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January 2009


Intelligence helps squeeze the most out of existing school surveillance

By Ed Troha

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools grapple with the same problems many school districts around the country face: gambling, fighting, loitering, bullying and other illicit activities that distract from education. Even a police force more than 200 strong cannot combat these problems alone. The Miami-Dade County Public Schools' existing surveillance system served as a strong foundation for adding resources. Phoenix IVS's intelligent video security system embedded with ObjectVideo's video analytics technology have been added to the system, taking the existing technology to a new level. Using video analytics technology, the cameras can convert video to data in real-time through the detection, classification and tracking of activities. The new technology has allowed authorities to prevent problems before they occur, reducing the number of overall incidents in areas where it has been deployed.

Statewide Security

By Michael Bliss

Since 1965, the Delaware Capitol Police has worked to ensure that the state government can operate safely and uninterrupted. The agency’s responsibilities include protecting legislators while in session, safeguarding the governor’s mansion and residence, and servicing approximately 100 state buildings. Over time, the number of state buildings has increased, along with the agency’s scope of responsibilities.

Scoring Good Grades

By David Tynan

Driven to become a top-performing school district in Alabama, the Fairfield City School System has created a culture of excellence in which students can develop the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to meet the challenges of living in an increasingly complex world. To this end, the Fairfield schools are committed to delivering a challenging curriculum and providing a safe and orderly learning environment.

Intelligent Integration

By David Lee

Modern security networks are a complex collection of thermal cameras, CCTV cameras, fence sensors, video management devices and myriad other technologies.

Legit and Legal

By Jim Collins

Background screening has grown in importance as employers seek to confirm the credentials of potential new hires. It is equally important for employers to verify whether job candidates are legally eligible to work in this country.

A Balancing Act

By Mark Laustra

Many of us arrive at the airport extra early, not simply to catch our flights, but to factor in getting through security.

In Tandem

By James Robell, Jennifer Fritz

The combination of security and efficiency can sometimes appear to be the equivalent of oil and water. We have all felt the delays associated with tightening security procedures at government buildings and facilities. Depending on the location, these delays can sometimes last 10 to 30 minutes—or more. For people who enter these facilities regularly, this burden can have a large impact on their day.

Bottoms Up

By John Gaydos

The U.S. water supply is generally considered among the best and safest in the world. However, many water and security experts agree that it offers an attractive target for terrorists, and that threats could come from either contamination or from disruption of the distribution system.

The Eyes Have It

By Robert Gailing

If the security market in 2009 is anything like the one in 2008, it will be brimming with technology to help protect people, property and assets. Thanks in part to the digital revolution, end users can choose from a variety of technical solutions ranging from basic stand-alone video surveillance, alarm intrusion or card access systems to comprehensive and integrated enterprise-wide IP-based systems.

Into the Night

By John Cimba

Ensuring the safety and security of air travelers and airport resources is becoming increasingly important, and both federal and state homeland security offices are making upgrading and enhancing security measures at airports a top priority. Organizing appropriate surveillance for such a large area is a daunting task for officials and requires an abundance of manpower and cutting-edge technology to ensure thorough protection.


This month's expert, John Krumme, examines the questions to consider when choosing a security integrator

Ask the Expert

By John Krumme

Investing the Secure Way

By Ralph C. Jensen

At the 2007 Financial Symposium held in Europe, Sir Chris Fox, former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in the United Kingdom, focused his remarks on the strategic and corporate responsibility of partnerships for security in the finance and banking sector. His comments of yesteryear couldn’t have been more appropriate for today’s banking and financial institution leadership.

Questions and Answers From the Top

By Security Products Staff

All for One

By Sherleen Mahoney

As analog technology continues to recede into the background, so goes the VCR and the simplicity of push-and-play video. In its place is the mighty DVR. Though this has been a welcomed change for entertainment enthusiasts, it has proved to be problematic for law enforcement, namely forensic video analysts, whose job is to secure video surveillance evidence.

Out on the Town

By Megan Weadock

Car thieves would be well-advised to steer clear of Brussels, Belgium, where a new license-plate recognition system is helping to detect stolen vehicles.

Questions and Answers From the Product Manager's POV

By Security Products Staff

Peek Into 2009

By Steve Walin

Yes, 2009 will continue to reveal that IP/digital video is the direction that the industry is heading. There are specific markets—education, law enforcement, transportation, water treatment and new construction—that will specify nothing but an IP/digital video solution. Why? They all need better identification, although for different reasons.

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