The security week that was: 05/07/10

A weekly surveillance of the news shaping your profession

Nonetheless, as Martijn Kolenbrander wrote on that LinkedIn group the IPVSG, "I even think that in time they can be disruptive," meaning that this technology could be disruptive to existing industry providers of facial recognition technology. Why? I suspect Martijn would agree with me that because of the huge number of consumer photos they have been used for, they have the user base and tests to considerably refine their product to be very accurate.'s technology, according to its own website, has been used for 7 billion photos already. Although most consumer pictures are better fodder for facial recognition than standard surveillance video feeds, I have to think that at least a million of those photos must have been taken by photographers like me -- photographers who can't seem to focus properly, who choose bad light and a bad camera angle, who have unsteady hands, and who generally take very poor photos. So, maybe consumer technology like already is dealing with the challenges our industry is faced with in facial recognition.

Times Square bombing attempt summary
What we learned

Ok, I tried to avoid writing this week's "The Security Week That Was" recap letter about the attempted Times Square bombing, but let's hit some quick points on it. Since the attempted bombing, there's been more support for municipal cameras in Manhattan. ... There's been an uproar among the entire country about how an individual on the no-fly list could get onto a Pakistan-bound plane to escape the country, and now there are new protocols in place for checking the no-fly list. ... People are wondering why an individual who was a naturalized citizen wouldn't immediately be charged with treason for such an attempt. ... We know that the risk of car bombings are as real as we all feared, even if one guy couldn't pull it off. ... We know that domestic, home-grown terrorism can be linked to international terror groups. And we know that the investigation skills of the Feds are as good as ever, considering how quickly they located the loose ends and found this suspect, a Mr. Faisal Shahzad.

In other news:
Vendor partnerships, City surveillance training, CLEARly a comeback

Honeywell is now a Creston partner. ... Infinova and NICE Systems announced integration compatibility. ... The Smart Card Alliance has developed a new smart card certification program. ... We've archived our information-packed webinar on "Municipal Surveillance Solutions" with presentations from Atlanta's Downtown Improvement District and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. ... The CLEAR "registered traveler" program is ready for a comeback.