Security News » Regional news http://www.securitynewsdesk.com Security News, Publishing, Products and more... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:29:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Interactive Motion Simplifies Neurorehabilitation Robots Worldwide http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/18/interactive-motion-simplifies-operation-of-neurorehabilitation-robots-worldwide/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/18/interactive-motion-simplifies-operation-of-neurorehabilitation-robots-worldwide/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:06:46 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45603 Opengear aiding scientists’ work with stroke patients by providing instant out-of-band access to dispersed robots.

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Neurorehabilitation robotsOpengear aiding scientists’ work with stroke patients by providing instant out-of-band access to dispersed robots

Opengear, a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products, today announced that Interactive Motion Technologies has successfully deployed Opengear’s remote management gateways to each of its internationally-located InMotion neurorehabilitation robots. Using Opengear’s solution, Interactive Motion has been able to perform remote maintenance of robots in hospitals all over the world from the company’s headquarters in Boston.

The results of using Opengear’s cellular-connected remote management have been transformative: service calls can now be completed from the Boston office, and minor robot updates no longer require a tech to travel and be on-site, rendering what had been huge cost and time expenditures associated with travel for minor updates unnecessary. Interactive Motion is currently investigating additional opportunities to integrate Opengear’s solution as a part of their product.

Interactive Motion selected the Opengear ACM5004-G-E for maintaining the systems of InMotion robots worldwide via secure cellular out-of-band connections. InMotion robots have been at use in hospitals around the world for over a decade, with some models still running on legacy versions of Ubuntu or Red Hat Linux. These systems are not on the Internet or even local Ethernets, are out of date with security patches, and cannot be connected to hospital networks. Because the connection Opengear uses is not Internet-based but done via cellular out-of-band – and because Opengear’s gateway provides secure tunneling – the security of the older systems in use is protected. Additionally, the value added by a low cost gateway and $20/month cell service means Opengear’s solution easily pays for itself by saving technician time and travel costs.

“It’s exciting to see Opengear technology deployed in a way that not only saves a business time and money, but also gets to play a role in helping rehabilitate stroke patients via the extraordinary InMotion robot,” said Todd Rychecky, VP Sales Americas, Opengear. “On the business side, the trouble and costs of traveling internationally for trivial maintenance issues are exactly the kind of burden our cellular out-of-band gateways with secure tunneling are designed to solve. All Interactive Motion had to do was ship the gateways with instructions to plug them in. Now, the ACM5004-G-E makes it so their technicians can access the robots from home, and they’re doing nine out of every ten service calls with no travel required.”

InMotion robot-assisted therapy helps moderate to severe stroke patients reacquire and improve motor skills in impaired upper limbs. Leveraging the brain’s incredible neuroplasticity, an InMotion robot will guide a patient’s arm through a range of motions, assisting the movements as needed. These motions cause the brain to rewire its neurons, and relearn how to control the body. The robot takes the patient’s own movements as feedback, tapering off its assistance as the patient’s brain learns and regains motor control. In this way, InMotion robots take patients from an utterly passive role to an active role, so that by the end of therapy the robot is adding zero assistance.

In the practice of ensuring that these robots stayed fully functional, maintenance issues would arise. Hard drives would fail, or researchers would ask for new customized features. To maintain these systems, technicians would travel out to the sites. In some cases, this meant a $5,000+ expense and overseas travel to delete a single character in a code string: a simple three-minute job if they had remote access. Now with Opengear, they do.

“We call the Opengear product ‘a @#$*ing miracle!’” said Dr. Daniel M. Drucker, Scientist at Interactive Motion. “It feels like magic. The idea that I have this robot I’ve helped to make, and I expected I’d never be able to connect to again unless I traveled to where it is and typed on the console; suddenly I’m able to take this box, ship it and have them plug it in. And now I’m here in Boston, type a couple commands, and a minute later I’m connected and able to issue commands on this robot. And it’s going over the global cell network.”

For Interactive Motion and the hospitals and patients using their robots, Opengear’s remote management solution improves operational efficiency and reduces mean time to repair. Rapid robot repairs mean patients are not left waiting. Researchers asking for special experiments and features can have those delivered quickly and remotely. Technical staff can better invest their time where it’s most valuable: developing technology to serve patients.

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LAX Extends Incident Management to Field Operations with NICE http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/15/lax-extends-incident-management-field-operations-nice/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/15/lax-extends-incident-management-field-operations-nice/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:01:48 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45579 NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation today announced that they are helping Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field.

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nice solutionsNICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation today announced that they are helping Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field. The airport deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information System (EGIS) Web application, which enables field personnel to view on their tablets all open security and operational incidents in Situator and log new incidents. This creates a shared environment for managing incidents, leading to better collaboration between teams, increased situational awareness for all operators and more-effective responses.

The Web application uses the sophisticated geospatial and mapping capabilities of Esri’s ArcGIS Server to provide customized, layered views of airport buildings, property and infrastructure. All relevant incident stakeholders can visualize the same incident on a map and engage in interactive dialogue via the comments log. They can also share response plans, like an evacuation route, by drawing on the map, annotating it and saving it to the system.

The Web application will also help field operators more efficiently manage day-to-day tasks, such as Federal Aviation Administration-mandated Part 139 airfield inspections. Under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, United States commercial service airports are required to conduct various assessments of each runway; examine pavement markings, lighting, signs and safety areas; and oversee ground vehicle operations. If an issue arises, field operators can easily create a new incident on their mobile devices, which is resolved through Situator’s workflows and recorded for compliance purposes.

Part of the Los Angeles World Airports, LAX has been using NICE Situator since 2011 to integrate information from various security and operational systems, like video surveillance, CCTV and access control, as well as to generate automated, adaptive response plans. With the Web application, first responders and field operations personnel receive all information from Situator in real time. They can immediately pull up assets in an impact zone – for instance, a video camera within 100 feet of the incident – or use the application’s robust search engine to search for nearby geospatial assets, like the exits closest to an incident location. They can also create new incidents, manage ongoing ones and complete specific tasks assigned to them, reducing reliance on radio communications and enhancing compliance.

Dominic Nessi, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Information Officer at Los Angeles World Airports

“The NICE-AECOM solution is allowing us to transform the way we manage safety, security, and operations at LAX. Based on our ongoing success with NICE Situator, we sought a way to apply these capabilities to our field operations. Now, not only are we able to maximize the use of our existing PSIM, situation management and GIS technologies, we are strengthening our entire security and operations apparatus.”

Kevin Carlson, Vice President, Aviation Systems, AECOM

“We are excited to partner with NICE to bring this unique solution to LAX, and to help fulfill the airport’s vision for real-time interactive dialogue and collaboration. By combining an airport’s EGIS infrastructure with an enterprise situation management platform, organizations can leverage geospatial information for more effective collaboration in support of both daily operations and emergency response.”

Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE Security Group

“Extending the reach of NICE Situator into the field significantly augments security operations. In a dynamic airport environment like LAX, it is critical to maintain a direct line of communication between multiple users by providing situation management capabilities both inside and outside of the control room. This model for mobile situation management demonstrates NICE’s leadership and technology innovation, which can be tailored to the needs of other airports and industries as well.”

NICE’s security solutions help organizations capture, analyze and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations, and make the world a safer place. The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recognizing trends. NICE Security solutions are used by thousands of customers worldwide, including transportation systems, critical infrastructure, city centers, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

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FAAST Aspiration System Goes Nuclear http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/13/faast-aspiration-system-goes-nuclear/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/13/faast-aspiration-system-goes-nuclear/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:53:27 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45542 Honeywell’s FAAST is the first aspiration detection system to be approved by one of Europe’s leading nuclear power plant (NPP) operators for installation in their facilities’ most demanding locations, the reactor building.

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faastHoneywell’s FAAST is the first aspiration detection system to be approved by one of Europe’s leading nuclear power plant (NPP) operators for installation in their facilities’ most demanding locations, the reactor building.

Understandably, equipment installed in enterprise-critical locations in NPPs has to conform to extremely stringent specifications, requirements which have recently been significantly tightened in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. For the fire detection system, fast response and approaching 100% immunity to false alarms are the most critical operational requirements. Taking a single reactor off line for a day can cost upwards of €2m in lost output, even before the additional costs of powering down and re-commissioning the reactor core are considered.

FAAST devices were subjected to nine extended extreme environmental tests covering vibration, temperature and humidity – achieving a 100% pass rate.

  • Seismic testing to Richter Scale 9
  • High frequency vibration testing
  • Extreme temperature test at +65 °C and -28 °C
  • Rapid temperature changes fluctuating from -25°C to +70°C
  • Dry heat endurance at +70 °C
  • Damp heat endurance at +70 °C with 95% condensing humidity
  • Cold test, -25 °C
  • Radiation test, exposure up to 140 Gray
  • Multiple power up/power down

David Coffinet, Honeywell Life Safety’s Project Manager, commented, “Honeywell has a great deal of experience in nuclear facilities. Having FAAST in our portfolio has extended our ability to offer a robust fire detection solution that can withstand some of the toughest environmental challenges in one of the most regulated industries. The tests were extremely challenging and made even more so due to the impact of Fukushima so it’s a great testament to the device’s ability to stay in operation through any potential disaster.”

Gintare Budriunaite, System Sensor Marketing Manager, said, “FAAST is designed to deliver 100% business uptime and the earliest and most accurate fire detection. These tests are a great confirmation of FAAST’s endurance in even the most arduous conditions. The ability to prevent downtime in an industry where every lost minute of operation result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars, is critical and is where the value of the technology really comes to the fore. It is no surprise that power generation and large industrial facilities are key markets for FAAST.”

To see a video of the testing, visit www. http://www.faast-detection.com/downloads/seismic-testing-video

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Ebola – West Africa – A Global BioSecurity Risk http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/12/ebola-west-africa-a-global-biosecurity-risk/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/12/ebola-west-africa-a-global-biosecurity-risk/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:41:55 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45516 According to Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the world is currently facing “The biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history,” with at least four countries ...

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ebolaWritten by Rosi Kern

According to Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the world is currently facing “The biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history,” with at least four countries being affected by the deadly virus. Whereas the virus, whose outbreak first occurred in West Africa’s Guinea in March this year, initially only spread within West Africa (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria), the first European and North American victims were repatriated to their home countries last week to receive treatment. Furthermore, suspected Ebola cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia and Benin recently.

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that first emerged in 1976 in 55 villages near the headwaters of the Ebola River (Congo) after which the virus was named, killing 9 out of every 10 people it infected. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person or through body fluids (sweat, blood, coughs etc.) from an infected person. The disease manifests itself in the form of fever, diarrhoea and bleeding. There is neither a cure nor a vaccination against the disease with about 60%-90% of infected cases bound to die.

Even though Africa has witnessed several outbreaks since 1976, the current one exceeds the death toll of the previous ones by far and has been the first spreading across countries with devastating effects on the national infrastructure such as the economy, educational and health sectors, not even to mention the much needed FDI prospects of the countries at concern.

The health security situation is worsened by an apparent lack of trust by the local population in their own governments and medical staff. Warnings against the consumption and selling of bush meat for instance have largely fallen on deaf ears with an inherent belief of the local populations that Ebola either must be a myth or a scam on behalf of corrupt politicians to deprive them of their most basic needs and livelihoods. Furthermore, there is a great deal of self-denial regarding the disease either by the victims or their relatives putting more lives at risk.

In many cases victims refuse hospitalization opting for traditional healers instead. A lack of trust in hospitals or medical centres and their medical staff, which has contributed to the rapid spreading of the disease considerably, have been heightened by the white protective clothes worn by doctors and nurses that appear very alien to locals. Given that few of the victims admitted to hospitals make it back alive, the imposed quarantine that prohibits relatives from visiting the sick ones contradicting local customs, as well as medical staff contaminating the diseases in dozens of cases themselves while attending patients and dying in the process of it, has eroded confidence in the health sector further. As a result single incidents reported that relatives broke into quarantined wards to remove their sick relatives from hospitals forcefully.

To illustrate with an example, Sierra Leone declared an outbreak of Ebola on 24th May, 2014, which was diagnosed in the Kissi Teng Chiefdom in the Kailahun districts. It’s earliest victims included a traditional healer and a Health practitioner and since then, close to 620 patients have been diagnosed of the disease and more than 200 deaths have been confirmed.

Not long ago a young man was diagnosed of the infection in Kenema, but later left Kenema and travelled to Bo with his mother. After spending 3 days in Bo City, in a crowded compound, he was spotted and identified as a victim of Ebola on the run. As a result he fled to Freetown with his Mother. Whilst in Freetown, he was been treated by a nurse for typhoid Fever. Because of the duration of incubation, it is yet difficult to ascertain how many other people he has had contact with and that might have been contaminated the disease in either Bo or Freetown.

If not properly contained, West Africa risks reversing most of the recent development gains it has made in the area of health care, education and economy. Already most frontline health workers are in constant dread of treating patients, for fear that they may be carrying the Ebola virus, which they can pass on to them. Most nurses have stopped assisting pregnant women with delivery.

ebolaIn Liberia for example the entire health sector is on the verge of collapse with medical staff going on strike as well as hospitals and medical centres shutting down entirely thus leaving large chunks of the population without access to any health care. As a result Ebola inevitably will cause secondary deaths meaning death based on curable diseases such as flues, typhoid or malaria and else because of the lack of operating medical facilities.

With the declared ‘state of emergency’ in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia martial laws are partly in place that disable students from attending schools and universities. Furthermore, market places and large congregations have been prohibited temporarily leaving thousands of families without an income. Considering that international health experts and virologist assume that it will take several months to contain the virus, the effects of those measures upon the economy and education will be long lasting. West African countries, and Sierra Leone and Liberia in particular, already rank among the world’s least developed countries.

Consequently the risk of rising political instability in countries that are just about to recover from the consequences of brutal civil wars is significant. In Sierra Leone the government has tasked the military recently to entirely quarantine two districts in order to prevent anyone from going in or out to halt the spreading of the virus.

Though necessary to contain Ebola, it is precisely methods like this that serve as stark reminder of the dark days of the civil war for locals. A lack of trust in the government coupled with being cut of from vital water and food supplies due to the quarantine, the situation is bound to explode as time drags on. Unless governments manage to educate and sensitize affected communities about the necessity of these measures while ensuring their most basic needs (food and water) are taken care of sufficiently, the risk of civil unrest will grow by the day.

Despite significant business interactions between West African countries, that are often rich in natural resources, and the rest of the world, not to mention the presence of large Lebanese, British, Chinese and other expat communities, the international community’s response has been rather slow. Individual airlines such as British Airways recently decided to suspend flights to West Africa in response to Ebola. And with the first suspected Ebola victim having died in Saudi Arabia upon his return from a business trip in Sierra Leone, the government will not extend haj visas to Muslim pilgrims from West Africa until further notice.

Despite the World Heath Organization’s decision to step up its assistance to fight Ebola and to declare it as an international state of emergency in August as well as the US-government to deploy a team of 50 health experts to West Africa in order to contain the disease, local organizations in West Africa are increasingly growing desperate in light of the worsening Ebola disaster.

Containing the epidemic and preventing its spread not just within the affected countries but globally, is of crucial importance but so far has proven to to be very challenging due to a lack of awareness and education among the populations in West Africa. Hence, there is an urgent need to heighten education in each country.

Many NGOs are striving to improve education regarding this frightening outbreak but also to help the authorities and healthcare workers manage the outbreak. One such NGO working in Sierra Leone for the past 4 years is Unlimited Partnership (www.unlimitedpartnership.org) is keen to use its experience and skills to help improve the economic and educational lives of marginalized communities and thereby help reduce the further spreading of this deadly disease and others.

The Unlimited Partnership is working closely with a local partner, Caritas Sierra Leone (http://www.caritas.org/where-we-are/africa/sierra-leone/), whose health community works will implement the project on the ground. The project is attempting to raise awareness about Ebola especially among impoverished rural communities that have no access to Ebola education based on radio or TV documentaries and where no intervention has been taking place so far.

Additionally the project also includes the establishment of centres where the relatives of sick ones can seek counselling, support and advise. With this initiative Unlimited Partnership and Caritas seek to prevent the spreading of Ebola and to enhance health-seeking behaviour in rural and urban areas.

As always financial support is needed and donations to support the project can be made to the following bank account: Unlimited Partnership, Münchner Bank 
BIC GENODEF1M01 IBAN DE 27701900000001187430. Companies interested to support the initiative can get in touch for further information on info@unlimitedpartnership.org and be listed as a sponsor on the NGO’s website.

For more information, or to get in touch with Rosi Kern, please call +44 (0)1543 250456 or email pr@securitynewsdesk.com

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Increase in petro-piracy attacks leaving oil tankers vulnerable http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/08/increase-in-petro-piracy-attacks-leaving-oil-tankers-vulnerable/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/08/increase-in-petro-piracy-attacks-leaving-oil-tankers-vulnerable/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:18:02 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45483 A black market for fuel in West Africa & South East Asia has led to a spate of piracy attacks, prompting the IMB to issue a warning to all ships.

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MAS Team

A booming black market for fuel in West Africa and South East Asia has led to a spate of piracy attacks in the regions, prompting the IMB last month to issue a warning to all ships, but particularly small tankers, to maintain strict anti –piracy measures.

Piracy attacks are hitting the headlines on an all too frequent basis.  Just this month a Malaysian oil tanker in the Malacca Straits was attacked by pirates and had 2,500 metric tonnes of oil siphoned, becoming the 9th victim of a petro piracy attack since April.  This succession of attacks makes South East Asia the piracy hotspot for attacks this year so far, and raises grave concerns it could match the frequency of attacks experienced by Somalia at its height in 2011.

Authorities response times, or rather lack of, to piracy attacks in the region, and levels of violence; with a seafarer onboard a product tanker shot in the neck by a pirate just last month, means a passive anti – piracy deterrent is vital, both to safeguard seafarers and assets.

Marine Armor System manufacture, supply and install passive solutions against maritime piracy around the world, providing ballistic protection to the crew.  The system is fully patented and includes anti pirate blockades, bunkers and armored citadels or safe rooms onboard, protecting crew with a bulletproof barrier in case of pirate boarding.

As opposed to traditional means like steel plates or ballistic removable panels, MAS is an automatic system that will deploy in just a few seconds, providing a very efficient ballistic barrier that is suitable to block all possible access to the living quarters as well as for the creation of a citadel where the crew will muster and hide from pirates.

Edurne del Río of Marine Amour System says “Lower freeboards and speed of travel does leave Tankers vulnerable to piracy attacks, particularly in the current hot spots of West Africa and South East Asia. The current trend in petro –piracy highlights that security hardening solutions are not a luxury, but an essential part of seafaring. MAS is ideal to protect the bridge, preventing pirates gaining control of the tanker to take it away and transfer the oil to another vessel.   In HRA’s, MAS can form part of a layered defence system in tandem with armed guards, enabling them to focus on saving lives instead of securing each area door by door.”

MAS is manufactured using kriptonia, a high-quality material stronger than steel.  Exclusive to MAS, there are no other comparable products on the market; it is the only one with ballistic classification FB6 which stops military weapons.

MAS will be exhibiting at SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, which takes place in Hamburg 9-12th September. Visit MAS on stand 223 in Hall B8 to find out more about its products and services or alternatively visit http://www.marinearmorsystem.com or on twitter @MarineArmorS.

 

 

 

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Two rape victims sue American university over claims of security failures http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/07/two-rape-victims-sue-american-university-claims-security-failures/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/07/two-rape-victims-sue-american-university-claims-security-failures/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:56:51 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45466 Two women who were raped on an American university campus have filed lawsuits claiming that the university failed in its duty to provide adequate security.

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Two women who were raped on an American university campus have filed lawsuits claiming that the university failed in its duty to provide adequate security.

The two victims reported that they were robbed and raped at gunpoint on 5 December 2013 in university campus housing at Savannah State University, in the American state of Georgia. A suspect has been indicted and has been remanded in custody awaiting trial.

According to the lawsuit, the alleged assailant was captured on CCTV loitering around the victims’ apartment for 15 minutes after having climbed over a fence. The lawsuit says he was not observed, investigated or reported, nor were his victims warned: “On 12/5/13 [5 December 2013], no one was monitoring those or any other security cameras.”

The central claim of the lawsuit is that the university had a bad reputation for crime – it was rated second worst in the country in a national magazine article in 2011 – and that university officials failed to take reasonable steps to secure the campus despite a string of serious crimes.

The twin suits for Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 were filed in Chatham County State Court by attorneys Abda Lee Quillian and Mark Tate. They each seek damages in excess of $2 million and punitive damages “at a minimum of $4 million”.

As required by the US Federal Government’s Clery Act, the University must file an annual, public report declaring its crime statistics and share information with students regarding current security threats in a timely manner.

Crime Statistics

Type of Crime 2011 2012 2013
Criminal Homicide Murder & Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 1
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offenses 1 4 2
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0
Robbery 5 7 4
Aggravated Assault 3 5 3
Burglary 10 10 14
Motor Vehicle Theft 1 1 0
Arson 0 0 0
Simple Assault 5 9 21
Larceny Theft 147 176 159

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Hospital Trains Families in Better Childcare with Milestone http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/07/finnish-hospital-trains-families-in-better-childcare-with-milestone-video/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/07/finnish-hospital-trains-families-in-better-childcare-with-milestone-video/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:16:54 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45461 Milestone Systems open platform IP VMS is being used by a hospital in Joensuu, Finland, in ways that go beyond security through innovative training.

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Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) is being used by a hospital in Joensuu, Finland, in new ways that go beyond security: to improve difficult care challenges through innovative parent-child training.

North Karelia Central Hospital offers specialized medical care and special needs services for the inhabitants of its 14 member municipalities. Annually, around 60,000 people use their services. One of these services now includes an innovative, effective way to help parents with challenging babies and young children, for issues such as sleeping and feeding problems.

Medical practice and research are demonstrating that video methods are excellent tools for clinical interventions when treating problems in child-parent relationships – especially with newborns. The authorities here in Finland decided to use Milestone video surveillance to train troubled families in better interactions.

The installing Milestone Gold Partner, Hällström, designed and implemented an effective solution with Milestone XProtect® Professional video software to manage Axis network cameras and Shure Professional microphones at the clinic. Hällström also set up the hospital users of the XProtect® Smart Client with the Finnish language interface, which significantly eases day-to-day operations for the employees.

SONY DSCThe innovative use of the video has provided the hospital with an effective tool for the multi-faceted needs in their clinical work. They are now able to treat behavioral difficulties between parents and their young children more effectively – to the benefit of all concerned.

“Thanks to Milestone XProtect we can provide better help to parents with babies and toddlers who often have sleeping and feeding problems,” says Marianna Savio, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Clinic of Child Psychiatry, North Karelia Central Hospital.

The Milestone solution is an important tool in helping families with problems they cannot solve by themselves. The end result of training with the interactions on video is healthier and happier babies and parents with increased knowledge and peace of mind.

At the hospital, the parents are let into a room with their child while the staff observes them from another room, viewing with the Milestone XProtect Smart Client. The Axis cameras and Milestone XProtect are used in a special clinical environment, furnished to look like a home with a kitchen and a bedroom. The hospital staff use the system to review interactions and evaluate them with the parents.

“The Milestone solution is planned to fulfill the requirements of the legislation concerning patient security and confidentiality: the recorded video material is saved for 90 days for clinical use only. Then it is exported on a DVD or destroyed for good according to treatment plan,” explains Jyrki Hällström, CEO at Hällström.

The XProtect software has proven to be such a useful tool for doctors, nurses and therapists that word of this has spread, and several other hospitals are now interested in the same solution.

“We are extremely satisfied with the installation. We are actually looking to expand our solution to even more Milestone licenses for additional cameras within the next year,” concludes Marianna Savio.

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CSL DualCom’s European Expansion Continues Into Benelux http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/05/csl-dualcoms-european-expansion-continues-benelux/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/08/05/csl-dualcoms-european-expansion-continues-benelux/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:42:13 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45420 Continuing CSL DualCom Group’s European expansion, we are delighted to welcome Ingo van Driel to the company, who will be responsible for bringing DualCom’s Critical Connectivity® to Benelux – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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european expansionContinuing CSL DualCom Group’s European expansion, we are delighted to welcome Ingo van Driel to the company, who will be responsible for bringing DualCom’s Critical Connectivity® to Benelux – Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Ingo comes to DualCom with a strong security background, with over ten years experience in the industry and specialises in international business development within the security and health care market, which will no doubt help him hit the ground running as Benelux Sales Manager. Ingo will be based in The Hague, the Netherlands, building business links across the whole of Benelux.

CSL DualCom already have over 250,000 connections across Europe, supported by the DualCom Gemini® Managed Network, the most resilient and reliable managed network in the industry. Moving forward DualCom will continue to develop and deliver innovative, compelling and relevant solutions into our core focus sectors of security, health and safety adding value to machine-to- machine (M2M) interfaces.

Christian Eriksson, CEO of CSL DualCom AB commented, “We are excited to have Ingo on board to further expand CSL DualCom’s success in Europe. His extensive knowledge of the security and health care industry in Benelux will make him a great asset to the DualCom team. I look forward to working alongside Ingo as we venture further into the European market.”

For more information go to www.csldual.com

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Co-operative Group in talks to sell security arm in shake up http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/co-operative-group-sells-security-arm-shake/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/co-operative-group-sells-security-arm-shake/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:10:49 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45332 It has been reported that the Co-operative Group is in talks to sell Sunwin Services Group, provider of security, and other functions to its retail arm.

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The Co-operative Group sells Sunwin Services Group

It has been reported that the Co-operative Group is in talks to sell Sunwin Services Group, provider of security, IT and other functions to the Group’s retail arm. In a bid to shore up the Co-operatives financial losses it’s understood that the security provider, which employs around 1,500 people, could be sold off in a matter of weeks for a deal worth tens of millions of pounds.

It’s believed that the Co-op is in discussions with Cardtronics, a group that describes itself as the world’s largest non-bank operator of cash machines.

A spokesperson for Sunwin Services Group told SecurityNewsDesk, “We can confirm that we are in exclusive talks over the sale of Sunwin Services Group which may or may not lead to the sale of the business.  As part our ambitious programme of transforming and modernising The Co-operative Group we have concluded that Sunwin is non-core as a non-member facing business.”

Sunwin Services Group provides support for staff as they transfer cash around the Co-op network, although the business has its roots in the mutual’s TV rental and repair business, which was founded in 1954. It now offers other services, including in areas such as IT and the installation and monitoring of fire and burglar alarm systems.

News of these exclusive talks with Cardtronics came to light less than two weeks after the Co-op sold its pharmacies division to Bestway, the cash-and-carry-operator for £620m. The need to drastically redress the Co-op’s portfolio was triggered by the crisis at its banking arm, which had to be bailed out by hedge funds after the emergence of a £1.5bn capital deficit.

 

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On the Road to Safer Motorways with Panasonic http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/road-safer-motorways-panasonic/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/road-safer-motorways-panasonic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:24:18 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45324 Portugal’s largest motorway management company, Brisa, has installed a 40m2 Panasonic video wall into its Operational Control Centre which monitors 1100km of motorway.

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BRSIAPortugal’s largest motorway management company, Brisa, has installed a 40m2 Panasonic video wall into its Operational Control Centre which monitors 1100km of motorway.

A total of 44 Panasonic 55 inch displays (TH-55LV5W) make up the video wall, which helps Brisa manage mobility across 11 motorways and provide an immediate response to unforeseen events and accidents.

“We had a lot of problems with our previous video wall,” explains Pedro Sobral, Project Manager at Brisa. “However, the new Panasonic displays look more modern and are more efficient, which maximises the availability of the tools within Brisa’s Operational Control Centre.”

The displays, which were integrated by Prosonic, are able to work seamlessly 24 hours a day. They are specifically designed for the control room market, boasting an anti-glare surface and an ultra-thin 5.3mm bezel.

“The new monitoring system means Brisa benefits from exceptional image quality and reduced maintenance costs for its video wall,” says João Farinha, Prosonic’s Integrated Solutions Division. “The customer feedback has been excellent and Brisa is extremely happy. The Panasonic monitors are even exceeding Brisa’s requirements in terms of image quality,” he added.

The ultra-thin bezel allows Brisa the option to display a single image across various screens, with virtually no discontinuity in the image.

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