Daily Report – 10/4/17

Top Stories
In Las Vegas, Concert Security Met a New Threat: Aerial Assault (Las Vegas) – The New York Times
It was a “watershed” attack, “one in a million,” an all-but-unforeseeable “black swan.” (read more)
 
Las Vegas casinos, hotels are beefing up security (Las Vegas) – New York Post
Las Vegas hotels and casinos are beefing up security in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting that left 59 people dead. (read more)
 
Concert Security Expert on What Las Vegas Tragedy Means for Live-Music Industry – Variety
Bataclan, the Pulse nightclub, Manchester – and now Vegas. The past two years have seen horrific acts of mass violence at music events, and each one has been different from the other. The November 2015 attack on the Bataclan in Paris that killed 130 people was part of a larger coordinated attack on the city by the Islamic State. Omar Mateen, who killed 49 with automatic weapons at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., claimed to be affiliated with ISIS but was a lone actor. In those two cases the individuals were able to overpower security and gain entrance to the venues, but in Manchester – where suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who’d met with ISIS officials in Libya, killed 22 people on May 22 – the incident occurred outside the venue as people were leaving. And in Las Vegas Sunday night, Stephen Paddock (whose connection to ISIS was unclear at press time) killed at least 59 people and wounded more than 500 by firing automatic weapons from windows of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, some 32 floors above Las Vegas Village, an open-air venue on the Strip surrounded by many tall buildings and thousands of windows. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Republicans call for ‘robust border security’ in any DACA deal – Fox News
Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed Tuesday to work together to keep protections for young illegal immigrants under DACA, in their first hearing since President Trump ended the Obama-era immigration policy — but the partisan divide remained on full display. (read more)
 
After Las Vegas attack, Emanuel talks Cubs, Chicago Marathon security (Chicago) – Chicago Tribune
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said in the wake of the Las Vegas attack that Chicago has security plans in place for the upcoming Chicago Marathon and Cubs playoff appearance at Wrigley Field. (read more)
 
Chicago not adding more security at marathon, Cubs playoffs after Las Vegas mass shooting, and other news (Chicago) – Chicago Reader
Chicago already had strong security plans in place for the upcoming Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Cubs playoff games at Wrigley Field before a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and left hundreds injured, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Six active shooter drills have been held by the city this year to help emergency responders prepare, and security plans will not change because of the Las Vegas tragedy, Office of Emergency Management and Communications commissioner Alicia Tate-Nadeau said. “Remember, we started changing what we were doing after the Boston marathon, and we upped our game dramatically,” Emanuel told reporters Monday. “Second, the city had, obviously, the World Series last year, so we also had to change and up our game from a security standpoint.” (read more)
 
Video Surveillance Reveals Prison Inmates Receiving Drone Deliveries (Ionia, Mich.) – SDM
Inmates at a Michigan prison received contraband via drone delivery for nearly two months before being detected, according to an article in the Macomb Daily. (read more)
 
Sacramento Police Work to Keep Area Surrounding Golden 1 Center Safe (Sacramento, Calif.) – Fox40.com
Just like that, the Kings are rolling and so is the Golden 1 Center. (read more)
 
After disagreement, Northampton City Council declines to pass anti-surveillance resolution (Northampton, Mass.) – MassLive.com
After nearly ninety minutes of disagreement and argument the Northampton City Council voted Thursday night to refer a controversial resolution supporting a ban on expanded surveillance in the city’s downtown area to two government committees for further review. (read more)
 
Security experts after Vegas shooting: ‘You cannot prevent something like this’ – WJLA.com
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, experts in event security and counterterrorism have a somewhat depressing response for those wondering whether a similar attack can be stopped in the future. (read more)
 
Costs for DeVos’s security detail could top $6M in next year: report – The Hill
Security costs for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could reportedly reach $6.54 million over the next year. (read more)
 
Virginia Beach City Council approves request for more money for Oceanfront camera project (Virginia Beach, Va.) – WTKR.com
Virginia Beach City Council members unanimously voted to provide more money for installing new surveillance cameras at the Oceanfront Tuesday night. (read more)
 
With bomb-sniffing dogs in demand, Katko questions feds’ procurement process – Auburnpub.com
More dogs capable of detecting explosives and fulfilling other security roles are needed, but government bureaucracy may be a major obstacle to acquiring the canines. (read more)
Campus Security
Great Campus Security Solutions at ASIS – Security Today
Last week at ASIS, several companies had great products for the Campus Security vertical. Here are just a few of the best items we saw while attending the show. (read more)
Biometrics
Aus Gov Pushes For National Facial Recognition Database (Australia) – ChannelNews.com
Backed by Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian government has announced it will push for federal agencies to build a national facial recognition database. (read more)
 
Secure your home with biometric security – New Vision
Investors in the real estate sector are now advocating for the installation of biometric security systems in all properties. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Ring launches Protect, its own $199 connected home security system – Tech Crunch
Ring, maker of one of the original (and still likely the best) connected video doorbell, has launched a comprehensive home security system called Protect, which retails for $199 and includes a base station, keypad (for arming and disarming) a contact sensor for a window or door, a passive infrared sensor for detecting motion and a Z-Wave extender for adding range to smart home devices that use the standard. (read more)
 
Samsung teams up with ADT for new SmartThings-powered home security system – The Verge
Samsung announced a new SmartThings-powered home security system today, but with an interesting twist: the company has partnered with ADT, a professional home security company, to provide optional security monitoring services. The end result is a product that combines DIY smart home products with professionally installed and monitored security systems, for what may be the best of both worlds. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Green Bay police don’t have body cameras – and won’t get them anytime soon (Green Bay, Wis.) – Green Bay Press-Gazette
The city’s police chief is holding off on buying body cameras for his officers because he says the equipment is too costly and time-consuming. (read more)
Security Industry
Inside ACRE’s strategic divestment of Mercury Security Products – SecurityInfoWatch
Last month, Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC (ACRE), the parent company of Vanderbilt and ComNet, announced that it had agreed to sell OEM access control hardware maker Mercury Security Products to HID Global for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will further consolidate the grip of HID and its parent company, Assa Abloy, on the access control market,  pairing Mercury and its install base of three million controllers with HID’s readers and credentials. (read more)
ASIS Int’l Bestows 2017 Accolades Awards Winners – Security Sales & Integration
ASIS Int’l has selected its 2017 ASIS Accolades Award winners. The awards competition aims to recognize the security industry’s most innovative new products, services and solutions. (read more)

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