Scientists use radio waves for explosives detection 

Scientists in Japan have developed a technique to detect explosives such as TNT in landmines or luggage using radio waves.
Writing in Superconductor Science and Technology journal this week, they said the technique is superior to conventional methods of detection such as X-rays, and can identify different types of white powder, from flour and salt to drugs and explosives, Reuters reports....

Video expert outlines ABCs of school security 

According to technology research firm Gartner, school districts are using more effective, advanced security technologies in the wake of security breaches and campus violence across the nation.
To help administrators understand video technology issues and campus security challenges and solutions, video surveillance provider Wren Education Solutions has released a white paper entitled "A Guide to Successful Network Video Implementation in K-12 Schools."...

Network video surveillance market surging 

A market study from U.K.-based IMS Research has confirmed that the trend from analog CCTV to network video surveillance is in full swing.
The world market for network video surveillance products increased by an impressive 41.9 percent in 2006 and is forecast to continue growing strongly for years to come. By 2010, the combined market for network cameras, video servers and NVRs is forecast to exceed $2.6 billion....

IT security goes mainstream at RSA Conference 

The annual RSA Conference is showing evidence of a maturing information security industry with an increasing role for big-name companies. The event has developed into an annual gathering for corporate IT pros and a showcase for hundreds of companies, small and large, that market security products and services to businesses....

Homeland security investor conference draws 300 

The inaugural Homeland Security Investor Conference in early December proved a success by attracting more than 300 attendees...

Nuclear plants directed to focus security on containment 

Making nuclear power plants crash-proof to an airliner attack by terrorists is unreasonable and it is up to the military to avert such an assault, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says.
In a revised security policy, NRC has directed nuclear plant operators to focus on preventing radiation from escaping in case of such an attack and to improve evacuation plans to protect public health and safety....

Boston transit camera system pays off in crime reduction 

More than 450 security cameras watching for potential terrorists on Boston's rapid transit railways are now helping catch alleged criminals, according to a report by the Boston Globe.
Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Transit Police recently arrested a 27-year-old man accused of robbing a passenger at gunpoint at one of its stations. Such cases have often gone unsolved, officials tell the newspaper, and the arrest would have been far less likely without digital images from a surveillance camera at the station....

"Dumb terminals" may be smart for security 

A new generation of simplified devices -- most often called "thin clients" or "simple terminals" -- is gaining popularity with an increasing number of companies and other computer users in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The stripped-down machines enable users to perform such tasks as word processing or accessing the Internet at their desks just as they did with their personal computers.
The difference? These simple terminals generally lack features such as hard drives or DVD players, so they cannot run most software or store data on their own. Instead, the software applications used on a thin terminal's screen are actually running on a server, often in a separate room....

Specialized security at the Super Bowl 

A task force of 50 local, state and federal agencies has spent the better part of a year getting ready for the week of the Super Bowl in Miami, leading up to Sunday's game. They have been planning for eight months -- trying to walk a tightrope between keeping the fans safe, and trying not to spoil the party....

Best practices for use of RF technology in ID management 

Using radio frequency (RF) technology for identity management has become a balancing act between security and privacy. The Smart Card Alliance Identity Council has released guidance regarding best practices for organizations implementing the technology in identity management systems....

4th annual Security Summit planned for June 

The Security Network has announced plans for the 4th annual The Security Summit, which will take place in San Diego on June 6-7.
More than 60 companies are expected to enter this year's Exposition and Competition...

New report details sectors within security industry 

Security sectors particularly well positioned over the next five years include video surveillance, private prisons, physical services and identification -- including background, automated and biometric -- according to the Lehman Brothers' 2006 Security Industry Annual Report....

HAZMAT tank cars to undergo security makeover 

In a move designed to aid in the development of new federal design standards for stronger and safer hazardous materials tank cars, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is joining forces with rail and chemical industry leaders to create the tank car of the future, FRA administrator Joseph H. Boardman says....

HID, Fujitsu, Panasonic to demonstrate at technology expo 

HID Global, Fujitsu and Panasonic will demonstrate security technologies at the 10th Annual Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee Kickoff Reception and Technology Exhibition, January 31, 2007. The Tech Exhibition event will highlight some of the key issues driving policy-making in the 110th Congress....

Port authority spending its own funds on security 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent nearly $2.7 billion on security-related expenses since the Sept. 11 attacks -- most of it from its own pocket, the authority's deputy director has told a New Jersey legislative panel.
Jamie Fox told members of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee that the bi-state authority has been forced to be self-sufficient because overall federal assistance is inadequate and because public authorities are eligible for funds only for port security...

NASCAR addresses security at annual summit 

Representatives from NASCAR race tracks across the country met this weekend with security specialists to improve crisis management strategies at the 2007 NASCAR Security Summit in Concord, N.C.
Officials say that the key to race-track safety is better communication among the dozens of different agencies, all of whom are first responders....

Registration begins for ASIS International 2007 

Registration has begun for the ASIS International 2007 Conference and Expo. The 53rd annual show is scheduled for Las Vegas, from Sept. 24-27....

GE Security, Smiths Detection partner to offer Homeland protection 

Smiths Group plc and General Electric Co. have agreed to form Smiths GE Detection, which will combine Smiths Detection with GE Homeland Protection to create a global business serving the fast-growing detection and Homeland protection markets....

Convergence 101: New curriculum to examine integration 

Convergence in the security industry is more than a passing trend, according to security experts. In fact, the concept has now become the basis of a university curriculum at Lund University's School of Economics and Management....

Americans still wary of biometrics use in retail sector 

Americans are becoming more comfortable with the idea of using biometrics in identification; however, the majority still do not feel comfortable with the retail industry using the technology, according to a recent survey conducted by TRUSTe and market information group TNS.
Three out of five Americans support adding biometric data to credit cards (64 percent) and debit cards (62 percent), but are much less likely to want that information on a retail store loyalty card (27 percent)....

Giving police powers to private security may solve crime problems 

Private security guards have outnumbered police officers since the 1980s, predating the heightened concern about security brought on by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. What is new is that police forces are increasingly turning to private companies for help, the Washington Post reports.
Private-sector security is expanding into arenas once reserved solely for official law enforcement, such as complex criminal investigations and patrols of downtown districts and residential neighborhoods....

Casinos must stay vigilant against document fraud 

From a personal safety standpoint, the casino environment is arguably the most protected among all entertainment venues what with the omnipresence of security personnel and video surveillance of virtually every inch of the property.
But in a business enterprise dominated by transactions not only involving currency but also paper and plastic instruments which have cash value, casino owners must be on constant vigil against forgery and fraud....

Pa. school security goes to head of the CLASS 

School security concerns have created a whole new meaning for the word CLASS at Greencastle-Antrim elementary and primary schools in Pennsylvania.
The schools have developed a $6,000 program called "Children Leaving a School Safely," or CLASS, which creates "simpler and safer sign-out" of grade school children at the end of the day, Pa. Director of Elementary Education Greg Hoover tells the Waynesboro Record Herald....

Mall guards to be instructed in terrorism prevention 

Starting this month, malls across the country will begin training guards to fight terrorism. The 14-hour program is being developed by the International Council of Shopping Centers, a trade group, and the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University at a cost of $2 million. It is the first standardized anti-terrorism curriculum written for the nation's estimated 20,000 mall security guards...

ASIS seeks comment on information asset protection guide 

ASIS International has released the Information Asset Protection Draft Guideline, which seeks to help organizations develop and implement a policy and comprehensive risk-based strategy to protect their intellectual property, proprietary information and other intangible assets....

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