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May 2010



Faith in Technology

By Fredrik Nilsson

A U.S. soldier home on leave attends Sunday services in his uniform. Out of respect to the house of worship and fellow parishioners, he leaves his sidearm at home. However, as he enters the building, one of the Red Carpet Hosts—a group of 2,000 volunteer greeters and facilitators—notices the soldier's attire includes a military-issue knife.

bank security

More than Meets the Eye

By Brian Leland

Everyone knows that banks use video systems. From an integrator viewpoint, banks can be major customers. For instance, 4,000 high-resolution color cameras protect the branches of Caixa Economica Federal in Brazil, the largest public bank in Latin America. They also provide a video surveillance security solution for more than 50 branches of the Banco de Guayaquil, one of the largest private banking institutions in Ecuador.

Partnering with a Leader

By Ebony Huang

Gemtek Technology is a world leader in wireless broadband solutions, but company officials needed assistance with installing a complete IP video surveillance system at their Hsinchu, Taiwan, headquarters.

Hollywood Bowl

That Sweet Hollywood Sound

By Tim Chuppe

On the night of July 11, 1922, in a large natural amphitheater in Bolton Canyon, Calif., 18,000 people sat under the stars on simple wooden benches to listen to a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of conductor Alfred Hertz. It was a historic evening: the opening of the Hollywood Bowl.

sports facility

Wildcat Madness

By Beverly Vigue

When the University of Kentucky expanded its Memorial Coliseum with the addition of the Joe Craft Center, it also created a whole new game plan for the higher security needs of the new facility.

breathe easy

Breathing Easy

By Jackie Lorenty

No one is immune to the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. It can be present in any structure in which mechanical equipment produces exhaust while burning fuel.

Market Trends

Trends in the Market

By Elan Moriah

The use of video surveillance in business began with the introduction of CCTV in the early 1960s. Throughout the years, we have witnessed the rapid uptake of some technologies, while others showed promise but never experienced widespread adoption. Today, there are four trends that are shaping the video industry.


home security alarm

Ready to Fight Back

By Megan Weadock

Merlin Guilbeau, the executive director of the Electronic Security Association, said the Council of Better Business Bureaus fielded about 3,000 complaints against the home alarm system industry in 2009 alone.

fail-safe DVR

Q & A From the Top: Daniel Cremins

The increasing popularity of IP video surveillance has sparked the development of several new solutions to guard against potential video loss due to network outages or server failures. We wanted to know more about "fail-safe" recording options for IP video, so we sat down with Daniel Cremins, March Networks' product marketing manager for edge devices.

Pulling the plug in SBInet

Pulling the Plug

By Sherleen Mahoney

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has halted funding for the Secure Border Initiative-Net, a system of towers, cameras, radar and sensors initially hailed as "the most comprehensive effort in the nation's history" to assist northern and southern border agents with curtailing illegal immigration.

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