Wikileaks – the larger picture…

10 12 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like most stories that grasp for short moments,  Wikileaks drama is being played out around the world and now the second phase seems to beginning to catching flare.   Loyalists (today..) are ready to take this so-called mis-fortune and turn it around for their chance @ tasting the pie.   The scary part is they seem rather confident in their ability to duplicate the same thing.   Publish sensitive material.

What I see as the larger picture:

  1. the ability to get the information {which challenges Security procedures in place}
  2. it exposes the potential hording of the masses to inflict their power.

Cyber attacks on numerous Commerce sites [rendering them useless] is exactly what these same sources fear in so-called Big Brother” theory camps.   The potential to lead innocent / blind / zealous / naive individuals down a path where their action (though good on the surface..) is disruptive, has always been the tool of  potential World Powers (not one has turned out to be any good for society or man-kind).

We would rather honor John Lennon’s 30th anniversary.  Though I would guess he would be proud..the people actually agreed on doing something together universally.  Which is a start….

 






Police Investigating Rash of Robberies

6 12 2010

You may have some info

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 





Webcam vs Video Surveillance

22 11 2010

Funny how using a Webcam is fun.  Bring in the wording Video Surveillance and everyone gets nervous. 

Santoag –    had a recent post addressing this.





Citywide Wireless Video Surveillance – How to Design a Network the Right Way

10 11 2010

Wireless Video is a nice concept.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

 





Why Top executives don’t particpate in Linkedin forums – TIME

4 10 2010

For myself, I do participate.  I might not always post a general comment for the world to take notice.  But I will send privately msg’s on posts of noteworthy.

The question of more professionals relates strongly back to the preconceived ideas of the value (if any…) one gets from Social Networking.  Time is the biggest consideration.   Second, the level of participates gets called into question. 

I’m not speaking about forums that basically “filter” the members, say Alumni schools or extensions of Professional Established Associations.   But generic groups which in this section are numerous to say the lease.   CCTV. IP Video, Surveillance and the ever growing list of new groups.   If there was some type of vehicle or tool that could at least measure the volumn of “thread” visits, we would have a starting point.

One area that is of concern is profile completion.  And the ability of suggested introductions actually being done.  Example:  if you’re in the same group as me, it’s easy to send an invite for connection.  If I come across someone that needs an introduction (from my network of connections) the % of acceptance drops.  A common response I get:”…I don’t know them well enough to forward this request…”   Hence this brings the second opportunity “Upgrading” “paying a fee” to be able to send In Mails to those perhaps outside of your network.  Maybe it’s just me, but paying a fee to perhaps have the ability to reach out to other professionals, rather questions Social Networking in general. 

What we find common is like tier individuals within a forum.  On occasion the threads are interrupted with “Reps” professing their product line/service.  Most of us are use to it with other Networking Groups, there always a handful looking to sell the group.  This is fine that’s their stick.  When the flow of ideas runs parallel and not up and down where is the growth?

Business today is very tough.  Those of us with tenure understand the concept of building a relationship takes TIME and effort.  Unfortunately, the business model of this sector is not about long term relationships, it’s about finding the next install.  With regards to security what does separate the tiers is the simple distinction between a “purchase” and “investment”.  Purchase addresses an immediate need; Investment looks at the long term. 

I reference the IT industry a lot.  Why because Security is an exact mirror of it.  How many years did it take for IT to come to grips with “upgrading” existing equipment on continual bases to take advantage of the new business tools available?   That alone is the key ingredient Uncle Bill brought to the table with Microsoft.  Each upgrade NEEDED a faster more robust system.   We’re currently seeing the beginning of this change with the infusion of IP Networks.  Many current providers of Analog will not make that transition because their model does not plan for investment in themselves.  There about razor thin margins and volume.  (We already know the outcome of that story path…)

Security is moving from the facilities side of the house to IT because of technology.  A total new business approach has to be applied.  Security once ear-marked as expenditure now has to don the new cloths of a “profit Center”.  Which means the ROI and expectations goes to a total different level.  Utilizing the system for other purposes like “generating” revenue.   Analytics is the first step.   But unless executives within these same organizations don’t get the concept and are not provided the tools to take advantage of the possibilities, nothing moves forward. 

Security manufactures are a big part of this mistake of focusing on product(s) and not 3rd party Applications that turn this raw data into usable information.   Ask any IT Director Worth his/her salt; it’s the APPs that changed everything in the IT world.  Remember the mirror…





Video Surveillance – where are the APPs?

27 09 2010

The mind set created in this Sector reflects that of Box pushers.  We all know surveillance is moving (if not already there…) toward IP.  Which in turn means Network Solutions.  Those of us from the IT world understand the real meaning – APPs will rule.

There is a big difference between capturing an event (security) and utilizing the data of the event. [Analytics] (Customer Service, HR, Production, Work flow, Predictive purchasing, etc…)

With analog dominating 80+% of the market place (focused on simple security…) it takes a different mindset (and skills…) to actually re-shape the landscape toward additional uses of Surveillance Systems.  With Platform solutions addressing compatibility issues vendor centric solutions are a thing of the past.  It does not matter what the hardware is.

We’re on the verge of seeing more 3rd party APPs developed that take this concept from idealism to reality.  As stated before, this is the same story played out in IT.  Once we got past PCs / then Servers, we focused on APPs that allowed us to make sense of the all the data we so happily love to accumulate.  Without a purpose/direction to why we collect this, creates a cost factor.

The problem – first there’s the skills set of IP, not a simple plug/play solution anymore.  It requires an investment from an integrator.  If the integrator is already involved with Network IP Solutions the move is easy.  Since the system was once a stand-alone it’s now on the Network, IT controls it, not Facility/Security Mgrs.  Second – if less than 10% of the market place has this opportunity where’s the ROI on the investment?  The challenge is understanding where the opportunities truly are.  If the integrators business model is based on Selling Price, they’ll never make the move to IP.  This reveals the 3rd problem – order takers vs selling solutions.  

Let’s get a little crazy here.  Why do 90% of these stand-alones (though they have loaded software on a hard-drive…) not capable of taking an additional APP that can enhance their system for the customer.  Reason – box pushers don’t have IT capability. 

 I know my future is with a Platform developer….unfortunately, integrators are not there yet





When forums turn into Sales Pitches…

24 09 2010

Unfortunately using the forums for guerilla marketing is far too common these days. Those willing to do so do are self serving exploiters of the forums with little regard for others dedicated to the spirit of the forums and lack comprehension of forum’s true value.
Do they honestly think we are not revenue driven? The reason we refrain from using the forums for whoring products is because of our dedication to our industry and love of sharing knowledge. Almost every one of us represents a company or product or is a regular user of these technologies. I admire the ones who truly contribute their experience and knowledge to help define and grow the technology.   Alan Waxenburg

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The shame Alan is your right, to bad those that do agree turn right around a disregard the premise.   If they had any sense the post(s) in question would actually serve more purpose in a different place.  Like Youtube.com 

Each of us do have particular alliances because no-one can actually do them all.  But what is disturbing an underlining concept (especially here) [CCTV Video Surveillance..] of product centric solutions.   It is rare to see a thread that focuses on a solution without a product pitch.   

Can you image a thread that definded a solution w/specs vs product?

A camera should have {this} when the need of better images is questioned.   A VMS package should have {this} with editing issues.    A storage solution should have {this} when comparing historical data.  Analytics should do {this} when predictive measures are needed.   and so on…. returning to the basics and addressing the “needs”.

On the other hand when questions/discussions START with opinions on particular manufactures it just opens the flood gates.  It only over-shadows the tightening of the market an opportunities.  This procedure translates directly to a client, where their being sold a product vs a solution.  {masked by guerilla marketing techniques}

I’ve had more success when I present a solution with direct focus on the solution/result than the products I choose to accomplish the task.   When you focus on products – cost comes into the picture pretty fast.  Because that is something the nay-sayers can research.