Archives: May, 2009

Doug Bedell — May 29, 2009, 9:39 am

Innovative Security Equipment

Business Week’s online Innovation site features  security equipment companies picked by the Frost & Sullivan consulting firm as offering hot new equipment. See what’s turning heads in the security world, besides PRO Barrier’s vehicle barriers, of course.

Doug Bedell — May 21, 2009, 8:09 am

Hedging on Barriers

PRO Barrier emphasizes aesthetics and blending with the environment in its barrier designs. Perhaps we should consider partnering with a French company that actually grows barriers. Sinnoveg is a French-based tree nursery and horticultural research center that specializes in “securitizing sites, goods and persons by a concept of anti-intrusion security integrated into the environment.” Its key technique is […]

Doug Bedell — May 18, 2009, 6:46 am

Using Social Media in a Crisis

You may have heard about the use of social media (SM) – websites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Craigslist – to spread information “virally” during emergencies. SM is an emergency response channel with both positive and negative implications. It’s good to be aware of the possibilities both ways. Here’s a pertinent article from a recent edition […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2009, 3:15 pm

Electronic ‘Fencing’ Being Installed Along the U.S. Southern Border

Federal officials are about to give the go-ahead for construction of a “virtual fence” along the nation’s border with Mexico, reports.  The electronic “fence” will be powered from towers with cameras, sensors and other electronic equipment. It’s aimed at detecting smugglers and illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border. The towers will be spaced […]

Doug Bedell — May 8, 2009, 2:43 pm

Preparedness Lessons from the Flu Front

It may be “old hat” to many companies by now, but here’s a very sensible list of steps to take for being prepared for swine flu or, by extension, any other emergency that might sharply deplete a firm’s workforce.   Accompanying it is a lengthy story from The Tennessean on “Lessons in Workplace Planning” from the […]

Doug Bedell — May 4, 2009, 9:09 am

Danger: Work Zone Ahead!

Here’s a safety item that’s good for an employee newsletter or blog. National Work Zone Awareness Week recently ended. But did you know that 40,000 people are seriously injured annually in highway work zone crashes and 800 killed? And the toll seems to be mostly on motorists themselves. Many deaths and injuries in work zones […]