Corps Security has won a five-year, £3.6m annual contract to provide security services to Tata Steel Europe across the UK. Tata is Europe's second largest steel producer with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in more than 50 countries. More than 100 security officers will be provided by Corps to secure all 14 of Tata’s UK sites including the flagship steelmaking plant in Port Talbot, Wales. Mike Bullock, CEO of Corps Security, said: “We are delighted to be...
Limitless Security launches a new fixed cost managed solution for the housebuilding and construction industries. This fully managed service takes away the headaches and hassles involved in installing, managing and maintaining security equipment on building sites. It will enable housebuilders to reduce the incidence of break-ins, theft and vandalism whilst maintaining and managing the costs of security within acceptable limits. Managed security solution This fully managed security...
Globally renowned entrance security specialist, Meesons A.I. Ltd is celebrating being selected as a finalist in the 2019 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. 2019 NatWest GB Awards NatWest Bank is the headline sponsor of the awards which celebrate the incredible stories that have taken businesses to where they are today. Jeremy Terry, Chief Executive Officer at Meesons, secured a place in the North West Regional Final for Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year category followi...
School shootings, especially in the United States, present an ongoing tragedy and a challenge to the security industry. We like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem: but how effective are they at the end of the day? The sad answer – even after dozens of school shootings and even in the wrenching aftermath of the latest one – is that we don’t know. There is a gaping lack of knowledge and research when it comes to measuring the effec...
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, recently announced the rebrand of Staff Pro to Allied Universal Event Services. Staff Pro was obtained through the company’s acquisition of U.S. Security Associates back in 2018. This new Allied Universal Event Services business is recognised as industry-leading crowd management, event staffing, and consulting company and now has a new logo, tagline, positioning, and web presence. In addition to offering experien...
Corps Security has won a three-plus-two-year contract to provide security services to French international bank BNP Paribas in London. The integrated security partnership involves manned guarding and event guarding services together with close protection services and systems monitoring from Corps’ monitoring centre in Glasgow. Manned guarding, event security BNP Paribas operates in 77 countries and is the world’s seventh largest bank by assets and properties. It was formed by...
Allied Universal, renowned security and facility services company in North America, has announced the acquisition of Cypress Private Security, LP - a San Francisco-based company offering comprehensive security services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Manned guarding “Cypress Private Security is a company that we have long admired and always wanted to partner with,” said Steve Jones, CEO of Allied Universal. “This security company has built a brand and a culture through outstanding employee and client relationships. I am honoured to have Cypress Private Security be part of the global Allied Universal family.” Cypress Private Security is a company that we have long admired and always wanted to partner with" With revenues in excess of US$ 40 million and more than 1,300 employees, Cypress Private Security has been providing a full range of security solutions encompassing armed and unarmed uniformed officers, mobile patrols, loss prevention programs and emergency security consulting since 1996. Allied Universal – Cypress partnership Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Cypress Private Security has multiple offices in Oakland, Calif., Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Modesto, Calif., Los Angeles, Calif., San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Wash. and Las Vegas, Nev. The company’s COO, Jonas Tegnerud, will be joining Allied Universal as Director of Operations in the Northwest region. “We are excited about this opportunity for our employees to become an integral part of Allied Universal - one of the largest security companies in the country,” said Kes Narbutas, CEO of Cypress Private Security. “We offer a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated employees who provided first-class service to our loyal clients for so many years.”
Limitless Security, a provider of security solutions for the housebuilding and construction industries, has launched the VIDAR detector. This standalone, wire-free security system combines motion detection with integrated image verification to help reduce the cost of break-ins, theft and vandalism. VIDAR is a key part of Limitless Security’s new fixed cost, fully managed service which takes away the headaches and hassles involved in installing, managing and maintaining security equipment on building sites. According to Adam Lees, Managing Director of Limitless Security: “Developed as a result of more than 30 years’ experience, VIDAR is an integrated, technology-led security solution that detects intruders and captures images for visual verification around the clock. It provides building sites with unparalleled flexibility in terms of deployment as it does not need to be connected to an external power supply, control panel, telephone line or internet service.” Clear images of intruders during day/night VIDAR works in colour during the day and black & white at night using four high powered infrared spotlightsVIDAR uses a high-quality CMOS camera with automatic exposure, colour encoding and focus to capture images that clearly show when intruders are onsite. It works in colour during the day and black & white at night using four high powered infrared spotlights. Operating in conjunction with a PIR that uses a highly directional Fresnel lens, VIDAR has a day/night range of up to 30 metres – over double the distance of other market-leading solutions. When the PIR sensor detects motion, VIDAR’s embedded SIM automatically transmits images to a Monitoring Centre for visual verification before an agreed response plan is implemented. Limitless Security installs VIDAR after completing a risk assessment and configures the units to auto-arm and disarm at times and days required by individual sites. Unique SmartArm technology is used to scan target locations for any activity at pre-set arming times. VIDAR will only arm itself when no movement has been detected for a continuous period configurable from 15-60 minutes to minimise false alarms and unnecessary call-outs. It can also be used in ‘Gate’ mode to monitor the routine entry and exit of people and vehicles at building sites. SIA-licensed security guarding service Our managed solution includes detection, monitoring and response using a SIA-licensed security guarding service" “Our managed solution includes detection, monitoring and response using a SIA-licensed security guarding service. It covers everything from risk assessment, the supply, installation and management of all equipment and site security signage through to documentation of any events for evidential purposes and the provision of information to responding agencies,” continued Lees. “Importantly, we are focussed on providing a complete security solution for a single, fixed monthly cost to make budgeting easier and eliminate any unexpected additional charges.” VIDAR is IP65 rated with dimensions of 240mm (h) x 120mm (w) x 60mm (d). Each unit weighs 0.62Kg excluding batteries.
High-tech, Scottish-based site security company Safer Scotland has broken into the lucrative UK market with a £500,000 contract at the Northumberland Energy Park, a premier East Coast location for a range of energy-based industries. The breakthrough deal, signed with major UK and Europe building and civil engineering contractor Farrans, is the latest in a successful run of contract wins which will push Safer Scotland’s turnover to in excess of £1.6 million, up by 50% compared to this year. It will also bring to a much wider audience the Paisley headquartered enterprise’s innovative application of the latest technological advances to what has traditionally been a man-guarding sectoral model. Requirement of CCTV and access control The Northumberland contract will entail a CCTV package, man-guarding and access control at the strategic land development sitesSecurity specialist and business founder Ryan Clark said: “This is an important new step which opens up a world of potential for our offering. The opportunities in England are 50 times greater than north of the border." The Northumberland contract, which will run for two and a half years, will entail a bespoke CCTV package, man-guarding and access control at the strategic land development sites across the Blyth Estuary. It follows a previous contract win with Farrans for a road realignment project in Aberdeenshire. That, in turn, followed a major £200,000 instruction at the £38 million Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture which was set up to construct the A737 Dalry bypass. Mobile CCTV surveillance tower On the Dalry project, Safer Scotland once again broke new ground by developing, in-house, a bespoke mobile CCTV surveillance tower for Farrans which runs entirely from renewable energy. It was so innovative that Farrans is submitting it for a Considerate Constructors Scheme award. Mr Clark said: “The bypass was a rolling project with constantly changing power needs and risk profiles. The client wanted a tower which they could move themselves and which would not be dependent on replacing hydrogen power cell gas canisters. Safer Scotland has moved into an office which will also serve as a security demonstration centre “We developed a solution which combined solar panels and an inbuilt wind turbine capacity which meant remote and dangerous areas could be effectively monitored. Its standalone generating capacity has given us a proof of concept model which we can roll out more widely.” Technical solutions for effective coverage Mr. Clark pointed out that while personnel traditionally were used to guard sites, it was recognised that they were vulnerable to intimidation, corruption, isolation-related incidents and attack. As a consequence, his firm is 90% to 95% weighted towards CCTV and the company employs technical solutions wherever possible, creating significant cost savings for clients as well as greater, more effective coverage. Safer Scotland, which employs 12 people, has recently moved into new office which will also serve as a security demonstration centre, illustrating how radically site safety and surveillance has changed in recent years. The company also provides security guards, event security, door supervisors, key holding and other security services.
Security services are demanded by all sorts of businesses and events. Being that Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world and a favourite destination for entrepreneurship at all scales, it’s also listed as one of the cities in the USA with the highest crime rates. For this reason, security companies in Los Angeles have an increasing demand, which Hillquest Security has supplied since 2016. Hillquest Security serves individual and commercial clients with more than 10 different security services, like armed patrol, bodyguards, security guards, mobile patrols and even risk management. According to their website, “We will provide you and your organisation the peace of mind that comes with highly trained, regularly audited and dedicated security operatives that have been working in the industry for years.'' Covering majority of cities in Los Angeles According to the Yellow Pages, Hillquest Security is listed sixth as one of the Best 30 Security Guard Companies in Los AngelesAside from the different security options, Hillquest Security stands out by providing one of the largest coverage areas in their industry. Only in Los Angeles County, they cover cities like Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Carson, Capistrano, Century City, Cerritos, Dana Point, Downey, El Segundo, Gardena, Garden Grove, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Huntington Park, Ladera Heights, La Habra, Long Beach, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Santa Ana, Torrance, Venice, West Hollywood, Wilmington, Yorba Linda and many more. Hillquest Security was founded by a former Marine officer. The company’s team members go through a comprehensive screening process that includes a complete background check, honesty and drug profile, and a criminal history fingerprint check with the Department of Public Safety and the FBI. This, along with their 5 million dollar insurance policy make it “guaranteed to keep you and your business safe, even after the most challenging times,” according to Hillquest Security’s website. Listed sixth best security guard company According to the Yellow Pages, Hillquest Security is listed sixth as one of the Best 30 Security Guard Companies in Los Angeles. There are also positive reviews featured on their social media and listing sites, like Yelp. Their 24/7 availability and the high standards of their guards and crew, in general, are among the reasons for such positive feedback. Their already wide coverage area is nowadays expanding to San Diego and Riverside counties.
Carlisle Support Services continues its framework success with acceptance as an official NOE CPC framework supplier. Established in 2007, and wholly owned by the NHS, NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) provides collaborative and bespoke procurement solutions to the NHS and other public sector organisations. Through category expertise and harnessing their collective buying power they deliver comprehensive, compliant and innovative procurement solutions which save the NHS money. Commencing from 22 February 2019, the framework provides trusts access to SIA approved contractors supplying SIA licensed security personnel who are able to respond to the demands of providing security services in a healthcare setting. CCTV monitoring services The security services for the Healthcare Sector Framework is spilt into two separate lots: Lot 1 – Security Services Manned Guarding, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding and Alarm Response, Reception Duties and CCTV Monitoring Services Lot 2 – Managed Security Services Manned Guarding, Mobile Patrols, Key Holding and Alarm Response, Reception Duties and CCTV Monitoring Services. Additional security services including Bed Watching, Car Park Management and management of the full services through the provision of Security Management personnel. Comprehensive solution Carlisle Support Services was successful with submissions to support both lots. Lucy Lott, Group Commercial Director said: “Being awarded supplier status on these lots of this framework is a great achievement for Carlisle Support Services and illustrates just how seriously we take our alignment with the NHS and public sector as a whole. We’re investing heavily in developing our services, expertise and propositions to help NHS bodies looking to modernise their security environments while minimising risk” Jackie Williams, Category Manager - Business and Professional Services at NOE CPC said: “We are incredibly proud of the service NOE CPC delivers and the expertise of our team. Our Security Services for the Healthcare Sector framework agreement offers a comprehensive solution to NHS organisations ensuring value and compliance. We are delighted when organisations meet the high standards required and are awarded to our frameworks to continue to deliver value to the NHS.”
Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Securadyne Systems, a security systems integration company based in Dallas, Texas. The deal is expected to close on April 15, 2019. This acquisition will combine a leading U.S. security services company with a world-class technology solutions provider, which will serve as a platform for providing technology-enabled security solutions on a global scale. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Specialises in integrated security solutions The new tech platform will be rebranded as Allied Universal Technology ServicesFounded by CEO Carey Boethel in 2011 in partnership with Pamlico Capital, Securadyne Systems specialises in integrated security solutions by offering security consulting, design, engineering and installation. With revenues in excess of $73 million and more than 300 employees, Securadyne has a branch network of more than 17 locations across the United States. “Our new acquisition of Securadyne Systems supports our long-term strategy to become the leader in the security technology market,” said Steve Jones – CEO of Allied Universal. “As security needs change and evolve, Allied Universal will offer clients cutting-edge technology and service that will help make their security programs more effective and efficient to better protect their employees and assets.” As a result of this acquisition, Securadyne Systems will become the technology service platform upon which Allied Universal will build out global systems integration capabilities. This new tech platform will be rebranded as Allied Universal Technology Services, which will be headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Prevent incidents and protect people Allied Universal Technology Services will help clients mitigate risk with the ultimate goal to prevent incidents The Securadyne team will be joining Allied Universal under Allied Universal Technology Services. Boethel will become President of the combined enterprises under the direction of Jones. Ty Richmond, who formally oversaw Allied Universal Security Systems, will now be responsible for Risk Advisory and Consulting Services and Allied Universal’s international business. Allied Universal Technology Services, a highly advanced, comprehensive and integrated tech solution, will help clients mitigate risk with the ultimate goal to prevent incidents and protect people and assets. Most importantly, Allied Universal Technology Services’ all-inclusive service approach offers intelligent and seamless technology solutions from access control and video surveillance to threat monitoring services and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven security management tools to installation and service. Allied’s Monitoring and Response Center Allied Universal Technology Services will offer clients electronic access control, video surveillance, fire/life safety, alarm monitoring, emergency communications, technological threat management and response, and other smart tech innovative solutions, including a broad array of hosted/managed services via Allied’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), and the Global Security Operating Center (GSOC-as-a-Service). We are excited to now offer our clients a comprehensive approach to security to include security guarding"“During our acquisition integration planning, I have witnessed first-hand not only the strong culture fit, but also the compelling growth synergies that exist between our two organisations,” said Boethel – CEO of Securadyne. “In addition to our systems integration platform, we are excited to now offer our clients a comprehensive approach to security to include security guarding, consulting and investigations, executive protection, alarm monitoring and a broad array remote technology services.” Fourth largest security integrator in USA Once the acquisition is completed, Allied Universal Technology Services will employ over 500 employees with 27 locations and will be positioned as the fourth largest security systems integrator in the United States. Advisors to Allied Universal for this transaction included Ernst & Young (EY) and Sheppard Mullin. Raymond James and Alston & Bird represented Securadyne Systems on the deal.
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.
According to the reports of not-for-profit organisation Gun Violence Archive, the year 2018 has seen 323 mass shooting incidents as of November 28 in the United States. This number is 346 for the year 2017 and 382 for 2016 (more statistics are available here), with “mass shooting” defined as cases where four or more people are shot or killed in the same time period and location. While definitions of mass shooting vary with organisations in the US, the count of over 300 incidents per year, or about once per day on average, is simply alarming. It raises public safety concerns, ignites debates and protests, which in turn lead to public unrest and potentially more violence, and increases costs for governments from the regional to federal level. Most importantly, the loss of lives demands not only improvement in post-incident handling and investigation, but also new prevention technologies. Gunshot detection solutions AI weapon detection offers a more efficient alternative to prevent active shooting There are several gunshot detection solutions in the security market, commonly used by law enforcement agencies to detect and locate gun fires. These systems function based on acoustic recordings and analyses and often in combination with signals detected by sensors of the optical flash and shockwave when a gun is fired. However, gunshot detection by nature dictates that the law enforcement can only react to a shooting incident that has occurred. With fast action, law enforcement can prevent the incident from escalating, but lives that are lost cannot be recovered. With the development of artificial intelligence in object recognition, AI weapon detection offers a more efficient alternative to prevent active shooting: AI can visually detect guns based on their shapes before they are fired. The AI is trained to recognise firearms in different shapes, sizes, colours, and at different angles in videos, so that the AI weapon detector can be deployed with existing cameras systems, analyse the video feeds, and instantly notify security staff when a gun is spotted. Comparison of the advantages for law enforcement and public security agencies Legacy gunshot detection using sensors AI weapon detection Reactive measure: detect after guns have been fired Proactive measure: detect before guns are fired Time to action: within 1 second Time to action: within 1 second Unable to provide visual data about shooter(s) Can provide data about shooter(s) based on the camera recording: clothing, luggage (backpack, handbag, etc.), facial features, vehicle Unable to track the location of the shooter(s) before and after shooting because of the lack of sound Can track the shooter(s) using AI Person & Vehicle Tracking, AI Face Recognition, and AI License Plate Recognition False detection caused by similar sound such as fireworks and cars backfiring Minimal to no false detection, as AI can distinguish different types of handguns and rifles from normal objects (umbrella, cellphone, etc.) Require physical deployment of gunshot detection sensors Can be used with existing camera systems, do not require special hardware Complicated to deploy, require highly trained professional Easy to deploy as an add-on to existing video surveillance system - Can integrate with gun-shot detection to create a “double knock” audio and video active shooter alert system Gun-shot detection advantages In addition to advantages for law enforcement and public security agencies, this type of visual-based pre-incident detector has three-fold advantages for the public: Save lives by spotting the shooter before the shooting event. Minimise the chaos entailing an incident: panic and chaos caused by a shooting incident often adds to injury, as people run, fall, trample on others… With an AI weapon detector, when a gun is spotted, the system sends an alert to security staff, who can quickly control the situation in an organised manner and apprehend the intending shooter. Can be added as a SaaS (Security as a Service) component to small business and home surveillance systems, e.g., intrusion detection alerts (home invasion incidents with firearms number over 2500 per year nationwide). For a complete active shooter detection system, video-based AI detector can operate in conjunction with gunshot detectors for enhanced security. Traditional X-ray based weapon detection or metal detection entrance systems are complicated and expensive; with AI video technology, active shooter detection system can be cost-effective, and after all, what price tag can one put on a life? Written by Paul Sun and Mai Truong, IronYun
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 a security service provider with a rich history in manguarding, Allied Universal is launching a new technology platform to increase productivity and accountability of security officers and to transform guard service operations from an ‘observe and report’ mission to a ‘detect and respond’ function. Mark Mullison, Allied Universal’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), says the new Heliaus platform also uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse data, predict outcomes, and prescribe optimum responses. The platform includes a smart phone app that guides security officers to ensure post orders are followed and provides a ‘virtual’ coach or supervisor to guide security officers throughout the day. “The walls between technology and people need to come down in the future,” says Mullison. “We need an ecosystem in which people and technology can cooperate well and respond to threats and drive outcomes.” Real-time situational awareness Technology plays an increasing role in security and safety, but it will never replace humans"Heliaus is a step in that direction. It has two components – the mobile app used by security officers; and a cloud-based portal, like a command and control centre that compiles information from the app and other inputs and performs AI analysis of data. Heliaus is an add-on for Allied Universal customers and is offered for a per-device subscription fee of $199 per month. A customer company’s managers can also access the portal for data visualisation tools and real-time situational awareness, or to input data such as ‘approving’ an incident report or action. “Technology plays an increasing role in security and safety, but it will never replace humans,” says Mullison. “It will augment and enhance the workflow and make people more effective.” “We are focussing on delivering better outcomes for safety and security,” he adds. “The impacts are as broad and diverse as the clients we serve.” Customisation of forms enables the system to collect and use any information that was previously collected on paper. Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC) A system is effective only to the extent that it is used, and Allied Universal has engineered the user experience to make the mobile app easy – almost fun – to use, says Mullison. Elements of ‘gamification’ drive greater user adoption. “It is designed to support the work [security officers] do and make information collection a by-product of people doing their jobs.” The system brings together rich data, AI, location-aware workflow automation, and friendly user experience design Effective AI depends on data, and Heliaus pulls data from Allied Universal’s Monitoring and Response Center (MaRC), where a cloud server integrates the company’s managed security services, including access control, video surveillance and video analytics. It also incorporates current weather information and forecasts, and information specific to the industry segment. Additional data is generated as officers enter data through the mobile app. The system brings together rich data, AI, location-aware workflow automation, and friendly user experience design. It provides insight into the drivers of risk, makes recommendations about how to reduce incidents, and, through dynamic workflow automation, ensures that those recommendations are implemented. Location awareness is a combination of the global positioning system (GPS), Bluetooth beacons, and near-field communication (NFC) tags. Improves the accuracy of responses AI understands the data and applies reasoning capabilities to predict an outcome and prescribe a response“Information is organised to facilitate AI analysis. If you have the right knowledge representation then problem-solving is easy,” says Mullison, echoing a common principle of artificial intelligence. AI works to analyse data and make predictions and recommendations to guide responses by security personnel. AI understands the data and applies reasoning capabilities to predict an outcome and prescribe a response. The AI system also learns and improves the accuracy of responses with more data and over time. Responses come much faster than older ‘trial and error’ models of analysis. Another element of Heliaus is a ‘robust workflow engine’ that ensures recommendations are carried out, either by a security professional on site or by the client. Mullison says implementation of the system can result in a 20% reduction of security and safety incidents. Multiple applications of Heliaus Heliaus is already being used by some Allied Universal customers. For example, a major Hollywood production studio is using it to identify and address workplace hazards such as stray electrical cords, dripping water hoses, etc., across a 50-acre area. In the logistics sector, Heliaus is being used to facilitate checking delivery vehicles in and out of a truckyard A manufacturer created a custom compliance application using the platform to track more than 140 unique incident types, such as monitoring elevated temperature in a truck trailer or drivers without proper identification. In the logistics sector, Heliaus is being used to facilitate checking delivery vehicles in and out of a truckyard. The flexibility of the platform can enable expansion to incorporate other technologies in the future, too. For example, sources of data for the system could include robots, drones or various Internet of Things (IoT) sensors; or workflow engines could be used to dispatch a robot or drone to handle a situation (rather than a human).
School shootings continue, as does a search for answers. What solutions are there to prevent school shootings and/or to improve the response (and thus minimise the death toll)? In the physical security industry, we like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem, but realistically speaking, how effective are they at the end of the day? We like to think we have solutions that can help, if not “solve”, the problem: but how effective are they at the end of the day? The sad answer – even after dozens of school shootings and even in the wrenching aftermath of the latest one – is that we don’t know. There is a gaping lack of knowledge and research when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of preventative measures as they relate to school shootings. Scarce resources on preventative measures The dearth of knowledge on the subject leaves schools at risk of spending scarce resources on measures that don’t have any real impact, or worse, that have a negative effect on education environments. The natural impulse following a school shooting is to do something – anything – to prevent the tragedy from happening again at any school, but especially at my school. But how is money best spent?Successful businesses are a good thing, but not at the expense of misspending education resources on solutions that don’t solve anything Congress has passed the Stop School Violence Act of 2018 to provide $50 million per year to develop programs to train students, teachers and law enforcement to prevent violence, and to create anonymous reporting systems, such as hot lines, for school violence threats. The bill authorises another $25 million for improvements to school’s physical security infrastructures. Congress also provides $1.1 billion in Title IV block grants, which districts can use to pay for diverse needs such as security systems. Several states are providing additional funding for physical safety measures and campus police, and local districts are also stretching their budgets to address security concerns. But is that money being targeted to measures that will help the situation? What is the role of technology in preventing school violence, and are we as an industry at risk of over-selling our preventative capabilities and diverting money from other measures that might have more impact? Successful businesses are a good thing, but not at the expense of misspending education resources on solutions that don’t solve anything. More metal detectors, armed guards and police officers could cause anxiety in some students and even interfere with the learning process Studies on school safety and protection Researchers, advocates and educators gathered this fall at American University to consider the need for better research to inform decision-making on safety, reported Education Week.The field is in desperate need of more evidence on what works, and schools want this information presented to them" A 2016 study by the Rand Corp. points to the problem: Lack of data and research on what works and what doesn’t. “Despite growth in the school safety-technology sector, rigorous research about the effectiveness of these technologies is virtually non-existent,” according to Rand. “The field is in desperate need of more evidence on what works, and schools want this information presented to them in vetted, digestible ways to help them with procurement.” Jeremy Finn, a professor of education at the University of Buffalo, has pointed out the difficulty of assessing the effectiveness of measures designed to deter events that likely won’t occur anyway. “How do you know when you have deterred a school shooting?” he asks. “It didn’t happen.” The effects on our students Might technologies aimed at making schools more secure have an adverse effect on the learning environment? More metal detectors, armed guards and police officers could cause anxiety in some students and even interfere with the learning process. The physical security industry should freely acknowledge that the technologies we offer are only part of the solution to school violence Do security measures aimed at preventing active shooting incidents absorb resources that might better be used to address a more general and/or likely security threat such as vandalism or student discipline? Theoretically, security measures in general should help to prevent the probability of an active shooter at the same time they are addressing a wider range of concerns and threats. But do they? At the very least, we in the physical security market should be aware, and should freely acknowledge, that the technologies we offer are only part of the solution to school violence. Schools should take the broadest possible approach to the range of security challenges, and technology should be one tool among many. Furthermore, better data to measure what works is sorely needed to illuminate the best path forward.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament is bringing 32 national teams and more than 400,000 foreign football fans from all over the world to 12 venues in 11 cities in Russia. Fans are crowding into cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan. Given continuing global concerns about terrorism, security is top-of-mind. Protection of the World Cup games in Russia is focusing on an “integrated safety, security and service approach,” according to officials. Combining the term “security” with the terms “safety” and “service” is not an accident. An aggressive security stance is necessary, but at the end of the day, fan safety is paramount, and a service-oriented approach ensures a positive fan experience. Medical responders will be working side-by-side with police and antiterrorism personnel. Risk management best practices We asked Sean T. Horner and Ben Joelson, directors of the Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm focused on best practices in security and risk management, to comment on security at FIFA World Cup 2018. Although not involved in securing the 2018 World Cup, the Chertoff Group is experienced at securing large events and enterprises using risk management, business practices and security. Integration is another important aspect of protecting the games, says Horner. The use of multiple resources, including Russian military, intelligence and law enforcement, will be closely integrated to provide the best security for the large-scale event in each of the host cities, he says. The approach will be centralised and flexible, with resource deployment guided by effective situational awareness. Primary security and emergency operations centres will be dispersed throughout each host city “There is a unified command structure at the Russian Federation level, and they will keep resources in reserve and shift them as needed to various events and venues based on any specific intelligence, in effect deploying resources where threats are greatest,” says Joelson. “There will also be some regional commands, and resources will incorporate a spectrum of police and military personnel ranging from the ‘cop on the beat’ to the Spetsnaz, the Russian ‘special forces'.” Primary security and emergency operations centres will be dispersed throughout each host city, and additional forces can be shifted as necessary, he notes. Role of law enforcement In Russia, the lines of separation between law enforcement and the military are not as stark as in the United States, for example, where military forces are restricted from deployment for domestic law enforcement by the Posse Comitatus Act. In Russia, there is no such restriction. A broad range of technology will play a role at the World Cup, Horner and Joelson agree. Technology will be used primarily as a force multiplier and a decision-support tool for security personnel. There are robust CCTV systems in many Russian cities, and mobile CCTV systems, such as camera towers or mobile security centres on wheels, will also be deployed. Technologies will include infrared cameras, flood lights, and ferromagnetic screening systems to scan hundreds of individuals as they walk by. In some locations, facial recognition systems will be used, tied into various intelligence, military and law enforcement databases of known bad actors. Behaviour analytics will be used as a decision-support tool. In addition to security in public areas, private CCTV systems in hotels, at transportation hubs, and inside the venues themselves will be leveraged. Video analytics and detection will help personnel review live view of people who may be acting suspiciously or who leave a bag unattended. In some locations, facial recognition systems will be used, tied into various intelligence, military and law enforcement databases of known bad actors Rigorous anti-terrorism measures A Fan ID card is required to enter the 2018 World Cup Tournament, even for Russian residents. The Russians have an aggressive stance against domestic terrorism, which will also help ensure the safety of the World Cup games, say Horner and Joelson. Terrorist group ISIS has promised “unprecedented violence” at the games, but they make similar threats at every major global event. Russia has been an active force disrupting ISIS in Syria, and experts suggest that losing ground geographically could lead to addition “asymmetric” terrorist attacks. However, Russia is leveraging all their intelligence resources to identify any plots and deploying their security apparatus to disrupt any planned attacks, experts say. Russia’s rigorous anti-terrorism measures include a total ban on planes and other flying devices (such as drones) around the stadiums hosting the World Cup. Private security In addition to military, intelligence and law enforcement personnel, private security will play a have a high profile during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Private security personnel will be on the front lines in hotels and in “fan zones.” They will operate magnetometers at entrances, perform bag checks, enforce restrictions on hand-carried items, etc. Private security will be especially important to the “guest experience” aspects of protecting the games. Private security will be especially important to the “guest experience” aspects of protecting the games Another private security function at the World Cup is executive protection of dignitaries and high-net-worth individuals who will be attending. Executive protection professionals will arrive early, conduct advanced security assessments before VIPs arrive, and secure trusted and vetted transportation (including armoured cars in some cases.) VIPs will include both Russian citizens and foreign (including U.S.) dignitaries attending the games. Private security details will be out in force. Aggressive security approach Overeager and outspoken fans are a part of the football culture, but Russia will deploy a near-zero tolerance policy against hooliganism and riots. An overwhelming force presence will take an aggressive approach to curbing any civil disturbances, and offenders will be removed quickly by Russian security forces. Strict restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol will be enforced in the venue cities before and after the matches. Officials will also be cognisant of the possibility of a riot or other event being used as a distraction to draw attention from another area where a terrorist event is planned. It will be a delicate balance between deploying an aggressive security approach and preserving the fan experience. Joelson notes that freedom of speech is not as valued in Russia as in other parts of the world, so the scales will be even more tipped toward security. “The last thing they want is for things to get out of control,” says Horner. “The event is putting Russia on the world stage, and they want visitors to walk away safely after having a great time and wanting to go back in the future.” Attendees should also have good situational awareness, and keep their heads up, scanning crowds and identifying unsafe situations" Precautions for World Cup attendees Attendees to the World Cup in Russia should take some basic precautions, Horner and Joelson agree. For example, Russia requires a translated, notarised letter explaining any prescription drugs. The country has a more aggressive foreign intelligence environment, so visitors cannot depend on their data being private. Joelson recommends the usual “social media hygiene” and privacy settings. Visitors should not post information about their travel plans or locations, and it’s best to travel with a disposable mobile phone that does not contain personal information. Location tracking should be deactivated. Travellers should also beware of talking and sharing information with others, or of saying anything derogatory. “They should also have good situational awareness, and keep their heads up, scanning crowds and identifying unsafe situations,” says Joelson. “If you bring a personal electronic device, you should expect that it has been compromised,” says Horner. Text messages and email will not be private, and he suggests creating an email address used only for travel. Don’t leave drinks unattended. Travellers from the U.S. should register at the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) operated by the U.S. State Department. “Plan before you travel and before you get to the airport,” says Horner.
Upon hearing Pablo Picasso’s famous praise of art’s ability to clear ‘the dust of everyday life’, one’s thoughts could easily turn to one of Arizona’s newest landmarks, the Mesa Arts Center. Set proudly amidst the dust of the Sonoran Desert, the Mesa Arts Center is a striking complex of buildings, art installations, and public throughways, offering a rich blend of visual impressions in glass, water, stone, and metal, with splashes of vibrant colour and metallic reflection. At more than 21,000 sq. feet, the award-winning $95 million campus is the largest and most comprehensive performing, visual and educational arts complex in Arizona, serving as a gathering point for the citizens of Mesa and region alike, seeking to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces, public events, classes, and art exhibitions. Ensuring safe, family friendly environment Ensuring a safe, family friendly environment is essential to fulfilling the role the Center plays as a gathering pointThe presence of an adjacent light rail station and hosting of multiple festivals throughout the year further increase traffic to, from, and through the open planned site at various hours of the day, and on weekends and even holidays. The heart of the Mesa Arts Center complex is a grand promenade that knits together all of its pieces, while providing places for group gatherings, performances, and quiet reflection, comfort and relaxation. Ensuring a safe, family friendly environment is essential to fulfilling the role the Center plays as a gathering point for all walks of life. In addition to welcoming visitors to the Center, the open configuration of the complex invites commuters coming off the nearby light rail line to stroll through on their way to and from the station, and draw loiterers, would-be vandals, and itinerant populations (attracted to the semi-secluded spaces created by outdoor art installations and the complex’s fountains and water elements). Surveillance system for crime prevention Particularly outside of traditional hours of operation, such factors can increase the risk of nuisance crimes, vandalism, and petty theft, and potentially more serious crimes against visitors and staff, without a vigilant and comprehensive security and surveillance operation. Additionally, complex spaces, varied materials, and water elements increase risk for incident and accident without proper prevention and/or prompt response. A technical solution with proven power, performance, and reliability was paramount to ensure protection of property While customary approaches to similar venues have typically relied heavily on a combination of CCTV and human security guards, the size and complexity of the Mesa Arts Center campus makes a traditional manned guarding solution, even when supported by a typical surveillance technology, both cost prohibitive and potentially inadequate. Protection of property and campus safety The Mesa Arts Center is an architectural showpiece and regional destination, requiring comprehensive surveillance at all hours, every day of the year, under highly variable conditions. A comprehensive technical solution with proven power, performance, and reliability was paramount to ensure protection of property and the safety of everyone on campus. The City of Mesa, who operates the Center, in partnership with Scottsdale’s Surveillance Acquisition Response Center (SARC) and IDIS technology, provided a mix of surveillance cameras and network video recorders (NVRs) able to meet the varied requirements of a campus housing multiple art galleries, studios, performance spaces, walkways and cut-throughs, and outdoor gathering spaces; and support SARC’s innovative approach to virtual guarding, which incorporates military, police, and intelligence best practices and personnel to enhance traditional remote monitoring models and outcomes. Using Direct IP NVRs and cameras SARC monitors use IDIS’s powerful, modular, and feature-rich VMS, IDIS Solution SuiteThe City of Mesa’s previous successes implementing SARC and IDIS technology at the Mesa Grande Cultural Park made the integration of technology and monitoring selected for the Mesa Arts Center a natural fit. Featuring multiple IDIS DirectIP [model number] network video recorders (NVRs), and IDIS Direct IP [model number] cameras, with [feature set], at the heart of a comprehensive security posture, SARC monitors use IDIS’s powerful, modular, and feature-rich VMS, IDIS Solution Suite, and their unique military, law enforcement, and intelligence-derived protocols and best practices to support on-site personnel and cover the campus comprehensively at night and during other off-hours. Additionally, the IDIS solution also seamlessly integrates with, recording and managing footage from other camera installations, demonstrating the IDIS dedication to eliminating the common frustrations and complexities of security systems. SARC’s virtual guard protection The implementation of SARC’s virtual guard protection and protocols to support on-site personnel, and the highly visible, but seamlessly integrated, presence of IDIS surveillance cameras, as part of a total IDIS solution, have contributed to the Mesa Arts Center’s reputation as one of the region’s most welcoming and inviting community spaces among the area’s art lovers, families, and neighbourhood’s workers (who regularly use the space without fear or discomfort as a gathering place for lunch or pathway to and from the local light rail station). The integrated on-site and virtual guarding professionals identify, deter, and document threats to the campus 24/7, the integrated on-site and virtual guarding professionals identify, deter, and document threats to the campus and those within it, using innovative surveillance application bringing together IDIS’s highest quality remote viewing and VMS offerings and SARC’s remote ‘voice down’ virtual guarding protocol, which informs those under surveillance, in real time, that they are being watched and should leave the property immediately or face consequences. Keeping people and property safe The successful implementation of this solution has placed the City of Mesa and Mesa Arts Center management at the forefront of innovation in keeping the people, places, and property under their protection safe and secure, and marked them as leaders in responsible stewardship of taxpayer, grant, and donor dollars, through the implementation of a system that provides more comprehensive coverage, measurably better outcomes, and enhanced visitor experiences 24/7, year-round for a fraction of the cost of previous manned guarding solutions.
Christchurch International Airport is situated on the east coast of New Zealand and receives around six million passengers and 70,000 commercial flights per year. The airport is the main gateway for New Zealand’s South Island and is a busy hub for passenger and freight movement. In a legislation-driven airport environment, the airport is regulated by a number of Civil Aviation mandates and rules, which include the requirement to control and monitor all access to restricted landside and airside areas. In selecting Gallagher for the airport’s security solution, the airport company, Christchurch International Airport Limited (CIAL), found a vastly flexible system capable of withstanding extreme conditions when put to the test in a real-life emergency. Requirement of a flexible security system CIAL took the opportunity to review its security systems and look for solutions that afforded greater system flexibilityOriginally opened in 1959, the airport terminal has undergone a number of expansions and upgrades over time. With passenger numbers continuing to grow, a new $237 million terminal was designed and construction began in 2009. As a part of the new terminal design, CIAL took the opportunity to review its security systems and look for new and innovative solutions that afforded greater system flexibility. The airport’s previous security system was both analogue and digital and presented limitations on what a non-technical staff member could do within the system. “To make changes, for example, add a door to the access control system, we had to get specialists in,” said Ford Robertston, the airport’s Manager of Quality and Security. “Ultimately, our wish list included a system our own staff could configure, hardware that overcame the reliability issues we faced with cards not reading, as well as an open platform with a high degree of flexibility and reporting capabilities.” Monitored electric fencing The site’s perimeter security incorporates five vehicle auto-gates which allow authorised vehicles access to the airfieldOn the exterior, Gallagher’s perimeter security system provides monitored electric fencing for a small section of Christchurch Airport’s 16km fence line – which protects more than 300 hectares of land. The site’s perimeter security incorporates five vehicle auto-gates which allow authorised vehicles access to the airfield. When drivers badge their access card at an auto gate, a photo of the cardholder appears on the operator’s screen, along with competency information. If the driver’s Civil Aviation ID, airside driving permit or another competency is due to expire, the operator is notified on screen and can advise the driver. The main auto-gate is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If someone requests access at an unmanned auto-gate, their photo and competencies are channelled to the operator at the main auto-gate, reducing after hours staff and running costs. Gallagher security management platform Christchurch Airport is a multi-tenant site where several core organisations operate. A number of these organisations – including the national carrier, Air New Zealand – operate independent Gallagher security management platforms. This customisation provided the ability to move seamlessly between domestic and international airport operationsCardholder information can be enrolled between these platforms, enabling employees from each organisation to access multiple areas of the airport using a single access card. The multi-tenant functionality creates a flexible system that reduces the costs associated with issuing and managing multiple cards. As a domestic and international airport, CIAL, Gallagher and security partner ECL Group, together developed a customisation that would enable CIAL staff to manage airbridge configuration via the security management platform. This customisation provided the ability to move seamlessly between domestic and international airport operations. Airbridges and access controlled doors Using 14 fully-automated and motorised airbridges and access controlled doors, airport staff use workstations to configure the system and easily transition the airport from domestic to international operations – ensuring passengers are directed to secure zones including customs and immigration when appropriate. All doors are operated with an access card and once an area of the airport has been ‘sealed’ for security (for example, an international departure lounge), access to these areas is automatically denied and they become accessible only via a security clearance entryway.
On September 2, torrential rain caused mountain flood and massive landslide swept Mengdong Town of Yunnan province in southwestern China. Local transportation, electricity and communications network were disrupted.At 9:00PM, in order to reinforce local rescue forces, Yunnan Provincial Fire Brigade dispatched 24 vehicles and 130 firefighters, who later experienced serious challenges in communications in areas where intermittent voice call and short messages in cellular service was available only on heights. Hytera swung into action immediately after being notified about the firefighting department’s emergency communications requirements. Hytera iMesh broadband network solution A Hytera technical team brought the latest emergency communications equipment with them and joined the firefighters onsite. The team quickly set up an ad hoc wireless network with Hytera iMesh broadband networking solution. This broadband network has been facilitating real-time audio and video communications and coordination between the onsite forces and the Provincial Fire Brigade command center. Multiple casualties have been reported and more people are missing. The relief effort is ongoing.
Upon hearing Pablo Picasso’s famous praise of art’s ability to clear “the dust of everyday life,” one’s thoughts could easily turn to one of Arizona’s newest landmarks, the Mesa Arts Center. Set proudly amidst the dust of the Sonoran Desert, the Mesa Arts Center is a striking complex of buildings, art installations, and public throughways, offering a rich blend of visual impressions in glass, water, stone, and metal, with splashes of vibrant color and metallic reflection. At more than 21,000 sq. feet, the award-winning $95 million campus is the largest and most comprehensive performing, visual and educational arts complex in Arizona, serving as a gathering point for the citizens of Mesa and region alike, seeking to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces, public events, classes, and art exhibitions. The presence of an adjacent light rail station and hosting of multiple festivals throughout the year further increase traffic to, from, and through the open planned site at various hours of the day, and on weekends and even holidays. IP video surveillance The heart of the Mesa Arts Center complex is a grand promenade that knits together all of its pieces The heart of the Mesa Arts Center complex is a grand promenade that knits together all of its pieces, while providing places for group gatherings, performances, and quiet reflection, comfort and relaxation. Ensuring a safe, family friendly environment is essential to fulfilling the role the center plays as a gathering point for all walks of life. In addition to welcoming visitors to the Center, the open configuration of the complex invites commuters coming off the nearby light rail line to stroll through on their way to and from the station, and draw loiterers, would-be vandals, and itinerant populations (attracted to the semi-secluded spaces created by outdoor art installations and the complex’s fountains and water elements). Particularly outside of traditional hours of operation, such factors can increase the risk of nuisance crimes, vandalism, and petty theft, and potentially more serious crimes against visitors and staff, without a vigilant and comprehensive security and surveillance operation. Additionally, complex spaces, varied materials, and water elements increase risk for incident and accident without proper prevention and/or prompt response. Manned guarding and CCTV While customary approaches to similar venues have typically relied heavily on a combination of CCTV and human security guards, the size and complexity of the Mesa Arts Center campus makes a traditional manned guarding solution, even when supported by a typical surveillance technology, both cost prohibitive and potentially inadequate. The Mesa Arts Center is an architectural showpiece and regional destination, requiring comprehensive surveillance at all hours, every day of the year, under highly variable conditions. A comprehensive technical solution with proven power, performance, and reliability was paramount to ensure protection of property and the safety of everyone on campus. The City of Mesa, who operates the center, in partnership with Scottsdale’s Surveillance Acquisition Response Center (SARC) and IDIS technology provide a mix of surveillance cameras and network video recorders (NVRs) able to meet the varied requirements of a campus housing multiple art galleries, studios, performance spaces, walkways and cut-throughs, and outdoor gathering spaces, and support SARC’s innovative approach to virtual guarding, which incorporates military, police, and intelligence best practices and personnel to enhance traditional remote monitoring models and outcomes. IDIS DirectIP NVRs and surveillance cameras The City of Mesa’s previous successes implementing SARC and IDIS technology at the Mesa Grande Cultural Park made the integration of technology and monitoring a natural fitThe City of Mesa’s previous successes implementing SARC and IDIS technology at the Mesa Grande Cultural Park made the integration of technology and monitoring selected for the Mesa Arts Center a natural fit. Featuring multiple IDIS DirectIP [model number] network video recorders (NVRs), and IDIS Direct IP [model number] cameras, with [feature set] at the heart of a comprehensive security posture, SARC monitors use IDIS’s powerful, modular, and feature-rich VMS, IDIS Solution Suite and their unique military, law enforcement, and intelligence-derived protocols and best practices to support on-site personnel and cover the campus comprehensively at night and during other off-hours. Additionally, the IDIS solution also seamlessly integrates with, recording and managing footage from other camera installations, demonstrating the IDIS dedication to eliminating the common frustrations and complexities of security systems. The implementation of SARC’s virtual guard protection and protocols to support on-site personnel, and the highly visible, but seamlessly integrated, presence of IDIS surveillance cameras, as part of a total IDIS solution, have contributed to the Mesa Arts Center’s reputation as one of the region’s most welcoming and inviting community spaces among the area’s art lovers, families, and neighborhood’s workers (who regularly use the space without fear or discomfort as a gathering place for lunch or pathway to and from the local light rail station). 24/7, the integrated on-site and virtual guarding professionals identify, deter, and document threats to the campus and those within it, using innovative surveillance application bringing together IDIS’s highest quality remote viewing and VMS offerings and SARC’s remote “voice down” virtual guarding protocol, which informs those under surveillance, in real time, that they are being watched and should leave the property immediately or face consequences. IDIS IP video surveillance secures Mesa Arts Center The successful implementation of this solution has placed the City of Mesa and Mesa Arts Center management at the forefront of innovation in keeping the people, places, and property under their protection safe and secure, and marked them as leaders in responsible stewardship of taxpayer, grant, and donor dollars, through the implementation of a system that provides more comprehensive coverage, measurably better outcomes, and enhanced visitor experiences 24/7, year-round for a fraction of the cost of previous manned guarding solutions.
Property is one of the biggest targets for crime in the UK, especially open land. There are thousands of acres worth of property across the UK which aren’t effectively secured, as a result of which they have become hot-beds for crime, anti-social behaviour, and not least fly-tipping. Security therefore must be a top priority for property owners, too many of whom tend to favour traditional methods such as fencing or hiring security guards. But, these methods come with a premium budget, with manned security running at a cost typically of some £300 per day. Nor is it possible to guarantee that every inch of a property is monitored. An increasingly adopted solution is Ad Hoc Property Management’s Smart Tower Security System and Smart Alarm System. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Haringey Council contacted Ad Hoc Property Management after one of its industrial sites, Rosebery Industrial Estate in London, was repeatedly being targeted by fly-tippers over the course of many years. Every time the property was dumped with waste, it was costing the council hundreds of pounds to have their waste contractor called out to clean-up. By November 2017, they had expensed literally hundreds of thousands of pounds. By the end of the month the first Ad Hoc Smart Camera Security Tower was deployed, since then costs and incidents have plummeted. In fact, there have been no major incidents and local residents and tenants alike are delighted, welcoming the improved local environment. Ad Hoc’s Smart Camera Security Tower sits six metres tall with a 36x optical zoom magnifying distances of up to 150 yards, and a 12x digital zoom to enhance optical performance. Using state-of-the-art SMART technology (the same technology used in monitoring US Defence Centre, The Pentagon), the tower boasts a 360 degree camera which can be programmed to move zones at set intervals for 24/7 monitoring. Utilising wireless technology, the camera is able to filter large objects from those that are small, ensuring the alarm is only triggered when there is a clear threat. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK" Ad Hoc's property security solutions “Open land is one of the biggest targets for waste dumping, but it doesn’t have to be. Ad Hoc’s Smart Cameras have been deployed successfully by numerous property owners around the UK, preventing anti-social behaviour and, more importantly, reducing opportunity for property-related crime,” said Darren Tubb, General Manager, Ad Hoc Security UK Limited. Land owners aren’t the only ones who can benefit from Ad Hoc’s security solutions; property owners of retail spaces, industrial buildings and homes who traditionally look at hiring in security guards, can benefit too, deterring fly-tipping and other anti-social crimes. As it stands, if a property is fly-tipped and no one is caught, it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove the waste legally at their own expense, which means hiring in a company licensed to remove these materials. However, as more property owners become aware of the technology available to them through Ad Hoc, not just in protecting the property but in helping police to identify the culprits, we could see property damage and fly-tipping become a thing of the past.
As Philadelphia beat New England at U.S. Bank Stadium, fans were able to enjoy the spectacle safely, in part thanks to Lenel. As the host of major national and international events, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota counts on Lenel to provide advanced security systems that help protect fans attending some of the world’s leading sporting events and concerts. Lenel is part of UTC Climate Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Working in such a high-profile venue, Lenel teams are constantly adjusting systems to maintain a high-level of security. Lenel’s OnGuard security management system has been a vital hub in the $1.12 billion stadium’s comprehensive, layered security plan since the first event in July 2016. In addition to major events, which can hold 66,000 people, the stadium routinely hosts a range of other activities for area residents such as college baseball, distance running and inline skating. The Lenel team helped us create a comprehensive system that works exactly as we drew it up" Integrated security Bill Langenstein, director of event services for U.S. Bank Stadium venue manager SMG, said OnGuard’s integration of systems helps defuse potentially dangerous situations. “I don’t know of another platform capable of integrating the number and size of disparate systems we have in this stadium,” Langenstein said. “The Lenel team helped us create a comprehensive system that works exactly as we drew it up. The result is we are more efficient and proactive.” The OnGuard system acts as the single platform integrating access control with: More than 400 surveillance cameras monitoring seating areas, concourses and exterior perimeters Visitor management systems checking identifies at delivery gates Video intercoms protecting doors on high-value rooms More than 250 intrusion system alarm points protecting retail shops and ticket windows A real-time incident management system safeguarding attendees and staff Incidents such as an altercation in the stands or a door improperly left open generates a real-time alert for the security team"Pre-defined alerts Alex Housten, Vice President and General Manager of Fire & Security Products – Americas, said the incident management integration was critical as it provides stadium security with pre-defined alerts from all systems. Alerts are received in the command centres or on smartphones or tablets carried by patrolling guards. “Incidents such as an altercation in the stands or a door improperly left open generates a real-time alert for the security team,” Housten said. “The OnGuard system helps guards take immediate action. And with the entry of a few keywords, other types of events can be added to the alert list.” Secure viewing experience Housten credited the Lenel Custom Solutions Group with seamlessly integrating the incident management system with the OnGuard platform. The group designs, develops and delivers software solutions to create custom solutions often by automating third-party integrations. Langenstein said it’s vital that his team be able to perform their duties at the highest standard as many stadium events draw tens of thousands of fans and millions more television viewers. “We strive to execute our jobs flawlessly,” he said. “It helps to be on the cutting edge of technology. With the Lenel integration, we know we’ll be ready to provide a memorable and secure experience no matter what type of event guests attend at U.S. Bank Stadium.”
Round table discussion
They call it “critical” for a reason. The so-called “critical infrastructure” is composed of the basic services that citizens have come to depend on, and which are necessary to support society and ensure national stability. The term includes high-visibility segments such as airports, refineries, transportation, wastewater, nuclear reactors, electric utilities, pipelines, and more. Because these functions are so critical, the stakes of providing security are higher than for any other market. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the security challenges of critical infrastructure facilities?
Healthcare organisations are an important vertical market for many security manufacturers and integrators. Like other vertical markets, healthcare has its own unique set of requirements and challenges for physical security systems. We asked this week’s Expert Panel: What are the distinctive security problems faced by healthcare organisations? What technologies are being embraced to increase security?
College campuses often operate like small communities – or even like large communities depending on enrolment. Although each college and university campus is unique, there are commonalities such as a young and vulnerable population of students, many living away from their parents for the first time. Campuses can be urban or rural, geographically dispersed or densely populated, with a variety of demographics and “wild card” elements such as partying, drugs and alcohol. Campus police and security officers face a variety of challenging environments. Is it wise to add firearms to the mix? Is it necessary for campus police to be armed? Specifically, we asked this week’s Expert Panel: In what situations should college or university campus police be armed?