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LACONIA, N.H.—Orion Entrance Control, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of converged entry technology, has appointed Pierre Bourgeix as an embedded consultant. Bourgeix brings more than 30 years of security experience through his work at The Rand Corporation, U.S. State Department, ADT/Tyco Security, HySecurity, Wallace International, SecureState, and Boon Edam.With Bourgeix’s expertise, Orion looks to expand its influence nationally and internationally. “I am excited to join Orion Entrance Control, Inc. in its quest to develop the most formidable integrated and converged entry platform in the industry,” Bourgeix said about the new opportunity. “Orion has postured itself to take that next step in becoming an industry leader.”Bourgeix’s competencies center around physical and cybersecurity governance, is a respected industry expert and is involved in developing security standards testing products, systems, and solutions. He has a proven track record of success working with the U.S. Secret Service, National Security Agency (NSA), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Bourgeix’s other knowledge areas include electronic security, managed services security, information technology (IT), and cybersecurity.“Pierre’s experience in the physical and cybersecurity industry will be of great help as we continue to grow globally,” said Orion Entrance Control, Inc. CEO Steve Caroselli.Bourgeix told Security Systems News that he is excited to work with Caroselli, who he said is the big story here in terms of what he has been able to do with the company.“Steve has done just an incredible job and that should be the highlight,” Bourgeix said. “Steve took the company from zero to where it is now, and it is amazing. Even through COVID he was able to keep the company moving, and they are now extremely well-positioned in the marketplace. Because of their forward-thinking technology solutions, which tie in converged entry and truly understand the importance of connectivity to the IT/IOT environment, they are ahead of everybody else.”Working in a consulting role, Bourgeix is going to help Orion get to the next level. “It is all about documenting processes that they already have in place and starting to build that ISO framework,” he noted. “They have a lot of the structure already there, and have done a great job, so it is getting the ISO framework and certifications in place, for example.”Bourgeix said he is also excited to help bring the company’s latest technologies to market.“They have implemented some incredible technologies and embedded these technologies, like health and heartbeat monitoring, into the entry solution,” he explained. “What you are finding is the turnstile is tied to a lot of these technologies, and this is what the end user wants – they want it embedded in the turnstile. Orion is heading in the right direction when it comes to converged entry and no one else has figured it out yet the way Orion has, so we are excited about the future.”

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AUSTIN, Texas—Eagle Eye Networks, a global leader in cloud video surveillance, has introduced the first-of-its-kind 4G, direct-to-cloud body camera designed specifically for commercial use.This new offering provides commercial customers with affordable access to feature-rich, professional-grade body camera services, which improve staff safety and accountability, trigger immediate response, and provide valuable evidence, all while protecting assets and keeping communities safe. Eagle Eye Body Cameras are now available for order with delivery in Q3. Body cameras dissuade aggression, improve accountability, and reduce false accusations. Employees from private security guards to retail staff, in-home service providers, and delivery workers feel safer and more valued when wearing body cameras. Global research organization Omdia has identified body cameras in non-law enforcement applications as a top trend in 2021, saying the potential addressable market for commercial body-worn cameras dwarfs that of law enforcement. In the U.S. alone, Omdia estimates private security guards outnumber police officers 2-to-1, and says new commercial body camera users – in retail, for example – are rapidly emerging. “The commercial body-worn camera market is ripe for new entrants,” said Paul Bremner, Principal Analyst in Omdia’s critical communications group. “Features such as cloud connectivity, 4G, live streaming, GPS, and price are important to retailers, delivery services, guards, and others in the commercial sector. New body cam providers who can break the old law enforcement body camera mold with reasonably priced, feature-rich, professional-grade body cameras are positioning themselves to fill a growing need the commercial market is searching for.”Resellers are welcoming the arrival of body cameras that meet their needs. Jaime Abad Valdenebro, Chief Executive Officer at OmniCloud, said he is excited that Eagle Eye Networks is launching commercial body camera support to its Eagle Eye CameraManager platform. “Fixed IP cameras integrated with 4G-enabled body cameras represent the extension of video cloud services in a real mobile environment, providing a new disruptive video surveillance solution,” he said. “In a smart city application, Eagle Eye’s new 4G, direct-to-cloud body cams will provide extra protection for security guards and ensure patrols are completed on time,” Valdenebro added. “The 4G is important, because it gives the user live access to body camera video. It will make a high-performance true cloud video surveillance system even more powerful,” he added. With Eagle Eye Body Cameras, users can:  Use 4G or Wi-Fi for live streaming, real-time remote viewing, and direct to cloud recordingBlend fixed, mobile, and body-worn cameras, making it easier for your entire surveillance system to work togetherStream to a monitoring or security operations center and use geo-tagging for immediate response and supportExperience a larger viewing area with fisheye capabilities that are dewarped in the Eagle Eye Cloud Management ApplicationManage a large number of cameras in the cloud and watch from a control roomUse two-way audio to clearly communicateProtect your people at work and in the community Future-proof your investment with hardened cameras that offer “law enforcement-level” durability and quality at an affordable priceGain flexibility for live streaming and video retrieval during docking with rapid recharge capabilities“The demand for high-quality body cameras that connect to the cloud has been growing for several years, accelerating even more with the pandemic, social unrest, and the shift to providing more in-home, curbside, and remote services,” said Dean Drako, Founder and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “Traditional law enforcement body cameras use a high-dollar subscription model, which is too steeply priced for commercial customers. Eagle Eye Networks will support the new Eagle Eye Body Cameras at the same low subscription cost of fixed cameras, making the solution affordable for commercial customers accustomed to paying up front for advanced cameras with affordable long-term subscriptions.”Body cameras are initially available on the Eagle Eye Networks CameraManager platform, with availability on the Eagle Eye Cloud Video Management System (VMS) in 2022. The Eagle Eye Body Cams can also be protected with Eagle Eye Networks industry-leading rapid replacement service.Click here for more information.

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SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the 2021 winners of the SIA New Product Showcase Awards, the flagship awards program presented in partnership with ISC West recognizing innovative security products, services and solutions. Top among the winners, who were recognized June 17 during a virtual awards show, was Lumeo, receiving the 2021 Best New Product Award and Teleportivity which received the Judges’ Choice Award.Since its inception in 1979, the SIA New Product Showcase has been the security industry’s premier product awards program. New products are reviewed by a panel of judges with extensive industry experience, and in 2021, following significant deliberations, the 35 judges presented awards for technologies covering 25+ product and service categories. The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase entries will be on display July 19-21 in Booth 14073 on the ISC West show floor.Lumeo received the Best New Product honor for its Lumeo product, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category.“Lumeo is the first and only ‘no-code’ video analytic builder that provides integrators, software vendors and solution providers with the ability to create and deliver custom analytics in minutes and with no technical skills needed,” said Lumeo. “Using drag-and-drop tools, pre-built analytic building blocks and AI models, Lumeo lets providers instantly add AI-powered analytics to their own solution, or extend existing VMS and camera installations to increase revenue and bottom line. Lumeo’s cloud-managed analytics can run in the cloud, on-premises or in a hybrid model so you can optimize for convenience or cost.”The prestigious Judges’ Choice Award was presented to Teleportivity for the QR Video Intercom product, submitted in the Emerging Technologies category.“Imagine being able to install an app-like ‘video intercom’ experience, anywhere, simply with a QR code,” said Teleportivity. “There’s no hardware needed, and no app required for the visitor. Simply scan with a smartphone, and access. Intercom owners can add a whole range of other self-serve experiences into their code. Install onto a digital directory, letterbox, a door, a wall…Anywhere.”“The 2021 entrants to the SIA New Product Showcase are a remarkable group, and we were impressed by the many notable ideas and new technologies that came in this year,” said Christopher Grniet, chair of the SIA New Product Showcase Committee. “It was a challenge making the final award determinations in this year’s highly competitive program following hours of panel-driven judging and technology demonstrations. Thank you to our dedicated judges for volunteering your time, expertise and efforts to make the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase a success.”Additionally, Marc R. Tardiff –  founder of MRT Security Consulting LLC and an active volunteer judge in the SIA New Product Showcase program – received the New Product Showcase Merit Award, which recognizes an individual or company who, through their support of the New Product Showcase, demonstrates a commitment to the vision and mission of the program, contributes to its success and promotes the advancement of SIA and the security industry overall.“I am honored to be named the 2021 SIA NPS Merit Award winner and would like to thank Sandra Jones, who first gave me the chance to serve on the SIA NPS Committee, as well as SIA, Reed and our NPS Committee members for the work that has been going on for quite some time,” said Tardiff. “I’d also like to thank our previous chair, Jennifer Martin, and current chair Chris Grniet for allowing me to continue to serve.”“SIA is thrilled to recognize the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase honorees, whose products, services and contributions represent the most innovative new security offerings on the market,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA congratulates all the 2021 award winners, and especially Lumeo and Teleportivity, whose solutions stood out among the impressive field of entrants to earn the Best New Product and Judges’ Choice honors. Additionally, we congratulate Marc R. Tardiff on being named the 2021 SIA NPS Merit Award recipient in recognition of his dedication and valuable contributions to this flagship awards program.”The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase award winners are:Best New Product AwardWinner:  Lumeo – LumeoJudges’ Choice AwardWinner:  Teleportivity – QR Video IntercomNew Product Showcase Merit AwardWinner: Marc R. Tardiff, founder, MRT Security Consulting LLCCATEGORY AWARDSAccess Control Devices & Peripherals Hardware – WirelessWinner:  Master Lock – Master Lock Vault Enterprise Bluetooth Door ControllerHonorable Mention: Bird Home Automation GmbH – DoorBird D1812 Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices & Peripherals – Wired  Winner: Honeywell International Inc – Pro-Watch Integrated Security SuiteHonorable Mention: Alvarado from dormakaba Group – MST-TE Touch-Free Full Height Turnstile Anti-Terrorism/Force ProtectionWinner: Bullistic Barriers LLC – RaDeBuRe Commercial Monitoring SolutionsWinner: Evolon – VerifyHonorable Mention: Optex – Optex 12 Channel Bridge Communications and Networking SolutionsWinner: M2M Services – MINI-LTE-M-AV Convergence and Integration SolutionsWinner: BioConnect – BioConnect Enterprise 5.0 Design, Diagnostic and Installation ToolsWinner: Axis Communications, Inc. – AXIS Plugin for Autodesk Revit Emerging TechnologiesWinner: Teleportivity – QR Video Intercom Honorable Mention:Lumeo – LumeoAiP Monitoring – SafeAtHome App Environmental Monitoring SystemsWinner: IPVideo Corporation – HALO 2.2 Fire/Life SafetyWinner: NOTIFIER by Honeywell – Notifier Inspire Self-Test Smoke Detection Hosted Solutions/Managed ServicesWinner: Soloinsight Inc. – CloudGate SmartSpace Identification Management and Credentialing (Non-Biometrics)Winner: ThermalPass/SISCO – ThermalPass Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – WiredWinner: OPTEX Inc. – Redscan Pro Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions (Physical) – WirelessWinner: Intelligent Automation, Inc. – ARGUS Perimeter Security Solutions Key/Equipment Assets Management SolutionsWinner: CyberLock Inc. – CyberAudit-Web 9.4 Law Enforcement/Public Safety/Guarding SystemsWinner: Active Guardian – 3xLOGIC Gunshot Detection Lock and Key SolutionsWinner: Medeco Security Locks – Medeco 4 High Security Key System Mobile Solutions (Connected)Winner: IronYun Inc. – Vaidio Cam App Smart Home SolutionsWinner: Alarm.com – Flex IOHonorable Mention: 2GIG – 2GIG EDGE Security and Automation Panel Threat/Risk Management Software ApplicationsWinner: Gallagher – Proximity and Contact Tracing Report Video AnalyticsWinner: IronYun Inc. – Vaidio AI Vision Platform 5.0 Video Surveillance Cameras (HD/Megapixel)Winner: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Ltd. – KP-HD3005G-R5/IF-PCB Video Surveillance Data StorageWinner: Premio Inc. – AI Edge Inference Computer (RCO-6141E-4U2C-2060S) Video Surveillance Management SystemsWinner: Immervision Inc. – Immervision HTML 5 Web SDKDuring the 2021 SIA New Product Showcase virtual awards ceremony, in addition to the presentation of the overall and category-specific awards, attendees enjoyed hearing insights from New Product Showcase judges into innovations driving product advancements in the security industry. The 2021 SIA New Product Showcase entries will be on display July 19-21 in Booth 14073 on the ISC West show floor.Learn more about the SIA New Product Showcase here.

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I guess the Baltimore City Council didn’t read my blog from two weeks ago. It should have.Maybe the council would have reconsidered the unfathomable decision it made on June 8 to approve what would be the most extreme ban by a local jurisdiction on personal and business applications of facial recognition technology. The vote was 13-2 in favor of the ban, which would most certainly place security on the backburner at a time when security should be front and center on the priority list, especially with the rash of cyberattacks crippling our nation as of late.It must be noted that one of the two nays came from Baltimore Councilmember Yitzy Schleifer, who stated during the vote that “this is backwards.” Schleifer and fellow Councilmember Eric Costello cited the impact that banning facial recognition technology would have on securing financial transactions, as well as software that helps the hotel industry and others fight human trafficking, among the applications that would benefit residents of Baltimore.Upon hearing the Council’s vote, Security Industry Association (SIA) CEO Don Erickson called the decision an “inexplicable outcome,” while also offering a solution to Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott on how facial recognition technology can be effectively utilized by businesses and government entities.“SIA respectfully urges the Mayor to reject the proposal passed by the Council and instead appoint a balanced commission of citizen and privacy advocates, law enforcement personnel and private sector representatives to recommend guidelines within the next 180 days governing the use of facial recognition by business and government agencies,” Erickson said in his response. “Lowering the temperature of the debate over facial recognition through more careful study and input during this period of time may produce a better outcome that can be supported by all stakeholders.”I enjoy when the blogs that SSN Editor Paul Ragusa and I generate each week illicit insightful feedback from our readership in the security industry. When I wrote my initial blog on why banning facial recognition makes absolutely no sense, I received an impassioned response from Jon Polly, PSP, IC3PM, Chief Solutions Officer, ProTecht Solutions Partners, supporting my stance on how cities like Baltimore, Portland and Seattle are practically making facial recognition technology a criminal offense.Rather than edit down Polly’s response, here is his statement in its entirety:“Cory, you are absolutely correct that Baltimore (as is Portland and Seattle) are trying to criminalize facial recognition, and my personal belief is they should be following SIA’s principles instead of a blanket no.The city chose to ban all public safety facial recognition; again, this was probably a knee-jerk reaction. But then there was a direct attack on the consumer. No in-home facial recognition (does this apply to the iPhone facial recognition)? No facial recognition to start cars (so no Teslas allowed in the city)? No ADA enhancements to help disabled individuals? These are opt-in consents that the consumer has asked for. If they choose not to use the function, they can opt-out. This is an overstep of the city in every way possible.I get there are over 500 companies that claim they have facial recognition. Since there are no standards, every company can claim its own benchmark accuracy. Questions about how the AI was trained, what type of faces it used, etc. are what opponents of the technology bring up. Yes, there needs to be a standard or at least a benchmark. The simple point is facial recognition is part of everyone’s everyday life, they may just not know it.”And just to add fuel to the facial recognition technology fire, just yesterday, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), reintroduced legislation to stop government use of biometric technology, including facial recognition tools.The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act responds to reports that hundreds of local, state, and federal entities, including law enforcement agencies, have used unregulated facial recognition technologies and research showing  that roughly half of U.S. adults are already in facial recognition databases.This legislation would:Place a prohibition on the use of facial recognition technology by federal entities, which can only be lifted with an act of Congress;Place a prohibition on the use of other biometric technologies, including voice recognition, gate recognition, and recognition of other immutable physical characteristics, by federal entities, which can only be lifted with an act of Congress;Condition federal grant funding to state and local entities, including law enforcement, on those entities enacting their own moratoria on the use of facial recognition and biometric technology;Prohibit the use of federal dollars for biometric surveillance systems;Prohibit the use of information collected via biometric technology in violation of the Act in any judicial proceedings;Provide a private right of action for individuals whose biometric data is used in violation of the Act and allow for enforcement by state Attorneys General; andAllow states and localities to enact their own laws regarding the use of facial recognition and biometric technologies.In response to the reintroduction of this act, SIA announced its “strong opposition,” noting that it would “impose a blanket ban on most federal, state and local use of nearly all biometric and related image analytics technologies, which threatens the legitimate, documented benefits of facial recognition technologies used by law enforcement, including:Identifying individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6Reuniting victims of human trafficking with their families and loved onesDetecting use of fraudulent documentation by non-citizens at airports of entryAiding counterterrorism investigations in critical situationsExonerating innocent individuals accused of crimes”“Rather than impose sweeping moratoriums, SIA encourages Congress to propose balanced legislation that promulgates reasonable safeguards to ensure that facial recognition technology is used ethically, responsibly and under appropriate oversight and that the United States remains the global leader in driving innovation,” Erickson said.Security and innovation. Two reasons why facial recognition technology should be preserved, not taken away.

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.—ASIS International, a global association for security management professionals, has announced its programming lineup for the hybrid Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2021, with in-person and digital experiences taking place Sept. 27-29 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla. and via the online GSX event platform.Encompassing 80-plus sessions tackling vital issues in the security profession, the GSX education lineup will be staged across six learning theaters at the in-person event:Offensive Strategies: Preparing for an AttackDefensive Strategies: Surviving the UnexpectedGame Plans: What’s Next for SecurityHighlight Reel: Best PracticesCoaching: Building & Motivating TeamsFuture Plays: Navigate the Changing LandscapeSessions from the Offensive Strategies and Defensive Strategies stages will be streamed live to digital attendees, with recordings of these sessions becoming available within 24 hours of their conclusion. Select sessions from the other stages will become available in the weeks following the in-person event. Digital attendees will be able to chat and ask real-time questions to presenters of the live-streamed sessions.The GSX All-Access experience will kick-off with ten digital sessions made available on-demand following the launch of the digital platform on 15 September. Both digital and in-person All-Access attendees will be able to access online GSX session recordings through 31 December. All-Access Pass registrants can earn up to 21 CPEs toward their recertification whether they attend the in-person or digital experience.“Today’s unpredictable environment requires new rules of engagement,” said Lisa Terry, CPP, GSX 2021 Call for Presentations Selection Committee Chair. “The latest threats, emerging technologies, and advanced adversaries are constantly forcing security professionals to evolve their understanding and skill sets regularly. GSX 2021, designed by security professionals for security professionals, is where global thought leaders present best practices, insights, and guidance on a wide range of security matters. Developing and designing GSX’s acclaimed education lineup has been months in the making, and includes timely subjects that have resulted from the new environment we all find ourselves in.”The GSX session lineup includes expert-led deep dives that can improve the practice of security professionals at any stage of their career, covering topics like access control, asset protection, surveillance, remote workforces, workplace violence, cybersecurity, business continuity, crisis management, resilience, and more.Additional game changer sessions and keynote speakers will be announced in a few weeks. To explore the schedule of announced sessions, visit GSX.org/sessions.For more information about GSX and to register, visit GSX.org. Qualified members of the press are invited to reach out to pr@asisonline.org to receive a free All-Access registration to attend GSX 2021, whether in-person or digital.For information about GSX, please visit www.GSX.org. Learn more about the work we do at www.asisonline.org.

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QUINCY, Mass.—Much has changed in the nearly four decades since the America Burning report was issued in 1973 and revisited in 1980. The number of fires and fire deaths in the United States has reduced dramatically and that progress has unfortunately led to fire safety taking a back seat to other societal concerns that seem more pressing.“Increasing the understanding of what has impacted fire safety can help identify what needs to be done to further reduce death and destruction,” NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley said. “Year after year, we see nearly 3,000 home fire deaths in the U.S., one of the most advanced countries in the world, and the problem is markedly worse in countries that don’t have a fully developed fire and life safety ecosystem yet. As a global authority committed to eliminating loss due to fire, electrical, and other hazards, NFPA will continue to advocate for the protection of people and property as we have for 125 years. But we cannot do the work alone. We need all of the elements of the Ecosystem working to connect the dots on safety.”To understand the headway that has been made and the challenges that remain, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) commissioned the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the association’s affiliate, to examine the current state of fire safety in the United States. The new seminal report, Fire in the United States Since 1980, Through the Lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem, is expected research to be a key document with valuable insights that will help to advance fire and life safety.While the report references success in several occupancies such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and hotels, the main focus that emerged from the study is residential fires. Homes have consistently accounted for the largest share of reported structure fires and most of the civilian fire deaths and injuries. And although there have been fewer fires in the U.S. than in past decades, statistically, if a home fire is reported, occupants are more likely to die today than 40 years ago. In fact, research shows that:Every 24 seconds, a U.S. fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the country.Nationwide, a civilian dies in a fire every 3 hours and 10 minutes.In the U.S., a home fire injury occurs every 43 minutes.The 63-paged Fire in the United States Since 1980, Through the Lens of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem report shows, in part, that:The most successful recipe for fire safety in the built environment has been the implementation of fire safety technologies through mandated codes and standards.NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™ elements – government responsibility, development and use of current codes, and an informed public – have had an obvious impact on the fire experience.Approaching fire safety as a system, and not individual bits and pieces, provides an opportunity to unravel the complex and ongoing fire safety challenge for society.Smoke alarms are a huge success story.Cooking remains the leading cause of home fires and injuries.Smoking has the been the leading cause of home fire deaths for roughly four decades.Fire deaths of children under fire have dramatically declined, but there has been little change in older adult death tolls.States with higher fire death rates correlate with larger percentages of people who have a disability; are current smokers; have incomes below the poverty line; live in rural areas; or are either African American, Black, Native American, or Alaskan Native.Wildfire is becoming the dominant type of fire that causes catastrophic multiple deaths as well as large losses.The new study analyzed fire data and other research from the past 40 years to provide a snapshot of what has influenced safety. Additionally, catastrophic multiple-death fires and fires in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) were looked at because they have the potential to cause significant human loss.As the report name suggests, the new benchmark research was conducted with the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem in mind. NFPA introduced the Ecosystem in 2018 so that professionals, practitioners, and the public had a framework that identified the key elements that play a critical role in fire, life, and electrical safety. The eight components are government responsibility, development and use of current codes, referenced standards, investment in safety, a skilled workforce, code compliance, preparedness and emergency response, and an informed public. When all the Ecosystem elements work together, the result is a fully functioning system that can benefit everyone. If one or more of the components fails, the system breaks down and tragedies can occur.To download the full report today, visit here and be sure to check nfpa.org/fireprogress for related content and resources in the months to come.In celebration of its 125th Anniversary, NFPA will be hosting a Conference Series and other initiatives that reflect the association’s steadfast commitment to advancing fire and life safety for the next 125 years and beyond. For more information or to view NFPA codes and standards for free, visit www.nfpa.org.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.––VIVOTEK, a global leading IP surveillance solution provider, has unveiled new branding in its transformation towards the IoT age, including logo, brand identity, and a new brand ethos under the slogan “We Get The Picture.”The rebrand marks VIVOTEK’s commitment to its clients, enabling the company to take a more holistic approach and provide leading technology and intelligent insights. The new brand identity reveals its new style with a modern, user-centered, and digital-friendly design.”When we say, ‘We Get The Picture,’ it means to understand the whole situation in a prompt manner, and to always be a step ahead to deliver the solutions demanded by our end-users,” said David Liu, President of VIVOTEK USA, Inc. “During the rebrand journey, we discovered that the way we have done business for the last two decades, with outstanding service and business integrity, has profoundly shaped who we are today. Our new positioning and look redefine our role in the next era of IoT, but more importantly, deliver the clear message to our customers and partners that they can trust and stand side-by-side with VIVOTEK.”Founded in 2000, VIVOTEK established its headquarters in Taiwan and has concentrated on IP surveillance since its inception. The company has been highly attuned to advancements in internet and surveillance in recent history. In both continuing its tradition of research, development, and user focus, and moving towards to the IoT, VIVOTEK will remain competitive, continue to drive growth, and sustain meaningful and creative long-term relationships with our partners.For more information about VIVOTEK and its comprehensive product line, please visit www.vivotek.com.  

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CHICAGO—The 2021 Electronic Security Expo (ESX), presented by Electronic Security Association (ESA), has released ESX announces OpenXchange panelists, including Aaron Emigh, co-founder and CEO of Brilliant, Michael Martin, co-founder and CEO of RapidSOS, and Mark Zimmerman, CEO of RSPNDR.“ESX is proud to announce that three visionary leaders will participate in a panel discussion in the OpenXchange – The Changing Competitive Landscape session at the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience,” ESX stated in the announcement.This Main Stage presentation, to be held on Tuesday, June 15 at 12:30 PM ET, will be an interactive discussion on unique go-to-market strategies and the opportunities and challenges likely to impact dealers, integrators and monitoring companies in the years to come.Moderated by George De Marco, ESX chairman and managing partner for DECO Ventures LLC, this forum will provide ESX attendees an opportunity to hear unique perspectives and business experiences and advice on finding new ways to adapt and evolve in the fast-changing and competitive landscape of the electronic security and life safety industry.“Community is at the core of ESX. We are excited to bring together diverse perspectives from all corners of the security industry to network and share best practices, helping our community navigate today’s competitive business environment,” said George De Marco, ESX Chairman.Join ESX June 15-17 for the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience to hear from our panelists and other industry thought leaders on best practices, tips and ideas for you, your team and your business. For more speaker information, view the ESX 2021 Conference Preview here.The virtual platform is now live for attendees to start building out their account profiles, allowing them to connect with fellow attendees and create their personal agendas. The virtual event platform has a number of unique features designed for attendee engagement and convenience:All 24 educational sessions delivered by business experts and security professionals will be recorded and available on-demand until September 17.Point-Counterpoint Forums: Where Industry Perceptions or Perspectives Are Reinforced or Shattered,” moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor, Security Systems News, and Rodney Bosch, Senior Editor, Security Sales and Integration.A real-time private and public lobby chat feature will provide attendees with the ability to connect with peers, exhibitors and industry experts within the virtual platform.Group video networking will be available for attendees to join live video meetings dedicated to specific topics and areas of interest. In these breakout rooms, attendees can ask questions, share their experiences, and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry with fellow attendees, including a special networking event on June 15.An interactive virtual Exhibit Hall will allow attendees to connect with exhibitors through live video chats and a meeting scheduling tool.For more information about the ESX 2021 Virtual Experience, June 15-17, please visit esxweb.com.

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The numbers are getting kind of crazy, people. And I am not just talking about the big national cyberattack stories that we are seeing, but also the personal stories that go on daily within our homes and organizations. Just in the last month, I have seen several colleagues (don’t worry I won’t name names) get their emails compromised to the point that they sent me a malicious file to open. And, let’s be honest, when a close industry friend sends you a document to check out, it just takes a momentary lapse of reason to click on said attachment. But I digress.The main focus of my blog is on the major cyberattacks that are going on, the ones that are affecting critical infrastructure, agriculture and technology on such a scale that we are beginning to see the ripple effects, such as higher gas, energy and food prices, for example, not to mention the possibility of a future catastrophic cyberattack that could shut down a national power grid for an extended period of time.So I guess the big question we are all wondering is when will we, if ever, reach the tipping point where these major attacks are mostly prevented and thwarted, not just reported on and responded to after the fact. And yes, I know there are millions of attacks that are thwarted on a daily basis – plus the ones that happen that aren’t reported – and I know the war on cyber is never-ending, so I understand we can’t eradicate these attacks completely. That would be naïve to even suggest.But what I am asking is, have we reached the tipping point yet where these horrific cyberattack stories become fewer and far between? According to the majority of SSN readers who responded to our most recent News Poll, they feel things will get worse before they get better. In fact, 85 percent feel we have not reached that tipping point yet.“We need to make very sure that OT people are leading any projects to protect industrial control systems,” said one respondent.  “OT is VERY different to IT – many of the ‘normal’ IT rules either don’t apply, or are very wrong in the OT environment.”Many News Poll respondents (62 percent) feel the President’s recent executive order to address the gaps in cybersecurity will not make a difference.As one reader pointed out, “The EO adds more bureaucracy. The solution to this problem is: 1. Increase redundancy. 2. Minimize predictability of changes to security protocols and change them in a manner so authorized individuals continue to have access. 3. Investigate every breach until the culprit is found, instead of ‘plugging the leak’ and pretending the problem is solved. I thought we had full cooperation between all these federal agencies with an EO that was issued after 9/11?”Following the announcement that the DOJ will give ransomware attacks the same level of priority as terrorism, one reader feels a response should even involve the military. “The U.S. Government needs to respond to these cyberattacks with military force that is many times greater than the attack against the U.S.”Looking at what is being done within the industry, the good news is there is some momentum going on in cybersecurity, most notably with the recent announcement of a new cybersecurity credential developed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) with support from PSA Security Network and Security Specifiers, with the goal of providing an industry standard we can all rally behind.When asked about the new industry standard, nearly half of the respondents (45 percent) feel it will make a difference, with another 40 percent saying “maybe” and only 15 percent feeling it would not.So while it is good to see a renewed focus – and funding – from the top, as many of you know, for us to make any real progress on this national issue, the real work and progress happens in the trenches, with the security, IT, OT and cybersecurity professionals, as well as security equipment manufacturers, suppliers and associations – and yes, even end users – as we each play a role in the war on cyber terrorism.

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SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced that it applauds the U.S. Senate for its passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260), which significantly increases investment in research and development, education and training, supply chain security and the broader U.S. innovation ecosystem.SIA previously expressed its strong support for the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act – formerly the Endless Frontier Act – when it was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.). Notably, the bill aims to strengthen U.S. leadership in critical technologies through research in key focus areas including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, high-performance computing, advanced computer hardware and software and robotics.Additionally, prior to passing in the Senate, the bill was amended to include “data storage, data management, distributed ledger technologies and cybersecurity, including biometrics” as key focus areas, an addition supported by SIA and proposed by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).“The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act promotes valuable investment in federal R&D in areas like biometrics, AI and machine learning – emerging technologies that have a robust array of applications in security and life safety,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “SIA has long supported U.S. and allied leadership in innovation and applauds Sens. Schumer and Young for their bipartisan leadership on this beneficial legislation.”SIA is committed to promoting policies that support innovation in security and life safety technologies, and supports U.S. leadership in key technology areas, including biometrics. The association recently sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris urging the administration and Congress to consider policies that enable American leadership in developing biometric technologies; issued policy principles that guide the commercial sector, government agencies and law enforcement on how to use facial recognition in a responsible and ethical manner; released comprehensive public polling on support of facial recognition use across specific applications; and published a list of successful uses of the technology.   

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