Daily Report – 6/23/17

Top Stories
 
NYC Looks to Make Its 911 System Fully Digital (New York) – Government Technology
New York City is working to make its 911 system fully digital, which in practical terms means that residents will be able to interact with emergency responders through text messages, photos, videos, social media and other state-of-the-art methods of communication. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
70 surveillance cameras to be installed throughout residential, high crime areas (Memphis, Tenn.) – WMCActionNews5.com
The Memphis Police Department and Memphis City Council are pushing for surveillance cameras in the council’s seven districts to combat chronic crime. Each of the districts will be allotted 10 aerial surveillance cameras that will be mounted on poles in residential areas. (read more)
 
Avocado theft has long been a problem in Ventura County (Ventura, Calif.) – Ventura County Star
It’s not surprising that thieves are attracted to avocados, given increasing demand for the fruit coupled with high prices. (read more)
 
Iowa Supreme Court issues statewide firearms ban for courthouses (Iowa) – SecurityInfoWatch
The Iowa Supreme Court issued an order Monday that bans weapons in all 99 courthouses and justice centers across the state. (read more)
 
7 Steps to Improving Stadium and Large Event Security – Campus Safety
Concerts, speeches and athletic events have been and remain a target of violent extremists and terrorists around the globe. Fortunately, there exists a wealth of information to assist event planners and campus security personnel with preparing for large events and securing stadiums and arenas. In addition, there are some key lessons that have been learned from actual incidents that should be considered by those responsible for the safety and security of these venues. (read more)
Campus Security
Security upgrades coming to Sarasota Co. schools (Sarasota County, Fla.) – ABC Action News
When you enter Ashton Elementary in Sarasota you’ll find several layers of security. There are perimeter fences that direct visitors to the main entrance. The main entrance consists of two layers of double doors that separate visitors from the classrooms. (read more)
Transportation Security
TSA gives inside look at Orlando airport security technology (Orlando) – Orlando Sentinel
Under Orlando International Airport are rooms with many rows of industrial X-ray machines, swallowing luggage of many sizes and taking hundreds of multi-angle scans of each. (read more)
Congress should fully fund the intercity bus security grant program – The Hill
Sadly, there have been numerous terrorist attacks using vehicles as weapons in Nice, Berlin, London, and Stockholm, among other cities. There have also been attacks on motorcoaches, including a terrorist attack on a football team bus in April of this year in Germany. Thankfully, a terror attack involving motorcoaches has not happened in the United States yet. However, this does not mean that the nation should be any less vigilant in taking all reasonable measures to prevent such attacks. (read more)
San Francisco’s New Bike Racks Are Self-Aware (San Francisco) – City Lab
Bike theft is a huge problem at San Francisco Bay Area BART stations. The floors of some look like a maniac dynamited a Kryptonite factory. (read more)
FBI investigating Michigan airport attack as ‘act of terror’ (Flint, Mich.) – SecurityInfoWatch
The FBI says the stabbing of a police officer at a Flint airport is being investigated as an “act of terror,” carried out by a man who yelled “Allahu Akbar” before attacking the officer in the neck with a 12-inch Amazon Jungle Survival Knife. (read more)
Cyber Security
Russian hackers targeted 21 US states during election, Homeland Security official says – ABC.net
Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 states in last year’s United States presidential race, a Department of Homeland Security official has told Congress. (read more)
 
Home Security/Automation
Amazon Echo Show Adds Security Camera Support – Security Sales & Integration
Amazon has revealed its Echo Show will integrate with some of the biggest names in the smart home camera world. (read more)
News Poll: Security and smart home spaces see a range of customers – Security Systems News
The smart home is a strong force in the industry, leading Security Systems News to ask its readers how the technology fits into customers’ priorities. Responses were pretty evenly split between whether customers prioritize security, the smart home, or a mix of both. (read more)


Retail Security
Retail Shrink Increased to $48.9 Billion in 2016 – Security Magazine
Thefts from retailers and other inventory “shrink” grew to $48.9 billion in 2016 from $45.2 billion the year before even as budget constraints left retail security budgets flat or declining, according to the annual National Retail Security Survey by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida. The thefts amounted to 1.44 percent of sales, up from 1.38 percent. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Kansas City police plan to outfit officers with body cameras as price tag reaches $6M (Kansas City, Mo.) – SecurityInfoWatch
Kansas City police brass say their plan to equip hundreds of officers with body cameras as a new estimate puts initial costs at roughly $6 million. (read more)
Security Industry
How Physical Access Systems will be affected by GDPR – IFSEC Global
With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) set to go into effect in May, security professionals must have a plan for all data stored on physical access systems. (read more)
 
The value of ‘Made in America’ for government agencies’ purchasing decisions – SecurityInfoWatch
Despite increased competition from providers whose products are manufactured in countries where labor costs are lower, “Made in America” is still more than just a tagline or marketing tool. A number of surveys have found that Americans not only are more willing to purchase U.S.-manufactured goods, but also tend to seek them out. For example, 78 percent of respondents in a survey conducted by the Consumer Reports Research Center indicated they would choose American-made products. According to a Boston Consulting Group survey, 80 percent of respondents said they are more likely to buy American, and are also willing to pay more for those products. (read more)

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