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Guest blog: Just how safe is a smart home?

April 21, 2015 By Emma Procter

US – From smart locks to lighting systems, smart home technology features are advancing at an accelerated rate. According to a survey conducted by Coldwell Banker in the US last month, nearly 60 per cent of sales associates said they are seeing more smart home features

Abu Dhabi police meet to discuss closer force coordination

April 20, 2015 By Emma Procter

UAE – Abu Dhabi police chiefs met recently to discuss mutual policing coordination and force integration in a bid to provide the best standards of security for the public. Under discussion were the means to develop competencies and skills between different police departments. They also tackled the means to


Boston Marathon 2015 – overly monitored and invading privacy? “We’ve got a lot of cameras out there,” say police chiefs

By Emma Procter

US – As nearly a million people prepare to line the streets to watch the Boston Marathon this week, someone else will be watching them. Bill Ridge with the Boston Police says video surveillance is a big part of the security plan. “We’ve got a lot of cameras out

Sony's new High Dynamic Range offering

Sony showcases high dynamic range at Las Vegas show

By Emma Procter

UAE – Sony used its exhibit at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, US,  to demonstrate its latest High Dynamic Range technologies and workflows which it says opens up new possibilities for creative expression and viewing experiences. The manufacturer showcased comparisons between High Dynamic Range and Standard Dynamic Range across environments such


Convergint acquires GS Security, extends global reach

April 13, 2015 By Emma Procter

US —Systems integrator Convergint Technologies completed the acquisition of GS Security Services, a firm that Convergint has partnered with in the past. “We have a number of global companies in New England and they have helped us service them,” said Dan Moceri, executive chairman of Convergint.


Smart cameras to detect major traffic violations in Qatar

By Emma Procter

QATAR – Common traffic violations like use of mobile phones while driving, wrong overtaking and failure to fasten seat belts will now be captured in smart cameras with Qatar’s Ministry of Interior launching a new and extensive surveillance system. The project named “Talaa” aims to promote

Robert Davies, WSP

Specifically Speaking… Robert Davies, technical director and deputy head of fire & life safety at WSP, Middle East

By Emma Procter

This month’s Specifically Speaking Q&A is with Robert Davies, the technical director and deputy head of fire & life safety Middle East at WSP Talk about your current role and the work you are doing in the GCC. I am deputy head of the fire & life