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Video Teller Machines (VTMs) as a Bank

By Richard Slawsky ATMmarketplace.com Banks struggling to cope with the cost of maintaining a presence in low- traffic areas typically have relied on the ATM as a cost-efficient way to serve customers. In addition, banks often face the situation where they may wish to trim costs by shifting some transactions in a branch from the […]

Retailers apprehend shoplifters and dishonest employees in record numbers

Retailers apprehend shoplifters and dishonest employees in record numbers by Steve Lasky Security InfoWatch According to the Annual Retail Theft Survey, U.S. businesses continues to battle the scourge of retail theft. Loss prevention management has had to use all the tools at their disposal to combat external and internal theft. It all starts with a […]

Access Control as the backbone of integration

Access Control as the backbone of integrationby: Jeremy KrinittSecuritySystemsNews – MIAMISBURG, Ohio—Access control is about what’s happening now: Who scanned a card? Which door is open? Who is authorized? What is the system status?In contrast, video systems generally react to what happened in the past. Did we get a clear image of the face? Let’s […]

Ready for Hybrid Access Control?

Ready for Hybrid Access Control?Prepare for the rising tide of smart access control credentials.By Jeremy Earles • ________________________________________Today, there are three major initiatives for cards and credentials on college and healthcare campuses. Every security director needs to be aware of them.1. Smart cards are becoming the credential of choice. If you presently use magnetic stripe […]

The Sprinkler Difference

It’s been long recognized by property insurers and firefighting professionals that sprinklered properties generally suffer less damage in fires than non-sprinklered properties. Nowhere is that more true than in industrial occupancies; fires in these settings tend to be disproportionately more damaging than fires in other types of occupancies.

Don’t let your reputation go up in smoke

Can you tell if the fire alarm system in your building is operating at peak performance? Probably not, because like most electronic systems, components can degrade over time and potentially compromise the system’s operation. Dust, dirt, and other contaminants can cause problems with smoke detectors. Vandalism, remodeling, and improper maintenance procedures can also damage fire protection equipment.

Video Surveillance. Trends to look out for in 2014

IHS has come out this its 2014 prediction of video surveillance trends to look out for in 2014. Of particular interest, is what IHS calls the “crowd sourcing” of video data collection, ie they way video was collected and analyzed from many different sources following the Boston Marathon bombing. There’s been a ton of talk about the legacy of how that tragedy was handled, and I think IHS has summed it up well and obviously pointed out a trend to watch.

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