Where to Start With Cybersecurity

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On October 20th, 2018 Apple announced Group FaceTime for its iOS devices. Three weeks later, on Mon., Jan. 28th, Apple announced a major flaw in this new feature. If someone initiated a FaceTime call, and then added themselves to it, the phone of the original person would start transmitting their audio before they picked up. […]

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Crestron Expands Entry Door Security Line and Adds Two New Partnerships

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At ISE 2019, Crestron announced a partnership with 2N, a global provider of IP intercoms and ekey biometric systems GmbH, a provider of fingerprint access solutions. The latest firmware update to 2N IP-based video intercom door stations makes them Crestron Rava SIP intercom and phone technology compliant. As a result, they integrate with Crestron TSW-x60 […]

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Security Through Light: The World’s First Quantum Secured Video Conference

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My readers will know that I tend to focus on topics related to collaboration, user-interaction, and generally building products that help us work together. You may be surprised to learn that a significant amount of my time is spent thinking about security. As devices become increasingly attached to our enterprise networks – those same devices must be […]

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The Art of Hacking AV Systems

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There are quite a few conferences that focus on AV equipment. On the consumer side, there is CES, on the broadcast side there is NAB, then for residential AV there is CEDIA Expo and for commercial AV, we have InfoComm. The latest conference to focus on AV equipment, however, happened Friday, August 10th. The conference? DEFCON. […]

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Why Are We Not Talking About Digital Signage Security?

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By Viktor Petersson Screenly Over the last few years, we have seen many cases of digital signage players being hacked for fun, profit and even propaganda. Hardcore porn shown on hacked billboard in Malmö Cyberattack claims multiple airports in Vietnam Hacked digital signage displays porn in Union Station Hijacking the Outdoor Digital Billboard – By […]

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Linear Debuts New 7″ e3 Entry Access Control Solution at InfoComm 2018

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Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today debuted the new Linear 7” e3 Entry System. Linear e3’s new 7” weatherproof product features a larger touchscreen display with a self-adjusting sensor, making it easy-to-read both during the day and at night, as well as in rain, sleet and snow. The display is paired with a stainless-steel keypad […]

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Linear Adds New 7″ e3 Entry System

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Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today announced the addition of the new 7″ e3 Entry System to the Linear line of access control and telephone entry solutions. The browser-based Linear e3 Entry System is a touch screen based entry system with a full query keyboard, which they says minimize the number of steps. Dealers save time with an easy-to-install solution […]

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IC Realtime Focuses on AI, Analytics in New Surveillance Solutions at ISC West

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IC Realtime is introducing a new surveillance camera with on-board analytics to provide traffic metrics for business owners. The new 3 Mega Pixel, IP-based surveillance camera (Model: ICIP-3128-3D) is designed for retail installations and features a dual lens, dual camera design to differentiate between flat 2D objects and 3D people. When mounted towards the entrance of a retail environment, the ICIP-3128-3D […]

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All Data Is Consequential

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As the world moves further and further into a technology-enabled and -dependent world, serious questions arise about personal and institutional privacy. Recently, news headlines have revealed that a seemingly innocuous bit of data could have far reaching and deadly side effects. Over the past several years, the U.S. Army has issued fitness trackers to its […]

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Nortek Security & Control Announces ELAN Integration With 2GIG GC3

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Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today announced the integration of the ELAN Entertainment and Control Platform with the 2GIG GC3, claiming it to be the industry’s first Z-Wave Plus Certified Security panel. The GC3 panel can now be controlled natively from within the intuitive ELAN user interface ELAN’s Auto Zone Detection simplifies installation; once the panel has been configured, all zones […]

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New School Security Construction Cost Estimates Reference PASS K-12 Guidelines

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The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools K-12 (PASS K-12) – an initiative developed by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) – is excited to announce that its guidelines have been used by the Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education (the Alliance) organization to create the first-ever school security construction […]

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LILIN Adds Entry-Level IP Bullet Camera to Video Surveillance Product Mix

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LILIN Americas, a division of Merit, has added to its line of IP cameras with the MR832 outdoor bullet camera, marketed as an entry-level surveillance system. The MR832 features a 4-millimeter fixed lens with an IP66 environment rating, an operating range of -40° to 122°F, along with 30M IR LED illumination and day/night imaging. LILIN MR832 IP cameras feature […]

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Someone Call Security

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Recent experiences have brought security installations to the forefront of my thinking. Security subsystems are something that AV pros have polarizing opinions on. Some don’t mind handling them, some do so only grudgingly, and others won’t touch them. Like everything, when deciding whether to do security at all there are pros and cons. The most […]

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Metra Home Launches 16-Channel Hybrid DVR and Security Cameras

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Metra Home Theater Group announces the new 16-Channel Hybrid DVR, encompassing the four most common video technologies, as well as 16 new Spyclops cameras. The 16-Channel Hybrid DVR (SPY-DVR16HYB2) provides dealers with more flexibility due to its compatibility with four types of video technology, including AHD, TVI, analog and IP. Dealers can utilize any combination […]

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URC Introduces HomeSet Remote

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URC introduces HomeSet, a streamlined system optimized for the home security solutions channel. This is a completely new system build from the ground up by URC — new technology, new hardware, new software. It utilizes cloud-based programming and maintenance, and offers cloud compatibility with other cloud-based systems. HomeSet integrates with Z-Wave devices, Nest, SONOS and […]

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So You Want to Talk Security…

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Headline: Channel Partners – 3/10/16: Network Security Incidents High Among World’s Largest Companies Story: A new survey of IT and security professionals reveals that 72 percent of organizations have experienced five or more network security incidents in the past 12 months. Regardless of region or technology, IT and security administrators revealed that their networks have significant blind […]

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Why the Apple Security Request is Scary (and it’s not why you may think it is)

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If you haven’t heard yet, Apple has issued a public response to the US Governments request for software that would allow them to circumvent encryption on an iPhone. The long and short is that after the San Bernadino attack was found to have ISIS ties, the FBI found themselves in possession of the attacker’s iPhone. […]

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Worried About Security with Control Systems? We Asked Crestron’s Security Expert What to Do

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Crestron’s Toine Leerentveld is the control system security expert. I caught up with him at ISE and asked him about the industry’s current concerns with the security of control systems and what Crestron is doing to address it. He also tells me about a security guide that Crestron has to help integrators deal with this […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/10

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Will new headsets and more powerful phones pave the way for brain-controlled smartphone apps? Imagine calling your friends through the power of thought? According to an IBM and Xerox paper (*) summarizing the state-of-the-art in Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), applications may well be developed including brain-driven software for dialing numbers, as well as for messaging and calling […]

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Toshiba Introduces Its First 960H Video Surveillance Cameras

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Toshiba Surveillance & IP Video Products has embraced new 960H analog technology alongside its IP network-focused product portfolio by introducing today its first 960H dome cameras. Providing a thirty percent increase in resolution over comparatively priced D1 analog cameras, the new IKS-D207 (indoor) and IKS-R307 (outdoor) cameras incorporate a 960 x 640 CCD sensor to […]

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AVI-SPL Intros Privacy Features for Meetings

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AVI-SPL has introduced two new features addressing the increased concern by customers about unauthorized video calls into meeting rooms. AVI-SPL’s expanded solution portfolio allows clients in varying industries to easily incorporate privacy safeguards into their day-to-day conferencing experiences. VNOC Symphony Automated Room Shutdown: VNOC Symphony’s Business Processes Automation Module hinders uninvited guests from seeing or […]

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