Monday, November 22, 2021

Top national #security officials stress need for collaboration in #cyberspace

Top national #security officials stress need for collaboration in #cyberspace
| #TpromoCom #NationalSecurity | ABC News went inside the "Battle Bridge" where cyber operations are conducted (abc News).

The United States' adversaries are trying to steal the nation's top secrets, top Cyber Command and National Security Agency officials say, and protecting the American people from these threats takes both the private and public sectors.

"Cybercom's mission is to play the away game and... 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Fire Protection Research Foundation receives grants

Fire Protection Research Foundation receives #grants to help improve #firefighter safety, WUI evacuation modeling, smoke alarm/carbon monoxide data, and more | #TpromoCom #NFPA | The FPRF will also serve in an advisory service capacity for several other grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grants (FEMA AFG), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Science Foundation (NSF).

This support for FPRF projects in 2022 coordinates with the Foundation’s 40th anniversary and its ongoing commitment to planning, managing, and communicating major research programs domestically and abroad.

Since 1982, the FPRF has facilitated projects that address industry challenges related to detection and signaling, hazardous materials, electrical safety, fire suppression, storage of commodities, firefighter health and safety, public education, emerging technologies, and other safety considerations. Thanks to generous grant funding, the following FPRF researchprojects are planned for the immediate future:

  1. FEMA AFG – This three-year research and development (R&D) grant for Improved PPE Cleaning Best Practices/Exposure Assessment will allow the FPRF to build on two prior Department of Homeland Security (DHS projects AFG FOA FY14: “How Clean is Clean” and AFG FOA FY17: “Broadening PPE Cleaning Validation Applications”) so that best practices for personal protective equipment (PPE) cleaning and exposure assessment methods can be established and communicated. The aim is to get cleaning validation tools and effective cleaning methodologies into more fire departments so that chronic exposures are minimized. The research will be conducted by NIOSH Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) and International Personnel Protection, Inc. and will ultimately inform standards requirements, increase data, and lead to better product design and development.
  2. FEMA AFG – This two-year Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grant for Application of Immersive Learning on Firefighter Skills, Health, and Safety will strive to identify, assess, and summarize the available and emerging technological tools, techniques, and innovations that support the application of immersive learning for the fire service. The FPRF is working with the North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD) to minimize firefighter fatalities and injuries during training; determine and describe the value of immersive learning on firefighter skills and competency-based testing/evaluation; identify future needs and barriers; communicate the needs of fire academies; and create a firefighter immersive learning environment roadmap to provide guidance to those charged with training members of the fire service.
  3. NIST Fire Grant – This one-year grant for WUI-NITY 3: Multi-Method Traffic Movement Data Collection for WUI Fire Evacuation Modeling aims to enhance life safety in case of wildland-urban interface fires. The study will allow for enhanced evacuation planning by providing data for a comprehensive evacuation platform that addresses the safety needs of residents. WUI fire evacuation models have started to be developed, but they are primarily research tools unable to be applied in practice. This research will serve as a bridge for practice – building credibility through testing and application. The WUI-NITY tool has been developed over several previously NIST-funded projects with a research team from Lund University, Imperial College London, NRC Canada, Movement Strategies/GHD, and RMIT. Once this model is suitably tested and deemed usable, it can be adopted to test different application scenarios as part of engineering practice. Currently, the testing process is constrained by a lack of suitable, available data.
  4. NIST Fire Grant – This one-year effort entails a Survey on Usage and Functionality of Smoke Alarms and CO Alarms in Households – Phase 2 (Note: This project is being led by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the FPRF is providing additional funding to conduct more surveys so that a statistically relevant sample can be achieved). The lack of current data on smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installation and operability in US homes makes the path for improving the performance and installation of smoke and CO alarms difficult. To fill this gap, this survey will collect valuable data to inform educational activities, codes and standards development, and to improve the performance of alarms in households.

The FPRF will also serve in an advisory service capacity with principal investigators for several other confirmed grants:

  • A three-year FEMA AFG R&D grant led by University of Massachusetts Lowell on Assessing Firefighters’ Exposures to Thermal Decomposition Products of AFFF Replacement Alternatives
  • A three-year FEMA AFG R&D grant led by North Carolina State University on Development of Contamination Resistance as a Measure for Firefighter Protective Clothing and Its Impact on Other Performance Properties
  • FEMA AFG grant led by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) on Fire as a Weapon Integrated Response: Research-Based Training for Fire and Law Enforcement Personnel
  • FEMA AFG grant led by the University of Texas at Austin on Improving Firefighter Safety on Firegrounds Involving Li-Ion Batteries
  • NSF grant led by University of California, Irvine on CareDEX: Enabling Disaster Resilience in Aging Communities via Secure Data Exchange.

“As we celebrate our fourth decade of identifying risks and opportunities for improved safety outcomes, our team is grateful for the grant funding that we continue to receive and the trust that others continue to place in our ability to unearth gaps, introduce solutions, and communicate key findings to a wide spectrum of practitioners,” Amanda Kimball, FPRF executive director said. “The work of the Fire Protection Research Foundation is reflective of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem™, and the 40 or so projects that we undertake each year are rooted in the belief that a little knowledge can go a long way.”

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research, and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.

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viisights Showcases Innovative Behavioral Video Analytics at Smart City Expo

#viisights Showcases Innovative Behavioral #Video Analytics at Smart City #Expo | #TpromoCom #SmartCityExpo | viisights, Inc., developer of revolutionary behavioral recognition systems for real-time video intelligence, will be attending Smart City Expo, Barcelona, Spain November 16 - 18, 2021

viisights advanced video understanding technology provides highly cost-effective and efficient security, safety and environment sensing solutions for smart-cities, corporate and education campuses, commercial and industrial businesses, transportation hubs, critical infrastructure and more.


“viisights leverages artificial intelligence to facilitate human-like pattern prediction, transforming existing video surveillance systems into real-time sources of actionable intelligence,” said Asaf Birenzvieg, CEO at viisights. “Our video analytics go further than simple object recognition by autonomously recognizing behaviors that demand immediate attention, allowing customers to be more proactive.”


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A new benchmark in intelligent video technology, viisights behavioral analytics are built on a foundation of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that understand the content in real-time, instead of simply classifying objects. This technology provides actionable intelligence to help prevent incidents from escalating and minimize liabilities, dramatically increasing security and safety. viisights unparalleled data analysis capabilities also transcend conventional applications for real-time video surveillance monitoring and forensics to deliver true business intelligence.

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viisights behavioral analytics accomplish this by “learning” to distinguish between common occurrences like an individual tying a shoelace versus falling to the ground, two people embracing as opposed to fighting, gatherings of people walking down the street versus rioting, or even determine if there has been a traffic accident. Conventional video cameras and analytics simply cannot make human-like distinctions that viisights behavioral analytics deliver.


Equally important, viisights innovative behavioral analytics allow municipalities to easily and cost-effectively leverage their existing capital investment in video camera systems to improve overall safety, security, and the quality of life of their constituents. The low cost of entry provides city officials with a win-win proposition and a long-term solution with a tangible and significant Return on Investment (ROI).


viisights will be demonstrating the following behavioral recognition video analytics in stand C140.

  • Personal and environment safety solutions
  • Public health protection
  • Violent and anti-social behavior detection and prediction including weapons detection
  • Solutions for urban mobility – traffic monitoring and crowd behavior

To schedule a meeting with viisights during Smart Cities Expo and learn more, email


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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The New DICE Adds Calipsa’s False Alarm Filtering Solution to Matrix Interactive

The New #DICE Adds #Calipsa’s False Alarm Filtering Solution to Matrix Interactive | #TpromoCom #FalseAlarm #Monitoring #MatrixInteractive | DICE is pleased to announce Calipsa’s false alarm filtering solution is now integrated with Matrix Interactive.

While the two companies both offer video analytics, the integration provides central stations and integrators that are already using Calipsa’s solution with the option to add advanced interactive and video services from Matrix Interactive. It will also allow DICE users to benefit from Calipsa’s leading AI technology.

With an open and generic platform developed by the New DICE, the integration works with any monitoring automation software and is an opportunity to add value for monitoring stations or command centers in a corporate, education or healthcare venue.

Calipsa’s analytics software for video surveillance uses deep learning algorithms to filter out false alarms caused by anything from a change in lighting to a spider’s web across a lens, with a false alarm reduction rate of 95%.

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Matrix Interactive offers central stations and command centers a video event monitoring, surveillance, and alarm notification suite for any video system that is accessible from any location, at any time. The unified platform provides services such as video verification, remote guarding, virtual guard tours, and virtual doorman – all using advanced video analytics, artificial intelligence, and cloud recording of events.

With an overabundance of cameras and recorded video, the security industry is seeing a greater rise in video monitoring. By integrating Matrix Interactive with Calipsa, monitoring stations and command centers will now have the opportunity to add new levels of security into their monitoring operations.

For instance, with Matrix Interactive’s verified automated scheduled video tours, the platform analyzes, understands, and prioritizes the video stream in real time. If nothing is detected during the tour, there is no need for operator intervention. The priority level determines if the video is sent to an end user, a central station operator, and/or is recorded.

The Matrix platform also offers a unique new multi-camera video quick search feature that can instantly search through multiple cameras for an event rather than camera by camera.

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Central stations and command centers can begin with an entry-level package at a minimal investment that provides fast ROI, and then add more cameras, services, and modules when ready.

"The New DICE is a fantastic partner and integrating Calipsa’s analytics into the Matrix platform offers us great potential in all the markets we serve,” said Brian Baker, Chief Revenue Officer at Calipsa. “Matrix Interactive will allow Calipsa users to not only benefit from our 95% false alarm reduction but will also add its own additional features to further enhance security standards. This partnership is a significant step in defining our footprint in the central station and command center market.” 

“DICE is continuing to partner and integrate with the top industry solutions, and we are proud to partner with Calipsa,” said The New DICE Corporation Co-President Avi Lupo. “We spoke with many Calipsa customers who are very happy with Calipsa but were looking for a seamless integration with Matrix Interactive to take advantage of its advanced video features and services, in addition to the Calipsa analytics.” 

For more information on the New DICE and Matrix Interactive, visit or call 989-891-2800. For more information on Calipsa, visit or call 202-643-5573.

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