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Advanced video surveillance technology promises safer mass transit

Advanced video surveillance technology promises safer mass transit

January 30, 2014

The significance of video surveillance in defending national security came to light following the major role it played in the Boston Marathon and London Transit bombing investigations. Equipped with high-tech software and technologies, surveillance cameras are gradually becoming more effective in preventing potential threats and detecting crimes. And in addition to providing higher safety and security, […]

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Should the TSA keep their Behavior Detection Officers?

Should the TSA keep their Behavior Detection Officers?

January 29, 2014

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spends around $200 million a year on a behavioral-detection program that many believe is ineffective. The job of a behavior detection officer A behavior detection officer (BDO) is a TSA agent trained to identify suspicious behaviors, such as fidgeting, excessive sweating, and wearing  heavy clothes in a warm climate. […]

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Accidental discharge: Should America ban guns in public buildings?

Accidental discharge: Should America ban guns in public buildings?

January 21, 2014

Existing gun laws routinely come under fire following accidental discharge incidents, and a recent accidental discharge  in Kentucky has added fuel to the fire, forcing lawmakers to consider whether imposing restrictions can prevent these occurences. As activist groups demand the gun owner in this case, Rep. Leslie Combs, to step down from office, accidental discharges […]

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Is it time to upgrade to a smart lock?

Is it time to upgrade to a smart lock?

January 17, 2014

In 2010 alone, there were over 2 million burglaries in the United States. Of these, 60 percent were forcible entry and the average loss per burglary was over $2,000. Over 70 percent of the burglaries took place on residential properties. Some of these burglaries could have been prevented with stronger, more advanced locks. The traditional lock-and-key […]

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Assessing the future of video surveillance

Assessing the future of video surveillance

January 8, 2014

As events like the Boston Marathon bombings occur, people are becoming more amenable to video surveillance. Today, video surveillance is no longer limited to traditional security but is also found in retail, government, transport, and other areas. The video surveillance market is expected to grow by over 12 percent globally this year, as compared to 2013, according […]

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The best places to install hidden cameras

The best places to install hidden cameras

December 16, 2013

Often, the very sight of the all-recording eye of a surveillance camera is enough to deter crime — it’s easier for a criminal to move on to a target where evidence isn’t being recorded. But if the goal is to catch an intruder (or an escaper) in the act, then installing a hidden outdoor camera […]

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