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How home security is transitioning from a traditional passive model to an interactive paradigm

The professional security market is a mature and stable industry with a proven business model that has successfully worked for decades. In recent years, however, there has been an unprecedented technological revolution that included several factors, such as the advent of smartphones and IoT and the proliferation of cloud-based services all of which has brought improvements in connectivity and new forms of interactivity. This has led the industry towards some major changes.

These changes have caused the traditional security market to shift into more interactive security, providing a combination of professional monitoring services together with interactive capabilities for the end user. According to Strategy Analytics, by 2020 there will be more households with interactive security than traditional security. It is easy to understand why: consumers prefer the capabilities that interactive systems provide. One example is the ability to verify an intrusion with their smartphone after receiving an alert that someone entered the house. While with traditional security, users were passive, and did little more than turn on their alarm when they left the house, with interactive security they have become actively in control of their home s features. Full control But it s not just about security. Interactivity also enables home security solutions to work with other connected living devices, such as smart thermostats or connected light bulbs. This brings together all the benefits of traditional home security with modern, connected, home automation, placing full control of the house into the homeowner s hands. In the words of William Ablondi from Strategy Analytics: Consumers want their security systems to not only protect their families and their homes, they increasingly see them as the foundation of total home control.

Perhaps the path to interactivity started with SMS alerts that warned of a potential burglary every time an alarm went off. But it was the smartphone that turned everything upside-down and set the up-to-now predictable and stable security industry into a furious race towards interactivity. Interactive security has forever changed the traditional business model, and blurred the lines between professionally monitored and DIY security Despite fierce competition, security service providers can now offer the best of two worlds: they get to provide professional monitoring and other traditional services together with new interactive capabilities that make solutions better and more convenient for consumers, allowing them to gain full control over their home, with which they can interact from anywhere in the world. Besides, while the market scope for traditional security was narrowed to homeowners aged over 45 and in the higher-income side of the spectrum, IoT-enabled security has broadened that scope. It has democratised home security, which is now available to all types of users, across all budgets and housing situations, from younger millennials to renters, who can take the system with them as they move to a new house. Also, interactive security solutions can provide service providers with data about user s activity, which could be analysed and used in order to improve user experience and prevent customer churn. Interactive security has forever changed the traditional business model, and blurred the lines between professionally monitored and DIY security, creating several hybrids and flexible, in-between solutions that adapt to the needs of every type of customer, even as those needs change and evolve over time. Although traditional security systems are still in the majority, the exponential growth of interactive solutions shows that interactivity is here to stay and that it will soon surpass the traditional model, fuelled by consumer preferences and the latest technological trends. 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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FIA spells out challenges surrounding PSTN shutdown

FIREX 2017 BT s decision to phase out the UK Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) is set to present a major challenge for the fire and security industry, the chairman of the Fire Industry Association has warned. Martin Harvey told delegates at FIREX International 2017 that the move to VoIP would affect millions of fire alarm systems which require a PSTN line. PSTN is the traditional phone line, whereby analogue voice data flows over circuit-switched copper phone lines.

BT intends to switch off the PSTN and ISDN networks by 2025, with customers migrated to a single IP core network. There are about four million digital communicators which use PSTN signalling fire and security system alarms, said Harvey, who is also head of regulatory affairs EMEA at Tyco/ADT. The industry has a big challenge ahead to see how it can overcome this. He added the other obstacle the FIA is talking to Ofcom about surrounds power cuts. Fire and security systems will generally run for about eight hours minimum fire systems often 24 and phone lines going into houses will continue to work because the telephone exchange powers it at 50V DC. That is going to come to an end. That means your alarm system if you have a power cut will no longer work. There s therefore a challenge for the industry is to how we can power that broadband pipe from the premises as oppose to from the telephone exchange. We don t have the answer to that at this moment in time.

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Trends in evacuation tech and strategy you might see in 2017: adapting technology to fit the environment

Trends The safety risks faced by owners and managers of commercial, industrial and public buildings are increasingly diverse. Beyond the familiar possibility of fire, we ve sadly seen many examples in 2016 of other dangers, including terrorism threats, social unrest, crime and extreme weather. This is the risk landscape to which the people responsible for safety in buildings must adapt.

The obligation to protect people, property and business continuity is brought into sharp focus when the potential consequences are considered. The risk of death or serious injury is clearly the most fundamental influence on safety planning, but there could also be legal and regulatory consequences, financial costs, closure (temporary or permanent) and reputational damage. In fact, reputation is a growing concern for many organisations, with social and digital media empowering the wider public to publish and share their views globally at an astonishing rate. In an age of peer-to-peer reviews where people often research what others think before making a purchasing decision, reputation is arguably more important than ever. Complex range of factors Putting place an evacuation strategy is one of the most critical steps to improving safety in buildings. However, businesses face a complex range of factors that must be considered when planning a strategy. From offices to commercial centres and from airports to stadiums, we are seeing a significant increase in human footfall in commercial and public places. In addition, the complexity of escape routes has intensified to reflect the sheer diversity of modern and existing designs. Furthermore, the imperative to be prepared for all scenarios is amplified by social considerations such an ageing population composed of more people with disabilities or impairments that might require assistance.

Set against this background, an improved understanding of the risks coupled with innovative new technologies means we now have an increasing ability to make evacuation safer by tailoring solutions to meet different situations. Take voice alarm systems, which are growing rapidly as businesses recognise the important role they can play in enhancing life safety. While the traditional fire bell or siren is a staple element of fire safety systems, it has limitations. Consider, for example, a busy shopping centre, civic building or transport hub. Visitors may not even know the distinctive characteristics of a genuine fire bell or siren and could mistake it for a security alarm, test procedure or fault. Voice alarm systems enable pre-recorded messages or live announcements to be broadcast, providing better and more accurate information to occupants about the dangers they may face and their optimum route towards a safe exit point. Another important development we can expect to see in the near future is the use of dynamic exit sign technology. Unlike fixed emergency lighting or signage, dynamic signage is responsive to hazards, modifying information in the guidance system in response to emerging events and conditions on the ground. Moving forward, adaptability will be of growing importance in evacuation technology, providing building owners and managers with the flexibility they need to meet the challenges of the future.

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5 trends in IoT and smart tech from 2016 so far

Shrinking computer chips, exponential growth in processing power and improvements in broadband speeds have driven a wave of innovation in the security industry. Smart tech and the internet of things (IoT) are also bringing video surveillance, electronic access control and digital smoke alarms into the home. But if drones, remote monitoring and integrated systems create new opportunities for boosting security, they can be harnessed by criminals and terrorists to undermine it too.

And with ever more systems and things connected to the internet and to one another the vectors of attack for cyber criminals are also multiplying. Here are five observations about the security implications of recent IoT and smart tech innovation. Drones, spheres and virtual reality: video surveillance moves beyond the bullet/dome and traditional control room The Sensorsphere, which was launched at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, is a spherical surveillance camera for the consumer market that moves by shifting its centre of gravity. Controlled remotely via smartphone its mobility negates the need for having a camera in every room. You may, of course, need two or more Sensorspheres unless you live in a bungalow, with the camera presumably suffering the same limitation that hindered Dr Who s arch-nemeses, the Daleks. LG showcased its own spherical camera at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February. The Next Web s Owen Williams included Magic Bot Ball in his 9 worst Internet of Things junk at Mobile World Congress, so time will tell whether rolling cameras (not in the traditional sense of the word) have any real utility for consumers. Drone-mounted cameras, meanwhile, can for the first time offer security services and professionals a birds-eye view. The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice will apply to surveillance drones (watch out for the Drone Zone at IFSEC in June 2017), according to Kishor Mistry, head of policy and support at the Office of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner.

Optical imaging pioneer ImmerVision (an IFSEC exhibitor), which develops drone cameras, launched 360-degree panomorph front-facing cameras at the MWC. The captured footage can be viewed and shared not just on tablet and TV but also on head-mounted display devices like Oculus Rift. This raises the remarkable prospect of CCTV operators donning virtual reality headsets. Could the traditional control room whose bank-of-screens layout has barely changed in decades be set for a dramatic overhaul? embedded content Complacency abounds around cyber security even in the tech industry Avast scored a PR coup at the MWC when it exposed the naivety and/or complacency of around 2,000 tech-savvy attendees and exhibitors. That s how many connected to the rogue wireless access points set up by the makers of the world s most widely-used antivirus solution. Using broadcasting SSIDs like Starbucks, Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA and MWC Free WiFi Avast also logged more than eight million data packets and could identify which sites were being visited. Cyber security has risen up the agenda of physical security professionals too. Recent research from cloud-based surveillance company Cloudview found that both traditional DVR-based systems and cloud-based systems were vulnerable to cyber attacks.

During tests five routers, DVRs and IP cameras running the latest software were connected to the internet. One device was breached within minutes, while another two fell under the control of an unknown attacker within 24 hours. A fourth became unstable and completely inoperable. Biometric scanners more fallible than you think Many people assumed including this writer that authenticating identity through the intricate, unique pattern of lines that comprise your fingerprint would be a much harder system to cheat than cards, fobs or pin codes. Not necessarily, as President of Chinese mobile security firm Vkansee, Jason Chaikin, demonstrated at the MWC. So what was the ingenious technology that beat biometrics? Play Doh. Yes, the children s modelling clay invented in 1955 and made out of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil. Chaikin created a mould of his fingerprint into which he pressed Play-Doh.

To the crowd s astonishment he then fooled the iPhone s fingerprint scanner with the resulting mould. One would assume that expensive biometric systems installed at nuclear plants or pharmaceutical labs would be rather harder to cheat. Let s hope so. This year also saw the showcasing of an iris-authenticated ATM machine at CES. Possessing neither a screen nor pin-code buttons, the innovation promises to reduce by one the countless passwords and pin codes the average person must now remember. embedded content Smart-home challenges remain With high speed Wi-Fi now the norm, powerful smartphones ubiquitous and internet-connectable gadgets proliferating, the smart-home market appears to be blooming. And yet. Until problems around usability, reliability and interoperability are resolved, home automation will remain the reserve of the affluent and, like the internet in its early days, technophiles. Anything that confuses the consumer will be a barrier, Michael Philpott, principal analyst at technology research firm Ovum, told the BBC.

Consumers are only going to buy into the smart home if it makes their life much better or much cheaper. We re not there yet. Switching the lights on and off, for example, is traditionally a simple task. To many consumers smart lighting, dependent on learning algorithms to develop preferences and a digital interface prone to bugs, simply introduces complexity and hassle to their lives. Nest Labs recently undermined consumer trust in IoT devices when it pulled the plug on its Revolv Smart Hub, leaving customers who paid $300 with a useless device that will no longer turn their lights on and off or trigger geofenced automations. Having a device rendered useless because of a shutdown in cloud service highlights the need for open standards in IoT devices, said Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist for the prpl Foundation. Fire-Safety products no longer security s poor relation for innovation Constrained by prescriptive, slow-changing regulations fire technology has generally evolved at a glacial pace. But the IoT trend has unleashed a wave of innovation in fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detection. There has been very little innovation in the smoke alarm industry over the past 50 years, both in terms of user experience and the technology inside, Nest Labs general manager for Europe Lionel Paillet recently told IFSEC Global.

They are an unloved product, seen by most consumers as an annoyance, and we want to change that. Irritation over frequent false alarms and low battery chirp often leads to the alarm being ripped off the wall, or batteries removed completely, leaving families at risk. Paillet said the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tackles these problems. The Nest Protect alarm uses custom algorithms and a humidity sensor to look for steam, so you can enjoy a nice, quiet shower. And our split-spectrum sensor ensures that we can quickly spot smouldering fires and flaming fires, while minimising false alarms. And smart alarms can avoid that low battery chirp, and even minimise the need to manually test, by checking the batteries, sensors and speakers up to 400 times a day. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information.

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IG of Police orders 24-hours surveillance on telecoms equipment …

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar Thursday ordered a 24-hour surveillance of all telecommunication equipment and installations across the country.

Mr Abubakar gave this order sequel to recent security development in some parts of the country where these equipment and installations have become vulnerable and targets of attacks and destruction.

In a press release issued from the police Headquarters, Abuja, the deputy force public relations officer, Frank Mba said the IGP has directed all State Commissioners of Police to constitute a Special Unit in their respective Commands, whose primary assignment will be to ensure the safety of telecommunication equipment and installations within their areas of jurisdiction.

CPs are to further ensure that Area Commanders and DPOs in their Commands replicate the constitution of such Special Units in their respective areas, to protect installations located within their territories.

State Commissioners of Police are further directed to ensure that personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter-Terrorism Squads in their Commands are constructively involved in this crucial assignment.

Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) have also been directed to supervise the activities all such Units constituted by Commissioners of Police, to ensure strict compliance with the directives of the IGP. They are to constitute similar Units that will assist State Commands within their Zones. AIGs and CPs are to provide dedicated lines in their respective Commands, to enable public spirited Nigerians who may have useful information, to volunteer same to the Police.

While assuring the public that the Police will do everything within its power to arrest this emerging security trend, the IGP appealed to members of the public to assist the Force with vital information touching on the activities of these hoodlums. He particularly enjoined traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leader and parents to keep watchful eyes on their environment and to report any strange movement to the local Police authority.

No fewer than 16 persons were on Thursday killed in both Damaturu and Potiskum, Yobe state as suspected sect member continued the destruction of telecommunication masts in Northern Nigeria.

The Damaturu destruction is coming just 24 hours after same operation was carried out by hoodlums in Maiduguri and Kano.

The vandalisation of telecommunication masts has disrupted smooth communication within and outside the affected states.

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Businesses and organizations protect physical assets with security such as locks, security guards, and surveillance technology. Company buildings and tangible inventory, supplies, and equipment are important investments that are often insured against theft and damage. Organizations rely upon these items for daily business, and it makes sense to protect them. The same is true for the digital information and computer systems of a business. However, traditional locks, gates, and surveillance measures cannot protect assets on a computer network. Specialized security measures must be in place to defend against criminals from breaking in and stealing digital assets. Network security mirrors the intent of traditional brick and mortar security with encryption, security guards, and network surveillance to protect the security of valuable information.

Padlocks, door locks, and security gates can be correlated to many network security measures, but the most basic comparison is to encryption on office computer networks. Passwords are digital keys to open these locks and gain access. Password management is a first step line of defense against the wrong people gaining access to confidential information. Companies can use password encryption to control access to information relevant to different aspects of their business and give keys to individuals only for departments relevant to their job position. Passwords for files relevant to various departments are in this way separated much as they would with old fashioned filing systems. Computer and server access can also be controlled with digital keys.

Network security providers can evaluate the strength of existing passwords and effective use of encryption technology to secure digital assets. The goal of this security is to control access within an organization and to block access to digital intruders. Network security providers are the digital equivalent of security guards in an office building. If an intruder found an open window and gained access to an office building after hours, a security guard could alert authorities, prevent the intruder from taking anything of value, remove the offender from company property, and secure the building by closing and locking the window. In a similar fashion, network security guards monitor computer systems and servers for unauthorized access, report to proper authorities, remove offending users and code, and secure whatever digital window the perpetrator entered.

Security guards cannot be in every location of a building at once, and it s impractical to hire a guard for each individual room of a building. Video surveillance technology enables a security guard to watch several areas at once. A security guard may periodically walk through a facility to make sure all doors and windows are locked tight and rely on the surveillance system in the meantime. Likewise, network surveillance enables security providers to take in the whole picture to identify suspicious activity. Network security guards can periodically test individual systems such as social engineering, firewalls, and passwords and routinely scan systems to assess ongoing risks.

Network security is as important to business vitality as traditional security systems. As digital files replace paper systems, company transactions and sensitive files such as human resource files must be secured. Network security providers can evaluate an organizations digital records and internet access for suspicious activity and unwelcome intrusion. No one questions the sense of locking up a company building to protect tangible assets, and digitally stored information can be just as valuable to an organization s success.

Elite Security Consultants: Mobile Patrols & Armed Security Guards …

Mobile security. You ve probably seen patrols around the mall in Canton, Ohio, but where else have you seen it in the Massillon, Ohio or Stark County, Ohio area? Not many places come to mind, but it s time that they did. Elite Security Consultants1 provides mobile security patrols for businesses throughout the area, and every darkened parking lot should be equipped with one of their marked or unmarked vehicles, and staffed with their armed security guards.

Business owners take note: the safety of your customers and employees is in your hands whenever they re on the premises. Are you doing everything you can to ensure their protection? If you have an unpatrolled parking area or perimeter, you re not. Take action before it s too late, and contact Elite Security Consultants2.

The professionals at Elite Security Consultants3 can do more than just offer mobile patrols. They can work with you to review each aspect of your Stark County business security measures, and to fill in any gaps that they may find. The state of the art technology that they work with covers areas that many traditional security systems overlook. And no machine, no matter how advanced, can replace the protection offered by on-site, armed security guards.

Mobile patrols protect more than just visitors, customers, and employees. They also protect property, both yours and that of anyone who visits. Discourage vandals and potential thieves who won t want to hang around when they see a marked security vehicle making regular rounds. Anyone lurking in the parking area will quickly realize that there will be no easy pickings from the cars or the people heading to them during business hours or at the end of the day. If someone does make it out of your establishment with goods they didn t pay for, well, your first responders are already on the scene. A mobile patrol of armed security guards will quickly be able to apprehend the offender, and detain them until authorities arrive.

While reviewing your current security measures, you can discuss the options available to you with mobile protection. As with every service offered by Elite Security Consultants4, it s completely customizable. The trained professionals of ESC5 will help you develop a security plan that best fits the needs of your Massillon business. Some of the options you have include the number of vehicles you need, whether they should be marked or unmarked, as well as the number of armed guards present in each vehicle.

Don t think that mobile patrols are what you need for your Massillon, Ohio business? There are plenty of other services provided by Elite Security Consultants6 in Canton, Ohio that you may want to take advantage of. You can find more information about these specially trained professionals and their services on their website at www.ESCOhio.com7. You can also call the Stark County, Ohio area s best armed security guards at 855.ESC.OHIO (855.372.6446) or 330.639.4173.

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