Archives: January, 2012

Doug Bedell — January 26, 2012, 1:09 pm

Google Adding Emergency Display Maps

Google has announced that it will be displaying emergency alert areas on its Google Maps, along with further details about the situation. Depending upon how promptly Google acts and what levels of emergencies it responds to, this is a potentially helpful service for getting quickly into gear should one be declared in your area. Google’s […]

Doug Bedell — January 22, 2012, 9:22 am

Security Becoming a ‘First Choice’ Career

Security work is becoming more of a “first career” choice in contrast to being populated heavily by “former government agency and law enforcement officials,” according to Ray O’Hara, who just wound up a one-year term as president of ASIS International. In an interview with Whit Richardson, managing editor of Security Director News, O’Hara, a former […]

Doug Bedell — January 13, 2012, 1:05 pm

Facial Recognition Capability Getting Scary

Picture somebody using a cellphone camera to learn the identity of someone they don’t know – it ‘s increasingly easy to do. reports that facial recognition, a technique helpful to crime-fighting and security agencies, is becoming available to ne’re-do-wells as well. “Face searching, says Netgove,  “is becoming popular in the commercial sector as accuracy […]

Doug Bedell — January 10, 2012, 11:33 am

What They’re Learning in Japan

Now there’s another disaster report, to accompany TMI, Bhopal, Deepwater Horizon, etc. A 507-page interim report on the Fukushima nuclear plant accident last march has been released, and anyone responsible for facility security should be delving into it. Not that it contains that much that’s new, but because much of the “old stuff” about being […]

Doug Bedell — January 6, 2012, 11:30 am

‘My TSA’ an App for Frequent Flyers

For the frequent flyers among you, here’s word of My TSA, an iPhone and Android app that can make negotiating your most-used airports easier. Downloadable from Apple’s iTunes store (we don’t know offhand where Android downloads originate), the app can provide airport weather conditions and the wait times at each checkpoint there. My TSA looks […]

Doug Bedell — January 3, 2012, 10:28 am

A Pitney Bowes Experience that Could Have Been Disastrous, But Wasn’t: They Had a Plan

Based on what could have been a disastrous incident for Pitney Bowes, but wasn’t, here’s a post from Emergency Management on the elements of a business continuity plan, one that mantains business functionality and security should something dire happen. No business should be without one, as Pitney Bowes can testify. This post is detailed enough […]