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  • The Secret Thoughts of TSA Screeners

    By Marleah Blades - Tuesday January 23, 2007
    Ever been standing in a security line at ATL, LAX, ORD, facing a TSA screener sporting a nasty look, a blank stare, a cheerful face (probably not this last one), and wondered, What on Earth are they thinking about? I stumbled upon a Web site this...
  • New Hampshire: Videotaping your front door is against the law

    By Greg McConnell - Monday January 22, 2007
    So in case you missed this story on SIW , a man was arrested last year in New Hampshire for video recording police officers at his front door.  Apparently when he went into the police station to complain about the officers' conduct he brought...
  • Believing in Biometrics

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday January 11, 2007
    Robert LaPenta believes in biometrics. After all, you don't put your money where your mouth is if you don't believe. This is the guy who just today has offered $1.05 per share for each share of ComnetiX, a Canadian biometrics company that does...
  • Rolodexing Your Way to Lower Security Costs

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday January 10, 2007
    Since the title of my blog is The Security Check, it's only appropriate that I address a topic of marginal importance at the TSA's security checkpoints. A great story from USA Today (now posted on SecurityInfoWatch.com at this link ) makes note of how...
  • New Public/Private Partnership

    By Marleah Blades - Tuesday January 9, 2007
    Right now, the U.S. House is debating HR1, "Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007." Some news outlets (Fox) have noted that HR1 will require private companies to prepare for terrorism. From a quick reading of Title XI of the bill...
  • 2007

    By Greg McConnell - Friday January 5, 2007
    Well, the year 2007 is here and, believe it or not, this decade is already more than 70% over.  Although, I'm not sure if we have a name yet for this decade... is it the 00's (i.e., Zeroes)? Anyway, the year is young and full of promise...
  • Residential Security in Afghanistan

    By Geoff Kohl - Monday December 18, 2006
    I have a very good friend of mine who has been employed in recent years trying to help rebuild Afghanistan. He tries to create collaboration, improve education, and assist a war-torn country to move beyond that devastation and into the 21st century. I'd...
  • The Resolution Revolution Will Be Televised

    By Greg McConnell - Friday December 15, 2006
    Last week I had the chance to chat with Paul Bodell, VP of sales and marketing, IQinVision , which makes high-definition network cameras.  One of the key things Bodell mentioned was that a year and a half ago IQinVision was a niche company...
  • Having Solved All Other Problems, FEMA Announces New Icon.

    By Marleah Blades - Thursday November 30, 2006
    Today on the newswire I saw a story announcing that FEMA is adopting a new symbol for emergency management “to call on America not to become complacent about preparedness.†(I’m sure many Americans would like to turn around and tell...
  • Video Games

    By Greg McConnell - Tuesday November 28, 2006
    Yesterday I came across an SIW article saying rumors are swirling around  IBM possibly acquiring Verint . Time will tell if this becomes a reality, but it got me to thinking once again about convergence in the security industry, especially...