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31
Oct
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Australia’s NBN Broadband Project Choked

Cutting the NBN
Cutting the NBN

The Australian Coalition Government’s rapid move to shut down installation of the current National Broadband Network and move to an entirely different model may save money in the short term but it will hamper expansion and uptake of electronic security systems for decades to come.

NO doubt about it, the biggest news in monitoring this month is the new government’s quick action on the plan to cut back the $A45 billion national broadband network currently being rolled out across Australia. I think no matter which side of the political divide you sit, the presence of reliable, high-speed, future-proof NBN infrastructure was an appealing thought to electronic security people. With 1Gpbs download and 400Mpbs upload to each site, it promised fast, secure and dependable comms. If properly installed and maintained, it would have lasted many, many decades. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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IT Security For IP Security

THERE’S something ugly out there, something that highlights the vulnerability of our networked security devices. Something that demands electronic security people start thinking about IT security. 

It’s Shodan, for Sentient Hyper-Optimized Data Access Network, a search engine contrived by John Matherly back in 2009. Shodan snuffles around searching for servers, computers, routers, web cams, security cameras, cars, heart monitors, networked alarm systems, traffic lights, power station controls - anything with an IP address. 
This search engine employs filters to undertake its searches and it hunts for anything programmed to answer a request. Using it, hackers have access millions upon millions of unprotected or poorly protected network connected devices. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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How Technology Shapes Us

Future of technology
Future of technology

OUR cover story for September looks at the changes sweeping the IT industry, recognising that our symbiosis with IT means security electronics and networks people and their products cannot avoid being swept along for the ride.

While I was writing that feature I started thinking about the broader impact of technological change and how it’s likely to flow through over the next 5 years. For a start what’s interesting is that the technologies proliferating are those change the way people interact with information. That information might be data, friends, systems, video, music – it’s the interface that’s the key here. 

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Thu
31
Oct
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PRV Installs Milestone And Sony At The Bourbon

The Bourbon duty manager Matt (l) with Brett Bradbury of PRV
The Bourbon duty manager Matt (l) with Brett Bradbury of PRV

Sydney’s iconic night spot, The Bourbon, has been fitted with a Milestone VMS and Sony cameras supplied by Video Security Products and installed by integrator, PRV. It's part of a major re-fit that has elevated The Bourbon from its seedy roots and brought some much needed mid-upper class to Kings Cross.

Opened back in 1967, the old Bourbon was a flypaper that caught Sydney’s nocturnal insects, its interior a shemozzle of everything that passed for authentic in a town then chronically unsure of its own identity. American owner Bernie Houghton filled the place with flotsam from the American South and the Vietnam War. The city provided the rest. A strange amalgam of toughs, drunks, cops drowning in moral relativism and punters bored senseless by a 1970s and 80s entertainment menu that featured suburban leagues clubs as the best of bad options.  

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Thu
31
Oct
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BriefCam VS Forensics Review

BriefCam’s Video Synopsis Forensics software tool, distributed locally by OPS, was one of the stand-out products at Security 2013. 

BriefCam VS FOrensics is a solution that takes large video streams covering hours of events and compresses them into seconds. For security teams on large sites with hundreds of cameras, the process of mining through multiple video streams searching for reported events can be a full-time job. Once an event is found on one camera, other cameras must be searched. It’s a process that never ends. 

Explaining the way VS Forensics presents its event stream is a little difficult with words but very easy with images. Essentially, BriefCam’s VS Forensics solution synthesises events from real time video streams, presenting them as compact, overlaid progressions of events, which each event tagged with a time. 

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Wed
30
Oct
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PSIA Forms Physical-Logical Access Interop Group

Logical and physical access
Logical and physical access

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) launched the Physical-Logical Access Interoperability Working Group at ASIS 2013 last month. Group members include Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, Inovonics, Kastle Systems, Mercury Systems, Microsoft Global Security, Stanley Security and UTC.

The new group will develop a specification to unify logical and physical identities, allowing manufacturers, integrators and end users to develop cost-effective, easily administered solutions that span the physical and logical security domains. 

Kastle Systems initially brought the concept of an access interoperability specification to the PSIA board of directors when company executives noticed that many of their customers wanted to synchronize the identities used by their logical and physical access control systems. 

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Wed
30
Oct
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Iqinvision Developing First CCTV Apps For Google Glass

Google Glass security apps coming
Google Glass security apps coming

CCTV manufacturer, Iqinvision announced at ASIS it’s working on the first security apps for Google Glass.

Wendi Burke, the company’s director of marketing, told SIW the apps under development will focus on 2 areas; easing the video installation process for integrators and giving security personnel yet another tool to remotely tap into and view surveillance footage.

Rather than having to coordinate an installation through a cumbersome process of aligning and realigning a camera’s focus with someone watching the feed at another location, Burke said that integrators who have Google Glass will be able focus cameras more easily on their own without the need for additional aid. 

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Wed
30
Oct
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What Electronic Security Integrators Really Want

What do electronic security techs really want
What do electronic security techs really want

In an increasingly competitive market electronic security distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers are having to go the extra mile for their integrator customers. But in which direction should they go?

FROM the point of view of suppliers the current market poses a difficult conundrum. Not only is there downward pressure on prices, the technical challenges of installing many products, particularly integrated solutions, are increasing. What this means is that suppliers are required to assist integrators sometimes to the point of virtual partnership on jobs. 

There are a number of ways such support can play out. A distributor might have a technical engineering team that offers this support. Or a distributor might assist to a certain point then rely on support from a manufacturer. In other cases, the distributor might send out solutions fully commissioned so integrators are only required to hang product on the wall. 

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Wed
30
Oct
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Tellabs And Intervid Sign Australian Re-Sale Agreement

Tellabs 7100 Nano
Tellabs 7100 Nano

Tellabs, a leading vendor of optical networking solutions, and Intervid, a provider of specialist security and communications solutions to the government, commercial and mining sectors in Australia, have signed an agreement for the resale of Tellabs Optical LAN solution in the Australia market.

Intervid is a specialist services company with 21 years of experience executing projects of various sizes for government, commercial and mining corporate clients. Intervid has a long history in delivering CCTV, security and access control solutions in Western Australia, and is now expanding into the systems integration space.

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Thu
14
Feb
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Open Systems, Proprietary Cloud

Storm clouds brewing
Storm clouds brewing

FOR most of history networked security solutions have been proprietary. And for all the current talk of open platform networked security solutions, not a lot has changed. This is in part because proprietary formats are written into the DNA of management solutions.

Sure there are increasing numbers of edge devices, cameras mostly, that are open platform, but they’re not entirely open. Too often there are elements of programming that are available only to administrators using proprietary software platforms – systems designed to work with ‘own’ devices. For all their faults, things are improving in this area as manufacturers sort themselves out into alliances and the work of ONVIF and PSIA filters through the product stack. 
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