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October 2010


Going Virtual

By William Ferris

Most people in the industry are familiar with how the NVR has changed the face of security video projects worldwide. As security hardware professionals, you may have been asked, “Aren’t NVRs just servers?” or “Can we use one of our extra e-mail machines as an NVR?” You might answer with a reserved, “Yes, but....”

Why Wireless?

By Sean Leonard

At 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park in Colorado is surrounded by nationally protected lands and mountain peaks that range in elevation from 8,500 feet to more than 14,000 feet. While Estes Park’s population numbers are less than 6,000, Estes Valley is home to almost 12,000 residents who are served by the town’s facilities.

So Long, Analog Video

By Randy Jones

So, you’ve been a CCTV provider for years and have watched surrounding technologies surpass you. DVRs have become more powerful, and less expensive, but with the very best analog cameras using composite video, the picture quality has reached its limit. End users look at IP camera solutions, but training all the technicians to become IT professionals is daunting.

High-End Requirements

By David Graas

Video security in a digital world presents unique challenges as the industry transitions from historical analog to digital solutions. The shift to digital can impact business decisions, depending on your platform requirements. Higher levels of service, typically 24/7 full-motion security, demand higher levels of data availability, protection and performance. The other end of the curve is cost driven, where lower levels of service and features can be acceptable.

Consolidating Services

By Brad Stephenson

When Main Street Bank in Wheeling, W.Va., wanted to streamline its fire alarm system, it turned to a long-time partner, Diebold. Consolidating the bank’s alarm and fire monitoring services under a single provider helped the bank operate more efficiently, and, in turn, provide a higher level of security to its customers and employees.

In Communication

By Sean Leonard

As society continues to become more mobile, school districts across the United States increasingly are adopting emergency notification systems to keep in touch with parents. Whether notifying the community of a potential pandemic or informing parents of weather-related closings, school districts are finding these systems key to timely, effective communication.

Evolving Threats

By Susan Cooper-Curcio

Since Sept. 11, 2001, all aspects of air security have been a top priority for governments, businesses and the public. New and emerging terrorist threats now necessitate that airport detection be as adaptable, proactive and evolutionary as possible. Long gone are the days of simple metal detectors and unconcerned passengers. Airport security has become one of the most daunting technological challenges facing experts today.

Who Goes There?

By Leslie Corriea

In an age of heightened security concerns, potentially vulnerable manufacturing and processing plants are re-evaluating their security systems and looking for new ways to protect assets. This is particularly true of expansive facilities handling vast amounts of volatile materials, as monitoring large, dimly lit areas has long been a security challenge.


The New Warfighters

By Sherleen Mahoney

As we go about our day, preoccupied with work, family, friends and activities, many of us have the luxury of never thinking about cyberwarfare. But know that right this second, more than 100 foreign intelligence organizations are trying to hack into our military networks. A scary thought, isn’t it? To defend our nation against this threat, the Pentagon is partnering with NATO allies and the private sector.

A Conversation with George Scholhamer

Video surveillance is a critical part of a business’ security infrastructure. More surveillance cameras are used today than ever before, and installations continue to expand. Because of the influx in surveillance data, video storage needs are increasing. This creates demand for flexible, scalable and highly reliable storage platforms. Ironically, as valuable as these systems are, often little is done to maintain them over the long term. Thankfully, users can follow procedures to protect infrastructure investments and maximize ROI. We wanted to know how, so we talked with George Scholhamer, the vice president of sales engineering at Pivot3.

Getting Proactive

By Megan Weadock

It’s true what they say: The best offense is a good defense. And when it comes to border security, I couldn’t agree more.

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