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  • Technology would protect hotel staff

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday February 8, 2012
    If a proposed contract for New York City hotel staffers is approved, personal panic alarms (panic buttons) would be part of a measure to improve safety for those staff members . The proposal between the Hotel Association of New York (the association of...
  • GPS tracking considerations

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday February 1, 2012
    The New York Times has a great article about GPS tracking considerations in light of the recent Supreme Court case that effectively declared that warrants are necessary for GPS tracking . What the New York Times does is point out the grey areas beyond...
  • Staying vigilant in protecting your business

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday January 27, 2012
    Back in October of last year, in this same Friday column , I wrote about the advancement of what I referred to as "municipal monitoring". What I was referring to was not the practice of a city monitoring its own camera system or fire alarms at city...
  • The 'Clark' lesson for incident command

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday January 13, 2012
    Almost a decade ago, a tugboat captain pushing a barge on the Arkansas River lost control of his vessel and struck the bridge support for Interstate 40 near the town of Webbers Falls, Oklahoma. The bridge collapsed into the river and over a dozen...
  • The biggest heists

    By Geoff Kohl - Monday January 9, 2012
    ADT dealer Advanced Direct Security sent us this fun infographic about some of the world's biggest heists. Seriously, Hollywood rarely comes up with heists bigger than these (although they tend to provide more drama in their telling of similar...
  • Hotel guests didn't like this access error

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday January 3, 2012
    Guests breaking into hotel rooms through ceilings, party in the hallways, guests climbing from balcony to balcony, and it was all because of a hotel key card access control system that stopped working when they New Year hit. That's the story from KKTV...
  • Creating CEU classes for the security industry

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday October 13, 2011
    QUESTION : Do you know to whom and how I would submit a training program to be approved for CEU credits? [We received this question via email, and decided to answer in this blog post since the answer was something valuable for our entire industry. You...
  • The medium security concept for door access

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday October 7, 2011
    OK, if you have your PSP, this is probably basic to you, but it might not be if your expertise is more in the video side of our industry. I wanted to run through the basic levels of access control and touch on the concept of “medium” security. On a...
  • Study says guards are better than CCTV

    By Geoff Kohl - Monday October 3, 2011
    Apparently people still feel more comfortable in scary situations if someone is actually there, not just a camera that may or may not be monitored. But surprisingly, even as guards beat out cameras, a video camera beat out an alarm system. From the...
  • Does NICET answer the phone?

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday September 30, 2011
    ****UPDATE: NICET's own Chip Hollis has explained how it works with the phones at NICET. So guys, take a look at the comments section to find Chip's response. Chip even graciously provided his own contact information, should you be facing challenges in...