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Biometrics Spend On A Budget

"Included in these accepted amendments is a commitment to review the legislation in a number of years of operation and for the minister to report to parliament on the outcomes of the review."

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Strategic Alliance For Diebold And Lenel

The Lenel OnGuard Total Security Knowledge Management Solution provides a comprehensive security solution to customers in a wide range of markets, including government, educational, healthcare, industrial, technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, transportation and defense, among others. OnGuard offers a suite of seamlessly integrated applications, encompassing access control, alarm monitoring, identity management, physical asset management, digital video management, smart cards, biometrics and visitor management functionality. The key value of the OnGuard security platform is its ability to seamlessly integrate into all enterprise businesses and information infrastructures. Through the strategic alliance, Diebold becomes a North America-wide Lenel value-added reseller, while Lenel gains access to Diebold’s robust network of more than 5,000 highly trained professionals in sales and service.

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Honeywell's Sweet Acquisition

"This is a strong fit for us because wire and cable plays an integral role in so many Honeywell systems," said Ben Cornett, president of Honeywell Security. "It's also the glue behind the connected home, so this nicely complements our recent acquisition of FutureSmart Systems. In its industry segment, Genesis is recognized as an innovator and has an exceptional reputation for providing quality and value." Genesis Cable has 270 employees at its office and factory in Pleasant Prairie, WI. The organization will be part of the Honeywell Security & Custom Electronics unit, which is a leading manufacturer of professional alarm systems and structured wiring products. "We're very excited to be part of Honeywell," said Jim Coleman, president of Genesis Cable. "Our products provide the bandwidth that makes integration possible in homes and businesses. This will advance Honeywell's strategy of bringing together security, fire, sound, home theatre, voice, data and energy management."

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Cashing In On Chips

Having the tiny glass chip embedded in their bodies means nightclub patrons can turn up to the club without lugging around a purse or wallet. So far injected RFID technology has battled to escape comparisons with a prophesied “onboard” monetary system described in the biblical book of Revelations. Only about 10 people have opted to be embedded.

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Dedicated Micros Voted Best Manufacturer

Pauline Norstrom, Marketing Manager at DM, said: "We are delighted to have been acknowledged in this way, particularly as the companies who receive the awards are both nominated and voted for by security installers - the people who really know about the level of service on offer. DM's products already enjoy an unrivalled reputation for reliability and user-friendliness in the UK. Having made significant levels of investment into market-leading customer service, it is gratifying to see that installers are also appreciative of the technical advice and expertise we share with our customers."

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Andover Goes To Schneider

Andover Controls is a US market leader in providing building controls and security services. The sale includes Andover Controls, the core building automation business based in Andover, Massachusetts, as well as Andover Controls' security division consisting of Security International and Integral Technologies, in addition to Andover's international subsidiaries and affiliates. Andover Controls generated approximately $US169 million of revenue and $US28 million of EBIT for the year ended December 31, 2003. Dave Wathen, President and CEO of the $US8 billion Balfour Beatty said: "The sale of Andover Controls is part of a process of focusing on, and of generating growth from, our core engineering and construction businesses. By repositioning our portfolio of businesses in the USA, Balfour Beatty will be able to more effectively target strategic sectors to our core business, improve our costs, effectiveness and overall ability to compete."

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Iomniscient Wins IFSEC Award

A member of the judging panel said, “...what iOmniscient has to offer is years ahead of anything else we have seen to date." He went on to say that “...organizations should consider it their Duty of Care if they decide not to implement technology like this that could avert a disaster. People would tend to ask why an inexpensive but effective technology has not been deployed especially where innocent lives or major assets are at risk”. The award was presented for the uniqueness and innovation of iOmniscient’s “Genius” product range. These products can detect if objects are placed in or removed from very crowded scenes (even when they are significantly obscured – hidden for a period of time) and can provide timely information to security officers, directly preventing disasters and major thefts from occurring.

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U.S. Crime Falls: FBI

The preliminary annual report is based upon information from law enforcement agencies that provided the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program with 6 to 12 months of data in both 2002 and 2003. In total, 11,921 agencies met the criteria to be included in the preliminary report. In order to gauge the level and types of violent acts occurring across the Nation, the UCR Program tracks the offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; collectively, these offenses form the violent crime category. A comparison of current data to those from 2002 indicates a decline in such crimes nationally. Among the violent offenses, only murder showed an increase during 2003, rising 1.3 percent from the previous year. Of those violent crimes that showed declines, aggravated assault had the largest drop at 4.1 percent; forcible rape and robbery each declined 1.9 percent from the prior year’s data.

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Brits Behaving Better

Total robbery (not street crime) is down by 12 per cent - includes robbery of personal property down by 11 per cent, and business property down by 25 per cent for April and May 2004 compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, residential burglary is down 9 per cent - that means 908 less household burglary victims.

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Biometrics Growing

The report says the global RFID market is being restrained by lack of established industry standards; however, the market generated revenue totaling $1.7 billion in 2003, with projected revenues of $11.7 billion by 2010. "A more structured standards framework is necessary to enable better innovations in technology and product development," says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Karthik Nagarajan. "With the exception of electronic product codes (EPC), the industry is still fragmented in its choice of standards for emerging applications." Frost and Sullivan says that there’s strong demand in established applications such as toll collection, security and access control, and automobile immobilization. Meanwhile, RFID-based solutions are also being promoted by the initiative shown by the Department of Defense, Wal-Mart Stores, and others in adopting the technology and making tagging mandatory for their numerous suppliers. In Australia, Coles is also looking at RFID.

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