Daily Report – 7/28/17

Top Stories
Muslims Return to Al Aqsa Mosque to Pray After Israel Removes Security Measures (Jerusalem) – The New York Times
Throngs of Muslims resumed praying at the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel, seeking to reduce tensions in an explosive atmosphere, removed the last traces of security structures near the entrances to the holy site before dawn. (read more)
Report: School Violence, Bullying Down in US Public Schools – U.S. News
The number of violent attacks and incidents of bullying in American public schools has gone down in recent years, according to a federal report published Thursday. (read more)
Global Security
Scotland’s Biggest Arts Festival to See Increased Security (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Security Today
It’s no secret that large events these days are a target for terrorism. In the wake of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, Scotland is picking up the slack and increasing security at one of the country’s largest arts festivals. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Autonomous Border Patrol System Could Deploy Drones on its Own – Engineering.com
As the United States expands surveillance technologies on, above and below its 1,900-mile-long border with Mexico, operating them effectively grows more challenging. (read more)
Scalise on security detail: They saved my life (Washington, D.C.) – WWLTV.com
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement today after President Trump awarded the Medal of Valor to Capitol Police Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and Alexandria Police Department Officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe, and Alexander Jensen for their heroic actions in confronting the shooter who opened fire at a Congressional Baseball Game practice on June 14… (read more)
Canyon Co. jail security improvements to be completed soon (Caldwell, Idaho) – KTVB.com
Security and overcrowding problems have plagued the Canyon County jail for years. The problem really came to a head last year when eight inmates escaped from the jail’s tent facility, highlighting the desperate need for tighter security measures, and for the sheriff and his office, highlighting the need for a new jail. (read more)
Security cameras may be coming to city-owned parking garages in Syracuse (Syracuse, N.Y.) – CNYCentral.com
There is a new effort underway in Syracuse to make people who use city-owned parking garages feel more safe. (read more)
SD Adds 3,200 Surveillance Cameras Within New Street Light Program (San Diego) – San Diego La Prensa
The San Diego City Council last week approved a $30.2 million project that will retrofit 14,000 street lights to LED units, but the program also includes 3,200 surveillance camera and microphone units that were discreetly referred to as “sensor nodes.” The project has been described as the world’s largest smart city Internet of Things (IoT) sensor platform. (read more)
House Passes $788 Billion Spending Bill That Would Start Funding the Border Wall – Bloomberg Politics
The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that complies with President Donald Trump’s demands to boost the military, reduce clean-energy programs and start funding a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (read more)
Campus Security
Clear Bag Policy to Be Implemented at Univ. of Utah Stadiums (Salt Lake City) – Campus Safety
Effective July 1, 2018, event attendees at the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium and Huntsman Center will be required to put personal items in a clear bag. (read more)
More school districts close for eclipse over safety concerns (Granite City, Ill.) – KMOV.com
The number of school districts across the St. Louis region choosing to close on the day of the total eclipse, is growing. The Londdell R-XIV School District is the eighth district in the region to announced it’ll close on August 21. (read more)
Transportation Security
Navy base security concerns force feds to close Georgia airport (St. Mary’s, Ga.) – FirstCoastNews.com
An airport with blank runways and almost no traffic are at the top the list for safety and security concerns at Kings Bay Naval Base. (read more)
House panel approves bill to strengthen Cuban airport security – The Hill
A House panel easily approved legislation on Wednesday that would beef up security at Cuban airports, but not ground U.S. fights to the country. (read more)
Attention travelers: Start taking out your iPads and tablets at airport security – LocalSYR.com
The Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday it’s boosting security measures by requiring any carry-on electronic larger than a cellphone to be screened separately at U.S. airports. (read more)
Cyber Security
Facebook pledges funding to non-profit election security group – Engadget
Just last week, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center launched Defending Digital Democracy, an across-the-aisles bipartisan effort to find ways to protect against election hacking. The group includes campaign managers from Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns as well Google and Facebook security staffers. A new report on Reuters says that Facebook will also provide an initial funding of $500,000 to the nonprofit. (read more)
Chinese facial recognition firm developing AI to predict crimes – BiometricUpdate.com
Chinese companies are developing new facial recognition systems that can help law enforcement identify criminals and even potentially predict crimes before they occur, according to a report by Shanghaiist. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Consumer Technology Uptake Exceeding Growth Projections, CTA Says – Security Sales & Integration
The consumer technology industry in the United States is forecast to post an estimated 3.2% revenue growth in 2017, producing $321 billion in retail revenues ($251 billion wholesale), according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Body cams to be mandatory for some SPD officers starting Saturday (Seattle) – KIRO7.com
Starting Saturday, body cams will be mandatory for some Seattle police officers for the first time. (read more)
Security Industry
Umbo Computer Vision partners with PSA Security Network – Security Systems News
Umbo Computer Vision, an artificial intelligence company building autonomous video security systems for businesses and organizations based here, on July 20 announced a new partnership with PSA Security Network, a security and systems integrator cooperative. (read more)
Deadline Looms For Companies To Comply With EU Data Protection Regulation – SourceSecurity.com
The European Union has spelled out specific requirements and safeguards for handling and protecting personal data. In the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU makes clear exactly what is expected of those who control and process data. (The United Kingdom has committed to follow the regulation despite the Brexit vote.) Everyone is facing a deadline on May 25 2018 to comply with the GDPR. What are the exact implications for the physical security market? What do customers need to do to ensure they are compliant? These are urgent questions, given that the clock is already ticking. (read more)

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