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Protecting the Pudding

- Atherton, California, which has fewer than 10,000 residents, doesn't worry a lot about crime. From 2002-2003, there were fewer than 50 reports of vandalism--the highest category of crime in the city. Although the crime rate is low by most standards, police officers in Atherton face many of the same logistical challenges that confront departments twice their size. Securing the evidence room is one such challenge.

Picturing the Perfect Picker

- Cherry-picking a badge system for harvesters, and keeping a thumb on evidence.

Diagnosis Prognosis More Positive

- The University of Iowa strengthens its ability to identify symptoms of bioterrorism.

Better Controls for Contractors

- Before contract employees can enter the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, they must be fingerprinted and pass a rigorous screening process.

Laptops Don't Have Legs

- How one facility in New York City managed to stop its laptops from walking away by updating its access control system.

Problems Passé in Passaic Valle

- Stickers that say, "Hello my name is..." may be fine for modern mingling. They are not, however, a firm framework for access control. But for the guards at the Passaic Valley Water Commission, in Northeast, New Jersey, such stickers had become a quick and easy option for registering the more than 50 visitors and temporary contractors entering the treatment facility on a daily basis.

GPS Tracks Journey

- When Journey Security Services security guards witnessed a car accident while on patrol, they didn't have time to verify their coordinates and call 911. Instead the guards made a phone call to their supervisor, who tracked their precise location in seconds using the GPS tracking device in one guard's cell phone. The supervisor was able to call for an ambulance while the guards focused on helping the victims.

Keys to Learning

- A Long Island school system updates access control lock, stock, and barrel.

CCTV Lowers the Stakes

- A casino in upstate New York bets on digital video.

Untangling Web of Wasted Time

- Westex Group, Inc., a trading and export management group in Washington, D.C., does not have a large staff. So Joju Sebastian, a technology consultant with the company, wondered why the company’s T-1 connection was being “bogged down big time” by persistent Internet use. He decided that it was time to track how the company’s 13 employees were using—and perhaps abusing—the Web. Sebastian brought the issue to the attention of the CEO, who agreed that the situation should be monitored.

Builders Contstruct Better Security

- Homebuilders fight construction site theft and a company fights personal Web surfing at work.

Vaulting into Digital Video

- How a company made the move to a PC-based digital CCTV solution that made viewing and storing images easier tasks.

Digital Maps Draw Better Response

- Mall security adopts software to view floor plans for safety purposes.
 




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