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September 2008


A Secure Selection

By Courtney Pedersen

The University of Buffalo has a widely distributed multicampus environment with varied security needs in different departments. A video solution was critical at the university.

The All-Seeing Eyewitness

By Charlie Schacter

Shortly before 1 p.m. on May 7, a man who was supposed to be returning divorce papers at a St. Petersburg, Fla., courthouse pulled out a gun instead, opening fire in the lobby before two bailiffs fatally shot him.

A Royal Flush

By Ralph C. Jensen

Tucked deep in the forest on the property of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods is truly a diamond in the Connecticut rough. The hotel/casino is part of a megaresort and gaming destination that attracts getaway gamblers from the Eastern Seaboard.

Seamless Solutions

Mobile Monitoring

By Karina Sanchez

Internet-enabled products and services are now gaining wider acceptance and delivering better results than before. Remote monitoring services are no exception.

A Numbers Game

By Meta Rotenberg

In 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspected 422 million travelers and more than 132 million cars, trucks, buses, trains, vessels and aircrafts. Customs officers inspected 1.19 million private vehicles, 11.48 million trucks and more than 1 million aircraft. On a typical day, Customs processes 70,200 truck, rail and sea containers. On the U.S.-Canadian border, one truck crosses the border every 2.5 seconds— representing 45,000 trucks per day.

Staying in Focus

By Guy Shahmoon

As video surveillance becomes a more pervasive and mission-critical operation, enterprises need powerful, scalable security solutions that can grow with their businesses. Video cameras are just one piece of the puzzle.

A Perfect Match

By Damon Dageenakis

As more organizations implement biometrics, it is not uncommon to see an iris reader used to control access to an IT server room, a fingerprint sensor integrated into a laptop computer for desktop logon or a facial recognition system used to clock in on a factory floor. Although these are excellent examples of the use of biometrics, for many organizations the question remains, “Should we be using a biometric, and if so, what type?”

One Way Only

By Lior Frenkel

Airports are bustling international hubs, some providing services to hundreds of thousands of people from diverse locations on a daily basis. Overseeing airport security is an extremely complicated task, not just in the airport itself, but also on the airplanes.

Navigating the Wireless Waters

By Brent Dirks

A Monumental Task

By Megan Weadock

One of the most chilling aspects of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was the terrorists’ choice of targets: facilities that represent the pinnacle of U.S. security and prosperity. Striking a blow to two such important icons was a frighteningly effective way for the extremists to make their point.


Connecting the Dots

By George Wojtan

The evolution of video surveillance systems to IP-based systems will be application-, budget- and choice-based.

ASIS Enthusiasm

By Ralph C. Jensen

It seems like we barely stop talking about ASIS before it’s on the calendar again. Such is the case this year as the industry is gearing up for the tradeshow, seminar and educational opportunity. We plan our magazine editorial content for this tradeshow to highlight some of the most spectacular innovations, products and people.

Ask the Expert

By J. Matthew Ladd

The Domino Effect

By Megan Weadock

In some ways, the 21st century has already been a hostile time, a new report cautions that the remainder of the century may be even more perilous.

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