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June 2010


RFID Systems Beyond the Obstetrics Unit

By Steven Elder

Officials in emergency departments, rehabilitation units and other parts of a hospital know how to care for agitated patients, who may be a risk to themselves or to others. While these patients represent a small minority, they consume a disproportionate amount of time for medical and security staff and can pose a significant liability risk to the hospital. One solution to help manage this group of high-risk patients is the use of RFID technology, the same successful technology that protects newborns from abductions.

Fortified Networks

By Dan DesRuisseaux

One of the key issues hindering the growth of wireless is security. Industrial applications typically have more stringent security requirements than commercial networks -- as disruption of an industrial network can result in process shutdown, equipment damage or loss of critical company data.

Monitoring Unleashed

By Dean Mason

The latest buzz on interactive system control revolves around the use of popular consumer devices, such as the BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad, to view incidents when system events occur.

The Doorway to Compliance

By Matt Conrad

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act legislates how a patient’s information is managed, viewed, documented and transported in both interoffice and intra-office settings. The law protects both physical and electronic data and documents. It requires patients’ medical history be protected, but it also has forced organizations with access to this information to assess security needs and gaps to ensure compliance.

Not So Elementary

By David George

Part of a school’s appeal is based on its reputation for providing a safe, secure and convenient environment for its staff and students. However, bringing the reality of fire and life safety in K-12 facilities in line with expectations is a challenging task.

Fixated on Flexibility

By David Angello, Wendy Buchholz

Serving 37,000 students in nearly 65 facilities, the Buffalo School District is regarded as a premiere urban school system in New York State. Driven by the belief that all of its schools should be safe, equitable and flexible, the district embarked on a $1.4 billion, district-wide project to modernize its facilities and equipment. The project included a multi-phase performance of $20 million over 20 years for the district.

Cauterizing Criminal Activity

By Fredrik Nilsson

CoxHealth in Springfield, Mo., had been a long-time advocate of using electronic surveillance to protect people and property within its vast premises. In fact, hospital security was already monitoring more than 300 video cameras attached to multiple DVR-based analog systems. But the technology’s gaps in coverage and archiving constraints made it difficult to review weekly incident reports and gather forensic video in a timely manner.

Elevator Monitoring and Communications Ensures Patient Safety

By Khris Kendrick

Hospitals face a multitude of concerns with respect to general building efficiency and safety, protecting assets, safeguarding against potential acts of terrorism, and protecting patients and staff. One of the many tasks a hospital’s facilities department is responsible for is monitoring elevators for efficient and safe transportation of visitors, patients and staff. Inefficiencies in the vertical transportation systems can cost time and possibly even lives.


All Eyes on Iceland

By Sherleen Mahoney

Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller glaciovolcanoes in Iceland, but when it erupted in March and April, its impacts were felt globally.

Q & A From the Top: Frank DeFina

Anyone who visited Samsung’s booth at ISC West 2010 saw noticeable evidence of the company’s plans to take a more aggressive position in the U.S. security market. Has the recent consolidation of the Samsung Electronics and Samsung Techwin product lines into a “new Samsung” set the stage for the emergence of the latest major player in the U.S. security market? For insights into the future of the new Samsung Techwin America, we interviewed Frank DeFina, a former Panasonic executive who is Samsung’s new senior vice president of sales and marketing in North America.

The Doorway to Success

By Martin Huddart

While doors play an essential role in facility security, system integrators have traditionally contracted this aspect of the job out to others. And who could blame them, considering less than 5 percent of doors have online access control and the other 95 percent have either no security or simple mechanical key systems?

To Scan or Not to Scan?

By Megan Weadock

In March, the Transportation Security Administration began deploying 150 backscatter imaging technology units, which were purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, in airports across the country. By the end of the year, TSA plans to deploy about 450 of the imaging technology units.

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