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Humanitarian engineering projects often focus on bringing western technologies to non-industrialized societies. But environmental and cultural factors in these locations may be very different from conditions in the West, and the projects may not meet client needs if engineers do not fully understand the context in which they are operating.

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10/11/2019

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SILVER SPRING, Md.—Top c-level executives and security directors will headline at Security New Ground (SNG) 2019, October 29-30 in New York City at the Grand Hyatt New York in Manhattan, with topics ranging from the humanity of security to consumer trends to managing corporate risk, and more. 
“Each year, SNG gathers the brightest minds in the security industry and offers a carefully curated program that inspires these leaders about the potential of the global security industry,” SIA CEO Don Erickson said in the announcement. “We are thrilled that these top security luminaries from some of the nation’s leading companies will be joining us at SNG 2019 and look forward to diving deep into the most critical industry trends.” 
Here’s a look at speakers and topics: 
“The Human Side of Security,” opening keynote
Dr. Steven T. Hunt, chief expert for work and technology, SAP 
Hunt will explore the impact of integrating security methods into workforce management systems. The session will examine the interaction between security risks, employee psychology, workforce management and information technology, and illustrate how physical and information security risks can be mitigated through the use of innovative workforce management methods and technologies. 
Keynote-style Executive Interview
Featuring George Oliver, chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls and hosted by SIA Chairman Scott Schafer
This conversation will highlight major industry trends and market drivers, and share insights into how one of the world’s largest security solutions firms — delivering both security technology products and security integration services — is navigating evolutions in technology, business models and customer needs. 
“Consumer Trends Destined to Shape the World,” presentation
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) 
Shapiro will showcase what trends in innovation and consumer preferences are poised to shape the globe and your business. 
“No Off Season: Managing Corporate Risk in an Era of Uncertainty,” interview-style session
Steve Jones, CEO, Allied Universal
Jones, who in addition to his role at Allied Universal, authored the book, No Off Season, will share insights into what corporate leaders are seeking from security teams and now he has applied leadership lessons to grown his firm while remaining focused on the ultimate goal: managing his clients’ risk and protecting their reputations. 
“Defining the Future of Security,” session
Brian Tuskan, senior director and chief security officer (CSO), Microsoft Global Security
Tuskan will share his vision on technology, strategy and where the security industry is headed. He has a view of security that serves not only a vision, but also a great example of how strategy and technology can work together. Tuskan will also discuss the importance of having a strong relationship with the chief information security officer in providing end-to-end enterprise security. 
“Expecting the Unexpected: Security Leaders Speak!,” panel discussion
Panelists include: 
Karen Frank, director of global security, Pratt & Whitney
Brad Hegrat, security principal director, Accenture
Andrea Schultz, director of strategic security programs and policy, National Football League
Trisha Stein, director of administrative operations, Detroit Police Department
Pierre Trapanese, CEO, Northland Controls will moderate. 
These CSOs and senior security executives from major industries and public safety will share perspectives on significant security risks and threats in their sectors and how they’re mitigating those concerns while keeping an eye on future risks.
Other SNG 2019 highlights include discussions on the future of consumer and small business security; what politics and policy mean for security businesses; investment insights for the security industry and managing corporate risk; topic-focused thought leadership roundtables; and a networking reception.


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Top consultants to converge on New Mexico for technical security symposium

10/10/2019

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SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.—Approximately 76 consultants, representing 59 companies, as well as representatives from 27 manufacturers, and select integrators and guest speakers, are set to converge here, Oct. 19-22, for CONSULT 2019. Will Wilkins, executive director, Global Security Operations, Valero Energy Corp., will keynote.
“SecuritySpecfiers, along with 27 sponsoring manufacturers, is pleased to be welcoming next week many of the security industry’s best and brightest consultants to the CONSULT 2019 Technical Security Symposium,” Ray Coulombe, Managing Director, SecuritySpecifiers, told Security Systems News.
Coulombe noted that CONSULT, initiated by SecuritySpecifiers in 2017, has become the “premier venue for broad-based education and interaction among specifying professionals and manufacturers and other industry professionals who work with them.”
With its technical program pre-approved by both ASIS and BICSI, he said that attendees will delve into topics of particular interest to the security design and engineering community, including cyber, risk, security technology and special topics.
“With the mountains of New Mexico setting a perfect background, CONSULT provides 3 days of straight talk, important information and valuable networking,” Coulombe explained. “I am happy that we could put together an event that is unique in its concept and focus on the needs of technical security consultants, many of whom have been featured in SSN’s Specifically Speaking column.”


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In an effort to make robots more effective and versatile teammates for Soldiers in combat, researchers are on a mission to understand the value of the molecular living functionality of muscle, and the fundamental mechanics that would need to be replicated in order to artificially achieve the capabilities arising from the proteins responsible for muscle contraction.

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10/09/2019

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Milestone Systems has introduced centralized Search to its XProtect Smart Client, allowing users to be able to perform investigations faster and more intelligently than ever before.
In the latest product update of Milestone XProtect 2019 R3 video management software, Milestone Systems introduces several new features and capabilities. These include centralized Search, a new Driver Framework, adaptive streaming, and enhanced Device Password Management. With this product update, Milestone Systems continues to pursue higher performing software to fulfill the market’s rising demands for cost-effective video technology solutions. 
“Search is another testament to the power of our community,” Chief Technology Officer Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Milestone Systems, said in the announcement. “The new filtering options demonstrate how combining our partners’ analytics capabilities with XProtect’s native UI, provides a consistent user experience with multiple partner integrations at the same time.”
One of the main features of the 2019 R3 release is Search, a new centralized search platform in XProtect Smart Client, making it possible for users to search for everything in one place. Previously, users performed several standalone searches, depending on what data they were searching for. Now, with the new Search tool users are able to search for motion, alarms, events, bookmarks and other types of data, in one single place enabling rapid and efficient video investigations. Moreover, the new Search platform also smoothly embeds partner integrations and their powerful analytic capabilities via dedicated filtering options. Through specific plug-ins and devices, search criteria such as line-crossing and object-in-field will be enabled directly in Search Tab, saving time and increasing efficiency.
As the number of devices and device types grow, Milestone Systems takes pride in providing customers with support of more than 8,000 cameras and devices, the widest device support in the industry, according to the company. In order to allow XProtect device support to grow exponentially with the number of devices in the market, Milestone Systems introduces Milestone’s Driver Framework, a framework within the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (SDK) that allows devices manufacturers, big or small, to develop their own drivers and provide faster device compatibility and deeper integration.
“In R3 we really put the spotlight on our partners,” said Vice President, Products Jesper Just Jensen, Milestone Systems. “The Driver Framework is a fast way for existing partners to keep their customers in touch with the latest technologies and for new partners to introduce new types of devices such as IoT with capabilities that go beyond ONVIF and with shorter time-to-market.”
This new feature will enable users to receive lower resolution streams from the recording server when a high resolution one is not required, for example when displaying video on the smart client or smart wall in window sizes smaller than a full screen. This will give users smoother viewing and a better user experience, a lower total cost-of-ownership (TCO) due to less hardware needed to decode unnecessary high-resolution video and better use of bandwidth that can then be utilized for other needs in the organization.New Device Password Management
The new Device Password Management is a continuation of a similar feature introduced in the XProtect 2019 R2 update. This feature makes it possible for system administrators to manage all devices’ passwords directly from the XProtect Management Client for selected device manufacturers. In the 2019 R3 update we doubled the number of supported device manufacturers and added the option to schedule future password changes according to the cadence in their organizations and their password policy, making device password management fully automatic.


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10/08/2019

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SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) selected Steve Van Till, co-founder, president and CEO of Brivo, as the 2019 recipient of the George R. Lippert Memorial Award. This honor is presented annually to a distinguished individual for long-term, selfless service to the security industry and to SIA. Van Till will receive the award during SIA Honors Night on Wednesday, November 20, in New York City. 
Van Till, a former SIA Board of Directors and SIA Executive Committee member, currently serves as chairman of the SIA Standards Committee, which develops, promotes and advocates security industry standards in a coordinated effort with other standards and specification writing bodies. In this role, Van Till has been instrumental in the road map for the SIA standards program as the industry has undergone digital transformation, including identifying and introducing the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) access control communications standard to SIA Standards. 
A prominent thought leader and speaker, Van Till has also regularly contributed to SIA Technology Insights and the SIA blog; participated as a Securing New Group and SIA Education@ISC conference speaker; served as an advisor for SIA’s annual Security Megatrends report; supported SIA’s RISE community for young security professionals and served as a liaison between SIA and the International Security Management Association.
“The security industry today is in many ways unrecognizable from when I entered it 20 years ago as an entrepreneur; as a microcosm of the technology universe, we can find in our own backyard all the great changes of the past two decades: the impact of the internet and broadband communications, the many ramifications of Moore’s Law, the rise of the as-a-service business model, the broadening and wide acceptance of enabling technical standards and the consumerization of the tools available to accomplish our mission,” Van Till said in the announcement. “I am honored and humbled to be selected from among all the people whose contributions brought about these many improvements in our ability to serve our customers and the public at large.” 
Prior to his career at Brivo, Van Till served as direct of internet consulting for Sapient Corporation and held leadership roles with HCIA, COMSAT and Geostar. He also authored the book, The Five Technological Forces Transforming Physical Security.” 
“SIA is pleased to honor Steve Van Till with the 2019 Lippert Award for his extraordinary leadership, dedication and service to SIA and the security industry,” SIA CEO Don Erickson said. “Steve is a security luminary with deep knowledge of the industry who had been instrumental in cultivating and professionalizing standards, forging partnerships and fostering innovation, and his active SIA involvement as chairman of the SIA Standards Committee has helped use be a catalyst for success within the global security industry.” 
The Lippert Award is named in honor of George R. Lippert, who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to SIA and the security industry. When evaluating candidates for this award, SIA’s committee considers nominees’ long-term service to SIA and the security industry; the impact of their efforts on behalf of SIA and the industry; and the integrity, leadership and diplomacy displayed in their industry dealings.


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Electrical and computer engineering researchers have developed a new kind of optical lens that is much thinner and lighter than conventional camera lenses that also works with night imaging, a future boon for smartphones that could flatten those unsightly ‘camera bumps’ as well as for drones and night vision cameras for soldiers.

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