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Video Surveillance Solutions for Government Facilities

Government-owned and/or public buildings like post offices or city halls are often equipped with monitoring surveillance cameras. In fact, it would be rare to see public buildings not equipped with security cameras. Undoubtedly, video surveillance offers a great security solution for government facilities, buildings, and operations. Installing such systems can implement comprehensive security solutions or enhance existing systems that will keep your employees, buildings, and records safe.  Uses of Video Surveillance: Federal and National Government The use of surveillance cameras by government spans different uses. Besides establishing a secure environment at government facilities and buildings, video surveillance is used to provide temporary security at government events such as inaugural balls, speeches, and parades. In fact, one of the very first uses of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) was to monitor crowds during public events that featured foreign dignitaries. Presently, with concerns about assassinations and terrorism at an all-time high, advanced video [...]

2017-04-26T10:21:52+00:00 PSIM|

Staying Safe in a Lockdown

It seems like every time I turn on the news, there is a story about a city hall, school, or hospital in a lockdown situation. In more extreme cases, entire cities in danger have shut down. Unfortunately lockdowns are becoming a semi-common occurrence, and it is important to be prepared. With adequate preparation, you can ensure that you and other building occupants will stay safe in an emergency situation.  Steps to Staying Safe Participate in Drills If your school or company participates in drills for lockdowns (or any other emergency), always fully partake. Treating drills seriously now will ensure you feel more prepared in the future. Follow Instructions Even if a procedure feels counterintuitive, follow emergency personnel and/or your supervisor's instructions. By acting impulsively, you could put yourself in a dangerous or even deadly situation. Most schools, airports, hospitals, and other public facilities have created strategic plans to follow in [...]

2017-01-17T20:09:09+00:00 Uncategorized|

Frequently Asked Questions about PSIM

Physical Security Information Management or PSIM is the absolute best system to manage security in a well-organized and communicated manner. So what exactly is PSIM and why do you need to know about it? Here are a few frequently asked PSIM questions: Q: What is PSIM? A: PSIM is software that is designed to integrate multiple unconnected security application devices and control them through one comprehensive user interface. Basically, PSIM brings your security systems together to work as one efficient unit. Q: What does PSIM do? A: PSIM collects and correlates events from a wide variety of security devices and information systems (video, access control sensors, analytics, networks, building systems, etc.) to empower personnel to identify and proactively resolve situations. Q: What is the benefit of integrating PSIM into your organization? A: Some benefits of integrating PSIM into your organization include increased control, improved situational awareness, system management, and reporting. [...]

2017-04-26T10:22:09+00:00 PSIM|

Implementing PSIM in Storage Facilities

PSIM, or Physical Security Information Management, was introduced to the physical security world several years ago in 2006 with the idea that most information relating to security is in data form. Once that data is analyzed and contextualized, it becomes valuable info that can be used in order to make better decisions regarding the success and security of one's business. One type of business that can benefit from PSIM is storage facilities. PSIM solutions have traditionally been implemented in large facilities where the system has an operator watching and controlling all the subsystems in an online manner.  Storage facilities typically don't have an option for that type of overhead unless the organization is very large and the PSIM is controlling a multi locational operation. PSIM technology can be implemented to replace the operator in small applications, which can take control of a facility, reposition cameras, record the video with both pre [...]

2017-04-26T10:21:19+00:00 PSIM|

Department of Homeland Security to launch safety study of scanners

The Department of Homeland Security, after being criticized by the general public and politicians, is launching a complete safety study of the scanners that are used to screen passengers at airports all across the nation. The review of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is performed by the National Academy of Science, a nonprofit group of scientists, to study the safety of the radiation emitted by scanners. Susan Collins, a senator from Maine, says that while the amount of radiation that passengers are exposed to is small when going through the scanners once, it is concerning what that means for frequent flyers, who may be exposed several times a week. Currently TSA uses two types of full-body scanners used to look for hidden objects underneath passenger’s clothing. These two types of scanners are: Non-ionizing radio frequency energy scanners - These are your typical security scanners seen at arenas and airports for decades. Backscatters - Backscatter [...]

2017-04-26T10:22:23+00:00 Airport Security|