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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 - 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 - - 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 - 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 - - 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

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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.

Sentry 360 Security have announced the launch of their revolutionary new Full Sight IP camera. Designed to provide a constant 360 degree view, the 5 megapixel unit incorporates onboard video analytics, with the ability to automatically track any objects of interest, within the field of view. Electronic pan tilt and zoom functions can be controlled in real time or from recorded material, and monitoring is available either using a standard web browser, or through the network video record software.

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
Photo (left) - Susan Brady appointed new Managing Director of the IP User Group USA

CCTV Photo - Sanyo VDC-DP7585 IP 66 rated Day / Night vandal resistant dome - copyright Sanyo Europe

News from San Clemente California, where specialist MegaPixel camera manufacturer IQinVision have announced the appointment of Mark Nazarenus as Vice President of Sales. With over 28 years experience in the security industry, Mark replaces Paul Bodell who assumes the role of Chief Marketing Officer, with special responsibilities for Strategic Business Development and OEM initiatives - more info. on this story

Photo (right) - Mark Nazarenus, Vice President Sales IQ inVision

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 ...

Photo (left) - Video Domain MemoCam Zorro covert video recording camera

CCTV Photo - Bosch Video surveillance systems protect visitors to the Oktoberfest 2006 event in Germany - photo copyright Bosch Security Systems

Mango DSP, a leading provider of intelligent video servers and its affiliate ICI Networks, a specialist in municipal wireless integrated systems, have introduced the new ICI Wireless Metropolitan Base Station™ (WMBS). Featuring advanced video processing capabilities enabled by the integration of the Mango DSP Raven HX 104 Intelligent Video Server, into its Modular platform, the system is designed to provide flexibility for future development in wireless applications - more info. on this story ...
Photo (right) - ICI Networks WMBS incorporating Mango DSP video processing

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 ...

Wavelet Technology have announced the launch of it's Open Platform Linux (OPL) operating system, to provide seamless integration of MegaPixel, Multi MegaPixel and conventional analogue cameras, in a single unit. WAVESTORE OPL provides a stable and reliable Linux based DVR, which is IP ready, and able to easily accommodate any mix of cameras, with ease of use and total flexibility as key functions incorporated into the design.
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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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Forthcoming CCTV Shows and Security Events

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Fluidmesh Wireless Mesh Technology Seminars
October 8th - 12th 2007 - Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon & Marseille - France -
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Norbain LIVE 07 - National 'Roadshow'
September & October 2007 - United Kingdom - Various venues - more info ...

World Security Congress and Show 2007
October 23rd - 26th 2007 - Bahia Othon Palace Hotel - Salvador - Brazil

October 25th - 27th 2007 - Pragati Maidan - New Delhi - India
Safety & Security Asia 2007 + Homeland Security Asia 2007
October 31st - November 2nd 2007 - SUNTEC Singapore Int. Conv. & Exh. Centre

CONSEC 2007 - Association of Security Consultants Annual Conference
November 8th 2007 - RAF Museum Hendon, London - U.K.
The 11th China Public Security Expo - CPSE 2007
November 1st - 4th 2007 - Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre - Shenzhen - China

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