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BrainChip Studio Awarded New Product of the Year for Video Analytics by Security Today’s Panel of Independent Judges

AI-powered software is easily deployed in existing infrastructure, where it rapidly searches archived video or live streams to identify objects or faces

 

BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN) ("BrainChip" or "the Company"), a leading developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications, has won the Security Today’s New Product of the Year Award 2017 in the Video Analytics category for its BrainChip Studio software suite. The award honors the outstanding products considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. The trophy will be accepted by BrainChip during the ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 25th – 28th, Dallas, Texas.

BrainChip Studio aids law enforcement and intelligence agencies to search vast amounts of video footage many times faster than previously possible, enabling them to quickly identify patterns or faces. Most significantly, the software can be utilized with existing infrastructure.

The software suite simulates the spiking neural networks found in the human brain. It works with low-resolution video, even in noisy environments, and requires only a 24x24 pixel image to detect and classify faces and objects. Furthermore, BrainChip Studio can be trained on a single image in milliseconds and does not need the vast datasets, extended learning time or substantial compute power associated with other forms of video processing using artificial intelligence.

Now in its ninth year, Security Today’s New Product of the Year Award is selected at the sole discretion of an independent panel of judges from the security industry.

“At a time of heightened global security, BrainChip Studio meets the urgent need for a rapidly deployable object and facial search technology to tame the massive volume of video footage already created and in the making,” said Bob Beachler, BrainChip’s SVP of Marketing and Business Development. “We are extremely honored to receive the Security Today New Product of The Year Award, which validates the groundbreaking nature of BrainChip’s technology.” 

BrainChip Studio software runs under Windows or Linux. It is compatible with all major video encoding formats and is available to select law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For more information on BrainChip Studio please visit: www.brainchipinc.com/products. To schedule a demonstration of BrainChip Studio at the ASIS conference, please visit: www.brainchipinc.com/contact.

U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman as Partner on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Program

The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as one of two companies to mature designs for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, the nation’s next Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system.

The company was awarded a $328 million contract to execute the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the GBSD program.

“We look forward to the opportunity to provide the nation with a modern strategic deterrent system that is secure, resilient and affordable,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman. “As a trusted partner and technical integrator for the Air Force’s ICBM systems for more than 60 years, we are proud to continue our work to protect and defend our nation through its strategic deterrent capabilities.”

To learn more about Northrop Grumman’s GBSD program visit: www.northropgrumman.com/gbsd.

SDS Active Shooter Detection Webinar Series

Webinar and Live Fire Gunshot Detection Demonstration

Hosted by Shooter Detection Systems

 

Event Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 

Event Time: 1:00pm EDT

 

Gunshot Detection and Alerting Demonstration Including: 

 

  • Video Surveillance & Management Systems
  • Alarm Panel and Zone Alerting
  • Digital Radio Alerting for Police/Security
  • SMS/E-Mail Alerts
  • Emergency Lighting
  • PA Annunciators

 

Detection of Opioids like Fentanyl Using FLIR G510 Portable GC-MS

The Griffin G510 can be operated while wearing full PPE.

August 11, 2017 Wendy Klausing, Vertical Marketing Manager, FLIR Detection

Clandestine drug labs are not a new problem for responders, but they are growing in number and present potentially dangerous crime scenes. By now, we’ve all seen fentanyl in the news headlines. It is the fastest growing opioid epidemic today. It poses a significant threat to responders and to our communities.

To that point, we’ve developed an application note that discusses how portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) equipment like the FLIR Griffin G510 can help hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response teams quickly perform on-scene identification of narcotics. This app note specifically demonstrates detection of:

  • Diacetylmorphine - the most common chemical name for heroin
  • Fentanyl - commonly cut with heroin
  • Pyridine - a solvent used in the production of fentanyl

You can read the application note here.

Momentum Builds as Third State Deploys Rave 911 Suite Statewide Surpassing 45 Million Protected Nationally

FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, August 10, 2017 – Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), provider of critical communication and data platform trusted to save lives, today announced rapid expansion of Rave 911 Suite before attending the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2017, held in Denver, Colorado August 13-16. Rave 911 Suite now impacts 15 percent of 9-1-1 calls nationwide due in part to statewide expansion in Delaware and sustaining state partnerships with Arkansas and Michigan.

“As the 9-1-1 industry continues to revolutionize emergency response, we are proud to partner with our customers to provide enhanced data and communication tools to save lives,” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. “Today, call takers leverage Rave 911 Suite’s additional data and communication tools on an unmatched 15 percent of 9-1-1 calls made nationally.”

Rave 911 Suite Deployed Statewide in Delaware

Following the success of the Rave Platform in New Castle County, Delaware has made Rave 911 Suite standard across the state. Call takers can now leverage the platform’s data and communication tools and residents can create a free Smart911 Safety Profile, which provides additional data to help first responders save time and save lives.

The Chat, Notes, Location and Facility features provide call takers with additional tools to improve situational awareness and emergency response. A key component of the Rave 911 Suite is the Chat component. Call takers can initiate 2-way SMS chat conversations with any mobile caller. For emergency callers that may have poor coverage, be non-verbal or in situations where they cannot speak, this feature allows the 9-1-1 call taker to easily contact them to gather more information and send help. This Chat component also helps states resolve dropped calls and accidental dials.

The Rave 911 Suite is currently available across portions of 44 states and thousands of municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations and saving lives across the U.S., including a missing child case in Arkansas, a heart attack victim in Tennessee and a man trapped in a house fire in Michigan.

Rave 911 Suite Receives Third Round of Funding from Michigan State Legislators

In November 2016, Michigan made the Rave 911 Suite available to every 9-1-1 center, statewide and publicly launched Smart911 to every resident of Michigan. The state initially funded a $2.2 million grant that covered the cost for any 9-1-1 public-safety answering point (PSAP) in Michigan to subscribe to the Rave 911 Suite. This third round of funding ensures that the state of Michigan continues to fund this service for the local governments.

The state continues to fund the technology as it specifically helps resolve dropped calls and reduce unnecessary dispatches through Chat intervention. For a case study detailing how the Rave 911 Suite has helped to save lives and money in Ottawa County, Michigan visit here.

“Each resident of Michigan deserves to be protected by the Rave 911 Suite and we are pleased to continue to support access to this technology,” said Senator Margaret O’Brien of Michigan. “With this funding, we continue to entrust Rave with the ability to provide essential technology to reduce response times and save lives.”

Arkansas Continues Six Year Partnership with Rave 911 Suite, Rave Prepare and Rave Panic Button

Rave has a long-standing partnership with Arkansas, deploying Rave 911 Suite statewide in 2011 and Rave Prepare in 2013. In 2015, Rave Panic Button was deployed to all schools in the state, serving more than 1,000 K-12 public schools.

As the first state in the nation to provide Rave 911 Suite statewide, Arkansas has been instrumental in helping develop components to the Rave platform including Chat, Notes and Facility profiles. The continued partnership and collaboration between Rave and Arkansas provides improved data and communication tools to 9-1-1 call takers and better preparedness tools for citizens through Smart911.

Rave Announces 2018 Rave User Summit Each year, Rave brings together its customers to explore current challenges and opportunities, discuss emergency response best practices and evaluate new product concepts. The 2018 Rave User Summit will take place on April 16-18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Registration is currently open here: www.ravesummit.com

About Rave Mobile Safety

Rave Mobile Safety provides the leading critical communication and data platform trusted to help save lives. Used by leading education and healthcare institutions, enterprises and state and local public safety agencies, the award-winning Rave platform including Rave Alert™, Rave 911 Suite, Rave Panic Button™, Rave Guardian™, Rave Prepare™ and Rave Eyewitness™ protects millions of individuals. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information, please visit https://www.ravemobilesafety.com

exactEarth’s Small Vessel Tracking Service is now supported by the VMS Track-Pro from Weatherdock AG

Cambridge, ON –August 16, 2017 – exactEarth Ltd. (“exactEarth” or the “Company”) (TSX: XCT), a leading provider of Satellite AIS data services,announces that its exactTrax™ small vessel monitoring technology is now incorporated into the VMS Track-Pro, the newest Class B AIS transponder from Weatherdock AG of Nuremberg, Germany.

VMS Track-Pro is the world’s first single-bracket, battery powered and purpose-built AIS-based tracking solution, which makes it a secure, easy-to-use, and cost-effective solution for tracking fishing vessels and other small crafts. More than 15 years of research and development have gone into the production of VMS Track-Pro, which included extensive input and feedback from fishermen, as well as detailed analysis of homeland security requirements. The resulting data services, which combine the Class B AIS transponder with CML microprocessors and exactTrax technology, provide the ability to securely monitor the millions of artisanal and small-scale commercial fishing boats and small commercial work boats currently operating around the world.

This ability to monitor and track vessels equipped with exactTrax-enabled transceivers supports safety of life at sea and delivers an unrivalled picture into the world’s global maritime activity. Monitoring these vessels can also provide critical intelligence into a variety of marine applications such as fisheries protection, environmental preservation, and maritime surveillance/security through improved ‘dark’ target analysis.

“We recently announced that our exactTrax service is now available for integration with all AIS transceiver manufacturers and, as an internationally recognized supplier of high-quality AIS hardware, we couldn’t be more pleased to add Weatherdock to our growing list of suppliers,” said Peter Mabson, CEO of exactEarth. “Expanding our list of partners means that we can now reach even more potential users worldwide and offer customers real choice in their platform options.”

For more information, visit the exactTrax webpage.

About Weatherdock

Founded in 2003, Weatherdock AG is a privately owned German manufacturer of market-leading VHF-based tracking devices for maritime applications, including Search and Rescue Transmitters (SART) and vmsTRACK for coastal surveillance monitoring. Weatherdock’s products are currently distributed in more than 20 countries to a wide variety of prestigious customers including the German Navy, the Danish Navy, the Singapore Water Police, and the Dutch Rescue Organization. In 2016 as well as in 2017 (2nd time in a row) Weatherdock was recognized as one of Germany’s top 100 small and mid-sized companies. For more information, please visit www.easyAIS.com.

About exactEarth Ltd.

exactEarth is a leading provider of global maritime vessel data for ship tracking and maritime situational awareness solutions. Since its establishment in 2009, exactEarth has pioneered a powerful new method of maritime surveillance called Satellite AIS (“S-AIS”) and has delivered to its clients a view of maritime behaviours across all regions of the world’s oceans unrestricted by terrestrial limitations. exactEarth has deployed an operational data processing supply chain involving a constellation of satellites, receiving ground stations, patented decoding algorithms and advanced “big data” processing and distribution facilities. This ground-breaking system provides a comprehensive picture of the location of AIS equipped maritime vessels throughout the world and allows exactEarth to deliver data and information services characterized by high performance, reliability, security and simplicity to large international markets.  For more information, visit www.exactearth.com

Kaspersky Lab Quarterly Report Shows Zero-Day Exploits and Rampant ‘Ransomware’

Kaspersky Lab announced its latest quarterly threat intelligence report, which shows sophisticated threat actors unleashed a wealth of new and enhanced malicious tools, including three zero-day exploits and two unprecedented attacks: WannaCry and ExPetr. The report highlights the expert analysis of these advanced attacks and other trends in cybersecurity from the second quarter of 2017.

From April to the end of June, experts witnessed significant developments in targeted attacks by, among others, Russian-, English-, Korean-, and Chinese-speaking threat actors. These developments showed that sophisticated, malicious activity is happening continuously across the world and are increasing the risk of companies and non-commercial organizations becoming collateral damage of cyber warfare. The allegedly nation-state backed WannaCry and ExPetr destructive epidemics, whose victims included many companies and organizations globally, became the first example of this new and dangerous trend.

According to the Kaspersky Lab report, highlights in Q2 of 2017 include:

  • Three Windows zero-day exploits being used in-the-wild by the Russian-speaking Sofacy and Turla threat actors - Sofacy, also known as APT28 or FancyBear, deployed the exploits against a range of European targets, including government and political organizations. The threat actor was also observed trying out some experimental tools, most notably against a French political party member in advance of the French national elections.
  • Gray Lambert - Kaspersky Lab analyzed the most advanced toolkit to date for the Lamberts group, a highly sophisticated and complex, English-speaking cyberespionage family, identifying two new related malware families.
  • The WannaCry attack on May 12 and the ExPetr attack on June 27 - While very different in nature and targets, both were surprisingly ineffective as ‘ransomware.’ For example, in the case of WannaCry, its rapid global spread and high profile put a spotlight on the attackers’ Bitcoin ransom account and made it hard for them to cash out. This suggests that the real aim of the WannaCry attack was data destruction. Kaspersky Lab experts discovered further ties between the Lazarus group and WannaCry. The pattern of destructive malware disguised as ransomware showed itself again in the ExPetr attack.
  • ExPetr, targeting organizations in the Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere in Europe – It also appeared to be ransomware but turned out to be purely destructive. The motive behind the ExPetr attacks remains a mystery. Kaspersky Lab experts have established a low confidence link to the threat actor known as Black Energy.

“We have long maintained the importance of truly global threat intelligence to aid defenders of sensitive and critical networks,” said Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, senior security researcher, Global Research and Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab. “We continue to witness the development of overzealous attackers with no regard for the health of the internet and those in vital institutions and businesses who rely on it on a daily basis. As cyberespionage, sabotage, and crime run rampant, it’s all the more important for defenders to band together and share cutting-edge knowledge to better defend against all threats.” 

The Q2 APT Trends report summarizes the findings of Kaspersky Lab’s subscriber-only threat intelligence reports. During the second quarter of 2017, the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Tam created 23 private reports for subscribers, with Indicators of Compromise (IOC) data and YARA rules to assist in forensics and malware-hunting. For more information, please contact: [email protected]

 

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2017. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution won by Kingston Technology in Government Security News Awards

Kingston’s line of encrypted USB Flash drives are this year’s winner for the Government Security News 2017 Airport/Seaport/Border Security “Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution” award.   


The robustness of Kingston’s product offering impressed the judges.  From the DataTraveler 2000, with alphanumeric keypad for someone simply wanting to protect personal data such as medical records or tax information, to the IronKey S1000 for the most sensitive of data, Kingston has solutions for every type of user.


The IronKey S1000 uses fast USB 3.0 performance to integrate military-grade 256-bit AES hardware-based encryption in XTS mode and an on-device Cryptochip encryption key management to serve as dual layer protection.  Its epoxy-filled rugged anodized aluminum case construction creates another layer of physical tampering security to withstand the elements for almost any application or intrusion.  Additionally, the drive uses digitally-signed firmware and locks down after a brute force attack of ten invalid password attempts, providing options to either reformat or destroy the drive.


Government, defense and intelligence agencies, as well as the civilian companies that contract with them are under intense scrutiny and pressure to comply with a lengthening list of legislative requirements and protocols designed to protect sensitive data in transit and at rest.  IronKey S1000 is designed specifically to meet the strictest standards and most demanding data protection needs of sensitive military, government and enterprise information. With Kingston Technology’s S1000, one can manage threats, reduce risks, and comply with U.S. legislative requirements such as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), OMB M06-16 Mandate, Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) mandates, and the Director of Central Intelligence Directive (CDID) 6/3.


In addition to the Basic model qualities, the S1000 Enterprise version offers central administration of drive access and usage across thousands of IronKey enterprise drives with the intuitive, easy to use, secure online interface.  The IronKey Enterprise Management Service* (EMS) efficiently and cost-effectively protects data by administering usage and encryption policies, password restrictions, and more from a central console. 
When it comes the best in data security and loss management, Kingston Technology provides quality encrypted USB solutions that cater to a multitude of data protection needs.

Digital Fly Unveils New Anti-Bullying and Student Vaping Detection Smart Cloud Based Sensor and Alert System For Schools

Digital Fly new Fly Sense technology detects and alerts school staff when students are vaping, bullying or fighting

Hauppauge, NY; August 11, 2017 - Digital Fly, a nationally respected school safety products and technology developer, introduced today its latest innovation, Fly Sense, a new cloud-based “Internet Of Things” (IOT) anti-bullying and vaping detector/sensor that is the only product on the market to offer combined vaping chemical detection and decibel level monitoring specifically designed for schools. Fly Sense is a cloud-based platform that detects and sends alerts to school officials when bullying or vaping is taking place in bathrooms, isolated areas as well as classrooms and lunch rooms of schools. When the sensor detects decibel level anomalies caused by bullying or chemicals from vaping, it sends an immediate notification to one or many school officials’ computers or mobile devices.

The release of Fly Sense comes just days after New York State adopted legislation making vaping and the use of e-cigarettes illegal on public and private school property across the state.  

According to both a recent U.S. Surgeon General's report and a survey from the New York State Department of Health e-cigarette use by high school students is rapidly rising.

The Fly Sense platform represents a revolutionary advancement in school safety. The platform consists of a front-end edge detection sensor called Fly Sensor with a backend logic processing server.  Each Fly Sensor can work independently or in conjunction with a network of two or more Fly Sensors.

“Expanding on our extensive line of high tech school safety products allows us to make a real impact on issues relating to bullying, fighting and using vaping devices and e-cigarettes in schools. Fly Sense is designed specifically for the education market,” said Derek Peterson, CEO at Digital Fly. “Fly Sense is a unique product and approach which creates effective ways for schools to protect and ensure the safety of students.”

“We believe this product is a game changer for schools and falls directly in-line with the new law recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo which bans vaping and e-cigarettes in schools in New York State. Vaping and e-cigarette use is dangerous to the health of students and can be a gateway to the use of illegal drugs or tobacco smoking,” said Mike Richez, Executive Vice President at OSC World.

OSC World, the marketing and sales partner of Digital Fly, is available to provide information and arrange a demonstration of a Fly Sense sensor or Digital Fly’s social media awareness platform. For more information, visit www.digitalfly.net or call Mike Richez at (516) 247-5321.

About Digital Fly
Based in Hauppauge, NY, Digital Fly creates technology that helps keep schools safe. Its Digital Fly School Safety Suite assists schools with mitigating and gaining insight into potential dangers. Digital Fly develops and delivers technology for improved social media awareness to create safer schools and communities.  Digital Fly is used by more than 400 schools internationally as an early warning system to improve school safety and has a proven record of identifying and preventing threats.  For more information, visit www.digitalfly.net.      

About OSC World
In business since 1991, OSC World is a leading company providing test scanning, test scoring and education sector technology consulting services. The company is a partner and the marketing arm for Digital Fly, a nationally respected school safety products and technology developer.  Digital Fly offers the education market social media awareness software and anti-bullying and vaping technology.  OSC World developed and patented FAST (Fast Accurate Capture Technology Solutions) one of the only data capture systems which automatically processes all documents. OSC World’s Document Management Systems allow for image indexing for all forms/documents in any industry. For more information, please visit www.oscworld.com

Who is in and out under the RAISE Act

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) seeks to dramatically reshape American immigration by favoring youth and a narrow set of skills over family values and diversity.

It does so by virtually eliminating all family-based legal immigration categories, except for some immediate relatives. In addition, it eliminates the Diversity Visa, which has long ensured America welcomes individuals from countries with historically low levels of migration to the United States.

The bill also legislatively caps refugee admissions at a significantly reduced level of 50,000 per year—taking away the president’s prerogative to set refugee admission levels annually.

The bill also outlines a points system which places significant emphasis on having an advanced degree, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), proficiency in English, and a highly-compensated job offer in the United States. There is little consideration for other skills or talents, unless you are an Olympic medal winner or Nobel Laureate.

Points systems place value on people in terms of their supposed human-capital attributes—such as a professional degree, earning potential, or extraordinary ability—and therefore, their presumed capacity to produce economic value. Switching from a demand-driven model (based on employers’ needs) to a human-capital model entails some risks. Both Australia and Canada use points-based systems to select economic migrants. In both cases, research has shown that some individuals selected through such systems often have difficulties finding or maintaining employment in their professions—mainly, because they are not admitted based on a specific labor demand.

The points system also raises significant concerns about potential gender bias, specifically against women. Women, who tend to be underrepresented in STEM fields, would be systematically excluded. In addition, many immigrant women perform their work in other important occupations (such as child care, elder care, and domestic work), which are not valued skills in the proposed point system.

This is not the first time Congress has explored this change in how we select immigrants. When the Senate last took up immigration reform in 2013, the bill created a points system as well. However, it contained a dedicated path for low-wage immigrants and attempted to address the gender gap by including points for being a caregiver. Low-wage immigrants play a fundamental role in the “essential economy,” which encompasses the food services and hospitality industries, construction, agriculture, elder care, and manufacturing. The RAISE Act does not even attempt to acknowledge or remedy this concern.

This points system may also result in a nationality bias, which will be translated into a systematic exclusion of immigrants from countries with lower levels of human-capital. The diversity component, which has been an important part of the U.S. immigration system for more than twenty years, would be terminated for good under this bill.

While experts and economists have thoroughly detailed how this legislation is bad for the economy, analysis must also consider how this new system would impact our immigrant admissions into this country and how this would fundamentally change the complexion of America.

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