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Boston hotels: Marathon safe, secure, normal

April 23, 2014Amy Canfield

BOSTON—A day after the Boston Marathon brought more than 32,500 runners, hundreds of thousands of spectators and security in full force to the city, hoteliers were basking in the normalcy of the event.“It was very orderly, it was a family event,” Mike Soper, chairman of the International Lodging Safety and Security Association Boston, told Security Director News, the sister publication of Security Systems News.Soper's ILSSA worked over the past year to ensure that marathon-weekend...

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Sports and Security

August 13, 2013Amy Canfield

  HATTIESBURG, Miss.—Open-access sporting event security was an especially hot topic at the recent fourth annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition. That topic came in the wake of the bombings at the April 2013 Boston Marathon. “There are different challenges, same principles,” NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani told Security Director News The NCS4 July conference drew a record number of participants and exhibitors to its conference, Marciani...

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Lead Boston Marathon bombings investigator talks urban security

August 7, 2013Amy Canfield

BOSTON—When the two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line in April, there was chaos. Hundreds were seriously injured. Participants and spectators were panicked, not knowing where to turn for safety. Were there more explosive devices set to go off in a few seconds? Within 22 minutes, chaos was quelled, and the area was secured. How? “Through planning and training,” said Boston Police Department Superintendent William Evans. Three people died at the Boylston...

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Post Boston, regional events increase security

August 6, 2013Martha Entwistle

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine—Even regional running events have increased their security efforts after last April's Boston Marathon bombing. This past weekend, the Beach to Beacon 10K road race here had video surveillance for the first time, thanks to the efforts of a local integrator, Advance Technology, and donations from Axis Communications, Exacq Vision and Allied Telesis. “We've done some large-scale projects with Cape Elizabeth [in the past],” said Jeff LaChance, Advance...

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Fire Systems Installation

High-profile bombing, shootings drive MNS market

June 5, 2013Tess Nacelewicz

AUSTIN, Texas—The Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook school massacre and other high-profile incidents are a key reason why demand for mass notification systems is expected to spike 30 percent within five years, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS. The need to help protect the public will help drive spending on MNS in North America to $2.1 billion in 2017, up from $1.6 billion in 2013, the report says. “Very few people die in a building fire anymore”...

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Monitoring Matters

Surveillance cameras called 'worse than useless' in Philly

June 5, 2013Rich Miller

It's not the kind of press you would expect for video surveillance, especially after all of the positive PR for helping bring down the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Only onward and upward, right? Apparently Philadelphia didn't get the memo. Last week, City Controller Alan Butkovitz announced the results of an audit of the police department's surveillance camera program. The news wasn't favorable: Only 32 percent of the cameras reviewed were functioning as they should,...

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IMS: Demand for mass notification systems expected to soar

May 24, 2013SSN Staff

LONDON—In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt, as well as the Sandy Hook massacre, governments, schools and other organizations are turning to mass notification systems to protect public safety, which is expected to fuel a 30 percent spike in demand for the North American market, according to IMS Research, now part of IHS. The research firm expects spending on MNS in North America to rise to $2.1 billion in 2017, up from $1.6 billion in 2013, according to a new...

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Also Noted

Boston Marathon bombing could accelerate video surveillance spending

April 30, 2013SSN Staff

WELLINGBOROUGH, U.K.—In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, spending on video surveillance equipment may experience a spike that augments already lofty expectations for the market, according to a statement from IMS Research, a market research firm based here. History suggests that high-profile events of terrorism can drive global sales of video surveillance equipment. Worldwide revenue for the market is projected to rise to $20.5 billion in 2016, up 114 percent from $9.6 billion in 2010,...

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FLIR cameras help police find Boston bombing suspect

April 22, 2013SSN Staff

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—A helicopter with infrared cameras from FLIR Systems helped police confirm a Boston Marathon bombing suspect was hiding in a covered boat behind a residence in Watertown, Mass., according to an SIA news item. Photos taken from a helicopter by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing show a person—later confirmed to be suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—hiding in the boat. Oregon-based FLIR manufactures sensing products with a focus on thermal technology. According to a USA...

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On The Editor's Desk

Authorities closing in on marathon terrorist suspect?

April 17, 2013Martha Entwistle

Updated 3:40 p.m. April 17 Both CNN and the Boston Globe on Wednesday, April 17 reported that a suspect has been identified in the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing and that an arrest has been made or is imminent. Both backed off of that assertion about an hour later, and the Boston Police made a statement saying that no arrest had been made. From the Globe: “ …authorities have an image of a suspect carrying, and perhaps dropping, a black bag at the second bombing scene on Boylston...

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