Archives: July, 2009

Doug Bedell — July 30, 2009, 1:06 pm

Vehicle Barriers As Components of Port Access Control

We noted in a Barrier Briefs post yesterday that the emphasis in port security has shifted from preventing cargo theft to controlling access to the port areas themselves. PRO Barrier Engineering is well-suited as a partner in port access planning, given the range of vehicle access control barriers we have available. Our barriers represent solid […]

Doug Bedell — July 29, 2009, 10:39 am

Ports Stress Access Control for Security

Here’s a lengthy treatment from Government Technology of the new approach to port security – attention to access control, rather than simply the pre-9/11 emphasis on preventing cargo theft. “Security prior to 9/11 was more about cargo theft and pilferage than it was about access control and knowing who’s coming in and out of our […]

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2009, 2:32 pm

Community Preparedness ‘Toolkit’ Debuts on

An example of the Internet’s power for instruction and coordination comes in the Toolkits on, especially the Community Preparedness Toolkit. This toolkit is an easily navigated primer on being prepared should an emergency or disaster strike a home, business or community. Since planning and preparedness are forms of security, it’s a form of security […]

Doug Bedell — July 22, 2009, 7:14 am

Learning at Mount Rushmore

It would be good if Mount Rushmore security officials are able to share insights with fellow security professionals into what they’re learning from Greenpeace’s recent success in hanging a protest banner from Abraham Lincoln’s head. The banner had a “Stop Global Warming” message. A spokesman for the National Park Service at Mount Rushmore said the […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2009, 7:36 am

Hitachi Testing Face Recognition System

Hitachi, Ltd., is testing a face recognition security system at an electronics store in Chiyoda Ward, Tokoyo. The system is designed to recognize individuals whose images have been captured previously. It’s capable, reports, of “dramatically narrowing down likely matches from a list of about 10,000 faces in only a second once a specific face […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2009, 6:11 am

Federal Contract Guards Miss Bomb-Making Materials

The importance of providing effective supervision/oversight of security programs was brought home vividly to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee this week. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported on how its investigators entered 10 federal high-security buildings carrying components for bombs through doors being monitored by contract guards. Once inside, the investigators assembled […]

Doug Bedell — July 7, 2009, 10:51 am

ESX Announces ‘Maximum Impact’ Security Awards

The Electronic Security Expo has announced the winners of this year’s Maximum Impact Awards for security effectiveness. See the list of winners in categories from Access Control Equip and Alarm Systems to Wireless Telecommunication Services and Video Surveillance here.

Doug Bedell — July 1, 2009, 1:33 pm

Security and Group Size

Here’s an interesting “anthropological” take on security, as reported by Bruce Schneier: When a company grows past 150, it’s time to issue name badges. That’s because – Schneier quotes the research – “150 is the cognitive limit to the number of people a human brain can maintain a coherent social relationship with.”  Of course, this presumes […]