Drones have a place in security



Drones have applications in physical security, according to 76 percent of respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll. In fact, about half of poll respondents said they are working with drones already.

“Drones fill a gap in surveillance for complex environments or where … security provisions are [not] available,” wrote Ryan Taylor, principal of Trusys, a security consulting firm.

“There is a place for them, but the technology and legislation around their use have a ways to go. I do not see them replacing traditional methods of protecting sites, but they could be used to augment security operations,” said Taylor.

Twenty-one percent say drone usefulness in security remains to be seen. Three percent of respondents said drones are fun, not for security.

Asked about their opinion of drones, 24 percent described themselves as “drone enthusiasts.”

“I’m already testing drones for use by our security department,” said Michael Gonzalez, senior physical security IT systems administrator at Hawaiian Electric Company, and an SSN “20 under 40” End User award winner this year. “Several other departments within my company are testing them for their own use as well. It isn’t going away any time soon, especially over here.”

Respondents shared ideas about how drones could be used in physical security.

AJ Hunter, project coordinator for security operations for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., said drones would be good for “patrolling and monitoring areas not suitable for humans, applications of facial recognition software and other analytics to provide a level of access control, and transportation of keys and/or key cards are just a few ideas involving the use of drones.”

“I can see them replacing a guard tour. Also, I could see them having applications for a campus security environment,” said another reader.

“Drones have a ton of applications,” Jumbi Edulbehram, regional president Americas with Oncam Grandeye said. “We’re working with a drone manufacturer that’s putting our 360 fisheye cameras on drones used for security, farming [and] events.” (Read more about Oncam’s work with drones here)

Seventy-one percent said they are looking drones’ usefulness and whether they could be good for business.

Five percent of respondents said drones are a fad.

Several respondents said that drones have to overcome specific difficulties. “[We] have not used them yet, but I believe they can respond quickly to provide video from an event. We need to develop [drones’] storage and charging facilities,” Patrick Mahoney, CannonDesign technology architect, said.

Ron Petrarca, director of operations at Electronix Systems said, “Some applications are being discussed. What happens depends on how much the government will regulate the use of drones in the commercial sector.”

“I can see a ton of applications, especially once the limitation of battery life and government regulations are worked out,” said another respondent.

If drones enter the security market, they’ll be a small segment, according to 26 percent. “Patrolling is still a big part of security and this could pique the interest of a couple niches,” said one reader.

It’s too soon to tell if drones will enter the market, said 27 percent.

One reader expressed concern about widespread drone applications. “I believe drones are a serious invasion of privacy.”

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Evolution 360°

Pelco New Evolution 360° Mini Indoor camera

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Pelco by Schneider Electric today announced the release of the new Evolution 360° mini indoor surveillance camera. With an impressively small diameter of only 4.25 inches (108mm), the Evolution Mini is one of the smallest 360° cameras in the industry, making it a great cost-effective camera for hospitality, education, retail and banking facilities—
anywhere a small, discreet, but robust camera is required.In addition to the new Evolution Mini product, we are delighted to announce that Pelco has extended the warranty period to three years for all Evolution 360° series cameras. And now with availability of the Pelco Endura 360 Viewer, all Evolution 360 series cameras can connect to Endura video management systems. This is in addition to existing connectivity to Pelco Digital Sentry and numerous third party VMS platforms.“Evo Mini offers a great way for customers to maximize their video security coverage and investment,” said Kevin Saldanha, Senior Product Manager, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “As with all products in the Evolution 360° series, this exciting new joint-venture product combines Oncam Grandeye’s award-winning 360-degree cameras and client-side de-warping technology, with excellent Pelco service and support, product delivery, and warranty fulfillment.”Suitable for ceiling, wall or table mounted applications, the Evolution Mini is an IP camera with a 5-megapixel sensor and no moving parts. The small unit is designed for quick and easy indoor installations where a professional, small indoor enclosure is required. The Evolution Mini has a convenient surface-mounting design that fully supports IEEE802.3af Class 2 Power-over-Ethernet for installation convenience.With client-side de-warping and retrospective analysis, customers have the best forensic tool available on the market today. De-warping on the network video recorder (NVR) provides an immersive experience that allows customers to go back in time to retrospectively view the total scene in its original form and then pan, tilt, and/or zoom within the 360-degree image — just like a live image. With this powerful tool, multiple users can view the same image with different perspectives concurrently from a single camera — either live or recorded.

Product Features:

• Constant 360° surveillance, no blind spots

• Ultra-small light weight enclosure ideal for discreet mounting

• No moving parts means silent operation and no wear and tear

• Fully supports IEEE802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE)

• Quick and easy installation

• Minimum illumination 0.2 lux, providing clarity in low light

• Onboard Micro SD card and advanced event management

• Micro SD card slot for future local recording feature and advanced event management

• Configurable privacy regions

• Video Motion Detection within defined areas of interest

• Fully integrated with multiple VMS platforms to provide live and retrospective de-warping

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Home Security 101

Home Security 101 -Intuder

Home Security 101… It wasn’t so long ago that when an intruder broke into a home, the home security system would sound an alarm. If it was a monitored system, the central station would call the police to report the intrusion. This assumes, of course, that you armed the system, the batteries were still good and the intruder wasn’t quick enough to disable the system before it sounded the alarm or dialed the central station.

The revolution brought on by wireless technologies, smart phones, and mobile apps have changed all of that. Today, home security systems can still sound alarms, but are much more difficult to forget about or foil. A software-supported security system can send you a text message every time a door or window is opened, whether you’ve armed it or not. It can stream live video or send still images of what’s happening in your garage, living room, backyard or wherever you deploy a security camera. You can even be alerted before the break-in, the moment the burglar pulls into the driveway!

And that’s not all. Home security has teamed up with home automation so the same interactive service can give your home the appearance that someone is home. Lights, TVs and radios can be turned on and off at random intervals, or according to the schedule you choose. Even motorized blinds can be raised or lowered upon your command.

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Home Security 101 - wireless driveway alarm

The Mighty Mule wireless driveway alarm.

Home security systems can give you peace of mind in other ways, too. Whether you’re home or away, they can inform you of hazards like fire, elevated carbon monoxide levels, and power outages.  They can alert you if someone is tampering with a safe, a locked tool chest, or a medicine or gun cabinet. You might even use it to check on the safe arrival of a child returning home from school. Or, if you lose sleep wondering whether the water heater is flooding your basement, you can have your system set up to alert you of that as well.

With interactive systems come other benefits as well. Prefer not to hand out house keys to housekeepers, or other service providers? You can unlock a door for them from wherever you are, whether you’re at work or on a trip, with systems such as Kwikset’s SmartCode.

You can also use the system to program your home’s temperature so you don’t waste energy heating or cooling your home unnecessarily. During cool seasons, it can automatically lower settings when you’re sleeping or away—and raise them just before you wake or return home.

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Electronic Locks

Electronic Locks for All Market Niches

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In 2014, providers of locking and identity systems generally found the security landscape to be less chaotic and more receptive than in recent time. The year was led, interestingly enough, by stocks that performed strongly at opposite ends of the technology spectrum.

ASSA ABLOY (OM: ASSA B) saw demand recover from previous quarters, mainly in the United States, but recently also in its biggest market, Europe, where the debt crisis weighed on demand for years. ASSA ABLOY’s stock has been on a growth spurt for almost three years. Part of that is due to scarcity value in Europe for companies that are exceeding expectations.

Several factors at the commercial/industrial enterprise level, among other larger verticals, are driving demand — not least of which is an uptick in capital expenditures. But the locking sector’s more rosy performance in 2014 can also be attributed in part to the networked-based technology evolution hitting the residential space, as well as the commercial monitoring arena.

Clearly, these are not your father’s locks. There has been impressive growth in the amount of electronic interoperable locks that will eventually be commonplace on doors. These devices, for example, can be controlled from a central location in the wake of shootings at institutions and similar scenarios.

The number of companies that can design, manufacture and market electronic locks really well is small compared to the wider pool of lock companies. Among the firms solidifying a presence in the electronic and wireless lock market are privately held SaltoSystems, Kaba (FRA: KABN), Stanley Black & Decker(NYSE: SWK) and others.

In terms of wireless digital lock manufacturers, analysts are bullish on the long-term prospects for companies such as Allegion (NYSE: ALLE), which is the second-largest provider of locks and access control systems in the world. The company is targeting 4%-5% top-line growth and 10%-12% bottom-line growth. Its U.S. sales, which accounted for 62% of FY14E revenues, appear to be picking up with increasing backlogs in institutional, education and health-care markets.

Previously moribund through the recessionary years, these verticals are now forecast to accelerate into 2016. As an example of how far locks have progressed, Allegion markets a Schlage-branded electronic device that can provide audit trails for cost-sensitive school systems to migrate from nonelectronic to electronic locking systems. Allegion’s “Engage” wireless technology provides an easy path to those small- to medium-size businesses (SMB) trying to find a cost-effective and uncomplicated way of moving to electronic locks, replacing a $300-$4,500 lock at significantly lower price points.

The use of Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth are also projected to surge in the next three to four years. These keyless technologies, along with biometrics, are finally catching up with marketing hyperbole and allowing access control to be much more easily used by both the end user and monitored by the corporate security department and other stakeholders.

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PCI Compliance

Here is a blog every online business should take a moment to read.(PCI Compliance)

2015 will be a defining year for data security

President Obama’s State of the Union address this week launched a new emphasis on an ever-present threat in our daily lives – cyberattacks, kicking off what will be a defining year for cybersecurity protection, and for us at the PCI Security Standards Council, pivotal in improving the protection of consumers’ payment information globally.

Public-private collaboration and information sharing, education and awareness and leveraging the most secure technology as emphasized by the president are critical to protect customers against the type of massive breaches we saw in 2014.  As the standard setting organization for payment security, we are leading the charge to provide the standards and resources to help businesses secure this information.

Too many CEO’s are learning this lesson the hard way.  For American corporate executives moving forward, data security is job security.  Companies that fail to make data protection an everyday priority run the risk of losing money, losing business and destroying their reputations.

The good news is we know what works and what doesn’t.  In recent years, we at PCI have not seen any data breaches that weren’t predictable.  On the contrary, problems arise from a failure to maintain key security controls and a lack of vigilance.  Simply put, most data security breaches involving credit card data are not sophisticated attacks at all, nor are they new tactics.  Far too many of the recent major breaches we have seen in the United States were entirely preventable.

Something as simple as a password can cause problems. A recent study by Trustwave reported that the most popular numeric password used by the American business community is 123456.  The word ‘password’ remains one of the most commonly used passwords.  It wouldn’t take a very sophisticated hacker to crack that code

Fortunately, data security is now becoming a top level issue, from the White House to Congress to corporate suites across America. President Obama’s speech this week will further drive the national conversation

Many companies need to change the way they view security issues. Passing a PCI Standards assessment is a first step, but properly following security standards 24/7 is required to prevent data breaches. Not all companies do that, thinking instead that once they check the box of passing a data security assessment their work is over. This kind of thinking is a major problem.  Data security cannot just be a “box you check” once or twice a year.  It has to be an all-day, everyday priority.  Protecting data is no longer a simple task that companies can just leave to the IT Department.

EMV Chip Technology

In 2015 America will take a major step by implementing EMV chip technology for consumers.  This is a critical step forward and will provide better data protection by adding a new additional layer of security.  EMV chip technology, which is already in use throughout much of the advanced world, provides consumers with strong security features. It helps businesses lock down their point of sale and provides protection against fraudulent transactions in face-to-face shopping environments.  However, while EMV chip technology is an additional layer in data security protection, it doesn’t solve every problem.  We should not be fooled into believing it is the magical technology that eliminates data security threats.  It isn’t.

EMV chip technology will not prevent fraud when a card is used online or in mail and telephone order purchases.  EMV technology also would not prevent breaches that involve targeted malware.

No one single technology is the answer. As we look towards the White House Cyber Security Summit at Stanford University next month, it is important for American businesses to prioritize strong security principles by maintaining a multi-layer security approach that involves people, process and technology working together to protect consumers.

It’s time for a change in the mindset about data security. Vigilance must be an everyday priority.

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