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Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
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Conshohocken, PA-based AlliedBarton Security Services, www.AlliedBarton.com, a provider of highly trained security personnel, has announced that Carol Johnson, president and chief operating officer,...
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the U.S.

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IDV Solutions, LLC and Salient Systems Corporation have announced that the companies have formed a technical partnership to integrate Salient’s CompleteView Video Management System and IDV Solutions’ Visual Command Center Enterprise Risk Visualization (ERV) software.

The combination of the two technologies enables security operations teams to gain an immediate live view of locations of interest, including those where Visual Command Center has identified a potential threat to the organization.

Senstar, a manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is strengthening its commitment to the Canadian market by expanding its integrated security solutions offering and marketing it to customers across the country. Complementing the security products it has manufactured and sold around the world for over 30 years, Senstar now provides a wide range of third party products and services, end-to-end project installation and on-going support.

Ocean Presence Technologies (OPT) has announced two new high-definition underwater cameras. “Earlier this year we announced the first of the high-speed 60 frames per second cameras. Now we are very excited to announce an extremely small 1080p high-definition underwater camera,” said OPT’s President Robert Aston. The OPT-14 is our smallest and most affordable full HD underwater camera. The remote-head camera housing has a diameter of only 1.5 inches.mens nike shox nz

Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a provider of integrated security and video surveillance solutions, has announced its new i-PRO Transit Solution at APTA EXPO 2014, being held October 13-15.

McLean, VA-based Exelis has announced the release of a new updated CorvusEye 1500 visible color and infrared (IR) sensor that provides day and nighttime wide area airborne surveillance coverage to support the military, law enforcement, border patrol, and first responders. Developed to complement the daytime electro-optical sensor Exelis released in May, the sensors are available as an integrated end-to-end system or separately.

Atlanta, GA-based Utility Associates, a provider of critical connectivity and mobile video for first responders, has announced the publication of a white paper on the issues faced by law enforcement agencies regarding body-worn cameras. The white paper highlights the gap in emerging video camera technology in Generation 2 body-worn cameras and the body-worn cameras for police officers currently on the market.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $247K contract to upgrade the current Defense ID system at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.

Leading software firm NICE Systems (NICE) has launched a video surveillance program, NICE Suspect Search, which claims to be able to reduce the time it takes to locate and track persons of interests through surveillance cameras. NICE Security Group’s Executive Vice President Chris Wooten states that the program aims to solve “the burden of processing all of the data [that] has limited the value of the video footage, [which is the] major pain point for [its] customers."

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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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