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Tim Compston Joins The Dots for Connected and Integrated Security

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jun 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, draws a picture of the latest moves in the world of integration for IP-based security systems and more.

Historically, when security solutions were deployed they tended to sit quietly in their own isolated silos and not communicate with any other elements. Today, thankfully, the situation has been transformed beyond all recognition as access control, CCTV, and other critical elements are being brought together through solutions like PSIM (Physical Security Information Management), CSIM (Converged Security Information Management), and other unified platforms. As we see an acceleration of these moves, what are the opportunities and challenges that come from ever more connected security? Is an open approach better for integration rather than going proprietary? What about the dangers of operators suffering data overload?

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Topics: Information Security, Intersec, Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security

Tim Compston Gets in The Frame on Video Surveillance Camera Trends

Posted by Richard McKeon on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, finds out what is making waves in the world of video surveillance cameras, from the race for more pixels to, worryingly, the cybersecurity of the cameras themselves. 

The capabilities of cameras are certainly on the rise with 'system-on-a-chip' architecture allowing video analytics at the edge, improved sensors supporting ever higher resolutions, and smarter compression techniques helping to ensure that the growing weight of data being generated can be transmitted, efficiently, and effectively. We are also seeing a wider array of camera form factors and aesthetics coming into play, especially in the retail arena, and ruggedized models making their mark in testing environments such as the oil industry. Of course, it is not just conventional cameras that are moving with the times, thermal cameras are being specified for security applications, especially at the perimeter, thanks to a lower price point for uncooled models and their all-weather detection capabilities.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security

Getting Personal with Biometrics for Security

Posted by Richard McKeon on Apr 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at Security News Desk, has his finger on the pulse of the latest developments in biometrics. He speaks to Suprema, Genie, BioCatch, CEM Systems, Hitachi and more.

There is little doubt that biometrics, in all its guises, is gaining traction as a way of ramping up security and adding value for site management. Alongside this, many banks, on the back of heightened cybersecurity concerns, are keen to offer biometrics as an option for online and mobile banking to thwart fraudulent activity, which can result in problems for customers and reputational damage. Biometrics is also playing a pivotal role in border control with e-passports and visas becoming a common sight and, crucially, as a way – with facial recognition – to keep track of travellers within our major airports.

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Topics: Commercial Security

Cybersecurity Concerns for Industrial Control Systems and Critical Infrastructure

Posted by Richard McKeon on Mar 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Features Writer at SecurityNewsDesk, sits down with Cliff Wilson, an Associate Partner in the IBM Security Business Unit (UK and Ireland), for an insight into the major cybersecurity vulnerabilities around legacy industrial control systems and more broadly critical infrastructure.

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Topics: Information Security, Commercial Security, Homeland Security and Policing

Thermal Imaging Radar (TIR): A Game-Changer For The Video Surveillance Industry?

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 16, 2017 10:02:20 AM

With a couple of respected industry awards to its name and a promise to provide intrusion detection for a fraction of the cost compared to its nearest rivals, Thermal Imaging Radar (TIR) could well be a game-changer in wide area intrusion detection market. In an exclusive interview, Security Media Publishing (Security NewsDesk.com and SecurityMiddleEast.com) Sub Editor Fran Seden spoke to Global Sales Director, Michael Petty and Chief Executive David Kay about the technology.

With a serious problem is usually where the most innovative solutions begin, and this case, some may agree, is no exception. As owner of a construction company facing continual theft and vandalism, one of the company’s founders, Larry Price decided to take action. He started building a surveillance trailer on site to catch the criminals in the act, and it was here that the idea of Thermal Radar was born.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security, Homeland Security and Policing

Tale of the Tape for Video Surveillance Storage

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Guest Writer for Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, discovers that linear tape-based solutions are very much in the frame when it comes to meeting the soaring storage requirements of video surveillance and other security data.

In this era of the cloud, centralised servers, and RAID, advocates of Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology are confident of expanding its footprint - as a practical answer to the back-up and long-term storage of video surveillance and other security information - in today's increasingly data hungry world. The high-tech companies behind LTO believe that success in other sectors like IT, media and entertainment, is a sign of things to come for video surveillance.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Homeland Security and Policing

Opening The Door To New Access Control Technology

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jan 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, considers the state-of-play of the access control market.

Times are certainly changing where access control is concerned. For one thing a new generation of systems is redefining the way we interact with readers at the door. The application of a wider range of biometric technologies which are, crucially, faster and more accurate, and in some cases even three-dimensional, is also shaking up the market. Added to this there is certainly a greater appreciation of the need for access control solutions to blend into their environment and, crucially, to have the ability to add value by integrating, seamlessly, with other security and building management elements.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security

Value Added Security With Video Analytics

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, discovers how, after a number of false dawns, video analytics or VCA (Video Content Analysis) is coming of age.

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Topics: Commercial Security

The Changing World Of Access Control

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 8, 2016 11:43:25 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at SecurityNewsDesk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, speaks to Philippe Huysman, Global Portfolio Manager Access Control, Siemens Building Technologies, about how access control has changed in recent years and what the future holds.


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Topics: Commercial Security

Retail Crime - Keeping An Eye On The Insider Threat

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 3, 2016 11:06:07 AM


Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, talks to Jeff Whitney, VP Marketing, at Arecont Vision about how the latest video surveillance cameras are helping retailers to pick-up on the underhand activity of the criminals within.

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Topics: Commercial Security

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