Surveillance equipment, robot guards and even a Black Hawk helicopter was seen at the Security 2011 Exhibition in Sydney this week. Neerav Bhatt went along with his camera.
Attendees of Security 2011 witnessed ADF Black Hawk helicopters from the 6th Aviation Regiment conducting counter terrorism exercises over the Sydney CBD.
Security cameras have become pervasive on Australian public transport over recent years, such as this Metro Light Rail tram in Sydney.
Our photographer counted 25 surveillance cameras during his commute from home to the Security 2011 registration desk at the Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour.
The NSW Police force details operates a voluntary business CCTV register. There is no obligation for registered organisations to provide information however the Police appreciate access to footage from CCTV systems installed in or around the area where an offence has occurred.
The Power Fence perimeter security solution offered by exhibitor Gallagher Security is designed for use around high-risk security installations such as energy infrastructure and fuel storage sites, military installations and prisons.
The remote controlled Samsung TechWin robot is used by the South Korean military to “deter” people from crossing the demilitarised zone between South and North Korea by sounding an alarm or shooting them with a machine gun.
The Security Entrance Division of AGP Door Systems offers a range of high security sliding doors that allow swift entry by authorised users. Visual and audio indicators inform overseeing security staff whether a person’s entry is authorised.
Employers who wish to conduct National Criminal History Record Checks on prospective employees could engage the services of exhibitor Fit2Work, which claims that a “large percentage of checks are returned within 60 seconds”.
The private security industry is regulated by Australian states and territories. As an example under the NSW Security Industry Act it is an offence to carry on unauthorised security activities.
The Quiqlite Pro can assist police, council rangers, emergency services personnel and private security guards by providing hands-free illumination.
Humans are still the weakest link in the security chain. Blackberry smart phones may be secure but it's still not wise to leave them unattended.
Public Safety Help Point Units sold by exhibitor Jacques Electronics are used in Sydney to allow passengers to contact CityRail staff in the event of an emergency or if they feel unsafe.
The Zeon Digital 2 way radio service offered by Exhibitor Motorola Solutions Australia is being used by government organisations like Brisbane City Council as well as corporations like Veolia Environmental Services. A single radio can be used for Voice, GPS location services, text messaging, data transfer, telephone interconnect, encryption and emergency button.
Apple’s iPad is proving useful as a means of monitoring security footage such as from this BOSCH HD system.
Exhibitor Eurosys told CSO that its EKEY biometric home unlocking system can be fitted with 1 or 3 relay outputs. A 3 relay system allows a user to perform different access functions eg: Open front door, Open Garage Door etc by using different enrolled fingers.
Looking for a supplier of tactical equipment for your law enforcement or private security organisation? Exhibitor Signal One has a wide range from Ballistic Vests to Beacon Lights for vehicles.
The ARGUS pan and tilt intruder detection system sold by exhibitor Geutebrück bears an uncanny resemblance to PIXAR’s WALL-E and is just as rugged with IP66-weatherproof and V4A-corrosion resistant housing, dirt and water-repellent window and a maintenance-free drive system.
Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes is a Latin phrase which loosely translates to “who can watch the watchmen”. As the security industry grows larger in size and influence it is important that its activities are scrutinised by government regulators and the media.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has the primary purpose of defending Australia against armed attack such as the Japanese air raids on Darwin and northern Australia during WWII. It also participates in UN peace keeping, operations with allies such as the USA and disaster relief. In essence the ADF is a form of “insurance” against security threats to our nation.
The NSW Police Force states that it supports programs that aim to reduce or prevent crime and believes that CCTV can be an effective crime prevention program when it is part of a broader crime prevention and community safety strategy.
American computer security specialist Bruce Schneier warns that “it's comforting to imagine vigilant police monitoring every camera, but … most CCTV footage is never looked at until well after a crime is committed. When it is examined, it's very common for the viewers not to identify suspects”. He argues that spending on CCTV would be more effective if used to hire experienced police officers.