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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

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

On The Right Road For Truck Security

Posted by Richard McKeon on Feb 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Tim Compston, Guest Writer at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, finds out more about the methods that can be employed to allow drivers to detect individuals stowed away - illegally - in the back of their trucks or attempts to steal valuable cargo.

The threat posed by groups of people trying to break into the back of lorries was very much to the fore last summer with the area around the port of Calais in France a major flashpoint as drivers faced increased violence, obstacles being placed in the roadway, and people smuggling gangs becoming involved. Service areas many miles from the port were also problematic with, in many cases, people being secreted into vehicle trailers whilst drivers took rest stops. Not only was the safety of commercial vehicle drivers a critical consideration, in a situation that some likened to a war zone, but there was also the prospect of large fines for those found with stowaways on board during border checks.

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Topics: Perimeter and Physical Security

Mapping Out The Future Of Physical Security in 2017

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

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, sits down with security industry experts to find out their predictions for the year ahead.

Reflecting on the video surveillance market for 2017 - including cameras - Jon Cropley, Principal Market Analyst at IHS Markit, forecasts a worldwide growth rate of 7.4 percent: "Demand is very robust for the cameras themselves but at the same time average prices are going down for cameras and related equipment at a very fast rate. This price erosion means that overall revenue growth is not as high as it might otherwise be," explains Cropley

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Topics: Perimeter and Physical Security

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

GCC Education Sector Beefs Up Safety and Security with Biometric Cloud-Based Systems

Posted by Richard McKeon on Dec 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Dubai, UAE: A Dubai university’s cloud-based biometric time attendance system is growing in popularity across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as the regional education sector joins other industries adopting new technology to boost safety and security.  

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Topics: Perimeter and Physical Security

On Alert with Mass Notification

Posted by Richard McKeon on Nov 22, 2016 10:23:00 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com, investigates the way that mass notification technologies are keeping people informed when the worst happens.

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Topics: Perimeter and Physical Security

Are We On The Right Track For Train And Railway Security?

Posted by Richard McKeon on Sep 5, 2016 11:01:56 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at Security News Desk and SecurityMiddleEast.com takes a closer at railway security in light of a number of high profile incidents.

The incident on a high speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris just over a year ago - which was thankfully thwarted by the actions of those on board - brought into sharp relief just how vulnerable rail passengers are in such confined conditions.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Perimeter and Physical Security

Driving Ahead With Hostile Vehicle Mitigation

Posted by Richard McKeon on Jul 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Tim Compston, Features Editor at SecurityNewsDesk and SecurityMiddleEast.com talks to Ali Al-Sohaini, the Regional Manager with Frontier Pitts, about the change of gear he is seeing in the hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) solutions, from bollards to blockers, being rolled out for the Middle East region.

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Topics: Perimeter and Physical Security

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