Archives: October, 2007

Doug Bedell — October 31, 2007, 8:58 am

PRO Barrier Opens Demonstration and Training Center

PRO Barrier Engineering has a new Demonstration and Training Center for customers and personnel from the security industry and consulting community who want to observe PRO Barrier’s products in operation or learn to install and maintain them. Opening November 1, the new center is located near Hershey, Pa. For security customers and consultants who express […]

Doug Bedell — October 30, 2007, 11:09 am

Reforming Terrorists (It Apparently Can Be Done)

This piece isn’t on security measures against terrorism. It’s about success in Indonesia in rehabilitating terrorists. It apparently can be done, and we thought the news would be welcome here. The Australian, in Sydney, reports on “a growing number of terrorists who have been rehabilitated and who have renounced violence.” They appear primarily to be […]

Doug Bedell — October 26, 2007, 2:18 pm

Right on, ASLA!

An indication of the importance of landscape aesthetics in building and site design was the turnout for this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Over 6,800 registrants attended the ASLA’s recently concluded meeting in San Francisco. That was more than 2,500 higher than last year’s attendance. Two years ago, because […]

Doug Bedell — October 22, 2007, 9:04 am

Instincts May Be Wrong

The need to have an explicit, practiced emergency plan for any eventuality at a facility is highlighted by a survey on reactions to fire on FacilityBlog of Today’s Facility Manager magazine. “If there were a fire in your building,” the survey asked, “what would be your first action?” Thirty-nine percent of the respondents said they […]

Doug Bedell — October 18, 2007, 11:13 am

Worldwide Disaster Database Posted

A worldwide database of natural and technological disasters is posted online by the World Health Organization. It lists disasters in four categories – natural, hydro-meterological, geological and technological – from 1900 through 2007, week-by-week. The database is intended as “an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting.” It can be searched for country profiles, […]

Doug Bedell — October 16, 2007, 2:42 pm

Good Questions Count More than Guns

Here’s an interesting meditation on security screening techniques – “The Most Powerful Weapon-Asking a Good Question” – passed along by Securityinfowatch.com from Chameleon Associates. What do security officers have going for them, asks Chameleon. Not their guns, actually. “Many regard guns as an offensive measure in security. They are wrong. Guns are only offensive tools […]

Doug Bedell — October 12, 2007, 9:12 am

Revised White House Homeland Security Strategy

The White House, reports the Homeland Security Institute’s Weekly Newsletter of Homeland Security, has issued a revised version of its National Strategy for Homeland Security, which was first issued in 2002. “The revised strategy acknowledges that certain non-terrorist events that reach catastrophic levels can have significant implications for homeland security and emphasizes offensive measures at […]

Doug Bedell — October 11, 2007, 8:51 am

Pittsburgh to Monitor its Entire Downtown

Pittsburgh is extending closed-circuit public/private security monitoring throughout its downtown business district. SecurityInfoWatch reports that the city will use part of a $2.59 million Homeland Security grant to install a surveillance camera system in its downtown district by April. Cameras able to read vehicle license plates will be installed on the tops of six downtown […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2007, 8:09 am

The Nose Knows, Doesn’t It?

Cultural insensitivity can clog security mechanisms. This sometimes becomes a laughing matter – as in London the other night – but appraising what security devices, or even human noses, are actually detecting is a continuing challenge to effectiveness. Emergency workers wearing protective breathing masks, the London Telegraph reports, were called to a shopping street in […]

Doug Bedell — October 5, 2007, 10:54 am

A Barrier Primer

Here’s a bit of a primer on barrier terms that might be helpful to you: Wedge barriers were named as such because of their wedge shape when viewed from the side. Sometimes called plate barriers, the most common type uses a solid steel plate angled toward the approaching vehicle. The main advantage of this type […]