At Doral Academy Preparatory School, Principal Carlos Ferralls wanted an extra layer of security for visitors on campus. "There was really no system that would check backgrounds or screen individuals that came to the school," Ferralls said. In 2015, Ferralls learned about an iPad-based app named CONCIERGEpad – and Doral Academy became one of the first schools to implement this security system. "It gives us a sense of security as administrators that the individuals that are coming in are safe to be in the building and that we are able to track those individuals throughout the time that they are here at our school," he said. CONCIERGEpad screens all visitors and checks them against sex offender registries as well as banned-persons lists. The app does not do criminal background checks. "It creates an electronic log of who is coming into your facility," said Frank Porro, the co-founder of CONCIEGEpad. CONCIERGEpad has multiple platforms, but the first feature the company rolled out … [Read more...] about Security System App Created by Miami Native Screens Doral School’s Visitors
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In 2016, the U.S. had more than 1 million home burglaries, the FBI reports. That equates to a burglary about every 30 seconds.These numbers alone support the case for implementing a good home-security system, but they aren’t the only reason.Burglars tend to avoid houses with security systems. Among convicted burglars, 83 percent said they would check for an alarm before trying a burglary, says a survey by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Fresh Food Connect redistributes home-grown produce to those in needIf an alarm was there, 60 percent said, they would seek an alternative target.And you don’t have to be wealthy to afford a home-security system.“Ten or 15 years ago, systems were at a price point where they were difficult to afford, but now there are a ton of affordable options for homeowners on any budget,” says Merlin Guilbeau, executive director and chief executive of the Electronic Security Association.Homeowners can see financial advantages, … [Read more...] about Home-security systems aren’t just for the wealthy. Here’s how to choose one.
Scotland has worked hard to establish a reputation for being a hub for business in the Financial Technology (or Fintech) sector. One of the biggest innovations in Fintech, and perhaps one of the most disruptive innovations in any sector in recent years, is the Blockchain technology which powers cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is most famous cryptocurrency and operates using a Blockchain which is a form of encryption technology that aims to allow for something akin to a crowd-sourced security platform. Each transaction between two users adds a new block of data to the chain, meaning that any suspicious activity (such as attempted theft or an invalid transaction) triggers a response that alerts every user. As banking giants start to embrace the technology in the transferring of data, money, and other secure transactions, will become commonplace in the public and private sector. Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology and Commercial at Burness Paull LLP, believes that Scotland is an attractive place … [Read more...] about Scottish companies driving forward the Blockchain revolution
To fortify crime prevention with technology, the Ring security company will donate 200 video doorbell devices in a collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department and Citizens' Crime Watch. The video doorbells will be connected to Ring's Neighbors app, which offers real-time crime and safety alerts. The app allows people to anonymously report suspicious activity via text, photo or video – allowing neighbors to become aware. Ring said its security systems have been instrumental in preventing burglaries and catching package thieves. "We know video works, so the more that we can share that with each other, we can stop criminals in their tracks and that's what we're trying to do," MDPD Chief Hector Llevat said. Autopsy Report: Exploding Vape Pen Killed Florida Man Ring will donate the 200 video doorbells to Citizens' Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, which will then distribute the security devices within a month to crime victims who go through a security survey from … [Read more...] about 200 Security Video Doorbells to be Donated to Miami-Dade Crime Victims
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Theodore J. Kury, University of Florida (THE CONVERSATION) Hackers taking down the U.S. electricity grid may sound like a plot ripped from a Bruce Willis action movie, This hacking is similar to the 2015 and 2016 attacks on Ukraine’s grid. While it hasn’t risen beyond scouting mode, the specter of sabotage in the U.S. now seems more realistic than it used to. Clearly, there’s no time to waste in shoring up the grid’s security. Yet getting that done is not easy, as I’ve learned through my research regarding efforts in to stave off outages in hurricane-prone Florida. There is no way to completely protect the grid. Even if that were possible, utilities tend to adopt new and better security procedures after mishaps, boosting the chance that some attacks will succeed. Regulation at the state and federal levels makes it hard for utilities and … [Read more...] about Now that Russia has apparently hacked America’s grid, shoring up security is more important than ever