Archives: February, 2008

Doug Bedell — February 27, 2008, 8:28 am

Countering Terrorist ‘Wannabees’

The “third wave” of would-be terrorists spends a lot of time on the Internet, chatting up feelings of disaffection and rancor, says a researcher in Philadelphia who tracks them. Marc Sagerman, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a onetime CIA case officer in Afghanistan, says Al Qaeda has become the “brand name” […]

Doug Bedell — February 26, 2008, 11:29 am

Barriers for ‘Green Cities’

If you’re considering adding a vehicle access control barrier, you might be interested to know how your city ranks on Popular Science magazine’s list of the “50 Greenest American Cities.” Why? Because if your city is differentiating itself partly on the basis of environmental values, that’s added reason to consider the landscape-friendly benefits of PRO […]

Doug Bedell — February 21, 2008, 3:59 pm

Parking Garage Security

Buildings with parking garages in them too often become crime scenes – with assaults or robberies committed in the cheerless garage. Parking garage security is an important concern, Randy I. Atlas, CPP, reminds us in an article, “Fear of Parking,” in Security Management magazine. The Atlas piece contains helpful tips, of pertinence to building and […]

Doug Bedell — February 19, 2008, 2:17 pm

The French Commit to Digital Video Surveillance has a item with the provocative title, “Why the French spot terrorists better than Americans.” It’s not, InfoWatch explains, because the French are more intrusive, but they are more technologically hep – that is, they are making an all-out switch from analog to digital cameras for video surveillance. The U.S., InfoWatch advises, is lagging […]

Doug Bedell — February 15, 2008, 10:03 am

‘Barriers that Blend’ Into Landscaping

A good blog to visit for connecting with the aesthetic/landscaping aspects of security planning is Landscape Rx – Landscape Remedies for Landscape Ailments. It’s “a web-based, interactive design studio, which uses information that you provide to create a completely unique, personal landscape design.” Send them a landscape design problem and you may get a solution. […]

Doug Bedell — February 14, 2008, 11:52 am

Building Emergency Plans – and Drills – Shouldn’t Be Skipped

In a summation of “old news” that remains continually current, Today’s Facility Manager magazine provides a lengthy discussion of why so many occupants of the Word Trade Center site survived the 9/11 attacks. Basically, expeditious evacuation of buildings at the Word Trade Center site was the result “of significant changes made by the Port Authority […]

Doug Bedell — February 11, 2008, 12:07 pm

Timely ASIS Security Conference

Sadly, the subject of an upcoming ASIS International March conference, “Unconventional Threats: What Keeps Security Professionals Up at Night?,” is highly pertinent to these times. The security landscape keeps changing, and ASIS is offering a tour of the latest terrain. The conference, to be held March 17-19 in Arlington, Va., will consider such threats as […]

Doug Bedell — February 7, 2008, 1:50 pm

Video License Plate Recognition Technology

Geoff Kohl, editor of, provides an interesting account of how “I got my hands dirty” in a training class on the advancing technology of license plate recognition and verification. Kohl advises on such matters as starting with the right kind of video camera and follows the license plate identification process as it’s being developed […]

Doug Bedell — February 5, 2008, 10:50 am

Candor at TSA’s Checkpoints

We hope it proves sustainable, but we’re certainly impressed at the start of the Transportation Security Administration’s new blog, Evolution of Security. TSA Administrator Kip Hawley posted a credo for the blog that expresses what all business and organizational blogs should be, but sometimes aren’t: Forthright, credible and engaging. “Our ambition,” Hawley wrote on the […]