The Security Week That Was: A Recap - Dec. 9-15, 2006

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession


- Integrian, known for its mobile video solutions (the systems are used in public transit and police cruisers) has purchased Signal Innovations Group, a company which is developing video analytics.

- It’s been somewhat common knowledge that children sleep so soundly that alarm signals don’t always wake them. New research on the subject out of Columbus, Ohio, says even the pre-recorded voice designs -- the kinds of smoke alarms that can record a parents vocal instructons – aren’t foolproof. To get around the problem, researchers suggest placement of alarm notification devices in multiple locations in the home, especially near the places where children may be sleeping.

- The GAO, the watchdog of so many big government projects, didn’t have much positive news about border security this week. It noted that biometric entry is going OK, but conversely warned that the proposed biometric exist program is a traffic clog waiting to happen.

That’s the word from the street in the world of security. We close with a look at our most read stories of the week, including one perplexingly popular announcement about a new homeland security solutions firm: