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Understanding CFATS: What It Means to Your Business

In 2006, the U.S. Congress mandated that “High Risk” chemical facilities develop and implement security plans to guard against the possibility of terrorism. Congress authorized the Department of Homeland Security to develop and administer the appropriate regulations. Congress established fines of $25,000 per day and closure of the facility as the penalties for any company found to be out of compliance. In 2008, DHS began the rollout of the regulation with the most significant and complicated portion of the implementation beginning now.


Access Control Changing Technologies

Voice of customer research shows end-users need help in balancing security requisites with technology scope.


Camera Resolution Is Limited to 540 HTVL Maximum in CCTV Systems

Recently, manufacturers have been promoting CCTV cameras with resolution specifications higher than 540 HTVL, implying that video security customers will benefit from enhanced resolution. It turns out, however, that even if a CCTV camera can pass a test that validates a resolution specification over 540 HTVL, the end-user is not going to get more than 540 lines out of a typical installation because of system limitations common to all real-world CCTV applications.




Moving from Analog to IP

In today’s world of video security the market is moving towards IP based solutions. Manufacturers traditionally associated with analog products are allocating R&D resources to develop IP cameras and recording platforms. There is a trend for security professionals to move towards IP based video solutions because of the clear value the technology brings.


Video Surveillance Reduces Crime in New Jersey

The Paterson Police Department in Passaic County, New Jersey, has to deal with a variety of criminal behavior that can result in loss of personal property, injury and even death. Paterson is the third largest city in New Jersey with a population of 160,000, and is an important hub of domestic and international commerce for the East Coast of the United States. In a novel approach towards providing increased protection for its citizens, the City of Paterson and its Police Department joined forces with the business community to deploy high-definition video surveillance cameras throughout a city-designated Urban Enterprise Zones.


LEED Data Center

Since 2000, data centers have more than doubled the kilowatt-hours of electricity required to run the computers centers of the world. If trends continue, the world will need more than 25 new power plants to run the Internet alone. The priority of “green” initiatives has never been more critical as datacenter managers look to reduce the energy use below today’s average of 50 watts per square foot.


Understanding H.264

Data compression is the process of encoding information to reduce the number of bits as compared to the uncompressed version of the information. A compression process will reduce the disk space required to store the information, and bandwidth required to transmit information.


Considerations When Selecting a Digital Video Management Platform

A Digital Video Management System acts as the front end interface to the operators of a security system. It is the most visible component in a security and surveillance installation and often the most important component to decide on. The DVMS features and level of integration with cameras and other security sensor devices will ultimately determine if it will meet the needs of your organization or customer.


Policy-Based Physical Security Management

Practically all facility-based physical security systems, devices and services operate in silos, very loosely connected with each other. Obtaining a comprehensive view of physical security operations for all corporate locations worldwide is very challenging. The problem further gets exasperated with localized security processes, ad-hoc event handling, countless alarms and a lack of holistic reporting from multi-vendor proprietary systems.


Virtualization for Video Surveillance Environments

Video management systems have evolved over the past 10 years from limited functionality analog digital video recorders (DVRs) to high-performance digital systems available today. There have been challenges in migrating to the latest digital systems because of the high initial capital expenditures required and the need to overhaul existing infrastructure. The following describes the evolution of video surveillance data management systems and how a technical breakthrough in Serverless Computing will accelerate the migration from analog to digital by offering higher returns at lower investment outlays.


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