Republican Convention Security Plans Under Way 

The Republican convention, which has already begun, has been designated a "national special security event," which means the Secret Service is responsible for planning and implementing a security scheme....

Denver Readies Security For Democratic National Convention 

After 19 months of work, Denver is ready to host the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The convention, starting Aug. 25, has pushed the host city to step up security measures. ...

Food Fight Against NAIS 

By Sandra Kay Miller

Summer a great time to grill a few steaks or some chicken, toss up a fresh salad with tomatoes and for dessert, a nice bowl of gourmet ice cream. In the...

San Francisco To Test Drinking Water Security System 

Improving the security of U.S. drinking water systems has gathered urgency since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an $8 million grant to San Francisco to help the city develop and evaluate a contamination warning system for its drinking water supply....

REAL ID Backlash 

By Sandra Kay Miller

Transitioning driverís licenses into smart cards raises privacy concerns, but creates opportunities for a new functionality....

Port Security A Key Topic At Homeland Security Conference 

At the fourth annual ThinkTec Homeland Security Innovation Conference last week at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in Charleston...

How Government Experience Serves Today's Security Leaders 

EDITOR'S NOTE: There are six areas of knowledge that successful security programs of the future must incorporate. They are government elements, security...

From The Field 

CORRECTIONS CPD Uses Remote Video Surveillance For Situational Awareness The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has successfully deployed IntelliViewer 2.0...

Law Enforcement IDs Criminals And Missing With Iris Scans 

A growing number of sheriff's departments are using iris scans to identify sex offenders, runaways, abducted children and wandering Alzheimer's patients, reports USA Today.
More than 2,100 departments in 27 states are taking digital pictures of eyes and storing the information in databases that can be searched later to identify a missing person or someone who uses a fake name, says Sean Mullin, president of BI2 Technologies, which sells the devices.
"It's evolving quickly," he says. Most of the sheriffs are doing voluntary iris scans of senior citizens and children....

Adapting Mindsets To Change 

Larry Anderson, Editor

How can you defeat an enemy who is changing his tactics? Obviously, you have to change tactics yourself. One example of the need to do so can be seen...

Chicago Phases In High-Tech Video Surveillance 

The city of Chicago and IBM Corp. have announced the initial phase of what officials say could be the most advanced video security network in any U.S. city, reports The Associated Press.
"Chicago is really light years ahead of any metropolitan area in the U.S. now," says Sam Docknevich, who heads video-surveillance consulting for IBM.
Chicago already has thousands of security cameras in use by businesses and police -- including some equipped with devices that recognize the sound of a gunshot, turn the cameras toward the source and place a 911 call. But the new system would let cameras analyze images in real time 24 hours a day, reports AP....

Copper Theft Still A Rising Problem For States 

Unprecedented copper thefts have spurred a crackdown to stop the damage, as at least 16 states have passed or proposed new laws, and businesses have boosted security and offered bounties for information on the thieves, reports USA Today.
The crackdown comes as losses to businesses hover around $1 billion, the U.S. Department of Energy reports, and as escalating thefts have disrupted the flow of electricity, slowed construction projects and knocked out irrigation networks crucial to commercial farms.
Seizing on rising worldwide demand and surging value for the popular metal -- up from 80 cents per pound in 2003 to about $3.50 this year -- thieves sell stolen copper for millions of dollars in cash, state and federal authorities say....

Mayor Bloomberg Sees Necessity In Surveillance 

Residents of big cities like New York and London must accept that they are under constant watch by video cameras, says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg, holding talks with his London counterpart Ken Livingstone, says such measures as London's "ring of steel" -- a network of closed-circuit cameras that monitors the city center -- were a necessary protection in a dangerous world, reports The Associated Press.
"In this day and age, if you think that cameras aren't watching you all the time, you are very naive," Bloomberg says....

Texas Alarm Associations To Cooperate With Dallas Officials 

The Dallas City Council repealed its "verified response" burglar alarm policy, meaning police officers has again respond to all commercial alarm calls.
"Dallas business leaders expressed their concern about the policy and their elected leaders responded. The repeal of the verified response policy by the Dallas City Council is the beginning of another chapter in the alarm industry's long-term effort to reduce false alarms and enhance public safety," says Chris Russell, president of the North Texas Alarm Association (NTAA). "Some may view this as a reason to relax, but we need to continue to work from all directions to significantly reduce the number of false alarms to the extent that verified response will not even be considered again."...

Above Top-Secret 

Eight miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio, lies the headquarters of the Air Force Materiel Command, the branch responsible for keeping U.S. Air Force (USAF)...

Let's Go To The Video 

Correctional officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla., are spending a lot less time defending themselves against false accusations from inmates...

Order In The Court 

Even in rural America, county courtrooms have become a dangerous place to be and to work. Increasingly, judges and court workers find themselves being...

From The Field 

GOVERNMENT U.S. Navy Deploys Outdoor Perimeter Intrusion Detection System At Southeastern Facility The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy have...

Canadian Security Personnel Face Stricter Rules 

Ontario's private security industry quietly entered a new era when legislation governing private security guards and investigators came into force, reports The London Free Press.
Designed to better define the role of a growing number of security personnel and ensure stricter standards of training, the new act overhauls rules that had been in place since 1966.
The new legislation, the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, requires all private security practitioners to be licensed, including in-house security staff, such as those working for retailers and bars, who were previously exempt....

Stamp of Approval 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) Processing and Distribution Center in Dallas is part of a national network of mechanized bulk mail centers that...

Public Safety Networks: Keys To Success 

Firetide Inc., Los Gatos, Calif., a developer of wireless mesh networks, has deployed many wireless public safety networks in 2006 and 2007. They list...

Fla. Police Chiefs Adopt Alarm Model Ordinance 

Florida has set another "first" in its efforts to manage burglar alarms and enhance public safety. Last month, the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) passed a resolution to adopt a Model Alarm Ordinance. The ordinance will be used by police chiefs across the state to develop and/or revise their jurisdiction's alarm management programs. It serves as the nation's first model alarm ordinance developed by a state police chiefs association.
The Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), Frisco, Texas, and the Alarm Association of Florida (AAF) helped FPCA develop the ordinance. Last year all three groups supported a legislative bill that made Florida the first state in the country to fully enforce a statewide statue known as Enhanced Call Verification (ECV). ...

A New Level of Calm 

The Rockford Housing Authority (RHA), the third-largest public housing authority in Illinois, provides safe, sanitary and affordable housing assistance...

Port Authority 

Establishing reliable security systems at the nation's ports is not an easy task. Significant challenges pertaining to both the port's physical location...

Smart Card Alliance To Address Effects Of HSPD-12 at ISC 

The impact of the federal government's Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) on identity management systems and physical access control will be the focus of the Smart Card Alliance's presence at this week's ISC West Conference, taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas
Members of the Smart Card Alliance Physical Access Council will present a panel discussion titled "Migration of Physical Access Control Systems Based on the Impact of Government HSPD-12" on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon.
The panelists include Bob Gilson, Department of Defense (DoD) Manpower Data Center (DMDC) Access Card Office; Patrick Hearn, Oberthur Card Systems; Dwayne Pfeiffer, Northrop Grumman Corp.; Roger Roehr, Tyco Fire & Security; and Lars Suneborn, Hirsch Electronics....

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