Steven Seagal banned from Ukraine as he’s deemed a ‘security threat’.

According to a recent report by UK news service The Sun, action star Steven Seagul has been banned from entering the Ukraine for five years after the security services (SBU) labelled him a security threat. The ban comes in the wake of Seagul receiving a Russian passport from Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit with American actor Steven Seagal in the Kremlin late last year. According to the report, a … [Read more...]

The Refinement Of Smart Homes: Opportunities For Installers And Locksmiths In 2017

It is a well-established fact in the marketing and business worlds that it costs as much as five times as much to attract new customers than it does to retain an existing customer. However, in service-based industries such as locksmiths or domestic alarm installation where a customer has a very specific need that, once fulfilled, is unlikely to generate much in the way of repeat business, the question becomes, how do you … [Read more...]

Security should be the antidote to fear

An elderly couple posed this question to me yesterday: “What do you think? Should we be letting Muslims into the country?” This is an otherwise good, you could say warmhearted, couple, who have worked all their life, raised families, built successful businesses, contributed to society and donated generously to charities; in other words, model citizens, the sort of people you would hope to grow to be yourself and for … [Read more...]

Can The Police Force Me To Turn Off My Dash Cam?

I was recently pulled over by the police. When they went to question me, they noticed my dash cam and told me to turn it off. When I asked them on what basis they could require me to do so, they would not answer. In the end, I thought I had better not rock the boat and turned it off. My question is whether or not the police have the power to force me to turn it off? Dale Griffith, Victoria.   As you would be … [Read more...]

Creating A Resilient Organisation

Resilience – what does it mean? Bounce back, bounce forward, to recover and prosper? For Global Resilience Group Director Mark Carrick, it is about moving forward and never giving up. “For me personally, the first thing I always seem to think of is Indiana Jones, relentlessly pursued by that enormous rolling ball in the original Raiders of the Lost Ark. His focus on not only avoiding the ball, but treating each setback … [Read more...]

Welcome To Security Solutions

Latest issue of Security Solutions out now! Security Solutions is a leading security resource for business, government and the security industry. Through Security Solutions, readers enjoy access to information from leading experts on issues such as terrorism, operational security matters, technological developments, risk management and IT security as well as the latest news on security events. As a busy security … [Read more...]

Wondering How to Reduce the Complexity of Smart Home Platforms? IHS Markit Weighs In With Answers

  One significant challenge with the smart home: it has many moving parts. From protocols and interoperability to professional and DIY, the smart home is far from straightforward. Platforms that are the backbone of smart home, are meant to bring order but often only add to the chaos. The reason – fragmentation. Although there are dozens of platforms, most are very similar, which only adds to the confusion of … [Read more...]

The Old Security Paradigm

In todays’ fast paced, globally connected world, openness and technological innovation have become the expected norm in every aspect of both our personal and business life. This, combined with increasing global and local security threats, has created unique challenges in organizations trying to improve security while at the same time trying to minimize the impact and inconvenience which usually occurs as a side effect of … [Read more...]

Smart Home Systems Penetration to Reach 7% Globally by 2025, Says IHS Markit

The research firm suggests service providers will have to offer flexible billing models in order to preserve growth in the smart home market. The global household penetration of smart home systems will reach 3% by 2018 and 7% by 2025, according to a research note by IHS Markit. In 2023, professionally monitored smart homes will exceed non-connected, traditionally monitored security systems, according to the research … [Read more...]

Will Rhetoric Trump Security?

On 8th November 2016, global politics went into a tailspin. A world still struggling to come to terms with the shock of Brexit was confronted by the Donald Trump bandwagon rolling into Washington, D.C. on the back of a mainly white, some would say racist, backlash against the political, intellectual and economic establishment. Such was the shock of Trump’s victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that it is … [Read more...]

The Culture Of Resilience

This article focuses on the relationship between human and organisational resilience from a leadership perspective in the creation of a culture of resilience. All leaders are likely to face situations where members of a group, community or organisation experience challenges and uncertainty. However, few leaders are likely to encounter the life and death leadership situations experienced by Ernest Shackleton and his … [Read more...]

Digital Video Software Revenue to Exceed $9 billion by 2021, IHS Markit Says

Global digital video software market revenue to rise from $6 billion in 2015 to more than $9 billion by 2021 LONDON (7 December 2016) – The video software market is expected to exceed $9 billion in revenue by 2021, according to new insights released today by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. The atomization of media distribution and the switch from … [Read more...]

VIVOTEK Delivers Optimal Security Coverage at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California

Background Decommissioned in San Diego, California, the USS Midway served from 1945 until 1992, as the longest-serving American aircraft carrier of the 20th century. The historic naval ship museum opened to the public for tours on June 10th, 2004 and receives 1,000,000 visitors annually. The USS Midway’s mission is to preserve, inspire, educate and entertain visitors as well as serve as America’s living symbol of … [Read more...]

Future Opportunities For Control Room Technology And Service Providers

The command and control room and public-safety answering point (PSAP) market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.1 percent, from $5.4 billion in 2015 to $7.6 billion in 2020. Major factors spurring market growth include national public-safety initiatives like FirstNet and NG911 in the US, technology integration and system interoperability, increased value placed on big data and analytics, and control … [Read more...]

The ViDiLabs Calc application

The ViDiLabs Calc application for iOS is designed by Vlado Damjanovski, the author of many well-known books, to assist all professionals working with digital and IP cameras. The calculator is designed to help determine the best lenses for their desired coverage and calculate the required storage. Although the ViDiLabs Calc has been designed specifically for the IP CCTV Industry, it may also be used by any … [Read more...]

Homegrown ISIS Inspired and Directed Terror Attacks—the New Normal?

As the Syrian and Iraqi battlefields come under heavy siege and ISIS continues to sustain substantial losses, it leaders are calling for and even directing, via encrypted social media apps, homegrown terrorism in the West. As a rest, we have seen airports attacked in Brussels and Istanbul; pedestrians mown-down in Nice; an attempted IED explosion in Canada; a massacre in Bangladesh - the list goes on. And it begs the … [Read more...]