NASA Prepares to Launch Internal COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

NASA Logo (image)NASA Prepares to Launch Internal COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program | #TpromoCom #NASA #Government #Privacy #COVID19 | As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread in the U.S., NASA is tapping commercial software to start an internal contact tracing program (Source: NextGov.com).

According to an information collection notice posted Tuesday in the Federal Register, the voluntary program “will be used to determine whether NASA personnel have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and to track and trace their interactions across the NASA community for identifying possible points of exposure.”

Once the program is stood up, NASA plans to designate a health care-focused employee to act as the NASA Contact Tracer to lead the effort.

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67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device

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67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device | #TpromoCom #Parks #Broadband #Internet | Industry report examines device and technology platform strategies for large players Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku, Samsung, and Sony

New research from Parks Associates finds 67% of US broadband households own and use at least one internet-connected video device, either a smart TV, streaming media player, internet-connected gaming console, or connected PVR/DVR. The firm’s Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation notes that these devices get plenty of use but also have lengthening replacement cycles, which is driving manufacturers to explore new strategies, including software and service offerings, exclusive hardware-content bundles, and open ecosystems. The challenges and thin margins in the CE are also narrowing the field of competitors.

“The connected entertainment space is moving towards a smartphone model, in which a handful of platform players control the operating system, UX, and consumer access to services and features,” said Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “These platform players stand to win big as consumers increasingly choose to sign up for their OTT service subscriptions through storefronts like Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, or Roku Channel Premium Subscriptions.”

Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation profiles the product ecosystems and market strategies for Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, Roku, Samsung, and Sony. It analyzes benefits and drawbacks of closed versus open device and app ecosystems and offers insights on consumer expectations for their devices as content consumption shifts toward streaming service options.

“Major changes in content distribution and consumption are affecting the CE market, notably the rise of OTT services and decline in pay-TV subscriptions,” Hanich said. “The increasing fragmentation in the content services market means there’s no single path to reach consumers. These factors, along with the consumer demand to access their content when and where they are, are pushing the connected entertainment market slowly but steadily in favor of open ecosystems where consumers can access most, if not all, of the services they want on the device they want regardless of which platform they decide to use.”

The report notes that in 2019 alone, 6.4 million US consumers cut the cord on their traditional pay-TV service, transitioning to OTT streaming and/or broadcast television, both of which continue to rise in adoption and usage.

For information about the Connected Entertainment Ecosystems: Competition & Cooperation, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Rosey Ulpino at rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.

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Utility Monitoring: A New and Exciting RMR Opportunity for Security Integrators and Alarm Dealers

Utility Monitoring offers a new source of RMR (image)The monitoring of intrusion alarm systems, closed circuit television, access control, fire alarms and other is a common way to create a bountiful and reliable supply of cash flow. Not only does it provide operating capital, but when it comes to retirement, when it’s time to sell the business, it will jack the going price by many times.

Utility Monitoring adds an additional revenue stream to your RMR (image)If you’re a security integrator or an alarm dealer, you can add considerably to the RMR you’re making every month now by adding Utility Monitoring to your list of monitored systems. Believe me, someone’s going to do it, and so why not you?

Find out more about it by contacting me, Al Colombo, a 45-year veteran of the security industry. Fill out the form below and I’ll connect with you on a day and time when we can chat. If you want to chat by phone, be sure to leave your number in the comment window.

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Trump administration moves against Chinese telecom firms citing national security

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Trump administration moves against Chinese telecom firms citing national security | #TpromoCom #NationalSecurity #China #TeleCommunications | The Trump administration is moving aggressively on national security grounds against Chinese telecom firms, with key agencies this week recommending that a subsidiary of China’s largest landline provider have its U.S. license revoked.

The advice to pull a license from China Telecom Americas was prompted by long-standing concerns that the firm, whose parent company is state-owned, poses unacceptable risks of Chinese espionage and disruption of U.S. networks, U.S. officials said.

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Utility Monitoring: A New and Exciting RMR Opportunity for Security Integrators and Alarm Dealers

Utility Monitoring offers a new source of RMR (image)The monitoring of intrusion alarm systems, closed circuit television, access control, fire alarms and other is a common way to create a bountiful and reliable supply of cash flow. Not only does it provide operating capital, but when it comes to retirement, when it’s time to sell the business, it will jack the going price by many times.

If you’re a security integrator or an alarm dealer, you can add considerably to the RMR you’re making every month now by adding Utility Monitoring to your list of monitored systems. Believe me, someone’s going to do it, and so why not you?

Find out more about it by contacting me, Al Colombo, a 45-year veteran of the security industry. Fill out the form below and I’ll connect with you on a day and time when we can chat. If you want to chat by phone, be sure to leave your number in the comment window.

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Al Colombo

New StarLink Cellular Solutions Full Line Brochure

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New StarLink Cellular Solutions Full Line Brochure | #TpromoCom #NAPCO #Monitoring # | Napco Security Technologies, Inc., introduced a new full-line brochure on its class-leading StarLink® Cellular Solutions for commercial fire, connected business/home and intrusion alarm applications.

New StarLink Cellular Solutions Full Line Brochure (Image)StarLink Full Line Brochure (A766), is downloadable online, and contains specs and ordering info. on all StarLink models & accessories, StarLink, StarLink Connect, StarLink Connect DL, StarLink Fire, including new signal strength tester tool and optional Omni-Series extended indoor/outdoor antennae. It also contains information on two new award-winning panel products with StarLink Inside, i.e., with StarLink Cell Communicators onboard, such as FireLink FACPs and iSecure All-Inclusive Cellular Alarm Systems.

Ask for StarLink cellular solutions today at your local distributor, or for more info. contact your local Sales Representative or Napco Customer Service or at 1-800-645-9445. For free local training classes please also consult our training schedule www.napcosecurity.com/seminars.

About NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc.
NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSSC) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technologically advanced electronic security equipment including intrusion and fire alarm systems, access control and door locking systems. The Company consists of NAPCO plus three wholly-owned subsidiaries: Alarm Lock, Continental Access, and Marks USA. The products are installed by security professionals worldwide in commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and government applications. NAPCO products have earned a reputation for technical excellence, reliability and innovation, poising the Company for growth in the rapidly expanding electronic security market, a multi-billion dollar market.

 

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.

Incident Management Protocols – Covid19

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Incident Management Protocols – Covid19 | #ISIO #COVID19 #EmergencyManagement | Regardless of size of the region of interest, be it a country or company, the HR and Security must work together by assessing their own incident reporting from the ground to fully comprehend their own narrative.

Security success to limit the Covid19 collateral damage will depend on the level of situational awareness of the people on the ground and their reaction speed. The security officers on the ground are first line of defence.

Furthermore, they are also the ones that gather information from the people on the ground.

1. Find a person of concern
2. Establish who they have been in contact with

Considerations for Protocols

    • The HR manager may be notified of a person that is on sick leave.
      The reason of the sickness needs to be qualified and validated.
      Hopefully, the person discloses the truth of their sickness.
    • If the person has contracted covid19, then, the security manager
      must now use access control and cctv to trace the interactions
      the person had with others.
    • One may need to install analytical software with facial recognition
      software to assist in the search.
    • There may be thermal detectors installed in the cctv software but that
      will only be effective once a person’s condition goes into full-blown
      status. The objective of the tracing of others is to detect the social
      interaction chain of people!
    • The cctv and access control records of the last 14 days since the sick
      person reported must be viewed
    • The tracking must be from entry from just outside perimeter
      security. Perhaps, the person arrived at work with different people
      from different departments and separated once they walked through
      perimeter security
    • The people that interacted with the person of interest, now have to be
      put on the top of the health monitoring list for at least 14 days.
    • The Security Manager cannot simply rely on the cctv or access
      control technology because not all areas are under surveillance. They
      would need to go on the ground to critical situational interview
      possible people of concern that interacted with the sick person.
      However, people may not be forthcoming with information for
      various reasons mentioned herein.

Getting the most out of incident management software or incident reporting

The practitioner must read the situation using critical thinking outside and inside the box. The mission is to gather all-the-information from the people on the ground which calls for deception detection and critical situational interviewing because people do lie, hide information for a number of reasons. Quick Situational Security Awareness interviewing using critical thinking is key!

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articles on ISIO.

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Smoke alarm provided by Henrico Fire alerts occupants of house to fire

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Smoke alarm provided by Henrico #Fire alerts occupants of house to fire | #TpromoCom #SmokeAlarm #LifeSafety | At about 4:16 p.m. that day, the alarm notified residents at the home, in the 1700 block of Oak Hill Lane near Mechanicsville Turnpike, of the fire. Someone called 911 and said that the home was filling with smoke.

Firefighters arrived shortly thereafter and found smoke coming from the second floor of a two-story single-family home. To read the rest of this article, click here.