How AI Could Alert Firefighters of Imminent Danger

Firefighting is a race against time. Exactly how much time? For firefighters, that part is often unclear. Building fires can turn from bad to deadly in an instant, and the warning signs are frequently difficult to discern amid the mayhem of an inferno. Seeking to remove this major blind spot, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed P-Flash, or the Prediction Model for Flashover. The artificial-intelligence-powered tool was designed to predict and warn of a deadly phenomenon in burning buildings known as flashover, when flammable…

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NIST Will Conduct Technical Investigation Into the Collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently announced that it would launch a full technical investigation into what caused the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Surfside, Florida, on June 24, 2021. “This is an unspeakable tragedy, and like all NIST investigations, we will conduct a fact-finding study to prevent tragedies like this in the future,” said James Olthoff, who is currently performing the duties of the Undersecretary of Commerce for standards and technology and NIST Director, “We intend to undertake…

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Catching Waste Fires before They Happen

Waste fires – in other words fires that occur in the waste dumping facility or recycling plants – is a very serious global issue. Countries all over the world are suffering from more than one fire per day in the waste and recycling industry. This causes risk of injury to employees, damage to sites and machinery, and damage to reputation. And that’s even before you consider the potential environmental impact. There’s more irony here too – one of the biggest risks for fire at a waste dumping facility is damaged…

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2021 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report

Rajesh Maurya Regional Vice President, India & SAARC, Fortinet The 2021 State of Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Report from Fortinet finds that operational technology (OT) leaders continue to face cybersecurity challenges, some of which were exacerbated by the shift to work from home due to the pandemic. The pandemic also accelerated IT-OT network convergence for most organizations, which correlates to other CEO reports that indicate that pandemic-related changes have accelerated digital transformation, putting organizations years ahead of where they would have expected to be at this point. Many organizations had…

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Future of Loss Prevention: Disruptive Role of Innovative Technologies

Anil Puri CMD, APS group A thought leader and an action catalyzer rolled into one – Anil Puri is a rare combination of a visionary, and one who has mastered the art of strategic and tactical thinking to the core. He has been using this combination to seed new ideas and to lead them to their implementation on-ground. This has been a consistent feature of his career. He has rich experience of approximately 35 years in corporate in diverse domains & from functional managerial level to apex as chairman of…

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FARO Expands Digital Twin Product Suite Acquires HoloBuilder Inc.

FARO® Technologies, Inc., a leading global provider of 3D measurement, imaging, and realization solutions for the 3D Metrology, AEC (architecture, engineering & construction), and public safety analytics markets, recently announced the acquisition of HoloBuilder, Inc. HoloBuilder brings to FARO its leading photogrammetry-based 3D platform, which delivers hardware agnostic image capture, registration and viewing to the fast-growing Digital Twin market. With an initial focus on construction management, HoloBuilder’s technology platform provides general contractors a solution to efficiently capture and virtually manage construction progress using off-the-shelf 360° cameras. HoloBuilder’s SaaS platform will…

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Idis Highlights Importance of Standards Compliance and Licensing Verification

As video users globally pay closer attention to the manufacturing origins and standards-compliance of their systems, IDIS is highlighting the value of its fully licensed network cameras and recorders that feature H.265 video compression. IDIS was among the first manufacturers to deliver the benefits of H.265 compression to the market as part of its end-to-end DirectIP® solution. The company has confirmed that it has HVEC Advance and H.265 MPEG patent licenses for all its hardware, with licenses dating back to cover all installed systems. IDIS has made extensive use of…

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PRIVATE SECURITY GETTING READY FOR BIOLOGICAL THREATS

“On the way, we are bracing ourselves to deal with Biological threats” – Chairman CAPSI CAPSI signed MoU with Security Institute UK   Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) held its Midterm Conference 2021 and their Governing Council Meeting virtually on 18th June 21 in association with Businessworld. Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor in Chief of Businessworld was the Guest of Honour. Important dignitaries like M L Kumawat, former Chairman of Rajasthan State Service Commission, Lt Gen Balbir Sandhu, and Ramesh, CEO of Quality Austria Central Asia (QACA) graced…

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NIST Releases Tips and Tactics for Dealing With Ransomware

Used in cyberattacks that can paralyze organizations, ransomware is malicious software that encrypts a computer system’s data and demands payment to restore access. To help organizations protect against ransomware attacks and recover from them if they happen, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published an infographic offering a series of simple tips and tactics. NIST’s advice includes: To use antivirus software at all times and make sure it’s set up to automatically scan e-mails and removable media (e.g., flash drives) for ransomware and other malware. To keep…

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INTERPOL Launches App to Better Protect Cultural Heritage

An app launched by INTERPOL will help identify stolen cultural property, reduce illicit trafficking, and increase the chances of recovering stolen works and artefacts. INTERPOL’s ID-Art app enables users ranging from law enforcement to the general public to get mobile access to the INTERPOL database of stolen works of art, create an inventory of private art collections and report cultural sites potentially at risk. Using cutting-edge image-recognition software, ID-Art is free to download from the (Android or Google) Play Store and the (Apple) App Store. “In recent years we’ve witnessed…

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