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DEC 2017

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www.securitysystemsnews.com D ECEM b ER 2017 SECURITY SYSTEMS NEWS NEWS 8 I would say the most interest- ing and impactful would have to be the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. I wouldn't necessarily classify them as a new technology, but more so an emerging technology due to their current seemingly unstruc- tured nature (i.e. not universally being defined by any one partic- ular industry or bound/governed by an adopted set of standards) and their recent penetration across basically all verticals in today's marketplace. IoT devices and sensors, which may come in the form of cameras, Bluetooth readers, Radio-frequency Identi- fication (RFID) tags, microwave detection sensors, etc., are now capable of capturing, generat- ing, and transmitting more data about the environment in which they are being deployed than ever before. However, a stronger focus and applied them to the design of communication networks and video camera surveillance systems at seaports. I t h e n s t a rt e d d e s i g n i n g expansions to existing elec- tronic access control systems, which were required to be inte- grated with the video camera surveillance system. As I gained more experience and expertise with integrating various facets of electronic security systems with complimentary technology systems it created opportunities that allowed me to provide com- prehensive integrated technol- ogy solutions in the aviation, municipal, and other critical infrastructure facilities markets. Can you talk about what new or emerging technologies you are seeing or specifying today? What Happens Next May Save Lives Two-Way, Mass-Communication System with Live Video Access Chicago Washington D.C. Detroit Los Angeles Milwaukee Multi-media technology improves communication and can make police response more effective during an active-shooter situation or other severe emergency. For more info about Incident Command and Control, visit EM24.US, contact our Sales Department at 1-800-800-3624 or email Sales@emergency24.com. is being placed on the open architecture platforms that are utilized to aggregate, filter, and correlate the vast amounts of data being generated by these devices in an effort to produce useful and actionable informa- tion—big data analytics. These platforms can facilitate the con- vergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with big data that is revolutionizing today's technologies and serving as transformative tools unlock- i n g c a p a b i l i t i e s p re v i o u s l y unavailable and in some cases unimagined. A great deal of the technologies that I am specify- ing today are now considered IoT devices or sensors, but the platforms that integrate these devices remain the core of the conversation. What is your view on the indus- try moving forward? I believe that the industry moving forward needs to focus on open-source/non-proprietary platform solutions that pro- vide end-to-end resiliency and interoperability among various technology offerings. With the net-centric nature of the tech- nologies being deployed, con- sultants, solution architects, and system integrators must ensure that the technology and secu- rity solutions being designed to protect critical assets implement proper safeguards to defend against cyber and other threat agents to ensure vulnerabilities are not inadvertently introduced into the environment. Both an assignment of duties and designation of responsi- bilities must be clearly defined by consultants and/or solution architects to prevent any gaps of coverage by system integrators and contractors because those tasks were not spelled out in the advertised scope of services included in the bid documents. We are entering into what may be considered another "golden age" with the recent advance- ments in technology we are witnessing with regards to the functionality and capabilities, processing power, and connec- tivity of these devices, so it is definitely an exciting time to be a part of the industry. As secu- rity and technology profession- als, I feel we need to not only be cognizant of the new chal- lenges and obstacles (e.g. cyber threats) before us, but vigilant in our resiliency efforts as we continue to pursue secure inno- vative avenues and techniques to implement the overall vision of our clients in this rapidly chang- ing landscape. —Paul Ragusa Specifically Speaking features Q-and- A with a different security consultant every month. Consultants are provided to Security Systems News by Securi- tySpecifiers. S P eaking Continued from page 6

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