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NEC Announces Expanded Footprint in Washington, D.C. Opening of Government Relations Office Adds Focus and Support to Global Technology Leader's Safety and Security Customers

Tokyo, Japan & Irving, Texas – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NEC Corporation of America (NECAM), an industry leading provider of biometrics and communications technology and integrator of IT solutions, today announced the expansion of its offices in Washington, D.C., to include a new government relations function.    

The office will be responsible for understanding U.S. government requirements for areas such as effective border management and counterterrorism as part of assuring NEC innovation and R&D are aligned to the needs of the United States. The office will also seek to improve NEC's brand awareness throughout the D.C. area.

The new government relations office will be led by Shinsuke (Shin) Takahashi, current Chairman and former President and CEO of NECAM.  In this role, Mr. Takahashi will further strengthen NEC's relationships with government agencies by aligning NEC's strategic initiatives with the goals of the U.S. government. Specific areas of collaboration will focus on security policy, international trade and other matters that affect national safety and security.

NECAM first opened its sales office in Washington, D.C., in May 2016 with a focus on providing biometric security solutions to the U.S. government.  In a short time, NEC has expanded its federal government business, where NEC was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Biometric Exit pilot program using NEC's NeoFace® Express face recognition rapid matching technology.

"In my previous role as President and CEO of NECAM over the past five years, it was exciting to be part of our growth in the U.S. government," said Mr. Takahashi. "My aim as Head of Government Relations is not only to advance our business, but to collaborate and build relationships in Washington so that we can contribute to a safer, more secure society."

In addition to the office's focus on U.S. government issues, Mr. Takahashi will also be responsible for developing relationships with international organizations like World Bank, IDB, and the United Nations. NEC's expansion in Washington D.C. will become effective in early December.  

New Cybersecurity Regulations Adopted to Protect Financial Systems & Information

In 2016 almost 1.1 billion identities were stolen globally.  This number is up dramatically from a reported 563.8 million identities stolen in 2015.   In addition, the same Symantec Internet Security Threat Report placed the United States at the top of the list for both the number of breaches by country (1,023) and the number of identities stolen by country.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security and other government entities around the globe have been monitoring this increased cybercriminal threat and determining means to help protect the private information of individuals as well as the information technology systems of regulated organizations.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security released new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500), directly affecting the way that financial data is managed going forward. Applicable to financial services companies operating in New York State, these regulations declare that, on an annual basis, financial firms are required to prepare and submit a Certification of Compliance with the NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations to the superintendent, commencing on February 15, 2018.

The scope of this legislation describes measures related to: cybersecurity programs and policy, personnel, resources and training, penetration testing and assessments, audit trails, access privileges, application security, third parties, NPI (Non Public Information) encryption, data retention, incident response and notification.

Among other requirements, this regulation dictates that companies declare any cyberattack to the superintendent within 72 hours. In the past, many companies chose to not disclose information related to these hacking exposures because much of their cost stems from damage to brand reputation and the necessary steps required to rebuild the trust of their clients post-attack.

Similar to the NY DFS proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FSD), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the FDIC issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on enhanced cyber risk management and resilience standards for large banking organizations.  Additionally, the states of Vermont and Colorado have released laws pertaining to cybersecurity and the improved protection and monitoring of data. 

Two technologies specifically called out in the new NYS DFS Cybersecurity requirements, Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Risk Based Authentication (RBA), are key methods of complying with regulation and defending against attacks. 

Multi-factor authentication is defined as using at least two factors to authenticate a person, generally a combination of:

  • “Something I Have” — this could be a hardware token, a mobile soft token, etc.
  • “Something I Know” — like a PIN code, a password, and
  • “Something I Am” — such as a fingerprint or face recognition.

With MFA, the two factors are fully independent from each other (i.e. the failure of one factor would not compromise the other one).

Risk based authentication is the capacity to detect anomalies or changes in the normal use patterns of a person as part of the authentication process, require additional verification if an anomaly is detected to avoid any breach.

It is more efficient to avoid hacking and cyber-attacks in the first place by focusing attention on the security of the applications being accessed, both externally and internally.  To learn more about these regulations and how similar standards will impact you, visit www.hidglobal.com/iam.

Nomx debuts secure communications device at ISC West trade show

ARLINGTON, Va., April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- nomx ®, developer of the world's most secure email communications device, debuted its first generation hardware this week at booth #17135 during the Internet Security Conference West trade show, the largest security event in the US.

The response from the security market was phenomenal. "When we launched nomx, we received requests for orders within minutes," said Will Donaldson, cybersecurity expert and founder of nomx. "Our customers know that our devices can protect their information and their clients' information better than any cloud-based services which are vulnerable to hackers and exploits."

The ISC West show is located in Las Vegas, NV at the Sands Expo Center from April 6-8. The patent-pending nomx protocol provides private e-mail communication services through a platform agnostic protocol, allowing users to transmit and receive communications using traditional email or messaging clients.

"The recent high-profile email hacks on government officials and large organizations underscore the absolute need for the nomx protocol device to provide privacy and security. Our mission is to provide consumers and companies with an easy way to secure their private online communications," said Donaldson. "We looked forward to releasing nomx at ISC West and providing consumers and enterprises with an absolute way to secure their private communications."

 

Traditional digital communications are built on a nearly fifty-year-old architecture with several key vulnerabilities. These flaws are known as TRACES, which stand for transmission, routing, acceptance, communication header data, encryption, and storage of users' data. Unlike other email security applications which claim to be secure, the patent-pending nomx devices alleviate TRACES vulnerabilities from third parties by providing all the necessary technical components and requirements within the device itself, eliminating hackers' ability to exploit traditional vulnerabilities. Additionally, nomx is the only secure protocol that is reverse-compatible with legacy email systems, such as AOL and G-mail.

Quanergy Systems showcased powerful LiDAR Security Detection System at ISC West

Quanergy Systems, Inc., the leading provider of LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions, introduced Q-Guard, a complete LiDAR-based security system for perimeter fencing and intrusion detection. Quanergy showcased the new security technology in Booth 9137 at ISC West, the nation’s largest security industry tradeshow, April 6-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Q-Guard comes complete with one or multiple LiDAR-based detection sensors and a perception software module for object tracking and classification. The system analyzes the object detected, tracks its movement, classifies its type to determine whether it’s human or non-human, and alerts the security agent. Q-Guard also has slew-to-queue capability to alert and guide cameras to the area of detection.

The technology is available as a stand-alone system or can be integrated with the leading video security solutions. Q-Guard complements existing camera solutions, which are often limited by range, lighting or weather conditions by detecting any potential intrusion threat within a 150 meter range, minimizing false positives and false negatives. Q-Guard enables accurate detection of objects and movements in daylight or complete darkness, and in adverse weather conditions including rain or a sandstorm.

Simulating a virtual fence, Q-Guard substantially reinforces perimeter security for critical infrastructure such as power and water stations, airports, harbors, oil refineries or any industrial premises with valuable equipment to protect from vandalism and terrorism. The technology also responds to the needs of prisons to secure their perimeters and detect any object thrown into the facility from the outside.

“Q-Guard is the ideal surveillance solution for long range 3D perimeter detection and wide field virtual fencing,” said Dr. Louay Eldada, Quanergy CEO. “With very long range detection capability and the ability to detect movement and human-size figures, our powerful intrusion detection system has the ability to diminish or even prevent attacks.”

 

Quanergy’s technology which enables self-driving cars, drones and robots with its 3D object detection capabilities, will display its full product line at ISC West including the S3 solid state LiDAR sensor. Quanergy’s LiDAR has applications into more than 30 market verticals including security, transportation, terrestrial and aerial mapping and industrial automation.

Hikvision Video Surveillance Secures Crime Lab in Colorado

City of Industry, CA – HikvisionÒ USA, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning IP video surveillance and CCTV products, has provided a state-of-the art surveillance solution to Colorado’s Greenwood Village Police Department for use in its crime lab. This solution, which incorporates Video Content Analysis (VCA) as well as 360° fisheye technology, allows the Greenwood Village police to protect forensic evidence from external threats as well as improve employee accountability and monitor departmental procedure.

 

The Greenwood Village Police Department’s crime lab is a vital facility inside which evidence from crime scenes is stored, including firearms, narcotics, and cash. The primary goals for the video surveillance solution were to integrate VCA into the critical areas of the crime lab to boost employee accountability, while creating new security capabilities as well.

 

“We had a system before but it was very archaic and outdated. There was no recording capability except for live viewing by the dispatch center. It couldn’t detect motion and was in limited areas,” remarked Commander Joe Gutsgell, division commander of the Greenwood Village Police Department’s Investigations Unit. 

 

Safe Systems Inc. in Louisville, Colorado, provided their technical expertise when installing the crime lab’s new video surveillance system. They chose Hikvision products due to Hikvision’s reliable performance, excellent customer support, and cost-effective product line. Hikvision’s 6 MP fisheye camera (DS-2CD6362-IV) allows for broad yet precise coverage of the evidence room. The fisheye is designed to capture images from every corner of a particular location and eliminate blind spots: a helpful, cost-effective solution for small, indoor spaces like this one. One camera takes on the job of what required three or more fixed cameras in the past.

 

“We’re taking advantage of the 360° fisheye to look at three doors simultaneously: the exterior door, an interior door to another part of the office, and the evidence room,” explained Mark Overland, senior safety and life security consultant of Safe Systems Inc.

 

Hikvision’s 1.3 MP mini dome cameras (DS-2CD2512F-IS-2.8MM) stand guard in the room where highly sensitive property confiscated by police is stored, and in the vehicle processing room, where Commander Gutsgell’s team collects evidence from vehicles involved in investigations. Recorded video of this room also provides forensic accountability for the department’s procedural integrity. Hikvision’s professional series 16-channel NVR (DS-9616NI-ST) rounds out the solution. This high-performing, 48 TB recorder offers the ability to add cameras to the system as needed in the future. VCA features such as motion detection further maximize storage efficiency, reducing saved data when it isn’t needed.

 

All said and done, Greenwood Village Police Department’s crime lab is making good use of a comprehensive surveillance system with features that will serve them well for many years down the road.

 

“Hikvision works to bolster the natural relationship between the security industry and law enforcement officials,” commented Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada. “We create products and solutions that help make these officials’ jobs easier and more efficient, allowing them to maximize their resources. We are proud to support the Greenwood Village Police Department in their tireless efforts to protect their community.” 

 

To read a detailed case study about the Hikvision solution in use by the Greenwood Village police, visit http://overseas.hikvision.com/us/SuccessStoryDetail_19_i7646.html. To learn more about Hikvision’s cutting edge video surveillance solutions, visit Hikvision’s booth at ISC West, #14059, in Las Vegas, April 6-8.

 

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use. 

 

Alex Asnovich, Director of Marketing

Hikvision USA Inc.

[email protected]

 

312-576-1025

Genetec Inc. Introduces New Subscription-Based Ownership Model for Security Center

MONTRÉAL, March 30th, 2016 - Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open-architecture, unified IP security solutions today announced a new subscription model for its flagship unified security platform, Genetec™ Security Center. Security Center Subscription introduces new flexible ownership and payment options that allow customers to get access to Security Center on a 'pay-as-you-go' basis.

Subscribing customers receive the same local, on-premises version of Security Center and pay for it on a monthly or annual basis, as opposed to purchasing the entire system upfront. When purchasing on subscription, customers also benefit from the Genetec online support resources and qualified support professionals by phone or through live chat, as well as access to Security Center Cloud services with risk-free trials included in the price.  Security Center Subscription is available immediately through the new Genetec self-service portal.

A recent Gartner Inc. industry report noted that by 2020, more than 80% of software vendors will change their business model from traditional license and maintenance to subscription, regardless of whether the software resides on-premises or in the cloud. Along with the flexibility and affordability of a subscription model, the Gartner report finds that the value of short-term predictability trumps long-term costs, particularly when the ease of adding or relinquishing licenses is included in the picture. The subscription model also moves the purchases from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operational expenditure (OPEX). This enables customers who are looking to upgrade their systems to Security Center to do so from operational budgets allocated to their older, less capable security software.

"In the past few years, companies like Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Netflix and many other software companies have adopted flexible buying models with impressive success, offered as Technology-as-a-Service (XaaS) via the cloud, or as a traditional on-premises installation with monthly-or-annual renewals,” said Andrew Elvish, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Genetec. “Genetec is leading the way in the physical security industry by offering customers an alternative ownership option for our successful video surveillance platform. Not only will customers enjoy the same fully-featured version of Security Center, but they will do so with lower upfront expenditures, predicable recurring costs, and access to the latest releases and Genetec support resources, at no additional charge,” added Elvish.

Introducing Security Center Compact

As part of its new subscription model, Genetec is introducing Security Center Compact, a new entry-level edition of Security Center. Only available through subscription, Security Center Compact will be showcased for the first time at ISC West on booth #26 057. This new edition of Security Center supports up to 25 cameras and provides an easy, “no training required” option for customers with basic video management requirements. A good fit for smaller sites, Security Center Compact systems can also be linked to larger systems through the Genetec™ Federation™ feature, allowing for centralized monitoring as seen with citywide surveillance and multi-site businesses or campuses.  The Compact edition features all of the camera integrations available in the enterprise edition of the software, so customers can choose the vendors they want to work with and design a system that suits their business.

 

In addition to providing smaller-site video surveillance, Security Center Compact offers a clear path as an organization's security needs evolve over time; Security Center Compact users can simply update their subscription and purchase a higher edition of Security Center as their system grows, avoiding the need to install and/or re-deploy new system software.

Avtec announces ScoutLink, a revolutionary enhancement for dispatch console communications

Lexington, SC, March 21 - Avtec, the nation's leading independent provider of Radio over IP (RoIP) dispatch console systems, today announced the upcoming release of ScoutLink™ -- an innovation that opens access to the Scout™ dispatching console platform to off-the-shelf IP devices. ScoutLink extends communications to users not previously possible and leverages the range of connectivity supported by Scout to a wider audience.

ScoutLink integrates existing voice products to enable dispatch communications on a variety of IP devices even allowing access to platforms that are traditionally non-voice. This means users can extend dispatch communications to places where a full-scale console position would be cumbersome or in other situations that require a departure from the standard console form factor.

"ScoutLink is another example of our commitment to market-driven innovation. We are committed to providing more choices to help our clients and partners build the dispatch communications systems they need," Avtec Director of Product Marketing Carlos Palacios said.

ScoutLink will launch with the Mini SIP Console from Essential Trading Systems (ETC) and will be sold and supported by Avtec. The Mini SIP Console controls up to four radio endpoints and has undergone compatibility testing with Scout to ensure a smooth, quality experience for our clients. Some examples of uses for the ETC Mini SIP Console include a railyard that wants to provide four-channel radio access to senior executives for emergency monitoring, a remote airfield guardhouse that assures logistics for a small group of ramp workers, or the local office of a utility operation that is activating a small subgroup to manage a regional disaster.

ScoutLink will be available to order in Q2 of 2016. Additional ScoutLink capabilities will be introduced twice a year through standard Scout software releases, available to customers under Avtec's ScoutCare™ program.

About Avtec, Inc.

Avtec, Inc. provides pure Internet Protocol (IP) dispatch console solutions for the transportation, public safety, utility, business and industry, and government markets. For more than 35 years, customers have chosen Avtec's award-winning technology for their mission-critical dispatch centers. There are thousands of Scout Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) consoles installed worldwide. 

ZapFraud awarded patent for advanced fraud and BEC detection and blocking

Palo Alto, CA, March 17 – ZapFraud announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for ZapFraud’s innovative technology that identifies scam emails on the basis of meaning. The patent highlights ZapFraud’s distinctive filtering and automation that identify, block and report fraud and scammers based on insights into the criminals’ methods. 

While scammers constantly change their formulations, they very rarely depart from one of a relatively small number of storylines. For example, consider an email that has a greeting from an apparent stranger; an expression of surprise; mention of large sums of money; an expression of urgency; and a request for a response. Whereas there are millions and millions of ways of writing a scam email, there may be just ten or twenty ways to express each one of these notions." This makes it possible to detect scam emails by their storylines,” Dr. Markus Jakobsson, CTO and founder of ZapFraud, explains. 

Detecting scam by their storylines is only one of the many lines of defense that ZapFraud has developed. With five more patents pending, ZapFraud is aggressively positioning to address the problem of online scams with a unique approach that identifies scammers based on understanding of their methods. “We understand Business Email Compromise (BEC) and how to detect it,” says Dr. Jakobsson. “BEC is a problem that has grown explosively for the last few years. We have tracked it since 2008 and have seen it shoot up like few other scams. This is not only a testimony to how lucrative it is, but also exposes weakness in traditional defense methods.” 

ZapFraud is in early testing of the patented Fraud Firewall™ and BEC risk assessment and protection. Organizations can be running a ZapFraud Fraud Firewall and blocking fraud on their network in about an hour. To participate in trials, businesses should contact ZapFraud at [email protected] 

About ZapFraud 

ZapFraud is a leading provider of innovative security solutions for business and enterprise. The patent pending ZapFraud Fraud Firewall™ automates against Business Email Compromise (BEC) and targeted fraud from many channels. ZapFraud’s patent-pending scam protection service helps provide peace of mind for all who face the increasing and ever-changing threat of email, social media and online criminals who attempt to steal intellectual property, identity, online credentials and, corporate assets and funds.

Lifesafety Power partners with DAQ Electronics to power new StarWatch™ SMS System

Piscataway, NJ and Mundelin, IL, March 22 - LifeSafety Power Inc., the industry leader in Smart Power Solutions and patented remote monitoring capabilities, has announced a new partnership with DAQ Electronics, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-end security software and equipment.

LifeSafety Power is now an integral part of the commercial StarWatch™ Security Management System (SMS), providing the widely used and specified Authentic Mercury Security access controller hardware platform and integrated power in a seamless and easy to install enclosure. This StarWatch SMS product integration platform will be officially launched at ISC West 2016, April 5-8 in Las Vegas, where it will be on display in booth 3103. LifeSafety Power will also highlight the new partnership during the show at booth 14121. 

The StarWatch SMS platform enables security professionals to easily design and deploy integrated systems consisting of access control, intrusion detection and video management, all through a single software interface. For installers and end-users looking to incorporate Authentic Mercury hardware or DAQ EntroStar units into their overall StarWatch SMS security solution, pre-installed access panel assemblies using LifeSafety Power technology are now available to suit one, two, four and eight door configurations. Each assembly resides in a LifeSafety Power painted steel enclosure and comes equipped with a FlexPower® FPO75/FPO150 power supply, with the exception of the one-door assembly, which is powered via PoE cabling. Within an integrated StarWatch SMS system, these assemblies provide the capacity to effectively control and monitor multiple doors/portals, including all associated entry/exit readers, door locks and door contacts.

Christopher Sincock, Vice President, Security Business for DAQ said, “Of the many enclosure options we researched for our StarWatch SMS equipment, we feel that the LifeSafety Power solution offers our customers the best combination of reliability and flexibility, and we are excited to begin this affiliation.”

LifeSafety Power is an award-winning provider of UL and cUL enclosures that meet a wide range of applications and specifications for integrated access controller hardware and power in a single design. In addition, LifeSafety Power network communications modules can remotely monitor the power to both the Mercury panels and locks to increase reliability and detect potential problems before they happen or as they occur with notification via email, smartphone or web-based device.

About LifeSafety Power®

LifeSafety Power® is the leader in Smart Power Solutions and patented remote monitoring capabilities, providing modular AC, DC and PoE power systems that meet the growing needs of the life safety and security industries. The FlexPower® and NetPower® product lines are high performance, network-connected, power management systems listed for access control, fire alarm, intrusion, CCTV and Mass Notification applications. LifeSafety Power, headquartered in Illinois, has won numerous industry awards and accolades for product design and innovation. 

Sony's newest 4K network camera, SNC-VB770, delivers highest sensitivity in its class

Sony’s newest 4K network camera, model SNC-VB770, offers the highest sensitivity in its class - under 0.004lx, expandable to ISO 100-409600. The new model combines ultra-high sensitivity with 4K resolution and advanced networking capabilities to give video professionals more flexibility to capture details even in extreme low-light conditions.

The new SNC-VB770 camera achieves high resolution and sensitivity, in addition to low noise due to its image processing and full-frame 35mm Exmor sensor – all developed by Sony.

The sensor captures significantly more light with low noise than conventional camera sensors to realize drastic improvements in sensitivity. The result is low light performance in nearly pitch-black environments beyond the capabilities of human eyes.

The SNC-VB770’s E-mount lens series accommodates a variety of lens options from wide angle to telephoto, allowing easy integration into a range of video capture applications, including surveillance such as city, transportation, ports or critical infrastructure; web attraction, nature studies or scientific applications. 

“The SNC-VB770 builds on Sony’s image sensor strengths and applies this expertise to new applications in the commercial video capture realm,” said Atsushi Seki, Director, Business Development at Sony Electronics. “Low-light conditions don’t only occur at night. They exist 24/7 in museums, zoos and any number of municipal and commercial areas. This new camera and our expanding line of 4K network models give users more options for meeting their demanding capture requirements.”

With the exceptional detail provided by 4K technology (4 times the detail of full HD) security professionals, for example, can expand their wide area surveillance and still capture, magnify and examine the smallest parts of a scene like a face or a car license plate number – all with a single camera.

The new camera uses area-specific noise reduction to selectively divide images into areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and evenly colored areas like blue skies) to efficiently reduce noise. In addition, detail reproduction technology further enhances image quality.

E-mount lenses are optimized to maximize the performance of the 35 mm full-frame sensor, keeping resolution high across the entire image area from the center to the lens periphery.

The camera’s Intelligent Cropping feature lets users capture a full view while cropping images in its native 4K resolution from multiple images at the same time, with either 3 or 5 simultaneous video streams.

Intelligent Cropping has two modes, static and dynamic. Users can select “static” to see multiple specific areas in one scene. They can capture an overview image and the details of the cropped areas at the same time. “Dynamic” mode uses the intelligent motion to detect, crop and track moving objects automatically.

Intelligent Scene Capture automatically adjusts and adapts picture quality (brightness and color) depending on time, weather and lighting conditions. The camera also allows users to customize picture parameter presets for the best settings. Multiple picture configurations can be saved and switched either manually (using the Picture Profile mode) or according to schedule (Picture Profile Scheduler) to ensure the best picture quality day or night.

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