The Security Week That Was: A Recap - March 4-10, 2006

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

Also in the news this past week, Sanyo's CCTV business lined up a partnership with well-known casino security integrator and design firm North American Video. The move is expected to help Sanyo further establish itself in that specialty market area. And while we're connecting the dots, Devcon finished up the final paperwork and dealings to acquire Guardian International; the move gives Devcon bigger play in Florida and New York markets.

What Is a Weapon?

SIW continually reports on the latest surveillance and detection technologies, but if you "detected" an SUV in your cameras, would you feel threatened? The University of North Carolina experienced an incident of this type last Friday, when a student, who allegedly sought to revenge atrocities against Muslims, sped a large SUV at a popular student hangout called "The Pit." While no students were killed, the attack illustrates 1) the changing nature of what can be a weapon, 2) the need for physical control devices like bollards and other vehicle stopping barriers, and finally, 3) the out-of-left field attacks that are going show up on your radar screen.

Finally, we share a look at the most read stories of the week. Looking at the list, interest in port security is off the charts, not only because of the Dubai Ports World deal, butt also because transportation industry security practices have tended to shape almost all other security market sectors.