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With the holiday season in full swing, and upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, online shopping is on the rise, and so are concerns over security and privacy breaches.

To keep the online shopping experience safe and cheerful this holiday season, below are top tips from Dell SecureWorks experts in information security:

Digital Ally has received an order from a municipal police department in the San Francisco Bay Area for 110 FirstVu HD body-worn camera systems. The order includes the company’s patented VuLink Connectivity Devices to allow the body cams to automatically start recording, and nine FirstVu HD docking stations, each of which will facilitate the simultaneous transmission of video from up to 12 FirstVu HD systems to Digital Ally’s new VuVault.Net cloud storage solution.

Intelligent Video Surveillance (ISS), a Video Management Systems (VMS) vendor, and Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), a provider of open architecture video analytics software, have announced the integration of ISS’ SecurOS video management platform with the real-time event detection capabilities of savVi, Agent Vi’s video analytics platform.

Sierra-Olympic, maker of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components, cameras, and systems solutions for advanced imaging applications, has announced the first in a series of affordable, uncooled microbolometer thermal cameras for industrial, machine vision, and general purpose thermal imaging applications. The new Viento 320 features 320 x 240 pixel resolution with a 17-micron pixel pitch.

Melville, NY-based Verint Systems Inc. has announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its “Safe City Program.” The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city’s municipal agencies to enhance public safety.

Chelmsford, MA-based Axis Communications, a provider of network video surveillance, has announced its first corner-mount fixed network camera. The new AXIS Q8414-LVS features a stainless steel anti-grip casing and is extremely impact resistant, supporting the IK10+ 50 joules rating as well as the IP66/NEMA 4X rating for water resistance.

Dallas, TX-based Securus Technologies, a provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, has announced that it has completed construction, testing, and successful cutover of the nation's largest video visitation platform that includes over 600 in county state-of-the-art terminals.

Newark, NJ-based Panasonic has announced the new AW-HE130, a pan/tilt/zoom camera incorporating recently-developed high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3” 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Revolutionary new features include Power over Ethernet+ (POE+) for easier integration, and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 25Mbps.)

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With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.

The possibility of governments collecting and analyzing personal data changed dramatically after the enactment of The Patriot Act in 2001. The public outcry following WikiLeaks and the NSA PRISM program has kept controversial data collection methods in the headlines over the past few years. The legality of this type of data collection is still in question.

Unfortunately, none of us has any trouble imagining a security breach. Breaches are so frequent these days, so fast and so clever, that seemingly out of nowhere we could find critical infrastructure threatened, networks at risk, markets in danger.

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

By John Convy

Video harvesting is the process of delivering access to many dissimilar video systems in a standardized form, so that you can ingest any video feed into a master video system of any kind.

An example of an environment where video harvesting might be valuable is a Safe City project, with a diverse mix of many different digital and analog video streams. Some of these might be state of the art and some could be older, legacy systems.

 

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Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

Vumii, the Atlanta, GA manufacturer of thermal imaging and illuminated IR cameras, was awarded a Winner’s trophy for “Best Thermal/Night Vision/Infrared Cameras” at the 2012 awards dinner. Primary markets for the cameras, according to President and CEO Randall Foster, are facilities with large, outdoor perimeters to protect, such as airports, seaports, utilities, government sites and military bases.

Kris Pearson describes VIEVU as the world leader in body-worn video technology, with 23,000 customers worldwide. One of the reasons that police officers are now wearing surveillance devices, he asserts, is to capture their interaction with the public through audio and video so that they can prove what they’ve been doing when they’re out of range of the in-vehicle video, which only captures what’s in front of the car.

Eric Ivers gives a demonstration of the RoboteX robot and indicates that they are sold mainly to law enforcement agencies, the military, SWAT teams, Army rangers and the company is presently developing a new market with special ops. He estimates that the RoboteX models are the best priced robots on the market, with a service contract that enables the buyer to have a robot that works all the time.

Peter Onruang explains that the Wolfcom 3rd Eye is more than a body camera -- it’s a multi-purpose, multi-functional tool that is the officer’s best friend, because “it allows you to see what you can’t see”. Because it can see and record what the officer sees, the 3rd Eye can save a lot of expense arising from false allegations. Its 16 megapxiel camera has a high-resolution recorder that can capture up to 17 hours of video, including 6 hours of continuous operation. It also has an audio recorder that can create 500 hours of audio, along with an optional battery that lasts 20 hours.

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