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(TNS) — An active shooter in a school — it’s everyone’s worst nightmare.

And, lately, FBI statistics show, it has been happening more often. A generic scenario goes something like this:

The shooter enters the building through the front doors and moves through the lobby. He — because FBI data show it’s almost always a he — is looking for targets. In the lobby he fires off a couple of shots.

Panic ensues.

People run for cover, and teachers work to follow practiced safety drills. Everyone is screaming and many are calling 911.

Meanwhile, the shooter moves to another floor, or another building, looking for more people to terrorize.

More often than not — in 67 percent of cases — the incident is over before police are able to engage the shooter.

That means every minute matters.



(TNS) - The likelihood of a below-average hurricane season is even higher than what forecasters first predicted in May, but whether the sluggish forecast and Florida’s 10-year lull signals a permanent shift in weather patterns is doubtful.

An updated storm forecast released Thursday by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center upped the chances of a quieter than normal 2015 Atlantic hurricane season to 90 percent — the highest confidence level given since seasonal hurricane outlooks were first issued in 1998 and an increase from the previous 70 percent prediction.

The new report, which was timed to coincide with the beginning of the more active storm months of August through October, also reduced the number of storms expected this season. Overall, six to 10 named storms are forecast, down from May’s 6 to 11.



Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

Top Ten Ways to Use OpenStack for Storage

In the first article in this series, we explained what OpenStack is. Now we are following it up with some tips for those thinking about implementing it for specific tasks. Here are ten popular ways to use this open source cloud computing software for storage purposes:



Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

BCI: The value of standards

The value of standards

There have been many standards produced that support the work we do – ISO22301 on business continuity management, BS65000 on organizational resilience and ISO22317 on business impact analysis. But what are these standards for, what do they achieve and what value can we place on them?

BSI note, in their latest report, The economic contribution of standards to the UK economy, that "the development of standards is driven by a demand from industry" and "help to solve fundamental process, organisational and technical problems, which if left unresolved, could result in inefficient market functioning and poor economic outcomes." Or, to put it another way, they make our organizations more streamlined and therefore more efficient.

But can you actually put a value on this? Yes, according to the report which was based on independent research conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), whose analysis found a positive and significant contribution of standards to productivity – supporting 37.4% of annual labour productivity growth in the UK economy over the period 1921 to 2013, which translates into approximately 28.4% of annual GDP growth. To put an actual monetary figure on that, standardization at a national level would be associated with approximately £8.2 billion of the £29.0 billion of GDP growth recorded in 2013 (2014 prices).

That's quite an extraordinary finding, so if your business continuity management programme is not currently aligned to ISO22301 then you might want to consider doing so. And where better to start than reading through the Business Continuity Institute's Good Practice Guidelines that are fully aligned to the standard.

The report does note that standards do not boost productivity growth exclusively. Instead standards have a symbiotic and complementary role in driving productivity along with other factors such as improvements to education and advancements in technology. Standards support productivity growth through a variety of mechanisms such as by enhancing organisational efficiency, boosting trade and facilitating innovation.

The survey also highlighted the existing capacity of businesses to become more involved in the standards development process. Over two-thirds (68%) of businesses surveyed were not involved in the standards development process, yet the evidence showed that participating in developing standards makes it more likely that a company experiences benefits from using standards. Those who reported they are highly involved in the standards development process are the most likely to report that they experience a net benefit from standards.

Members of the BCI play an important role in standards development with several of them on the relevant committees. You don't need to be on a committee to play a role however, you can also get involved by providing feedback when standards are in development and 'out for comment'. If you would like to get involved with this, then keep an eye out on our website and social media channels or by subscribing to our newsletter.

Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

Your digital shadow

Many people move about daily through the Internet in a completely natural and uninhibited manner and make intensive use of the many opportunities that the World Wide Web has to offer. Nowadays it is almost always available thanks to the ever faster evolving technical possibilities and the number of devices that constantly communicate with the Internet is also ever increasing.

But it is not only devices but also such activities as have become standard use, which make the digital universe explode: emails, SMS, video files, MP3 music file downloads, online banking, cloud computing and, last but not least, interactivity through social media, all of them ensure that the amount of information that each individual consumes and produces, rapidly increases.



Most firms are not doing enough to ensure their resilience to cyber attacks, a new study has claimed – although many may actually think the opposite is true.

According to Accenture, which published the results of a survey of almost 1,000 C-suite executives on July 29th, almost nine in ten businesses (88 per cent) consider their cyber defence strategy to be “robust, understood and fully functional”.

What’s more, a similar figure (86 per cent) said they actively measured their firms’ cyber resilience to determine whether or not improvements were required.

However, just over half (53 per cent) of respondents told pollsters they had a business continuity plan in place that was refreshed as and when necessary.

Just 45 per cent had produced threat models around existing and planned business operations in order to deliver rapid responses to cyber attacks, and only 38 per cent had documented the relationships between their technological and operational assets to fully understand the risks and dependencies within their organisations.

Finally, just nine per cent of respondents said their firms tested their cyber resilience “on a continuous basis”, using inward-directed attacks and intentional failures to gauge their ability to respond to real-world incidents effectively.

Brian Walker, managing director of Accenture Technology Strategy, said the data “clearly shows that companies by and large have more work to do”.

He added that chief executives should work closely with the rest of their leadership teams, as well as with their boards of directors, to genuinely bolster their firms’ business continuity efforts.

“They cannot prevent an attack or failure, but they can mitigate the damage it can cause by taking steps to make their business more resilient, agile and fault-tolerant,” Mr Walker concluded.

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AIS's ThinManager Ready Industrial Thin Clients and Compact Series Touch Panels Offer Powerful Control and Security in a Sustainable and Scalable Platform


IRVINE, Calif. – American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS), the leader of open architecture, HMIs, Touch Panels, Industrial PCs (IPCs), and Embedded Computers, has now introduced a new portfolio of rugged, Industrial Thin Client IPCs and Compact Touch Screen Terminals. The new offering of Industrial Thin Clients are ACP "ThinManager-Ready" with ACP-enabled BIOS ideal for industrial and hazardous areas and applications most commonly found in industrial factories, chemical processing plants and oil & gas facilities and refineries. Available in 7", 10.1", 12.1", 15", 17", 18.5" and 21.5"; ACP ThinManager allows AIS Thin-Manager-Ready Thin Client Touch Screen Terminals to be configured in a central location instead of individually at each client.

AIS Industrial Thin Clients communicate with an AIS Touch Panel or Industrial PC (IPC) host and therefore do not require installation, licenses or additional software on the unit itself. Ethernet connectivity and cabling is used to connect units to the host from large distances affordably. Industrial Thin Client solutions from AIS require only one IP address. Local software installation or configuring is not required and the display and user interface are provided by the host. Therefore, the client also does not have to implement backup, restore, or update actions.

AIS Offers a Complete, Versatile Range of Compact and Rugged PCs and Compact and Rugged Touch Panels to Improve Uptime, Reliability and Performance

The new portfolio of industrial thin client solutions for automation, control and monitoring applications from AIS are designed satisfy a wide variety of industries and customer requirements. AIS's Industrial Thin Clients offer cost-effective solutions to run an operator station on-site at the machine with great flexibility and high levels of convenience. Applications can include a second operator station at large or distributed machines in connection with another AIS Touch Panel or Industrial PC, as well as remote operator terminals in client/server applications. AIS's Thin-client hardware is diskless/fan-less and offer more long-term reliability in harsher and more demanding environments. Overall system benefits of AIS's Industrial Thin-Client families include:

  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Simple, easy and fast commissioning
  • Rugged and reliable in harsh environments
  • No restrictions regarding maximum distance to server

Rugged & Compact Thin Client Options, ThinManager-Ready® Thin Clients with ACP-enabled BIOS Provide AIS's Customers More Options to Solve Automation and Control Problems

ACP ThinManager shows what AIS Industrial Thin Clients and Panel PCs are operating, what terminal servers they are assigned to, whether they are logged in, and even what applications they are running. No moving parts and easy maintenance makes AIS ThinManager-Ready® Industrial Thin Clients more reliable and trouble-free, while a PC or fat client requires hours of installation and configuration. AIS ThinManager-Ready® thin clients can use the native Microsoft RDP protocol or the Citrix ICA protocol to communicate with the Terminal Servers.

From distributed HMI solutions with client-server architecture, to machine level and control and monitoring, to sophisticated SCADA control systems, AIS offers an extensive line of Industrial Thin Clients, Compact and Rugged PCs and Touch Terminals. The highly reliable Compact Thin Client PCs and Panel PCs from AIS combine the advantages of rugged aluminum die-cast housing with open IoT gateway platform powered by the Intel® Celeron® Quad-core processor N2930. To serve this great range of application specifications and requirements, AIS's new line of Industrial Clients are available in two distinctly different series of industrial thin client solutions, with different form factors, sizes and capabilities. They are comprised of Compact Thin Client PCs and Rugged Thin Client PCs; and Compact Thin Client Touch Panels and Rugged Thin Client Touch Panels. Specifications for each include:

Rugged Thin Client PCs: The AIS ThinManager-Ready®, Rugged DIN-rail Mount Thin Client with ACP-enabled BIOS is designed and certified to meet NEC/CEC Class/Division, ATEX Directive 94/9/EC, and IECEx Zone standards for increased safety in industrial PC in Division 2 and Zone 2 control, measuring, testing, data collection, and communication applications.

Compact Thin Client PCs: The AIS ThinManager-Ready®, Compact Thin Client IPC with ACP-enabled BIOS is a compact embedded computer, providing centralized management solutions for the modern factory & office by simplifying management of applications and visual sources.

Rugged Thin Client Panels: The AIS ThinManager-Ready®, Rugged Thin Client Touch Screen Terminal with ACP-enabled BIOS is designed and certified to meet NEC/CEC Class/Division, ATEX Directive 94/9/EC, and IECEx Zone standards for increased safety in industrial PCs in Division 2 and Zone 2 control, measuring, testing, data collection, and communication applications.

Compact Thin Client Panels: The AIS ThinManager-Ready®, Compact Thin Client Touch Screen Terminal with ACP-enabled BIOS is an ultra-compact industrial computer, providing centralized management solutions for the modern factory & office by simplifying management of applications and visual sources.

About AIS

Headquartered in Irvine, California, USA, American Industrial Systems, Inc. (AIS) offers in-house electronic and mechanical design, software development, manufacturing, production and quality control services. Offering one of the widest ranges of industrial computing solutions, AIS solutions are available in a multitude of configurations for industrial, oil & gas, military and marine applications. The company is fully committed to empowering, improving and delivering turnkey HMI, monitoring and display solutions for OEM, ODM and end-user customers. AIS is an ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier and manufacturer of rugged computers and displays, and received completion of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registration from the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). For more information, visit: www.aispro.com, email: sales@aispro.com or contact: 1-888-485-6688.

DURHAM, NC – Backing up data is important to your business and your users, but long backup windows can monopolize resources and hurt productivity for everyone. Principled Technologies (PT) compared the Dell DR6000 Disk Backup Appliance to a solution from its leading competitor and found that the Dell solution could save significant time while backing up data. PT also saw bandwidth and cost savings, meaning the Dell solution could be a better choice for your company.

To learn more about how the Dell DR6000 fared against the competition, read the full report at facts.pt/1K7Lprd2.

About Principled Technologies, Inc.
Principled Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of technology marketing and learning & development services.

Principled Technologies, Inc. is located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. For more information, please visit www.principledtechnologies.com.

Focus Now Turns to Establishing a Technology Legacy Across Ontario


TORONTO, ON – The numbers are in and the TORONTO 2015 Games were clearly the most digital Pan Am Games in history, providing athletes, officials, fans and media with superior network connectivity and enhanced fan experiences across 57 Games venues.

Technology Facts and Figures of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games:

The Technology

  • The Ethernet and dark fibre cable required to connect the Games and all the venues was longer than 232 CN Towers laid end-to-end.
  • The Cisco® network provided more than 2.4 million hours of free Wi-Fi throughout the Games, equivalent to 274 years of continuous wireless access.
  • More than 18,000 wired LAN ports and 2,000 wireless access points were installed across Games venues, ensuring spectators, officials and athletes had access to information when they needed it.
  • 300 students from 23 Cisco Networking Academy® schools participated in Cisco's I CAN Develop program, bringing the TO2015 Games to life as in-venue volunteers working alongside Cisco and TO2015 technology experts.

The Fan Experience

  • Over 38,000 pictures were taken through Cisco Interactive Experience Kiosks and the Cisco Countdown Clock during the Games. 66,129 pictures have been taken since unveiling the Countdown Clock in July 2014.
  • An average of 29,000 wireless devices connected to the Cisco network each day during the Games. 
  • In total, 155,674 unique wireless devices connected over the 16-day event, consuming over 79 Terabytes of data. That's enough data for the entire population of Mississauga to watch Andre De Grasse's 100-metre gold-medal race 36 times -- simultaneously.
  • An estimated 42,000 people in venues across the Greater Toronto Area were greeted by TORONTO 2015 'virtual' volunteers, who assisted spectators, athletes and media using live, two-way, high-definition video with Cisco TelePresence®. Over 92,000 IP phone calls kept the Games running smoothly.

Cisco is the exclusive Official Information and Communications Technology Provider and Official Video Conferencing and Collaboration Provider for TORONTO 2015. Cisco, together with TO2015 technology sponsors ATOS, Allstream, Beanfield Metroconnect, and Scalar Decisions as well as Cisco's technology partners AmpThink and Lancope, built an end-to-end network infrastructure for the Games that included wireless, network security, collaboration, video, telepresence, unified compute and cloud services. Cisco's aim was to create the most digital Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in history, with superior network connectivity for operational excellence and exceptional fan experience.

Supporting Quotes:

Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada
"We are incredibly proud of our partnership with TORONTO 2015 and our role in delivering the most connected Pan Am Games to date," said Bernadette Wightman, President, Cisco Canada. "We accomplished this with tremendous support from our ecosystem partners, the TO2015 organization, and the 150 Cisco Canada employees who volunteered their time. We are now excited to focus on delivering the same technology performance for the Parapan Am Games and leaving a technology legacy that will continue to serve Ontarians long after the Games are over."

Brian Cook, Vice President, IT, TO2015
"Cisco was a world-class partner and together we took an integrated approach, along with our other technology partners to work as one team. Through Cisco's innovative technology, team experience and dedication to the Games, we were able to deliver the most digital Pan Am Games in history. They enabled us to provide spectators, technical officials and our operations team with a level of connectivity that would not have otherwise been possible. Their expertise and ecosystem are unparalleled, and the success of the Games would not have been possible without their support."

Jeff Seifert, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Canada
"We started the journey with TORONTO 2015 three years ago and are incredibly proud of what our team of Cisco engineers was able to accomplish. We architected the Games network, introduced the first Internet of Everything-enabled Countdown Clock, built two data centres, connected 57 venues and mentored hundreds of aspiring technology professionals along the way.

About Cisco
Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. Cisco products and services are supplied in Canada by Cisco Systems Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com/canada.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Avere to Present at SIGGRAPH Los Angeles on How Cloud Rendering will Transform the VFX Industry


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, continues to power visual effects (VFX) studios in the media and entertainment industry with its NAS Edge filer technology. In 2013 and 2014, every one of the top twelve grossing global blockbusters used special effects made possible by Avere. The company will be featuring its in-demand technology August 10 - 13 at the annual SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, the M&E industry’s premier event on the theory and practice of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Avere’s Matt Provost will present “Five Ways Cloud Rendering will Change the VFX Industry” during a tech talk on August 11 at 10:30am PT in room 501.


As studios recognize the benefits of moving their rendering pipelines to the cloud, Avere has focused on making this transition easy and practical for studios to take full advantage of unlimited cloud-computing resources. Avere’s solutions provide enterprises with complete flexibility to store data and run applications on-premises or in the cloud. Studios now have an unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of cloud services to reduce compute costs, enable more render iterations, access unlimited storage capacity, improve production costs and gain opportunities to compete for VFX business.


High-quality special effects require extremely robust storage infrastructure support. Avere delivers on that support with an affordable, scalable solution that provides a high visual impact in less time and with increased flexibility. With Avere’s hybrid cloud solution, VFX studios can store data anywhere, on-premises or in the cloud, with little latency, making collaboration easier and minimizing the risk of production delays. Some of the leading VFX studios that rely on Avere include Arc Productions, Framestore, Illumination MacGuff, Image Engine, Method Studios, MPC, Rising Sun Pictures, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Mill, ToonBox Entertainment and Whiskytree.


“The growth Avere has experienced in the media and entertainment industry is a testament to our commitment to innovate as we support leading VFX studios,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO of Avere Systems. “We are excited to be a part of this year’s SIGGRAPH, the industry’s most prestigious forum for emerging VFX technologies. We look forward to sharing Avere’s hybrid cloud solution with M&E industry leaders and to continue to deliver on our mission to provide world-class solutions to our customers.”


About Avere Systems

Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.