Archive for April, 2011

Specifically Speaking–Dan O’Neill

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 15:36 1 Comment

Name: Dan O’Neill, president and CEO Company: Applied Risk Management, Stoneham, Mass. 1. You said it was helping out a local wine/cigar/beer establishment with some loss prevention measures that got you interested in security consulting. What appealed to you about consulting? For this first engagement I enjoyed helping the owner identify and solve a problem. [...]

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Using biometrics in airports

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 15:27 Be the first to comment

Lots of factions aim to influence use, including a committee called RTCA By Matt Wickenheiser After the Intelligence Reform and Terror Prevention Act of 2004 was passed, government, air travel/infrastructure professionals and the security industry put together a committee to look at the use of biometrics in airports. The goal was to look at controlling [...]

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Combating the Big Brother stigma

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 15:25 Be the first to comment

Experts discuss affordability, efficacy and constitutionality of municipal video surveillance By Daniel Gelinas In a 44-page February report, the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union criticized the city of Chicago for its municipal video surveillance program, claiming it was expensive, did not achieve the desired results and violated the “fundamental American right to [...]

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Thermal cameras: Not just for the military anymore

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 15:07 Be the first to comment

With falling prices, thermal cameras are being used in commercial, retail and industrial applications By Matt Wickenheiser The night is still, heavy with fog. The intruders sought to use the misty cover to breach the perimeter and forge into the interior of the grounds. Instantly, thermal cameras paired with computer analytics detected the telltale shape [...]

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Chain of (Cloud) Custody—Is hosted video evidence admissible in court?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 15:03 Be the first to comment

Guest Commentary During a panel session at February’s TechSec event titled, “How cloud computing will affect the future delivery of managed physical security services,” a side debate broke out over the admissibility of cloud-based video in court for legal forensics. Questions, concerns and overall FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) rose about digital certificates, chain of custody [...]

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Barnes Associates/SSN study results released

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 14:52 Be the first to comment

Wholesale monitoring study confirms industry growth By Martha Entwistle YARMOUTH, Maine—The security alarm industry has a vaunted history of recording revenue growth, year after year, through good times and bad. And then came 2009 and 2010. During the past two years, for the first time in recorded alarm industry history, revenues were down. However, according [...]

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Protecting data centers

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 14:40 Be the first to comment

By Matt Wickenheiser Society has become increasingly digital: From teens texting to professionals working in the cloud, from Facebook updates to the latest Twitter tweets, we are in a data-driven world. All that data has to be managed somewhere, and companies are responding to ever-growing digital demand by building more and more data centers. And [...]

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VB/Research study shows positive growth, investment

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 14:34 Be the first to comment

Investors need help understanding physical security industry By Tess Nacelewicz DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The physical security sector is growing, but not quite as fast as industry insiders believe, according to a survey conducted for TechSec Solutions by Global Security Pipeline, a division of VB/Research. Results of the survey were presented here Feb. 15 by Douglas Lloyd, [...]

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Wireless automation/security sensor market set for growth

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 14:25 Be the first to comment

By Daniel Gelinas According to a recent report from ABI Research, the worldwide market for wireless sensors in building automation and security applications is set to see impressive growth over the next five years, growing from 1.09 million units shipped in 2010 to 25.92 million units shipped in 2015. According to ABI principal analyst Jonathan [...]

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Poll: Do you offer home automation?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 14:17 Be the first to comment

Home automation has been around for a while, but recently more and more security companies seem to be adding these extra features to traditional security offerings. Do you have home automation offerings?

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