Security Today Magazine Digital Edition - April 2018

April 2018

  • Making the Right Choice
  • Security with an International Flavor
  • The New Reality
  • Technology at the Door
  • Zero Security in a Zero Trust World


Benefits and Challenges

Benefits and Challenges

Today’s megapixel cameras bring a host of benefits to the table

By Jeff Whitney

The first IP network-based megapixel (MP) cameras were a disruptive technology. They were often more expensive on a unit basis than their familiar analog counterparts.

All On Board

Least privileged access delivers most secure onboarding

By Kim Rahfaldt

Traditionally, security directors deployed physical access control systems to secure doors and IT managers controlled their networks. Physical security and IT security were managed independently and operated in silos. Today, this model is no longer successful.

The Evolution of a Standard

By Per Björkdahl

Like many other standards, ONVIF has evolved incrementally and its development, use and acceptance have as well. The journey ONVIF is on is actually quite typical for a standards organization.

Technology at the Door

Emerging technologies require leadership and critical thought

By Leslie Saunders

Advancements in emerging technologies require leadership, critical thought about the future, and a willingness to take risks. Stretching oneself to integrate with new technologies is critical, of course, but the true promise of innovation is offering new solutions to the market.

Make the Right Choice

Make the Right Choice

Make sure you choose the right VMS for your business

By Ray Cooke, Andrew Elvish

Whether your business is contemplating an upgrade or delving into a comprehensive video surveillance system for the first time, it’s important to consider how a modern VMS integrated with state-of-the-art security devices can provide not only security but also analytics and business intelligence to help you move beyond visual security into understanding your entire environment.

The New Reality

Examining whether good enough will actually do the job

By Andy Newbom

Technology marches ever forward, lockstep with ‘Moore’s Law.’ However, the influx of technological change affects different industries in different ways.

Digital Security in a Zero Trust World

Digital Security in a Zero Trust World

When it comes to enterprise security, the times have radically changed, leaving companies vulnerable in ways that they never were before.

By Jeff Capone

We’re hearing about security breaches every day in the news. From retailers like Target and TJ Maxx, to financial services firms like Equifax and J P Morgan Chase, and government agencies like the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), it seems like no organization is safe.

Security with an International Flavor

Security with an International Flavor

From security check to perimeter protection: Video security for Cancun Airport

By Cinthia Bautista

Based on its extensive experience in airport operations, ASUR determined that it needed to redesign video security at Cancun Airport to have one system operating across all four terminals.

Security Sparks Growth

Security Sparks Growth

Advances in video management software and systems integration are creating positive new uses for video data at airports—well beyond security

By Courtney Pedersen

With the decline in shopping mall popularity and a rise in online buying, many businesses are desperate for busy new places to set up shop. And, with air travel at an all-time high, many airports are working to upgrade their terminals, making them more comfortable, competitive and profitable for all involved.

A New Kind of Employee

A New Kind of Employee

By Ralph C. Jensen

More than 22 years ago, Steve Reinharz decided he wanted to become part of the security industry. He stepped into his first integration at a local gas station.

A Privacy Balancing Act

A Privacy Balancing Act

The privacy of the individual is the ultimate importance

By Arie Melamed

Privacy. It’s gone beyond buzzword into a class of its own: basically, privacy of the individual is of the ultimate importance, and all else must fall away in our efforts to preserve it.


Industry Focus

Artificial Intelligence and Drones

By Ralph C. Jensen

I went shopping after Christmas. Right there, on sale, I spotted a drone. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the box and for whatever reason, I felt compelled to buy it.

Industry Professional

Instruction vs. Deduction: Deep Learning and Advances in VCA

Deep Learning is changing the industry

By Brian Carle

As camera counts and the data they provide grow ever-larger, it becomes increasingly difficult for organizations to monitor, perform investigations, and draw useful conclusions from the valuable information gathered by their video surveillance infrastructure.

Dealer Strategies

Join the Team

Join the Team

Moving further into buildings and operations

By Kevin Hendershot

Winning more business is typically thought of as using marketing, advertising, referrals, or even cold calls and precision pitching to secure new opportunities at new clients. When it comes to physical security integration, there are after all, only so many doors to secure in your area of operation.

Integrators Look at Video Intercoms

Integrators Look at Video Intercoms

By Bruce Czerwinski

System integrators count on video intercoms to secure virtually any facility, whether it’s a remote water pump station, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant or a multitenant apartment building. Intercoms add a valuable layer of security by letting employees or residents control who enters their facilities.

Service Driven Security

Service Driven Security

Climatec works to adapt to the needs of their clients while offering world-class service

By Jessica Davis

Efficiency is part of Climatec’s DNA—after all, much of their work is in energy and access solutions—but efficiency doesn’t mean taking shortcuts. Climatec believes in client-focused, service-driven work and solutions.

Radical Departure on the Edge

By Ralph C. Jensen

After several business trips to California, I did bump in to something a little radical and most certainly worth a story. The story begins with Steve Reinharz, a man who is living on the leading edge of technology. It is the people, or things that he associates with that brings pause.

New Products

  • AC Nio

    AC Nio

    Aiphone, a leading international manufacturer of intercom, access control, and emergency communication products, has introduced the AC Nio, its access control management software, an important addition to its new line of access control solutions. 3

  • ResponderLink


    Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), an company and a global leader in gunshot detection solutions, has introduced ResponderLink, a groundbreaking new 911 notification service for gunshot events. ResponderLink completes the circle from detection to 911 notification to first responder awareness, giving law enforcement enhanced situational intelligence they urgently need to save lives. Integrating SDS’s proven gunshot detection system with Noonlight’s SendPolice platform, ResponderLink is the first solution to automatically deliver real-time gunshot detection data to 911 call centers and first responders. When shots are detected, the 911 dispatching center, also known as the Public Safety Answering Point or PSAP, is contacted based on the gunfire location, enabling faster initiation of life-saving emergency protocols. 3

  • Camden CM-221 Series Switches

    Camden CM-221 Series Switches

    Camden Door Controls is pleased to announce that, in response to soaring customer demand, it has expanded its range of ValueWave™ no-touch switches to include a narrow (slimline) version with manual override. This override button is designed to provide additional assurance that the request to exit switch will open a door, even if the no-touch sensor fails to operate. This new slimline switch also features a heavy gauge stainless steel faceplate, a red/green illuminated light ring, and is IP65 rated, making it ideal for indoor or outdoor use as part of an automatic door or access control system. ValueWave™ no-touch switches are designed for easy installation and trouble-free service in high traffic applications. In addition to this narrow version, the CM-221 & CM-222 Series switches are available in a range of other models with single and double gang heavy-gauge stainless steel faceplates and include illuminated light rings. 3