Rapid DNA is a program funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Resilient Systems Division, to verify legal kinship of family members. According to the DHS report, it is a DNA based, quick and cost efficient way to “ improve immigration efficiency for legal kinship applicants, reduce kinship fraud, identify mass casualty victims, provide for family reunifications, and conduct DNA watch list checks”.

Currently, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS) is dependent upon “documentary evidence and testimony elicited during interviews to verify family relationships”. These procedures prove to be prolonged and drawn out.

Professional field officers will be able to execute the Rapid DNA testing quickly. Rapid DNA is promoted by the US government, as a biometric tool, to be used at the United Sates borders where a common overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants is causing national concern.

Due to the recent situation of migrants flooding the border of Mexico to enter illegally into the United States, the DNA testing is upsetting some, who feel it may be a breach of privacy.

Border Patrol officials have reported that many children crossing the border illegally, are not actually with members of their biological family and are being trafficked and exploited. Some adults produce birth certificates stating the children they cross with illegally are theirs, however instances have proven that a lot of these documents are counterfeit.

Agents at the border state that they would be working with this method of Rapid DNA, in the hopes that parents will understand that protection of illegal children, is the prime factor of importance and this type of verification ( although there are those that may argue), is said to be, ultimately, for the child’s best interests.

The Thermal Bi-Spectrum Camera System was selected among a pool of applicants at the 2018 ESX Award Winner, in the video surveillance category.

“The ESX Innovation Awards is an industry competition that recognizes the most impactful and groundbreaking technologies for the electronic security and life safety industry. This includes emerging technologies, as well as those that have been field-tested”.

Described as the DS-2TD2615-7/10 Thermal Bi-Spectrum IP Camera, a distinct attribute is the thermal imager feature. It bears a lens in 7 or 10 mm, and contains “matched field of view” with the MP CMOS DarkFighter visible camera.

The winning innovation is known to be extremely reliable, with groundbreaking technology that allows among other things image switching, high picture quality, and full frame with low light color imaging.

Hikvision boasts that the DS-2TD2615-7/10 Thermal Spectrum IP Camera is reported as “being used in some of the most demanding market segments”. The objective of Hikvision, according to published statements is that their newly recognized product will help “combat crime and terrorism, and safeguard North American Communities”.

Starting today June 19th, until Friday 22, in Nashville Tennessee, is ESX – Electronic Security Expo. This year’s 2018 event, according to their program, as revealed to the public online, aims to feature “insights from tech experts, a heartfelt panel on school security, and more”.

The ESX Expo is a “nation-wide event, open exclusively to the electronic security and life safety industry”. It is designed to allow interaction of professionals and those alike in the safety and security community.

Divided into topics of education, events & experiences, Expo and Non-for Pofit, the week’s activities promises to energize its attendees to re-think the future. Key-note speakers are invited to voice their opinions and experiences on security integration subject matters; some of these sessions are also interactive so the community may participate in discussions and brainstorming.

Alongside the business and networking opportunities are anything from breakfasts to cocktail receptions as well as various forms of entertainment; one such highlight includes a performance set to take place in the exhibit hall on June 20, by Kristen Merlin, a finalist on NBC;’s “ The Voice”.

The ESX Expo website also boasts of an upcoming Shark Tank style contest called TechVision Challenge, where contestants enter their creative concepts and are judged by a panel of impressive industry leaders.

It is an Expo that offers expert advice on its showcased products, and services. With a keen intent to help the gathering security integration enthusiasts learn more about installation training, merchandising, marketing and sales, exhibitors are on display throughout.

As stated publically, “ESX is owned by the industry’s leading professional associations. All profits made from the show are reinvested into programs and activities that help grow the industry”.

For more information: http://www.esxweb.com/Schedule/Full-Schedule

Honeywell is globally known for “inventing technologies that address some of the world’s toughest challenges in safety and security”. Their mission is “building a world that’s safer and more secure”. This is indeed proven as Honeywell focuses its attention to SAFE KIDS AT HOME PROGRAM RESEARCH.

In countries where household burns are prevalent, Honeywell’s Safe Kids at Home Program, is working with communities in creating preventative methods to help find positive solutions. Since 2015, Honeywell first introduced the program in Pune, India to inspire a “safety culture”. Together with civic agencies, it is growing in reach.

In compliance with the Indian government’s 100 Smart cities vision, the Safe Kids at Home Program consists of interactive educational training for children under the age of 14, in schools, alongside homework assignments, videos, games, songs and play. Through knowledge, training and awareness it has been developed to help prevent child injuries due to fires and burns.

Mr. Vikas Chadha, President, Honeywell India, recognized in 2017, “ Globally Honeywell understands the space of safety very well”. He proudly commented in an online portrayal of the program, “Honeywell can supply adequate products such as fire alarms, personal protection equipment which are aligned with the safety of a particular individual”

Safe Kids at Home aims to reach out to 25,000 students and 50,000 by mid 2018. This will happen via classroom sessions involving parents as well as caregivers and events with the communities at large. It is a positive initiative offering simple safety suggestions such as “Remember to blow out candles and turn off oil lamps before going to sleep”. In addition, the program includes distributing the correct contact information for first responders in case of an emergency.

Dr. Cinthia Pinto, Program Director, Safe Kids Foundation, stated in one of her previous appearances that the Safe Kids at Home Program was one of the “first of its kind in India, on child injury prevention”.

The Honeywell partnered program works in close collaboration with hospitals, fire departments, police departments, burn units, schools and communities. As it stands today, the Safe Kids at Home Program has become a model for “fire safe schools and fire safe communities”.

Honeywell and Safe Kids Worldwide are dedicated to working with partners to protect children from preventable injuries, and are already implemented and established with their programs in India, China and the United States.

Safe Kids at Home Supported by Honeywell – the power of connected

Recent media reports state that Twitter Inc, is urging its users to change their passwords due to an internal data glitch in the system.

Media has released information that a “bug” has affected the internal system of Twitter Inc, prompting the social media company to sound the alarm for an alteration on passwords.

In a blog post Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technologist apologized. Normally passwords are protected by a technology that disguises the user passwords, not even allowing Twitter staff the ability to see them in form. Unfortunately, the bug caused the veil to be lifted and the passwords were unmasked, exposing personal codes.

Cryptographic techniques allow passwords to be stored on Twitter’s servers for the purpose of authenticating login. The codes are converted into a strand of characters known as a “hash”. The “bug” did not allow the “hash” process to fulfill its mission. Hacker’s could have had the opportunity to steal personal information, due to such exposure. There is no reports on precisely how many accounts were affected by this incident.

Seemingly, more than thirty three millions people use Twitter, and have been advised to change to a password that is unique and doesn’t match other services, as well as to create one that is heavily formulated with numerals, letters and symbols. It is best to avoid common passwords that include names, addresses or pet names.

To stay securely ahead, change passwords often and use paraphrases that can easily be remembered on all related devices.

VERIZON is partnering with visionaries from different industries, using data and technology to turn innovative ideas into reality, in their operation HUMANABIITY. Their slogan, “ We don’t wait for the future. We build it”, has engaged them in projects that reduce C02, save lives and keep food safe.

By creating a device with a sensor the size of an American nickel (10 cents), environmental conditions can be tracked through an advanced network system that protects food shipments from the risk of contamination.

According to data provided by VERIZON, 4 billion pounds of seafood, was consumed in America during 2009. Their studies also show that 47.8 million Americans get sick from food borne diseases each year, 128,000 people are hospitalized by food poisoning annually, and 3,000 Americans actually die each year from food borne diseases.

Advertisements created by the VERIZON team, proudly demonstrate the effectiveness and necessity of this safety sensor. Tom Villa, VERIZON Global Asset Management, speaks fluently on the product, “ We took our world class network and developed devices to track environmental conditions. This device allows people to understand what’s happening not only with the location of that asset, but also if it is too hot or too cold”. He describes the senor as “completely unique”, Chris Harrison, Shipping Manager, explains how products such as “Fish, beef, poultry, vaccines and insulin”, are protected and monitored by the device during shipping.

Trawler fisherman, Captain Dennis Woloshuck, Ocean Venture, in the VERIZON advertisement confidently states, “ I catch all this beautiful fish, but once its out of my hands I have no control over it. If you have a sensor that can keep track of your product, it can keep everyone honest that way”.

With trillions of transactions a year, a good competent network is vitally important and not many companies on the world have the capacity to handle such volume. There is nothing fishy about VERIZON, they have proven to have a grip on it with their little tiny sensor that is “keeping the food chain safe”.

The Indian government has faced a strong backlash over some of its decisions regarding the implementation of the Aadhar card. However it has stood its ground, countering the unjustified discourse around Aadhar and the inability of some to completely comprehend it.

When the Aadhar project began in 2009, its sole aim was to provide each and every Indian with a universally acceptable and portable unique identification. The only form of unique identification in India before Aadhar was the Ration card, which became increasingly unreliable owing to many loopholes and corruption in the system. Aadhar was conceptualized as a way out, building over the flaws of the ration card and extending its service to all individuals unconditionally. (more…)


The industrial revolution in characterized by amalgamation of technologies that is fading the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres. The application of current technologies within healthcare sector has the potential to transform the way care is delivered improving the patient experience.

Comprehensive medical units and hospitals demand year around security. Hospital security systems are often the most intricate that requires physical concerns, such as intrusion detection and access control, as well as concern of digital information and IP security. Ideal hospital security system is a must to protect their patients and assets. It is important for the hospital to ensure a safe environment for all patients and staff members. While physical safety is always a primary concern, protecting tangible equipment and supplies as well as intellectual property and electronic data.

An affective measure must be taken by the hospital towards saving energy and generate reliable power for life-saving equipment and boosting patients’ wellbeing. The hospitals must modernize the power control network to offer necessary flexibility to power consumption, enabling an uninterrupted flow of energy at all time. An intelligent control system has to be installed to ensure that the critical areas such as operation theaters and intensive care have a reliable power supply, with any faults quickly identified and necessary action taken to rectify without interrupting patient care even in the event of a local power cut.

Healthcare centers contain high value facilities and equipment, volatile situation involving the safety of people, a diverse array of space, building and departments which contains a variety of people – staff, patients and visitors. A proper security system has to be installed to keep an eye on drug and prescription theft and to secure the surgeries. All the electronic and power systems must be incorporated within the hospital design to ensure that the building performance is optimized.

The security of the hospital premises can be significantly increased by installing automated number plate recognition system (ANPR). The installation of ANPR increases the security by differentiating between the hospital staff vehicle and the visitor’s vehicle and restricting the unauthorized vehicles. Another way to ensure the security system of the hospital is by implementing the biometric system and the use of intercom or two way pager to communicate with the staff in emergency.

The effective way of managing the hospital security operations can be achieved by installing integrated security platform. It utilizes the web browser interface with a built in early monitoring system that monitor operations non-stop like identify suspect stories and notifies the management with precise information to response. It generates intelligent and informed timely alerts for the administrators on computer and mobile devices. This system enables quicker response time and guided response system in emergency situations making life easier for security and the administrators, secure to patients and employees and productive for the hospital.

The integrated security platform enrolls all employees and the visitors on common data base using their identity proof and then links to the patient information system with a workflow based automated system. Emails, messages and notifications must be enabled on a centralized command and control center.

Hospital houses a tremendous amount of personal data, including financial data, social security numbers and health information of millions of patients. The use of web browser increases the possible chances of getting vulnerable to a cyber-attack. The healthcare system must protect itself from becoming the victim of a cyber-attack.







Infrared (IR) cameras offer a unique advantage of turning the invisible to visible. They efficiently negate our inability to see what is outside our visual range by capturing a wider spectrum of light known as infrared. These cameras efficiently capture heat signatures of the objects and convert them into colours which can be easily perceived by the human eye. Every creature or object emits heat which is readable by these cameras in the form of heat signatures. The image produced by these heat signatures is known as a thermogram. Thermograms are then further assessed with the help of thermal imaging cameras and compatible software. This unique advantage of IR cameras makes them the perfect complement to any video, audio and physical presence security network.

IR cameras are becoming increasingly popular in the security sector owing to their many applications. They provide assessable and advanced solutions for thermal imaging which makes them ideal for mass-screening individuals at airports to scan for epidemic outbreaks such as Swine Flu, Zika Virus, Ebola Virus, etc. Prevention and control of epidemic outbreaks is becoming exacting for many countries as the recent Ebola epidemic showcased how easily infectious diseases can cross borders. However, more and more measures are being put in place to overcome this challenge and IR cameras are becoming an important tool in this regard.

Other applications of IP cameras include industrial and commercial application, military and defence surveillance and medical imaging. Military and defence constitute a large part of IR application with the industry tipped to make over one-third of the total IR camera market size by 2024. This is because of the unique properties of IR Cameras, like ruggedness, reliability, and extreme temperature withstanding-ability, which IP-based cameras do not offer.

These properties have also impressed the law enforcement sector in the US as the recent years have witnessed a sharp rise in the use of thermal imaging cameras to identify criminals and fugitives. These unique properties enable the law enforcement to capture images in bad light, tough weather conditions, or assist them in their overall surveillance systems.

The global IR camera market is speculated to grow at a CAGR of 9% from 2016 to 2024. On the basis of regions, North America and Asia Pacific make for the most share of the market for IR cameras. North America is predicted to be one of the leading regions by the year 2024. Higher adoption of video surveillance cabling is yet another regional driver. Asia Pacific is expected to generate over USD 1.7 billion in 2024. This can be ascribed to high consumption in defence applications across India, South Korea, and Japan.

Another reason for the high demands of these cameras is a number of personal uses associated with them. Thermal imaging cameras are used in home safety and security, for identifying inconsistencies in the cooling system, gas leaks, chinks in the electrical system, and many other household operations.

Thermal cameras are an economical solution to broad area, limited visibility and low/no light situations which require personnel, employees, students and individuals to move through an area, making them a great surveillance prospect in the years to come.