Archive for the ‘Security Technology’ Category

Gallagher Security approved to sell security managemnt plattfrom in US

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Gallagher Security – a technology leader in integrated access control, intruder alarms management and perimeter protection – has just announced that its security management platform has been approved for sale in the United States.

Tait host Chilean officials and demonstrate safety comms gear

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Tait Communications is working with Chilean officials in its latest effort to spread its hi-tech radios and other products into the potentially lucrative South American markets.

Tait management and staff yesterday showed Chilean delegates visiting its Christchurch factory systems that can monitor the safety of personnel working in a natural disaster.

Whanganui police testing SelectaDNA kits to prevent theft

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Police are testing an invisible liquid “DNA” that they hope will help prevent thefts in Whanganui.

With the help of community teams, Whanganui police will deliver 400 crime-prevention kits to homes around Puriri St this week as part of their Safe As Houses initiative.

The liquid, called SelectaDNA, contains synthetic DNA codes and thousands of microdots. Every drop applied to valuables contains unique DNA that can be traced to a registered household or business.

Global Access Control revenues rising despite slow uptake of open standards

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The drive for open standards in the access control market continues to trail a similar push in video surveillance, potentially limiting growth, but global access-control revenues are still expected to rise from $2.1 billion in 2011 to $2.3 billion by the end of 2013, according to a new report by IMS Research.

IMS said that in most cases the primary benefit of open standards is not to reduce “vendor lock,” in which customers can’t switch to a new supplier because they are dependent on another for its products and services. The main advantage is that the standards allow for easier integration of different systems, the report said.

Casino introducing facial recognition to deal with problem gamblers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

SkyCity casino is bringing in facial recognition technology to pluck banned gamblers out of a crowd. The technology will be able to match a database of known problem gamblers with people attempting to or actually gambling at the casino.

Hamilton Parking wardens being armed – with cameras

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Parking wardens who are being verbally and physically abused are being armed with cameras to curb and capture aggressive behaviour.

Hamilton City Council says the trial of wearable cameras for frontline staff, including parking wardens and animal control officers, is expected to start within three weeks and would likely be closely monitored by councils around the country.

New “face on the fly” technology being tested at Auckland airport

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

A new high-tech passenger recognition system is being trialled at Auckland International Airport.

The SmartGate Plus uses so-called ‘face-on-the-fly’ technology, which photographs a person as they approach the Customs gate to create a digital image to match against their ePassport.

New report: Alarms do deter burglars (or at least the one’s who get caught)

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

A recent study funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Education Foundation (AIREF) found that the presence of an alarm system was a strong deterrent when it came to the selection of potential targets by burglars.

The report, “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective,” examined the responses of 422 convicted male and female burglars across three states – North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio.

Boston shows advantages and disadvantages of camera surveillance systems

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

After last week’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, authorities had to sift through a mountain of footage from government surveillance cameras, private security cameras and imagery shot by bystanders on smartphones. It took the FBI only three days to release blurry shots of the two suspects, taken by a department store’s cameras.

Compare their quick turnaround with the 2005 London bombings, when it took thousands of investigators weeks to parse the city’s CCTV (closed-circuit television) footage after the attacks. The cameras, software and algorithms have come a long way in eight years.

“Mosquito” alarms to deter under 25s being trialled in Auckland

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Alarms emitting a high-frequency tone which can be heard only by those under 25 are being trialled along a “crime corridor” in Whangaparaoa.

Auckland Council, through its Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, is funding the installation of Mosquito MK4s – an anti-vandal system used in Britain.