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July 2010


Features

Creating Safety Zones

By Ksenia Coffman

To prevent child kidnappings and locate missing children, Seoul City, Korea, commissioned NongShim NDS, one of the country’s largest system integrators, to expand on its Seoul U-City plan and provide safety zones for children, requiring the addition of a wireless infrastructure mesh network.


Animal Kingdom

By Charles A. Foley

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is one of the most interesting facilities of its kind in the United States. The 77-acre, naturalistic habitat zoo is home to thousands of animals, exhibiting 22 threatened or endangered species. Open all year, The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium accommodates more than 1 million annual visitors. Keeping the facility safe and secure for both the visitors and the animal residents is of primary importance.


Part of the Puzzle

By Dave Tewel

Video surveillance and alarm monitoring are crucial elements for all security operations. Command consoles are central to the planning and design of surveillance and monitoring facilities ranging from operations centers to guard stations. Choosing the right console for your installation can be intimidating.


Nuclear Protection

By Katharina Geutebruck

The International Special Training Center, near Obninsk in the Russian Federation, includes a training facility for the protection of nuclear materials and installations. The facility opened in May 2009, following an extensive upgrade.


By Land or by Sea

By Fredrik Nilsson

Transportation security is a loaded term. There are so many different facets and subsets to transportation security -- such as mass transit, Department of Transportation surveillance and airport security -- and they all present their own challenges. Transportation security is a loaded term. There are so many different facets and subsets to transportation security -- such as mass transit, Department of Transportation surveillance and airport security -- and they all present their own challenges.


Securing the Homeland

By David Lee

Homeland Security never sleeps. It is a 24/7 operation that can’t afford downtime or periods of reduced readiness. Thermal security cameras have become the visual surveillance sensor of choice for these demanding, high-security missions. For many years, thermal cameras have proven themselves to be the best 24-hour visual surveillance imaging solutions available, and today they are a vital component in our country’s vital homeland security mission, helping to secure our borders, airports, sea ports, nuclear facilities and other critical infrastructure installations.


Just for the Record

By Chris Johnston

There are a variety of solutions for recording video, including cameras and encoders with built-in storage; embedded or PC-based DVRs, NVRs and cameras; and encoders that stream direct to storage without any intervening hardware.


Departments

The Measure of Success

By Sherleen Mahoney

Freshmen and sophomores at Northern Arizona University will soon have extra incentive to go to their classes. Starting with the Flagstaff campus this fall, as a tactic to encourage class attendance, the school will install an RFID system that scans student ID cards in 100- and 200-level classrooms that hold 50 or more students. The system will produce an attendance report for the professor.


The Real Value in IP Video

By Scott Harkins

The advent of IP systems and their relatively slow adoption rate -- comprising only 27 percent of the market today -- points to the fact that widespread acceptance of any product must be driven by the value it brings to its users.


The Art of Collaboration

By Megan Weadock

People who are new to the Dallas- Fort Worth area may be surprised to hear about its burgeoning art scene. It’s true: Dallas is a lot more cultured than one might expect. And the Dallas Museum of Art has been a cornerstone of the city’s rebirth since it opened in the early 1900s.


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