30 November 2010

Justifying Physical Security Technologies See: Risk Management

I have started working on a new paper relating Risk Management with Physical Security Technology Solutions.  

My purpose is to discuss my observations and results in the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars of security technologies implemented not to just protect physical assets but to reduce liabilities, fraud, improve procedures, influence designs, support marketing and influence almost every department within the enterprise in one way or another.  With proper implementation, the overall ROI or return-on-investment of some of these projects could be measured in days not in years as projected in the past.

In a recent trip to a national trade show and loss prevention conference I constantly hear talk of how we have to do more with less, referring to limited staffing levels in today’s economy.  At the same time, in various discussions with those who have implemented some of the technologies discussed in this paper, described how they continued to get outstanding results because they had implemented these countermeasures and learned to use them properly.   
Still there are millions of organizations that still have not understood these principals and may have invested money in product but still don’t have a solution.  

Risk Management is defined as the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated and economical application of resources to minimize, monitor, and control the probability and/or impact of unfortunate events or to maximize the realization of opportunities. Physical Security countermeasures as well as Loss Prevention and Asset Protection concepts are tools that I have used to consistently and successfully combat areas of risk concerns in recent times.  With proper implementation of these tools and concepts improvements in revenue and limits to liabilities have been achieved in many sectors.  This success thru the convergence of technologies and best practices have shown improvements in behaviors of employees and customers, more productive operations, reduced costs and improved overall profitability.

Future posts will discuss these concepts and solutions in further detail.

24 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all our customers and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our precious customers and friends!

While many of us will be sitting down to tables laden with all manner of great foods, try to remember that some people won't have that luxury. Some will be standing in soup lines; some will have to wait for someone to bring them a meal, and sadly, some will go to bed hungry tonight.  With that in mind, let's try to be more thankful for all the blessings we have. And let's remember to give something back.

Once I was giving a donation to a homeless person and a friend who was with me, scolded me. ``How do you know that person isn't going to buy drugs with that money?''  My answer was that all I can do is help; I can’t base my help to other’s on how they might act.  Their behavior is theirs not mine, all I can do is control my behavior and pray for them.   I believe that wonderful things happen to me because I live with an attitude of gratitude.

I found the following poem online entitled “Be Thankful “-- “Author Unknown “, I think it sets the tone of the day.
Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made the effort.

Thanks for setbacks
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

11 November 2010

March Networks Mobile Solution in Action

Watch this (disturbing) video that shows how Ron Haynes was captured in the act of attempted murder by four, Pixim-powered video security cameras developed by March Networks and mounted on the inside of a Toronto bus. His lawyer, Sean Robichaud, praised the Blu-ray-like quality of the video and agreed to a nine-year sentence for Haynes for attempted murder.  Despite the bright sunlight outside the bus, the video of the shooting was “crystal clear” as stated in an article by the Toronto Star.

02 November 2010

White-Paper - Physical Security Information Management - PSIM Opens Up the Industry

Vidsys.com  ( http://www.Vidsys.com ) recently posted an White-Paper by Jeff Kessler and Jay Beaghan of Imperial Capital.  The paper discusses the question of ...

"What does PSIM offer in the way of command and control/situation management capabilities that video management systems (VMS) and access control systems (ACS) don't, especially when the latter are IP-based and can be integrated?"

Check this out at Http://www.vidsys.com 


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Physical Security Talking Points and Fraud

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