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Networks are getting ever more complex and secure borders are ever harder to define.

Vulnerability in network security is not just a matter of poor system design or configuration. Nor is a successful attack solely the work of an enterprising hacker or a lucky cast by a phisher. Often weaknesses in IT security are the result of simple mistakes.

Some of the mistakes electronic security installers and integrators sometimes make that compromise customer security networks include:

1: Connecting systems to the Internet before they’ve been adequately hardened
2: Connecting test systems, subnets and devices to the Internet with default accounts and/or passwords
3: Failing to update systems after security holes are discovered
4: Employing weak protocols with no encryption to manage structural fundamentals like routers, firewalls and authentication applications
5: Giving passwords over the phone, via email, or changing user passwords in response to telephone or personal requests when the caller is not authenticated
6: Failure to maintain and test backups
7: Running unnecessary (usually default) services on networks that don’t need them
8: Implementing firewalls with rules that don’t stop malicious or dangerous traffic passing inward or outward, or that don’t notify admin of events
9: Failure to implement/update virus scanning software everywhere it might be required
10: Failure to educate end users on what to look for and what action to take when confronted by a possible network security weakness.

The top mistakes committed by management in relation to networks supporting security solutions include:

1: Assigning untrained people to implement and maintain network security, and/or failing to provide training and time to learn the role
2: Failing to understand the relationship of information/network security and the business problem – or understanding the business problem but not seeing the consequences of poor IT security
3: Failing to deal with the operational aspects of security – making a few fixes and then not allowing the follow-through necessary to ensure the problems stay fixed
4: Relying primarily on a firewall – or an air gap – not on proactive procedures and solutions
5: Failing to realise how much money data security and organisational reputation is worth
6: Authorising reactive, short-term fixes so problems re-emerge rapidly
7: Pretending/hoping the problem will go away if it’s ignored.

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Tactical Releases Aussie-Made TPS13-3.5DC Switchmode Power Supply

Tactical Power Products have released the Australian-made TPS13-3.5DC 13.5Vdc 3.5A Switchmode power supply which is specifically suited for the access control and alarm installations.

Featuring heavy-duty aluminium construction, which offers excellent heatsinking, the power supply is equipped with features that include 13.5vdc 3.5A Continuous output, a battery charger delivering 13-5vdc at 300mA, AC present signal via green LED, AC fail via an SPDT relay, and low battery signal via SPDT relay and red LED indication. There’s red LED for reverse battery, fuse failure signaled by red LED, current limit and short circuit protection, and operating temperature between 0-40C.

This power supply has been tested by Austest Laboratories a leading Australian NATA accredited laboratory and fully complies with AS/NZS60950.1:2015 electrical safety and AS/NZSCISPR32:2015 EMC, with a certificate of compliance issued by SAA Approvals: SAA 203368-EA

Browse our full range of Tactical Powersupplies at great prices

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Wisenet X PTZ PLUS with AI Auto Tracking

Wisenet PTZ units are upto 65% lighter than most PTZ domes for easy & safe installation

Compact and approximately 65% lighter than most PTZ domes, the Wisenet X PTZ PLUS cameras can be quickly and easily deployed, requiring engineers during a first fix to just ‘match 3 points and twist’. This conveniently enables them to tighten screws without having to hold onto the camera.

Installer Friendly

Unlike conventional PTZ cameras which require up to 5 separate cables, the Wisenet X PTZ PLUS only needs a single RJ45 cable to operate and this is installed with a flexible bush to ensure the camera is waterproof.

AI Auto Tracking

Wisenet offers object (person or vehicle) auto tracking based on AI deep-learning algorithm.

Exceptional Image Quality

Wisenet offers remarkable image quality for clearer and more detailed video with new in-house developed 30x/40x zoom lens.

Adaptive IR Technology

Wisenet offers optimized IR at every zoom ratio with monitoring in complete darkness up to 200m with Wise IR.

Built-in Wipers

Wisenet offers built-in wipers remove rain, sleet or snow and then activate a heater on the lens to dry any residual water.

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Will AI save us from Covid-19? New tool can churn out vaccine models in minutes, not months

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have unveiled an incredibly powerful, AI-powered method for producing new potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates in a matter of minutes or even seconds.

The new process, developed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, could mark a major turning point in the information war against the coronavirus and its many, increasingly virulent mutations which are taxing an already challenging worldwide vaccine rollout. 

The USC team leveraged artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up vaccine analysis which can be quickly and easily adapted to analyze viral mutations themselves. 

Using a machine learning algorithm, the model can allegedly complete vaccine design cycles in a matter of mere minutes, or even seconds, in a feat which before the pandemic took months if not years, showing how far humanity has come in the past 12 months or so. 

“This AI framework, applied to the specifics of this virus, can provide vaccine candidates within seconds and move them to clinical trials quickly to achieve preventive medical therapies without compromising safety,” said Paul Bogdan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at USC Viterbi, adding that it would allow medical researchers to “stay ahead of the coronavirus as it mutates around the world.”

The method optimizes possible treatments for the particular strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, extremely quickly, eliminating some 95 percent of the possible compounds which could be used in vaccines. 

Using one strain of SARS-CoV-2 alone, the system predicted 26 potential vaccines that it then whittled down to just 11, all of which attack the virus’ spike proteins that it uses to break-and-enter human cells and begin self-replicating. 

The AI-powered system can devise new vaccines in under a minute and validate their quality in less than an hour, in a truly staggering and promising breakthrough, once independently verified and thoroughly tested, of course. 

The timing couldn’t be better either, as the medical community is increasingly concerned that new variants and mutations of the virus will be resistant to the current generation of vaccines currently being rolled out across the globe. 

Furthermore, the current prototype system only used two of a possible 700,000 proteins to develop its vaccine designs, throwing open the door to a potentially unbeatable, ever-adapting arsenal of vaccine candidates. 

The machine learning algorithm draws its intel from a giant bioinformatics database called the Immune Epitope Database (IEDB). An epitope is the part of an antigen – something which triggers an immune response – where an antibody – the immune system response to an antigen – can bind.

The database contains 600,000 known epitopes from some 3,600 different species, including the genome and spike protein sequence of SARS-CoV-2.

http://https ://www.rt.com/news/514729-artificial-intelligence-models-coronavirus-mutations/

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How Amazon’s Ring, the privacy-busting doorbell surveillance tool, is extending its influence with police across the US

The number of police forces joining Ring’s partnership program across America more than doubled in 2020, despite there being little evidence that it’s an effective crimefighting device. The rise is sparking major privacy concerns.

Newly released figures indicate that nearly 2,000 police departments across the US are partnered with Amazon’s Ring, in the process expanding the reach of the highly controversial civilian surveillance network yet further.

Ring, bought by the e-commerce giant in February 2018 for a fee that could be as much as US$1.8 billion, is best-known for producing a range of ‘smart’ doorbells, which house high-definition cameras, motion sensors, microphones, and speakers.

Not long after its purchase, the partnership program was launched – under its auspices, Ring offers authorities access to video footage recorded by the millions of internet-connected devices its customers have mounted to their homes.

In turn, citizens alerted to suspicious or outright criminal activity outside their residences by Ring’s motion sensors can submit reports directly to law enforcement via an accompanying app, ‘Neighbors’.

The figures show a staggering 1,189 departments nationwide joined the program in 2020 – the total now stands at 2,014, including 305 fire departments.

Only two US states – Montana and Wyoming – aren’t home to forces enrolled in the program, which saw partnered departments collectively request videos related to over 22,335 incidents during 2020 alone.

Ring hails the initiative as a ‘Neighborhood Watch’ revolution, which makes areas safer by helping deter andsolve crimes. Its website features numerous clips of apparent criminals caught in the act on doorsteps, and a May 2019 case in which Ring footage played a pivotal role in the identification and capture of an individual who abducted an eight-year-old was well-publicised.

Conversely, several slick promotional videos in which various police departments touted Ring’s crime-fighting capabilities have since been removed from the web.

In one such segment, which focused on the company’s partnership with police in Winter Park, Florida, the local department’s chief spoke effusively about the “value” of Ring cameras “in helping us solve crimes” – as police officers “cannot be everywhere,” the force was said to “rely” on citizens using the ‘Neighbors’ app to report incidents.

The reason for the video’s deletion is unclear, although it may be related to a February 2020 NBC News investigationwhich found Winter Park authorities had in fact not made a single arrest facilitated by footage obtained from Ring cameras since it partnered with the company in April 2018.

The story was much the same elsewhere. NBC interviewed 40 law enforcement agencies in eight states that had partnered with Ring for at least three months – three said the ease with which citizens can share Ring videos meant officers wasted time reviewing clips of issues such as raccoons running around and petty disagreements between neighbors, while others noted the deluge of footage rarely led to positive identifications of suspects, let alone arrests.

A total of 13 agencies had made zero arrests as a result of Ring footage, and several others, including those in large US cities, simply didn’t know how many arrests had been made as a result of their Ring partnership, even though they’d been partnered with the company for over a year.

Concerns over the program’s law-keeping efficacy are nonetheless somewhat secondary to its grave privacy implications.

Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has long been a fervent critic of the system, dubbing it “a perfect storm of privacy threats” and contending that Ring and comparable ‘home security’ providers serve to greatly inflate paranoia about crime, transforming every innocent delivery person, charity fundraiser, or election canvasser into a potential – if not likely – criminal with every motion sensor update beamed.

“By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege,” EFF argues. “It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?”

Police departments are greatly incentivized by Ring to further this feedback loop. In areas where police are partnered with the company, departments are granted credits with which they can buy more cameras to distribute to residents, for every resident who downloads the Neighbors app. As such, officers are encouraged to act as unadvertised sales reps for Ring.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/514289-amazon-ring-privacy-us/

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End of Life Announcement: Insight Software Products

Inner Range would like to advise that all Insight Software products will move to end of life status
from April 5th, 2021.

This includes all additional Insight software licenses and software product keys (inclusive of dongles) for Insight Professional, Insight Express, Insight Monitor and Insight CMS.

As of April 5th, 2021, Insight products will no longer be available for purchase from Inner Range or Inner Range distributors.


A Replacement for Insight Software

The replacement for Insight Software is the Inner Range Integriti Security Management System.
Many customers, large and small, have successfully and affordably migrated from Insight to the
Integriti platform. The Integriti system is backwardly compatible with the Concept hardware (The
system hardware used with Insight) making the migration to Integriti easy, efficient, and
extremely cost-effective – migrating is a fraction of the cost of an entire product replacement.

**The vast majority of Concept LAN modules are compatible with Integriti Software and do not
need to be replaced. Concept Controllers need to be replaced with Integriti Controllers. For more
information about upgrading please contact Inner Range Technical Support on 03 9780 4300

Technical Support
Inner Range is fully committed to supporting customers who have existing Insight Software.
➢ Technical support for current versions of Insight will remain available for a reasonable
period of time after the EOL date, which is expected (but not guaranteed) to be
approximately 2 years. There will be no further software versions, patches or bug fix
releases for the product, noting that the last release was issued in July 2017.
➢ A quotation service is available for assisting customers in migrating from Insight to the
Integriti product range – please contact the Inner Range technical support department for
further details.
➢ The current version of the Insight technicians’ tool “Insight Installer” will remain
available to Security Technicians after the EOL date and until further notice.

Insight Software products being made end of life upon this announcement:

Item Code Description
INSGHT SOFTWARE KEYS (ITEMS WITH HARDWARE DONGLE)
994402 SOFTWARE INSIGHT PROFESSIONAL
994402ENT SOFTWARE INSIGHT ENTERPRISE BUNDLE*
994402ENTNZ SOFTWARE INSIGHT ENTERPRISE BUNDLE FOR NZ ONLY*
994402EU SOFTWARE INSIGHT PROFESSIONAL – EUROPE
994402NZ SOFTWARE INSIGHT PROFESSIONAL – NEW ZEALAND*
994402UPG SOFTWARE EXPRESS TO PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE
994402XPR SOFTWARE INSIGHT EXPRESS
994402XPRNZ SOFTWARE INSIGHTEXPRESS – NEW ZEALAND*
INSIGHT OPTIONAL SOFTWARE FEATURES
994405 SOFTWARE REPORTS MODULE
994406 SOFTWARE INSIGHT PHOTO ID LICENSE
994407 SOFTWARE FLOATING CLIENT LICENSE*
994408 SOFTWARE INSIGHT COM READ ONLY LICENSE*
994409 SOFTWARE INSIGHT DYNAMIC USER INTERFACE – DUIM
994410 SOFTWARE CCTV INTERFACE 30 CAMERAS
994411 SOFTWARE EXTRA CCTV LICENCE ADDS 10 ADDITIONAL CAMERAS
994412 SOFTWARE INSIGHT CARD POOL LICENCE
994413 SOFTWARE INSIGHT EXTRA PANEL LICENCE
994414 SOFTWARE INSIGHT EXTRA CLIENTLICENCE
994415 SOFTWARE INSIGHT XTRA IP DOOR LICENCE*
994416GT SOFTWARE 3PGATEWAY FOR COMMUNICATOR*
994416SK SOFTWARE INSIGHT COMMUNICATOR LICENCE KEY*
994417 SOFTWARE INSIGHT COMMUNICATOR INTERFACE COM R/W LICENCE*
994418 SOFTWARE INSIGHT COM 3RD PARTY*
994419 SOFTWARE INSIGHT TERM SERVICES*
994425 SOFTWARE INSIGHT ALLOW REMOTE LICENCE
994426 SOFTWARE DVR PLUG-IN INSTALLER
994427 SOFTWARE CUSTOM REPORTS INTEG/INSIGHT CUSTOM REPORT*
994428 SOFTWARE INSIGHT MONITOR IPXmit INITIAL 10 LICENCES*
994429 SOFTWARE INSIGHT MONITOR IPXmit 10 INITIAL 10 LICENCES*
994430 SOFTWARE INSIGHT V5 UPGRADE KEY
994431 SOFTWARE PERSONNEL EXPLORER LICENCE
994432 SOFTWARE ADAPTIVE USER ROTOTION MODULE – AURM LICENCE
994433 SOFTWARE INSIGHT TAGBOARD LICENCE
994434 SOFTWARE INSIGHT USER QUALIFICATION LICENCE
994440 SOFTWARE INSIGHT CMS BASE PACKAGE INC. 1 OPERATOR*
994441 SOFTWARE INSIGHT CMS OPERATOR 1 ADDITIONAL OPERATOR*
994442 SOFTWARE INSIGHT CMS PANEL LICENCE: 1 ADDITIONAL INSIGHT CMS PANEL*
994450 SOFTWARE INSIGHT BUSINESS PACK*
994451 SOFTWARE INSIGHT ENTERPRISE PACK*
994452 SOFTWARE INSIGHT 10 PANEL PACK*

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Insight Software End of Life Announcement

Insight Software Products 

End of Life Announcement

Inner Range have advised that all Insight Software products will move to end of life status from April 5th, 2021.  

This includes all additional Insight software licenses and software product keys (inclusive of dongles) for Insight Professional, Insight Express, Insight Monitor and Insight CMS.

As of April 5th, 2021, Insight products will no longer be available for purchase from Inner Range or Inner Range distributors. 

A Replacement for Insight Software 

The replacement for Insight Software is the Inner Range Integriti Security Management System. Many customers, large and small, have successfully and affordably migrated from Insight to the Integriti platform. The Integriti system is backwardly compatible with the Concept hardware (The system hardware used with Insight) making the migration to Integriti easy, efficient, and extremely cost effective – migrating is a fraction of the cost of an entire product replacement. **

For information on how to migrate to Integriti please contact Inner Range on the contact details provided below.

Inner Range: Ph +61 3 9780 4300 or email support@innerrange.com

**The vast majority of Concept LAN modules are compatible with Integriti Software and do not need to be replaced.  Concept Controllers need to be replaced with Integriti Controllers. For more information about upgrading please contact Inner Range Technical Support on 03 9780 4300

Technical Support

Inner Range is fully committed to supporting customers who have existing Insight Software.

➢ Technical support for current versions of Insight will remain available for a reasonable period of time after the EOL date, which is expected (but not guaranteed) to be approximately 2 years. There will be no further software versions, patches or bug fix releases for the product, noting that the last release was issued in July 2017.

➢ A quotation service is available for assisting customers in migrating from Insight to the Integriti product range – please contact the Inner Range technical support department for further details.

➢ The current version of the Insight technicians’ tool “Insight Installer” will remain available to Security Technicians after the EOL date and until further notice

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FLIR Systems To Be Acquired By Teledyne For $US8B

FLIR Systems and Teledyne Technologies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Teledyne will acquire FLIR in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $US8.0 billion, a 40 percent premium on FLIR’s current stock price.

“FLIR’s commitment to innovation spanning multiple sensing technologies has allowed our company to grow into the multi-billion-dollar company it is today,” said Earl Lewis, chairman of FLIR.

“With our new partner’s platform of complementary technologies, we will be able to continue this trajectory, providing our employees, customers and stockholders even more exciting momentum for growth. Our board fully supports this transaction, which delivers immediate value and the opportunity to participate in the upside potential of the combined company.”

The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close in the middle of 2021 subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals, approvals of Teledyne and FLIR stockholders and other customary closing conditions.

“At the core of both our companies is proprietary sensor technologies,” said Robert Mehrabian, executive chairman of Teledyne. “Our business models are also similar: we each provide sensors, cameras and sensor systems to our customers. However, our technologies and products are uniquely complementary with minimal overlap, having imaging sensors based on different semiconductor technologies for different wavelengths.

“For 2 decades, Teledyne has demonstrated its ability to compound earnings and cash flow consistently and predictably. Together with FLIR and an optimized capital structure, I am confident we shall continue delivering superior returns to our stockholders.”

Jim Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR, said FLIR was excited to join forces with Teledyne.

“Together, we will offer a uniquely complementary end-to-end portfolio of sensory technologies for all key domains and applications across a well-balanced, global customer base,” Cannon said. “We are pleased to be partnering with an organization that shares our focus on continuous innovation and operational excellence, and we look forward to working closely with the Teledyne team as we bring our two companies together to capitalize on the important opportunities ahead.”