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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.
LILLINGTON, NC Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, today announced that Stockholm Central Station in Sweden has installed a Boon Edam entrance solution as part of a renovation project for the terminal.
Originally designed in 1871, Stockholm Central Station has a long, proud history, and the building itself features magnificent artworks and architecture. The building is historically listed and as such, officials have an obligation to protect its architectural features in any upgrades or renovations that are undertaken.
The current generation of commuters is very discerning in their public transport needs. They place a high emphasis on using a facility which is efficient, sustainable, and easily accessible, but one that is aesthetically pleasing too. A dignified, impressive entrance is key to a comfortable customer experience and is proven to leave a lasting impression on the visitor.
"The goal was to let people experience the whole atmosphere of this historic building, from floor to ceiling. We also wanted to have the old and the new come together in a natural way," said AIX Architectural Conservator Johan Rittsél. The station owners, Jernhusen, and the architects, AIX, have been collaborating together for 15 years to restore Stockholm Central Station to its former glory, while creating a contemporary authenticity. This entry solution needed to be true to the authentic beauty and atmosphere of the original space while still meeting the modern demands placed on traffic flow and energy savings.
Stockholm Central Station has installed a set of three Boon Edam all glass, 3-winged Crystal Tourniket automatic revolving doors, along with integrated heaters. Each door can accomodate 1,740 persons per minute in both directions in addition to being able to manage sustainable climate-control. The Crystal Tourniket doors also include collapsible door wings, which create an easy escape route in the event of an emergency, ideal for such a large public area.
After considering rebuilding or replacing the original 2-winged revolving doors or installing an airlock solution with sliding doors, the decision makers chose to install three, full glass, 3-winged revolving doors. This entrance selection complemented the classic architecture of the original entrance hall while letting in as much daylight as possible.
"Boon Edam was very focused on finding the right door solution for us, even taking us on research tours so we could try out different door solutions. Perhaps the most important thing was that we did not try to copy anything, instead we used our research to create the perfect solution for our specific circumstances," said Anne Teresiak, an architect with AIX.
One of the primary challenges designers faced was concealing the entrance’s technical aspects so as not to interfere with the overall user experience and impression of the entrance. The motors were built into the floor, the control boxes were designed to be situated at a lower level in the building, and the vertical heaters were integrated into the centerline of the doors.
After the installation of the Boon Edam revolving doors, a champagne bar was opened in the entrance hall, and current plans also call for a new café, finalizing the complete restoration process. Anne Teresiak continued, "It felt great to see how the light came through the glass doors and the facade windows. It was like the room had become complete again."
Peter Appelgren, representing the station owners, Jernhusen, said, "The revolving doors are now an integrated part of the entrance hall. We've managed to capture the ambience of the old, while still making sure we meet the modern demands of energy savings as well as maintaining high-volume traffic flow."
About Royal Boon Edam
With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, the smart, safe entry has become the center of activity in and around many buildings. Royal Boon Edam is a global market leader in reliable entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 140 years of experience in engineering quality, we have gained extensive expertise in managing the transit of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings. We are focused on providing an optimal, sustainable experience for our clients and their clients. By working together with you, our client, we help determine the exact requirements for the entry point in and around your building. You can find more news about Boon Edam on http://www.boonedam.us/news.
PEARL RIVER, NY jULY 10, 2017 Qognify, the leader in big data solutions for physical security and operations, today announced that it has expanded the integration of Bosch network video security cameras and Qognify’s Situator and VisionHub, providing customers unique advanced technology and business benefits. This best-of-breed solution creates centralized management for the entire platform with direct integration of Bosch cameras to Situator (Situation Management / PSIM) and VisionHub (Video Management System).
The integration enhances security management and operational benefits by leveraging situation management, video and visualization capabilities:
· Centralized control and management through Situator– direct integration between Bosch’s network video security cameras and Situator. The integration enables PTZ and PTZ-like control for moving and fixed cameras, automatic triggering of processes when predefined incidents occur based on pre-defined alarm rules using camera built-in video analytics, playback via local camera storage and camera tampering detection.
· Advanced video management capabilities via Qognify VisionHub, including:
- Dewarping – the advanced integration of Bosch’s FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 camera and Qognify’s VMS, eliminates the fish eye lens distortion, enabling 360° of view, without blind spots, with an undistorted overview image. Additionally, the PTZ-like control of the video, lets customers digitally pan-tilt-zoom to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. This advance support of dewarping means empowering the benefit from wide coverage using a single device, while having a "normal" view of an otherwise distorted or reversed image.
Qognify records the original camera stream and de-warps the video for viewing purposes, enabling each operator a unique view.
- Reduced storage and network bandwidth with VisionHub – Bosch Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction, a feature that optimizes storage capacity and reduces network strain by using bandwidth only when needed. By intelligently distinguishing between noise and relevant information Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction reduces the camera’s bitrate by up to 50% substantially contributing to a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
- Network optimization – overcoming network overload during working hours by automated, scheduled transfer from the camera onboard storage to the center.
- Zero-loss-of-data – automatic filling of missing recording data on the SVR by restoring missing video from the camera onboard storage.
- Video Analytics at the Edge – Qognify’s VisionHub integrates with Bosch’s Essential Video Analytics or Intelligent Video Analytics which runs on the camera. This enables delivering of video analytics alarms based on pre-definable alarm rules from the camera to VisionHub and Situator. In addition, the integration supports the Qognify video analytics suite running centrally on the recorder, combining Bosch built-in (edge) video analytics with Qognify’s server-based video analytics, offering customers maximum flexibility when designing a video analytics solution.
“When mission-critical solutions are involved, it is essential that stringent quality checks are taken. Qognify’s solutions were tested to excel in multiple integrations” said Rudolf Spielberger, Head of the Integration Partner Program at Bosch Security Systems. “Our strategic cooperation with Qognify is substantially enhancing the levels of security and delivering clear and quantifiable business advantages to our customers.”
The certified integration is already in use at customers’ sites. “We are committed to advancing integration with leading technology partners and are proud of our integration with Bosch to yield a complete, tested and field-proven solution,” said Eran Noam, VP Global Strategic Partnerships of Qognify. “It’s important that organizations have confidence in integrations so they can leverage the broad range of excellent, integrated products in today’s security marketplace”.
Qognify helps organizations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity, and optimize operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics, and PSIM/ Situation Management solutions that are deployed in financial institutions, transportation agencies, airports, seaports, utility companies, city centers, and to secure many of the world's highest-profile public events.
The Bosch division Security Systems is a leading global supplier of security, safety, and communications products and systems. In selected countries Bosch offers solutions and services for building security, energy efficiency and building automation. About 9,000 associates generated sales of roughly 1.8 billion euros in 2016. Protecting lives, buildings and assets is the major aim. The product portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems. Professional audio and conference systems for communication of voice, sound and music complete the range. Security Systems develops and manufactures in its own plants in Europe, Americas and Asia.
Additional information is available online at www.boschsecurity.com
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it has acquired Oxfordshire, U.K.-based Cobalt Light Systems, a provider of highly differentiated Raman spectroscopic instruments for the pharmaceutical industry, applied markets, and public safety.
Cobalt’s innovative suite of benchtop and handheld/portable Raman spectroscopic instruments are based on proprietary technologies that enable through-barrier identification of chemicals and materials. Traditional solutions based on conventional spectroscopy have limited capacities for detection of materials through sealed, non-transparent containers and are constrained to near-surface identification of materials such as pharma tablet coatings and containers. By enabling measurement through opaque barriers and surfaces, Cobalt’s solutions can analyze whole tablets or inside sealed containers reducing the need for quarantines and time-consuming sample processing and testing in pharmaceutical QC, hazardous chemical ID, and security. The result is significant time, cost, and resource savings for customers as well as increased safety for certain market segments such as first responders or air passengers.
Cobalt’s customers include more than 20 of the largest 25 global pharmaceutical companies, and more than 75 airports across Europe and Asia-Pacific, including eight of the 10 largest European airports, with over 500 devices deployed at airport checkpoints. Recently, Cobalt has entered the hazardous substances market with its handheld platform.
“Raman spectroscopy is one of the fastest-growing segments in spectroscopy,” said Phil Binns, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Spectroscopy and Vacuum Solutions Division. “This acquisition gives our customers access to state-of-the-art Raman spectroscopy technology. It also provides Agilent immediate entry into this fast-growing segment with a highly competitive, differentiated offering.”
“This is exactly the type of acquisition that Agilent’s strategy calls for – one that expands our market share and provides immediate benefits to our customers,” said Patrick Kaltenbach, president of Agilent’s Life Sciences and Applied Markets Group. “We’re focused on delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers, and Cobalt’s Raman spectroscopy product and team meet and exceed that criterion.”
“Cobalt and Agilent have similar cultures focused on customer-centric innovation,” Cobalt CEO Paul Loeffen said. “The combination of Cobalt’s patented technologies with Agilent’s product-development expertise, manufacturing capabilities, channels and customer base will allow us to scale our operations to take advantage of this rapidly growing market.”
Agilent is acquiring Cobalt for £40 million in cash.
Cobalt is privately held with 52 employees, most of whom are expected to join Agilent. Cobalt’s CEO will remain with Agilent as the Director of Raman Spectroscopy. Oxford will become Agilent’s global center for Raman spectroscopy. Cobalt has received numerous prestigious awards since the company was founded in 2008 including The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2015 and the 2014 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. It was also ranked as one of the U.K.’s fastest-growing technology companies in 2014.
About Cobalt Light Systems
Cobalt develops innovative products and technologies for non-invasive, through-barrier chemical analysis, for applications in airport security, hazardous-chemical identification and pharmaceutical QC. Cobalt’s proprietary technologies use novel variants of Raman spectroscopy. Cobalt’s instruments can rapidly and accurately identify materials hidden inside objects or through opaque barriers such as plastic, colored glass, paper and skin, or can measure the concentrations of materials in mixtures, with a high degree of accuracy. Founded in 2008 as a spin-out from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Cobalt is headquartered in Oxfordshire, U.K., with offices in Reston, Virginia, U.S., and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.cobaltlight.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), is a global leader in analytical laboratory technologies. With more than 50 years of insight and innovation, our instruments, software, services, solutions and people provide trusted answers to our customers’ most challenging questions. The company generated revenues of $4.20 billion in fiscal 2016 and employs about 13,000 people worldwide. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA July 6, 2017— Hikvision USA Inc., the North American leader in award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, is pleased to announce it received the Koorsen Fire & Security Circle of Excellence Award. Koorsen Fire & Security, an Indianapolis-based integrator established in 1946, annually grants this award to a partner that exhibits exemplary performance in supporting its business.
“Koorsen evaluates partners on sales and product support, product quality and/or a notable event where the recipient helped Koorsen better serve its customers. In the 2016 calendar year, Hikvision was no less than extraordinary in their commitment to Koorsen Fire & Security and its customers,” said Bryan Smith, director of the security business at Koorsen. “This is evident in continued sales support through touring our branches, making last-minute sales calls with customers, and assisting with engineering of systems.”
Smith said Hikvision has always approached technical and product support with the utmost urgency and dedication to service. And, Koorsen customers have commended the performance of Hikvision security systems.
“The Koorsen Circle of Excellence Award is an honor for our company and speaks to the solid effort on the part of our regional sales team,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc. and Hikvision Canada Inc. “As the leading manufacturer in our industry, we always strive to deliver excellence in customer service and support.”
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
ATLANTA June 28, 2017 U.S. Security Associates (USA) has immediate availability of the Sharp INTELLOS™ Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) as the first authorized private security company reseller of the robotic unit. Committed to providing better outcomes to their clients, USA is now offering the environmentally-friendly, Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV outdoor patrol robot as a service to work in concert with their highly skilled security officer force and provide additional layers of security and safety coverage.
USA, as a full-service, security solutions provider, rounds out the robotic arm of their industry leading P3 Technology Platform(SM) with INTELLOS A-UGV. In cooperation with Sharp Robotics Business Development (SRBD), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), USA will hold exclusive roadshow events of the Sharp INTELLOS™ Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) at the following locations beginning in July:
- Atlanta, Ga- July 18, 2017
- Houston, TX- July 25, 2017
- Dallas, TX- July 27, 2017
- San Francisco, CA- July 20, 2017
- Los Angeles, CA- August 1, 2017
- San Diego, CA- August 3, 2017
- Indianapolis- August 9, 2017
- Seattle, WA- August 10, 2017
The demonstration events will showcase the enhancements Sharp’s patrol robot provides. Units currently deployed at preliminary USA client sites show compelling results of incident mitigation and a significant reduction in safety risks.
The Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV is a cost-effective, multi-terrain, mobile sensor platform that can capture video, audio and environmental data, while providing a visible deterrent. The data it provides can enhance outdoor surveillance, security, safety and maintenance inspections, which will help organizations meet the challenges of an ever-changing security landscape by augmenting a skilled security officer force. The Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV’s ruggedized design is ideally suited for customers with expansive outdoor properties that USA serves.
Richard L. Wyckoff, President and CEO of USA, shared "in addition to acting as an additional deterrent for criminal activity, the real value new technologies, like the Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV, offers is mining site-specific data in areas inhospitable or too cumbersome for traditional officer patrols and providing insights, compliance and recommendations that maximize the Total Value to Protect(SM). Robotics, that enable data-driven technologies, should be a key consideration when putting together a comprehensive security and safety program. Robotics and drones will increasingly play a major role in complementing a traditional officer force and USA intends to expand our capabilities to ensure leading edge technology is available to our customers.”
Sharp Electronics is a well-known and established company that has been innovating for over 100 years with best-in-class engineering and quality manufacturing. They have a safety-first approach to all they do and apply efficient product design to an array of solutions across many industries. Their entry into robotics for security is no exception and their reseller selection of USA as the first full service security solutions company, a testament to the integrity of the product.
Please contact your local USA office to experience one of the upcoming events.
ABOUT U.S. SECURITY ASSOCIATES
U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned, American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world’s best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA’s rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enables the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands. For more information, visit http://www.ussecurityassociates.com/.
ABOUT SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, professional displays, robotics, and energy systems. For more information, visit SharpUSA.com.
To find out more about Sharp’s robot for security, visit SharpINTELLOS.com.
To foster awareness and understanding about UGVs for security, visit Robolliance.com.
IRVINE, CA June 27, 2017 Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group, a business unit of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., has launched its first-ever ExacqVision® Trade-in Program, incentivizing ExacqVision users in the Americas to experience Toshiba's Percept NVR and Surveillix Web Services cloud-empowered recording platform to unlock breakthrough performance for their video surveillance management system.
For a limited time starting today, existing ExacqVision customers will receive a 20 percent discount on a Toshiba Percept network video recorder equipped with Surveillix Web Services when they trade-in an ExacqVision appliance or server, regardless of age. To participate in Toshiba's ExacqVision Trade-in Program, customers should visit www.toshibasecurity.com/tradein for additional details. ExacqVision hardware will be recycled responsibly via zero landfill and recycling methods appropriate to material type.
"Our Percept cloud-empowered NVRs really provide our reseller partners with a way to bolster their recurring revenue around surveillance and differentiate themselves in the market. Leveraging our Surveillix Web Services, they unlock the simplest, most powerful IP video surveillance management solution available today," said Greg Hartzell, Director of Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products Group. "Our new trade-in program allows us to introduce ExacqVision customers to the Percept experience and help them streamline their operations, improve their network security, and reduce their software licensing costs, among other benefits."
TRADE-UP TO A BETTER VMS EXPERIENCE
Hartzell notes that while ExacqVision has historically been a leading video management system, it requires significant configuration and maintenance when deployed across a large number of locations. Surveillix Web Services simplifies the experience by migrating management of user permissions and recorder access to the cloud, enabling the managing of hundreds or thousands of users and sites from one secure, central location.
Also, the Surveillix Web Services infrastructure eliminates the need for port forwarding and enables remote access without opening inbound ports on a firewall to maintain a hardened network and save configuration time.
Finally, while ExacqVision Start is a cost effective offering, users must pay for Professional or Enterprise licensing to access the features required to manage video across a multi-site enterprise. Users must have an Enterprise license and a current SMA for access to the Exacq health monitoring service. Surveillix Web Services save users money by delivering three cost effective versions priced per channel. All software versions are compatible with the full suite of innovative Surveillix Web Service solutions including health monitoring.
For more information, visit www.toshibasecurity.com/tradein
ABOUT TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit toshiba.com/us
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.
TORONTO June 29, 2017 Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX.V: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) (FRANKFURT: 0PL) (“Patriot One” or the “Company”), developer of the award-winning PATSCAN CMR™ concealed weapons detection system, announced today it has entered into a reseller agreement with accredited national systems integration experts, Aotea Security (NZ) Ltd. of Dunedin, New Zealand.
Aotea Security is the security specialist arm of the Aotea Group of companies which provides New Zealand’s only truly nationwide solution for electronic security, electrical, fire, and communications services. A pragmatic but truly strategic approach to growth and diversification has seen the group grow to enjoy a genuine nationwide footprint of 19 branches and in excess of 850 staff. Today’s announcement moves the bar for their security services nationwide with the addition of the PATSCAN CMR concealed weapons detection system as part of their inventory of dedicated solutions.
Patriot One CEO, Martin Cronin notes, “We are very pleased to be working with the team at Aotea. This agreement ushers in a whole new region for our sales efforts and we are delighted that our first partner in the area has the infrastructure and experience to service the entire country of New Zealand. We are moving quickly to finalize matters and look forward to shipping product as soon as possible. We recognize our partnership represents a significant investment in our technology by Aotea, and we are excited by the news that they already have meaningful customer interest. With todays news, our reseller network gets that much nearer to global scale, and moves us considerably closer to our projected year-one sales and revenue goals.”
In what has turned out to be a milestone event for Patriot One, initial conversations with Aotea Security began in March when Patriot One was awarded the Anti-Terrorism--Force Protection category of the Security Industry Association’s New Product Showcase in Las Vegas. Subsequent to that event, ongoing and in-depth conversations, combined with increased interest and demand as a result of recent global events rapidly led to today’s agreement.
“Aotea Security is very excited to partner with Patriot One Technologies and to bring its PATSCAN CMR radar device and software solutions to New Zealand," expressed Alistair Hogg, CEO of Aotea Security. "With daily reports of terror attacks around the globe, the PATSCAN covert weapon detection system can help our clients' security teams immensely; allowing them to deter, detect and defend against acts of violence within their office buildings, entertainment venues or places of worship.”
About Aotea Security (NZ) Ltd.
Aotea Security was founded in 1997 with a focus on delivering solutions to clients rather than simply products, and by understanding that long-term successful relationships based on trust, service, and shared outcomes offer greater value to all parties to those relationships. A diverse range of skill sets across its staff support a level of maturity in partnering with clients for the development of genuine security strategy which is somewhat unique in the local market, and this underpins decisions around innovation and the adoption and introduction of new technologies. This model has supported the company’s strategic objectives to grow into the truly nationwide company in New Zealand that it has become, staffed by passionate, and capable people who support the core values and objectives of the company and of its clients. Aotea Security is an accredited member of the New Zealand Security Association (NZSA) and is the first company in New Zealand to be audited and accredited by the NZSA to meet the New Zealand Government requirements under its Protective Security Requirements (PSR). For more information, please visit www.aoteaelectric.co.nz.
About Patriot One Technologies, Inc. (TSX.V:PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) (FRA: 0PL):
Patriot One has developed PATSCAN CMR™ the next generation of its award-winning radar device and software solution. PATSCAN CMR is a first-of-its-kind Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system, designed as an effective tool to combat active shooter threats before they occur. Built for cost-effective deployment in weapon-restricted buildings and facilities, the Patriot One software solution and related hardware can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises. Owner/operators of private and certain public facilities can now prominently post anti-weapons policies with compliance assured. The Company’s motto Deter, Detect and Defend is based on the belief that widespread use of its technology will act as an effective deterrent, thereby diminishing the epidemic phenomena of active shooters across the globe. For more information, visit: www.patriot1tech.com. Patriot One Technologies are proud winners of the 2017 Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection category of the Security Industry Association’s New Product Showcase at ISC West.
Quanergy Systems Inc., the leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, today announced that it will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind security solution for intruder detection and surveillance automation at IFSEC International, Europe’s premier security trade show. The demonstration will integrate Quanergy’s Q-GuardTM security technology with a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera from Overview Ltd, and will take place at booth D1675 from June 20-22.
This demonstration will mark the first time Q-Guard, an intrusion detection and perimeter fencing system powered by a Quanergy LiDAR sensor, has been integrated with a PTZ camera, allowing for real-time detection, tracking, and counting using 3D point clouds and color video. The system uses LiDAR to quickly detect and classify a human intruding into a secure area, and follow that unique subject with a video security camera throughout a designated area.
"Current security systems are plagued by inefficiencies and expensive false alarms. By combining these two technologies, LiDAR and PTZ cameras, we have created a new, optimized security solution," said Dr. Louay Eldada, chief executive officer of Quanergy Systems. "With Quanergy’s Q-Guard and Overview's PTZ camera, the system can detect security breaches quickly and accurately, and will catch any intrusion. No other system on the market today provides this integrated capability.”
With a LiDAR-equipped security system, security professionals no longer need to monitor several cameras and TV screens at the same time — rather, they can be assured that the LiDAR sensor will detect intrusions into secure areas and automatically direct the camera specifically to the location in question. The system can also zoom, focus, and monitor specific zones of interest, with certain behaviors prompting it to track and record within a given space.
“We’re excited to work with Quanergy to demonstrate the integration of cutting-edge LiDAR and Overview’s advanced security cameras,” said Graham Jones, chief executive officer of Overview Ltd. “Our demonstration shows the potential of automated security services and their ability to empower businesses and individuals to more efficiently keep their property safe.”
In this integration, Quanergy will be merging its Q-Guard technology, comprising an M8 LiDAR sensor, with Overview Ltd’s Hydra Uno™ camera, which is designed for operation in harsh environments and possesses outstanding accuracy as well as ultra-smooth and rapid motion with continuous rotation in both pan and tilt. Q-Guard and Hydra can work both indoors and outdoors, and in any weather or lighting condition. The M8 LiDAR sensor provides a 360° field of view, high accuracy, fine resolution and has a maximum range exceeding 150 meters.
The Overview Hydra PTZ platform will be on display during IFSEC in the Overview booth, C700.
In addition to security, Quanergy’s LiDAR sensors have applications in more than 30 market verticals including transportation, aerial mapping, and industrial automation.
About Quanergy Systems, Inc.
Quanergy Systems, Inc. was founded in 2012 and builds on decades of experience of its team in the areas of optics, photonics, optoelectronics, artificial intelligence software, and control systems. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Quanergy offers the world’s leading LiDAR sensors and software for real-time capture and processing of 3D mapping data and object detection, tracking, and classification. In transportation, the data is utilized to greatly improve the accuracy and reliability of on-board driver safety systems and enhance them with perception, scenario analysis, and decision making capability for active control, as well as enable autonomous driving in the future. Quanergy’s LiDARs lead in all six key commercialization areas – price, performance, reliability, size, weight, power consumption. For more information, visit www.quanergy.com.
About Overview Ltd
Overview develops and supplies advanced camera positioning technology and specialist sensors to the OEM/ODM market. Overview develops innovative technology in order to drive commercial opportunity for their customers. Overview is a British company founded in 1985 and headquartered in South West London. Now employing approximately 45 highly skilled staff, Overview manufactures more than 75,000 camera positioning systems per year. The company has developed commercial dome cameras through to military rapid deployment three sensor systems.
By Katherine Teitler-When it comes to securing an organization’s network, there is no shortage of basic blocking and tackling to be done. Companies’ IT infrastructures have become so complex and interconnected that many security departments aren’t entirely aware of all the systems and people that might have network access, much less maintain the ability to monitor and act upon every alert or anomaly. As a result, and as we’ve learned through the many highly publicized breaches and security incidents, cybercriminals need not be terribly wily or sophisticated to successfully hack into targets’ networks and steal, modify, corrupt, or otherwise abscond with the information they’re after; the typical enterprise offers plenty of low-hanging fruit for free.
Organizations don’t have to work extra hard at rolling out the proverbial red carpet for attackers. Thousands of vulnerabilities are disclosed every year, and the average time to patch is somewhere between 100-120 days. Though securing everything which needs securing—hardware, software, applications, data, people—is by no means a light lift, the security team’s ability to focus on eliminating low-hanging fruit will raise the “cost” of an attack for cybercriminals. In many cases, this means your adversary will turn his attention elsewhere. If your company is a high-value, singled-out target, erecting better barriers means the attacker has to elevate his game, and you’ll have a better chance of identifying an attack earlier in the cycle…so long as you don’t “set and forget.”
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First things first. To understand what your low-hanging fruit is, you must identify everything you have: hardware, software, devices, applications, partners/partner networks, authorized individuals and connections, data, etc., basically everything mentioned above as a challenge. Once you have a grasp on all of the assets that require security’s attention, the next step is prioritization. Which data and systems contain the most valuable assets—the “crown jewels,” if you will—that would devastate the company if compromised? With this information in hand, you can now go about building a strategy to eliminate some of the most commonly exploited vulnerabilities.
At the heart of it, says Information Security Analyst Tim Krabec, keeping the bad guys away from your low-hanging network fruit boils down to the three most foundational goals of information security: Confidentiality, integrity, availability. With everything on the security team’s plate, even with all assets accounted for, the enormity of the situation can become overwhelming if it’s scrutinized piecemeal. Fitting action items into these three big categories provides a roadmap for the security program, simplification, and a way to make sure each action has a purpose, i.e., you’re not misstepping and distracting attention away from the desired end state. For instance, Krabec says, “Least privilege, zero trust models, and encryption give us confidentiality; patching and monitoring help ensure integrity; and backups provide availability in case of a disaster or incident.”
Least privilege is, of course, one of the basic principles the security industry talks about a lot, yet system administrators continue to get away with not only unrestricted network and file access, but also compounding the problem by using default and replicated passwords. “This is so easy to fix,[i]” exclaims Paul Asadoorian, CEO of Security Weekly and Offensive Countermeasures. And if you consider that, according to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), “81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords,” keeping access and authentication in check should be one of every security organization’s top priorities.
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Getting back to those pesky vulnerabilities, Asadoorian advises organizations to revisit patching programs. As we saw with WannaCry, patching can cure many ills, but “just patch” isn’t always the answer. Organizations can run up against production and availability issues if patching isn’t rolled out or tested correctly. Therefore, it’s best practice to understand your organization’s current architecture, highest risks, and backup and redundancy capabilities, along with a realistic understanding of the criticality of the patch and the potential ramifications should you choose not to patch when one becomes available.
Patching, though, isn’t the only way to mitigate vulnerabilities and pick off low-hanging fruit. A February 2017 study by the Australian government indicates that 85% of known vulnerabilities can be stopped by deploying the Top 5 CIS Controls. Not so coincidentally, the first two recommended critical controls tackle assets:
Inventory of authorized and unauthorized devices
Inventory of authorized and unauthorized software
The next two address technology implementations and maintenance:
Secure configurations for hardware and software
Continuous vulnerability assessment and remediation
The last control goes back, once again, to locking down the admin environment:
Controlled use of administrative privileges
It’s funny how everything circles around, isn’t it? Or perhaps it’s ironic? Or unsettling, because we keep returning to the same remedies…?
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