Archives: December, 2005

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2005, 9:46 pm

Child’s Play-Doh Foils Security System

This is not related to vehicle barriers, but we could not resist calling it to your attention. It seems that researchers at New York’s Clarkson University were able to fool fingerprint-reading biometric systems with finger molds made from Play-Doh. In fact, several types of “spoof” fingers fooled the systems about 90 percent of the time. […]

Doug Bedell — , 10:30 am

Penn State TV Features PRO Barrier

The Pennsylvania State University’s public television station recently aired a segment on the vehicle research conducted by the university-affiliated Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (PTI). The Penn State program features footage of PRO Barrier Engineering’s recent crash test of our Arrestor anti-terrorism barrier. Of special note were the complimentary comments of PTI’s director, Zoltan Rado, and the […]

Doug Bedell — December 4, 2005, 8:58 am

Integrated Planning Crucial

Integrated planning is a critical security need. An article in the November issue of Security Products notes that Hurricane Katrina pointed up the importance of security planning to lessen the impact of a disaster. Significantly, the article quotes the business magazine Japan Inc.: “Businesses have gotten so caught up in technological security that they have […]

Doug Bedell — December 3, 2005, 11:30 am

Legislation Threatens Chemical Plant Closures

Draft legislation in the Senate contains provisions for the Homeland Security Department (HSD) to close chemical plants that do not have security plans. As reported in the Security Management Weekly newsletter, the draft does not establish specific security criteria, but it does expect chemical manufacturers to assess security flaws and implement facility-specific solutions, along with […]

Doug Bedell — December 2, 2005, 10:34 am

Shopping Mall Security

Shopping malls have special security concerns. An article last summer in The Wall Street Journal provided and excellent overview both of the threat of terrorist attacks at shopping malls and some of the more public methods used to thwart them. The August 8 article, At America’s Malls, Grim Preparation for the Unthinkable, relied heavily on […]

Doug Bedell — , 10:16 am

School Security Urged

A recent article in American School & University magazine urges more comprehensive and integrated security planning at America’s schools. The tragic terrorist attack on a Russian school suggests reminds us that even though schools are usually not considered “critical infrastructure” facilities—like refineries, pipelines, telecom facilities, bridges, and so on—they deserve their own sophisticated security assessments. […]