Archives: February, 2009

Doug Bedell — February 28, 2009, 11:19 pm

A Weighty Book on a Weighty Subject: Security Planning

Security should be approached on a comprehensive basis; all the pieces need to be included. To that end, the Security Executive Council has published a book that appears to treat security as the multi-dimensional challenge it is.  The price – $72 – may seem a bit steep, but How to Develop and Implement a Security […]

Doug Bedell — February 24, 2009, 9:29 am

Video Monitoring Synopses – Whole Days in Seconds

Deterred from effectively using security cameras because of the need to watch or reprise their output? SecurityInfowatch calls our attention to  a new service that creates synopses of video monitoring, allowing 24 hours to be reprised in 20 seconds or so. Pretty helpful, says editor Geoff Kohl, for finding “that needle-in-the-haystack incident.” BriefCam Ltd. has […]

Doug Bedell — February 16, 2009, 3:58 pm

Pa. Offers Toll-Free Emergency Preparedness Information Line

Pennsylvania has launched a toll-free emergency preparedness telephone line – 1-888-9-READYPA. By using the line, residents and businesses without ready access to preparedness centers can get information on preparing for emergencies. This is a good way to avoid overlooking details or materials that could prove helpful should an emergency occur – or just to get a sense […]

Doug Bedell — February 13, 2009, 10:11 am

Landscape Architects Speak Up for Aesthetics

With the new federal stimulus package becoming law, aesthetic values are likely suddenly to jump to the forefront in many parts of the U.S. That’s because infrastructure projects funded by the package – roads and bridges, for instance – can raise the prospect of demolition of existing buildings or intrusion into neighborhoods. And existing stuctures […]

Doug Bedell — February 3, 2009, 10:55 am

2008’s ‘Top 10’ Security Mileposts

Before 2008 fades much further behind us, it’s well to focus a bit on what an expert observer sees as the past year’s Top 10 Security Industry Issues and Trends.  Geoff Kohl, editor of, prepared the Top 10 list to help us recognize where we’ve been so we can move on more effectively.  Kohl’s […]