Security Today Magazine Digital Edition - September October 2021

September / October 2021

  • Moving the Needle
  • Smarter and Stronger
  • Overcoming Big Challenges
  • A Secure Home Run
  • A Hybrid Work Environment


Cover Story

Moving the Needle

Moving the Needle

Video security and storage play a significant role in the security space

By Amanda Potas

Video storage has come a long way since its simplistic and inflexible early days. Before more intuitive, scalable, and reliable systems emerged, customers purchased hardware from storage vendors and built their storage infrastructure based on their immediate needs.


Features

An Uninterrupted Lifeline

An Uninterrupted Lifeline

Radio communications link emergency responders to enhanced systems

By Mahesh Nanjakla

For a first responder rushing into a building emergency, losing communication with their teams inside or outside of the building can be terrifying.


Connecting Networks

Connecting Networks

Creating safer workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Shahar Feldman

The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning dumb houses into smart homes. It is also revolutionizing access control systems for all types of commercial buildings, from small offices and retail shops to enterprise campuses and sprawling factories.


Overcoming Big Challenges

A new generation of handheld tools can help security installers overcome key industry challenges and benefit from significant time and cost savings

By Tim Widdershoven

Despite the fact that the security market is changing, many businesses are configuring, installing and troubleshooting IP security cameras using laptops, even though it’s time consuming and ineffective.


The Next Normal

Ways to evolve to better meet the needs of your customers after the ‘great reset’

By Scott Harkins

After the COVID-19 pandemic and safer-at-home restrictions of 2020, many homeowners and businesses are well on their way to returning to their ‘next’ normal.


Extraordinary Value

Extraordinary Value

Artificial intelligence is the talk of the town in most industries

By Aaron Saks

Every technology industry is talking about the benefits of Artificial Intelligence. More than a buzzword, AI is hyped as a panacea, while at the same time, it is often misunderstood by those who might benefit from it the most.


The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come

Security technology is set to play a pivotal part in this rapid transformation

By Jason Burrow

Despite the rapid rollout of vaccines, the impact and ramifications of COVID-19 will be long felt in almost every part of the economy. Many businesses have needed to pivot and adapt quickly to new ways of working.


A Hybrid Work Environment

A Hybrid Work Environment

Bring your own portable storage device to work? Not today

By Richard Kanadjian

As companies begin to repopulate their offices with workers who have spent the last 12-15 months toiling from their overcrowded kitchen tables and other non-traditional work settings, now faced with a potentially catastrophic problem.


Coming of Age

Coming of Age

Innovation and automation are being built on strong data foundation

By Ajay Jain

There have been on-going discussions the past several years about how Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used to modernize physical security systems and operations.


Drivers and Implications

Drivers and Implications

Innovations in hardware have bolstered compute power

By Quang Trinh

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around since the 1950s when scientists and mathematicians essentially wanted to see if they could make machines think like humans. Since these early notions of AI, technology has advanced at a gradual rate.


Safer Cities

Safer Cities

As populations increase so do the complexity of challenges related to crime, traffic and more

By Adam Lowenstein

A lot has changed in cities around the globe in the last few years. According to the United States Census Bureau, population densities across the United States continue to shift from larger established metropolitan areas to smaller cities and into the suburbs. This is increasing the number of urban centers with sizeable populations.


Enhanced visitor management for a post-COVID world

Smarter and Stronger

Enhanced visitor management for a post-COVID world

By Martha Howlett

In the past year and a half, the Coronavirus pandemic has proven to be a continuing challenge for the security industry as well as the workplace in general.


The Science of Sherlock

The Science of Sherlock

How modern-day crime solvers are putting technology to the task

By David Petrook

Sherlock Holmes is known the world over for his amazing use of, induction, deduction, forensic science, elementary observation, and logic to successfully investigate and crack crime cases.


Departments

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Take Nothing for Granted

By Ralph C. Jensen

Contemplating a topic in the industry I have not given space in the last 20 years, I seem to be in a daze. Then I received an email about Women in Security. I dialed up a couple of friends to get their take on what is a relatively new organization.


INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL

Once and For All

By Kate Adam

Anyone who knows Disney at all probably remembers the movie “Fantasia,” and relating to Mickey Mouse in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” as he cast a spell on a broom to do his chores for him and make his life a little easier.


New Products

  • Mobile Safe Shield

    Mobile Safe Shield

    SafeWood Designs, Inc., a manufacturer of patented bullet resistant products, is excited to announce the launch of the Mobile Safe Shield. The Mobile Safe Shield is a moveable bullet resistant shield that provides protection in the event of an assailant and supplies cover in the event of an active shooter. With a heavy-duty steel frame, quality castor wheels, and bullet resistant core, the Mobile Safe Shield is a perfect addition to any guard station, security desks, courthouses, police stations, schools, office spaces and more. The Mobile Safe Shield is incredibly customizable. Bullet resistant materials are available in UL 752 Levels 1 through 8 and include glass, white board, tack board, veneer, and plastic laminate. Flexibility in bullet resistant materials allows for the Mobile Safe Shield to blend more with current interior décor for a seamless design aesthetic. Optional custom paint colors are also available for the steel frame. 3

  • Automatic Systems V07

    Automatic Systems V07

    Automatic Systems, an industry-leading manufacturer of pedestrian and vehicle secure entrance control access systems, is pleased to announce the release of its groundbreaking V07 software. The V07 software update is designed specifically to address cybersecurity concerns and will ensure the integrity and confidentiality of Automatic Systems applications. With the new V07 software, updates will be delivered by means of an encrypted file. 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