ADI and Mission 500 Exceed Fundraising Goal in Silent Auction to Benefit Title 1 School Children

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Atlanta, GA (April 2, 2020) – Students at Title One Schools and shelters across the country are the beneficiaries of much-needed school supplies as Mission 500 teamed with new angel sponsor, ADI Global Distribution, this past January for a Silent Auction charity event held at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.

Looking to meet their goal of $15,000, the generosity of the silent auction participants, corporate donations from ADI, as well as ADI’s supplier partners, helped Mission 500 to far exceed expectations, and raise more than $45,000 for the Compassion Care Packs that will go to Title 1 School recipients. These Care Packs are crucial to help supply Title 1 schools with large concentrations of low-income students who receive supplemental funds with essential school supplies to assist in meeting student’s educational goals. ADI is a new angel sponsor with Mission 500 ($30k+ level).

We were very honored to sponsor and host this event. Teaming up with our supplier partners to raise funds to support Mission 500 was a great way to start our annual ADI North America Sales Kick Off meeting,” said Rob Aarnes, President of ADI Global Distribution. “As a leading distributor, we’re always look for ways to give back in the local communities we serve. And by partnering with Mission 500, we’re able to help mobilize resources to help students in need across the country.”

The event was held at the College Football Hall of Fame which opened in Atlanta in 2014. It’s a $68.5 million, 95,000 square foot, state-of-the-art tribute to 977 players, 211 coaches, and countless fans. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, tourism and entertainment districts, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is steps away from the iconic Centennial Olympic Park and surrounded by other attractions including the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and CNN Center.

The funds raised at the ADI event will also be used to host Care Pack Events across the country as well as help resource other significant Mission 500 initiatives which will benefit children attending Title 1 Schools or living in shelters.

For more information on how you or your organization can help, contact Tom Nolan at tnolan@mission500.org, or call 516-903-7291.

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About Mission 500
Mission 500 is a nonprofit organization that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis here in the U.S. Mission 500 exists to advocate for children living in severe poverty, inspire and act as a catalyst in the security industry for excellence in corporate social responsibility, and mobilize volunteers and resource to make a tangible difference for children and families living in poverty in the U.S. Since inception of their 501c3 status in 2016, the industry has helped produce 40,000+ meals, assemble care packs filled with essential hygiene items for 2,200 families, and distribute more than 10,000 book bags filled with school supplies to students attending Title One schools.

Abloy launches mobile digital key and extremely weatherproof Bluetooth padlock

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Abloy launches mobile digital key and extremely weatherproof Bluetooth padlock | #TpromoCom #Abloy #Lock #Security | Announced today, the new ABLOY® BEAT locking solution includes a novel digital key, a mobile app and an IP68-rated, weatherproof Bluetooth padlock. The future-proof solution is designed to boost operational efficiency while securing critical infrastructure, commercial institutions and industry sites. ABLOY BEAT is managed with the visual ABLOY® OS user interface.

Helsinki, Finland (March 17, 2020) – Finland-based security and locking solutions provider Abloy Oy today unveiled its newest innovation in digital keys, the ABLOY BEAT. The new keyless solution combines three main components: a digital key, a mobile application and a heavy-duty, Bluetooth padlock. All is managed with the visual ABLOY OS user interface.

Among businesses worldwide, there is a growing need for the convenience and accessibility of highly secure keyless access solutions – either as an addition to existing workflows or as a standalone solution. Especially in remote areas or situations where carrying a physical key can bring the possibility of corruption or even danger for the holder, a mobile solution is also in demand.

“BEAT is part of the ongoing ‘keyvolution’, heralding a new era of effortless connectivity, without a physical key. Yet there are no keyless locks. The key has just taken on some new forms. Leveraging on our heritage and expertise in high-level security, we have built a new digital key. It is encrypted with the most advanced Seos® credential technology, developed by HID Global. Used with your mobile device, the digital key provides best-in-class security and privacy protection,” said Jorma Issakainen, Vice President, ABLOY Critical Infrastructure.

Combining a digital key with a heavy-duty Bluetooth padlock

BEAT is designed especially for professional physical protection of critical infrastructure, businesses and industry sites. While securing property, it also offers customers improved operational efficiency, reducing both logistics and costs. It also saves on fuel emissions, making it a sustainable option. The solution is intended to be used in sectors like telecom and data centers, transportation and logistics, utilities (water, electricity, gas) and mining.

The digital BEAT key connects to the physical heavy-duty, Bluetooth padlock, designed to perform in harsh environments and remote areas. The padlock has an IP68 protection rating, a case-hardened steel body and LED indications for lock status. It complements the current ABLOY® SUPER WEATHER PROOF range of padlocks.

Future-ready to meet changing security needs

BEAT can be integrated with existing security workflow solutions in use, but it can also be implemented as a standalone locking solution with ABLOY OS. ABLOY OS enables managing keys, locks, and access rights on-the-go and remotely from a single, easy-to-use and highly visual interface.

BEAT is the latest addition to Abloy’s comprehensive and evolving digital portfolio of future-ready security and access control solutions. The news announced today is the first phase of the BEAT solution, and the company plans to unveil new features in the future.

With today’s launch the ABLOY digital portfolio now includes both keyless (BEAT), electromechanical (PROTEC2 CLIQ) and mechanical (ABLOY® PROTEC2) options. All options, including the mechanical PROTEC2, can in the near future be managed with the same ABLOY OS interface. ABLOY Competence Centers, sales units and distributors on six continents provide customers with technical expertise, professional service and support.

Starting from today, ABLOY BEAT will be made available globally in stages. It will be showcased on international trade shows such as Expo Seguridad (Mexico) in April, ISC Brasil (Brazil) in June, ISC West (USA) in July, as well as IFSEC International (UK) and GSX (USA) in September. Samples will also be available for examination at ABLOY distribution offices.

Alert and Protocols Next Stage of the Security Situation (Convid-19)

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Alert and Protocols Next Stage of the Security Situation (Convid-19) | #TpromoCom #ISIO #COVID19 #Security #Safety | Multi-national corporate companies may have globally located partners or branches therefore dictating that what happens in one country will impact another. 

There are some countries that are within days be in a state of anarchy which will deliver unimaginable consequential collateral damage. Using the term ‘unimaginable’ is because, now more so than ever, desperate people will do desperate things which they would never think of doing before. 

There are many slum cities besides poor people living in villages, towns and cities. These people are massed together that live, eat, and transport together. They are inter-dependent on each other besides dependant on menial jobs paying them daily or weekly. It would be impossible for them to lockdown for 21 days and starve to death. Their situation would drive them to acts of desperation

Also, there are also invisible people working in high-risk sites who are the foundation of support services that keep the system alive. For example, people applaud the surgeons, doctors and nurses but what about the cleaners, cooks and maintained that keep the hospitals running? When one or more get ill, the entire chain of support may need to be re-manned, but the re-training time impacts the smooth running of the system

The following may sound not applicable to practitioners in some countries however, the situation would be time dependant on finding of a cure. 

Situation

  • Increased numbers of starving people due to loss of jobs
  • People desperate for medicines, protection clothing and equipment
  • Many will be desperate for protection gear depending on their location for security

Implications

    • Mob attacks on warehouses stocking food and medicines or outlets for such be located in malls shops hospitals, pharmacies or old-aged nursing homes or even shops on the streets.
    • Attacks of logical supply chain of food and medicine
    • Increased home invasions 
    • Many more weaponized people without training
    • Increased perimeter protection equipment and manpower
    • Many more people suffering from emotional or mental disorders

Problems

    • It is doubtful that countries can afford to mass feed or house the many. Once people starve specially their children would starve, then, their reaction would be hostile
    • The covid-19 pandemic is similar to the previous SARS threat but, the SARS was easier to cure. Even though some human trials have begun, it  when an antidote will be discovered, obtain approval, manufacture and distribute. 

Limiting the collateral damage

Considering the term that security success to limit the collateral damage of the virus on people and assets will depend on the level of situational awareness of the people on the ground and their reaction speed

Situational Awareness: the knowledge to identify a person of interest or a group working in concert. One must heighten situational awareness using equipment, technology and manpower.

  • Technology and Equipment 

Temperature/Fever detection using CCTV or Handheld thermometers will detect an infected person

One cannot bank on facial recognition as people will wear masks . Some facial recognition technology is deriving disappointing results because of the masks (https://ipvm.com/reports/face-masks). The combination of both temperature/fever and facial would be best for certain applications if one does not have handheld thermometers.

People on the ground making decisions

  • Manpower: It is vital that manpower must be quickly trained with skills that are relevant to the new threat. Comprehending the narrative, it is possible that the manpower on the ground could be dealing with volatile behaviour. 

The officers on the ground must have the character traits that are balanced with empathy and ego drive. A highly aggressive and reactive person is not a good choice for first interaction with the public. This threat also dictates that the people on the ground will experience issues that they know and that they do not know. For example, they may have been trained not to take action but, to summon their superiors. Making decisions and reaction speed for pandemic security demands fast decision making and actions to be taken. Scenario, the temperature/fever detection identifies a person of interest. What should they do? There is quite a bit more to this…  (get the answers from ISIO (find later in this work) 

  • The Manpower must be able to identify a person of interest and to determine if they are working in concert with others either voluntarily or under duress to mitigate loss prevention. Therefore, lie, deception detection and critical situational interviewing are the relevant skills 
  • Subsequently, some practitioners may need to be familiar with crime culture, criminal methods and behaviour
  • Bias impacting decision-making. Bias towards any size, colour, religion of a person could be misinterpreted which could add fuel to the fire of violent behaviour. 
  • Psychological Considerations

Practitioners could handle emotionally distraught or mentally unwell people. This calls for practitioners on the ground now must be even more socially aware to comprehend that some people (determine if they are normal, emotional or mentally challenged) may be over-reacting and becoming highly sensitive and must be understood before physical intervention is used. 

  • Cultural Considerations

A person that is bias will naturally display their emotions in their tone of voice and body language which will instinctively obtain a negative reaction by another person to the extent of a hostile and physical reaction. This could also lead to a person misinterpreting or being misunderstood by another culture and providing an unreliable reading to the practitioner. This calls for practitioners to be properly trained with lie, deception detection using critical situational interviewing taking cultural behaviour into account.  For handling conflict or violent behaviour, the practitioner must be culturally aware (conduct and behaviour) so that they do not over-react or make decisions based on bias 

Reaction Speed

Reacting to late will invite collateral damage. It is recommended that when a person that has been flagged with a high temperature then the protocols mentioned below must be used. As a matter of fact, unlike investigation scenarios where reaction speed must be purposely timeous, for pandemic security reaction speed is paramount from the person in charge down to the practitioner on the ground.

  • Physical Considerations

We must consider that people are now perhaps ‘weaponized’ with covid19 and therefore, precautions must be considered

Protocols for Action

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When identifying the Person-of-interest using temperature/Fever detection

  1. We must consider that people are now perhaps ‘weaponized’ with covid19 and therefore, precautions must be considered
  2. Approaching the person must only be by properly protected trained staff
  • Consider that the person that is infected could affect others within 1.5m (+3ft) to 2m (6ft) and, also know that the eyes and mouth could be entry points for the virus. Subsequently, staff must use eye-goggles or face shields with masks when approaching a person of interest. 
  • If there is resistance by a person-of-concern, then the practitioner may consider if correctly trained to detain the person of concern and must alert the authorities as soon as possible (Each sector has its own recommended protocols. Contact HIM for discussion)

Incident Management 

The validity of the narrative will depend on the quality of the data captured, either by deception detection critical situational interviews or by physically testing people for the virus. Yes, it is possible to locate a person of interesting depending on the stage of infection when they display a temperature/fever which could be captured on cctv or by handheld devices, but, at the end of the day, the data must be accurately reported. 

A skilled practitioner with investigation management and critical thinking abilities would be able follow certain bits of information that will present an understanding and overall interpretation of the complete picture. 

By following the data, the practitioner would then be able to see the movement and tempo of an emerging threat. The reaction speed must be timeously applied to limit or mitigate the collateral damage but again in regarding pandemics, quick reaction speed is vital. There is no room for procrastination – response time must be quick.

Presented by ISIO |International Security Industry Organization

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NEC Developing Facial Recognition Platform for Star Alliance Frequent Flyers

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The proposed system is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020. Star Alliance members will be able to let their passengers use a mobile device to enroll in the program, and the latter will only need to do so once to enable biometric authentication when flying with any Star Alliance airline at an airport that supports the biometric technology.

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TV antenna usage in US broadband households jumped to 25% in 2019

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March 26, 2020

TV antenna usage in US broadband households jumped to 25% in 2019 and is expected to grow more as COVID-19 keeps consumers at home

#Consumer research study finds #TV #antenna use has increased | #TpromoCom | predicts more widespread usage as people shelter in place from Parks Associates finds that 25% of US broadband households use an antenna to watch local broadcast TV channels, up from 15% in 2018. 360 Deep Dive: Today’s Broadcast TV also reports that roughly one-half of antenna users do not subscribe to any pay-TV services, either traditional or vMVPD services.

The study, conducted in the third quarter of 2019, examines the demand for broadcast TV, including pay TV, over-the-air, and online sources. The survey finds households that watch over-the air TV channels watch more video overall than average broadband households.

The study, conducted in the third quarter of 2019, examines uptake and perception of broadband services among US households.

“Local news matters to most households—local broadcast channels are the most preferred channel types, and news is the most preferred broadcast content,” said Steve Nason, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “These content preferences shape the access habits of consumers, so antenna usage is increasing as households look to meet these needs, and we will see these trends increase as more shelter-in-place orders take effect and households look for inexpensive content options to offset lost wages.”

Overall 78% of US broadband households watch live TV channels. As households look to cut expenses, their reliance on antennas for information and entertainment will likely increase.

“Penetration of broadcast TV and antennas increased markedly in 2019,” Nason said. “Thirty percent of US broadband households report owning a TV antenna, and we expect upward trends both in ownership and usage to continue, especially as we face this public health crisis keeping people at home.”

360 Deep Dive: Today’s Broadcast TV, a Quantified Consumer study, profiles consumers of live content and ownership of TVs and antennae among live TV viewers. The research quantifies the shift in live content to online platforms and the role that live TV plays in the lives of connected consumers.

Parks Associates is launching multiple surveys in April 2020 to quantify the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on consumer behaviors, purchasing, and usage of connected devices and services, titled COVID-19 Impact on Communications and Entertainment and COVID-19 Impact on Telehealth and Independent Living. For more information on Today’s Broadcast TV and these other studies, contact sales@parksassociates.com

To request data or an interview, please contact Rosey Ulpino at rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes the Internet of Things (IoT), digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com

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News on RMR Utility Monitoring Opportunities by Verdafero

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Mistakes do happen where it comes to your commercial client’s various utilities. Common utilities include:

    • Electricity
    • Natural Gas
    • Water
    • Fuel Oil
    • Propane
    • and others

One way to combat mistakes and downright fraud when it happens is to get your calculator out and add up all the numbers, or sell your clients “Utility Monitoring.” Not only will they save money, but you’ll adopt a new RMR income stream, right along with the monthly income you derive from their fire and security systems.

Find out more about it by watching this video:

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WHO, coronavirus testing lab hit by hackers as opportunistic attacks ramp up

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#WHO, coronavirus testing lab hit by #hackers as opportunistic attacks ramp up | #TpromoCom #COVID19 | The World Health Organization has reportedly seen attempted cyberattacks double since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and a vaccine testing facility has also been targeted with ransomware.

According to Reuters, WHO has seen a marked increase in attempted cyberattacks – with one of the most recent reportedly perpetrated by a hacker group called DarkHotel. The unsuccessful attack spoofed a webpage to look like a login portal for agency employees in an attempt to steal passwords.

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#Security Integrators and #Alarm Dealers looking for new sources of #RMR | #Verdafero #Energy | Verdafero of San Jose is a 3rd party service provider, offering Cloud-based utility monitoring to commercial and industrial clients through companies like yours. If you’re looking for a new source of RMR, look no further–here it is: https://bit.ly/3adrBa1

N95 Masks and the Coronavirus: More Production Underway

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N95 #Masks and the #Coronavirus: More Production Underway | #TpromoCom #Pandemic | To address growing demand of masks during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, Honeywell is quickly ramping up production and making millions of the N95 masks in the United States.

We are expanding manufacturing operations in a factory in Smithfield, Rhode Island, which also produces UVEX safety glasses.

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Alarm Companies Play Major Role in Protecting Corporate Utilities | #Verdafero #AlarmSystem #Security #PowerFailure | Building security and management is becoming an ever increasing challenge as hackers and other bad actors grow in their ability to penetrate IT networks. Monitoring a variety of building utilities augments building management efforts while assuring the security and well being of critical business data. Find out more by watching this video: https://youtu.be/wPkRlZgGGe4