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The Great Conversation: A Study of Leadership and Community

Posted on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

They came from many markets such as technology, energy, aerospace, transportation, healthcare, education, and government. They came from many locations in the United States such as Texas, California, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. And they came from as far away as Canada, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Mt. Rainier etched the skyline to the south, the Cascades to the east, and the Olympics to the west – welcoming leaders in the risk, resilience, and security industry. They sought insights into leadership, program management, and metrics, and an approach to technology that would accelerate their path to value.

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Tags: Next Generation Security Leader Program, The Great Conversation in Seattle 2015

Migrating From Analog to IP Video

Posted on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Is your legacy analog video security system reaching the end of its life? Some companies have been hesitant to make the leap to IP-based video, while other companies continue to look for the most cost-effective solutions to utilize existing infrastructures and maximize their surveillance investment while also adding new IP cameras. Meanwhile, the benefits of switching analog cameras and aging DVR systems to IP-based surveillance systems and network video recorders (NVRs) continue to grow.

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Tags: The Great Conversation, Next Generation Security Leader Program, Exacq, IP-based Video, Network Video Recorders, Analog Video Security System

Mission-Critical Security Protects Huge Petrochemical Plant

Posted on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Petroleos Mexicanos, more commonly known as Pemex, is the biggest enterprise in Mexico and one of the largest companies in Latin America. Pemex transports and distributes natural gas, liquid hydrocarbons (such as liquefied petroleum gas), and basic petrochemicals including ethane, natural gas, and sulfur. According to the company website, from exploration to distribution, Pemex is among the few oil companies in the world that performs all the petrochemical and gas production processes.

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Tags: The Great Conversation, Next Generation Security Leader Program, safety, video surveillance, Pemex, pipelines, explosion-proof integrated camera systems, oil & gas

How Security Technology Can Help Address City-Wide Challenges

Posted on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

Securing a city doesn't come without challenges. A city typically encompasses many diverse organizations and businesses, which all revolve around the people that live, work, and play within its borders. Ensuring community safety, deterring crime, and effectively handling threats requires many levels of involvement and many facets for consideration.

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Tags: The Sage Group, The Great Conversation, Next Generation Security Leader Program, surveillance system, NGSL, Genetec, cloud-based solutions, TGC

Next Generation Security Leader III

Posted on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

Calculating and Communicating the Total Value of Security Risk Mitigation

I am really excited about our Next Generation Security Leader III Program that reconvenes with The Great Conversation in Seattle on March 2 and 3, 2015. Arguably the best and the brightest in our all-hazard, risk mitigation community, gather once more for the latest collective knowledge and professional leadership development opportunity for navigating evolving global risk, forces of change, solution innovations, and compliance. The NGSL III thematic call to action – Calculating and Communicating the Total Value of Security Risk Mitigation – is required more than ever for influencing stakeholder investment, confidence, and resilience.

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Tags: Security Executive Council, The Great Conversation, Leadership event, Next Generation Security Leader Program, risk mitigation

Full A/V System Solution for 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium

Posted on Thu, Feb 05, 2015

The San Francisco 49ers kicked off the 2014 NFL season in its new home, Levi’s® Stadium, with fans treated to a high-tech, high-definition, and networked game-day experience.

Levi’s® Stadium is the latest – and one of the largest – high-profile sports projects for Sony Electronics’ Solutions Development & Integration group. Sony led the design and installation of the stadium’s entire video production system, which includes large-scale LED displays and a specialized replay room. The professional equipment in the Santa Clara, CA, stadium includes six F55 4K cameras for game capture, the MVS-7000 series production switcher and more than 2,200 LCD displays in sizes ranging from 40 inches in HD resolution to 85 inches in 4K.

The stadium’s opening was the key step in Sony’s partnership with Levi’s® Stadium and the San Francisco 49ers, announced in December 2012 and covering a range of Sony’s professional and consumer products used throughout the stadium.

“Sony’s experience in professional products, consumer electronics, and entertainment will make the 49ers Museum and Levi’s® Stadium ‘must stop’ destinations for fans and guests of all ages,” said 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York.

“Our organization is really excited over the potential of this tremendous collaboration with Sony,” said Robert Alberino, Jr., Vice President and Executive Producer for the San Francisco 49ers. “The key for us was to do some pretty fabulous things here in Santa Clara, things that other professional teams are not doing. We set out to accomplish a huge task: producing and directing not only the stadium show, but all our social media content, our website content and our full game-day broadcasts – all at the same high level of quality with the same gear.”

The Solutions Development & Integration group managed the integration of the Replay Control Room system, while Sony Electronics worked closely with WJHW for consulting and design services and with Diversified Systems (DSI) as the system integrator.

A unique feature of the 49ers’ new A/V system installation is the team’s ability to shoot game footage and deliver it live or via replay servers to the two large-scale LED displays or mobile devices almost instantaneously. Another project component feature is the stadium’s readiness to adopt 4K production.

The live show is initially being produced in HD, but the 4K acquisition capabilities provide the basis for future 4K production and post-production upgrades.

“That’s why we’re using the F55s across all our platforms,” Alberino said, “capturing at the highest resolution and then deriving superb HD from that content for whatever we need. We want to be able to shoot for years and years and archive this footage and really extrapolate the best that 4K can offer. We’re already putting out amazing footage that has incredible shelf life for the next decade and we have just a tremendous comfort zone with the F55s. We made the entire stadium show an F55 show which will be driven by this camera and it will allow us to have tremendous flexibility.”

Several of Sony’s security cameras are also used in the facility’s video surveillance systems. Levi’s® Stadium is using about 200 cameras throughout the stadium, 12 on the side of the stadium and for the practice facility building, and their hemispheric view 360-degree cameras inside the workout facility. About 70 additional cameras monitor parking areas, the stadium retail space, and ticket scanner stations and entrances.

“The 49ers technical leadership team, being veterans of a few of the most successful Silicon Valley startups, have very high expectations for agility in the development and delivery of the solution,” said Steve Young, director of Sony’s Solutions Development & Integration group. “Their vision for an advanced ‘content everywhere’ interactive network in the stadium drove us to quickly develop features and custom interfaces to realize their vision within the short timeframe of the project.”

The custom features that were developed for live production and content distribution throughout Levi’s® Stadium can also be applied to other major sports venues and Young noted they are currently working to develop similar systems for other venues.

“This is a terrific partnership with Sony and we didn’t realize just how much they shared in our vision until we started meeting with their team,” Alberino said. “They really helped us to become what we expect to become – a full-service production team. Again, not very many pro teams are doing this. Others might have somebody who just works their boards, somebody who works their websites, and somebody who works in their production department. For us, it’s one team across the board. Sony had the resources and expertise to put together a plan that matched how we work. Their innovation and creativity is going to make this stadium an unbelievable experience.


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Tags: The Great Conversation, Leadership event, Next Generation Security Leader Program, HD security cameras, Sony, Levi’s® Stadium, Video Production System

The 'Total Cost of Ownership' Concept in Entrance Control

Posted on Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Proposing a scorecard to redefine the investment and total cost of ownership of entrance controls

Many security equipment projects go “out to bid” in order to help ensure fair pricing for security equipment buyers. Sometimes an RFP/RFQ is generated to solicit bids or quotes on a project. These RFP’s/RFQ’s may come from a professional security consulting engineer or simply from an end user looking to get the best bang for his buck. The danger, however, is that competitive bid situations can actually lead to higher costs to buyers when cheaper, less quality-built products that are offered in the proposals turn out to cost a great deal more in the long term. Sometimes financially strained integrators or manufacturers will “throw a low price together” in order to win the project at very low margins, thereby making their financial situation even worse. Then they will try to make up the lost margin by using cheaper components, unqualified installation labor, or by skipping critical steps in either the manufacture, installation, or integration.

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Tags: Next Generation Security Leader, The Great Conversation, Security, NGSL, entrance control, Automatic Systems

Going Beyond Video Surveillance to Create More Value

Posted on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Known as Music City USA, Nashville attracts artists from nearly every genre of music and from all corners of the globe. The community boasts approximately 200 recording studios as well as the supporting spinoff industries such as record companies, booking agencies, publishing companies, trade publications, and so on.

Housed in a renovated 1930’s manor house situated on a 32-acre estate just south of the city, The Castle is the most innovative and successful recording studio in the area and one of the most recognized in the world. More than 450 Gold and Platinum artists representing Rock, Pop, Country, R&B and Gospel have recorded here, citing the serenity of the 34-acre surroundings as creative and inspirational. Many are also reported to have found that the original rock structure and hardwood interiors brought out a warm rich sound in their recordings.

Beyond Video Surveillance

In addition to the high tech digital recording capabilities, laid-back environment, and pleasing acoustics, what sets The Castle apart from other recording studios is their creative and innovative use of video to bring fans around the world closer to their artists and music. The facility has leveraged their installation of Samsung HD quality cameras, typically used for video surveillance applications, for a range of savvy marketing, promotions, and documentary events.

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Tags: The Great Conversation, Leadership event, NGSL, Samsung, HD security cameras, The Castle

IP Security Device – Health and Monitoring

Posted on Thu, Jan 22, 2015

“Bad news boss, the supply yard was broken into in Mississauga last night. Looks like that big shipment of copper wire is gone.”

Eyebrows raised, the reply was sharp and swift, “ALL of it?”

“All of it. Before you ask, the yard manager is putting together the numbers, but it looks like it was around $85K. They had just received a replenishment shipment for the territory.”

“Well, at least we should have some decent video at that site. The cameras were upgraded, what, a year ago? We should get some good images of the perps?”

Having already attempted to retrieve video from the site, the security operations center employee braced himself for the impending deluge, already cringing. The investigation had ground to a halt before it had even started and he wasn’t looking forward to being the bearer of bad news: multiple hard drive failures in the on-site NVR had rendered the site without recorded video for several weeks, yet nobody had known. “Well, there’s a problem…”

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Tags: The Great Conversation, Security, Leadership event, NGSL, Monitoring

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Access Control Solutions: Unraveling the Truth

Posted on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

By Garrett Lovejoy, Senior Product Manager, Electronic Access Control ASSA ABLOY Americas

Thanks to rapid advances in technology and the deployment of structured cabling with power, in many buildings, many facets of access control can now be managed over an IP network using Power over Ethernet, or PoE.

While it’s important for you to strongly consider PoE solutions, it’s equally important to recognize that not all PoE solutions are created equally.

Recognizing the differences enables you to advocate on your customers’ behalf accordingly.

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Tags: The Great Conversation, assa abloy, Access Control, NGSL