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….

 


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Police Investigating Rash of Robberies

6 12 2010

You may have some info

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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.

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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…





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.





My Experience / Goals w/LinkedIn

23 09 2010

When asked by a Search firm about my efforts / use of LinkedIn, my response: 

Surveillance is in the midst of an Industry upgrade to IP protocol.  Though the transition is slow (analog dominating 80+% of the market) the benefits of networked surveillance cameras manifest the additional benefits beyond Security.   Example:  Analytics which retail has long used to monitor buying patterns of customers by watching the path they take in a location.   This type of thinking is beginning to take hold within other organizations in terms of:  Customer Service, OSHA, Training, Production, and Shipping and not to mention Marketing (where Video is King).  They have the content, now what will they do with it.

Current status will not benefit my future unless I change with the changing environment.  I have the skills to design / deploy solutions; the industry doesn’t have certifications that are widely recognized.  IP on the other hand defers back to IT skills where Cisco, CISSP, NICET has value because the Surveillance system is now on the Network.  However Cisco (Router/switch), CISSP (data Security), NICET (electrical wiring).  Manufactures offer certification (for their products) because Dealers/VARs/Integrators need someone on staff to sell IP Solutions.  Again they are not cross-recognized in the industry. 

Next approach has been contacting manufactures with the goal of Channel Development Director/Rep.  Considering my background I do know what a channel is.  That challenge has not bore fruit yet.  Some don’t or have no intention of having a physical presence in Chicago / Midwest.  Others prefer working through Distribution or Market Rep firms that push product purchases through distribution.  Again, local presence of niche Distribution focused on surveillance/security is limited.  Market Rep firms again rely on 100% commission, which at present I cannot afford to peruse.

Another stream I’m tapping is the Independent Consultant Role, again the problem of clarity arises, positions are merely Tech geeks that have experience with particular product manufactures, considering the vast array of manufactures good luck with that one.

The role I seek a cross-breed between Project Manager / Business Process Mgmt.   Where by using my experience / skills understand the clients business (and how they do business) their needs / concerns / expectations along with educating them on what a REAL ROI is an Investment not a purchase.

Yes, I do participate in discussion groups.  Keeps me abreast of what’s out there in terms of solutions / products and the talent level of those that claim Soap-Box titles.  After a while you begin to realize some these cyber-folks really have no social skills.  I do continue to generate threads on Surveillance / Security in Groups “Outside” of the subject title.   Goal is to get the interaction of people that would be outstanding contacts, (mainly those outside my network) for that convenient business deal.  That has been my focus of late.  How do I tap the pool of members within a group when those particular members are not really active within the group?  Some (like the individuals job seeking) are still a little shy about opening up their door to anyone.  Not to mention some Companies still block SNs like LinkedIn because they don’t see or don’t want to see any value. 

My hunt continues – want to succeed for two reasons – Personal (of course) but to actually be an example for those to follow.  We have way too many SN / Media Network Specialist / Experts on the market claiming success.  Where in truth their only success is selling you that $29.99 package, which you sat next to the Internet Richs / Real Estate Wealth (I could go on…) Infomercials.

Thanks for asking….John