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Apple Reportedly Working on Dedicated AI Chip

Apple reported to be developing AI chip
Apple reported to be developing AI chip

BLOOMBERG Technology has reported Apple is working on a chip designed for artificial intelligence called Apple Neural Engine, which will enhance its device’s ability to learn to handle tasks without human intervention.  

According to an anonymous source at BT, researchers at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters are developing a prototype AI chipset to be deployed in its smartphones. The chip might reduce load on the main processor, allowing for improved battery life and faster machine learning applications. 

It’s being speculated such a chip would greatly improve on the iPhone’s speech and image recognition capabilities, allowing developers to make use of the more powerful device to build higher end apps, 

The technology would also improve on the iPhone’s augmented reality technology, allowing for more powerful applications to be developed and more complicated utilities executed.

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Hikvision and Cisco Meet on Cybersecurity Collaboration

Hikvision HQ, Hangzhou, China
Hikvision HQ, Hangzhou, China

Hikvision met with Cisco in Hangzhou to discuss ongoing cybersecurity collaboration. The meeting marked the successful completion of the first phase of a collaboration that began in December. 

Cisco is sharing its professional and sophisticated cybersecurity management experience and technologies with Hikvision, facilitating Hikvision’s globalization process.

During the recent meeting, Cisco cybersecurity experts reviewed results of first phase of the project and shared relevant experience and advice on the next step. At the same time, Cisco recognized Hikvision’s dedication to safe R&D management.

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SecTech Roadshow Grew More Than 20 Per Cent in 2017

SecTech Roadshow grew more than 20 per cent in 2017
SecTech Roadshow grew more than 20 per cent in 2017

SECTECH Roadshow 2017 drew 1750 visitors (not including exhibitors), which is a strong growth rate of more than 20 per cent over last year’s attendance - a brilliant result for everybody involved.

The roadshow got off to a huge start in Sydney, and performed strongly in Brisbane and in Melbourne, where numbers grew by more than 30 per cent on 2016. Adelaide was larger than 2016 with 218 visitors and things finished with a bang in Perth where the roadshow didn’t just pull 328 visitors, it kept many of them there most the day. 

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Honeywell Announces Next Generation of Xtralis VESDA

New Xtralis VESDA from Honeywell
New Xtralis VESDA from Honeywell

HONEYWELL has announced the next generation of Xtralis VESDA aspirating smoke detectors that is says will re-define the ASD technology and will set a new benchmark in the industry for reliable very early warning smoke detection.  

Honeywell’s Xtralis VESDA-E VEP offers improved detection performance – 1.5x greater sensitivity than VESDA VLP, up to 6x better dust rejection to minimize nuisance alarms, saving building owners significant potential costs from fire department calls. The technology offers higher detection stability over a wider range of environments and improved consistency through its Flair Detection Technology. Its new unique particle characterization capability provides analytics for targeted detection and efficient and effective response.

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Dahua Starlight Anti-Corrosion IR Dome Review

Rugged Dahua dome
Rugged Dahua dome

Dahua’s IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is a 2MP, Starlight, anti-corrosion dome featuring a 1/1.9-inch 2MP progressive-scan CMOS sensor, 120dB of WDR capability, delivering 60ips at 1080p, a 4.1-16.4mm motorised lens, 50m of IR, IP67 and IK10 rating and H.264 and H.265 compression options. Performance matches the feature set. 

DAHUA’S IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL is hewn from a lump of 316L stainless steel and the immediate impression you get when you hold the camera in your hands is build quality. It’s tough, the finish is excellent, there’s potting of terminations in the camera chassis, rubber weather seals, polishing of metal and the bubble seems to be largely untinted. 

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Alarm.com Now Integrates With Google Home

Alarm.com integrates with Google Home
Alarm.com integrates with Google Home

USERS of Alarm.com solutions now have the ability to use voice commands with their Google Home to control their smart security systems.

Functions include arm and disarm security systems by speaking to the Google Home device. Users have the option of requiring a four-digit PIN to disarm the security system. Other abilities include unlocking doors, checking the status of devices, changing the temperature and controlling whole groups of devices such as lights. 

The deal is probably a tacit recognition from Google of the veracity of the Alarm.com business model, as well as a response to the challenges of breaking into a home security market that is built on the labours of tens of thousands of trusted local installers.♦

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ICT Releases New, Rugged tSec Reader Covers

ICT tSec reader covers are now available
ICT tSec reader covers are now available

ICT’S tSec readers are designed to withstand the harshest environments and ICT says its new vandal-resistant covers are ideal for locations where a card reader may be exposed to damage, including corridors, parking buildings, correctional facilities, and other public places.

Highly resistant to impact, such as a swing from a hammer or a baseball bat, the robust construction provides greater durability and protection against vandalism and malicious damage. The flush design also serves as an anti-ligature measure for an additional level of safety.

Please note that the existing keypad variations of the tSec range don’t operate correctly with these new vandal resistant covers. If you wish to use a tSec keypad reader with capacitive touch keypad, you will need a specific model (available as a kit including both card reader and cover), which will be available shortly.

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National Museum of Australia Seeks Access Control Solution, Security Integration

National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia

THE National Museum of Australia is planning a major upgrade and integration of its electronic security solutions after the recent upgrade of its CCTV solution to full IP. 

NMA will replace or upgrade its existing Honeywell EBI access control system, Commend intercom system, etc, with a new EACS, intercom system, new ACPs, new card readers, new access smart cards, new/existing electric strikes, new/existing electromagnetic locks, etc, with an associated HLI of security systems.

The work will include cabling all new equipment, existing equipment (as required), integrating equipment and the NMA supplied headend. The contractor will remove redundant equipment and cabling. They will also integrate the EACS and intercom system with other NMA security, IT and BMS equipment. 

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Transportation Security Administration Takes Bag Checks Higher Tech

Electronic device security scans going higher tech
Electronic device security scans going higher tech

TRANSPORTATION Security Administration in the U.S. is currently testing ‘enhanced security procedures’ for carry-on bags at several airports in the United States, specifically electronic devices larger than a cellphone.

The TSA public affairs office said the tighter security screening for luggage in the passenger cabin were being tested at 10 airports in the country.

"Over the past year, TSA has been adjusting screening procedures at select U.S. airports on a trial basis in an effort to improve screener performance at the checkpoint," the agency said in a statement. "Travellers at select test locations may be asked to place certain electronics and other items in a separate bin for screening in an effort to de-clutter baggage."

Depending on the results, the TSA said it may expand the enhanced procedures to other U.S. airports.

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Britain Arming Police Officers in Wake of Terror Attacks

Britain begins expanding armed police
Britain begins expanding armed police

BRITAIN’S National Police Chief’s Council said there are 640 more armed officers than this time last year. The increase has been largely financed by a £143 million Home Office program with forces paying for additional officers.

The funding has also seen an extra 41 Armed Response Vehicles (ARV) on the road in England and Wales in any given 24 hours, ready to respond to major incidents, including terrorist attacks. They are based in areas considered to be at greatest threat or with geographical challenges. BNPCC has also flagged a more aggressive style of policing in which terrorists will be confronted with maximum force from the outset.

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