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December 2007


Out With the Old

By Jeff Hendrickson

In Cincinnati, when you say “school’s out,” it has a whole different meaning. That’s because all 65 schools in the Cincinnati Public School District—encompassing preschool through grade 12—are part of a massive, $1 billion facilities master plan that will completely change the face of the city’s educational infrastructure.

Just Say No

By Sharon Steinhoff-Smith

Administrators at Haltom High School in Haltom City, Texas, wanted their school’s ID cards to be useful, but never did they imagine the cards would help thwart a drug dealer. “We have used student and faculty ID cards for the last decade,” said Rick Mauderer, associate principal at Haltom High School and the person responsible for the school’s ID program. “As a high school of more than 2,600 students, there is no way we can know who every student is, especially with substitute teachers in the building.

Meeting the Mandates

By Carol Enman

The Department of Homeland Security’s publication of chemical facilities anti-terrorism (CFAT) standards has many chemical and petrochemical companies scrambling to develop security plans for their high-risk facilities. The continued post-9/11 threat of terrorism dictates urgency, and the DHS put teeth in the CFAT rules.

The Human Factor

By Rich Cordivari

The digital revolution is transforming the nation’s culture and clearly altering the way people communicate with each other. Nowhere is technology’s power more visibly demonstrated than with training. Factor in digital training that educates, empowers and connects the vital security officer sector, and you have a game plan for success.

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Producing an Advantage

By Pierre Parkinson

Have you ever looked at a surveillance image and wondered why the image quality is so poor when compared with the clear, detail-packed images captured by consumer digital cameras or even the newest cell phones?

Whoa! Nellie

By Ralph C. Jensen

Say you have some pasture land and a few horses. Chances are you won’t install a security system to ensure their safety and security. However, Stonestreet Farm isn’t your run-of-the-mill horse ranch. It’s a thoroughbred horse farm that sprawls over 460 acres in the heart of the bluegrass near Lexington, Ky.

Sky Raiders

Today’s airports are at the frontline of homeland security. Checking for shoe bombs, banned liquids and suspected terrorists are part of the daily routine for airport security personnel. In fact, airport vulnerability has become such an issue that the Department of Homeland Security assigns the airline industry its own threat level designation. For example, airports can be assigned to threat level orange, meaning “High Risk of Terrorist Attacks” while the rest of the nation is at yellow, or “Elevated Risk.”


Take This to the Bank

By Ralph C. Jensen

You may not know this, but financial institutions are required by the federal government to spy on their customers. It’s all part of the Bank Secrecy Act, which requires financial institutions to keep records of personal financial transactions that might be useful in determining criminal activities.

Critical Continuity

By Col. Timothy D. Ringgold

Last month, this column addressed HSPD-20, which mandates government agencies to appoint a senior official at the assistant secretary level as continuity of government coordinator to prepare plans, budgets and exercises to test continuity planning, preparation and capability.

On the Horizon

By George Adams

The world of the IT security professional has always been dynamic, if not somewhat unpredictable and even chaotic at times. From continual changes in technology to the seemingly endless barrage of new and more potent security threats, the best IT security professionals remain vigilant and stand ready to quickly identify and adapt to whatever new challenges are thrown their way.

The Integrator's Voice

By Leslie Stevens

With the housing boom slowing down, many residential integrators need to find new opportunities to maintain business. Some companies will turn to the retrofit market, whereas others will expand into commercial. The migration from one market to another might appear seamless, however, there is much work to be done before taking action.

Ask the Expert

By J. Matthew Ladd

Another year is drawing to a close, and 2007 has remained just as consistent as the past few years in the security industry, with new players, new products and burgeoning technologies arriving at an incredible speed. This industry—as is the case with many others—has and will continue to be radically altered by computerbased technology.

Questions and Answers From the Top

By Security Products Staff , Ralph C. Jensen

Celebrating 10 years of publishing in the security industry, Security Products magazine editor Ralph C. Jensen fields a few questions about the industry, technology and the wave of the future.

A Tough Lesson to Learn

By Megan Weadock

As the public becomes aware of school security and its shortcomings, those in the security industry acknowledge the value of new products and innovations in the field.

Integration Wrap-Up

By Karina Sanchez

As another year draws to a close, one thing remains constant in the security industry, and that’s the issue of convergence.

Security, Meet Standards

By Sandra Freitner

How can the government better protect its military assets? That is the question that the PSEAG and SEIWG seek to answer.

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