Larry Snow with the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News for Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.
In Vehicle News
Armored car production hits new record in Mexico thanks to rising crime
Historic levels of violent crime in Mexico have sparked a record increase in the country’s car-armoring business, with an industry group predicting a double-digit jump in the number of vehicles bulletproofed this year.
In Technology News
US Senate passes Bill to shield the public from false emergency alerts
The US Senate has just passed the Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats (ALERT) bill with unanimous approval. Senator Brian Schatz first introduced the ALERT Act in the wake of a false emergency warning, which in January incorrectly warned a ballistic missile was on target for Hawaii. If passed, ALERT will grant federal representatives greater authority with respect to cautioning the public against false emergency threats.
In Security News
AI Guardsman uses computer vision to spot shoplifters
Japanese telecom company NTT East teamed up with tech startup Earth Eyes to create AI Guardsman, a machine learning system that attempts to catch crooks in the act. Relying on open source technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University, it scans live video streams from cameras in convenience stores and supermarkets, tracking every customer inside. When it detects suspicious activity — for example, when a would-be thief starts looking for blind spots or begins nervously checking their surroundings — the system sends an alert to a store clerk’s smartphone with the person’s mugshot and location.
In Terrorism News
First ever UN High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States to open in New York
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres will today convene the first United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States at UN Headquarters under the theme “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism.” The 2-day Conference will provide an opportunity for the UN and Member States to forge new partnerships to address the complex and transnational threat of terrorism.
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