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Airline Association Calls for Biometric Security Instead of Electronics Ban

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) has called for a hold on any electronics ban expansion to Europe, calling instead for a “green-list” of passengers validated by biometrics.

Speaking at the Aviation Festival Americas with more than 60 airlines, APEX CEO Joe Leader said passengers can be cleared to carry electronics on restricted routes through the biometric facial recognition initiative being put forward by the U.S. DHS CBP in place of the electronics ban.

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Lowe’s Iris Smart Home Security System Expands with New Professional Monitoring Service

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has announced the release of a professional monitoring service for the all-inclusive, market-leading price of $14.95 per month for its Iris smart home security system. The new professional monitoring service gives residential customers the ability to have emergency responders dispatched to their homes in the event of a security, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarm with no long-term contract required.

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Gemalto and Veridos Strengthen Citizen Identity Security with eID Cards for Macao SAR Government

Gemalto , the world leader in digital security, is partnering with Veridos, a German company specializing in Identity Solutions, to supply contactless electronic identity cards (eIDs) to the Macao Special Administrative Region Government (Macao SAR Government). Under the collaboration, Gemalto is the subcontractor responsible for providing the physical cards, enhanced with security features and seamlessly incorporating Veridos' operating system software solution. The partnership will ensure a steady and consistent supply of smart eID cards to the government.

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39% of Buyers of Iot Tech Fail to Protect Smart Buildings Against Cyber Attack

Conducted by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT, the survey also revealed that 49% believed the cyber threat to unsecured networks was a potential barrier to adoption of connected technologies.

“These figures are very concerning, particularly when you consider the inherent risks in the modern day of not securing your business from hackers,” said Steve Martin, head of specialist groups at the ELA.

“Clearly this is an area which clients urgently need to address, given the anticipated growth in smart installations over the coming years.”

‘Smart’ or ‘connected’ technology is characterised as products that enable devices to communicate with each other, be controlled remotely via an internet connection and undertake automated and reactive tasks. This covers installations such as lighting, audio visual, fire, security and HVAC.

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Numbers of Burglaries in Germany are Slightly Falling

In the last ten years, the number of burglaries in Germany has steadily increased. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the figures for 2016 have fallen by 9.5%, compared to the previous year. However, the risk of burglary in one's own home should not be underestimated.

The recently published criminal statistics published by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) for the year 2016 shows that in the past year 151,265 break-ins were registered nationwide. The clearance rate of these crimes is only 16.9%. In comparison to the previous year (2015: 167,136 cases) the figures represent a decline of 9.5%.

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Huawei and Pegasus Sign a Global MoU to Bring Greater Safety and Security to Smart Cities

Huawei’s Global Safe City Summit 2017 was held in Dubai under the theme "Leading New ICT, The Road to Collaborative Public Safety". At the summit, Huawei entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pegasus, a DarkMatter company, to develop and deploy joint smart and safe city big data solutions tailored to customer requirements. The agreement will see the companies jointly develop technology and professional capabilities, including but not limited to products and services leveraging Huawei’s Public Safety Cloud solution and Pegasus’ big data analytics applications.

The MoU sees Pegasus combine its Big Data Analytics solutions, Smart City Big Data applications and Safe City Big Data applications with elements of Huawei’s FusionInsight Big Data platform solutions to target Smart City environments and provide customers with an efficient, open, and collaborative cloud experience.

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Evolis Launches a New Product Line for the Instant Issuance of Payment Cards Using a Patented Technology

Evolis, world leader in decentralised issuance of payment cards, strengthens its position with the launch of three new systems dedicated to instant card issuance in bank branches. The new product line enhances the group’s worldwide offer for banks with new functionalities complying with the international security guidelines for the instant issuance of payment cards in bank branches.

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Ensuring Data Security in a Hyper-Connected World

Video surveillance data is increasingly connected across local and global networks, and more and more network cameras send their data to servers over the Internet, where digital intruders and hackers loom. As a consequence, the focus of data security has long shifted from the physical level into the digital domain, where damage can be infinitely more extensive and harder to trace.

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Safran Awarded Highest Certification for Printing Identification Documents in Brazil

Safran Identity & Security announced on Wednesday that it has been granted the highest certification for a identity document printing facility in Taubate, Brazil, potentially paving the way for the creation of secure biometric ID cards in the country.

Identity and security solution provider Safran was awarded ISO 14298 certification by Intergraf, a not-for-profit association that oversees the printing of identity documents in Europe, helping to ensure authenticity and prevent fraud.

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NEC Introduces NeoFace® Express Biometric Solution; Frictionless Access for Enhanced Safety, Security and Convenience

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, networking, biometric and advanced recognition solutions, today launched the NeoFace® Express facial recognition solution, a key component of a rapid-access biometric platform. The solution is based on NEC’s world renowned NeoFace facial recognition technology. The product is being demonstrated at NEC Booth 101 at the Connect:ID Global Exhibition in Washington, D.C.