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How evolving terror tactics have driven advances in perimeter security

Many urban threats used to be seen, at least in the eyes of the public, as things that happened on other shores. However, an increase in urban attacks of late has put pressure on security services to come up with innovative solutions that allow business to continue as normal and the public to enjoy some peace of mind. Amid these new threats, coupled with geopolitical fears and the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, governments are attempting to make borders more secure and event venues and stewards of high-risk public areas are following suit.

With terrorists now using vehicles as weapons, many existing security solutions need reassessing as they are inadequate at preventing vehicular attack. This month marks the anniversary of the Nice attack and similar incidents have occurred since in Berlin, Stockholm and London. The change in tactics has rendered current security provisions outdated. A proactive, preventative approach is now required if security personnel are to put a stop to such incidents. Mitigating risk While no guarantee can be made about the safety of those attending events or conducting their daily lives in high-risk, crowded public areas, perimeter security does provide an increased level of protection and has seen advancements designed to mitigate the risk and impact associated with today s urban threats. Previously seen on military bases, oil and gas fields and other important infrastructure, perimeter security products have become popular for those looking to secure their event and put public safety firmly back on the agenda. Threats are, of course, unpredictable. However, providing a readily-available solution for areas deemed high-risk due to large volumes of the public passing through, including stadiums or other event spaces, can help deter or reduce the impact of vehicular and some other attacks. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany While video cameras and security guards are two of the most common security measures that organisations have in place, they aren t always the most effective.

With hostile events increasing in frequency, there has been a reliance on video surveillance to identify perpetrators and ensure that every angle is covered. However, surveillance cameras are mostly effective when the attack has already happened. There s no doubt that the increased threat level has meant that event organisers and those managing security in high-risk areas have had to look at alternative ways in which they can prevent attacks or reduce their impact. Protecting civilian areas has become a higher priority, with perimeter security generating much interest and innovation. In reaction to the London attacks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick announced that vehicle barriers were to be installed across London in some form or other. Yet while such reactive measures are of course welcomed, it s imperative that everyone involved in public security should take action in the threat against urban terror. The concrete blocks so far installed have actually been found to be near to useless when tested by researchers in Germany, who found that they would be unable to prevent similar attacks. These revelations have prompted the development of barriers that are crash-resistant up to speeds of 50mph and use an anti-climb mesh to prevent further intrusions. As the solutions are flat-packed and can be earth-filled, they are an effective option for event security, minimising installation time and the impact on the surrounding environment.

Units can also be branded, so they remain inconspicuous and in line with an organisation s existing branding. New threats are presenting themselves every day. Organisations and urban spaces are aware they can no longer be just reactive in the wake of a hostile event. Precautionary measures are becoming increasingly advanced and accessible, and where public safety is concerned, you truly cannot put a price on it. Free Download: Securing UK borders: An examination of the implications of leaving the EU for UK border management. Recent tragic events in Manchester and London have, among other things, underscored the importance to national security of getting Brexit right. This report considers the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK s borders and making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur in a post-Brexit UK.

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Turn your employees into human security sensors: Qognify launches Qognify Extend

situational awareness Qognify has launched a range of integrated mobile solutions with which organisations can enhance situational awareness by harnessing field resources and responders. Cloud-based and powered by CloudScann, Qognify Extend effectively extends the reach, coverage and effectiveness of the control room by turning personnel and their smartphones into human sensors. Qognify Extend integrates with Qognify Situator, an open platform, situation management solution, and VisionHub, Qognify s video management system.

It also works as a standalone solution. Qognify Extend triggers incidents automatically in Situator, including textual, visual and geographic information captured by a smartphone. Features Advanced GIS capabilities display map location Video feed from surveillance cameras in area will pop-up and an adaptive response plan , based on organisation s best practices, guides operator actions Connectivity to VisionHub and Qognify s video analytics suite enhances automatic information analysis and takes effective action eg through apprehension of a suspect through Suspect Search. Qognify Extend modules SeeItSendIt: Field personnel can report into control room with their smartphones Live Video Broadcast: Personnel can broadcast live video directly to control room Dispatch : provides operators with simple Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) functionality, including locating closest guard, suggesting best route to the incident, sending notifications and comments to guards mobile phones. Personal Safety: Personal security features include monitoring an individual s progress along a route, immediate report of distress situations via a panic button, and raising an alert for any failure to arrive safely Qognify VICC (Visual Intelligence Command Center) a desktop application that collects and aggregates information from various mobile applications, presenting it on a map Qognify and CloudScann say We re proud to partner with Qognify, the leader in Situation Management, said Dan Kerning, CEO of CloudScann, a specialist in crowdsourcing, human intelligence and data mining for the enterprise market. . extending to the field is firstly about collecting invaluable information, yet the trick is establishing the link to the control room, and providing a new layer of data and intelligence, allowing operators to act faster to resolve them. Says Moti Shabtai, CEO and president of Qognify: The ubiquitous nature of smartphones together with their range of capabilities, makes them an ideal tool to leverage for improving security, safety and operations. Bringing these into Situator and VisionHub is a no-brainer, as it s the Qognify vision is to provide as many sources of information as possible- smartly. With Qognify Extend, organisations can literally extend coverage, turning personnel and their mobile phones into smart sensors.

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5 things you may not know that your video management system can do

If you ve visited any of the major security trade show this year, such as Intersec, ISC West or IFSEC International, you will have no doubt seen some of the latest video management systems (VMS). But what does a next generation VMS offer you over and above your incumbent system and is it worth upgrading? Here are five things you may be surprised to know a next-generation VMS is capable of: 1.

Gain access to more video sources without adding more cameras Typically, the primary source of video for the control room are fixed surveillance cameras, but this is beginning to change, with advances in mobile devices and dedicated applications developed for the security industry. Today, it is possible employees (and even citizens) to transmit video from mobile devices to the control room in real-time, from anywhere. In essence, you are adding a whole new sensor to the security system without investing in a single piece of hardware, as the devices are already there!

2. Add new video analytics applications with ease Video analytics applications have been in use for a long time, but earlier versions bear little resemblance to the powerful analytics solutions that can be integrated within the latest VMS . They are evening embracing cutting-edge advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. One such example is ability to make video searchable and in turn reduce the time taken to locate and track person/s of interest from hours to minutes. The time when it will be possible to search for specific items, colours, movement and even the detection of risks through leading indicators is not far from becoming a reality.

3. Save on upgrading to a full-blow PSIM solution PSIM and situation management systems have a vitally important role to play for many organisations, but others simply want to better manage their security operations, and would benefit substantially from some of the capabilities inherent within PSIM systems. This is one of the major advantages of next-generation VMS. You can integrate and centrally manage the core security systems access control, intrusion detection, fire and of course video (the hallmark of every good VMS). However, in addition it can be extended with incident management capabilities, giving a greater degree of situational awareness that in turn makes decision-making and incident response far more effective and consistent.

4. Control PTZ use case In addition to receiving video from mobile devices, it is also possible to push important information from the control room out to the mobile devices of field personnel, responders and other stakeholders. A mobile application that is bi-directional and fully integrated with your VMS allows control room operators to share live and recorded video, delivering what they are seeing in the control room out to those on-site attending to the incident.

5. Integrate video feeds from drone mounted cameras Drones have become hot property and rightly so (having their very own Drone Zone at IFSEC in London last month). A VMS can distribute video feeds from drones in real-time, providing responders and operations teams with surveillance footage that would be impossible to get unless an aircraft was on site.

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Redvision officially unveils quietest, fastest ever PTZ and mould-breaking rugged camera enclosure

IFSEC 2017 Redvision has unveiled its new rugged PTZ VOLANT and customisable camera housing range VEGA at IFSEC 2017. The UK-based manufacturer of high-end video surveillance cameras says the Volant moves faster, more accurately and more quietly than anything else on the market. The reason for this is pioneering Infinity direct drive, brushless DC motors that can rotate continuously in both its pan and tilt axis.

The camera will silently pan at 420 per second to a preset position or move very slowly to track a target or person at 300m. Redvision says the motors deliver minimal latency and military-level, positional accuracy, repeatable to 0.01 . The VOLANT also remembers and reverts to its correct position if knocked out of position. Integrated, Dual-Adaptive IR and white light LED illuminators are set in a ring surrounding the camera window, making the camera effective up to 150m in complete darkness. Incorporating many design features of the X-SERIES, it has: A durable, die-cast aluminium body for rugged, outdoor operation A flat, optically-correct, toughened glass camera window with wiper to remove dirt and water And vertically downwards viewing when mounted on a pole or column IP68 weather-proof rated; IK10 shock and vandal resistance rated; and passes IEC vibration, shock and salt spray compliance requirements. But it is the infinity motors that really set this launch apart. Magnetically driven, they could even reduce total cost of ownership because there is less contact between moving parts and therefore less wear and tear. The VOLANT will be available in standard, adaptive IR and adaptive white light models, and in IP or analogue. In a market with little aesthetic variety, Redvision is hoping that its rugged, customisable housing will generate considerable interest.

VEGA housing will be adaptable to the specifications of customers in a wide range of markets. Redvision recently gave its customers and industry professionals a sneak preview of its latest innovations with the help of a top magician. IFSEC Global caught up with the company s founder and director, Paul Hucker, and MD, Dermot Grace, to find out how the company is positioning itself in the surveillance market and its plans for IFSEC. You can see the Volant and Vega ranges for yourself at IFSEC International, which still has two days to run after today. You can find Redvision on stand D1150. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Redvision previews fast, accurate, silent PTZ and customisable camera housing ranges

Video surveillance Redvision gave its customers and industry professionals a sneak preview of its latest innovations with the help of a top magician last night. The UK-based manufacturer of high-end video surveillance cameras unveiled the Valant, a PTZ camera that Redvision says moves faster, more accurately and more quietly than anything else on the market. It also gave invited guests a first look at Vega, its customisable camera housing.

Both ranges will be launched officially at IFSEC International 2017 between 20-22 June (get your free badge now ). Apart from hors d oeuvres and prosecco, attendees were treated to some impressive tricks by entertainer and magician Nick Einhorn. The cameras were even deployed as Einhorn s assistants, with a thermal camera helping him avoid a nail through the hand in one audacious trick. In another, a Valant swiveled stealthily and picked out from among many playing cards stuck to the walls about 30 feet away the very cards chosen by members of the audience (the identity of which they had obviously kept to themselves). Popular with high net worth individuals and critical national infrastructure, Redvision cameras are very much pitched at the premium end of the market and last night you could see why. The clarity of the images and accuracy of the movement were both evident, as was the complete absence of motorised sounds when they swivelled into position. The Valant even remembers and reverts to its correct position if knocked out of position. The Valant will be available in standard, adaptive IR and adaptive white light models. In a market with so little aesthetic variety, Redvision s rugged, customisable housing is an intriguing innovation.

The Hampshire-based company plans to customise the housing to specifications by customers in a wide range of markets. Guests were also shown a special feature video that showcased the cameras capabilities. The innovation that accounts for the quietness has more than just an auditory benefit. Infinity motors, which are magnetically driven, could also reduce total cost of ownership because there is less contact between moving parts and therefore less wear and tear. The event took place at headquarters of IFSEC International s parent company, UBM, in Southwark, central London. The Valant and Vega ranges will be launched and on display at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Redvision on stand D1150. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Milestone Systems ties up partnership with Soliton Systems

mobile streaming Soliton Smart Telecaster Milestone Systems, the global leader in IP video management software (VMS), is partnering with mobile video streaming specialist Soliton Systems. Headquartered in Japan, Soliton develops live video streaming solutions for the public safety market. Its Smart telecaster range can stream real-time video over 3G and 4G LTE networks from remote locations via body-worn and other forms of mobile video cameras.

Cameras can live stream from fast-moving vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, motorcycles and helicopters or from a static location, such as a video surveillance van. The lightweight units are easy to carry on a person. Software that facilitates live streaming from a smartphone to a command centre, including GPS information can be downloaded from the App Store. H.265 encoding technology The Smart telecaster range uses H.265 encoding technology, which compresses real-time video for streaming over multiple 3G and 4G mobile networks simultaneously. More effectively than its predecessor, H.264, it can successfully operate even when mobile signal weakens. Founded in Denmark in 1998, Milestone Systems is one of the biggest players in the the global VMS market. Milestone, whichwas acquired by Canon for an undisclosed sum in 2014, was ranked as the number one global video management software provider by revenue in 2014. It is a great privilege for Soliton to work with Milestone, says Mogens Jensen, managing director at Soliton Systems Europe. Many of our public safety and emergency service customers already have Milestone so by partnering, this will allow them to manage their mobile video feeds from a central management console from the leading manufacturer of VMS solutions.

Says Henrik Sydbo Hansen, group manager of devices and integrations at Milestone Systems: Many of our integrations to date have been from static type cameras. Given Soliton s strength in live streaming from a mobile device, we see this as a natural extension of our own offering and something that many in the Milestone community have been requesting. VMS solutions from Milestone, whose architecture is open platform, can remotely manage a wide range of surveillance cameras, using event or alarm-based, continued or selective video streaming. Video can be secured for law enforcement and evidence storage. Thanks to Milestone s certification plan, third-party video surveillance systems and devices are readily integrated with Milestone platforms like XProtect. Soliton s H265 technology which is in line with our roadmap, and their commitment to ONVIF, a standard for video surveillance, gives us a synergy that not only works now, but provides a road-map in an industry that is constantly evolving, continues Hansen. We look forward to a successful and long partnership. Soliton Systems will be presenting at Milestone s upcoming MIP partner event in Dubai from 8-10 May 2017. Check out security solutions from Milestone Systems at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL.

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Video surveillance for todays seniors

The lifespan of the average man and woman has increased over the years, due to advances in medicine and improved nutritional standards. Seniors who would have been considered elderly only decades ago, are now still vibrant and living independently. Even senior citizens who live at home with the assistance of a nurse or in home care aid, can live life to the fullest.

Of course, this doesn t mean that family and friends don t worry about them. On the contrary, people in their 80s and 90s and those individuals lucky enough to live past the 100 mark may need guidance. Any lack of balance or simple fall can cause a hospital stay, with a broken hip likely to create further medical issues. Forgetfulness and hearing loss makes otherwise diligent seniors forget to take their medicine or hear the ring of a doorbell. Seniors and technology Teens and young adults have no problem living their lives in front of the camera. Their generation enjoys being videotaped whenever and wherever they may be. However, this is generally not the case for senior citizens. Many older people still fear technology and feel uncomfortable with video equipment in their homes, no matter how unobtrusive these cameras may be. Young adults try to explain to their parents how crucial a camera may be to their senior loved ones health, security and well-being.

It s always important to discuss the subject thoroughly, before making any purchases. Surveillance monitoring equipment is not only a definite investment, but at no time do you want a parent or grandparent to think that they are being spied on unnecessarily. Less invasive forms of video monitoring You never want to make anyone uncomfortable in their own home. This is especially true of those people who believe that someone will be watching them in various stages of undress or when using the bathroom. Luckily there are monitors which function as sensors, simply alerting a loved one that something is amiss in the household. Monitoring systems do use traditional video cameras, so no footage is obtained from the home. These wireless and diminutive sensors are placed where they can detect motion or a change in normal patterns of activity. When this occurs, a contact is immediately notified. You can choose how messages are sent confidentially via telephone, email, text message and mobile app.

Wireless motion sensors An excellent example of how these sensors are employed, concerns their usage in determining if someone has taken their daily medicine or meals. Sensors are small enough to attach to regular household items like pillboxes and television remotes. You can additionally attach sensors to the refrigerator or interior door, alerting a loved one that their senior is home and on schedule. Let s say that a senior has opened a front or back door at an unusual hour of the night. Their family member or guardian would be alerted at once. This information is particularly urgent when seniors are completely alone or live with a spouse yet suffer from dementia. Once alerted, a loved one can contact the police, a neighbor or rush over on their own if possible. Home surveillance videos Video technology is routinely used to monitor homes, schools, shopping centers and commercial buildings. More than one person has discovered that their pet was running amuck through their house or that an employee has been stealing from their place of business.

In severe situations, acts of child abuse and crimes committed in bright daylight have been uncovered. Today s video cameras are stylishly small and easily set up around the home. All that s required is an on-site wi-fi system so images can be sent directly through the Internet. The capability of your chosen video equipment will vary greatly, depending upon its cost and complexity. However, newer home based surveillance systems will operate with amazing accuracy. Real-time video monitoring saves lives Instead of spying on seniors, loved ones are now able to see and hear if an emergency is happening in real-time. Night vision cameras allow for surveillance during the night and early morning hours when illnesses often take lives. Sound detection features let loved ones hear if a senior is calling out for help or someone else is prowling the premises. More complicated video surveillance systems come with a variety of other options.

These include motion based sensors and audio components that give viewers a chance to speak directly to the subject under surveillance. You can additionally record videos and save them to the Cloud, so they can be reviewed more intensely later. Peace of mind and security Using simple mounts with adjustable angles, monitoring equipment literally blends in with any d cor. Seniors can go about their lives in their own home, with the knowledge that a medical emergency or act of crime will be reported as it plays out. Should a senior citizen not remember exactly what happened, the video feed can replay to catch the incident in its entirety. For those seniors who require a caregiver or housekeeper, video surveillance cameras provide an ongoing record of their employment. Should an act of abuse or theft take place, it is likely to be captured in full view of the cameras. This aids families and the authorities. Just as Nanny Cams have revolutionized child care, home video surveillance can transform how seniors live.

While some people might find the presence of a video camera intrusive, the eye of the camera is really their friend. Better yet, family members can now monitor these video feeds right from their mobile devices giving them a chance to advocate on behalf of their loved ones. Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Panasonic to take new direction at IFSEC

IFSEC International 2017 Panasonic Business is set to launch a new direction for its European security business at IFSEC 2017, asking the industry to change how CCTV is perceived and procured. Panasonic proprietary technology such as rain wash coating, dehumidification and smart coding technology reduce the overall cost of maintaining and operating CCTV technology. In order to place a value on this, the company has commissioned an ROI calculator, which it will present at IFSEC, which compares the lifetime cost of security cameras from leading manufacturers to determine which provides best long term value.

The calculator examines the cost of data storage and transmission, maintenance and cleaning, the potential risks associated with poor cyber security as well as the revenue generative potential of people counting and age and gender recognition technology. For a couple of years Panasonic has been talking about how its unique embedded camera technologies reduce the total cost of ownership, said John Boyle country manager for Panasonic UK. In addition, our ability to offer end to end cyber security protects organisations against data breaches and prepares them for forthcoming changes to data protection law. So, the traditional approach of procuring on the cost of the camera doesn t do us any favours and we need to change the way the market views the buying of security technology. This year at IFSEC, we want to initiate some new discussions with some system integration partners, who recognise that the cost of the box is only the start of the journey. As a platform for exposure at IFSEC 2017, Panasonic have invested in exclusive sponsorship of the Security Management Theatre, at the same time as partnering with organisers UBM to provide a Panasonic branded meeting space. Through the IFSEC Meetings Service, key security markets such as city surveillance, banking and retail will be able to book meetings directly with Panasonic at the event. The company will also present seminar topics on cyber security, maintenance free city surveillance and smart compression technology across the event at London s ExCeL Centre. We want to take a more consultative approach.

We want to understand the challenges that our SIs have and chat through how Panasonic s uniquely wide technology portfolio can meet their increasingly complex needs, added John Boyle. For more information on Panasonic Security Solutions please visit the website. About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU) Panasonic System Communications Company Europe s (PSCEU) goal is to improve the working lives of business professionals and help their organisations efficiency and performance through world leading technology. We help organisations capture, compute and communicate all sorts of information: image, voice, and textual data. Products include security cameras, PBX telephone switches, document printers, Broadcast & ProAV and Industrial Medical vision cameras, projectors, large visual displays, rugged mobile computers and enterprise fire alarms. With around 350 staff, engineering design expertise, global project management capability and a large European partner network, PSCEU offers unrivalled capability in its markets. PSCEU is made up of five product categories: Communication Solutions , including professional scanners, multifunctional printers, telephony systems and SIP terminal devices. Computer Product Solutions helps mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, Toughpad business tablets and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic Toughbook had a 70.1% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and Panasonic Toughpad held a 57.1% revenue share of sales of rugged business tablets in 2014 (VDC Research, March 2015).

Professional Camera Solutions offers excellence in image quality with its Broadcast & ProAV product range and solutions as well as Industrial Medical Vision (IMV) technology. Security Solutions , including video surveillance cameras and recorders, video intercom systems, access control, intruder alarms and fire alarm systems. Visual System Solutions , including projectors and professional displays. Panasonic offers the widest range of Visual products, and leads the European high brightness projector market with a 43.9% market revenue share. (Futuresource > 5klm (Jan-March 2015) excl. D-Cinema) About Panasonic Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.72 trillion yen (55.5 billion Euros) for the year ending March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company s website. 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.

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Internet of things bubble will burst in 2017, predicts Wired Magazine

Internet Of Things Bubble Will Burst In 2017, Predicts Wired Magazine

IoT trends Wired magazine has prophesied the demise of the internet of things (IoT) in 2017. As predictions go it s pretty bold given sales of internet-connected devices already number 12 billion worldwide and are projected to grow to about 30 billion by 2020. On the face of it, the tech bible has really stuck its neck out on this one.

Except Wired hasn t actually forecast the demise of internet-connected devices per se ; rather, it s the IoT term itself it believes is on borrowed time, along with an assumption associated with it: that no object, however mundane, cannot be improved with a computer chip. The Internet of Things was a made-up term to begin with, says the article in question. And now this bit of marketing nonsense carries a sheen of ineptitude, danger, and other shit. The upshot: the term will die in 2017, kinda like Big Data before it. Visitors to CES 2017 in Las Vegas test out some VR headsets The success of a Twitter account called the Internet of Shit, which tweets disparagingly about the myriad IoT devices being launched to more than 100,000 followers, augurs ill for the IoT, says Wired. To test out just how widely the IoT concept was being applied to everyday things , I drew up a list of the most mundane objects I could think of and Googled them with the prefix smart . Of the seven I Googled, four had already been enhanced with a computer chip and Wi-Fi connection (in the IoT camp: toilet roll holder, duvet cover, cushion and mirror; still stuck in the analogue age are sofas, breadbins and shoehorns). Yeah baby shove my smartphone in a 20lb bottle of water with a speaker or whatever #CES2017 pic.twitter.com/4yjkvXPPR6 Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) January 7, 2017 The other problem and one exacerbated by the sheer volume and range of IoT products is the cyber threat. If the media has played its part in hyping up the IoT, then it will also play a key role in facilitating its decline thanks to the slew of stories about the security risks posed by connecting your home.

Long focusing their fire on corporations albeit it s consumer data that is usually stolen tech writers and security experts are now warning of a frightening new spectre: that criminals will turn their attention to smart homes that lack the enterprise-grade security enjoyed by Fortune 500 companies (which is still shown to be lacking in so many cases). Wired noted that in September, nearly 1.5 million IoT devices (mostly surveillance cameras) were hijacked and that the following month, the same piece of malware rendered large swaths of the internet inaccessible to many people. The IoT has also been damaged by bricked devices, irritating outages, bankrupt startups, an international emissions testing scandal, and a viral story about a Brit who spent 11 hours trying make tea with a needlessly high-tech kettle. Aware of this perception the IoT industry has been scrambling to remedy vulnerabilities such as the widespread use of default usernames and passwords that hackers can easily find by trawling Google. At CES 2017 Symantec Norton unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world and is certainly one of the most aesthetically interesting. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. Symantec Norton s Core Router Securifi, meanwhile, launched a mobile app that highlights vulnerabilities like easy to guess passwords or open ports and shows users how to remedy them. The next-generation of Bitdefender BOX was launched in Las Vegas too. Bitdefender s IoT security hardware protects against malware, hackers, ransomware, phishing and other online threats with data anonymization, malware scanning, machine-learning algorithms and network intrusion prevention technology.

Clearly, the IoT has been on the well-worn path followed by so many tech crazes. First, there s a lot of hype, but also considerable teething troubles where products malfunction or work less effectively than promised. Developers don t yet know what customers want from the tech, so there s a lot of trial and error and dud technology (that people later mock with the benefit of hindsight). Eventually, issues around usability and compatibility and cyber security will be remedied to a large degree and a clearer picture will emerge of what the IoT or whatever it is called by that time is for and what kinds of things can really benefit from internet connectivity. As Wired writes: The Internet of Things or whatever you want to call it has the potential to save precious resources, spot and fight pollution, and help people lead healthier, safer lives. But adding internet remote control to every single product on the market won t necessarily help us get there. What we need are thoughtful, affordable, durable devices that actually, y know, make our lives better. A new name, and a renewed sense of purpose, could be just what the Internet of Things needs. Click here to read the original feature in Wired, which also makes another four tech predictions for 2017.

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CES 2017: The top 5 trends in security tech

CES 2017: The Top 5 Trends In Security Tech

As CES 2017 closes its doors for another year, let s take a look at some of the trends apparent on the show floor this time around.

1. Is the IoT industry finally taking cyber vulnerabilities seriously? The sharks have smelled the blood in the water and they re now circling to use your IoT device for further attacks, James Lyne, global head of security research for Sophos, told CNBC.

Chances are right now if you re buying an Internet of Things device, you re more likely to be buying something insecure, than secure, continued Lyne, who has demonstrated on YouTube how to hack a security camera. Ominous words indeed. With the number of IoT devices projected to grow from 12 billion to about 30 billion by 2020, the vectors of cyber attack are multiplying faster than cyber security professionals (of whom there are all too few) can keep up with. Security is little more than an afterthought on too many devices, with criminals able to guess default usernames and passwords by trawling Google. If this year s CES was anything to go by, the industry may belatedly be waking up to the threat. The consequences of a hacked autonomous car are particularly terrifying. Enter Bosch, which has launched a mixture of keyless entry and digital key sharing. Perfectly Keyless, whereby the owner opens or locks the car doors with their smartphone, purports to removes needless complexity that could be exploited by hackers and coordinate transmission and receipt of data through a central gateway on its own servers. As for the smart home, Symantec Norton unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world.

If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. Core will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. Securifi, meanwhile, launched a mobile app that works with the new Almond 3 router that shows what IoT devices are on a home network and highlights vulnerabilities like easy to guess passwords or open ports. The app will take users through the steps to fix security weaknesses. The next-generation of Bitdefender BOX was unveiled. Bitdefender s IoT security hardware protects against malware, hackers, ransomware, phishing and other online threats with data anonymization, malware scanning, machine-learning algorithms and network intrusion prevention technology. Fortress Cyber Security launched Fortress UTM, a residential unified threat management (UTM) appliance. Securing both computers and internet of things (IoT) systems, it s the first solution of its type, providing intrusion detection and prevention, firewall and anti-virus for all Wi-Fi and IoT/Ethernet attached systems, seeks to combat the growing threat of data theft, ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the commandeering of corporate IT resource to distribute stolen content or host and distribute sexually explicit material.

2. Developers will literally put a chip in anything When microwave ovens became popular in the 1980s many people got so excited they cooked literally anything and everything in them from bacon to whole chickens (no doubt many people still do) and were egged on by ostensibly authoritative cookbooks dedicated to the art of microwave cooking. The still fairly novel concept of connecting everyday objects to the internet has set loose a comparable mania for applying the IoT concept as widely as possible.

From homeware to clothing and personal accessories, no thing is too humdrum that someone hasn t already put a computer chip in it or eventually will. For every transformative invention there are countless downright daft ones it s very much about throwing the proverbial mud against the proverbial wall at this juncture. Twenty years from now we ll look back and marvel at a handful of technologies that had a profound impact on reducing drudgery and enhancing our leisure times. And then we ll consider the smart hairbrush (something the satirical account @theinternetofshit has already railed against). Or the smart suitcase cover. It will be fascinating to see which ones sink without a trace (later to re-emerge on what were they thinking? type TV programmes), which ones sell well and which ones have a meaningful impact on society. And it probably isn t as obvious which ones fall into which category as you might think.

3. Cameras are king just as in the commercial security world Walk around any major security trade show and CCTV cameras still dominate.

The emergence of video analytics and ever higher resolutions have sustained interest in cameras long after countries like the UK reached saturation point with network camera coverage. Now surveillance cameras have been repackaged for the consumer market they re eclipsing other security technologies in terms of media coverage and number of products launched there too. Trawl Google, Twitter and other platforms for CES 2017 related security tech and cameras and you ll see what I mean.

4. Camera-light combos If cameras are king then one type of camera in particular has been particularly apparent this year: the surveillance camera-cum-lamp or floodlight. Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson is unveil;ed a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded at CES 2017. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. Ring also launched an outdoor floodlight camera. A motion-activated security camera the Floodlight Cam features built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio and infrared night vision. The camera, which is hardwired and can be installed without professional help, is controlled via Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The camera also incorporates a siren, which the householder can turn on to deter suspicious persons. Users can also yell out would-be intruders through the Floodlight Cam s loudspeaker.

The camera is weatherproof and can cope with temperatures between -5 F (-20 C) and 120 F (48 C).

5. DIY install For installers home automation meant installing high spec systems for very affluent customers or technophiles who could stretch to the high cost. The falling cost of the technology means this is changing, but just as a new opportunity presents itself, another threat becomes apparent. Most kit can be installed by the user and doing so is only becoming easier. So why shell out for professional installers or pay monthly fees for round the clock monitoring? Thankfully, as far as installers are concerned, mostcustomers still prefer a professional service to one they set up and monitor by themselves, surveys have indicated. Among the reasons this is still the case is lower insurance rates.

To stay relevant installers should allow homeowners more freedom to customize systems with the devices and services they really want, else they lose more customers to the DIY market, according to Bryn Huntpalmer.

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