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Security Technology and Biometrics

New security solutions showcased at Securex 2017

     19th May 2017 Securex 2017 will bring together key players in the South African security and fire protection markets to showcase the latest technological developments in the industries, allieviating the often arduous task facing businesses and private individuals alike of finding simultaneously budget-friendly... 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 Despite the ongoing threats of cyber criminality, companies continue to fail to adequately protect their valuable data resources, says digital security provider Gemalto Africa identity and data protection manager Neil Cosser. 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business
Photo by Bloomberg
DATA PROTECTION IMPERATIVE Hackers are casting a wider net and are using easily attainable account and identity information as a starting point for high-value targets

Cyberattacks have more than just financial costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the global proliferation of technology benefits users, it also increases the number and complexity of cyber risks, and companies cannot afford not to factor in the damage that a cyberattack can have on their reputation, says global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab Africa MD Riaan... 

South African companies must prioritise cybersecurity

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 While the information technology (IT) security systems available in South Africa are highly competitive, corporate spend on this aspect of business remains too low if the country is to keep up with international trends, says hacking and industrial espionage protection company Neworder Industries... 

App ensures improved security for businesses

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 To further improve security for businesses, technological engineer and mobile application (app) provider ttrumpet has designed a mobile app that will enable businesses to monitor their surroundings, link camera systems and provide new information on any security risks. 

App ensures improved security for businesses
CONNECTED SECURITY Users and businesses can connect monitoring equipment to the application

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Before South African businesses start to invest in new security technology, old security flaws need to be addressed to ensure maximum security, says professional services firm KPMG. 

Biometrics addresses old flaws before adding new technology – KPMG
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW TECHNOLOGY Biometric technology could prevent cybercriminals from obtaining user data

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     9th December 2016 Owing to South Africa’s power instability, smart technology and solutions provider Jasco Group says it has designed solar-powered security systems. 

Power instability leads to security technology changes in South Africa
Jasco head of business development Eckart Zollner explains the challenges, opportunities and future of security technology in South Africa.

Storage specialist launches cloud-integrated platform

By: Nadine James     30th October 2015 Data management and storage solutions provider NetApp in June launched AltaVault Cloud-Integrated Storage, a backup and archiving platform for enterprise-class data protection. NetApp Africa systems engineering manager Sven Hansen tells Engineering News that the AltaVault enables organisations to... 

Storage specialist launches cloud-integrated platform
SVEN HANSEN NetApp Africa's systems engineering manager says that the cost effective AltaVault Cloud-Integrated Storage will help alleviate the strain on shrinking IT budgets

IT company promotes next-generation firewall amid increasing cyberattacks

By: Nadine James     30th October 2015 Cyberattacks have become increasingly sophisticated, as current attackers are disciplined and use systematic techniques that leverage advanced malware, spam, phishing and other attacks with strategic intent and goals, says information technology (IT) supplier Cisco local consulting systems... 

IT company promotes next-generation firewall amid increasing cyberattacks
GREG GRIESSEL. The systems engineer says there are many challenges facing IT security professionals, and that attacks from cybercriminals are almost guaranteed

Emergency services expo hosts breakaway session on security and resilience

By: Nadine James     30th October 2015 The 2015 SAESI Conference and Exhibition, presented by the South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI), will this year focus on the theme of building resilient communities, through three breakaway sessions focused on education, risk management and societal security. Addressing a media... 

Emergency services expo hosts breakaway session on security and resilience
DINO PADAYACHEE The SAESI president addressing a media briefing on 30th September

Open-source software as secure as propriety software, says developer

By: Nadine James     30th October 2015 Multinational open-source software (OSS) provider SUSE Linux Enterprise’s products have stringent development and vetting processes, which ensures that they are as secure as any propriety product, says technical engineer and information technology consultant Johann Els. Els notes that the concept... 

Open-source software as secure as propriety software, says developer
JOHANN ELS The IT consultant believes that the benefits of open source software make it as viable as it propriety competition.

Security company introduces electronic shelf hook to deter shoplifters

By: Nadine James     30th October 2015 Loss prevention specialist Lodge Security has acquired the distribution rights for a smart shelf hook for retail security. The shelf hook detects and analyses unusual product movements, setting off an acoustic and optical light-emitting diode alarm, enabling staff to intervene and address the... 

Security company introduces  electronic shelf hook to deter shoplifters
SMART HOOK Lodge Security's electronic shelf hook notes the number of products removed within a specific time period

Security strategy combats online attacks

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Companies need to start deploying a multilayered security strategy that can deal with threats such as Web application attacks, point of sale intrusions and the misuse of network tools by staff without having to use multiple security strategies, says distributor of security and networking... 

Security strategy combats online attacks
ANTON JACOBSZ Networks Unlimited offers the latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes

Biometrics the tonic for preventing identity fraud in retail

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 In response to the growing need to prevent the losses that companies suffer as a result of identification fraud, identity management specialist Ideco is encouraging its clients to use biometrics technology to help them gather accurate information on their customers, says MD Marius Coetzee.... 

Biometrics the tonic for preventing  identity fraud in retail
MARIUS COETZEE Point-of-sale-based biometric verification is a critical aspect in reducing losses caused by identification fraud

New security solution for financial services companies

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Customer communications company Pitney Bowes South Africa, in partnership with digital signature solutions provider ARX Cosign, launched a personal verification security solution in August to help financial services companies conduct business in a secure manner. “The CoSign Click solution... 

New security solution for  financial services companies
LEON VAN DER MERWE CoSign Click is suitable for any business that uses application forms and conducts business electronically

Scanner for university a first in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Electronics industry equipment, software and technical support supplier Zetech last month supplied the first nano-computerised tomography X-ray scanner in Africa to Stellenbosch University, in the Western Cape, to assist the university in scanning objects during lab analyses for disciplines such... 

Scanner for university a first in Africa
SENSING AND INSPECTING The Nanotom S is the inspection solution for a wide range of computerised tomography applications

Strong passwords prevent cyberattacks

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Almost 315 000 new examples of malicious software appear every day, which increases the risk for consumers when using their computers, laptops and smartphones to access online accounts, says vendor of endpoint protection solutions Kaspersky Lab. To deal with this challenge, the company offers a... 

Strong passwords  prevent cyberattacks
DAVID EMM Users should use strong passwords that cannot be guessed

Complying with POPI Act ensures safety of customer information

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Every company needs to comply with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act by ensuring that customers’ personal information is protected against loss and destruction. “Compliance prevents customer information from falling into the hands of people who could use it to engage in fraudulent... 

Complying with POPI Act ensures  safety of customer information
WARREN OLIVIER Losing personal data can cause serious problems for a company’s customers

Company increases supply of security doors

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Security-door company Bitcon Industries completed a modernisation programme of its manufacturing plant last month, enabling it to meet the growing demand from businesses for its range of security, fire, radiation and transformer doors, says director Bob Vollmer. “There has always been a demand... 

Company increases supply of security doors
SECURING THE DOOR Bitcon’s security doors are supplied as a door and frame unit and installed by the building contractor

Biometrics industry set to grow

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 Owing to the rapid development of biometric technology to meet increased demand for security, the global biometrics market will grow to $15-billion by 2015, compared with the market’s estimated value of $7-billion in 2012, says the Biometrics Research Group. Advancements in new security biometric... 

Looking to make Africa safer place

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 Security and defence company Saab Grintek hopes to achieve its goal of supplying civil security products in sub-Saharan Africa. “We want to take advanced military technology and adapt it to civil society in Africa to make it a safer place,” Saab South Africa CEO Magnus Lewis-Olsson tells... 

Looking to make Africa safer place
Photo by Peter Liander
SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTPRINT Ninety per cent of the systems being designed and produced at Saab Grintek Defence facilities, in South Africa, are being used by defence forces worldwide and comprise indigenous South African technology

Correct lighting improves security in communities

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 Global supplier of lighting solutions, Philips Lighting plans to implement 100 light centres across Africa that will provide security through the correct lighting technology and ensure community safety and therefore, upliftment.  To date, six centres have been rolled out in South Africa, says... 

Advanced IP surveillance key to heightened retail security

By: Samantha Herbst     9th November 2012 The demand for high-definition (HD) Internet protocol (IP) surveillance in the security market is rising, with widespread market acceptance from end-users, says global network camera manufacturer Axis Communications. 

IT group opens security division to counter advanced hacking methods

By: Samantha Herbst     9th November 2012 With the exponential growth of the Internet and associated information technology (IT), security breaches across all sectors are fast developing into a serious risk for governments and corporate enterprises.  

SA industries embrace convergence technology

By: Samantha Herbst     9th November 2012 Large-scale security convergence is becoming increasingly popular in all spheres of industry, owing to its contribution to the mitigation of safety, health and environmental (SHE) risks and its proven financial benefits, says Honeywell Building Solutions regional GM for sub-Saharan Africa Richard... 

Body scanner able to detect metallic and nonmetallic materials

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     28th October 2011 A new body-scanning machine, the ProVision Automatic Threat Detection (ATD) system, which is marketed by security detection product supplier Hissco, is able to detect both metallic and non-metallic concealed objects at security checkpoints.  

Fingerprint technology improves mine security

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     28th October 2011 US-based biometric solutions provider Lumidigm has developed its Multispectral Fingerprint Imaging (MSI) biometric device, which is suitable for ensuring security at mining operations. 

Interest in fingerprint identification systems increasing

     28th October 2011 Experts in the field of biometric identity management solutions say there is growing interest in the application of fingerprint identification systems, especially within the government sector. 

Industrial switch features biometric fingerprint technology

     28th October 2011 Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric has launched an industrial switch that uses biometric fingerprint recognition technology to facilitate employee access to sensitive areas and machine functions. 

Uncooled thermal camera offers continuous zoom capabilities

     28th October 2011 Global manufacturer of thermal imaging safety systems and infrared cameras Opgal Optronics Industries has launched its Eyesec thermal camera, which offers continuous zoom capabilities.  

Biometric device suitable for use in harsh environments 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     28th October 2011 Time and attendance solutions provider ERS Biometrics and biometric hardware supplier ZK Software have partnered in the design of an access control and time and attendance fingerprint identification system that accurately reads fingerprints in South Africa’s and Africa’s harsh industrial and... 

Sub-Saharan partnership secured with UK security company  

By: Tracy Hancock     29th October 2010 Specialists in intelligent video and perimeter security solutions C3 Shared Services reports that is the official exclusive applied business partner sub-Saharan Africa for UK-based perimeter security and safety solutions company Geoquip.

C3 Shared Services business development director Brendon... 

Fingerprint technology reduces fraudulent permit authorisations

By: Tracy Hancock     29th October 2010 South African developer of process manufacturing software solutions ApplyIT has commissioned its computerised permit-to-work system, IntelliPERMIT, in Australia. The system uses fingerprint identification technology to authorise permits.  

Proactive security for 
engineering, mining 
industries

By: Tracy Hancock     29th October 2010 Security technology and solutions company Seco Alarm, which provides products suited to improving security in the mining and engineering industries, believes that the company’s range of products provides South Africa with a proactive, rather than reactive response to crime. 

Industry growth despite challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     29th October 2010 The private security services industry continues to grow, despite facing challenges, reports South African Intruder Detection Services Association (Saidsa) national chairperson Johan Krogh. “The number of security personnel being registered and firearm applications received by the Central... 

R7m investment to strengthen 
barrier security

By: Carla Thomaz     30th October 2009 Security barrier manufacturer Trellidor has invested R7-million in strengthening its barrier security products in response to the increase in residential and business robberies, often associated with violent crime. 

Wider use of convergence, standardisation of protocols

By: Carla Thomaz     30th October 2009 With the rapid development of modern technology, future security technologies will see a wider use of vascular recognition, mobile identification and convergence of protocols for complete building management systems, says building efficiency and power solutions company Johnson Controls. 

Recent scams highlight password vulnerability

By: Carla Thomaz     30th October 2009 A recent banking scam, which saw a technician from mobile giant Vodacom and a syndicate charged with fraud amounting to more than R7-million, has exposed the vulnerability of using SMS’s to deliver one-time-passwords as a security measure, says mobile authentication firm FireID. 

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