The security week that was: 10/30/09

A weekly surveillance of the news shaping your profession

Employee IDs and access control at airports
Top security speakers to address top issues facing airports

I've had discussions today with two of our speakers for next week's airport security webinar, which is on the topic of airport employee access control. We're going to cover biometric initiatives, access control at the world's busiest passenger airport, employee credentialing and background checks, security zones for a 4,200 acre airport campus, 100 percent daily screening, technology upgrades and more. Lori Beckman (formerly of Denver International Airport) and Richard Duncan (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) have great information for you, and so does our sponsor Hirsch Electronics, which is putting together an interesting program on migration strategy for preparing airports for the next round of employee ID standards. The program is free, and has a number of airports and systems integrators attending. I feel it is also of value for any corporate security director wrestling with employee access issues; the playing field might be different, but the game is similar. Go to to register.

In other news:
CAA's auto-renewal exemption, Transit cameras go down, more

The CAA has landed an exemption from a bill that would have reformed automatic renewal practices by requiring the notice of automatic renewal be more prominent to the customer and by requiring the customer actually agree to the automatic renewal when it comes up (which it seems would be good business practice, no?). There was a perception that SB 340 would have ended the practice of automatic renewals, but that's not really accurate from my read of the bill's language. What is was really designed to do is help consumers distinguish between one-time purchase and recurring purchases. … Pete and Paul from megapixel camera company IQinVision have started an article series which looks at video compression, especially H.264. … More than half of the cameras that are part of San Francisco's transit security plan weren't working when an audit was done. Maybe the public shouldn't be so worried about Big Brother, after all. In all seriousness, the concern was that they needed video after a recent violent attack and couldn't get it because the camera wasn't working! ... Canon has entered India's surveillance market and is showing products that look very similar to the ones you know from the U.S. market.