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Is a Securitas/Niscayah reunion imminent?


STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Is it strange that guarding giant Securitas, which divested itself of its systems integration business (Securitas Systems, now Niscayah) five years ago, this week made a bid to buy that very same business back?

System pays for itself after McDonald's franchisee discovers costly thefts


SAN DIEGO—Proving return on investment in the security industry can be difficult considering it’s hard to quantify events that don’t occur. However, Rick Crady, director of operations for Project M Worldwide, a McDonald’s franchisee owner, figures the company has already made back the cost to put in a new surveillance system after it discovered three of its store managers stealing large amounts of money, small sums at a time.

Casino turns to metrics to identify fraud and theft


LAS VEGAS—Casinos are the lifeblood here in Vegas and exhibit some of the most sophisticated physical security measures to detect fraud and theft. But one of the biggest challenges for casinos is turning the copious amounts of data they collect from disparate systems into usable information, said Darrin Hoke, director of surveillance at L'Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, La., during a premier education session at the ISC West International Security Conference & Exposition here on April 5.

Burger King franchisee installs video to reduce robberies


DOTHAN, Alabama—After a rash of armed robberies at its 63 Burger King restaurants—averaging one or two per month—Dennis O’Keefe, vice president of operations and business development for Goldco, determined it was time to put in a video surveillance security system.

Keeping tabs: Restaurant corporation integrates video with POS system


BOSTON—Monitoring activity and transactions at multiple high-volume restaurants without a dedicated loss prevention staff wouldn’t be possible without the use of enhanced business intelligence, said David Starmer, director of IT for Back Bay Restaurant Group. The corporation owns seven brands of restaurants in 35 locations ranging from five-star establishments to casual dining experiences

In retail, 'visibility, in real-time, is king'


CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico—Retailers are always striving to know exactly what’s happening in their stores. Loss prevention professionals often rely on technology like video surveillance and EAS systems to help protect assets and prevent theft, but increasingly that same technology can be leveraged to give the organization a better picture of customer behavior, staffing needs and merchandising trends.

A long-term strategy toward consolidation


BOSTON—From the administrative offices of the Massachusetts Port Authority, Bill Hall, manager of access control systems, demonstrated the airport’s five-year endeavor to integrate its access control and video management systems.

Securing Ground Zero: Reconstruction of the World Trade Center


NEW YORK—From a 20-story vantage point, the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site is especially humbling. The two massive footprints of the former Twin Towers stand out as stark reminders of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The challenges of rebuilding the World Trade Center

Friday, November 5, 2010

In nearly every interview I conduct, there is at least one reference to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. And for good reason. The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center changed the security landscape forever here in the United States and made security, particularly aviation security, a priority. In many respects, that has been good for security professionals particularly in terms of funding, but also in bringing validity to the profession. Basically, the terrorist attacks gave security professionals a seat at the table. Of course, it’s unfortunate such a tragic incident had to occur to make people understand and appreciate the importance of security programs, but so often that's what it takes for things to happen.
That’s why I was particularly humbled this past week to meet with Louis Barani, The World Trade Center Security Director for the Port Authority of NY & NJ. My colleague Martha Entwistle (she’s the new editor of our sister publication, Security Systems News) and I had the opportunity to sit down with Barani and discuss some of the challenges of the project. We were also able to speak with the primary security consultants, Ducibella Venter & Santore (DVS), about the difficulties of managing seven towers, all with different owners, and ensuring that the architects and those involved with the design of the building met high security standards.

The 16-acre site will include seven towers, a PATH train station, a vehicle screening building, and, of course, a plaza with two reflecting pools that are the former footprints of the Twin Towers. And, in terms of security, there were many considerations to be taken into account. Because of the threat to the site, a vehicle screening building has been designed to screen every vehicle entering the site, which is limited to delivery and executive drop-off vehicles – there is no parking garage or public entrance areas. In contrast, the ground level, including the memorial site and plaza, is designed to accommodate a free flow of people and Barani said he expects one million visitors a year to the site.

Barani said he was hired in Oct. 2009 to "catch security up to construction." One of the biggest challenges has been the fact that each tower is owned by a different stakeholder, so they have separate security systems in place. But, it's obviously critical that there be strong communication. It’s the job of Barani and DVS to ensure that there is the best situational awareness possible for all seven towers and the surrounding area. And, of course, it’s important that law enforcement - NYPD and the Port Authority Police Department - as well as FDNY and those in the private sector to know what’s happening.

There will be a more in-depth article on my visit to the World Trade Center on our next newswire, including greater detail about how Barani and DVS solved some of those challenges and some of the technology involved, but for now I'm going to enjoy the rest of my time here in New York City. If you just can't wait, you can read Martha's story here.

Custom vs. off-the-shelf


DALLAS—When the University of Tennessee opened its new College of Business Administration building in January 2009, it had to make some adjustments to the initial design of its security and network systems.