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5 minutes with Joey Johnson – Safeguarding sensitive healthcare data from cybercriminals

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5 minutes with Joey Johnson – Safeguarding sensitive healthcare data from cybercriminals | 2021-07-29 | Security Magazine This website requires...
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New restrictions on Washington state police may lead to spike in crime

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Critics of new Dem-backed police reform bills say they’re poorly written, putting cops and communities at risk As the most...
The world's biggest food company says prices are going even higher

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Nestlé, which sells everything from ice cream to coffee and cereal, said on Thursday that it would respond to higher input costs by raising prices in the second half of the year."Inflation has been virtually absent for a number of years and then pointed up very sharply. It hit us directly," CEO Mark Schneider told reporters on a conference call. Schneider said he believes that inflation is transitory. But the owner of brands including Nescafe, Gerber and Cheerios said it would need to raise prices by roughly 2% to offset cost increases of 4%. Nestlé hiked prices by 1.3% in the first half of 2021.The company can hedge against some cost increases, such as rising coffee prices, said Schneider. But it can't avoid the rising cost of things like transportation, which puts pressure on the company's margins.Nestlé (NSRGF) said it expects a profit margin this year of 17.5%, a slight downgrade that partially reflects "time delays between input cost inflation and pricing." Despite that, the company raised its sales growth outlook for 2021 to between 5% and 6%.Companies from General Electric (GE) to Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and Unilever (UL) have warned in recent weeks about rising input costs as the global economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. Demand for some products has increased sharply as people resume travel and return to the office, and global supply chains remain stretched.Some companies are able to hedge against rising prices, for example by buying commodity futures, or choose to absorb higher costs. But others are passing on cost increases to consumers, leading to higher prices at supermarkets, restaurants and goods retailers. Nestlé rival Unilever said last week that it was increasing prices across multiple markets and product categories in response to higher input costs. The owner of brands including Ben & Jerry's cited the example of soybean oil prices, which increased 20% last quarter and are now up 80% compared to the previous year. Palm oil prices are 70% higher than their long-term average."Inflation is impacting us across the full spectrum of input costs in materials, in packaging and quite notably in freight and distribution costs," Unilever chief financial officer Graeme Pitkethly told investors on July 22. "We have been and will continue to pull all the levers of pricing and saving."The big question is whether shortages and price hikes are temporary byproducts of the pandemic, or if the global economy is changing in ways that could permanently hike the cost of doing business and usher in a new era of inflation that could eat into consumer spending power. Central banks including the US Federal Reserve are grappling with how to respond. Many economists believe that price hikes will prove fleeting, but if they're wrong central banks could be forced to abruptly pull back support for the economy later this year in order to get inflation under control.
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Corporate America to workers: Get vaccinated or get out

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After months of reluctance, Corporate America is taking a stand on keeping its returning workers safe. A growing number of companies are requiring vaccinations for employees and in some cases, for clients and customers. Most companies are allowing for very rare religious and health exemptions, of course. But the "I read something scary on Facebook" excuse doesn't apply anymore.Silicon Valley is leading the way. Facebook and Google announced all employees returning to the office must be vaccinated.Netflix (NFLX) is the first studio to mandate the vaccine. All actors who star in the streaming giant's programming and the employees who come in contact with them must have the shot.Wall Street offices are filling up fast. And vaccines are required. The financial sector says get vaxxed or find a new job. BlackRock (BLK) and Morgan Stanley (MS) announced all employees must be vaccinated to return to the office.It's a diverse list. Saks Fifth Avenue, the Washington Post, Ascension Health, and Lyft (LYFT) are also requiring the shot to work. It's good business. Johnny Taylor, Jr, of the Society of Human Resource Management, says most employees want vaccine mandates. They want to know their workplace is safe when people return. His polling shows nearly 70% of employees want their colleagues to be vaccinated. And patience has worn thin with the vaccine-hesitant."You must be vaccinated if you want to come to work," he tells me. "There are some organizations that are trying one more step before that. They're saying, if you choose not to be vaccinated, then you will have to be tested several times during the week on your own dime. And you will have to wear a mask in the workplace and not any mask, but that N95 surgical mask. I mean, we are going to, at the end of the day, make this a little uncomfortable for you because you're making it uncomfortable and the workplace less comfortable for your colleagues."That's the case for MGM Grand (MGM). Unvaccinated workers must regularly test for the virus, and if found positive, they will quarantine -- without pay.MGM Grand's CEO Bill Hornbuckle hasn't mandated the vaccine but has implored workers to get the shot, acknowledging the unvaccinated will hurt business."In addition to the heart-wrenching thought of more illness and death, I fear that progressively more restrictive measures, including a return to social distancing and capacity restrictions, could be around the corner if we continue on this path," Hornbuckle wrote in a letter to employees.That's the view from Union Square Hospitality CEO Danny Meyer. He told CNBC Thursday you can't have full restaurants again without mandates for employees and customers to be vaccinated.He's giving workers 45 days to get the shot.Even the Federal Reserve chief, Jerome Powell, says vaccinations are key to protect the economy from coronavirus variants."These strains - there is no reason they can't keep coming, and one more powerful than the next. We don't know that, but that's certainly a plausible outcome. As vaccinations rise we can nonetheless get back to our economic activity," Powell said Wednesday.The Delta variant of the virus has many companies tweaking their return to the office plans. Many had hoped to have employees back after Labor Day, now some are pushing back later into the fall. But they are signaling that vaccines will be required. Plan accordingly.
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Everbridge To Showcase Latest Innovations In Security And Crisis Management At The Disaster & Resilience Zone At International Security Expo 2021

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International Security Expo is returning to Olympia London, in London, United Kingdom, in September 2021, with a range of pavilions and zones, each dedicated to a particular field of security, in order to help visitors navigate the show with ease. One of the zones, the Disaster & Resilience Zone, will combine the latest innovations in crisis management with a comprehensive education program. International Security Expo 2021 Attendees will be able to network face-to-face with the zone’s exhibitors and discover their globally renowned products Attendees will be able to network face-to-face with the zone’s exhibitors and discover their globally renowned products, in order to help businesses remain resilient, during a crisis, as well as the solutions to recover and the tools to rebuild. This will be complemented by the Disaster and Resilience Conference, sponsored by Everbridge, where a series of sessions hosted by industry leaders will cover the full disaster management process. Disaster & Resilience Zone Within the Disaster & Resilience Zone, a range of exhibitors will showcase their innovative products, such as HIPPO Multipower, which manufactures amphibious all-terrain vehicles for military, fire, rescue and disaster relief operations. Global provider of solutions for hospital, first response, and emergency medicine personnel, PerSys Medical, will also be present. Visitors will be able to learn more about its products, some of which focus on hemorrhage control, intraosseous and vascular access, hypothermia treatment, and airway management. While Equivital will showcase its protective solutions for those in the military, first responders, and industrial occupations, such as its eqWave device that helps ensure social distancing is adhered to in the workplace. End-to-end disaster response and resilience solutions Everbridge, a globally renowned company in critical event management (CEM) solutions will showcase its end-to-end disaster response and resilience solutions, on the show floor and in the Product Innovation Theater. Everbridge is also known for its CEM solutions for both government entities, as well as a private enterprise, including Risk Center for monitoring threats and analyzing and responding to risk, Public Warning for country-wide or geo-located population alerting, and Control Center for physical security information management (PSIM). Best practise guidelines and international standards For over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has tested resilience planning and operations to the full Additionally, SafeHaven Trauma Center, which specializes in crisis, disaster and trauma-responsive mental health care, will also be present at the event, in order to help organizations meet best practise guidelines and international standards, so as to ensure the psychological well-being of its personnel. For over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has tested resilience planning and operations to the full, but other crises, such as climate change and natural disasters, continue to remain a threat. The Disaster & Resilience Conference will see international experts tackle market-nominated topics, across 14 different sessions, over two days. Responding to physical, cyber, or public safety threats The conference sponsor, Everbridge, will be present on both days, beginning with an expert panel on day one, which will be hosted by Everbridge’s Chief Security Officer, Tracy Reinhold. Tracy Reinhold will be joined by Kevin Knappett, who is from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), to talk about UK Alerts (the first national public warning system), plus a panel of industry security experts, who will share best practise examples for responding to physical, cyber, or public safety threats, and other major incidents. “This past year has proved the need for an integrated approach to disaster response and resilience,” said Javier Colado, Senior Vice President, International at Everbridge, adding “Everbridge has been keeping people safe and businesses running around the world for almost 20 years. This is our fourth year supporting the International Security Expo and we look forward to sharing our expertise and experience as sponsors of the Disaster and Resilience Conference.” Integrated technology use in manage security risks Visitors will also get the opportunity to hear industry expert speakers, such as Hugh Farquhar, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Watchkeeper International, who will talk about the increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters and violent incidents, and how to use integrated technology to manage these security risks. Other important sessions that should not be missed, include ‘Delivering enhanced security and resilience through green projects - the UK MoD approach’ set to be delivered by Richard Nugee, the Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead at UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Security, sustainability and environmental protection link Attendees can also join the likes of Peter Shergold, Director of Operations at Public Health England The session will dissect the link between security, sustainability and environmental protection, and explain the UK Ministry of Defence's first strategy linked to the UK Government's COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) priorities. Attendees can also join the likes of Peter Shergold, Director of Operations at Public Health England, as well as Totti Karpela, Director at Peace of Mind Limited and Joani Green, Senior Incident Response Consultant and Team Lead at F-Secure. Each expert will dive into preparation, resilient capabilities, and responding to their respective topics. Focus on Disaster & Resilience on a global scale International Security Expo, Event Director, Rachael Shattock said, “The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has demonstrated that a focus on Disaster & Resilience on a global scale is more relevant than ever. Rachael Shattock adds, “Consequently, we are likely to witness increased investment in solutions that mitigate the impact of unprecedented events in the future, such as new pandemics. International Security Expo aims to help the industry to move forward and stay one step ahead by allowing organizations to learn about the latest solutions in disaster and crisis security through an impressive exhibitor line-up and conference program.”
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Security Informed
Security And Safety Things GmbH Collaborates With Prosegur For The Development Of A New Security Operations Center Environment

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The Post-Pandemic Mandate For Entertainment Venues: Digitally Transform Security Guards As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes and sporting venues open-up to full capacity, a new disturbing trend has hit the headlines - poor fan behavior. Five NBA teams have issued indefinite bans on fans, who crossed the line of unacceptable behavior, during the NBA playoffs. Major League Baseball stadiums have a recurring problem with divisive political banners being strewn over walls, as part of an organized campaign, requiring fan ejections. There was a brawl between Clippers and Suns fans after Game 1 of their playoff series. And, the U.S. vs. Mexico Nations League soccer game over the Fourth of July weekend had to be halted, due to fans throwing objects at players and screaming offensive chants. Cracking down on poor fan behavior Security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior With players across all major sports leagues commanding more power than ever before, they are demanding that sports venues crack down on poor fan behavior, particularly when they are the targets of that behavior. Whether it’s an extension of the social-media divisiveness that’s gripped society, or people unleashing pent up negative energy, following 15 months of social isolation, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, security directors are consistently reporting a disturbing uptick in poor fan attitude and behavior. They’re also reporting a chronic security guard shortage, like many businesses that rely on relatively low-cost labor, finding candidates to fill open positions has been incredibly difficult. Low police morale To add the third component to this perfect storm, many police departments are struggling with morale issues and officers are less likely to put themselves into positions, where they could wind up in a viral video. According to the Police Executive Research Forum, police officer retirements in the U.S. were up 45% in the April 2020 - April 2021 period, when compared to the previous year. Resignations were up 18%. In this environment, officers may be less likely to undertake fan intervention unless it’s absolutely necessary. This can seem like the worst of times for venue security directors, as they need more staff to handle increasingly unruly patrons, but that staff simply isn’t available. And, because the security guard staffing industry is a commoditized business, companies compete almost solely on price, which requires that they keep salaries as low as possible, which perpetuates the lack of interest in people participating in the profession. Digital Transformation There is only one way out of this conundrum and that is to make security personnel more efficient and effective. Other industries have solved similar staffing and cost challenges through digital transformation. For example, only a small percentage of the total population of restaurants in the U.S. used to offer home delivery, due to cost and staffing challenges of hiring dedicated delivery personnel. Advent of digital efficiency tools But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery But with the advent of digital efficiency tools, such as UberEATS and DoorDash, now virtually all restaurants can offer delivery. Likewise, field-service personnel are digitally connected, so when new jobs arise, they can be notified and routed to the location. Compare this to the old paper-based days, when they wouldn’t know about any new jobs until they picked up their work schedule at the office, the next day and you can see how digital transformation makes each worker significantly more efficient. Security guards and manned guarding The security guard business has never undergone this kind of digital transformation. The state-of-the-art ‘technology’ has never changed - human eyes and ears. Yes, there are video cameras all over stadiums and other venues, but behind the scenes is a guard staring at a bunch of monitors, hoping to identify incidents that need attention. Meanwhile, there are other guards stationed around the stadium, spending most of their time watching people who are doing nothing wrong. Think about all the wasted time involved with these activities – not to mention the relentless boredom and ‘alert fatigue’ from false-positive incident reporting and you understand the fundamental inefficiencies of this labor-based approach to security. Now think about a world where there’s ubiquitous video surveillance and guards are automatically and pre-emptively notified and briefed, when situations arise. The fundamental nature of the security guards profession changes. Instead of being low paid ‘watchers’, they instead become digitally-empowered preventers. AI-based screening and monitoring technology This world is happening today, through Artificial Intelligence-based screening and monitoring technology. AI-powered weapons-detection gateways inform guards, when a patron entering the venue is carrying a gun, knife or other forbidden item. Instead of patting down every patron with metal in their pockets, which has been the standard practise since walk-through metal detectors were mandated by sports leagues following 9/11, guards can now target only those who are carrying these specific items. Video surveillance and AI-based analytics integration Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances Combining surveillance video with AI-based advanced analytics can automatically identify fan disturbances or other operational issues, and notify guards in real time, eliminating the need to have large numbers of guards monitoring video feeds and patrons. The business benefits of digitally transformed guards are compelling. A National Hockey League security director says he used to have 300 guards manning 100 walk-through metal detectors. By moving to AI solutions, he can significantly reduce the number of scanning portals and guards, and most importantly redeploy and gain further operational efficiencies with his overall operational strategy. Changing staffing strategy This changes the staffing strategy significantly and elevates the roles of guards. Suddenly, a US$ 20-per-hour ‘job’ becomes a US$ 40-per-hour profession, with guards transformed into digital knowledge workers delivering better outcomes with digitally enabled staffs. Beyond that, these digitally transformed guards can spend a much higher percentage of their time focused on tasks that impact the fan experience – whether it’s keeping weapons out of the building, pro-actively dealing with unruly fans before a broader disruption occurs, or managing business operations that positively impact fan patron experience. Digitally transforming security guards Perhaps most important, digitally transforming security guards elevates the profession to a more strategic level, which means better pay for the guards, better service for clients of guard services, and an overall better experience for fans. That’s a perfect storm of goodness for everyone.
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Security Informed
NJ to NYC vehicle traffic nearing pre-pandemic levels as transit lags

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NEWARK, New Jersey -- Vehicle traffic between New Jersey and New York City is approaching pre-pandemic levels while public transit ridership continues to lag, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that reflect a regional trend.Overall traffic at the Port Authority's four bridges and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels was down about 2% last month compared to June 2019, with truck traffic showing a 7% increase. Crossings at the George Washington Bridge, the heaviest-traveled span, dipped from January to February this year then rose more than 35% through May.Meanwhile, ridership on PATH trains was 2.6 million in June, down 63% compared to 2019.New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has reported similar trends in recent months as subway and bus ridership remains below 50% of pre-pandemic levels. Officials are concerned that public transit ridership may not rebound for years due to concerns over the coronavirus and more people being able to work from home, and that that could lead to increasing gridlock.The Port Authority on Wednesday also reported passenger volumes at JFK, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia airports were down about 62% in the first six months of 2021 compared to 2019, though June's numbers were down 47%.The ports that make up the Port of New York and New Jersey complex continued to handle high cargo volumes and have now had 11 consecutive months of growth, according to the Port Authority. They set an all-time container record in June with roughly 750,000 20-foot equivalent units handled.ALSO READ | Bergen Community College erases $5 million in student debt----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * Follow us on YouTube * More local news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts Copyright © 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.
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Exclusive: Showing humility on the security frontline

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Frontline security personnel, regardless of if a young professional or transitioning from a prior career, is an experience, which exercises individual humility. The private security industry has transformed greatly in the realm of not only security but also safety, especially during a global pandemic. However, not every work site for security officers just starting out can hit one’s feeling of status hard. We live in a society where self-worth is measured more in salary rather than humility. Granted, people have families and children to support, as well as bills to pay. But this does not mean that pride in one’s work and duty has to suffer. Body language tells a lot. Slouching, hands in your pockets and all other gestures that give off a complacent image to those under protection is not something that can be untaught.  It is easy for a supervisor to say, “Hey Frank, stand at attention while on post, it makes us look like we do not care!” Sadly though, this is not only ineffective but also just a quick fix, which delays reoccurrence. To truly understand and appreciate one’s duty, one must start from the entry level and absorb as many situations, both good and bad and through time and experience, the humility level will rise and that, “slouching” will improve. When someone starts a new position on the front lines, especially if the duty has a lot of downtime such as manning a booth in parking lots/parking decks, or doing two patrols of a corporate building in the middle of the night, small mental waves of inadequacy tend to collect. This is especially brought on heavy if the transition to private security begins at a lower wage than given in a previous life (i.e. – career), or what most of the young generation feels as a mark on their status while his/her/their friends, family, etc., got right into the career they wanted when they came out of college or university. This is where time usage and humility of duty are faced at times separately or concurrently.  Time usage Even though security is a 24/7 environment, you must first master your work duties before delving off during non-work hours to learn and become more efficient. Learn your post orders and procedures front and back first. Once that is accomplished, use the other 16 hours, (assuming one works an eight hour shift), to get involved and network.  No matter how miniscule a career path may feel, there is always a group of individuals that unite to help each other. This is found in places from professional security membership and learning organisations to forums and get togethers to learn and share ideas. Do not go at it alone, it is too much of a gamble, one must connect with others in order to see results. When working on the frontlines as a security officer and eventually a supervisor, I would attend chapter meetings with ASIS Internationalin my area before my post started.  The meetings were held in the late mornings, my post started at 14:00 or 15:00. I would wear a suit to the event, network, learn, come to work, with enough time to change into my uniform and then start my shift. Was I tired? Absolutely; however, it was worth it because it was the difference between having a new connection or learning experience I did not have the month prior.  In 1993, the movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, was released and still remains a big hit to this day. After Bill Murray’s character was explaining his plight to a co-star, Andie MacDowell, about repeating the same day, 2 February, over and over and over again. Her response substantiates this point, “Sometimes I wish I had a thousand lifetimes…maybe it’s not a curse, it just depends on how you look at it.” This of course is an extreme example; however, how much time is wasted in what we perceive as boring or mundane, when we can use that time constructively prior to our work to learn something that will benefit our positions and improve career advancement? Humility of duty – Concentrate on the assignment not the pay Security work, on the hourly sense, does not take place at times in the most glamorous areas. For instance, if someone is starting off in private security, he/she/they might find themselves working at a construction site or gate house primarily doing access control. In aviation security for example, you could be tasked with being at a gate that allows vehicles access onto the tarmac, which separates a non-sterile area of security from a sterile area.  One might see this as a thankless position; however, the consequences of a breach into one’s jurisdiction is staggering. Let us look at a passenger aircraft and say that a security officer is tasked with screening employees such as flight attendants onto the aircraft. This might seem boring and routine to some; however, look at what you’re protecting and try to imagine, the cost of the aircraft you are protecting, the airline’s reputation and the most important, all the lives onboard because you are the final layer of security for someone entering the aircraft. Now let’s look at the comparison of thought: “I am just a security guard making minimum wage.” “I am a security professional responsible for a multi-million dollar aircraft and the aircraft’s company, a global aviation organisation and 200-300 passenger and crews’ lives.” Humility starts mentally, if you want to put a price tag on something, look outward instead of inward, you might surprise yourself.  Matthew Porcelli By Matthew Porcelli, CPP You can connect with Matthew on LinkedIn here Related tags : Matthew Porcelli
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Int’l Security Journal
Miami International Airport upgrades to Qognify Situator enterprise incident management

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The nerve centre at Miami International Airport (MIA) is its Airport Operations Centre (AOC) which operates around the clock, monitoring activity, responding to safety and security incidents, disseminating information and responding to requests from stakeholders throughout the airport. An essential daily task for the AOC team is incident logging, with approximately 70 detailed logs being created each day and that number set to rise as a result of internal process changes within the department. Rupen Philloura is the Director of Terminal Operations & AOC at Miami International Airport and he explains: “The MLS logging system was a 25-year-old custom built application. It was familiar for our operators to use, but it was unwieldy, unreliable and inefficient. With logging being such a critical and growing aspect of our day-to-day operations, we needed to upgrade to a state-of-the-art unified platform.” The platform chosen by the airport was the award-winning enterprise incident management system, Situator, from Qognify, a company whose solutions are trusted by airports around the world. Miami itself was already working with the company, using its NiceVision video management system (VMS) and analytics solutions across its highly distributed video surveillance system. Today, the AOC has six Situator-powered stations from which operators monitor the airports Honeywell/EBI fire alarm and Matrix access control systems, as well as its extensive surveillance camera network. Philloura describes the process: “When an alert is raised, the operator must follow a strict set of procedures for that specific event, this might simply be resetting an alarm remotely, or the dispatch of maintenance personnel. Incidents and subsequent actions need to be accurately documented for regulatory compliance purposes, but also to help us to learn and improve how we deal with incidents and events.” The need to manually enter all detail has been replaced by the dynamic form functionality within Situator. It automatically populates and logs specific information relating to that incident, saving operators valuable time and ensuring every log is of a consistently high standard. “Together with the input of the operator we are assured that the logs we generate and store are comprehensive end-to-end accounts, that can be quickly and reliably searched, retrieved and reviewed,” adds Philloura. The improved logging has also had a noticeable impact on business continuity and operational efficiency, as well as providing an additional layer of protection to the airport from a regulatory standpoint. With the AOC operating a three-shift pattern, it is vitally important that changeovers can be completed swiftly and nothing is overlooked. Philloura observes: “When the next shift logs on to Situator they have instant situational awareness, there is no lag in productivity. They can see what has happened and what requires their immediate attention.” He continues: “During their shift they no longer need to repeatedly log into multiple systems to access information. It is all there on the screen at their station.” Situator has also reduced the response time to incidents such as door alarms, as well as access requests from tenants and airport employees, by automating the interaction with the Matrix system. With the old MLS system, both use cases needed to be handled manually. The success of Situator within the AOC has led the airport to begin exploiting its strength as a powerful platform, with higher levels of task automation, ad-hoc forms and reporting, as well as integration with airport specific and non-specific subsystems (made easier by the API driven Situator), such as its access control system and surveillance cameras. It is also evaluating its ability to support the facilities management team in ensuring the statutory maintenance of its extensive network of elevators and moving walkways. Mike Bryant is Computer Services Sr. Manager at Miami-Dade Aviation Department and he has been impressed not only by the reliability that the web-based Situator is providing, (demonstrated by a drop in support calls from the AOC since the implementation), but also its future potential: “With Situator we have a platform that we can evolve to positively impact the operations, maintenance, compliance, safety and security throughout our airport. It has opened up possibilities to integrate systems, solve problems and make improvements, without needing to make further investments in standalone solutions.” Every airport needs a robust, reliable and easy to use logging solution and for MIA it is one of the greatest strengths of Situator, concludes Philloura. “It gives us complete situational awareness regarding when and how an event transpired, who responded, how and the result. This insight improves our decision-making and feeds a continual cycle of improvement.” www.qognify.com Related tags : Qognify
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Int’l Security Journal
Prosegur and Security & Safety Things announce strategic collaboration to develop AI enabled security services

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Security and Safety Things GmbH and Prosegur, one of the largest security companies in the world, have announced their collaboration on the development of a new Security Operations Centre (SOC) environment, leveraging the intelligence of innovative Artificial Intelligence infused video analytics and the expertise of Prosegur human operators to improve security services for customers around the globe.Prosegur will incorporate innovative, AI-infused video analytic applications from the Security & Safety Things (S&ST) platform into the Prosegur “SOC as a service” offering. The edge analytic applications, which run directly on cameras or devices equipped with the S&ST operating system, will intelligently pre-filter incoming events from customer locations and augment human decisions for enhanced alarm monitoring, management and response. These new levels of automation increase serviceability to customers and reduce the number of truck rolls, which in turn allows Prosegur to more efficiently deploy its service and support operations.“Enhancing real-time monitoring with artificial intelligence helps improve the real-time operational decision-making, which ultimately results in better security and quicker response times for our clients,” said Matt Sack, Executive Chairman of Prosegur Security USA. “We greatly value our partnership with Security & Safety Things for their collaborative approach to creating customised and innovative solutions that deliver added value to our clients and we look forward to continuing to jointly drive innovation for the whole industry.”The Security & Safety Things open platform enables the deployment of AI enabled analytics applications on devices running the open S&ST operating system. These apps are highly customisable to the customer use case or vertical need and can run on a wide variety of cameras from different manufacturers and form factors. The analytics apps can detect with very low latency the relevant details in a scene and bring these to the attention of operators, providing them with true situational awareness needed for rapid response to prevent incidents and save lives without the need to monitor dozens of video feeds.“The Security & Safety Things business model of making AI video analytics available for customers around the globe through an open Application Store is unique in the industry. We are proud to be innovating with Prosegur to drive additional value for their business and their customers,” said Hartmut Schaper, Chief Executive Officer, Security & Safety Things. “This partnership provides a blueprint for how new business models can be innovated using open platforms and AI and underscores once more that joint innovation will shape the future of our industry.”The nearly 100 unique applications available in the S&ST Application Store provide end users with security operational intelligence for their application – foot traffic in a retail store, the presence of employee-worn safety equipment in a warehouse, queue counting and management at a stadium, license plate recognition for contactless parking or weapons detection for a campus. All together more than 50 use cases are currently covered serving the needs of at least 20 industry verticals.For more information on Prosegur and Security & Safety Things, visit www.prosegur.us or www.securityandsafetythings.com. Related tags : ProsegurSecurity and Safety Things
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Int’l Security Journal
Respond to crises with help from the Disaster & Resilience Zone

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International Security Expo is returning to Olympia London this September with a range of Pavilions and Zones, each dedicated to a particular field of security to help visitors navigate the show with ease. One of which, the Disaster & Resilience Zone, will combine the latest innovations in crisis management with a comprehensive education programme. Attendees will be able to network face-to-face with the Zone’s exhibitors and discover their world-leading products to help businesses remain resilient during a crisis, as well as the solutions to recover and the tools to rebuild. This will be complemented by the Disaster and Resilience Conference, sponsored by Everbridge, where a series of sessions hosted by industry leaders will cover the full disaster management process. Remain resilient during a crisis with the latest product innovations Within the Disaster & Resilience Zone, a range of exhibitors will showcase their innovative products such as Hippo Multipower, which manufactures amphibious all-terrain vehicles for military, fire, rescue and disaster relief operations. Global provider of solutions for hospital, first response and emergency medicine personnel, PerSys Medical, will also be present. Visitors will be able to learn more about its products, some of which focus on haemorrhage control, intraosseous and vascular access, hypothermia treatment and airway management. While Equivital will showcase its protective solutions for those in military, first response and industrial occupations, such as its eqWave device that helps ensure social distancing is adhered to in the workplace. Everbridge will showcase its end-to-end disaster response and resilience solutions on the show floor and in the Product Innovation Theatre. Everbridge provides CEM solutions for both government entities and private enterprise, including Risk Centre for monitoring threats and analysing and responding to risk; Public Warning for countrywide or geo-located population alerting; and Control Centre for physical security information management (PSIM). While SafeHaven Trauma Centre, which specialises in crisis, disaster and trauma-responsive mental healthcare, will be at the event to help organisations meet best practice guidelines and international standards for ensuring the psychological wellbeing of its personnel. First-class learning opportunities For over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has tested resilience planning and operations to the full, but other crises such as climate change and natural disasters, continue to remain a threat. The Disaster & Resilience Conference will see international experts tackle market-nominated topics across 14 different sessions over two days. Conference sponsor, Everbridge, will present on both days, beginning with an expert panel on day 1 hosted by Chief Security Officer Tracy Reinhold. He will be joined by Kevin Knappett, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) to talk about UK Alerts (the first national public warning system), plus a panel of industry security experts who will share best practice examples for responding to physical, cyber, or public safety threats and other major incidents. “This past year has proved the need for an integrated approach to disaster response and resilience,” said Javier Colado, Senior Vice President, International at Everbridge. “Everbridge has been keeping people safe and businesses running around the world for almost 20 years. This is our fourth year supporting the International Security Expo and we look forward to sharing our expertise and experience as sponsors of the Disaster and Resilience Conference.” Visitors will also get the opportunity to hear speakers such as Hugh Farquhar, CEO of Watchkeeper International, talk about the increase in frequency and severity of natural disasters and violent incidents and how we can use integrated technology to manage these security risks. Other not-to-miss sessions include ‘Delivering enhanced security and resilience through green projects – the UK MoD approach’ set to be delivered by Richard Nugee, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead at UK MoD. The session will dissect the link between security, sustainability and environmental protection and explain the MoD’s first strategy linked to UK Government’s COP26 priorities. Attendees can also join the likes of Peter Shergold, Director of Operations at Public Health England as well as Totti Karpela, Director at Peace of Mind Limited and Joani Green, Senior Incident Response Consultant and Team Lead at F-Secure. Each expert will dive into preparation, resilient capabilities and responding to their respective topics. International Security Expo, Event Director Rachael Shattock said:“The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that a focus on Disaster & Resilience on a global scale is more relevant than ever. Consequently, we are likely to witness increased investment in solutions that mitigate the impact of unprecedented events in the future, such as new pandemics. International Security Expo aims to help the industry to move forward and stay one step ahead by allowing organisations to learn about the latest solutions in disaster and crisis security through an impressive exhibitor line-up and conference programme.” Registration is now open. For more information and to register to attend the International Security Expo, visit: https://www.internationalsecurityexpo.com/register. Related tags : International Security Expo
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Int’l Security Journal
Pioneering TV pitchman Ron Popeil, know for 'set it and forget it,' dies at age 86

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LOS ANGELES -- Infomercial king Ron Popeil died "suddenly and peacefully" Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement provided to CNN by Popeil representative Eric Ortner.He was 86.Popeil started his sales career in Chicago-area flea markets at the age of 16, according to his official biography.In 1959 he appeared in his first TV commercial, hawking the Ronco Chop-o-Matic food dicer. Debuting the earnestly dramatic style that became his trademark, Popeil said, "I'm going to show you the greatest kitchen appliance ever made."Popeil followed with a flurry of other made-for-TV inventions, dizzying in both their number and variety. They included the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Electric Food Dehydrator. Popeil said he was not just a salesman, but also an inventor who designed many of the products himself.Although his company Ronco was already a household name in the 1970s, Popeil's fame exploded in the 80s when looser federal regulations on TV ads allowed him to go from brief commercials to 30-minute self-contained "infomercials," which soon dominated late night and weekend schedules.Popeil developed a formula that became dominant in infomercials: Present an invention that addressed a minor problem as "revolutionary" technology, throw in "free" bonus products to the delight of an in-studio audience and warn viewers that supplies are low, so they have to "call now!"In this era, Popeil became known for GLH-9, an aerosol powder designed to cover bald spots. (Critics referred to it derisively as "spray-on hair.") But Ronco's best-remembered infomercial was for the Showtime Rotisserie, thanks to Popeil's repeated and enthusiastic reminder that you could, "Set it and forget it!" The catchphrase became a pop culture earworm, and Ronco said it sold more than a billion dollars' worth of rotisseries.Popeil became the subject of frequent parody, which he proudly acknowledged. His bio notes the most famous send-up was Saturday Night Live's "Bass-O-Matic '76" commercial, in which Dan Aykroyd chopped up an entire raw fish in a blender, bragging that "the days of troublesome scaling, cutting and gutting are over!"Popeil sold the Ronco company in 2005, but was still closely associated with its products. He marketed later inventions through a new company, Ron's Enterprises, Inc.Popeil was survived by his wife Robin, four daughters, and four grandchildren.The-CNN-Wire & 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.
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