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Security Technology and Biometrics

Industry growth despite challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     29th October 2010 The private security services industry continues to grow, despite facing challenges, reports South African Intruder Detection Services Association (Saidsa) national chairperson Johan Krogh. “The number of security personnel being registered and firearm applications received by the Central... 

R7m investment to strengthen 
barrier security

By: Carla Thomaz     30th October 2009 Security barrier manufacturer Trellidor has invested R7-million in strengthening its barrier security products in response to the increase in residential and business robberies, often associated with violent crime. 

Wider use of convergence, standardisation of protocols

By: Carla Thomaz     30th October 2009 With the rapid development of modern technology, future security technologies will see a wider use of vascular recognition, mobile identification and convergence of protocols for complete building management systems, says building efficiency and power solutions company Johnson Controls. 

Recent scams highlight password vulnerability

By: Carla Thomaz     30th October 2009 A recent banking scam, which saw a technician from mobile giant Vodacom and a syndicate charged with fraud amounting to more than R7-million, has exposed the vulnerability of using SMS’s to deliver one-time-passwords as a security measure, says mobile authentication firm FireID. 

Security, fire detection interface system gains popularity

By: Jonathan Faurie     31st October 2008 A computer software system that permits security and fire detection systems to interface with each other is becoming very popular in the security industry, reports security technology company IDtek.  

SA security industry accesses military-grade technology

By: Jonathan Faurie     31st October 2008 Military grade security technology, which was designed and tested by the Israeli Defence Force, is now available to South African industry through security technology company C3 Shared Services (C3). 

Technology enhances network access control

31st October 2008 The automation of business processes has increased the dependence of most companies on network-based information, reports security company Channel Data.  

New security regulation affects SA exports

31st October 2008 The US Department of Homelands Security has announced that as of 15 October 2008, all loaded maritime cargo containers entering the US must be secured with high-security seals meeting the ISO/PAS 17712 standard. This regulation, the latest development in the Customs Trade Partnership against... 

Biometric technology improves airport security

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd November 2007 Biometric technology is the new standard in industrial security and access control and is being used the world over in all areas of air travel says IDtek MD Julian Thorrold. 

Risk management ineffective in local industrial sector

2nd November 2007 The local manufacturing and industrial sector does not have the kind of security systems needed to effectively manage and protect its interests despite the growing and diverse risks, reports local electronic security equipment company Elvey Security Technologies. 

Video threat detection offers new perimeter security option

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd November 2007 An intelligence video system, known as video threat detection (VTD), is the future of video surveillance and perimeter security says security solutions company, C3 Shared Services (C3SS) MD Brendon Cowley. 

New identification technology could reduce motor theft

By: Sylvester Haskins     2nd November 2007 Microdot technology, also known as datadots, is set to turn the tables on vehicle theft in South Africa, having already influenced a 93% vehicle theft decrease in overseas markets reports local microdot technology supplier DNA Technology. 

Acsa announces new rules governing liquids, aerosols and gels

By: Dennis Ndaba     15th June 2007 Flight threats targeted at the UK and the US last August have forced the European Union and some other countries to adopt new security rules that restrict the amount of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) that passengers can carry as hand luggage through security screening points. 

Rising interest in new biometric fingerprint doorlock

By: Dennis Ndaba     18th May 2007 Aim-listed and global provider of integrated biometrics and radio frequency identification (RFID) security solutions RCG has launched a M29 biometric fingerprint doorlock featuring the latest fingerprint recognition technology and an advanced semiconductor sensor. 

Electronic security systems offer flexibility, dependability 

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd November 2006 Statistics suggest that a serious crime is committed in South Africa every 17 seconds, with Johannesburg forming the epicentre of the problem. 

Power-line-based broadband offers security advantages

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd November 2006 Broadband power-line communication (PLC), which converts an existing electrical grid into a high-speed data, voice and video network offers numerous security advantages says broadband services company Goal Technology Services (GTS) CFO Adrian McGuire. Users, he adds, have a complete choice of... 

Crime stats indicate broad, steady progress

By: thamashni naidoo     3rd November 2006 Discussing the recently-released crime statistics, made public as part of the South African Police Service (SAPS) annual report, Business Against Crime CEO Siphiwe Nzimande says that the publication of the statistics is crucial to inform the understanding of reported crime in the country, the... 

Company eyes 2010 World Cup stadium-security contracts

By: Jade Davenport     4th November 2005 Corporate security solutions, which are designed to add value to business through the derivation of security intelligence, are rapidly becoming an essential element of business processes, which is evidenced by the fact that the industry is expanding at a rate of approximately 10% a year. 

Crime busters

By: Jade Davenport     4th November 2005 Five initiatives launched to reduce lawlessness 

Outsourcing security is the way to go

4th November 2005 Success in public facility or large commercial and industrial security systems boils down to a combination of high-technology digital CCTV video-surveillance systems designed on a total solution platform with outsourcing of the system management and auxiliary resources. 

Automated system improves home security

4th November 2005 Leading manufacturer of electrical accessories and cable-management systems Legrand has a new innovative automated system, which controls electrical functions to improve home security, without anyone even having to be on the property. 

Loopholes to become a noose for fraudsters

5th November 2004 A biometric verification system for credit-based institutions and government bodies is nearing completion. 

Company to launch improved bomb suit

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 An improved version of a locally-produced bomb suit is to be released at the end of the year. 

CCTV slashes East Rand crime

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 Digital Internet protocol (IP)-based surveillance is a more versatile and innovative alternative to traditional analogue closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring. 

Most companies underestimate internal security threats

By: peter cromberge     5th November 2004 Many companies are failing to provide measures to counter the threats posed by breaches to internal data systems. 

How vulnerable are SA’s industries to computer crime?

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 Industrial security has become a significant issue in the past few years, due to the ease of hacking into systems through personal computers (PCs) and the Internet, Gartner vicepresident Dan Miklovic tells Engineering News. 

R40bn-worth of fraud, corruption and theft

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 Commercial fraud, corruption and corporate theft consumes between 3% and 5% of company turnover, affecting 86% of South African business, and costing South Africa more than R40-billion a year, says Business Against Crime (BAC) GM Tom Bouwer. 

Security operator set for growth

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 One of the leading security and related service operators in the world and the third largest in South Africa, Group 4 Falck, are well positioned to acquire substantial market share in the months ahead. 

Tamper-evident seal firm increases local production

By: zeena isaacs     7th November 2003 White-collar crime costs companies millions a year, impacting directly on the bottom line. 

Survey reveals lack of corporate information security

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 As corporate governance becomes a requirement in the wake of the Enron and Worldcom scandals, information risk management should be a function that is controlled at a higher level. 

Polygraph-testing industry growing

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 As the Christmas season approaches, the polygraph testing industry is witnessing the usual surge in demand for its specialised services. 

SA company achieves Tapa accreditation

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 In September, the South African division of global logistics company Exel received accreditation from the Technology Asset Protection Association (Tapa). 

Importers and exporters yet to consider the threat of container tampering

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 Monitoring the movement of cargo, coupled with security sealing technology is a development that is being undertaken by manufacturer and supplier of security sealing systems Aluvin Securiseal. 

Security industry faces change under new Act

By: candice haase     8th November 2002 The South African security industry has been tainted by about 1 300 malpractice cases against security companies, where security companies are underpaying guards and not complying with other provisions of the new Private Security Regulatory Act, says Security Association of South Africa (Sasa)... 

Diamond giant develops new scanning system

8th November 2002 Scannex is a new solution for detecting a wide range of contraband, no matter where they are concealed on or in the body. 

Tracking technology growing rapidly

8th November 2002 The evolution of wireless communications technology has brought about a revolution in the wireless tracking field. 

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