Retail theft is one of the biggest security problems facing retailers today. What can stores do to combat shrinkage? With an increase in technology advancements, prices are coming down on some of the first-rate options, including video surveillance cameras, analytics, and RFID technology. Controlling the cash Video surveillance cameras above the cash register have been …

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There is no bigger time for retail than the December holidays. Beginning long before Thanksgiving, nearly every retail store boosts personnel levels with temporary workers to prepare for the holiday rush. But with higher levels of inventory and greater numbers of employees and shoppers, another thing that amps up during December is theft — and …

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Last month, hackers used “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices — in this case video surveillance cameras and recorders — to create digital armies called botnets and cripple a large portion of the Internet in the U.S., including such popular venues as Netflix, Google and Twitter. The vulnerability that these IoT connected devices presents often resides …

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Physical and logical security previously existed in two silos with their own sets of keys, processes and protocols. But in today’s increasingly connected world with the rise of IP everything and the promise of the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything), these two disciplines no longer reside behind separate walls. Today it is …

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In your home or business environment, physical security is straightforward: You lock up your entry points and use an alarm to alert you. But what about your digital entry points? These are much harder to protect. You can’t capture an image of an intruder you can’t see, and passwords are typically used for cybersecurity the …

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is well-known in the healthcare environment. Whether it’s an access control technology or an asset tracking tool, RFID cards, tags and readers are a familiar site in hospitals. Yet, while hospitals almost all have this technology, they may not be using it to its full potential: saving lives. Although it’s …

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Security today is more critical than ever before in the healthcare industry. Hospitals are under legal and social pressure to give patients and staff top-notch security. While security has many ramifications, it also helps with cutting costs. Here are seven ways security technology can specifically help hospitals increase their return on investment. Protecting patient records …

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Not that long ago, choosing a college meant poring over academic catalogs, assessing the relative strengths of the student’s chosen discipline, perhaps even deciding on other factors — is it near a city? Is it in an attractive climate? Does it have a study abroad program? An unfortunate reflection of the society we live in …

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It’s that time of year again — Summer is winding down and students are heading back to school. For educators, however, this means there are multitudes of students, staff and visitors to keep safe, which becomes increasingly challenging every year. As in many other areas from computers to phones, security technology continues to improve and …

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Millions of people will watch the summer games in Rio de Janeiro to cheer athletes from all over the world. As with most major sporting events, the games have a history of security issues, most of which are typically quickly resolved. However, as Munich and Atlanta taught us, any worldwide stage is as attractive to …

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In the world of physical security, one of the most expensive systems today is still the card-based access control system. Every employee needs to be provided with a card; both hardware and software must be purchased and, in the case of the software, kept up to date. These systems often add up to a big …

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Today’s technology seems to be moving forward at light speed. Smart homes tout the promise of the Internet of Things; Cellphones do practically everything except make breakfast. Even cars are starting to drive themselves. In a world where convenience rules, there is one technology that has many of these beat: biometrics. Imagine being able to …

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Biometrics technology is somewhat unusual in the access control realm in that it’s simultaneously old and new. It’s been around for more than 20 years as a viable alternative to plastic ID cards; yet it is still considered by some to be “bleeding edge” technology. For years companies have considered it as a possibility for …

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