Daily Report – 3/8/17

Top Stories
Rice University researchers develop flat camera technology – SecurityInfoWatch
Last year, IHS predicted that the by end of 2019, new security cameras will be generating more than 2,500 petabytes of data daily. That stands in stark contrast to the 566 petabytes of daily data that was generated by surveillance cameras in 2015, which is still astronomical considering that would equal nearly all of Netflix’s current subscribers streaming over an hour of ultra-high definition content simultaneously, according to the research firm. The much ballyhooed world of big data is now a reality in video surveillance, but while the number of cameras installed globally number in excess of 240 million with more coming online every year, they still have deployment limitations. (read more)
 
WikiLeaks Releases Massive Collection of CIA Hacking Documents – Security Sales & Integration
Wikileaks has released what it says is the “largest ever publication of confidential documents” taken from the CIA. (read more)
 
Trump plan pays for immigration crackdown with cuts to coastal, air security – Politico
The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration, according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO – a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners. (read more)
Global Security
Study finds security tops tourist concerns in holiday choice – Reuters
Security is holidaymakers’ main consideration when choosing a destination, a research report released on Wednesday by Bournemouth University and travel search site Travelzoo said. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Grant to fund installation of surveillance cameras in metro Pittsburgh community (Pittsburgh) – SecurityInfoWatch
Anyone committing a crime in Aspinwall should be prepared to smile for the camera. (read more)
 
Ohio sheriffs turn to body scanners to curb drug flow into jails (Ohio) – SecurityInfoWatch
Heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, meth and other drugs are smuggled into jails in body cavities. Officials say drugs — the gold standard in jailhouse currency — lead to drug abuse, withdrawals, overdoses and deaths like Tuesday’s suspected fatal OD of an inmate in Greene County. (read more)
NYPD’s high-tech surveillance tactics should be shared with public, lawmakers say (New York) – SecurityInfoWatch
A new bill introduced in the City Council on Wednesday would lift the “veil” of secrecy surrounding the NYPD’s high-tech, military-grade surveillance tactics, its authors say — but police say the bill would harm their efforts to prevent terrorist attacks. (read more)
 
Suspect Arrested in Wave of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Institutions (St. Louis) – Campus Security
Juan Thompson was arrested in St. Louis on Friday for making at least eight bomb threats against Jewish schools, community centers and museums across the country. (read more)
 
Are city surveillance cameras working? Evaluation overdue (Williamsport, Pa.) – Sun-Gazette
The city of Williamsport has had surveillance cameras in five parks for the past four years. (read more)
 
Jackson County jail works to tighten security after inmates escape (Maquoketa, Iowa) – KCRG.com
Many residents in the Maquoketa community are breathing a sigh of relief. Monday, Clinton Police took two missing Jackson County inmates into custody. (read more)
 
NYS receives $5 mil. for homeland security (New York) – WKBW.com
Communities around New York state will share $5 million in federal funding for homeland security programs. (read more)
Campus Security
Ironwood school to receive new security upgrades (Ironwood, Mich.) – UpperMichigansSource.com
Ironwood Area School District officials said their building needs some security upgrades, and now they’re getting them with a nearly $65,000 grant. (read more)
Advocates push bill calling for video cameras in CCSD special ed classrooms (Nevada) – Las Vegas Sun
Olivia Espinoza looked sternly at a camera from Las Vegas on Tuesday as she explained to Nevada Senate Committee on Education Chairman Mo Denis, sitting in Carson City, why her son – an elementary-age, special-needs student – should be filmed while at school. (read more)
Transportation Security
Crime last year on MBTA dropped to lowest level since 1997 (Boston) – Boston Globe
Major crime on the MBTA last year dropped to its lowest level in at least two decades, as authorities deployed more officers during peak travel times and cracked down on minor offenses to deter more serious crimes. (read more)
Cyber Security
Consumer Reports to test products for privacy, data security – The Hill
Consumer Reports is going to begin evaluating products for privacy and data security, the U.S. nonprofit product review group said on Monday. (read more)
People will die from having their pacemakers hacked, security expert warns – Times Live
Health records and medical devices implanted in humans are a new frontier for hackers. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Smart Home Technology Still in Early Adopter Phase, Gartner Reports – Security Sales & Integration
The adoption of connected home solutions remains squarely within the early adopter phase, with only 10% of households in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia having purchased smart home gear, according to a new report by market research firm Gartner. (read more)


Worship Security
Security aid sought for Montgomery Co. Jewish centers (Rockville, Md.) – WTOP.com
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has sent a request to the County Council for a supplemental appropriation to help area Jewish community centers, including two that were targeted with bomb threats. (read more)
 
4 Atlanta-area mosques receive death threats (Atlanta) – Fox5SanDiego.com
Four Atlanta-area mosques have received death threats in recent weeks, leading a rights organization to urge heightened security. (read more)
 
Body Worn Cameras
Grant money helps towns buy body cameras for police (Avalon, N.J.) – PressOfAtlanticCity.com
A small town like Avalon doesn’t have many instances of violent crime, but police Chief William McCormick believes body cameras will help both police and the public maintain accountability. (read more)
 
Security Industry
Bosch’s partnership with Sony approved by antitrust authorities – SecurityIntoWatch
Bosch Security Systems on Monday announced that its recently forged partnership with Sony has been approved by antitrust authorities and became effective as of Feb. 1 – except within China where the partnership is slated to begin on April 1. The companies first announced that they would be combining their video surveillance businesses last November. (read more)

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