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CCTV News in brief ... from around the world
Driven to distraction ... - Audacious thieves escaped with a dozen rental cars and trucks, parked up in the Avis compound at Halifax Stanfield Airport, in Nova Scotia. The police have suggested that the gang put covers over the CCTV cameras, before dismantling the main gate and then installing a ramp device to allow the vehicles to be driven off, over the anti theft spike strips. - source - The Chronicle Herald.ca - 19th September 2007
Not everything in the garden is rosy - In response to repeated vandalism in one of Suffolks top award winning parks, Woodbridge Town Council decided to install a CCTV camera. Instead of tackling the annual £ 10,000 problem ( US$ 20,000 € 15,000 ), the vandals have instead moved their activities into an area not presently covered by video surveillance. With no reduction in crime, and no offenders apprehended, it now seems likely that the camera will be removed to a neighbouring town . - source - EADT24 - 18th September 2007
Short sighted surveillance ... - In a desperate attempt to cut £ 10 million from it's operating budget next year (US$ 20 million, €15 million), Sussex Police Authority has decided to slash the number of CCTV Control Room Operators from 35 to 20. In announcing the closure of the Eastbourne and Bognor Control Rooms, the county's 364 cameras will now be monitored from just 2 locations. A police spokesman is quoted as saying " Introducing digital will put us in a better position to keep up with future developments like smart cameras that look after themselves". . - source - The Argus - 18th September 2007
Getting ahead in the market - UK based specialist Audax have secured a £ 1.1 million contract to supply advanced "Head Cams" to the US military. A initial batch of 20 body worn camera systems have already been supplied to the Department of Defense, for use by troops on operations. - source - The Herald - 12th September 2007
No stone unturned - Authorities at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey (USA). are introducing a video equipped inspection platform, to screen the underside of all vehicles entering the airport. The video cameras are intended to provide visual verification of any explosives or contraband strapped to the underside of buses trucks or private vehicles. - source - CNNMoney.com - 10th September 2007
An important lesson ... - Being mindful of the potential problems for any school using video surveillance to keep an eye on their pupils, the Arkansas School Board Association has developed a model 'Code of Practice' outlining how best to use CCTV in a college environment. - source - NWAnews.com- 5th September 2007
A step too far - A young train passenger may well end up with a criminal record,.after being summonsed to a magistrates court, for resting her feet on the seat opposite. Despite apologising for her mistake, the 19 year old student was interviewed by a 'Head Cam' equipped rail enforcement officer, working for the trains operator Merseyrail. In the last six months, the company have prosecuted around 250 passengers under similar circumstances. - source - TimesONLine - 4th September 2007
Not quite write - Thanks to the wonders of CCTV, a barrister representing a wife in a child custody case, has ended up as the first ever convicted of 'perverting the course of justice', here in the U.K. Having written and sent a bogus e-mail apparently supporting the fathers claim, when it was presented to the court as evidence, the barrister then formally challenged it and falsely accused the husband of forgery. It was only the ingenuity of the defendent, that allowed him to track down the source of the e-mail to an internet cafe, which fortunately for him was equipped with CCTV that captured the barrister writing and sending the falsified document. Having admitted the charges against him, the barrister is now due to be sentenced to a jail term, sometime next month . - source - Telegraph.co.uk - 30th August 2007
Walk on the wild side - With the constant spread of city based surveillance, New Yorkers may be coming to terms with living in a video age,.but for those more intrepid residents of the Lower East Side, sitting back is now no longer an option. The long established Surveillance Camera Players have now started taking groups on a 90 minute walking tour of the city's camera hotspots. - source - New York Academy of Sciences - 26th August 2007
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Current CCTV Industry News in brief
Having identified some security vulnerabilities in their IP Gateway video encoder and decoder, Services Platform and Integrated Services Platform, Cisco Video Surveillance have issued a software patch which can be accessed from the company's advisory page
Fluidmesh Networks, manufacturers of dedicated mesh networking systems designed specifically for video surveillance applications, have been chosen to supply their model 2200 units to provide a wireless network at the Las Palmas Airport on Gran Canaria.
The IP UserGroup USA have announced the appointment of Susan Brady as their new Managing Director, effective from September 15th 2007. With more than 17 years experience as Editor in Chief for Security Dealer magazine, Susan takes over from Bruce Doneff who originally launched the group at ISC West in 2006. Staying on as Public Relations and Media Officer, Bruce said "Susan is a well known figure in our industry and she brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships to this position" - more info. on this story
Video Domain have announced the launch of their latest MemoCam Zorro covert surveillance camera. Available for standard 640x480, or 1280x960 resolution using a MegaPixel sensor, the unit incorporates a pinhole camera, PIR movement detection, and digital recording onto a mini SD card, for easy playback on a PC or PDA using a seperate mini SD card reader. more info. on this story ...
Recent announcements from Californian based Pelco, include the launch of their newest DX 4500 and DX 4600 DVR's; the news of a formal collaboration with Milestone Systems to develop customised software interfaces, to allow the company's CamclosureIP and IP3701 cameras to work with Milestone's XProtect software, and six years on, the annual 9/11 rememberance service has been held on campus, whilst hundreds of employees and honored guests gathered for the solemn ceremony, at the company's headquarters in Clovis .... - more info. on this story ...
The UK's Information Commissioner has published a draft update of the existing CCTV Code of Practice. The document which is intended to provide guidance on data compliance issues, is available for review with all comments to be received by 31st October 2007. Included in the recommendations, are the prohibition of audio recording facilities, such that private conversations cannot be taped. The draft can be downloaded from the Information Commissioners website. ,with the final document expected to be published a short time after the consultation period ends.
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