Daily Report – 11/14/16

Top Stories
Europe struggles to harden security in wake of attacks – Fox News
Shortly after the terror attacks here a year ago, European leaders pledged to close a legal loophole that militants could exploit to pass through border crossings without security checks. (read more)
 
A pat down by robots coming soon to airport security? – TNOOZ
Robots and artificial intelligence are being tipped to take over security processes at airports and hotel check-in says a report. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Has the TWIC Finally Arrived? – SecurityInfoWatch
On Aug. 23, the U.S. Coast Guard issued the final card access control reader rule for the Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) – achieving an important milestone in the history of this long-awaited, commonly criticized, frequently investigated, but essential program. (read more)
 
Interoperability Vital for the Safe City – SecurityInfoWatch
Most people today who live in cities, particularly large ones, have become accustomed to a relatively high level of general and public surveillance, whether it is the police patrolling the streets, cameras in shopping malls or intelligent security solutions deployed in public transportation systems. (read more)
 
With residents in fear, TCH to review security at troubled 200 Wellesley Street (Toronto, Canada) – CBC News
Broken doors, squatters living in stairwells and sleepy security guards are commonplace at 200 Wellesley St. E., residents say. One year ago, a man was stabbed to death in his second-floor unit. (read more)
 
Peace Bridge damages keep adding up as vandals strike again (Calgary, Canada) – Calgary Herald
Vandals have caused more than $200,000 in damage to the Peace Bridge since it opened in 2012, forcing the city to upgrade the security camera system in the area, Calgary’s top transportation official revealed after two more glass panels were ruined. (read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Survey indicates female students fear walking home alone (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – The Michigan Daily
When Jocelyn Aptowitz, a dual-enrolled School of Music, Theatre & Dance and now-LSA junior, was a freshman, a man in a car asked her for directions while she was walking back from a rehearsal at the Student Theatre Arts Complex around Hoover Street in 2014. (read more)
 
Series of swastika graffiti on NYC New School dorm doors shakes up students (New York) – NY Daily News
The New School was rocked by a shocking spate of hate Saturday when swastikas were found scrawled on four dorm room doors. (read more)
 
Heightened security after Sulphur schools threatened (Sulphur, Okla.) – KXII.com
“I was just really nervous, you wouldn’t think something like that would happen, it’s SUCH a small town,” says Sulphur parent Brittany Mensch. (read more)
 
Transportation Security
 
SC: Many Columbia Buses to be Equipped with Security Cameras by Early 2018 (Columbia, S.C.) – Mass Transit
More than 70 of Columbia’s public buses will be equipped with security cameras by late next year or early 2018, the director of the bus system said Thursday. (read more)
TriMet tries to stem tide of attacks on bus drivers (Portland, Ore.) – The Oregonian
It started, as it often does, over bus fare. A would-be rider boarded Chris Day’s bus last month in Southeast Portland and dropped a few coins, but short of a ticket, into the fare box. After a brief back-and-forth, the man demanded his change back. (read more)


 
Cyber Security
 
Network Worm Could Infect ‘Smart’ Home Devices, Researcher Show – EWeek.com
A team of academic researchers demonstrated how even the simplest Internet of Things devices could be used to spread malicious code when they exploited a vulnerability in a popular smart light bulb to infect other devices. (read more)

Body Worn Cameras

 
Nichols Hills police to get new body cameras (Nichols Hills, Okla.) – NewsOK
New body cameras have been approved by the city council for Nichols Hills police officers. (read more)
 
 
Security Industry
 
Major changes forecasted for video surveillance manufacturers – SecurityInfoWatch
As anyone who closely follows the security industry can attest, video surveillance manufacturers have been impacted by a variety of changing market dynamics in recent years, including increased competition from Asian-based suppliers as well as the growing commoditization of hardware and a need to develop products that will meet the needs of tomorrow’s Smart Cities.  According to our new annual report, The Physical Security Business 2016 to 2021: Access Control, Intruder Alarms & Video Surveillance, the total value of physical security products at factory gate prices is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.65 percent over the five years to over $37 billion in 2021. Over the last five years, the total market has grown at a CAGR of 8.2 percent, but there has been a significant fall in growth over the past two years as the developed markets of North America and Europe have continued to lose market share to Asia and China, in particular. (read more)

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