IMS Research looks into the rising scope of wireless video surveillance in cities
Wireless infrastructure has a number of things going for it right now. Firstly, it reduces the cost of infrastructure when compared with the traditional trenching and laying of cable, which in the current economic environment is unsurprisingly popular.
From Source Security, January 17, 2011
SBInet ended, DHS to implement new plan; King anxious
The Department of Homeland Security is ending its controversial technologically complex project to install a high-tech fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The ranking member, and last chairman, of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in a statement issued the afternoon of Jan. 14, said DHS will “end SBINet as originally conceived.” The new committee chairman, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took the Obama Administration to task for not having enough urgency about border security.
From Government Security News, January 14, 2011
Current bandwidth on Local Area Networks (LANs) and many Wide Area Networks (WANs) is much more robust and capable of handling increased network video traffic. And many options in storage such as a Storage Area Networks (SAN), a separate network used for data traffic that cuts down on the bandwidth consumption of the IT network, have helped. And the choice between wireless and hardwired networks and the bandwidth and security that each offer is yet another factor that applies to the 'bandwidth battle.'
Yet as developments in IP and HD video and the move to integrated video surveillance coupled with access control continue, the need for more bandwidth and higher download speeds is inevitable.
From Security InfoWatch, January 05, 2011
Bahrain plans intelligent transportation system
Bahrain's Ministry of Works said it had several 'exciting plans' in the pipeline including implementation of an intelligent transportation system to boost the safety and security on the Kingdom's roads.
These new projects under the 'Roads Strategic Plan 2004-2014' are aimed at helping relieve traffic congestion and stimulate economy, said a statement from the ministry, which is responsible for planning and delivery of the Kingdom’s vital infrastructure.
From Trade Arabia, December 27, 2010
Intelligent transport system in Abu Dhabi
Displays of Dynamic Messaging Signs (DMS) and additional closed circuit TV cameras are features that have been incorporated into the Integrated Intelligent Transportation System in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport (DoT) said.
For the future, the ITS strategy will also include dynamic en-route car navigation, web and mobile phone information services, and more traffic management systems that will increase the safety aspects along limited-access highways in the Abu Dhabi metropolitan region.
From Khaleej Times, December 22, 2010
South Carolina: Ridgeland's I-95 traffic camera system: Public safety tool or a speed trap?
Since its introduction in August in Ridgeland (SC), the town's use of automated traffic cameras on I-95 has been criticized by drivers and some state officials who say Ridgeland is intentionally skirting a state law passed in July that outlawed citations "based solely on photographic evidence."
Town officials counter that the law applies only to unmanned cameras. In Ridgeland, a police officer operates and monitors radar and camera equipment inside an RV parked along the interstate.
From The Island Packet, December 18, 2010
Study: IP Surveillance Installation Less Expensive than Analog
The installation of a mid-sized internet-protocol (IP) video surveillance system now costs less than installing a corresponding analog system, says report by a Swedish university research group.
The independent study, conducted by Lusax, a research group at Lund University in Sweden, compiled data comparing the costs of installing analog video surveillance systems with the costs of installing IP video surveillance systems.
Lusax compared the cost of installing analog systems with IP systems by surveying integrators who were actively selling and installing both analog and IP-based systems. The integrators were asked to provide bids on installing both types of systems at a retail store with 14, 25 and 40 cameras, and for all three scenarios the IP-based system returned a lower total cost than the analog system.
From Government Video, December 17, 2010
New York City Buses to Get Video Cameras, Recorders in $9.75 Million Plan
United Technologies Corp. will install video cameras and recorders on New York City buses under a $9.75 million plan approved today by the board of the state Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The company’s Bradenton, Florida-based UTC Fire & Security unit will place cameras and digital video recorders on 426 buses in Manhattan starting in the first quarter of next year, with completion scheduled by 2012, according to documents provided to the board. The contract includes an option for cameras for another 1,150 buses.
From Bloomberg, December 15, 2010
Dallas police using cameras and decoy vehicles in hunt for repeat burglars
Surveillance video shows Donnie Hogg snatching an electronic device from a parked car. With it, authorities said, they have Hogg dead to rights.
Surveillance cameras in Dallas police decoy vehicles catch car burglars in the act.
From Dallas Morning News, December 15, 2010
Texas: State agency installs 3,200 megapixel cameras
Knight Security Systems this month is wrapping up a large-scale video surveillance project with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), which involved the installation of more than 3,200 megapixel cameras in 336 buildings on 12 campuses spread throughout the state.
From Security Director News, December 07, 2010