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Houston officials focus on cameras to prevent crime, save money
Houston City Council's Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee is reviewing safety and security programs in use by management districts across the city, including tests of mobile surveillance cameras in southwest Houston. In reports presented at the committee's Jan. 13 meeting, the cameras were shown to prevent crime in pilot tests done in Sharpstown, Brays Oaks and Alief. Westchase District also reported success using both mobile and stationary cameras to help police solve crimes, and a long-time community activist said the city should require them at its multi-family housing complexes.
From Security InfoWatch, January 28, 2011

New border surveillance project faces same problems that doomed SBInet
With its new request for information on its second attempt to connect video surveillance towers, the Homeland Security Department is following the same path that led to a failed $1 billion virtual fence across part of the Southwest border, several management and security experts told Nextgov.
From NextGov, January 26, 2011

Can regional players take on global brands in the video market?
Are Brazilian video vendors like Digifort, Comtex, TecVoz or Kodo really able to compete on the international stage? Brian Sims examines the latest IMS Research report findings. In a recently published market study entitled ‘The Latin American Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment’, IMS Research has concluded that the Brazilian video surveillance equipment market was worth more than $100 million in 2010, with a significant portion of revenues coming from domestic vendors.
From INfo4Security, January 24, 2011

Public safety agencies show off preparedness for Super Bowl
Arlington isn't alone in making public safety preparations for the big game. A dozen of the local, state and federal agencies working together showed off their gadgets and gear during a Super Bowl XLV Public Safety Media Day.
From The Star/Telegram, January 21, 2011

Washington Eyes Adding Thousands of Surveillance Cameras
Washington, D.C. is seeking to add thousands of surveillance cameras operated by private businesses around the District of Columbia, and the subway system, to the thousands of video cameras already in place, according to published reports. Washington’s local Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) has centralized the video feeds from more than 4,500 cameras operated by D.C.’s Department of Transportation and its school system. Those feeds are monitored constantly at the agency’s Joint All-Hazards Operation Center.
From Government Video, January 21, 2011

Nigeria: Lagos State CCTV surveillance camera project: How sustainable?
Today, institutions of all kinds – especially the Fortune Five Hundred multinationals, financial institutions, mega business outfits, government entities, electoral processes and e-voting, e-government operations, banking and finance, sports complexes and stadia, airports, hospitality and entertainment centres, shopping malls, mass transport facilities, and others such as hospitals, court rooms, server rooms, automated systems and military bases, etc, are being challenged to install video surveillance in areas that are too complex and remote, too costly or physically impossible to reach with traditional monitoring methods.
From Vanguard Online, January 19, 2011

California City Scrambles to Deploy Languishing Video Cameras
Video surveillance cameras purchased by the city of Vallejo, Calif. have been locked in storage since June 2010, and they might never be used if the city allows a grant to expire that was suppose to pay for the cameras’ deployment, say published reports. The security cameras were purchased using funds from a federal grant that was awarded to the “Fighting Back Partnership.”
From Government Video, January 18, 2011

IMS Research predicts positive effect on video surveillance market by HDcctv certified products
The HDcctv Alliance was formed in 2009, with the core objective being to develop and manage the definition of an open standard for the transmission of high definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv) using industry standard coaxial cable. HDcctv technology is built upon the HD-SDI standard pioneered in the professional broadcast market.
From Source Security, January 18, 2011

UK researchers develop High Dynamic Range video system
Researchers in the UK recently announced that they have developed a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) video system that is applicable for a range of applications including security. According to the University of Warwick’s Professor Alan Chalmers, the new technology will provide security cameras with the ability to detect detail even in extreme lighting conditions.
From Security InfoWatch, January 18, 2011

Delivering on the promise of IP
Many will look at 2010 as the year in which the security industry finally began to deliver on the promise of IP the way end users have long expected. And the answer hasn't come in the form of anything too unfamiliar. In fact, the answer is fairly clear, both literally and figuratively: High-definition (HD) cameras. At long last, HD is delivering the value long promised by IP.
From Security InfoWatch, January 18, 2011

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