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….

 






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

10 11 2010

Wireless Video is a nice concept.

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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





Village de-activates Red-Light Camera….

22 09 2010

The ongoing debat of whether Red-Light Intersection cameras actually help address Safety issues received some positive support this week.

Elk Grove Village,  IL has released a report showing crashs at one of the hottest intersections around has declined.  So much so they plan on deactiviating the camera to prove the point. 

This comes at a time when the opposition to these camera’s is hitting an all time high.   Cook County, IL  put in place a plan to make the camera’s more wide spread.  When opposition clearly was against the idea, a provision was put in place for Villages to “Opt Out”.  That list continues to grow.

Two organizations have stepped up their efforts in addressing this:

BAN the Cams   &  Campaign for Liberty

It will be interesting to watch these Groups continue to make efforts in voicing their position, especially during Election Campaigns.   You know the policital hawks are circling looking for voters to support their canidates.   And at this junction any group looks ripe for the picking.  

What is curious the debate ranges on if Safety is accomplished or $100+ fine is too automatic, no real compromising solutions have come to the table.   For example:  are the lease agreements with the providers too long?  (Some are 5 years)  Is the $100+ fine to much? [clearly in these times yes]

From a business point the payment actually pays for the equipment and monitoring services (which the municipal recieves a portion) which inturn generates funds which is badly needed.   And yes, the debate over the distribution of portions is hottely contested between Boards and Vendors.  Would anyone consider “lowering” the ticket to say $50 or even $25 if the data shows over a “short period” of time Safety has improved?

Some of you jump the gun and say “NO” deactivate them period.  I find that hard to swallow from a Group so bent on Liberty issues you quickly forget part of your responsibilities to the WHOLE is paying for services you take for granted:  Police/Fire/Emergence/Water/Streets/etc…  

Have or have not should not be the only choices, compromise is the basis of a democracy.  That is the underlining theme we must adhere to





Unemployed protest at IL GOP HQ 9-15 – Carole Ramsden

21 09 2010

Unemployment is at levels no-one benefits from, yet we see no relief in-site……

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Surveillance – if IP is the future, Analog dominates landscape

15 09 2010

 Todd Rockoff believes there is a choice overlooked.   As Chairman and Executive Director of HDcctv Alliance, his recent postings on numerous LinkedIn Groups bring to light not just an alternative but a solution directed at the confusion manufactures have laid out in promoting the development of IP.  

IMS predicted in 2004 that IP cameras would out-sell analog cameras by 2006 or so. It seems like that horizon moves out about one year every year. Similarly John Honovich predicted in November of 2009 that IP camera sales would exceed analog camera sales by 2012. I wonder how that’s going? If we continue to ignore the fundamentals, such predictions will continue to prove overly optimistic. While it is possible to fool some of the people some of the time, no amount of “education” is going to overwhelm the common sense of a predominance of end buyers.

As to alternatives for megapixel IP cameras: At least one HDcctv – IP encoder was demonstrated at IFSEC. This kind of device makes it possible to readily upgrade CCTV cameras, even those sitting 300m away from a control room, to deliver 2MP IP video into the surveillance network. Why extend the LAN all the way to the camera if you don’t have to?

Unlike other organizations the tend to address industries in general, HDcctv is actually focusing on some key issues that many still label “as un-proven technology”.   The question – when moving from analog to IP (an infrastructure investment) is this the only path when addressing better captured images.  No