Showing posts with label Security. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Security. Show all posts

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Vector Flow Ushers in New Era of Data-Driven Physical Security Automation and Intelligence


Vector Flow Ushers in New Era of Data-Driven Physical Security Automation and Intelligence | #TpromoCom | Industry’s First AI-Powered Platform Automates Key Physical Security Processes (lrg) https://bit.ly/389IwLH

In its formal debut to the physical and cyber-physical security market today, Vector Flow launches the industry’s first AI-powered, data-centric Physical Security Automation Platform and also announces its Series A funding of $9.2M from Silicon Valley’s premium venture firms, led by Mayfield Fund with participation from Foundation Capital. Vector Flow’s security platform derives intelligence from physical security data by creating domain specific AI and data-centric models to automate major security functions related to Physical Identity and Access Operations, SOC Automation and Cyber-Physical Security defense.

“As a people first investor, I was impressed by the innovation and rigor that repeat entrepreneurs Ajay and Vik brought to solving the physical cyber security problem for enterprises,” said Navin Chaddha, Mayfield Managing Director and Vector Flow board member. “By delivering the industry’s first AI-powered physical security automation platform, Vector Flow is solving a big and critical problem, that is protecting CEOs from personal liability for cyber-physical security incidents, something that Gartner has predicted could affect 75% of CEOs by 2024. I look forward to watching Vector Flow grow into a leader who delivers ROI and peace of mind to enterprises.”

“Vector Flow fills a tremendous void in the physical and cyber-physical security space with the industry’s first powerful and innovative AI-enabled platform that aggregates both structured and unstructured data from myriad systems, devices, logs, and journals. The platform performs real-time analysis to detect anomalies, trends and KPIs, and provides actionable insights, automated remedies and processes,” said Ajay Jain, President & CEO of Vector Flow, Inc. “Physical security industry is plagued with legacy disjointed applications, independent hardware, data stores and custom scripts that work in silo creating inefficiencies and security gaps. A benchmark in data-driven security intelligence, the Vector Flow platform enables new levels of automation driving operational efficiencies and significantly reducing corporate risks and costs. In the post pandemic era, the current human-laden physical security world will quickly adopt digital transformation, touchless, and autonomous operations to rely on data to streamline operational processes and fill security gaps.”

The Vector Flow platform is built on a foundation of advanced AI algorithms capable of processing and analyzing vast amounts of data from otherwise disparate security systems, data stores and input devices. The platform comes with application designer studio and a workbench which can be used by the customer and the systems integrator partner to extend any application running on the Vector Flow platform or to create a completely new application utilizing the platform’s machine learning (ML) framework and designer tools without writing any code. This functionality extends the usefulness of any application as business processes change.

Three categories of solutions run on the new Vector Flow platform:

1. Physical Workforce Identity Access Management (PIAM) which streamlines identity on/off boarding processes, physical access provisioning, access audits, compliance to regulations and risks analysis. Applications include:
  • Unification of Identities, Access and Badges
  • Intelligent Access Provisioning: Enforcing Right ID and Right Access
  • Perpetual Audit and Remediation for 24/7 Compliance
  • Mobile Self-Service for Employees and Partners
  • Real-time Identity Risks and Prescriptions
  • Real-time Building Occupancy Management & Prediction
  • Adaptive Policies for Emergency/Pandemic Access Management

2. Physical Security Operation Center (SOC) Automation which employs deep AI based automation for SOC operations and autonomous alarm reduction and reporting, along with multiple functions to optimize overall operations. Applications include:
  • False Alarm Reduction
  • Unlimited Device Monitoring and Automated Optimization
  • Auto Detection of Faulty Devices
  • Configuration Automation
  • Intelligent SOC Virtual Assistants using Machine Learning Playbooks
3. Cyber-Physical Security which performs an audit of physical security as it relates to cyber defense. For example, it enforces “defense in depth” concepts using advanced AI models to detect vulnerabilities related to critical infrastructure, like the data centers or laboratory doors. It also manages the vulnerabilities of the IoT devices in the physical security and building automation world to prevent cyber surface attacks. Vector Flow’s transformative technology not only will help in automating critical functions of physical security but also provide defense against cyber-physical attacks with an extra layer of security. This category of applications will be available in 2022. Applications include:
  • Cyber-Physical Security Defense
  • Insider Threats / Breach Detection
  • Auto Detection of IoT Device Vulnerabilities
The Vector Flow Platform is comprised of an application design studio and a workbench to build applications utilizing Vector Flow’s integrated data lake and ML framework. It comes with visual rules configurator, playbook designer and forms designer to help customers easily extend business applications or write new applications as their business processes change. The runtime edition of the platform is available now. The developer edition of the platform will be available in 2022.

Vector Flow is already onboarding several significant customers. This includes a global  telecommunications provider with over 450,000 identities which replaced legacy PIAM application with Vector Flow’s AI-enabled Physical Identity Lifecycle application. The unique Vector Flow solution promises to save millions of dollars in direct costs over the course of the contract while increasing overall security operations productivity, compliance to regulations and delivering valuable service to the enterprise. In another example, a top Research and Pharmaceutical company, focused on anti-viral drugs and treatments, deployed Vector Flow’s AI-enabled Alarm Reduction Application to reduce
their false / nuisance alarm counts and to streamline the SOC functions by establishing and measuring the KPIs across all SOCs. In another example, a prominent networking products company reduced their false / nuisance alarm counts by over 80% in few months without any human touch or masking of any alarms. Return on Investment was achieved within months. The SOC alarm fatigue was also removed for this customer and SOC operations was streamlined with increased productivity and visibility across
the globe.

For more information, visit the new Vector Flow website: https://vectorflow.com/





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Monday, February 22, 2021

Industry Pros Talk High Security For Cannabis Industry


Industry Pros Talk High Security For Cannabis Industry | #TpromoCom #AlarmCom #Webinar #Security #Event | Jake Voll, president of SS&Si Dealer Network, and Tyler Kockler with Alarm.com have teamed up to present a panel discussion on leveraging 'Alarm.com for Business' to provide a bundled security, video, and access control solution for the cannabis industry. http://bit.ly/2Nt4fH2

The next significant trend in physical security centers on the protection of cannabis dispensaries throughout the United States. According to a market report, published by Reportlinker, the cannabis market is expected to reach USD $104.9 Billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 15.5 percent over the same time period. Given the monetary value of cannabis products, Security Dealers and Integrators across the nation should find this segment of the security market profitable.

Voll and Kockler have invited two top security integrators who have been extremely successful providing security solutions to the cannabis industry to share their experience and expertise in this lucrative segment of the security market.

"The cannabis industry in New England is rightly regulated, and American Alarm and Communications Inc. has earned an excellent reputation as the experts in security for cannabis grows and dispensaries," says Andy Klein, integrated systems consultant with American Alarm.

Halfway across the country, Alcom Security has successfully tapped into Oklahoma's cannabis industry network to secure numerous facilities throughout the state.

"We're excited to share our expertise with other firms in our industry. While we intend to remain the foremost experts on security for cannabis facilities in Oklahoma, we recognize that the opportunity to support the industry extends well beyond our service area," says Taylor McKinney, operations manager with Alcom.

Both Alcom Security and American Alarm and Communications Inc. leverage the 'Alarm.com for Business' platform in order to win commercial accounts outside of the cannabis industry. Business owners and managers enjoy the convenience of a single platform on which to manage their security, access, and video.

"Tyler and I are happy to collaborate in order to educate dealers on the opportunities found in the cannabis industry," says SS&Si's Jake Voll. "We appreciate the tremendous support from the Alarm.com team and we're excited to see continued and mutual growth as we focus on commercial security solutions for our shared dealer partners."

To register for 'High Security: Cannabis Round Table,' which takes place on Feb 24, 2021 1:00 PM EST, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1486049751134279179. Those unable to attend should register now to view a recorded version of the round table discussion after this date. 



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Friday, February 19, 2021

Americans surveyed say touchless physical security measures will make them feel safer


Americans surveyed say touchless physical security measures will make them feel safer | #TpromoCom | Grappling with risks prompted by #COVID19 and escalating #violence, Americans prefer modern, touchless #security screening systems over legacy metal detectors. (Security) http://bit.ly/2Zu8i8D

They expect their schools, workplaces and ticketed venues to ensure social distancing and would abandon their plans rather than enter a facility with crowded security lines, according to insights released by Evolv Technology based on a survey conducted by The Harris Poll. 

The survey was conducted online with more than 1,500 American adults who have a personal stake in the security screening experience: consumers who attended ticketed events in 2019 (n=506), parents of school-aged children (n=712), and workers at large factories, warehouses and distribution centers (n=504). (read more)





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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Ackerman Security becomes ADT dealer



Ackerman Security becomes ADT dealer | #Verdafero #RMR #Business | Atlanta-based residential #integrator sells half of its accounts to #ADT (Security InfoWatch) https://bit.ly/2MY6i5N

The nearly 50-year-old security company joins more than 200 independently owned and operated ADT Authorized Dealers and expands ADT’s reach in Georgia, Virginia and Maryland.

“The partnership will give us access to significant additional resources and allow us to expand the services we provide to customers, including the latest innovations in smart home security,” Ackerman president Rich Perry said in a statement.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

SS&Si Dealer Network Appointed Distributor of Genesis Cable Products

SS&Si Dealer Network Appointed Distributor of Genesis Cable Products | #TpromoCom #Cable #Distribution #Security | Deltona, FL, January 27, 2021 – SS&Si Dealer Network, one of the fastest growing low-voltage products distributor in North America, was recently appointed as a distributor of Genesis Cable of Pleasant Prairie, WI. Genesis Cable offers a full complement of low-voltage cable for Integrators and alarm dealers. https://bit.ly/2YAqX22

With branch locations in Florida and Alabama, the primary focus of SS&Si is intrusion products to its more than 700 dealer partners nationwide. Part of SS&Si's strategic growth plan is to expand its product offerings and branch footprint in 2021.

"We're excited about this big announcement and what it means for our business, our growth, and most importantly, our dealer partners," says Jake Voll, SS&Si's CEO. "As we sell deeper across product categories and product lines, we'll capture a higher percentage of our dealer partners' overall spend. And with two, and soon to be three branch locations, we expect to see tremendous growth this year, as we did in 2020."

Every Intrusion alarm, access control system, video surveillance install, and low-voltage AV project typically begins with cable. SS&Si stocks all the wire you'll ever need, especially Genesis Cable products. To place an order or get a FAST quote, call 866-364-0030, option 1. You can also shop online at shop.ssandsi.com

About SS&Si Dealer Network of Deltona, FL

SS&Si Dealer Network is an independent distribution company that specializes in security, smart home, and low-voltage products. The firm also provides dealer partners resources in the form of marketing support, exclusive vendor programs, and access to capital. Founded in 2010, SS&Si has a raving fan base of dealers throughout the U.S. and a strong social media presence. Under Jake Voll’s leadership, the SS&Si team grew sales more than 75 percent in 2020.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning – but says it won't have any access to biometric data

WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning – but says it won't have any access to biometric data (image)

WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning – but says it won't have any access to biometric data | #TpromoCom | WhatsApp announced the new feature on Thursday, which it described as an extra layer of security for its WhatsApp Web and Desktop services (). http://bit.ly/3oFwTS9

At the moment, to use WhatsApp Web or Desktop users have to link it up to their phone account by scanning a QR code. This new feature would add biometric login to compatible devices as an optional extra layer of security.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

SSI: ESA Becomes the Sole Owner of Electronic Security Expo

#ESA Becomes the Sole Owner of Electronic Security Expo | #TpromoCom #Events | #ESX had been put on in partnership between ESA and The Monitoring Association since its inception in 2008. (SSI) http://bit.ly/39XALIv

DALLAS — The Electronic Security Association (ESA) announces it has acquired full ownership of the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) from The Monitoring Association (TMA).

“While it has certainly been a tough year for in-person events, the Electronic Security Association sees the value that the Electronic Security Expo delivers each year to the pro-installed electronic security and life safety industry,” says ESA President Jamie Vos. 

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Healthcare's New Normal

#Healthcare's New Normal | #TpromoCom #NewNormal #Technology #COVID19
| Integrators and end-users have pivoted with the times as security work must go on despite COVID restrictions (securityinfowatch.com) http://bit.ly/2XL9kvW

Providing security in a healthcare setting has often been called diverse and complex – this type of environment presents numerous challenges to security systems integrators due to patient privacy concerns, the need to constantly maintain a clean workspace environment, and also because hospitals are open 365 days a year.

COVID-19 has made this environment even more complicated, as healthcare security directors shift gears to address the security issues immediately in front of them – ensuring patients, staff and contractors are safe to enter the premises, implementing measures to support a touchless environment, and leveraging existing technologies to patrol areas and support contact tracing.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Average number of networked cameras among device owners increases to 3.4 from 1.9 in 2018


Average number of networked cameras among device owners increases to 3.4 from 1.9 in 2018 
| #TpromoCom #Event #VideoSurveillance #Cameras | ADT, Alarm.com, Yonomi, Nice, Notion, Brinks Home Security, and SimpliSafe to share insights on smart home and home security at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES http://bit.ly/3nmLuRs

Parks Associates’ new Smart Product Market Assessment research finds US broadband households with networked cameras now own on average 3.4 of these devices, a rapid increase from less than two devices in early 2018. Additionally, over one-third of those who bought a smart video doorbell in the past 12 months are first-time buyers. The firm will host the 15th annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit: Smart Home Growth Strategies virtually on January 14, in cooperation with CES® 2021, featuring executives from ADT, Alarm.com, Brinks Home Security, Nice, Notion, SimpliSafe, and Yonomi.

“Households with smart home devices continue to purchase additional devices, driving growth as they embrace DIY options and seek to protect multiple access points and locations in their home,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “Companies can maximize their approach in this market by attracting new buyers while also developing and marketing features and use cases that address multidevice ownership.”

CONNECTIONS™ Summit, sponsored by Alarm.com, AmTrust Financial Services, and Airties, features sessions on smart home technology and services, connected health, data privacy, value-added services, and home security. Parks Associates analysts and industry executives will explore the impact as work, school, and entertainment use cases increase demand on smart home functionality and capabilities. Speakers will also discuss new consumer behaviors in DIY and new opportunities emerging as households adopt and integrate multiple connected devices.

The virtual sessions Smart Home Platforms: Simplifying the Experience, 10 am CT on Thursday, January 14, and Home Security Growth: DIY and Pro Channels, 1 pm CT, explore the user experience and the changing business models for smart home and home security solutions.

Speakers:

Anne Ferguson, VP, Marketing, Alarm.com

Raya Sevilla, SVP Information Technology, ADT

Sumati Stewart, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Yonomi

Mark Owen Burson, VP Marketing & Product Management, Nice North America

Brett Jurgens, CEO and Co-Founder, Notion, a Comcast Company 

Min Kang, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security  

Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe  

Parks Associates surveys 10,000 US broadband households each quarter, providing a rich data set with trending for at least five years. The firm will feature its market insights and consumer data during the webinars and virtual conferences throughout 2021. 

For more information, visit www.connectionssummit.com. To speak with an analyst or to request research, contact Rosey Ulpino at rosey@parksassociates.com, 972.996.0233.




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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

FLIR Systems to Be Acquired by Teledyne for $8B


FLIR Systems to Be Acquired by Teledyne for $8B
 
| #TpromoCom #Flir #Acquisition #Business | FLIR’s CEO says together the companies will “offer a uniquely complementary end-to-end portfolio of sensory technologies for all key domains and applications.” (securitysales.com) http://bit.ly/3nh6WYb
Under the terms of the agreement, FLIR stockholders will receive $28.00 per share in cash and 0.0718 shares of Teledyne common stock for each FLIR share, which implies a total purchase price of $56.00 per FLIR share based on Teledyne’s 5-day volume weighted average price as of Dec. 31, 2020.
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Monday, January 4, 2021

AI – Artificial Intelligence for Security & Criminology-Risk besides Investigation


AI – Artificial Intelligence for Security & Criminology-Risk besides Investigation | #TpromoCom #HIM #AI #eBook | 
The Security Industry are already using some form of AI in various forms, such as video analytics, alarm monitoring, tracking devices, incident reporting or crime and investigation management systems that are possibly connected to technology of sorts. It now can contribute towards protocols for using technology and the manpower involved in the AI machine learning or automated actioning system.

The great thing about the security, criminology risk sector is that crime is in all industry sectors and professions. This means that the critical thinking practitioner will be able to contribute towards any other sector when it comes does down to AI.

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