Private sector security
The concept of how security systems can contribute to the broader business goals of a company is not new. It seems we have been talking about benefits of security systems beyond “just” security for more than a decade. Given the expanding role of technologies in the market, including video and access control, at what point is the term “security” too restrictive to accurately describe what our industry does? We asked the Expert Panel Roundtable for their responses to this p...
There’s only so much a corporation can do to counteract the threat of a major incident. You can ask everyone to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious, but you cannot stop someone intent on deliberately starting a fire, threatening a work colleague with a knife or something much worse. And of course, most businesses recognise that even routine events – such as burst pipes, IT system failures, extreme weather event or power outages – can have significant consequences unle...
The 38th International East - West Security Conference organised by Capricorn Conferences and Exhibitions was held on 5th and 6th November 2018 at the elegant Hotel West End on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. Delegates representing private and public sector organisations from the Russian Federation and Ukraine participated in an intensive two days of presentations by speakers drawn from the UK, USA, Italy and Russia, supported by simultaneous translation in English and Russian. Confere...
Last week, the Schedule 84 Suppliers Research Panel participated in reviewing the 2018 contracting year with the GSA Schedule 84 leadership team. Our panel group consists of experienced contractors and consultants meeting for a monthly conference call. Schedule 84 is the GSA Schedules Contract for Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire and Rescue. Our opinions are part of a research programme to provide valuable feedback to the GSA Schedule 84 programme and...
Artificial Intelligence will play an important role in the Middle East commercial security market’s future, as interconnected video surveillance systems and autonomous IP-based solutions become the norm, said the boss of a global video surveillance manufacturer. Gaurav Khemka, the Director of CP PLUS, said mining scores of data to find answers and facilitate prompt decision making has become simpler with the help of video analytics and digital surveillance, solving multiple problems acros...
Magenta Security Services believes it is vital that the industry engage with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to develop the next generation of licensing qualifications. This follows the launch of a month-long consultation by the SIA which began on the 26th September. The consultation hopes to re-establish a suitable framework and potential new content for the licensing qualifications of the future. The SIA has invited the private security industry to share its views, deeming it ‘ess...
At IACP 2018, Genetec Inc., a technology provider of security, law enforcement, and analytics solutions will showcase a comprehensive portfolio of products designed to enable communities and law enforcement agencies to foster greater collaboration through technology and to build-out Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC) uniquely designed to meet local neighborhood requirements. “Genetec is working successfully with cities like Chicago to provide a powerful and accessible decision support system as the foundation of their SDSC strategies. Empowered by our technology it is now also for small metro areas to cost-effectively deploy an SDSC to target unique neighborhood challenges and investigations,” said Giovanni Gaccione, Law Enforcement Practice Lead at Genetec. “This new approach to edge-based policing, public safety and community service has yielded excellent results. Our law enforcement customers are seeing crime statistics fall and public trust in their policing improve.” Crime reduction strategies SDSC strategies are being actively rolled out by law enforcement agencies in cities around the world. The goal is to empower police leadership in both small and large metro areas to better direct resources and be more responsive to specific community needs. These localised decision support centres allow for the creation of targeted crime reduction strategies and improved investigations through data analysis, human intelligence and community input. IACP visitors will also be able to get hands-on demos of Genetec Citigraf, a public safety decision support system IACP visitors will also be able to get hands-on demos of Genetec Citigraf, a public safety decision support system, Genetec Clearance, a digital evidence management system, and find out how Genetec Community Connect is helping cities build ties between local public and private sectors. Public safety support system Genetec will demonstrate Genetec Citigraf, a public safety decision support system that unifies operations across city departments, disseminates timely information, and provides greater situational awareness. Citigraf is the foundation technology behind the SDSC approach to policing and features a powerful correlation and analytics engine that instantly detects and displays relevant information from disparate sources for officers and responders to act on; such as CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) systems, CCTV footage, ALPR data, and RMS (Record Management Systems). It enables a fast ‘on-scene’ response with highly-accurate GIS location and visual information, ensuring officers and emergency responders can make safe and effective decisions for situations in progress. Digital evidence management system The amount of evidence available to investigators is increasing dramatically, supported by growth in surveillance systems, increased use of body-worn cameras and the omnipresence of smartphones. This helps public safety agencies solve crimes but presents new logistics and privacy challenges. To help address these challenges, Genetec has developed Genetec Clearance, a digital evidence management system that strengthens the cooperation between security departments, outside agencies, and the public. It speeds up investigations by allowing police officers, investigators and security managers to collect, manage, and share evidence from different sources. With Clearance, agencies can reach out to the general public and private businesses and involve them in crime-solving efforts With Clearance, agencies can reach out to the general public and private businesses and involve them in crime-solving efforts. It provides a new, simplified sharing process, which will be showcased for the first time at IACP. Investigators can now instantly create a link for the public to share relevant video and photos from their cell phones and surveillance systems with law enforcement agencies. This link and custom QR code can be shared using social media, traditional media, the web or on the news. Anyone can then easily upload videos, photos, and other evidence directly from their phones or PCs into Clearance for police officers, investigators and security managers to review and use as part of their investigation. Cloud-based video monitoring At IACP, Genetec will also highlight Community Connect, an initiative designed to build safer communities through greater cooperation between public and private organisations. Community Connect connects law enforcement to privately owned cameras, connected to Stratocast or other third-party technology, from participating businesses and organisations throughout their city. This initiative helps cities create their own public-private partnership program with business owners, and work towards lowering crime, promoting economic growth and operating more efficiently, even with constrained budgets. Stratocast is a cloud-based video monitoring service from Genetec. Easy to deploy, it offers greater security through HD video surveillance and allows owners to keep an eye on their business from anywhere using their laptop, smartphone or tablet. As part of a city’s Community Connect program, business owners can connect their cameras to the city’s Genetec video surveillance network, expanding its reach and directly contributing to their neighborhood’s safety.
ADT Inc., a provider of security and automation solutions for homes and businesses, announced Digital Security by ADT, a new cybersecurity service that will offer peace of mind at home and on-the-go by helping protect a customer’s personal identity, digital data, home network and financial information. Identity Protection will be exclusively available on ADT’s enhanced e-Commerce platform, providing convenience and clarity for customers to shop for their security needs when and how they want. Cyber threat prevention “Since ADT began in 1874, our mission has been to help keep families and homes safe,” said Jim DeVries, current President and incoming Chief Executive Officer of ADT. “With online threats occurring more often than ever before, our mission evolved to not only help protect the premises, but also people on the go and their network and digital identity. On average, cyber-attacks are happening every 39 seconds, and Digital Security by ADT is an opportunity to extend the breadth and scale of our security monitoring to our customers’ personally identifiable information and network.” Digital Security by ADT provides cybersecurity options for every consumerWith nearly eight in ten people experiencing, or knowing someone who has experienced, cybercrime, digital protection has never been more important. Digital Security by ADT provides cybersecurity options for every consumer, including different levels of identity theft monitoring and protection, a personal secure virtual network (VPN) for easy and secure app-based Wi-Fi privacy outside of the home, and home network security using the secure Wi-Fi router, which can be installed by a trained ADT technician in minutes. Digital Security services and products Identity Protection: Provides monitoring and support to help customers minimise their risk of identity theft and loss exposure. In addition to enabling customers to track their credit report activity and score so they can keep tabs on potentially fraudulent use of their credit, the service also includes: change of address notifications, public courts and criminal records monitoring, and 24/7 fraud incident resolution with up to one million dollars in Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement. Dark Web Defense: This service will help protect customers by continually monitoring the public and private internet, notifying customers of possible suspicious activities associated with their personally identifiable information, including SSN, DOB, Passport, Driver’s License, Medical ID number, credit/debit cards, bank accounts, telephone numbers and email addresses. Once alerted, customers can take proactive steps, such as calling ADT experts available 24/7 to begin fraud incident resolution services. As with all ADT services, Digital Security by ADT is supported by 24/7 live agent support Secure VPN: A powerful, yet easy-to-use, app for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices that helps shield user’s information from cybercriminals attempting to hack into a user’s public Wi-Fi connection and intercept the data being sent to and received from computers or mobile devices. The app also enables anonymous browsing and access to users’ favorite apps and content anywhere they go, as if they were at home. Home Network Protection: Encompasses multiple digital security offerings, including an ADT-installed secure Wi-Fi router that helps protect customers’ home networks and an unlimited number of connected devices from cyber threats, as well as Secure VPN services, Sex Offender monitoring, Dark Web Defense, and 24/7 fraud incident resolution with up to $25k in Identity Theft Expense Reimbursement. 24/7 security support As with all ADT services, Digital Security by ADT is supported by 24/7 live agent support. ADT’s comprehensive set of products offer customers peace of mind at home and on the go, helping them stay safe from cybercrime – and instead focus on their families and homes.
Philip Halpin, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Security for Brown Brothers Harriman, and James A. Gagliano, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, headline ISC East’s Keynote Series. ISC East, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), is proud to announce not one, but two new keynote speakers for this year’s inaugural Keynote Series. The ISC East Keynote Series features veterans of the security industry who are well-known for their widely-respected accomplishments; and who are prepared to help security and public safety professionals gain new perspectives to arm them with the information they need to lead the security industry into the future. Security management & analysis Halpin plans to discuss how technology is poised to disrupt the physical security industryFeatured in the Day One Keynote on November 14th titled “Friend or Foe? Technology Disruption and the Physical Security Industry,” Philip Halpin, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Security for one of the country’s oldest and largest privately held financial firms Brown Brothers Harriman, will speak on how he deals with the demands on security and people management, while riding the wave of technology disruption. Halpin also plans to discuss how technology has changed how we work and live, and how it’s clearly poised to disrupt the physical security industry. Day Two’s Keynote Series session on November 15th will highlight James A. Gagliano, a Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, CNN Law Enforcement Analyst, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. Gagliano’s session, titled “Twenty-First Century Best Practices: Reporting from the Front Lines on How Law Enforcement and the Security Industry are Confronting Emerging Threats, ” will discuss some of the 21st Century changes in law enforcement and security postures, as well as address recent responses to contemporary challenges, such as active shooters, bombings, VIP protection, and drone applications by identifying and breaking down an ever-evolving threat matrix. Security education “ISC East is honored to have Philip Halpin and James Gagliano as Keynote Speakers for our 2018 event. Their extensive experience managing real-world security and safety issues will be very valuable for our audience at the Show. The ISC East Keynote Series spans from corporate and private sector security to law enforcement and public safety, reflecting essential content in line with our ISC Security Events theme of Comprehensive Security for a Safer, Connected World,” said Will Wise, Group Vice President, Security Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions. The SIA Education@ISC East Program helps security professionals learn from experts and take their security to the next levelIn addition to the Keynote Series, ISC East features SIA Education@ISC, an inspiring free education program composed of over 25 sessions that provide critical information on the newest and most relevant technologies in the industry. Brought to you by SIA, the SIA Education@ISC East Program delivers all-new content on the most current business trends, technologies and latest developments to help security professionals learn from experts, keep up-to-date and take their security to the next level. Public safety & security “The security industry attends ISC East not only for the diversity of technology solutions on the Show Floor, but for the practical education and thought-provoking keynotes for which the event has become known for,” said Don Erickson, CEO of the Security Industry Association. “Keynote speakers like Philip Halpin and James Gagliano combined with more than two dozen compelling SIA Education@ISC sessions, create an exceptional content program for ISC East 2018.” Taking place November 14-15, 2018 at the Javits Center, ISC East is Northeast’s largest security trade show where over 7,000 security and public safety professionals convene in New York each year to meet experts from over 250 leading security brands through exhibits, education, networking events, and more. New this year, ISC East will be co-located with Unmanned Security Expo and Infosecurity North America, creating a fully comprehensive event for the security industry in New York City.
The Security Industry Authority (SIA), the government regulator of the private security industry in the UK, has formerly endorsed the Register of Chartered Security Professionals. The Register was established under Royal Charter issued to the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals in the UK. Admission to the Register signifies the highest standards and ongoing proficiency in security practice. Alan Clamp, Chief Executive of the SIA said: “The Register of Chartered Security Professionals aligns with the SIA’s objective of raising standards in the private security industry. As the regulator, the SIA recognises that chartered status for security operatives and the maintenance of the Register is an important milestone in increasing professionalism of those working in private security.” Importance of Chartered status for security professionals The Register is managed on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Lord Carlile CBE QC of Berriew, Chairman of Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority (CSPRA) said: ‘’The Chartered body welcomes the support of the SIA. This endorsement confirms the importance of Chartered Status as the kite mark of professional excellence for the best men and women in the growing security industry. It gives customers an understanding of who the most respected professionals are, and requires of those professionals that they adhere to a Code of Conduct comparable with the other professions, such as Law, Accountancy and Medicine.’’ In line with other Chartered Professions, Chartered Security Professionals are required to conform to a code of conduct, disciplinary process and undertake continuous professional development. The Register is managed on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals by the UK’s Security Institute. Applications for admission to the Register can be made via two licensed bodies, the Security Institute and ASIS UK Chapter 208.
ASIS International, global association of security management professionals, announced that Cyber Security Summit will co-locate with Global Security Exchange (GSX), expanding the depth of cyber education in the blockbuster GSX conference program. In the first year of its rebrand following a 63-year history as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, GSX—the security industry’s flagship event—is expected to attract more than 20,000 operational and cyber security professionals and 550 exhibitors to the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 23-27. Cyber Security Summit The Cyber Security Summit, taking place Sept. 26-27, brings together top government, industry, and academia thought leaders to exchange ideas and engage in a dialogue to improve the state of cybersecurity. The event provides an annual review of what has happened over the past year, an update on current cyber trends, and most importantly a preview of what organisations need to prepare for in the future. “When it was founded in 2011, the Cyber Security Summit was among the first national events to highlight the challenges posed by cyber threats,” said Richard E. Chase, CPP, PCI, PSP, 2018 President, ASIS International. “The inclusion of this event is a significant value-add to an already record-breaking conference program. Our attendees gain access to insights from Fortune 500 CISOs and high-level government leaders that aren’t just talking about cybersecurity—they are doing it.” Cybersecurity trends The Cyber Security Summit joins event partners InfraGard and ISSA, as well as dozens of supporting organisations representing a range of industry verticals, for the world’s most comprehensive security event. Revamped in 2017, the GSX “Supporting Organisations” program has swelled in size and reflects ASIS’ commitment to unite the full spectrum of security.
Since 2011, the patented Dallmeier Panomera multifocal sensor technology has provided comprehensive video protection for vast areas in many football stadiums, perimeters, airports and city areas all over the world. The new Panomera series, the Ultraline, has an exceptionally high resolution for these situations. Dallmeier presents the first model of the new series, the Panomera S8 Ultraline, which delivers up to 190 megapixels at 30 fps. The Panomera concept has revolutionised video technology: with up to eight sensors in a single camera, it is possible to capture enormous distances in unprecedented resolution quality. With fewer cameras and considerably less expense for both infrastructure and management, the total cost of ownership of video solutions are reduced significantly. At the same time, customer specifications regarding pixel density and coverage can be satisfied. The multifocal sensor system captures and stores all regions of the image space in the highest detail resolution Up to 26,000 sqm coverage with one camera The first model of the new Ultraline series, the Ultraline S8, has an excellent dynamic range of 130 dB UWDR (effective) for an extreme Panomera effect. This enables a resolution of 125 px/m up to a distance of 160, 104 or 82 m, enabling individuals to be recognised over the entire distance. Identification of persons (250 px/m) is supported up to a distance of 46 m depending on the model, observation (62 px/m) is possible even up to a distance of 322 m. This corresponds to a huge image space of more than 26,000 sqm with continuous depth of field. Permanent capture The multifocal sensor system captures and stores all regions of the image space in the highest detail resolution. At the same time, it is not important whether the operators are concentrating on a specific region in live mode (multiple detail zoom) or if regions of interest are displayed in detail based on video content analysis (multiple auto-tracking). The Panomera recordings always include the entire area of interest and allow every operation to be analysed. Made in Germany and GDPR-ready Like all Dallmeier cameras, the new Panomera model is manufactured entirely in Germany, at the Dallmeier factory in Regensburg. This in itself is a major factor in the manufacturer’s data protection and data security strategy, since it is then impossible for unauthorised persons to gain access through backdoors, for example. In all, 14 functions such as the setup of private zones, People Masking or the very latest encryption-authentication technology in the processing chain of Dallmeier solutions ensure that the strict requirements of the GDPR relating to data protection and data security are met. The manufacturer also offers detailed information, specifically with regards to video technology and the GDPR.
Video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) is not just for commercial organisations. Federal, state and local governments can also realise benefits from the technology—and use it to deliver an integrated video surveillance system that addresses some of their unique security needs. Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) What is VSaaS? Simply stated, it’s a cloud-based video surveillance solution that is packaged and delivered as a service over the internet. The price varies depending on the features of your plan (i.e. number of cameras, amount of storage, software features, etc.), and you pay a monthly subscription price to use it. How does it work? Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are installed at site locations, and the video is captured and streamed to a service provider’s data center via an internet connection. The video management software (VMS) runs on backend infrastructure provided by the service provider’s cloud. All video processing is done in the cloud, and all that is required to view the footage is an internet-connected device and a web browser. Retail, health care, education, and transportation all benefit from the flexibility and architecture of VSaas Growing VSaaS providers Solution providers such as Axis Communications, Genetec, and G4S among many others offer VSaaS solutions, and the market is growing. According to IHS Markit, the market is expected to reach $2.3 billion in 2021. VSaaS is a solution with cross-industry appeal. Retail, health care, education, and transportation all benefit from the flexibility and architecture of the solution. But how does VSaaS address the surveillance needs of government institutions? Geographic coverage and access To protect cities and towns, law enforcement must watch over widespread geographic areas. Their work involves monitoring and policing many different neighborhoods, buildings, garages, parks, and walking paths—basically anywhere there is property or people to protect. They rely on video surveillance to help them keep these environments safe. But it’s more than local law enforcement officers who use video footage. From local city officials to federal and state law enforcement agencies, many other people, at times, need access to video footage captured by city surveillance cameras. Centralised remote monitoring How does VSaaS help? VSaaS enables the installation of cameras throughout cities and communities and stream footage to a central location via the Internet. Because the system is centralised, it eliminates the need to manage a lot of different standalone DVRs or NVRs, which enables organisations to monitor a large area from a remote command center. VSaaS enables the installation of cameras throughout cities and communities and stream footage to a central location via the Internet Plus, anyone with proper credentials can access the footage from an Internet-connected device—whether that be a smartphone, laptop, desktop, or tablet. That makes it easier for multiple agencies to work together, which in turn can improve communication and response time to incidents. Budget concerns and flexibility Tight budgets are normal in government. As a result, it’s often a challenge to procure capital for new technology purchases—and that sometimes leads to underfunded projects and difficulty upgrading old technology. VSaaS changes the expense model. It allows you to shift from a capital expenditure (CapEx) model, where large capital funding is required to purchase equipment, to an operational expenditure (OpEx) model, where the costs of the solution become an operating expense. Since the cameras, installation, storage, and software are packaged into a service, you don’t need a large capital outlay up front—you simply pay a predictable expense every month. VSaaS provides the capability for you to increase storage capacity when you need it Feature and storage capacity upgrade features VSaaS also makes it easier to upgrade old technology. When new technology becomes available, you can upgrade to it as part of the service. You no longer have to stick with old technology because of capital budget restrictions. Instead, you can upgrade to better cameras and management software features as they become available. The same is true for storage capacity. As camera resolution increases, the amount of data captured also increases. In addition, with the evolution of smart city technology and big data analytics, video data has become more valuable. As a result, there is a need not only to store more data but also to keep that data accessible for a longer period of time. VSaaS provides the capability for you to increase storage capacity when you need it. You can scale to accommodate growth, and since the storage is delivered as part of the service, you can leverage the “pay for use” model to manage your costs. On-premise storage or hybrid Where should surveillance video be stored? It’s an important question. After all, government entities must always comply with data privacy laws and handle data properly to ensure it can be used as evidence if needed. As a result, officials may prefer to be selective about where they store video data. In fact, the concern over regulatory requirements and security and privacy issues, according to Gartner, will lead governments to implement private cloud at twice the rate of public cloud through 2021. The provider’s ability to store large amounts of data cost-effectively makes VSaaS possible That’s not necessarily a show-stopper when it comes to video surveillance. Some VSaaS providers offer hybrid options. Plus, one of the things that makes VSaaS possible is the provider’s ability to store large amounts of data cost-effectively. Because service providers can manage their storage infrastructures economically, they can offer their service at an attractive price. Multi-tier storage infrastructure In a way, government institutions (as well as commercial organisations) can do the same thing. If a government entity—for example, a small municipality—wanted to store their data on-premise or implement a hybrid configuration, they could solve some of their video storage challenges by implementing a multi-tier storage infrastructure similar to what a VSaaS provider might use to provide the actual service. A multi-tier storage infrastructure uses different storage media—disk, object storage, tape, and cloud—and combines them to deliver the total capacity needed while balancing performance and cost. The diagram below is an illustration of a multi-tier infrastructure: As the diagram shows, storage capacity grows using lower cost forms of media as volume and long-term retention requirements change. Files are moved between tiers based on user-defined policies. When the policies are met, the files are moved to a lower cost tier. Some file systems allow for multiple copies be written at ingest which not only minimises the traffic of moving files across the network, but also provides much needed data protection through a second copy on a lower-cost tier. This scenario enables you to optimise the amount of high-performance media in your infrastructure and lower the long-term cost of retaining files. VSaaS offers many benefits for government institutions and commercial organisations alike Choice of implementations VSaaS offers many benefits for government institutions and commercial organisations alike. But not every implementation has the same needs or requirements. The good news is, when it comes to video surveillance solutions, you have options. You can leverage the benefits of VSaaS, in either a public cloud or hybrid scenario, depending on the service provider. Or if your needs dictate, you can achieve some of the same capacity and cost-saving benefits you would get from a VSaaS solution by implementing an on-premise solution based on a centralised VMS system and multi-tier storage. The choice is yours.
While US market is being sensitive about cybersecurity through their popular camera products, European countries and the UK are preparing for the new privacy regulation to apply in two months’ time. But how would these challenges affect the global security market? What are the main problems in it for the manufacturers? What should investors in security industry look at right now? We’ve all recently heard about acquisitions of market-leading companies by technological ‘monsters’ which have little experience in video security industry. Most of the market players would have thought: why don’t they give up when their businesses have just become ‘money-making machines’? One obvious potential may be that they were not prepared for the changes that are only a few months away. They have ‘milked their cow’ for as long as they could, and now it’s time to slaughter the cow and sell the meat. For instance, very few market players prepared for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that are being applied to their key markets. Manual GDPR functions will be still cheap, but you won’t be able to control massive amounts of data with them - though automated GDPR features may become very costly Improved quality for CCTV owners Development that could fix the ‘GDPR issue’ for a manufacturer may take 2-3 years and will require millions invested. As an alternative, they would have OEMed (Original Equipment Manufacturer) the required technology from competitive manufacturers. They probably made the decision to escape a few years back or just admitted the changes too late, and thus had to leave. Meanwhile, GDPR looks like a logical step towards better human rights and privacy guarantees in Europe. Presumably, everybody wants to have a right to be forgotten or at least hidden in someone else’s footage. We never know how CCTV owners may use this information and how it would affect us. No paranoia, it just doesn’t feel very comfortable if you are watched and stored, not knowing when and where. Life quality would improve much if people could have at least some control over it. Logically, considering this, GDPR is a clever and well-thought-out improvement. However, don’t forget that government will still have access to full storage. Encrypted personal data Having all personal data encrypted may let us get rid of some undesirable advertising and spam. The remarkable fact is that GDPR doesn’t mention any encryption standard to be used. This looks strange in view of the reliability of the applied regulation, though potentially leaves a ‘backdoor’ for local EU governments, so they may decide which encryption algorithm works best for them. Hopefully, they won’t ask for too many different ones, as it could be difficult to implement in every system that requires it. Development that could fix the ‘GDPR issue’ for a manufacturer may take 2-3 years and will require millions invested How about low-cost products, you may ask? Will the prices grow as GDPR starts? Most probably manual GDPR functions will be still cheap or free, but you won’t be able to control massive amounts of data with them - though automated GDPR features may become very costly as they require complex video analysis and even deep learning. It means that only those products which have effective analytics and neural engines will be desirable for the customers. Hence, smaller manufacturers would have a chance to OEM some of these technologies to stay in the EU market. However, all of this will increase the prices in May’18. None of the manufacturers would give away analytic features. Prepare to pay for them if you have more than a hundred cameras. The more cameras you have the more features you need pay for, so overall security system cost may grow in geometrical progression. Restricted footage access policies But does privacy conflict with security? What if someone asks to be forgotten and then commits a crime? Here, another challenge comes in. Footage has to be available for police access only. So, you can just remove the part of your video archive in which privacy is requested by a citizen. You need to hide it from VMS/NVR users, but must be able to show in case the police ask for it. Let’s imagine that instantly all manufacturers have managed to sort out the GDPR problem. Though doesn’t it look ridiculous to be able to hide faces in footage in Europe while US experts report, and others confirm massive backdoor issues with market-leading camera brands? Or is it just another infowar against successful market players? Unfortunately, yes, the backdoors exist and can be self-proven by following instructions that are publicly available online. The problem is not being spied on; the problem is low cost. Safe products cost more. The choice is ours Classification of security products Conspiracy supporters claim that ‘The Product for them is our personal data!’ and ‘it’s all done only to collect data for their machine learning and learning our behavior’. Let’s be logical, would we expect low-cost products to be secure enough? Obviously, the problem is not being spied on; the problem is low cost. Safe products cost more. The choice is ours. There must be some international – presumably approved by UN – certification for security products in critical and public infrastructure. Otherwise, each country should certify security products in order to avoid privacy or safety issues for their citizens. At the same time, all end users of critical and public security systems should be trained on how to use security products. Classification of security products for ‘hackability’ would be also great to have so we would know what we are paying and how much.
The use of drones has increased dramatically in the last few years. Indeed, by 2021, the FAA says the number of small hobbyist drones in the U.S. will triple to about 3.55 million. With that growth, drone capabilities have increased while costs have decreased. For example, the DJI Phantom 4 can deliver a 2-pound payload to a target with 1.5m accuracy from 20 miles away for the less than $1000.00. This is an unprecedented capability accessible to anyone. This new technology has created an entirely new security risk for businesses and governments. Drone security risks Already, rogue groups such as ISIS have used low cost drones to carry explosives in targeted attacks. Using this same method, targeting high profile locations within our borders to create terror and panic is very possible. Security professionals and technologists are working furiously to address the gaps in drone defence. Currently, the most common technologies in use for drone detection are video, acoustic sensors, radio, and air surveillance radar. Each of these has advantages, but they also have flaws that make it difficult to detect drones in all conditions. Both optical and thermal cameras, as well as acoustic sensors, do not operate in severe weather such as fog and snow. And while radio and air surveillance radar cover a wide area of detection, they suffer from high installation costs and limiting technical challenges, such as being unable to detect low flying drones on autopilot. Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) is a security technology addressing the problems with other types of detection. CSR, like traditional radar, has the benefit of being able to detect and track foreign objects in all weather conditions, but at a fraction of the size and cost. The compact size allows the radar to be mounted on existing structures or even trees, providing extensive perimeter defence almost anywhere that you can imagine. CSR can also filter out clutter such as birds by using an advanced algorithm reducing the number of false alarms. While the use of CSR and the other detection technologies are legal in the US and in most locations throughout the world, the response mechanisms are generally not. Current regulations in the US prohibit the use of jamming or GPS spoofing in all cases except for a few federal agencies Regulations limiting drones Current regulations in the US prohibit the use of jamming or GPS spoofing in all cases except for a few federal agencies. This makes it difficult to stop the damage that drones can cause. The FAA has put into place new regulations that limit some uses of drones. However, in most cases it is still illegal for even state or local governments to stop or interfere with drones other than to locate the operator and have them land the drone. In 2016 the first law to neutralise a drone in the United States was passed in Utah to respond to drones in wildfire areas because of their interference with airborne firefighting. This law may very well provide a model for other states dealing with drones in situations where people’s lives are being put at risk by drones. At the federal level, much effort is being put into evaluating the regulations and technology surrounding the misuse of drones. In the 2016 reauthorisation bill for the FAA, Section 2135 included a pilot program for the investigation of methods to mitigate the threat of unmanned aircraft around airports and other critical infrastructure. There are many federal agencies that are evaluating the use of a variety of technologies to respond to this threat. Both optical and thermal cameras, as well as acoustic sensors, do not operate in severe weather such as fog and snow Effective countermeasure technologies The most effective countermeasure for drones is jamming, currently off-limits to the private sector. This includes stadiums, convention centres, and other large gathering areas. A number of companies are developing new response technologies that do not require the use of jammers or hacking. Several companies have developed net guns that shoot a net at an approaching drone. These are only effective at less than 100m and frequently miss the target, especially when the drone is approaching at high speed. Several other companies have taken this method a step further, with drones that capture other drones. Once a radar detects a drone, another defence drone is launched and flies to the point of detection. Then, using video analytics it homes in on the drone and fires a net to disable the drone and take it to a safe location. While this drone capturing technique is still in its infancy, it shows a great deal of promise and will not be restricted in the same fashion as jamming. However, even this solution is difficult under current regulations, as all commercial drones in the US must be under direct control of a human operator within their line of sight. This effectively means that a drone operator is required to be on-site at all times to protect a facility, event, or persons. One thing is for certain, technology will continue to adapt and security companies will continue to invent new methods to protect their facilities and the people they are sworn to protect.
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.
Vicon Industries, Inc., designer and manufacturer of video surveillance and access control software, hardware and components has announced that The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the largest Cathedral and fifth largest church building in the world, recently completed installation of a Vicon Valerus video management system to secure the Cathedral and surrounding 11.3-acre complex in Manhattan. Valerus VMS As the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the Cathedral is the site of daily religious services, community programing and social outreach. It also plays host to a busy schedule of art exhibitions, concerts, receptions, public and private events and visiting dignitaries, who have included Nelson Mandela, The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu and President Bill Clinton. The new Valerus system combines over 70 Vicon high-resolution IP cameras, a Valerus application server and multiple recording servers The new Valerus system, installed by the Long Island office of ITsavvy, an IT products and technology solutions provider, combines over 70 Vicon high-resolution IP cameras, a Valerus application server and multiple recording servers. The system’s wide range of cameras include models with powerful zoom that provide detailed coverage of surrounding city streets, and others chosen for their ability to perform well in the low and challenging light inside the Cathedral. Vicon IP cameras Cameras also provide coverage of the Cathedral’s’ exterior, administrative and residential buildings that support the Bishop, clergy and Diocese, a world-class textile conservation laboratory, visitor center, information booths and surrounding grounds and gardens. The Valerus system is vital for providing safety for all visitors, staff, residents and students, as well as protecting the property and its many valuable artifacts. Cameras are particularly helpful in protecting the Cathedral from liability in slip-and-fall incidents Cameras are particularly helpful in protecting the Cathedral from liability in slip-and-fall incidents. They also document, for the police, any incidents that arise from the Cathedral’s service to the mentally ill and indigent. Live and recorded video from the Valerus system is frequently shared with NYPD and local security forces from Columbia University and other neighboring institutions. Crime prevention and incident management Keith Hinkson, Director of Security at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, says, “The searching feature is so much easier on Valerus, and we can see up to 99 cameras on one screen. This is huge for an institution like ours. I can go from one camera to the next with no trouble whatsoever.” “Vicon is incredibly proud that a world-class institution as prestigious as The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine has entrusted its security to an end-to-end Vicon solution, including our latest Valerus software. Our participation in this project illustrates that Valerus can deliver security effectively to the most high-profile of installations,” said Bret McGowan, Vicon’s Senior V.P. of Sales and Marketing.
HID Mobile Access integration with HRMIS means management can view all staff records on one platform A government department in Malaysia sought to upgrade their access control system and integrate the new system with their internal human resource system, HRMIS. With the proliferation of smart devices in the country, the agency took advantage of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend by moving their access control system to an innovative mobile solution. Public service human resources This government department in Malaysia is one of Malaysia’s federal government offices. The department is responsible for the development and implementation of public service human resources in the country. Their functions include planning, development and management of all areas pertaining to human resources for the public sector, to ensure that Malaysia’s public agencies have the human capital and infrastructure to function at optimal efficiency and effectiveness. As the functions of the agency continue to expand in breadth and scope, in accordance with the demand for the public services in the country, their staff has steadily grown over the past years. And, similar to other organisations, an increase in personnel also means an increase in management challenges. Improving security with integrated access control By early 2015, this department had a total of 350 civil servants under its employ. Looking to upgrade its time and attendance system that was tied to a card-based access control system, they sought a new, innovative solution to provide a better user experience for its staff. According to the facility officer in government department of Malaysia, the old access control system had been in place since 2002, and it was a perfect time to upgrade based on current technological developments. “We’ve had a card-based access control system at our entrance for a while, one which has served us well since the requirements we had were very basic,” said the officer. “However, with new technology comes new ways for us to improve our system. It is time for us to embrace change.” Minimising security threats from lost cards Improving security was another goal this department wanted to accomplish with a new solution. With a card-based system, a misplaced access card could result in a security threat – anyone who picked up a lost card could gain access to the department. Also, due to their small form factor, the loss of cards often went unnoticed and was reported late. Thus, another requirement of the new access control system was that it had to minimise the possibility and magnitude of security threats from lost and misplaced cards. The department also wanted a solution that can be integrated into their HRMIS human resources portal The department also wanted a solution that can be integrated into their HRMIS human resources portal, so information about staff attendance and schedules could be viewed online under a unified platform. “In addition to improving the user experience, we also wanted to tie our previously siloed systems together to provide the management with better information about our staff’s time in and out of the office. This would allow us to have the complete picture of each staff member’s availability for better manpower allocation,” said this officer. HID Mobile Access control system The government department in Malaysia procured the services of Prymax Technologies Sdn Bhd, an HID Global partner that provides ICT system integration in the education, government and private sectors. After assessing HID Global’s products and solutions, they chose to deploy HID Mobile Access to enhance its access control system at their building’s entrance. The solution includes HID Mobile IDs and multiCLASS SE RP40 mobile enabled readers, as well as a VertX EVO V2000 reader interface and a network gateway controller. The deployment took less than three months. With more and more staff bringing and using their own smart devices to the office, this department embraced the BYOD trend fully through its new access control system. By deploying HID Mobile Access, the department enabled the staff to use their own mobile phones to replace cards for office access. Connected smart devices The multiCLASS SE RP40 mobile enabled card readers support Bluetooth and work with both iOS and Android devices, as well as a range of credential technologies. The readers are connected to the VertX EVO V2000 controller via a TCP/IP network wired with CAT6 cabling to processes all access control decisions in real-time. At the entrance, the staff member can conveniently tap their mobile device to the reader or use HID Global’s patented “Twist and Go” gesture technology, an option configurable by department’s IT staff. "The HID Mobile Access solution provides and exceeds the level of security we were looking for, while improving the convenience of our staff" The users’ HID Mobile IDs and access rights are provisioned over-the-air to end-user mobile devices via the intuitive HID Mobile Access Portal administration, and can be revoked remotely by the administrators in case the devices are lost or stolen. HID Mobile Access also communicates with their HRMIS portal and relays staff attendance data to the server. Their staff can now view and remark on attendance, as well as send records online through the portal. Integrated resource management solution “The majority of our staff welcomes the change, citing the convenience of using their own mobile phones to check in at work is a great improvement over carrying yet another card for this purpose. From the management perspective, using mobile devices to verify a staff member’s attendance ensures that we are getting the real attendance records, as it completely eliminates card skimming. Also, since reporting is done on a browser, the administrators can generate reports easily at any time,” said the facility officer. HID Mobile Access integration with HRMIS also means that management can view of all staff records on one platform, streamlining the evaluation and allocation of personnel for projects. This also provides management with unprecedented insights into staff productivity to identify highly productive workers. “Like any other government agency around the world, we take security very seriously. Hence, any solution we deploy has to fulfill a stringent set of requirements. The HID Mobile Access solution not only provides and exceeds the level of security we were looking for, but it also does so while improving the convenience of our staff members. We are very pleased with the results of this project,” said the officer.
The IVX, Inc. is a revolutionary technology startup founded by industry veterans from Cisco, Jupiter and Motorola. The company is dedicated to providing innovative, high performance, fully integrated solutions for the public safety sector that effectively manage collaboration among multiple agencies and improve crisis management response time. The IVX enables real-time surveillance data collection, synchronisation and collaboration across the private and public safety sectors. Public safety challenge In the wake of recent mass shootings and terror attacks on high profile cities, public safety is once again at the top of the agenda. The growing number of higher specification surveillance cameras and the huge amount of data they generate, combined with longer data retention periods and real-time response requirements, are pushing the boundaries of what traditional storage approaches can handle. With these market conditions building, The IVX set off to look for an alternative solution for video surveillance. From proprietary to open source to private and public cloud solutions, The IVX tried different approaches, but they failed to deliver the necessary performance and cost efficiency. Both NetApp and EMC solutions required expensive software licenses and would incur hardware and maintenance costs, while open source software lacked reliability, software manageability and support. Additionally, encryption and data security concerns are still inhibiting the widespread use of the public cloud for surveillance solutions. Promise solution at The IVX After testing and conducting proof of concept, The IVX concluded that Promise Technology’s purpose-built hyperconverged infrastructure – VSkyCube – was the only solution to meet all of their current needs while providing a path for the future. By using the VSky Cube software defined approach, The IVX can deploy and launch surveillance services with just a few clicks VSkyCube pre-integrates computing, storage, and networking into hyperconverged nodes, giving a pre-integrated and adaptable cluster with a unified pool of resources that can be deployed, adapted, scaled, and managed quickly and easily. It is specifically optimised for video surveillance workloads and brings the benefits of the hyper-scale datacentre to the market. By using the VSky Cube software defined approach, The IVX can deploy and launch surveillance services with just a few clicks. They also have the ability to manage, monitor, scale and adjust compute, storage and networking resources all in the same web interface with the centralised management software, VSkyView. As the number of cameras and the amount of video they capture continue to increase, the IVX can dynamically scale out to multiple PB for 24x7x365 intensive workloads without interruption, thanks to Promise’s software-defined cloud storage – VSkyStor. And, most importantly, all sensitive data is protected by RAID and RAIN. High resilience and high availability features prevent drive and server failure, making for uninterrupted video capture and access. Promise solution business benefits With 24/7 support from Promise Technology, The IVX has successfully delivered surveillance services through a virtual private cloud on top of VSkyCube. The IVX can now handle 250 TB of HD surveillance video data, and is enjoying a 20-40% reduction in budget that was previously going to things such as hardware and software licensing and operating costs.VSkyCube is the only enterprise-class surveillance infrastructure that delivers the highest levels of performance, resiliency and data protection, all without the cost, complexity and skills typically required by virtualised environments. Anson Chen, Vice Chairman and Co Founder of The IVX Inc. said: “VSkyCube is an advanced hyperconverged system with all of the enterprise storage features we need. It is a perfect fit for solution providers like us who need a reliable solution that can grow over time, and allow us to maximize budgets. Promise Technology delivered on everything they promised! The close collaboration and timely support from Promise’s global teams help us provide excellent service to our customers.”
SafeZone is fast, easy to implement, and alleviates the need to invest in additional physical security measures CriticalArc announced that its pioneering SafeZone personal protection and campus security system has been selected by Swansea University to boost 24/7 safety for its students and staff both on and off campus. Swansea University is the latest in a fast-growing list of UK higher education establishments to choose SafeZone, following its European launch in 2014. The university has more than 19,000 students, including many international students, studying on a range of courses from Engineering, Law and Criminology, Arts and Humanities, Science, Medical, Human and Health Science, and Business Management supported by just over 3,000 staff (includes academics). SafeZone campus security system SafeZone will be deployed at the two principal campuses, that is, the Singleton Park and the Bay Campuses, as well as 7 other sites frequented by students and staff in the Swansea Bay region, where it will offer enhanced protection for any staff and student when they are at risk or need urgent help. It will meet the need of the campus security teams to support an increasingly round-the-clock learning culture that offers safe 24/7 access to libraries, study hubs, and other facilities. A major benefit will be the creation of safe corridors between each campus, its halls of residence, and popular destinations such as the train and bus stations. Additional monitoring and response cover along these thoroughfares will offer extra protection for people walking alone late at night. SafeZone protection will also extend to designated areas off campus, for example, for individuals on field trips, research projects or international placements, anywhere in the world. Distributed command and control platform SafeZone will equip the University with a cost-effective, people-centred safety solution plus an effective distributed command and control platform for managing response and mass communication during small or large-scale emergencies. All staff and students will be able to download the free smartphone app that makes it easy for them to raise a location-based alert at the touch of a button, so eliminating potential language or communication barriers. "SafeZone will enhance our ability to respond appropriately to any event, whether it’s a call for first aid, fire alarm, or a major incident" Ideally suited to dispersed estates, SafeZone is fast and easy to implement, alleviating the need to invest in additional physical security measures such as help points. It will give Swansea University access to zero-cost, targeted mass notifications, privacy-compliant group management functionality and a host of features like lone worker check-in. These force-multiplier capabilities will significantly improve its ability to enable collaboration between security first responder and volunteers such as building wardens during critical incidents as well as improving the efficiency of everyday team operations. Integrated security strategy Darren Chalmers-Stevens, from CriticalArc said: “It is great to be working with Swansea University as our first Welsh University. The team at Swansea University share a similar vision for real time situational awareness to us and have a great vision for the solution to include collaborating with local authorities and private organisations alike for a smart city which is envisaged will lead to further safety and security initiatives that will benefit staff and students alike. We very much look forward to a close working relationship with Swansea University as an industry leader in this space.”Russ Huxtable, Head of Resilience & Business Continuity at Swansea University said: “We have implemented an integrated security strategy for our University in order to provide, as far as practicable, a secure and safe environment for those who use, study, or work at the university. We are always looking at innovative ways to further mitigate risk, enable rapid response readiness, and fulfil our duty of care. By complementing our existing health and safety measures, SafeZone will enhance our ability to respond appropriately to any event, whether it’s a call for first aid, fire alarm, or a major incident. Using SafeZone to ensure a consistent security approach across our campus locations and beyond will provide an extra level of protection to give all students and staff added peace of mind.” SafeZone went live at Swansea University in September 2016, initial reaction to the service is extremely positive matched by a strong continuous uptake for the scheme which is only expected to increase further when the new University term begins in September 2017.
HID Global’s improved card quality and security for licences decreased counterfeit IDs in Bhutan HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, announced that its industry-leading FARGO HDP5000 printing and encoding solution has been selected by the Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) of Bhutan, the government agency responsible for printing and issuing driver’s licences, to meet the high-volume in driver’s licence issuance demand for the country’s growing population of road users. The new solution allows the RSTA to quickly print more secure and durable driver’s licenses, lowering the total cost of ownership while meeting the country’s need for more secure ID cards. Established in 1997, the RSTA is responsible for all vehicle registration and driver license issuance throughout Bhutan, as well as numerous other services for private and commercial motor vehicles. Efficient printing solution “We needed a more efficient printing solution that did not compromise security, durability and image quality,” said Tshering Nidup, ICT Officer at RSTA. “Since the driver licences are also used as citizen identification, it is critical for the ID card to be highly secure and resistant to cloning or counterfeiting.” Bhutan previously experienced high rates of ID cloning since its licences lacked the necessary security features to prevent tampering. Additionally, Bhutan has undergone significant economic development and modernisation that has led to an increase in new drivers, and the RSTA’s previous printing process was inefficient and created a backlog of printing requests. The RSTA was also dependent on a system that required different vendors for replacing cards, overlaminates and other printer consumables. "Ensuring citizens carryauthentic identification isone of the most fundamentalpublic security measures acountry can have" Improved tamper-proof licence quality HID Global’s FARGO HDP5000 produces Bhutan driver’s licences that are now resistant to wear, tear and tampering, offering greater security using its High Definition Printing™ (HDP) and reverse transfer capabilities. By printing a reverse image on the underside of HDP Film and fusing the film to the card surface, the HDP5000 creates an image that looks like a sharp glossy photo versus an ordinary ID badge to improve the quality and lifespan of the card image. Additionally, the new driver’s licences feature 3-D backgrounds and hidden images, which have resulted in a decline of incidents involving counterfeit IDs according to local law enforcement. “Ensuring citizens carry authentic identification is one of the most fundamental public security measures a country can have,” said Weijin Lee, Regional Director of Secure Issuance, Asia Pacific with HID Global. “HID Global’s world-class card personalisation solutions are designed to meet the need for secure, fraud-resistant IDs that help customers combat counterfeit identification cards, while also addressing the high-volume issuance requirements of RSTA and other government agencies around the world.” Streamlined resupplying process The RSTA deployed 22 printers in total, five printers/encoders in their regional offices and 17 in their district offices across the country to streamline and improve its licence issuance operations. Since the initial deployment, the RSTA has issued approximately 40,000 driver’s licences contributing to reduced wait times for new or replacement driver licences. Using HID Global’s printing solution allows the RSTA to now procure all printing consumables from one single source for a more streamlined resupplying process instead of relying on multiple vendors to produce driver’s licences. Save Save
Videalert’s mobile vehicle features a roof-mounted Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera with 2 cameras capturing ANPR Southampton City Council has taken delivery of a new Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle. This multi-purpose vehicle supports multiple traffic enforcement and community safety applications simultaneously and will be used in conjunction with Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform that was recently installed as part of a project to introduce CCTV enforcement of bus lanes in key areas of the city. Enhancing community safety According to John Harvey, Highway Manager at Southampton City Council, “This new vehicle is easy and cost effective to deploy as it integrates with our existing Videalert enforcement infrastructure. It will be used strategically across the city to enforce a range of parking contraventions and to enhance community safety”. The vehicle will patrol the city targeting vehicles that stop unlawfully on the keep clears outside schools in response to complaints and concerns raised by parents and teachers whose children are being put at risk by irresponsible parking. It will also be used to enforce illegal parking at bus stops which causes unnecessary delays for other road users and potentially puts people at risk. Innovative mobile enforcement solution The Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle has been procured through Balfour Beatty Living Places which has a ten-year contract to manage all highway infrastructure assets on behalf of Southampton City Council. According to Brian Hammersley, Contract Manager at Balfour Beatty Living Places, “This innovative mobile solution shows how quick and easy it is to expand Southampton’s existing enforcement activities using Videalert’s Digital Video Platform.” "This innovative mobile solution shows how quick and easy it is to expand Southampton’s existing enforcement activities using Videalert’s Digital Video Platform" This innovative mobile enforcement vehicle features a roof-mounted Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera and two roof mounted cameras that provide ANPR and colour image capture for evidence collection. Evidence packs will be downloaded from a USB for access and review by trained council operators prior to sending confirmed offences to the back office processing system for the issuance of PCNs. Three click process to review evidence packs Videalert provides a quick and easy three click process to review evidence packs and produce PCNs. The packs are automatically created including still images and video footage comprising contextual information and close-ups of appropriate signage in the vicinity of the offence. Operators just have to validate number plates before exporting complete evidence packs to the back office PCN processing system. “Videalert’s hosted Digital Video Platform shows that it can deliver significant benefits to councils by enabling them to quickly extend enforcement to other areas without having to make further investment in IT infrastructure. This enables councils to achieve the highest productivity and the lowest operating cost to derive maximum benefit from available budgets,” added Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert. “With the introduction of this new vehicle, Videalert is now the UK’s only supplier with the ability to provide the full suite of CCTV traffic and parking enforcement solutions comprising attended, unattended and mobile using the same intelligent platform.” Save