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21
Feb
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Sky marshal

ONE of the ten busiest airports in the United States, GeorgeBushIntercontinentalAirport, located 20 miles north of downtown Houston, Texas, has 700 departures a day. With 9 domestic, 12 commercial, 40 cargo and 2 charter airlines operating on the site, it has the highest on-time performance record on any major U.S. airport.

In the aftermath of September 11, the Department of Homeland Security offered the Houston Airport System a $US3.5 million grant to improve security measures at its 3 main airports. The largest of the 3, GeorgeBushIntercontinentalAirport, was the top priority. Located between 2 major roads, Interstate 45 and Highway 59, it has a 30-mile perimeter that needs to be monitored 24 hours a day.

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Fri
20
Feb
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Launceston Airport goes JVC

A COMPREHENSIVE integrated CCTV system is to be installed at LauncestonAirport by JVC Professional’s Tasmanian distributor, Electronic Display Systems Tasmania. The installation will add 45 cameras to 22 existing cameras that monitor the airport’s carparks. 

“We have been a supplier to LauncestonAirport for over eight years and they have been a very loyal customer,” EDS general manager Derek Philipson says. “When the airport decided that they needed an enhanced and integrated CCTV system, they approached us to bid for the job and we provided them with a JVC TK-C215VP12 and TK-C215V4 camera solution.”

With ever expanding air traffic, Launceston airport has grown consistently in recent years and it was this growth that drove the requirement for a major CCTV system.

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Thu
19
Feb
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Bosch installs MIC1-400s in Goonyella Riverside mine

AUSTRALIA’S 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.

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Tue
08
Apr
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Sagem Morpho: Finger on the pulse

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.

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Tue
08
Apr
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Pelco Endura for Sydney council

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 operations.

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.

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Sun
02
Dec
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DASs Rokonet WatchOUT secures Cradle Coast Water

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.

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Mon
05
Nov
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Virtual reality

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.

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Wed
09
May
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London Underground Goes With Verint

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.

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Sun
27
Nov
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Aussie Customers Of Hang Seng Bank Of China Get Digipass

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."

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Wed
12
Jan
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L-3 Wins Swedish Coastwatch Deal

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.

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