Archives: September, 2007

Doug Bedell — September 27, 2007, 9:45 am

The Meaning in Situations

A place to glean “big picture” security themes was certainly this week’s ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) conference in Las Vegas, where PRO Barrier Engineering was pleased to be among the exhibitors. After roaming the displays, Geoff Kohl, editor of SecurityInfoWatch, came up with “situational awareness” as the inherent theme of this year’s show. […]

Doug Bedell — September 20, 2007, 8:42 am

Police-Monitored Access Control Cameras

The possibility of using wireless security cameras monitored by local police to supplement access controls at facilities arises from plans unfolding in Bayonne, N.J. There, 20 closed-circuit surveillance cameras are being installed to help protect several industries. The Avrio Group, of Easton, Md., is assembling a wireless digital security camera network. Monitors will be installed […]

Doug Bedell — September 19, 2007, 7:40 am

Countering Fear in Urban Design

Bret C. Wieseler, a student at the University of Minnesota, has won a General Design Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for reimagining post-9/11 access controls in New York’s Wall Street District. The student’s project, (In)Security: Access and Anxiety in the Wall Street Financial District, is described as exploring “a new design […]

Doug Bedell — September 13, 2007, 10:16 am

Seeing the Big Risk Picture

A new management buzz term is “business resiliency,” as discussed in Security magazine. It’s a term, the magazine explains, that “represents an enterprise-wide state of readiness – an ability to quickly identify, react to and recover from business interruptions of any kind.” Component topics include Emergency Response, Crisis Management, Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Management […]

Doug Bedell — September 12, 2007, 1:24 pm

Central Command Centers Catching on in Buildings

Today’s Facility Manager reports on a trend to establish Building Operations Centers (BOCs) to consolidate administrative, engineering and security systems at one location in sensitive buildings, so that monitoring can be done centrally. “Until the recent past,” the magazine advises, “most facility management departments have resided in relatively basic office spaces. Meanwhile, the ‘guts’ of […]

Doug Bedell — September 11, 2007, 7:35 am

Studious, Broadly Trained, Emergency Managers

The growing professionalization of security and emergency managers has reached the point where a “trade school” approach isn’t the only educational path to success in the field. It’s important for emergency managers to get a college education, but not necessarily by majoring in emergency management per se. “Dealing with hazards, disasters and what you do […]

Doug Bedell — September 7, 2007, 9:32 am

Security is Mainstream, and Needs to Report Accordingly

Seeking to demonstrate the business value of security services, the Security Executive Council (SEC) has released the results of an online survey it conducted recently of how security metrics are used in organizations. An interview on the survey results is on SecurityInfoWatch. Metrics are data collected on security activities; they are intended to measure performance, […]