Daily Report – 4/28/17

Top Stories
Drunk man attacks Mountain View security robot, police say (Mountain View, Calif.) – Silicon Beat
It’s begun. And the battle of humans against robots has started far sooner than many imagined – right here in Silicon Valley. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
The Internet Of Things: Creating Responsible Smart Cities The Focus Of New $1.2 Million Knight Foundation Support – Knight Foundation
As smart technology becomes a pervasive part of our everyday lives-from what we wear to how we interact with our environment-cities have a big role to play in ensuring that it is applied in the public interest. To this end, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced $1.2 million in support to six cities to explore how the Internet of Things (IoT) – the connection of everyday objects to the Internet – can be deployed in cities in responsible and equitable ways. (read more)
Drone video stokes security concerns at Connecticut Capitol (Hartford, Conn.) – SecurityInfoWatch
A candidate for governor is generating the wrong kind of buzz — with a campaign video of a drone flying near the state Capitol dome in Hartford. (read more)
Bill Aiming To Crack Down On Police Impersonators Irks Security Companies (Minneapolis) – CBS Minnesota
Lakeville Police say they have encountered multiple cases of police impersonators, including one who investigated cases and showed up at crime scenes. (read more)
TVA eliminating handguns from nuclear security officers (Rhea County, Tenn.) – WRCBTV.com
The nuclear industry has a new policy leaving local workers worried about their safety. (read more)
Fort Worth Code Compliance Adds 80 Surveillance Cameras, Some Hidden (Fort Worth, Texas) – NBCDFW.com
Another Fort Worth city department is getting ready to deploy new surveillance cameras. Code Compliance will join the Fort Worth Police Department in purchasing new mobile cameras. (read more)
Campus Security
Hospital Crime Survey: Violent Crime Rate Edged Up Slightly Last Year – Campus Safety
The overall violent crime rate at U.S. hospitals last year increased slightly compared to the previous year according to the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Foundation’s latest crime survey. The results, which were announced at the IAHSS annual conference held this week in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, showed that the rate of violent crime per 100 beds was 1.0 last year. Although that is up from 2015, in which the rate was .9, it still is way down from the 2014 rate of 2.8 per 100 beds. (read more)
UTPD increases call boxes on campus, adds video cameras (Austin, Texas.) – The Daily Texan
Increasing the number of emergency call boxes on campus continues to be a top priority for improving campus safety, said Peter Scheets, assistant chief of the UT Police Department. (read more)
Transportation Security
Union asks state to halt rebranding of Chicago airport cops as security (Chicago) – Chicago Tribune
The union representing Chicago’s airport police officers moved Wednesday to halt the city’s effort to rebrand them as members of a security force – signs of a battle that is emerging as aviation police are under internal review and outside investigation in the wake of the United Airlines passenger dragging incident. (read more)
House Passes Bill Addressing the Aviation Insider Threat – Aviation News Today
The House passed a bill from Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee Chairman John Katko (R-N.Y.) that addresses concerns about aviation insider threat vulnerabilities, employee screening and airport access control. (read more)
New NC driver’s licenses should get you through airport security more easily
 (North Carolina) – The Charlotte Observer
Beginning Monday, North Carolina residents can obtain special new optional driver’s licenses that the state says will make it easier to pass through security at airports and military bases. (read more)
Security lines at JFK Airport are about to get much faster (New York) – New York Post
Passengers are moving through Newark Airport security checkpoints a lot quicker since the installation of new TSA smart lanes – and similar relief is on the way at JFK, a top Port Authority official said Thursday. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Consumer Intent to Buy Amazon Echo, Google Home and Other Voice Assistants Remains Low, Study Says – Security Sales & Integration
More than three-quarters of consumers in the United States have used voice commands to operate a digital home assistant – such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Google Home – but ownership and intent to buy the devices remain low, according to a new report by market research institute Gfk. (read more)
Security Industry
Alarm.com files patent infringement lawsuit against SecureNet and Protect America – SecurityInfoWatch
Alarm.com on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against SecureNet and Protect America alleging the companies infringed on patents held by the firm related to the delivery of interactive security services. (read more)
This box can see through walls – and it could shake up home security  – CBC News
When Taj Manku’s son was around 11, he asked his father how cellphones worked. (read more)

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