Homeland Security

Stepping Up Large-Scale Security

December 1, 2006 By: Barbara G. Goode, Sensors Sensors


New developments are advancing security capabilities for large facilities. For example, Vidient Systems, developer of intelligent video surveillance and analysis software, is partnering with Intergraph Corp., provider of spatial information management software, to integrate Vidient SmartCatch with Intergraph's integrated command-and-control system. The partners plan to enable public security personnel with a single, simplified visual security picture of their entire facility, including perimeters and access points. The integrated solution provides incident command, spatial awareness, advanced behavior recognition, and incident management. This new capability promises real-time detection of security breaches, accelerated response times to incidents, and streamlined coordination and management among the full range of safety and security agencies involved. (www.sensorsmag.com/1206/SCsec1)



Along similar lines, Siemens Building Technologies has acquired VistaScape Security Systems, developer of automated video analytic technology designed to protect critical structures (e.g., airports) from an array of threats. The deal promises to substantially expand VistaScape's potential. "VistaScape provides a platform to deliver integrated surveillance applications that enhance the value and effectiveness of the entire security infrastructure. This is a core enabling technology for security integrators globally," says Jens Michael Wegmann of Siemens. (www.sensorsmag.com/1206/SCsec2)


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