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March 2010


Features

Guam

The First-responder Portal

By Kevin Freiburger

In examining its emergency response program, the Guam government wanted to ensure partnership and leadership. In other words, officials wanted to promote a collaborative environment for sharing information, resources, assistance and expertise to enhance the security environment.


government security

Spending the Government's Money

By Kim Rahfaldt, Adam Shane

The government security market is a growing multi-billion dollar business. To address a host of new security requirements, the security industry has partnered with the government to develop new security standards and capabilities. New requirements have led to opportunities in the physical access control systems and the identity management markets.


bank security

It's in the Bank

By Richard Lisko

For more than 75 years, GECU, an El Paso, Texas, credit union, has served its members and developed into El Paso's largest locally owned financial institution, with more than $1.2 billion in deposits and $1.4 billion in assets. As it continues to grow with 15 locations, including branches and new satellite centers in local schools, GECU holds true to its mission statement: People helping people.


HD Surveillance

High Expectations

By Dave Tynan

The dramatic increase in airport-security spending over the past decade has maximized traveler safety, but we still have a ways to go. Airports pose unique challenges for surveillance systems, not only due to their sharp focus on passenger safety, but also because they encompass very large spaces. In fact, nine of the top 20 largest facilities on Earth are airports.


securing data centers

Identity: Authenticated

By Jon Mooney

It's no surprise that for data industry leaders, when addressing the questions of physical access control, the overwhelming answer has been biometric technology, which provides a level of security beyond that of conventional card systems by verifying the identity of the person.


Parking Secuirty

Fine-tuning Security

By Courtney Dillon Pedersen

Fine Airport Parking in Tulsa, Okla., is much more than just a parking facility.


public-private partnerships

Card Overload

By Mas Kosaka

Government directives were designed to help enhance security, increase government efficiency, reduce identity fraud and protect personal privacy by establishing a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification issued by the federal government to its personnel.


Casino Security

All Bets on Better Surveillance

By Fredrik Nilsson

Despite an atmosphere of fun and games, running a casino is serious business. If you operate a chain of gaming sites, your need for vigilance increases proportionally. With the popularity of Native American-run casinos on the rise, the Choctaw Nation, which owns a number of casinos in southeastern Oklahoma, has taken advantage of this momentum to build new facilities and renovate its older locations. Given the increased traffic to its casinos, security is ramping up surveillance to protect its high-stakes operations.


BYU

The Home Turf

By David Lee

Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, is now using thermal security cameras to look after its newly renovated football field. The 28-year-old sod was removed, a new drainage system was installed and new grass was laid in early 2009. The renovation took approximately five months to complete and cost more than $1 million. University administrators and campus police turned to thermal security cameras to safeguard this significant investment in their state-of-the-art facility.


IP video integration

Integrated at the Next Level

By Jumbi Edulbehram, Peter Jankowski

In order to address the shortcomings of traditional security systems, integrators and manufacturers have developed piecemeal solutions by creating interfaces between devices. When these interfaces are used, separate subsystems can work in conjunction.


Departments

biometric hand

The Status Quo

By Hector Hoyos

Ever since 9/11, the quest for the holy grail in security has had to answer some tough questions. How do we create a system that can identify someone quickly, efficiently, accurately and cost-effectively? Billions of dollars have been invested in developing technologies, hardware and software solutions to unearth this secret, and the single underlying theme that has bound this quest together is biometrics: the unique, individual markers that each person carries with them every day.


pet shelter

Homeward Bound

By Sherleen Mahoney

The Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society in Mankato, Minn., a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, has been caring for hundreds of homeless, injured, abandoned and abused animals since 1977.


Real ID Act

Time to Get Real

By Megan Weadock

The Real ID Act is a federal law passed in 2005 that created new security, authentication and issuance standards for state driver's licenses and ID cards. Once the law is enacted, only cards that meet federal standards can be used for official purposes, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, including boarding commercial airline flights and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants.


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