Daily Report – 7/1/15

DW Security Update: July 1, 2015 
Top Stories

Security intensified as July 4th weekend nears – USA Today
Federal and local authorities are stepping up security over the Fourth of July following a bulletin by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI regarding ongoing attack threats by the Islamic State and other homegrown extremists. (read more)

Churches use facial recognition software to track congregants – RT.com
Churches are joining the widening club of entities using Big Brother-style facial recognition software to track people. And they are doing so in secret, according to a producer of a specialized program designed for religious institutions. (read more)

Fires at black churches raise concern – USA Today
Fires at several predominantly black churches in Southern states the past two weeks – at least three of them attributed to arson – raise concerns about potential fallout from the recent South Carolina church shooting. (read more)


Federal, State and Municipal Security

Baltimore to take 4 years to fully implement police body camera program (Baltimore)  SecurityInfoWatch
According to newly disclosed documents, Baltimore officials will take four years to fully implement an agency-wide police body camera program — sparking criticism from City Council members who accuse the Rawlings-Blake administration of dragging its feet. (read more)

Tunisia weighs new security approach as tourists flee – SecurityInfoWatch
Thousands of tourists fled from Tunisia on Saturday after the country’s worst terrorist attack killed 38 people – including 15 Britons – as the government struggles to prevent future jihadi attacks against the all-important tourism sector. (read more)

Security Tightened at Wimbledon Tournament (London) – Security Magazine
Amid heightened fears of a terror attack, security is being stepped up for the start of the Wimbledon tennis tournament today in England. (read more)

Surveillance cameras installed at Nashawannuck Pond boardwalk in Easthampton (Easthampton, Mass.) –MassLive.com
If you’re thinking of making trouble anywhere near the brand-new Nashawannuck Pond Promenade Park in Easthampton, you’d better think again. (read more)

Grenade-shaped perfume bottle closes Hamilton County courthouse (Cincinnati) – WLWT.com
A bottle of perfume caused a major disruption in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday. (read more)

Terrell police department advancing with technology (Terrell, Texas) – The Terrell Tribune
The Terrell Police Department recently began taking steps to insure the department’s new headquarters has the newest and most up-to-date technology. (read more)

Man Spies on a Suburban Town With Its Own Security Camera (New Jersey) – Wired
Roughly 20 percent of the 245 million surveillance cameras in the world are network cameras that transmit live, often unsecure, feeds online. Anyone with a little skill can access them. Andrew Hammerand did just that, turning a midwestern town’s eye in the sky against it for The New Town. (read more)


Campus Security

Sen. McCaskill Suggests Scrapping The Clery Act, A 25-Year-Old Campus Safety Law – Huffington Post
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) last week floated the idea of scrapping the Clery Act, a two-decade-old campus safety law. Speaking on Thursday at the Campus Safety National Forum in Washington, D.C., McCaskill reportedly said the Clery Act “doesn’t accomplish squat.” (read more)

Colleges, tech firms joining forces to try to make campus life safer – The Los Angeles Times
Colleges and universities are teaming up with technology entrepreneurs in an effort to keep students safe – on and off campus – by using their smartphones. (read more)

Harlem Schools Get Safety Upgrades Sault (Loves Park, Ill.) – WIFR.com
A local school district is taking extra security measures to make sure our kids are safe. (read more)

Criminals could help fund NJ school safety upgrades (New Jersey) – NJ1015.com
As the old adage goes, “crime doesn’t pay,” but criminals in New Jersey may have to pay more after being convicted in order to create a pot of money to be used for upgrades to school security in the Garden State.(read more)



Transportation Security

Japan may test airport body scanners this year – SecurityInfoWatch
Travelers transiting Japan’s busiest airports could encounter full-body scanners at security checkpoints as soon as this fall. (read more) 

Wyo. School Buses Equipped with Cameras (Wyoming) – Campus Safety
The majority of school buses in Wyoming now feature cameras outside of the buses to catch cars that make illegal passes. (read more)

Fare card fraud costing CTA $6.5 million (Chicago) – Chicago Tribune
Fraudulent use of CTA free-ride and reduced-fare cards at rail stations has cost the transit agency almost $6.5 million since a crackdown was launched late last year, but suspicious use of the cards was down more than 20 percent, CTA investigators said Tuesday. (read more)




Facial recognition market exceeds $6.19 billion by 2020 – WhaTech.com
Facial Recognition Market categorizes the global market by solutions, by software, by hardware, by end user & by region. (read more)


Retail Security

Monroeville Mall installing new security cameras (Monroeville, Pa.) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monroeville Mall executives announced Tuesday that they have begun installing a new set of security cameras, the latest in a series of changes that followed a string of violence there earlier this year. (read more)


Security Industry

Wendel Agrees to Acquire AlliedBarton Security for $1.67 Billion – The New York Times
The French investment firm Wendel said on Tuesday that it had agreed to acquire AlliedBarton Security Services, one of the largest providers of security guards in the United States, from the Blackstone Group for about $1.67 billion, including debt. (read more)

Allegion to acquire SimonsVoss – SecurityInfoWatch
European-based private equity firm HgCapital on Monday announced that it has agreed to sell SimonsVoss, a manufacturer of electronic locking and access control systems, to Allegion for €210 million. (read more)

Icontrol One Names Interlogix Simon as 1st Security, Home Automation Hardware Partner – Security Sales & Integration
Icontrol Networks, the company that powers interactive security and home automation systems from ADT (Pulse), Comcast (Xfinity Home) and other large service providers, has announced progress with its new Icontrol One platform for independent dealers. (read more)

FLIR One Integrates With Manything, IFTTT  – Security Sales & Integration
FLIR ONE, an accessory that turns an iPhone or Android (soon) device into a thermal imaging camera, opens up major opportunities for security and home automation with the newly announced integration with Manything and IFTTT. (read more)

Nortek Security & Control Acquires Health and Wellness Technology Business from Numera – SDM
Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek Inc. company, announced it acquired mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) and telehealth business assets from privately held Numera Inc. (read more)

Connect ONE Integrates With Bosch Security G Series Intrusion Panels – SourceSecurity.com
Connect ONE®, the flagship, integrated security management platform from Connected Technologies, LLC, has announced its latest integration – to the Bosch Security G Series Intrusion Panels. With a new interface Connected Technologies developed for its Connect ONE cloud-hosted platform, the Bosch G Series panels let systems integrators easily expand their access control operations from eight to 32 doors and up to 2,000 users. The Bosch G Series joins Connect ONE’s current B Series panel integration, already in place. (read more)

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