Daily Report – 5/19/17

Top Stories
Cannes Rolls Out the Red Carpet (Now With Metal Detectors) (Cannes, France) – The New York Times
This year’s Cannes Film Festival opened on Friday much as it always has: The stars drifted down the red carpet, the crowd huzzahed and the paparazzi begged for smiles from the jury members Will Smith and Jessica Chastain. Only this time, most attendees need to walk through metal detectors, an accommodation to safety concerns. Founded the year after World War II ended, the festival is celebrating its 70th year during a national state of emergency that was imposed in the wake of terrorist attacks, which have rocked France from Paris to the Côte d’Azur. (read more)
Daredevil Golden Gate Bridge video prompts security review (San Francisco) – Fox News
A video shot by two daredevils on the Golden Gate Bridge doing flips and walking hundreds of feet in the air on walkways has prompted a security review at the iconic structure, officials said Tuesday. (read more)
Brace for chaos if US expands airline laptop ban – Malaymail Online
The trans-Atlantic flight could soon become a gadget-free zone if US officials press forward with a security ban on laptop computers and other larger electronic devices on airline flights from Europe. (read more)
Global Security
Study Reports High Violent Crime Rates in the Caribbean – Security Magazine
The Caribbean and its pristine beaches may be a tourist magnet, but life in paradise comes at a price: the soaring violent crime rate is higher than in Latin America or Africa. (read more)
 
Federal, State and Municipal Security
DHS’s Tracking Of Visa Overstays Hindered By Insufficient Technology, IG Reports – Homeland Security Today
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) IT systems have not effectively supported Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) visa tracking operations, and ICE personnel responsible for investigating in-country visa overstays pieced together information from dozens of systems and databases, some of which were not integrated and did not electronically share information, according to a new Inspector General (IG) audit report. (read more)
 
Texas House passes court security bill (Texas) – The Texas Tribune
The Texas House on Tuesday gave unanimous preliminary approval to a court security bill inspired by a 2015 assassination attempt on an Austin judge. The chamber needs to pass the measure one more time before it heads back to the Senate. (read more)
 
Surveillance program nabbing more illegal dumpers in Winnipeg (Winnipeg, Canada) – Global News
A pilot project using hi-tech surveillance cameras is resulting in more illegal dumping convictions and more public awareness of the problem, according to the city. (read more)
 
New Security Cameras Installed At Newkirk Plaza Via ‘Safe Shopper’ Initiative (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – Bklyner.com
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams visited Newkirk Plaza to install surveillance cameras intended to thwart crime, as part of his ‘Operation Safe Shopper’ initiative. (read more)
 
Robert E. Lee statue to come down in New Orleans, extra security on hand (New Orleans) – CBC News
The city of New Orleans will take down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday, completing the southern city’s removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (read more)
 
High-Tech Security Robot Patrolling Prudential Center (Boston) – CBS Boston
A unique looking addition to the Prudential Center had shoppers taking a second look on Thursday. (read more)
Campus Security
Hamilton Schools adding police security (Hamilton, Ohio) – Journal-News
There will be more police in Hamilton Schools when classes open in August. (read more)
 
Investigation Highlights Security Camera Maintenance Issues for Atlanta Area Schools (Atlanta) – Campus Safety
A local television station in Atlanta has found that it has taken on average 61 days for the Atlanta Public School District (APS) to fix its broken security cameras.  At one school, 13 cameras were down for more than a year. Other school districts, such as the Clayton County School District, took as little as 10 days on average to make the appropriate repairs, reports 11alive.com. (read more)
 
District wants to spend $2 million on security (Sanborn, N.Y.) – WGRZ.com
A local school district is looking to make major security upgrades to its schools district-wide. (read more)
Transportation Security
Officials approve MetroLink security plan – St. Louis Business Journal
Officials from St. Louis County, St. Clair County and St. Louis city have signed a memo of understanding outlining plans to improve security on the MetroLink line. (read more)
 
NJ Transit buses are getting a high-tech surveillance upgrade (New Jersey) – NJ1015.com
During a visit to a giant NJ Transit bus maintenance facility on Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a plan to make bus travel safer in the Garden State. (read more)
Biometrics
The Threat of Voice Aging in Voice Biometrics Security – Pindrop
As the implementation of voice biometrics has become increasingly popular as a form of identification and authentication, researchers are challenged with determining how users’ voices change over time. New research shows that voices age significantly, even in the short term, making positive authentication more difficult with just voice biometrics alone. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
St. Petersburg’s mayor, police chief promised dashboard cameras, but City Council hits the brakes (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – Tampa Bay Times
Over the objections of the mayor’s office, the City Council voted 5-2 on Thursday to delay buying dashboard cameras for new police vehicles. (read more)
Security Industry
Inside Vivint’s partnership with Best Buy – SecurityInfoWatch
Earlier this month, electronics retail giant Best Buy announced that it has entered into a partnership with Vivint to launch a new smart home service that will allow customers to consult with a smart home expert inside their stores, design a system that fits their needs and have it installed and monitored. Customers will be able to choose a wide range of smart home products from Vivint and others as well as pick from a variety of service plans, including 24/7 professional monitoring with emergency response, always-on cellular connection,  and 30-day video storage. Customers can also opt for a no-contract service plan. (read more)
 
Are Veterans the Missing Piece in the Security Industry Puzzle? – Security Sales & Integration
You’d be hard pressed to find any individual who isn’t nervous when it comes to interviewing for new job opportunities. The process of finding the right culture, compensation plan, benefits, and career trajectory can bring about a substantial amount of doubt and over thinking the opportunity. (read more)

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