Daily Report – 8/16/17

Top Stories
Northern California Officials Brace for Political Rallies (California) – U.S. News
Northern California authorities are bracing for politically charged protests in the coming weeks amid growing concerns of violence after the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. (read more)
 
Nuclear Power’s Woes Imperil U.S. National Security, Moniz Says – Bloomberg
The decline of the U.S. nuclear-power industry puts America’s security at risk, according to a report being released Tuesday by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz that calls for greater federal investment. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Nebraska lawmaker’s bill aims to hold drone operators accountable for their crimes (Nebraska) – Omaha World-Herald
A drone zips through the sky, peering for a moment into a home’s front window. (read more)
 
Business Owners Working To Improve Safety In Downtown Stockton (Stockton, Calif.) – CBS Sacramento
Business owners in Stockton are working together to help keep downtown safe for both employees and the many visitors who shop at stores every day. (read more)
 
Charlottesville attack suspect fired from private security job (Toledo, Ohio) – The Blade
The local man accused of driving his car into anti-white nationalist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, causing one death and injuring at least 19 others, has been fired from his job as a private security guard, the company announced Monday. (read more)
 
Department of Homeland Security launches anti-trafficking initiative in Alaska (Alaska) – KTUU.com
Local, state, and federal government agencies are working together in an attempt to curb human trafficking in Alaska. (read more)
 
Carbondale beefs up security with new cameras before the eclipse (Carbondale, Ill.) – KFVS12.com
With the eclipse coming, the city of Carbondale is hoping to shed some light on safety. The city is adding multiple cameras around the downtown area, not only for the eclipse, but also SIU move-in day. (read more)
Campus Security
Texas A&M Calls Off White Supremacy Event (College Station, Texas) – Inside Higher Ed
Texas A&M University late Monday said it would not permit a “White Lives Matter” event — featuring white supremacist Richard Spencer — to take place on campus on Sept. 11. (read more)
White Nationalists Protest at UVA on Eve of Deadly Rally (Charlottesville, Va.) – Campus Safety
A planned rally over the weekend by white nationalists and right-wing activists protesting the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a Charlottesville park caused chaos and violence throughout the city, including on the University of Virginia campus. (read more)
UVa. Letter Offers Reassurance, Security to Students, Parents (Charlottesville, Va.) – NBC Washington
University of Virginia officials are reaching out to parents of students with a letter aimed at easing worries. (read more)
Transportation Security
Surveillance cameras inside buses to provide police live footage (Las Vegas) – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Surveillance cameras mounted inside public buses will be able to stream live footage by the end of this year to law enforcement agencies during emergencies, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada said Thursday. (read more)
Alarming Airport Security Holes: Are We Vulnerable To Another 9/11-Type Attack? – Forbes
One month before the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist hijackings, security at U.S. airports is a “facade,” and “it is incredible that ISIS hasn’t taken advantage of this vulnerability,” says a former Federal Aviation Administration special agent. (read more)
Metro Test New Security Screening at Union Station, Can Detect Threats in Seconds (Los Angeles) – NBC Los Angeles
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also known as Metro, has teamed up with the Transportation Security Administration and Evolv Technology to test a new weapon screening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. (read more)
Biometrics
Texas A&M University-Kingsville developed a new fingerprinting method (Kingsville, Texas) – KRISTV.com
Fingerprint evidence has been helping the police solve crimes for more than 100 years.  Now researchers at Texas A&M University-Kingsville may have developed a new technique to make things better and faster. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Canary finally brings two-way talk to its security cameras – Tech Crunch
Security startup Canary is bringing a handful of new features to its camera products, the all-in-one and Flex. Most notable here is the addition of two-way audio, which has been conspicuously absent from the company’s products and ranks as their “most demanded feature,” according to Canary. (read more)
 
IHS: Global smart home market to exceed $14B in 2017 – SecurityInfoWatch
By now everyone is fully aware of the impact smart home technology has had on the residential security industry but, according to a new report from IHS Markit, the adoption of connected devices is only expected grow exponentially in the years ahead. (read more)
Worship Security
Church, school vandalism could reach $100,000 (Fargo, N.D.) – WRAL.com
Authorities say vandalism to a Catholic church and school in Fargo could reach $100,000 in damage. (read more)
Security Industry
First female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot in U.S. Navy to deliver closing keynote at ASIS 2017 – SecurityInfoWatch
ASIS International today announced that Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy and author, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck, will deliver the closing keynote address at its 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2017), Sept. 25-28 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.  The leading event for security professionals worldwide, ASIS 2017 is expected to draw 22,000 operational and cybersecurity professionals for industry-leading education, peer-to-peer relationship building, and hands-on product and solution evaluation. Attendees with all badge types (All-Access, Expo-Only, Exhibitor and Security Cares) have access to this inspiring session. (read more)
Post merger, Johnson Controls emerges even stronger – Security Systems News
Since the Tyco-Johnson Controls merger was completed in September 2016, the two security giants have joined forces to become an industry powerhouse, leveraging the combined brands to provide innovation on both the product and integration side of the business. (read more)

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