The Security Week That Was: A Recap - May 20-26, 2006

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

In last week's recap we told the story of how a number of mass transit and air transit facilities were beginning to use intelligent video applications. And while some transit facilities are moving ahead with analytics, still others are putting together the budgets to get camera systems in the first place. New York announced this week that it was considering systems that would put additional cameras throughout its subway system. Ostensibly, the cameras' primary purpose would be to deter common crimes like vandalism, but there are clearly implications that these could also be used against terrorism. It's the rule of the day: Design your systems to provide ROI on the common threats, but robust enough to have an effect against lower-probability, yet higher-risk threats.

And the other news...

Other leading headlines: Westec Interactive debuted its Remote Management System, which can handle remote video applications, reports that link with Point-of-Sale (POS) data, and even media displays. It's had early success with chain retailers and chains in the quick-service food industry. ... California integrator Jenkins Security Solutions has teamed up with MDI to deploy the "One" system at a variety of hospitals. ... North American Video announced successful completion of a 6-week rush job to secure a distribution headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. ... The U.S. Capitol was in lock-down this Friday morning after shots were heard from what was believed to be the parking area of the Rayburn House Office Building. ... Long Island nightclubs are going to see a boost in security thanks to a new system that uses cameras to capture images of patron's faces and which uses facial recognition to identify the unruly ones.