US regulator and healthcare sector fear medical device hacks

IoT The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and medical device makers are expecting more hacking attacks, according to an in-depth piece published by The Hill. Tens of millions of electronic health records have been compromised in recent years, with hospitals and health insurers hit by hackers. Now attention is turning to vulnerabilities in medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps that could make them susceptible to hacking.

The FDA is coordinating with other agencies on how to respond if a medical device hack were to occur. This is what we said to manufacturers; one should consider the environment a hostile environment, there are constant attempts at intrusion and they have to be hardened, said Suzanne Schwartz, associate director for science and strategic partnerships at the FDA s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Potentially fatal overdose In 2016, healthcare brand Johnson & Johnson told its customers that its insulin pumps had a security vulnerability that hackers could potentially use to access the device, which has a wireless controller, and cause a potentially fatal overdose of insulin. Wireless connection can be an easy access point for hackers. However, so far there have been no known cases of medical-device hacking causing patient harm, according to Zach Rothstein, associate vice president at the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Hackers can tap into a hospital, through an unsecured wireless printer, for example, and access the entire system, or take over a hospital s electronic records or lock them out of their website until a ransom is paid. In just the last few years we ve seen more than a hundred million health records of American citizens breached in a couple of well-publicised incidents, Terry Rice, vice president of IT risk management and chief information security officer at Merck & Company, told the Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee recently. Rice, who sits on the Healthcare Industry Cybsecurity Task Force, believes the cybersecurity problem is significantly underreported in the healthcare industry. Reputational harm He also said organisations are unlikely to report security incidents if not required to do so because of the potential reputational harm that might occur.

The FDA says in its premarket guidance that it recognises that medical device security is a shared responsibility between stakeholders, including healthcare facilities, patients, providers, and manufacturers of medical devices. FDA guidance on medical devices also says manufacturers have an obligation to consider the cybersecurity of their devices during design and throughout the operating life of that device, potentially providing the basis for someone to allege that manufacturers have a duty to do more to secure devices. Information sharing can protect against hacking attempts. Healthcare providers, manufacturers and others are part of a group that update their defences against common threats, while congress and the industry both promote healthcare information sharing, to get it up to par with other industries, such as financial services. The problem is aggravated by the very low level of cybersecurity at hospitals in general lack of segregation and access rights, missing security patches and updates, missing or weak encryption, insecure authentication, default or weak passwords. Ilia Kolochenko, CEO, High-Tech Bridge Both the FDA and industry are hiring cybersecurity experts, with many companies also using coordinated disclosure where researchers or white hat hackers can report vulnerabilities directly to the company instead of making them public. The medical device industry, I would say in the last two-and-a-half years or so, has gone from general understanding of the issue, general participation to extreme awareness and participation in cybersecurity efforts, Rothstein said. Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security company High-Tech Bridge says that ransomware, has not historically target hospitals and insurance firms, though he concedes that targeted attacks against healthcare institutions may increase in the near future as the victims usually have no other choice but to pay without a delay. The vulnerability of connected medical devices to hacking depends on various factors.

Such devices are usually made without any precaution in terms of information security but the hacker usually has to be near the device or at least inside of the hospital wireless network. However Kolochenko agrees these types of hacks could increase. He adds: The problem is aggravated by the very low level of cybersecurity at hospitals in general lack of segregation and access rights, missing security patches and updates, missing or weak encryption, insecure authentication, default or weak passwords. Connected medical devices should be strictly and severely regulated by governments, and their manufacturers should bear the liability for any negligence or carelessness during the manufacturing process otherwise medicine will become an extremely dangerous activity within the next decade. Ensure a solid security strategy at Borders & Infrastructure Expo Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, in conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event, IFSEC International, addressing your critical needs for large-scale security projects. By attending, you ll access leading security providers showcasing the latest advancements in both physical and cyber solutions. Click here to register your place now to join us at London Excel on 20 22 June 2017.

BSIA strengthens commitment to quality with ISO upgrade

ISO 9001:2015 The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has passed an audit to achieve certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 quality standard. Revised in 2015 the standard aims to ensure quality management is integrated into an organisation s day-to-day operations. The standard covers all elements of business strategy, with continuous improvement, to meet customers needs.

Kirstie Anwyl-Hughes, quality manager at the BSIA, says: The revised ISO 9001 standard has introduced several new elements, such as a greater emphasis on risk-based thinking to reinforce the use of the management system as a governance tool and an emphasis on a greater involvement by the leadership team. To ensure compliance, the BSIA has had to undertake a comprehensive review of its entire quality management system. According to the British Standards Institution s website, the changes to ISO 9001 were made because business has changed radically since the last major revision in 2000 but one thing remains constant: to be successful, businesses have to adapt to meet the growing needs of customers. ISO was originally written with the customer in mind and that remains the priority for 9001. Important focus Anwyl-Hughes says raising quality standards in the security industry is an important focus of the BSIA, which expects its own members to be certified to a range of industry standards, including ISO 9001. As such, we are pleased to be leading the way in the adoption of the revised standard, she says. The BSIA through its new probationer membership scheme also provides advice and assistance to security companies wishing to obtain ISO 9001:2015. The BSIA represents the entire security industry and value chain, from CCTV to security guarding, to security equipment manufacturers and installers of electronic security systems that serve a range of industries and sectors. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL.

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Hanwha Techwin targets AI innovation through global partnership with GPU pioneer NVIDIA

Security news The security business division of Hanwha Techwin has entered into a global partnership with Nvidia, an artificial intelligence (AI) developer, to commercialise intelligent video analysis products. US-based Nvidia develops and makes graphic processing units (GPUs), chips that are used in gaming and 3D applications due to their ability to manipulate and alter memory to create images rapidly. In 1999 the company marketed the GeForce 256 as the world s first GPU .

Applications Nvidia has developed its GPUs for include computers, healthcare technology, robots and self-driving cars. Through the global partnership, Hanwha Techwin and Nvidia will collaborate on an intelligent video analysis platform which the AI firm is developing. Nvidia s video analysis platform will be used with security devices, such as cameras and storage media. The technology enables fast and accurate video analysis data. Customers benefit from better quality information, with which to base insights and actions upon, than simple video data is able to provide. Hanwha Techwin will focus on developing AI cameras and storage devices that can autonomously detect abnormal movements and situations by using Nvidia s AI video analysis platform. The platform can also be applied to various security-based services from Hanwha Techwin, including city surveillance, retail security and traffic, potentially leading to the integration of AI-based solutions. Hanwha Techwin plans to evolve into a security specialist with hardware and software capabilities, alongside future-oriented technologies and competitive AI. Hanwha Techwin recently announced dates for its UK Wisenet roadshow.

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One in five UK firms hacked in 2016

Cybersecurity Large firms are most at risk from cybercrime, with British businesses lacking even the most basic security measures to keep confidential information secure, finds a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). According to the survey of more than 1,200 businesses, one in five British businesses were hacked last year and only a quarter of businesses said they had security in place to guard against hacking. The findings from the survey have also discovered that it is larger companies, with at least 100 staff, that are more susceptible to cyber attacks.

Around 42% of large businesses reported cyber attacks, compared with 18% of small companies. High-profile attacks on company databases, have hit companies, including Yahoo and telecoms firm TalkTalk. Hackers into Yahoo s database had accessed a wealth of personal data, including email addresses, dates of birth and passwords and even encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers from more than a billion user accounts in August 2013. In a Guardian article, Adam Marshall, BCC director-general, said: Cyber-attacks risk companies finances, confidence and reputation, with victims reporting not only monetary losses, but costs from disruption to their business and productivity. While firms of all sizes, from major corporations to one-man operations, fall prey to attacks, our evidence shows that large companies are more likely to experience them. Most businesses surveyed are reliant on IT providers to resolve issues after an attack, while banks and financial institutions as well as police and law enforcement agencies tend to have in-house expertise. The extension to data protection regulation coming into force in 2017 means firms will need to increase their responsibilities and requirements to protect personal data, or prepare to face penalties for not complying. TalkTalk had to pay a 400,000 fine in 2016 for security failings that led to it being hacked in 2015. The Information Commissioner s Office, which levied the fine, said the attack could have been prevented if TalkTalk had taken basic steps to protect customers information .

Marshall added: More guidance from government and police about where and how to report attacks would provide businesses with a clear path to follow in the event of a cybersecurity breach and increase clarity around the response options available to victims, which would help minimise the occurrence of cybercrime. Ensure a solid security strategy at Borders & Infrastructure Expo Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo, in conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event, IFSEC International, addressing your critical needs for large-scale security projects. By attending, you ll access leading security providers showcasing the latest advancements in both physical and cyber solutions.

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FIREX 2017: ASFP Passive Protection Zone to include live installations

FIREX 2017 Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA have alighted on the theme achieving best practice passive fire protection for this year s ASFP Passive Protection Zone at FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, Excel London). For the first time ever, passive protection measures will be installed live during the show. Each day at the three-day event Q-Mark and Certifire-approved contractor London Fire Solutions will demonstrate best practice passive fire protection product installation on Exova s 80 square metre stand C100.

The first session, which starts at 12 noon, will involve the installation of a double doorset into a full-scale mock-up of a typical corridor. The installation will be filmed and relayed live to a seated audience on the stand, with expert commentary provided by senior product assessor Simon Bailey. At 2pm, London Fire Solutions will complete the installation of the remaining passive fire protection measures, including service pipes and protective collars alongside cables, cable trays and a fire bat. Again, the installation will be filmed, with Ross Newman, Principal Technical Officer at Exova BM TRADA providing detailed expert commentary to the audience. Both sessions will include a question and answer session with the audience and an opportunity to examine the installation work close-up. In addition to the full-scale simulated cross-corridor set-up, the stand will feature a number of displays including a burnt fire door, three types of burnt fire resistant glazing, burnt structural steel and a burnt service pipe and collar. Visitors to the stand will also be able to test their knowledge of fire doors by examining two seemingly identical specimens to determine which has been installed correctly and which has not. The installation demonstrations will be one of the key highlights of the ASFP Passive Fire Protection Zone. Exova BM TRADA Exova BM TRADA provides independent certification, inspection, technical and training services.

It helps organisations to prove their business and product credentials and to improve performance and compliance. Exova BM TRADA has have a long history of technical excellence in management systems, supply chain and product certification. The organisation offers certification to businesses in over 70 countries to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, BS OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, FSC A000503, PEFC , BRC, RSPO and UTZ. Exova Warringtonfire Exova Warringtonfire is one of the world s leading independent fire testing, assessment and consultancy organisations, offering a diverse range of specialist fire safety services to international markets from a network of accredited sites around the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Exova Exova BM TRADA and Exova Warringtonfire are part of Exova group which is one of the world s leading laboratory-based testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, Exova operates 135 laboratories and offices in 33 countries and employs around 4,200 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia/Asia Pacific and Africa. Exova s capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers products, processes and materials. With over 90 years experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors ranging from Aerospace to Fire & Building Products; Oil & Gas and Industrials; Infrastructure & Environment; Automotive; and Health Sciences. FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL) is Europe s biggest annual fire-safety show.

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Kentec to put intelligence and innovation in the spotlight at FIREX 2017

FIREX 2017 Kentec, a UK producer of firm alarm control panels, is going to be exhibiting at this year s Firex International exhibition, taking place on 20-22 June, at Excel London. During the show, Kentec, which can be found at stand number E125, will be highlighting its range of Europe and globally approved marine, analogue, conventional and extinguishing ranges of fire control panels. In addition to the Syncro and Sigma ranges, designed for a wide range of demanding applications, Kentec s UL-listed and FM approved elite analogue addressable fire control panels, Sigma A-XT releasing panel and UL-listed Sigma A-CP conventional panel, will also be on show.

There will also be live demonstrations of the new Taktis product range of fire alarm control equipment and the new Syncro XT+ addressable extinguishing panel. Check out Kentec s latest products in the flesh at FIREX International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stand E125. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry.

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Mobotix launches new Mx6: the most powerful 6MP camera system yet

Mobotix is starting series production of its new Mx6 6MP camera line with outdoor dual cameras. The Mx6 line is compatible with the outdoor dual cameras M16, D16, S16 and V16. In terms of outer appearance, the models look exactly the same as the x15 cameras, which are still available, but use a more powerful computer processing unit (CPU) that produces up to twice as many images per second at the same resolution.

For instance, in full high definition the cameras deliver up to 34 frames per second, which enables better capture of quick movements. Not only faster, the new camera line also has more capacity for software applications such as three dimensional motion analysis and license plate capture in the camera. Regular software updates ensure the performance of the intelligent camera system continually improves, making the Mx6 camera system a smart investment. H.264 accommodated Mx6 cameras simultaneously deliver video data in up to three different formats: MxPEG, MJPEG and, for the first time, H.264. This allows Mobotix users to choose the right codec for their application. MxPEG can fulfil requirements for high image quality or H.264 can be used to achieve compatibility with the industry standard. Mx6 cameras also offer basic functions in keeping with ONVIF, a global open interface standard and the next firmware update will achieve complete ONVIF compatibility. The Mx6 camera system is more flexible due to RTSP/Multicast, which enables simultaneous camera access for any number of users without reducing the frame rate. The camera system with H.264/ONVIF opens up new application and integration options for partners and end customers.

The Mx6 system makes much of what makes Mobotix unique even better. The dual core processor architecture has allowed us to achieve the most processing power that a Mobotix camera system has ever had, the highest frame rate, intelligent 3D motion detection and even more capacity for software applications on the camera, says the company s CTO Dr Oliver Gabel. The standard version of the M16 AllroundDual features two light-sensitive sensor modules to deliver sharp colour videos and high-contrast black and white videos, even in poor light conditions. The M16 Thermal has a thermal image sensor that detects moving objects, even in total darkness. A second image sensor module can be added at any time to reliably identify objects, even in poor lighting. The thermal radiometry function can be used to detect fire or heat sources. The combination of a modular double-sensor and FlexMount technologies, means the S16 FlexMount covers two areas and remains virtually invisible. The S16 is used for customised installations. The D16 is a DualDome camera with two image sensors that are suitable for a wide range of applications, due to the range of viewing options, including a 180 version with an extra-wide panorama view or as a day/night model.

Next Mobotix plans to introduce the Mx6 series single lens models. Due to decentralised system architecture the new Mx6 dual cameras not only deliver sharp images, but also analyse the collected data, recognise hazards, trigger actions to protect against risks and prevent financial loss through theft, vandalism or fire. Check out Mobotix s latest products in the flesh at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Mobotix on stand D900. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to network with over 30,000 of your industry peers, meeting new suppliers and gaining access to the latest and best security products to hit the market, helping you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. You will also be able to get hands on to test and trial the latest technology at the Installer World Zone, which is sponsored by Risco Group , so that you can select not only the best priced products but you will be confident that it works for you.

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Hadrian Technology shortlisted in prestigious FT 1000

Security installers British CCTV design, supply and installation company Hadrian Technology has been shortlisted in the Financial Times 1000, which charts Europe s fastest growing businesses. The league table, published online and compiled in cooperation with Statista, will feature in a Financial Times special report at the end of April. It ranks Europe s 1000 fastest growing companies between 2012 and 2015.

The company was ranked 252. The news comes just months after Hadrian Technology was named as a Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 company. The firm, established in 1999 in Seaham, in north-east England, advises clients on the design and installation of bespoke high-quality CCTV solutions, operating software and digital cloud-based storage through to ongoing maintenance. Clients include retail, leisure, hospitality and public sector companies and organisations across the UK and Ireland. Hadrian Technology partners with CCTV manufacturers, including Videcon, Dell, Hikvision, Vista and Genie, to offer the latest in video surveillance systems as well as advanced digital analytics, people counting and heat mapping. The company has developed specialist knowledge and expertise in detecting the so-called slips and trips claims culture that currently costs UK businesses nearly 1bn a year. Hadrian Technology co-founder Gary Trotter, said: Being named in both the FT 1000 and the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 is testament to the outstanding sales growth we have achieved in recent years and the hard work and dedication of our highly-skilled team. The company plans to continue to grow its business, in the UK and overseas to meet growing demand for video surveillance as a tool for business intelligence and is on the lookout for new technologies to offer cloud-based storage software and hardware that will enable clients to more effectively identify and defend fraudulent slips, trips and falls claims. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to network with over 30,000 of your industry peers, meeting new suppliers and gaining access to the latest and best security products to hit the market, helping you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors.

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The benefits of silent evacuation procedures in care homes

Evacuating a care home has its own unique challenges. Elderly residents could be bed-bound, suffering from dementia, hard of hearing, or unable to move without assistance. Added to this is the distress that a loud fire alarm can cause to vulnerable residents.

Plans must be in place to ensure no occupant is trapped in the case of a fire, and staff need to be well trained. A loud and startling fire alarm could cause physical or mental distress for frailer residents, particularly if they need to wait for help from a member of staff. Even if the noise does not cause panic, alarms sound frequently in care homes, so it may be difficult to work out exactly what the alarm is for. When you work in a care home alarms can be quite confusing for residents, as they don t know what the alarm means whether it s a smoke alarm from burnt toast, or an alarm to call for assistance, says Barbara James, a care home manager specialising in providing care for dementia patients. This means when a fire alarm goes off, we need to work out the best way to let our elderly residents know without causing upset. embedded content The benefits of silence In Europe, a silent evacuation system is often used. In this scenario, when an alarm is activated, staff are alerted with a pre-alarm notification system either warning lights, or a messaging system that goes directly to phones. Staff then have three to five minutes to check the building for fire. If it is a false alarm, the alarm is reset and no one is disturbed.

If a fire is found, an evacuation button is pressed and staff can move occupants to safety if required, or lead a full evacuation. As no loud alarm is necessary, it minimises upset and panic. One of the benefits of a silent evacuation, is the reduction in false alarms. As residents are not initially aware of an alarm, staff can quickly assess whether or not there is a fire without residents being disturbed. Containing danger With the different challenges involved in care home fire safety, a full evacuation is not always possible. It is sometimes necessary to undertake alternative evacuation strategies in care homes horizontal and delayed evacuation. Horizontal evacuation can be suitable if there are walls and doors in place that provide at least 30 minutes of fire resistance. In this situation, staff can safely move residents to a protected area until the fire has been dealt with, or further evacuation occurs. Occasionally, delayed evacuation will be required in which residents remain in their rooms until the fire has been extinguished.

A building will need much more robust structural fire protection if this type of strategy is planned. With these evacuation strategies, removing the distress of a loud alarm for residents still on the premises can be greatly beneficial. A calmer environment will aid quicker evacuation or movement to a safer part of the building, reducing danger and distress to residents. In these circumstance it is vital that the fire is contained where possible. The European Confederation of Fire Protection Associations states in its guidelines for fire safety in care homes for the elderly: If the resident or patient is not able to exit the apartment or treatment room quickly enough and that rescue by others in time is not possible, conditions must be prevented from becoming life-threatening by fitting a system to contain the spread of fire. Fire doors are extremely valuable here. Nothing is more important in a care home than the well-being of its residents. Silent evacuation is a highly effective way of keeping occupants safe and calm in the event of a fire. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry.

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A brief history of the transformative effect of innovation on the physical security industry

Photo: Closed circuit TV monitoring at the Central Police Control Station, Munich, Germany, in 1973 When considering the role of technology in security, it s easy for those outside the industry to think about the cyber side of things. Of course, more traditional and physical security services have changed profoundly through technological innovation over the decades too. Keeping buildings and personnel secure historically depended on the use of eyes and ears, people looking and listening for intruders and potential threats.

However, technology has now evolved to a point where they don t work alone. CCTV CCTV is perhaps the prime example of this. A staple of physical security, it catches things that may be missed by patrolling eyes. It s come a long way since its inception too. Initially developed during the Second World War, closed-circuit television became commercially available in 1949 and a domestic version was granted patent in 1969. There was one big problem, though: there was no functionality for recording so constant monitoring of the playback screen was required to render the system useable. CCTV 1980s style Things got easier in the 70s with the emergence of the VCR. Video surveillance and security were boosted dramatically. Monitors could be left unattended, safe in the knowledge that nothing would be missed.

Concrete proof of anything happening could be attained and criminals caught on the back of captured video. Further advancements in technology allowed CCTV to further tighten security. The VCR, which wasn t exactly renowned for its image and video quality, was supplanted by superior digital technologies throughout the 90s and noughties. Better resolution, more efficient storage and easier retrieval made for the basis of new innovations. In modern times, high-definition display and cloud-based systems have made for further improvements including an ability to monitor larger areas and provide clearer views of perpetrators if required. Walkie-Talkies Affectionately known as walkie-talkies, handheld transceivers play a pivotal role in many security setups, particularly larger ones. Offering instant communication, they are used by the likes of the police forces and military units around the world. They have helped to secure some of the toughest climates it the world and continue to do so. The initial eyes and ears model of physical security is toughened up with findings being able to be reported immediately.

This is of particular use when findings are time sensitive, for example, a thief running from the scene of a crime. A very able deterrent, walkie-talkies provide the link between seeing and doing that is so often need when it comes to security. Lighting So simple yet powerfully effective, security lighting illuminates an area making it easier for potential wrongdoers to be seen. Whilst it may seem pretty straightforward on the surface, many elements of lighting have had to change over the years to make them it as competent as it is today. Whilst bright lights have always been used, lighting that is overbearing can actually make it harder to see from the outside. On top of this, mismanaged lighting setups can result in glare, which again has an impact on the ability to see what is going on. There are also considerations needed for the processes for monitoring the illuminated area human eye or CCTV. With this in mind, lighting has been crafted to stand in line and not potentially be obstructive to security. Illuminated glows that highlight areas are likely to deter criminals, boosting surveillance.

Alarms Visual and audible deterrents in equal measures, security alarms are incredible at their job. The usual sensors used in these systems are PIR sensors will trigger an alarm when a person walks past. They ve stood the test of time for sure but more advanced technology is making for a new level in alarm security. There are a whole host of alarm triggers and actions that can be used to further strengthen and safeguard premises. Modern triggers may include: Glass or windows breaking Vibrations, such as those in building attacks Increased soundwaves, sometimes ultrasonic Photo-electric beams, laser alarms In most cases, security is strengthened thanks to the high-pitched sound that is made when one of these is triggered. More modern approaches can use a number of alternative actions based on a specific environment. Doors can be slammed shut, CCTV can begin rolling and services halted to protect anything of value. Biometric Recognition Technology Limiting access to certain areas can sometimes be tricky. Recognition software, however, takes all of the difficulty away whilst simultaneously improving security.

There are three main types facial, iris and fingerprint. All three provide stronger protection than a key. Without pre-cleared fingerprints, iris patterns or facial features, entry is impossible. These systems generally work very well. Fingerprint identification is impossible to clone or fool so is mightily secure. Early versions of facial and iris recognition software came in for criticism as they were sometimes able to be manipulated by using photos of somebody with authorisation. Later and more modern versions have been developed with a view to eliminating such problems. Advanced technology means that it is much harder to crack these systems, tightening security significantly. Shut Down Rooms In a similar way to light sensors detecting no movement and turning lights off, some people have implemented whole rooms based on such technology.

The benefits of this from a security viewpoint are huge. Where rooms are keeping sensitive information and valuable possessions, it is often imperative that strong security measures are in place. Timers can be set to manage closing and locking windows, powering down electronics (which may require a password to turn on again) and locking doors. Rooms can also be shut down manually or remotely offering controlled security for any situation. An Evolving World Although physical security still has somewhat of a dependence on eyes and ears, technology has played a huge role in its advancements over the years. There are literally thousands of ways in which security has benefitted from advancements made in tech and will surely find even more further on in the future. Chris Perry of NVC Security works to make more secure environments a reality. From outdoors to indoors and commercial to domestic, he believes tech can help in all areas of security. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Be the first to see the very latest in security tech for 17/18 at IFSEC International, where around 600 manufacturers will be attending, including this year s new additions to the show; OSI Electronics, Redvision, L3, ABLOY, Cisco and Meraki to name just a few.

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