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Airport security market set for years of strong growth amid perpetual terror threat

Market trends The airport security market is projected to grow 7% a year CAGR until 2024, reaching a value of $16 billion, according to a report by Global Market Insights. With the global terror threat likely to remain for years if not decades to come, demand for the latest innovations in security technology is burgeoning. Upgrades in customs screening technology, such as x-ray scanners, millimeter wave scanners or thermal cameras, are the most obvious investments.

Airports are also keen to maintain or even accelerate throughput of, and minimise disruption to, passengers even as they deploy systems that tighten security. embedded content One innovation designed to achieve both of these once contradictory goals is ThruVis by Digital Barriers. Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to the pioneering thermal-based camera. Hitherto manual processes are increasingly automated with the global market for smart airports growing at 10.7% CAGR, according to another report, by Grand View Research. Biometric passport authentication and contactless entryway checkpoints are two examples that enhance security, while remote check-ins, sensor equipment, e-gates, RFID baggage reconciliation systems improve operational efficiency. Airports are also keen to upgrade video surveillance systems to cover wider areas with fewer cameras, and to exploit higher resolutions and video analytics technology. Suspect Search by Qognify, for instance, can identify suspicious packages, track suspicious persons and reduce the frequency of false alarms and airport shutdowns that can cost airports tens of millions of dollars. The North American airport security market is expected to grow strongly as the US government prioritises homeland security, although Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region overall. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is experimenting with scanning technology that provides 3D images of screened cargo.

Called ConneCT the scanners are being trialled at the Phoenix Sky Harbor and Logan International Airport. Large security brands are increasingly providing end-to-end, integrated solutions that span a number of security technologies. Izmir International Airport in Turkey, for instance, has recently entered into an agreement with Tyco Security Products for the provision of unified security solutions such as access control, location monitoring, and intrusion tracking.

We recently spoke to Simon Cook, sales engineering manager EMEA and APAC at Genetec, the unified security solution provider with a huge presence in the airport market. At last count, 85 of the world s largest airports use Genetec systems, and 70% of all airports in the Middle East one of our fastest growing markets are protected by Genetec Security Center systems, Cook told us. Related Topics Can I take a knife-shaped banana on the flight?

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Axis Partner Showcase: Don t miss out on connected surveillance and access control solutions from 37 partners

Axis Communications is delighted to invite you to attend its second Partner Showcase in October 2017, demonstrating cutting-edge, connected security tech and best-in-class retail analytics, behavioural analysis, sustainability and cybersecurity. Axis wants you to exploit the opportunities created by rapid changes in technology and future-proof your systems for the changes and challenges of tomorrow. As the market abandons proprietary systems and embraces open platforms which themselves accelerate innovation Axis has gathered 37 integration partners to give you an insight into how you can boost efficiency, enhance processes, cut costs and improve safety and security.

Fit for purpose, fit for future .

An Axis mantra Whether you re a system integrator, installer, distributor, consultant or end user, you will benefit from seeing solutions from the following partners: Aimetis, Agent Vi , Araani, Assa Abloy , Cathexis Europe Ltd , Citilog, ComNet Europe Ltd , Customer Clever Ltd, Dantech Electronic Engineering , Digital Barriers, Dot Origin Ltd, EIZO Limited , Entelec Control Systems, Falt Communications AB , Genetec Europe, Herta Security , IPS, Milestone Systems , Mirasys, Morphean , NVT Phybridge, Observit AB , Optex (Europe) Ltd, P3R Lab , Prysm, Secure Logiq Ltd , Seetec GmbH, Siklu Communication , Sound Intelligence, Telcred AB , Vaxtor, Veracity Ltd , Xtralis UK Ltd, Wavestore Global Ltd Axis Partner Showcase: 11 October 2017: 10:00am-4:00pm BST Tenants Hall, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN, UK

Critical infrastructure industries face eye-watering fines for cybersecurity shortcomings

Cyber consultation The UK government has proposed imposing punitive fines on critical national infrastructure companies that neglect their cybersecurity resilience. The fines, which could be as high as 17m or up to 4% of annual turnover, have been proposed as part of a consultation by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Critical national infrastructure, which encompasses sectors critical to the national economy and normal civilian life, includes energy and other utilities, transport, healthcare and digital infrastructure.

In common with other sectors, these industries are increasingly connecting critical systems via large networks in order to enjoy the benefits of interoperability, data analysis, remote monitoring and management. Although cybersecurity regulations will require significant effort for the companies that are affected, this new legislation by the UK government demonstrates that they understand the severity of cyber threats in today s digital world and the destruction they can cause, if undeterred, says Eldon Sprickerhoff, founder and chief security strategist at cybersecurity firm eSentire. Even if you re not a CNI, cyber threats should concern you. With cybercriminals constantly adjusting their tactics, it is imperative that companies never stop defending themselves by constantly improving and expanding their cybersecurity practices. Managed detection and response and incident response planning are common ways companies can stay ahead of their attackers. The government consultation was opened on 8 August and closes 30 September 2017. Businesses in all sectors could also receive heavy fines 7.9m or 2% of an organisation s global turnover under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which strengthen EU data protection laws. Despite the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the regulations will be incorporated into British law. eSentire has suggested some steps that organisations can take to make their systems less vulnerable to cyber-attack: Encryption store sensitive data that is only readable with a digital key Integrity checks regularly check for changes to system files Network monitoring use tools to detect suspicious behaviour Penetration testing conduct controlled cyber-attacks on systems to test their defences and spot vulnerabilities Education train your employees in cybersecurity awareness and tightly manage access to confidential information Free Download: Securing the UK s borders.

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Deep-learning algorithms, biometric passports and anti-drone technology helping to drive airport revolution

Smart airports The global market for smart airports is growing at 10.7% CAGR, according to a report by Grand View Research. Defined by the deployment of digital, automated and connected airport processes, smart airports are projected to be worth $25bn by 2025. Self-service check-ins, smart baggage drops and smart luggage tracking are three of the most common smart services being deployed in airports around the world.

Many smart innovations are emerging in the field at the top of the industry s priorities: security. Electronic bag tags are becoming more popular among passengers, for instance. Automated PSIM systems, meanwhile, analyse video surveillance footage to identify suspicious events such as unattended bags and enhance the efficiency of data analysis through deep-learning algorithms. And with drones a growing worry, aviation authorities are trialling a range of anti-drone technology. Software can spot and verify security problems more quickly than human staff, reducing the risk of airport closures that can cost tens of thousands of pounds per minute The traditional passport is giving way to smart passports equipped with computer chips for rapid identity verification, while biometric screening, using iris, fingerprint and facial readers, is on the rise. In what is believed to be a first for a UK airport, a remote monitoring system based on high definition video cameras is to replace the physical control tower at London City Airport. The cameras will combine to provide a full 360-degree view of the airfield. embedded content Operational efficiency While security is an overwhelming priority for airports given the terror threat, many security innovations have the added benefit of boosting operational efficiency too. Automated video analytics software can spot problems or identify false alarms more quickly than human-based monitoring, reducing the risk of airport closures that can cost tens of thousands of pounds per minute.

Patterns in the movement of passengers through the airport can be identified to generate insights that help authorities open or close check-in desks in order to manage bottlenecks. ThruVis, a thermal camera that detects both metallic and non-metallic objects concealed under clothing such as weapons or drugs, can speed up passenger screening. Developed by Digital Barriers, the cameras managed to screen 50 people every three minutes at a recent music event in London. Passengers can access real-time information on their phones about gate numbers, arrival time, check-in desks and flight bookings. Bluetooth-enabled beacons are being widely installed to provide connected airport solutions such as indoor way-finding and nearby promotional offers, based on passengers spending and usage habits. Out on the runway, aircraft can be geo-located and coordinated using real-time landing information. In the US and other developed markets, automated parking facilities which make use of ANPR systems, are becoming more widespread.

Strengthened by surging passenger numbers, Asia-Pacific will emerge as the fastest-growing region over the forecast period.

ThruVis thermal camera screened up to 50 people every three minutes at Hyde Park music event

Digital Barriers Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to a pioneering thermal-based camera. Digital Barriers, which specialises in military-grade technology, also provided its ThruVis thermal screening cameras for the One Love Manchester concert, which took place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 4 June in the wake of the Manchester MEN bombings. ThruVis protected 50,000 visitors as well as staff and artists including Liam Gallagher, Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Deployed at both events by G4S, ThruVis can detect non-metallic threats like explosives and ceramic knives as well as guns at distances exceeding 5 metres. As a thermal camera, it doesn t require people to remove clothing or pass through the kind of doorway seen with conventional airport scanners. Deployed throughout British Summer Time (3-9 July) both at VIP entrances and public gates, ThruVis screened up to 1,000 people per hour equating to 50 every three minutes and 50,000 in total. The event was headlined by Kings of Leon, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Digital Barriers reports a 98% satisfaction rating from visitors screened at Hyde Park. We used Digital Barriers ThruVis passive screening solution, to support our security arrangements at the event, said G4S Director of Events Eric Alexander. We recognise that new security innovations play an important role in strengthening our capability and increase the public s confidence in the measures we use to keep them safe. Said Colin Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Digital Barriers: The public expects enhanced security around high profile public events and would prefer this to be provided with minimal further inconvenience. We are confident ThruVis is the only security technology available today that meets this need and we are delighted to be working with G4S to make this important new capability widely available.

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Video-surveillance-as-a-service solution emerges from Digital Barriers-Morphean collaboration

VSaaS Digital Barriers government-accredited video analytics and facial recognition solutions will now be available as part of a video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) solution across Morphean s video surveillance platform. The collaboration will see Morphean a Swiss leader in video monitoring and surveillance platforms become the first European-based business intelligence and video management platform provider to offer the SmartVis video analytics suite as a VSaaS solution. By employing Digital Barriers SmartVis analytics, Morphean can rapidly augment safety and security capabilities across our clients assets, leveraging the latest in AI analytics, no matter how large the enterprise or how challenging the environment, said Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO of Morphean.

Said Manuel Magalhaes, vice president of global alliances at Digital Barriers: This collaboration with Morphean underscores the significant technical lead that SmartVis has over its competition. Morphean s surveillance and business intelligence platform across large-scale retail unlocks a brand new market for Digital Barriers, one that complements our engagements with defence and law enforcement customers around the world. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals.

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How to follow up sales leads following IFSEC and FIREX International

exhibitor advice Less than 70% of exhibitors have any kind of formalised plan or process in place for following up leads following a trade show or other live event. That s a pretty alarming oversight given the time, effort and resource committed to such endeavours and the enormous rewards if they re exploited to the fullest. Of course, trade shows benefit your brand in multiple other albeit more difficult to measure ways.

Those who stopped by your stand or listened to a presentation delivered by one of your representatives will leave the show knowing a bit more about what you do and (hopefully) be impressed with your products and/or expertise. They may have even been introduced to your brand for the very first time. And that s great. But it s not enough especially given the digital tools now available that can yield more concrete, quantifiable returns on your investment. The hard work doesn t end on 5pm of the final day of the show. Indeed: what, when and how you communicate to prospects that you met at the show in the following days, weeks and months can really make the difference. Here are some tips to make the most of your time at IFSEC International, FIREX International or other trade shows. Time is of the essence Get your follow-up strategy and campaign materials as ready as possible in advance of the event. You ve a greater chance of impressing and securing the custom of prospects if you follow up days or weeks faster than your competitors.

Prioritise your leads Grade your leads ranging from the hottest prospects, where someone requested a follow up and seemed keen on working with you, down to those who merely submitted their email address as part of a raffle you held on your stand. Then prioritise your responses accordingly. This means not only contacting high priority leads more urgently but also tailoring your communications more extensively. Lower priority prospects might be sent a standard email en masse, while the hottest leads will warrant a tailored email or depending on the preference expressed a phone call. Customise your call to action Your first follow up needn t be a hard sell. It all depends where the lead is in the sales funnel. You could instead send them a piece of content like a video, case study, white paper or blog post. And make your call to action descriptive of the benefit the prospect will actually get by clicking. So do say: Download white paper , request a personal demo , or join us for a free networking lunch ; don t say: Find out more or click here for more information .

A single call to action is often said to be best marketing practice. However, don t be afraid to offer 2-3 alternatives if your target data is sufficiently diverse in its preferences and stage of the buying journey to warrant it. For instance, you could offer the following options: request a demo , watch our video or sign up to our newsletter . Jog the prospect s memory Remind the prospect of the product launches, integrations, partnerships and other announcements you made during the show. There s so much going on at IFSEC, it s perfectly possible that they won t recall all relevant details. Include visuals in your emails A photo of your IFSEC stand busy with lots of people, ideally! is usually a strong image, though you may instead use a picture of a product they declared an interest in. Personalise each email People like to know they re dealing with an individual not a company, so sign off with the relevant salesperson s name and, crucially, their phone number and personal email. Don t rely on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets Microsoft Excel is useful for financial accounts but a chaotic nightmare and terrible for collaboration when applied to customer relationship management (CRM).

Automated lead nurturing tools make building on your conversations at the trade show easier, less time-consuming and, on average, more fruitful. There are countless platforms out there, some of which are free, with others charging a monthly subscription. Just to give three examples, Communigator, tray.io and run by SalesForce, the most popular CRM by far Pardot are all highly effective lead nurturing tools. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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Digital Barriers launches first live facial recognition system for body-worn cameras

law enforcement Digital Barriers has launched the world s first live facial recognition system for body-worn law enforcement cameras. SmartVis Identifier, which brings together Digital Barriers video-streaming platform EdgeVis and analytics solution SmartVis, is targeted at the defence, security and law enforcement markets. It provides real-time facial recognition against multiple watch lists and databases.

Already available for standard smartphones, SmartVis has been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers body-worn cameras that are designed for frontline law enforcement. SmartVis facial recognition has been designed to do the job that traditional facial recognition systems cannot: to work in the real world, in real time, says Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers. Never before has frontline policing been offered live facial recognition on the type of everyday body worn cameras now being widely deployed. Customers at the forefront of security and defence have already deployed this technology and describe it as a game-changer . embedded content Able only to record, not live stream, footage, most body-worn devices are effective for evidence management after the fact, but cannot aid in the protection of officers if they are put in harms way as incidents unfold. EdgeVis delivers low latency and low bandwidth streaming, including over-the-air access to device recordings and GPS locational data. SmartVis Identifier supports, when required, every interaction, every stop and search, every arrest with real-time facial recognition. Digital Barriers says the solution removes human error and plugs resourcing gaps, thereby broadening the scope of facial recognition deployments. SmartVis Identifier will be available alongside EdgeVis on Digital Barriers body-worn devices and for selected service providers and camera/device manufacturers under licence.

Digital Barriers provides zero-latency streaming and analysis of secure video and related intelligence over wireless networks. To reduce bandwidth consumption the company harnesses a mixture of cellular, satellite, IP mesh and cloud networks. Founded in 2009, the company has its origins in military applications but now sells fixed and mobile solutions for covert, remote and wide-area deployments to law enforcement and the commercial security industry too. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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We treat biometrics as plug and play

biometrics IFSEC media partner SecuritySolutionsWatch.com spoke to Jim Miller, chairman and CEO of ImageWare Systems Inc, a developer of identity management solutions. An excerpt of the interview is below click at the bottom to read the full conversation. SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us again today Jim at this momentous time in the history of ImageWare.

Congratulations on all the positive developments during the past few months. Before discussing all the new deals and the fast-growing mainstream acceptance of biometrics, perhaps we can begin with an overview of the ImageWare Product Portfolio as it stands now. Jim Miller: We live in a world where our digital identity is the bridge to our human identity. The Internet of things (IoT) is essentially a giant network of connected things a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we work, but also how we live. We can connect our devices to all manner of devices and people. This raises a huge concern with privacy and security in this connected world. Anything connected to your network is now a potential breach point; it makes data security more complex, information governance more complicated, and your corporate and customer data more vulnerable. The same concerns apply to BYOD, or as we sometimes say at ImageWare, Bring Your Own Disaster every connection point is a data breach potential and a majority of folks use their personal devices at work where they access valuable corporate information.. We have seen too many times how this story ends a single tablet or smartphone contains credentials to the entire corporate network and this simple thing can end up costing employers millions.

There is only one thing that can verify the actual person biometrics, one s unique human characteristics. A person who knows the password or has the token is not verifying the actual person, because passwords can be discovered and tokens stolen. The user s unique physical traits, that s where ImageWare delivers value by allowing our users to replace or augment password or PIN security with easy to use biometrics.

Just like your readers, I can t wait until I can stop using passwords for everything and just use my face, voice, eyes, or some other biometric more secure and nothing to remember each time I log in!

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ENTR: the award-winning digital lock that turns your front door into a smart door

Why do we lock our doors with a technology used by the ancient Egyptians? For centuries, the answer was pretty simple: because nobody invented anything better. No longer.

Smart home technologies are changing how we interact with our domestic environment, including the front door. Smart locks like the ENTR provide an affordable, sustainable 21 st -century solution, with easy installation to put homeowners in total control of door security. The front door is the gateway to the smart home, so any home automation ecosystem needs a smart lock to make it complete, says Thomas Schulz, EMEA Marketing and Communications Director, Digital Access Solutions, at ASSA ABLOY. Market penetration of smart technologies is growing fast. Our keyless, connected locks are very much part to this. What s so smart about a smart lock? It comes down to convenience and security. Replace an existing lock cylinder with an ENTR lock and you can open your home or office using a smartphone app, keypad PIN, remote control or even fingerprint. With ENTR , there s no longer any need to cut spare keys for kids, cleaners, carers or temporary workers.

It takes a couple of swipes on a phone or tablet screen to share digital keys with family or anyone who needs to access your home or office and to revoke the keys instantly whenever you want. ENTR also locks itself automatically when you exit, so worrying whether you remembered to lock the door becomes a thing of the past. embedded content Quick to install, cost-effective to run, secure to its core Like all the cleverest technologies, ENTR is easy to install. It takes a few minutes for a skilled DIYer or professional to retrofit an ENTR lock. There s no wiring or drilling, and no need for cabling. You simply replace the existing cylinder with the new ENTR digital lock. ENTR is also cost-effective to run. It s powered by rechargeable batteries that only need 16 hours charging per year over their 5-year lifespan. And it has a kind environmental footprint.

Packaging and battery are both recyclable, as is 90% of the lock materials. This is a sustainable lock of the future. To see more security benefits, you need to look inside the ENTR . Unlike other smart locks, ENTR mechanics are based on patented technologies from some of Europe s most trusted home security brands. It offers a class-leading combination of physical and electronic security. The mechanical hardware behind the digital layer already meets stringent standards, because it s tried and tested in millions of homes and offices worldwide. This helps explain why the ENTR won a product innovation award from global smart home publication, SMAhome. SMAhome awards are judged anonymously by a jury of industry insiders, including system integrators and established service providers. ENTR was selected from among 28 smart home product finalists to receive the overall Popularity Award for 2017.

The jury cited affordability, convenience, sustainability and easy integration with leading smart home ecosystems. A door is more than just a door Home automation technology has progressed way beyond smart thermostats and connected kettles. In fact, consumer surveys regularly pinpoint home security as its most important application. ENTR works perfectly as an affordable, stand-alone smart door lock, which you unlock with an app and an encrypted Bluetooth connection. But it is also built using standard protocols, and so integrates seamlessly with several leading European smart home and home automation ecosystems. Fit an ENTR , make the connection, and you can control your front door lock from the same interface that operates the thermostat, lighting, smoke alarms, CCTV and other domestic smart devices. We built ENTR with consumer demands in mind to give them more control, more security and more convenience, adds Schulz. Part of the job involves integrating our long-standing expertise in all aspects of door security with other technologies. That s why we are partnering with smart-home and security specialists, utilities, telecoms companies and other domestic service providers to offer customers the latest smart security technology.

We invite everyone to try ENTR and ensure their smart home starts with a smart door. Why ENTR ? Backed up by tried-and-tested locking technology from some of Europe s most trusted home security brands, including Yale, Mul-T-Lock, KESO, Vachette and FAB Open the front door via app, PIN code, remote control or fingerprint reader Easy installation: one screw is all it takes Works as standalone lock or integrated into a smart home system Share digital keys with your kids, cleaners, a carer or a temporary worker and revoke them whenever you want The ENTR smart lock is the easiest way to bring your front door into the digital age About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience.

Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, entrance automation and hotel security. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 IFSEC International is taking place at Excel London, 20 22 June 2017, here are 5 reasons you should attend: Exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 brand new security solutions Network with over 27,000 security professionals Discounts of up to 30% exclusively for IFSEC 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches A 1-2-1 meetings service to pre-book face to face meetings.

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