This week in our Fire & Security industry news round-up we cover UK workers fear of workplace monitoring, the role Access Control plays in Smart Building market, new US law banning Hikvision & Dahua products & more…
Hikvision and Dahua products banned from US government contracts
President Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which contains details of a new law which will ban the use of Dahua and Hikvision products and their OEMs in US government and US government-funded contracts from August 2019. Additionally, beginning in August 2020, these government agencies will also be barred from entering into, extending, or renewing a contract with an entity that uses any of the above-mentioned telecommunication and video surveillance equipment. This second provision is most concerning to the specified firms, uncertain about how broadly the ban will be interpreted.
(Security World Market, 17/08/2018)
UK workers fear workplace monitoring
The latest research from the TUC claims that more than half (56%) of UK workers believe they are monitored by their boss at work. The union said this could take a variety of forms, including monitoring internet use, tracking people’s locations and timing toilet breaks. It said workers feared surveillance data was being used to set unfair targets and “take away autonomy”. “New technologies should not be used to whittle away our right to privacy, even when we’re at work. Employers should discuss and agree workplace monitoring policies with their workforces – not impose them upon them.”
(BBC News, 17/08/2018)
Access control role in Smart Buildings market
Recent IHS analysis has found that electronic access control systems are the leading type of security system being integrated into building management system (BMS) platforms. In fact, 29.6% of access control equipment shipments — including readers, door controllers and electronic locks — were installed and connected to a BMS platform in 2017. In addition unit shipments of access control equipment that is connected to a BMS platform are forecast to outpace the rest of the market by a considerable margin, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5% over the next five years. By comparison, total market unit shipments for access control equipment are forecast to rise at a CAGR of 8.8%.
(Security World Market, 14/08/2018)
IP camera security issues call for increased user awareness
According to a blog post by Jungle Disk, in 2014 73,000 unsecured cameras were hacked and made available to the general public, and of that 11,064 cameras were in the United States. Since then, reports of hacks against IP cameras and NVRs kept coming out, the most notorious being the DDoS attacks against Dyn, resulting in shutdowns of major websites across the world. IP camera security issues have become a growing problem affecting users and the organizations they work for. While camera vendors have an important role to play, the users themselves should also take necessary measures to secure their products.
Smart sensors needed in smart manufacturing
Smart manufacturing technology is increasingly being adopted in factories across the globe as manufacturers strive to achieve further efficiency and productivity. In this regard, smart sensors play an important role. According to the latest paper by ABI Research, manufacturers are increasingly looking for ways to improve production and efficiency, and more and more, they rely on data generated by sensors, which have become more advanced than ever. “Leading sensor suppliers are seeing a rise in demand for new types of sensor data in manufacturing environments and are now trying to meet that demand. That means developing use cases for transformative sensor technologies such as radar-on-chip, video and machine vision, and acoustic and ultrasonic.”
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