Chinese AI unicorns target smart cities & public security | #TpromoCom #AI #Military #Chinese | According to research company, Memoori, in a bid to be at the forefront of the technology, China is pouring billions of dollars into companies that are researching AI technology, with video analytics and IoT platforms for smart cities being two of the prime applications.
Memoori estimates that China accounts for approx. 31% of global physical security revenues and says that it is now the biggest single country market for physical security products having increased its share by almost 50% in the last 7 years.
Video surveillance equipment has been the major contributor here, with the market growing rapidly through a boom in new construction and safe city projects in the public sector. Hundreds of cities in China, large and small, have jumped on the smart cities bandwagon, as advocated by Beijing, and have established budgets to support such initiatives.
Earthquake warning app will give anyone in California the chance to prepare | #TpromoCom #Earthquake #Sensor #Notification #Emergency | Authorities will begin issuing quake early warnings through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, offering text message alerts even for people who have not downloaded the app.
The unveiling of the new version of UC Berkeley’s MyShake app is a major achievement in the years of efforts to bring California an earthquake early warning system. Until Thursday, only people with the city of Los Angeles’ ShakeAlertLA app and physically present in Los Angeles County could get the alerts.
Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismology Lab, said a few seconds of warning can give people time to drop, cover and hold on before the shaking begins.
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On the 12th of this month, Security eNews–your news blog–carried the following news item related to single-use and combination burglar / fire alarm panels, alleged to be non compliant with regard to UL 985 and NFPA 72:
Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified (click here).
I’d like to make a personal observation on this matter.
First, was public disclosure with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) really necessary? In a world where the popular news media grandstands on any and every opportunity to demonize the security industry, was this really necessary?
Second, as technicians, many of us have suspected that there might be potential issues with the electronic burglar alarm panels we use… but we didn’t publicly disclose the matter because it would tell every burglar known to man that there could be an inherent issue. Oh, and we commonly run our alarm wires inside the walls, inside the structure, and not outside so burglars cannot easily short them.
Third, couldn’t this be handled in some other manner, other than involving all the above as well as the entire world?
In conclusion, the resolution to this issue is now beyond comprehension or the financial ability of anyone to address via normal channels.
Not only will this effectively cause most burglar alarm panel manufacturers to expend an unimaginable amount of money and effort to fix, if found to be an issue, but it could put some of them out of business. It may also mean that every alarm company out there might have to return to their good customer’s place of business or residence to replace the alarm panels that they previously installed–and most likely at their own expense.
Did I forget to mention the lawsuits that could result because of all this? Of course, some of the older panels out there were installed before UL and NFPA compliance was codified. That will, of course, help limit or contain the problem to some degree.
Alarm dealers, the immediate resolution to this problem is to stop running all your wires surface on the outside of buildings and homes. Well, at least make sure you don’t (sorry for the bit of sarcasm here).
And finally, I sincerely hope I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting ride. –Al Colombo
About Al Colombo
Allan B. Colombo is a long-time trade journalist and copywriter in the security and life-safety markets. Over the past 35 years his byline has appeared in nearly every security and locksmith trade magazine on the planet. He’s now a Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom, a social media, content, and web design company based in Canton, Ohio.
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Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | #TpromoCom #UL #NFPA #FireAlarm | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified.
Jeff Zwirn, president of IDS Research & Development, discovered this issue and has produced several videos which show the non-compliance of the panels.
The claims are that none of the control panel equipment tested complied with codes UL 985 and NFPA 72. The non-conforming control units are unable to communicate the alarm condition to the central monitoring station in certain conditions, and cannot audibly alert the property owner and those within the property of life safety dangers such as smoke and carbon monoxide, or intrusion.
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National #CyberSecurity Awareness Month | #ESC_LLC #CyberCrime | During October, the Division of Financial Institution will be sharing cybersecurity information and resources to help individuals and organizations protect their money and recognize risks.
he Ohio Department of Commerce and National Cyber Security Alliance are urging Ohioans to be safer online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The 2019 theme, “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” is to emphasize online safety and the importance of cybersecurity practices at home, on the go and in the workplace.
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Security cams on West Texas ranch capture suspected illegal immigration | #TpromoCom #VideoSurveillance #Security #Safety | There’s a tremendous need for video surveillance in applications such as border and street surveillance. Some may think it’s too ‘Big Brother.’
Texas (Border Report) — Brite Ranch trustee Jim White says security cameras he’s installed over the last few years have helped capture everything from migrants illegally entering Texas to people trying to run drugs across the border.
White told Anna Wiernicki he’s installed a security gate on the main road of his ranch outside Marfa to stop traffic coming in and out. He’s also invested in a wireless camera network installed across his ranch. The cameras are all controlled remotely through a computer or cell phone.
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NAPCO Security Technologies Announces School Security Project at Tyler Independent Schools in Texas | #ESC_LLC #NAPCO #School #Security | NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. today announced that its products are being used in a school district security project at the Tyler Independent Schools in Tyler, Texas.
AMITYVILLE, N.Y., Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. (NSSC), one of the world’s leading solutions providers and manufacturers of school safety lock down systems, Internet of Things (IoT) connected home, video and fire systems, as well as enterprise-class access control and door locking products, today announced that its products are being used in a school district security project at the Tyler Independent Schools in Tyler, Texas. The district has approximately eighteen thousand students.
The project includes the installation of NAPCO ‘s Continental Access division Access Control products at the district’s two new high schools, Robert E. Lee High School and John Tyler High School. The access control system will control access to over sixty doors in both schools utilizing the new CA4K software and associated hardware. Features of the CA4K software program include the fastest processing times currently available on the market today, rapid door opening times, full data downloads in minutes, email and SMS alerts and control of up to 32,000 doors. It is a truly one box solution that is easy to use, program, deploy and maintain.
Richard Soloway, CEO of NAPCO commented “We are very happy to report another school security project at the new high schools in Tyler, Texas. NAPCO continues to grow its presence in the school security vertical and we expect that the growth opportunity remains robust in this area. We have seen new legislation passed which directs funding to schools for security which we believe will be a positive tail wind for us. We would like to thank the Tyler Schools for choosing our products.”
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