosive device in the terrorist attack Threat mitigation with soft target approach Likewise, a 2016 bombing at the Brussels Airport occurred in the departure hall outside the passenger screening areas. Securing a wider perimeter – for example, screening customers discreetly as they enter the airport building from a parking area – could have provided additional security against such an attack. Ellenbogen confirms Evolv has sold a number of systems to major European airports to screen visitors and passengers as they enter the front door. “Addressing the threat to an airport or train system is different than screening passengers; we are looking for different types of objects and different types of materials. The idea is to be able to detect threats to a venue before they get into the venue.” The soft target approach can also be applied to public buildings, such as courthouses, and used in lieu of more invasive metal detectors and x-ray machines. The portability of the Edge system enables a ‘pop-up’ approach to security – i.e., to relocate the system to address specific or changing security threats easily. The self-contained system only requires a wall plug. Labour reduction (because of faster throughput) can help offset the system costs but it’s difficult to quantify the improvement in the visitor experienceImproving security posture at event venues “It’s surprising the level of importance [venue owners] put on the visitor experience,” says Ellenbogen. “They see that their brand starts at the front door. They are eager to find alternative security solutions that come across as more inviting, less imposing, less closed down, less invasive than the solutions they have been using,” he says. “They are driven by a desire to improve the visitor experience as they improve the security posture.” He says current events, including terrorist attacks and mass shootings, drive awareness among venue owners to improve the security of soft targets. “The level of interest is high, and it spikes somewhat when there is a big headline,” Ellenbogen says. He notes that the system is more expensive than a metal detector, but about a third the cost of familiar airport body scanners. Labour reduction (because of faster throughput) can help offset the system costs, but “it’s difficult to quantify the improvement in the visitor experience,” Ellenbogen says.
As the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences One Dalton Street rises to claim its place on the Boston skyline, details inside the building are also taking form. One Dalton developer, Richard L. Friedman, President and CEO, Carpenter & Company, set out to find the most innovative companies in the security industry, tasking them with developing a plan for Boston’s tallest residential building. Seamless and safe security The result of Friedman’s search is three key partnerships: former Head of the U.S. Secret Service Mark Sullivan, now principal and co-founder of Global Security & Innovative Strategies (GSIS); Evolv Technology; and video management software company Milestone Systems. “We plan to offer luxury in all forms at One Dalton, everything from 24-hour room service and a stellar spa to a seamless and safe security plan. As always, we are looking ahead for the ideas and technology that will continue to set our building apart and make living at One Dalton a premier experience on every level. Partnering with GSIS, Evolv Technology and Milestone Systems is really next-level thinking for us,” Friedman said. Superior surveillance Friedman met Mark Sullivan during President Bill Clinton’s visits to his house on Martha’s Vineyard. After Sullivan concluded his federal service, he co-founded GSIS, a company that leverages its extensive private and public sector, homeland and public security, and international expertise to provide comprehensive solutions for its clients. Sullivan has been tasked to oversee the security plan for One Dalton which includes security assessments, design, implementation and advisory services. On Sullivan’s recommendation, One Dalton is incorporating cutting-edge technology from Evolv Technology and Milestone Systems to provide a superior surveillance system. Evolv uses advanced sensing and deep learning to ensure a threat-free environment while balancing the everyday pace of life Evolv Technology Evolv Technology is a technology startup founded by Boston-based security and technology veterans Mike Ellenbogen and Anil Chitkara. Focused on rethinking physical security, Evolv uses advanced sensing and deep learning to ensure a threat-free environment while balancing the everyday pace of life. Evolv’s flexible, risk-based screening approach fulfills the needs of state-of-the-art facilities like One Dalton. The company’s experienced leaders, alongside an advisory board of security veterans from the Department of Homeland Security, CIA, TSA and the U.S. Secret Service have created products designed to address today’s emerging threats. One Dalton will be the first residential building to utilise Evolv’s revolutionary technology. Embracing change It was a natural fit to have Milestone Systems, provider of open platform IP video management software (VMS), as part of this exceptional team. The company’s solutions increase overall safety and optimal operations through comprehensive management and distribution of digital video data. High performance network video recorders and the video monitoring software platform can be tailored to meet the demands of any complex security installation. Its open architecture enables ongoing integrations with new technology innovations as they come to market. “One Dalton is one of a few elite buildings worldwide to embrace change and incorporate technology that will provide the best life for its hotel guests and residents. Public venues have been working to improve security for some time; this is a remarkable and intelligent investment for a residential development,” Sullivan said. Event security and employee screening The final plan has yet to be determined, but One Dalton will begin by improving upon the common back-of-house security operations that are typically used in hotels and residential buildings. Surveillance of common areas and public spaces using Milestone Systems integrated with event security through Evolv Technology and employee screening are among the solutions being considered. “For us, this is part of a long view on security for One Dalton. As technology improves and we learn more about exactly what our residents and hotel guests want and need, we will introduce new elements that ensure all who spend time at One Dalton feel relaxed, safe and cared for,” Friedman added.