The security week that was: 01/15/10

CCTV biz continues to make news

The big news of this week came from DVTel and Ioimage, in the form of an announcement that DVTel had acquired ioimage. We have two articles on the subject (one primarily from DVTel perspective; another from ioimage perspective). Both companies have R&D and product development operations in Israel (within walking distance of each other), and both companies see direct, native integration of a video management system (VMS) with video analytics as the path of the future. This could potentially change the game; where analytics providers have primarily been independent companies and in the past were selling their products as an end solution, there seems to be a mindset change that analytics is not the end solution, but rather should be part of the entire video surveillance capabilities of an organization. This, of course, has been the Verint model for quite some time, and with the DVTel-ioimage deal, this might be a sign that the analytics-as-another-part-of-the VMS model is a maturing step for that part of our industry.

In other big vendor news of the last week, we wrote about how IP video standards are affecting VMS companies, and we noted layoffs at Pelco of 100 persons. Even with the clear slow-down in the company’s business that necessitated the layoffs, the company has continued to make technological progress, establishing a partnership with PSIM company CNL and offering the Pelco VMS native on Intransa products. The company was also noted for providing OEM work for Cisco’s cameras.

Also on the video surveillance front, German company Basler introduced two new IP dome cameras this week and Basler’s Marko Vogt provided an update on the company’s business position in this interview with

Court security
Vegas incident prompts expanded training on protection of courts

I hosted a webinar yesterday with Lt. Jimmie Barrett, the author of “Protecting Court: A Practitioner’s Guide to Court Security” and court security supervisor for the sheriff’s office of Arlington County, Va. That program has now been archived and is available free to watch on our website. We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest in this program and by the number of local, county, state and federal court personnel, as well as police departments who watched this program -- in addition to our standard audience of corporate security directors, systems integrators, guard service providers and technology vendors. One of the things we touched on extensively was how to get court administration on board with security improvements. There’s no doubt that the Vegas federal courthouse incident will spur this part of the industry, but sentinel events aren’t enough, and Lt. Barrett provided great insights on how to prove the value of security. He also covered technology systems, training, courthouse design and other essential topics. Again, this program is available in our archives for free; the information is applicable outside of court security as well.

ATM skimming
A look at a high-tech ATM skimming unit

SIW Assistant Editor Joel Griffin blogged today in the Industry Surveillance blog about a blog post from Agilence which detailed a very sophisticated ATM skimming device (with a camera!) that fits over the regular ATM card slot and captures card holder data. If that piece interests you, you may also be interested in our December podcast on ATM threats (which has a strong focus on card skimming).

Air security update
Will threat imaging systems really take off in the wake of the Christmas Day terror attempt?

Following the Detroit incident where a terrorist attempted to ignite explosives aboard a plane on Christmas Day, there have been a number of discussions of whether advanced technology can help. SIW’s Joel Griffin examined the reality of whether such an incident will significantly sell more threat imaging systems, and even with news that the TSA will install 300 body scanners, there is widespread criticism that sporadic usage still leaves over half of the security checkpoints unaided with new technology.