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Wireless, integrated and biometrics  - Security News Desk on the ins and outs of access control

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jul 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Security News Desk looks at the evolution of access control technology and discovers how leading physical security companies are staying one step ahead with wireless and biometric technology.

Access control technology has evolved incredibly over the last few years. Just a few years back, it was merely a means to an end, to prevent unwarranted access using metal keys or basic swipe cards. But now, thanks to integration into the wider security technology landscape, access control is no longer a simple yes or no… now it is yes, no, who, what, when and why?


With technology advancing at a staggering pace, IP-based security systems can call upon signals from just about every node on the network, to trigger or interact with every other node. This interoperability is creating a secure, protective net around locations, where just about every interaction can be recorded, analysed and audited, either in real time or for forensic purposes afterwards.

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

Maritime Security Expert Steven Jones Warns Ships To Take Somali Piracy More Seriously

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jul 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

According to maritime security correspondent Steven Jones, the recent hijacking of a small tanker off the Somali coast is evidence that ships need to take the threat of piracy more seriously.

When the small tanker, “Aris 13” was hijacked off Somalia in March the news was greeted with calls for action, criticisms and concerns. Many industry experts stated the first hijacking of a commercial ship off Somalia since 2012 was just waiting to happen.


Alas, it seems, too many ships are starting to cut corners when it comes to security in the Indian Ocean, both literally and metaphorically. Vessels are heading closer to the shoreline of Somalia when transiting the area, shaving miles off their journey and saving fuel and time, but placing their crews, ships and cargoes into the line of fire.

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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

Maritime Security expert Steven Jones on new maritime threats and how they might be defeated

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

Despite some encouraging statistics reporting that incidents of piracy have fallen, Maritime Security Correspondent Steven Jones says severity has increased and that if anything, security should be ramped up to face these new threats.

There has perhaps been a temptation to celebrate of late, as maritime piracy has reportedly reached an 18 year low. Unfortunately, the good news is tempered by the latest International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) data, which states more crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years.

So we are seeing fewer attacks, but they are far more severe. This suggests there is something of a lag when it comes to maritime security. Attacks escalate and slowly a response emerges, but all too often it seems the pirate tail is wagging the security dog.

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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

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

SkyDroner To Make its Regional Debut at Intersec 2017

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jan 9, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Dubai, UAE:  Drone detection and disabling technology, and a retail mobile solution using augmented reality are a couple of exciting examples of new product launches on show when the world’s largest security, safety, and fire protection trade fair opens in Dubai.

Taking place from 22-24 January 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec will be the focal point of cutting-edge innovations ringing in the New Year, with many of the 1,285 exhibitors from across the globe using the annual exhibition as the preferred platform to launch their latest products and solutions. 

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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

Aerostats In Action

Posted by Richard McKeon on Dec 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com speaks to Matthew McNiel, Vice President of Business Development at TCOM - a global leader in this field - about why the deployment of aerostats for border protection, emergency management, and security applications is taking off.

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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

All At Sea On Shipping Attacks

Posted by Richard McKeon on Dec 6, 2016 10:13:57 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, listens to concerns regarding the protection of shipping in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden and, worryingly, that attacks on seafarers are once again on the rise.

Last week on the one year anniversary of the High Risk Area (HRA) reduction in the western Indian Ocean, MAST - the maritime risk management firm – certainly didn't pull any punches when it issued a warning regarding the high risk of attacks on vessels in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes due, in part, to the political instability in Somalia and Yemen, which is having an impact off-shore as well as on.

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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation For Crowd Protection

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM
Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, finds out what can be done to put the brakes on vehicle attacks in crowded places.
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Topics: Homeland Security and Policing

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