largest coal miner and exporter, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance is the world’s largest supplier of
seaborne coking coal but the company was losing $A8000 an hour in uncoverable
downtime when cameras on its dragline excavators failed due to rough motion,
shudder and vibration.
Another major challenge was operating in a dry dusty
environment with fine coal dust breaching the environmental seals of cameras
despite their claimed extreme environment performance specifications. Dust
gathered in the domes of cameras, degrading their image quality. At BHP
Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s
Goonyella Riverside mine, conventional PTZ cameras were ruined in just 4 weeks.
SECURITY people are a conservative bunch and this mindset
is most apparent when it comes to biometric access control, a technology suite
that deserves plenty more attention than it’s getting. There are 2 things that
have held biometrics back in the real world - the first issue is dollars and
the second is misconceptions about reliability. As it turns out, both these
myths have long been put to rest.
ELECTRONIC security installations are a confluence of
security policy and security technology, as well as a direct reflection of the
standards and skills of the integration teams that build them. They also make a
clear statement about the importance an organization places on its security
If you embrace these observations, it’s impossible not to
rate City of Sydney’s
new video surveillance system at the highest level. It’s an end-to-end solution
– starting at fibre patch panels behind recently upgraded cameras and running through
all the twists and turns of the classic hybrid solution.
The application includes an upgrade to Council’s
10-year-old Street Safe program as well as the physical construction and
fit-out of a Grade C1 CCTV control room, a dedicated data centre and the
installation of dozens of support systems – communications, fire control,
VESDA, hydraulics, access control, UPS – the lot.
TYPICAL alarm installations are benign and unlikely to
challenge carefully planned solutions but in external and harsh industrial
applications there are environmental variations that are able to trip over all
but the most capable detectors.
Complete Security, which started as a guard and response
company and expanded into installations in the mid-80s, faced just such a
challenge when installing alarm systems in 13 Cradle Coast Water sites around
Devonport in the north of Tasmania.
According to Complete Security’s senior tech Jamie Kaye,
some of Cradle Coast Water’s pump houses have characteristics no ordinary
sensor can handle.
“We have a policy of using the same gear in each of our
installations – it’s the best policy not just for ourselves but for our
customer,” Jamie explains.
SECURITY managers and integrators need to take a forward thinking approach to networking video surveillance solutions. It’s pretty obvious current network infrastructure battles with the demands of shifting video and integrators know trying to sneak video streams through modern networks gets more complicated every year. Given this, users and installers need to build their systems with the potential to upgrade to more flexible network designs. When companies adopt technologies like Sun Microsystems N1, they allow CCTV components to be used more effectively and far more economically than they are currently used. The potential savings are immense. Consider that about 75 per cent of the world’s total IT spend goes on supporting legacy systems. That’s not just hardware maintenance, either. There are wages to consider. In the mish-mash world of traditional networking whole teams of techs are needed just to keep the beast on its feet.
Metronet Rail has responsibility for maintaining certain parts of London Underground's infrastructure, including trains, stations, tunnels and bridges, under a 30 year contract with the UK government.
London Underground is one of the largest underground transportation systems in the world handling 3 million passengers a day. As part of an ongoing strategy to enhance security and improve customer service, Metronet Rail will be deploying Verint's Networked Video Solution across selected rail lines of the London Underground.
The solution will enable operations and rail security personnel to enhance security by monitoring passenger platforms and certain remote portions of the track. Verint was selected after completing an extensive evaluation, including pilots at several rail lines.
HSBC in Australia is the first bank in Australia to offer a Digipass to all its retail Internet customers free of charge. By taking advantage of the user-friendly features of the GO3 for Internet banking security, HSBC in Australia is looking to provide enhanced security and convenience to its customer base as a top priority. HSBC Group has plans to roll out VASCO's Digipass to all retail internet banking clients in Asia. "We are honoured to welcome HSBC in Australia as a VASCO customer," said Jan Valcke, VASCO's President and COO. "VASCO's Digipass GO3 is an extremely portable and easy to use two factor authentication device that provides users with a secure One-Time Password (OTP) which cannot be re-used by hackers. “We acknowledge HSBC in Australia groundbreaking decision to lead the battle for secure online banking in the region. VASCO will spare no effort to make this project a success."
L-3 WESCAM is a world leader in the design and manufacture of stabilized, multi-spectral airborne imaging systems, while L-3 Integrated Systems is an SEI CMM Level 5 developer and integrator of complex electronic systems for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions.
The team, led by Canada's Field Aviation, will provide three Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 aircraft, the same as those used by the Australian Coastguard, equipped with a mission system designed by L-3 IS that integrates critical mission sensors for border security. The aircraft will replace three CASA 212 aircraft currently in use. The contract calls for delivery of all three aircraft to the Swedish Coast Guard in 2007.
More than 90 percent of all goods moved internationally are carried in containers, and around 8 million freight containers arrive at U.S. ports each year. The GE solution will establish a global mechanism for in-transit freight container security for all classes of cargo, without impeding the movement of international trade.
“The future of global commerce depends on the ability of the shipping industry and government agencies to improve [JR1][JR1]cargo security while facilitating the efficient flow of goods,” said Greg Burge, President of Networked Services for GE’s Security business. “As one of the world’s leading shippers and container lessors, GE has a significant stake in developing and deploying a safe, reliable and cost-effective global solution.”
According to Blank, the TSA might let airports that hire their own screeners to employ them for tasks unrelated to security during off-peak hours. The importance of this is that is would make more economic sense for airports that have heavy morning and evening traffic with lulls in between. Meanwhile, subcommittee chairman Trent Lott, R-Miss., has told congress that while the TSA had done a good job, private companies would be more efficient and less expensive. The TSA was put together after 9-11 and up till now has employed and trained around 55,000 security screeners for airports across the U.S. These screeners have long been criticised as too expensive and no better than the private operators of the past. Studies (that have themselves been criticised) have shown that the private contractors are as effective as TSA screeners.