Daily Report – 4/21/17

Top Stories
Secret Service tightens White House security on south side (Washington, D.C.) – USA Today
The Secret Service is enlarging the protective bulwark around the White House complex Wednesday by closing access to the entire fence-line along the mansion’s south lawn in the wake of persistent concerns about intrusions. (read more)
Paris Shootout Leaves Police Officer and Gunman Dead (Paris) – The New York Times
A gunman wielding an assault rifle on Thursday night killed a police officer on the city’s most iconic boulevard, the Champs-Élysées, stirring France’s worst fears of a terrorist attack, which could tip voting in a hotly contested presidential election that starts on Sunday. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
How Enterprise Physical Security Integrates with Security Robots – Security Magazine
The abilities of robots have grown significantly in recent years. In some areas of the world, they are beginning to replace human workers at an increasing rate. For example, the International Federation of Robots (IFR) projects the number/use of industrial robots will grow by 15 percent through 2018. And one study suggests that in general, one robot can replace up to six human workers. Recently, one international employee’s union began to negotiate for job protection against robots and artificial intelligence. (read more)
 
Iowa legislature approves bill banning public bathroom video surveillance (Iowa) – WQAD.com
A bill that would block government entities from putting up surveillance cameras inside the bathrooms of public buildings has passed both the Iowa House and Senate and is expected to be signed by Gov. Terry Branstad. (read more)
 
Sacramento County jail looks to up security after car crashes (Sacramento, Calif.) – KCRA.com
Two crashes into the Sacramento County jail are now prompting discussions among county leaders and the sheriff’s department about adding a permanent barrier at the entrance and sides of the building. (read more)
 
Homeland Security chooses Mississippi for major drone project (Mississippi) – Sun Herald
After a highly competitive review process, the Department of Homeland Security selected Mississippi as a new base of operations for its drones, and much of the evaluation of how to best to use the devices will be done in South Mississippi. (read more)
 
If You Get a Call From This Number at Homeland Security, It’s a Scam – Gizmodo
Have you gotten a call from the number 1-800-323-8603? Does it say on Caller ID that it’s from the Department of Homeland Security? It’s definitely a scam. Hang up and don’t give them any information. (read more)
Campus Security
A rare look at SU’s large surveillance system (Syracuse, N.Y.) – CNYCentral.com
With 1,209 cameras, Syracuse University is one of the most watched campuses in the nation. (read more)
 
Officials Beef Up Security After Principal Stabbed At CT School (Cape Town, South Africa) – Eyewitness News
A school principal is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in Bishop Lavis. (read more)
Beaumont, Banning school districts review security measures after Northpark Elementary shootings (California) – Record Gazette
Banning and Beaumont schools are re-evaluating their school safety measures after the shootings last week at Northpark Elementary School in San Bernardino left a teacher and a student dead and another student injured, raising many questions from parents and the community. (read more)
Transportation Security
LAX security overlooked gun in off-duty cop’s carry-on bag, officials say (Los Angeles) – Los Angeles Times
Federal officials say procedures were violated at Los Angeles International Airport when an off-duty police officer boarded a flight to Taiwan with a handgun in her carry-on bag. (read more)
California transit agency to bolster security to stop fare evaders (Oakland, Calif.) – SecurityInfoWatch
Fare evaders are costing BART up to an estimated $25 million each year, but the agency is hoping a mix of beefed up enforcement efforts, physical barriers at fare gates and new technology will help stymie would-be cheaters. (read more)
MetroLink sued over lack of security (St. Louis) – Fox2Now.com
A fourteen-page lawsuit filed in civil court Wednesday claimed that multiple problems with MetroLink safety is to blame for the death of a man last year. (read more)
Cyber Security
In Depth: Health record security – WNYT.com
As increasing numbers of doctors switch from paper to electronic medical records, the consumer needs a lesson in computer security. (read more)
Biometrics
New camera can capture fingerprints at distance – Planet Biometrics
Researchers have developed a new camera technique using synthetic aperture radar that they say can pinpoint fingerprints at a distance even with a short lens. (read more)
Facial Recognition Technology Used in Jury Consulting – Law.com
Jury selection is generally a process relegated to psychology experts, folks trained to look at subtle body expressions and make assessments to help attorneys get an edge on the opposition. Analytics is thought to be based on hard calculus and objective criteria, completely distinct from the nuanced, emotional work of jury consulting, which makes The Jury Lab’s use of emotional facial recognition software for jury analysis a little surprising. (read more)
Navy to Begin Using Biometrics for Access Control – Security Sales & Integration
The Navy announced it will begin phasing in biometrics as its new I.D. system. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Withings scraps its Apple HomeKit security cam – CNET
Withings has canceled the production of its Apple-HomeKit-enabled Home Plus security camera. A patent dispute between Apple and Withings parent company Nokia is the apparent cause, according to a report by 9to5Mac. (read more)
Hacking Fears Are Making Consumers Skittish About Smart Home Devices – Security Sales & Integration
The rising occurrence of high-profile security hacks and privacy breaches, as well as being personally victimized, are contributing to ever-increasing consumer anxiety about smart home devices and platforms, according to new research. (read more)
Worship Security
New law could allow AL churches to form armed security forces (Alabama) – WSFA.com
Alabama lawmakers will soon have to decide whether or not churches should have the ability to create their own security force. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Lawyers: NYPD Body Camera Policy ‘Flawed,’ Needs Federal Review (New York) – CBS New York
The NYPD is ready to roll on a large-scale test of body-worn cameras for police officers. (read more)
Security Industry
ASIS Revamps Top Networking Events for 2017 Seminar & Exhibits in Dallas – Security Sales & Integration
ASIS Int’l released new schedule changes and enhancements to its lineup of top networking events for the 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), to be held Sept. 25-28 in Dallas. (read more)

ISC West 2017 sees record attendance – Security Systems News
Many of the companies Security Systems News talked with on the ISC West 2017 show floor commented on the good attendance. Following the show, Sherida Sessa, industry vice president for ISC Events, told SSN, “All of the metrics are up.” (read more)

Lively ISC West 2017 Addresses Industry Trends With Innovative Security Technologies – SourceSecurity.com
The enthusiasm of ISC West 2017 continued through to the final hours of Friday, reflective of a show jam-packed with new technologies to address industry trends. Exhibitors seemed happy enough with booth traffic, which held up even on the final day. (read more)

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