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FBI Atlanta Warns Consumers of Green Dot MoneyPak Scam

ATLANTA— On September 12, 2013, 10 retail stores in Savannah, Georgia, each received telephonic bomb threats. In each case, the caller asked to speak to the store manager, demanding that 10 Green Dot MoneyPak cards each be activated and loaded with $500 and that the card numbers be read aloud over the phone. The caller threatened to blow up the stores if the managers did not comply and also threatened the store employees’ homes and families. The managers of all the stores described the caller as a male between 20 to 30 years of age and with a foreign accent. No manager complied with the demands, and no explosive devices were found. Subsequent investigation has determined that these calls mirrored a number of similar telephonic threats made to various drug stores and retail outlets nationwide. One such call placed to a discount department store in Snellville, Georgia, was identified as an overseas Voiceover IP (VoIP) telephone number. To date, no explosive devices have been found anywhere in the country linked to this type of threat.While the above incidents involved bomb threats, the types of threats vary. Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable and available at most retail outlets throughout the country and, like money wire transfers, are just as untraceable. These cards are not associated with any bank, meaning that the money is in the card. Users of these Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reminded to never give anyone those numbers associated with those cards in that doing so gives them instant access to the money on those cards. Anyone with information regarding this type of emerging scam can provide a report or complaint to the FBI at www.IC3.gov.

Men making bomb threat claim to be part of Al-Queda; part of nationwide Green Dot MoneyPak scam  It’s a scam the retail community is becoming quite familiar with. On Friday September 20, the Walgreens in Dover Township became the latest target. The Northern York County Regional Police Department responded to an active bomb threat at the Walgreens in Dover Township. When officers got there they found that the people making the threat were still on the phone with the business manager. Police officers ordered an evacuation and then searched the business. A man on the phone who had a strong middle eastern accent, advised that his group was a splinter group of Al-Qaeda and that a bomb had been planted in the business. The caller demanded that Green Dot prepaid Visa and MasterCard debit cards be activated with a specific sum of money or he would blow up the bomb. The subject wanted ‘Green Dot’ cards, which are a type of prepaid Visa or Master Card activated, and wanted the numbers read to them over the phone,” said Lt. David Lash with Northern York County Regional Police. “The subject indicated that if the cards were not activated, that there was a device in the building and he was going to activate it remotely to detonate it and blow up the building.” A NYCRPD Patrol Supervisor got on the phone with the man and identified himself. The Supervisor then requested to speak to the caller’s supervisor. Another man’s voice came on the line. This man also had a heavy middle eastern accent. The second man hung up the phone after a brief conversation with the NYCRPD Supervisor. (Source fox43.com) (Source milfordmirror.com)

FBI's New Internet Crime Initiative - May be a new resource for retailers' investigative & prosecution efforts  A pilot program targeting Internet crime—focused on establishing a model for sharing information and coordinating investigations—was recently launched by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and the state of Utah. The Utah pilot is the first step in our efforts to fix a gap that the FBI and our state and local law enforcement partners have recognized exists in the investigation and prosecution of Internet fraud,” said Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “Because not all Internet fraud schemes rise to the level necessary to prosecute them in federal court, we are enhancing how we package the investigative leads we receive at IC3 and disseminating those packages directly to state and local agencies.” Based on the initial results of the Utah pilot, he said, the FBI plans to expand it to other states. How the program works. Using its complaint database and its analytical capabilities, IC3 personnel create actionable intelligence packages that are connected to particular geographic regions. These packages can highlight trends, identify individuals and criminal enterprises based on commonalities of complaints, link different methods of operation back to the same organization, and detect various layers of criminal activity. They will also contain results of preliminary investigative research performed by IC3 analysts, including criminal record checks and basic web domain searches. (Source fbi.gov)

Deloitte: Retailers must merge physical, digital storefronts for holiday sales win
Deloitte's Retail & Distribution practice expects total holiday sales to climb to 4 to 4.5% with a 12.5 to 13% increase in on-store sales. With 8% being mobile-influenced (smartphone). The store is still a core element of holiday shopping, and retailers leading the way this season will be those that effectively bring together pricing, promotions, merchandise and inventory management across both physical and digital storefronts. (Source retailcustomerexperience.com)

Symantec Internet Security Report 2013 - 42% Increase in Targeted Attacks - 604,826 identities stolen per breach  The most important trends in 2012 were: Small Businesses Are the Path of Least Resistance for Attackers - the largest growth area for targeted attacks in 2012 was businesses with fewer than 250 employees; 31 percent of all attacks targeted them. The lack of adequate security practices by small businesses threatens all of us. Malware Authors Act as Big Brother - Fifty percent of mobile malware created in 2012 attempted to steal our information or track our movements. Whether they are attacking our computers, mobile phones or social networks, Cyber-criminals are looking to profit by spying on us. Their ultimate goal is to make money. Their method is to learn our banking information, the phone numbers and email addresses of our friends and business associates, our personal information, and even how to become us by stealing our identity. With Mobile, It’s Not the Vulnerability that Will Get You - 2012 saw a 58 percent increase in mobile malware families compared to 2011. The year’s total now accounts for 59 percent of all malware to-date. Top Causes of Data Breaches in 2012 - 40% Hackers, 23% Accidentally made public, 23% Theft or loss of computer or drive, 8% Insider theft, 6% unknown, 1% fraud. (Source symantec.com)

The Pink Panthers: hunting the world's best diamond thieves - Coming Sept 27th at cinemas & DVD's  In 341 robberies, the Pink Panther gang have stolen jewels worth 276 million pounds. But who are they? Havana Marking meets them. There are "no victims to what we do", Novak told me. "We scare people but we do not hurt them. We only take expensive things from rich people." It's the mythology the Pink Panthers try to promote, and he has a point: despite the fact that they terrify the life out of people working in the shop, until last year no one had been seriously injured in a Pink Panthers robbery. "There is an inner circle," explains Mike, "who have been doing this a long time, and we call each other family, but there are guys who don't know who their bosses or associates are. You have to be with them a long time dealing with the bigger jobs. You get tips from your supervisor – but there is also a wider chain of people. You don't know where you stand in the hierarchy because you never meet the 'boss'. There is no 'Big Boss'. Everyone has their specific job to do, so we all depend on each other." I had asked Mike about women in the gang. They are usually hardly mentioned in the reports of the robberies. I had been told by Interpol officers in Belgrade that they were mere eye candy, irrelevant to the actual job. On the contrary, Mike said. "Women in the Panthers have to be exceptional. We have high requirements of them because they have the leading roles, but you can only have one in each gang. She has to be intelligent. She has to be beautiful. And she has to love money very much ..." the Panthers do get the press. They drive like stunt men. Their robberies resemble movies. But they also get the heat, leaving the big money and the wider criminal networks untouched. Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers will be on released from 27 September at cinemas, on DVD, on BBC4 and BBC iPlayer. For more details see facebook.com/smashandgrabthemovie (Source theguardian.com)
 


LPRC 2013 Impact Conference information

The LPRC board of advisors (BOA) announces over 40 retail chains are expected at this year's Impact Conference hosted by the University of Florida October 14-16. The retail executives alongside solution executives and scientists will participate in the future of retailing and LP, multiple new research results sessions, and breakouts for the 14 LPRC working groups and action teams. The LPRC BOA invites interested retailers to contact ctallman@lpresearch.org to get the latest conference agenda and possibly register using a grant-funded complimentary participant slot to learn more about this unique LP/AAP experience.

Tablets beat smartphones in mobile commerce
On average, 55% of mobile commerce sales occur on tablets while 45% stem from smartphones, according to data from 43 retailers that broke out their mobile sales figures by device for the new 2014 Internet Retailer Mobile 500. The 500 retailers ranked in the guide by their mobile sales will rack up $30.5 billion in mobile sales in 2013. (Source internetretailer.com)

U.S. Cargo Theft incident Map 
Updating the Cargo Theft numbers article we released earlier this week, a map of U.S. Cargo Incidents has now been posted. Where is your distribution center? (Source scdigest.com)



Goodwill Store in Naples hit with social backlash for pressing felony charges against an employee giving discounts to the poor
  Andrew Anderson, 19 years old, said he wasn’t stealing, but was giving a discount to those people who really needed the help. When an employee at Goodwill’s store in Naples, Fla., started handing out freelance discounts to the shops poorest customers, Goodwill not only fired the young man, the company called the cops and now has him up on felony theft charges. When his compassion got the better of his judgments, he would simply cut prices in half, then watch the delight on the faces of underprivileged people and families as they were actually able to afford to buy clothes for themselves and their kids. Goodwill is pressing grand theft charges against him, even though he’s not accused of taking any property or money for his own use. (Source nbc-2.com)

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Cargo theft leading to Billions of dollars in losses for Canadian businesses  Theft of shipping cargo is a major problem in Canada, Jennifer Fox, vice president of trade and security at Canadian Trucking Alliance, said. Trucking industry officials have said cargo theft causes billions of dollars in losses each year for Canadian businesses, CBC reported. Ms. Fox said "we had one insurer say it was a $5 billion Canadian ($4.85 billion) problem," but she thinks "that's an understatement of how prevalent the problem is." Trucking firms usually do not report incidents of cargo thefts as they fear insurance rates will rise, she said. (Source businessinsurance.com)

Hamilton, Ontario Police investigating 40,000 pounds of meat stolen; believed to be tied to organized crime  Hamilton police are searching for 40,000 pounds of beef that was stolen in Ancaster, Ont. last week. Sometime between Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and Monday at 2:15 p.m., a commercial truck yard was broken into in on Shaver Road in Ancaster. Once inside, suspects stole a tractor-trailer load containing $100,000 worth of beef, police say. The truck itself was also taken. The refrigerated beef had been picked up in Texas and dropped off on Sept. 15. The beef was set to be delivered to a customer at the start of the week. Police don’t yet know how the suspects got into the yard. The investigation is ongoing. This is the second beef-related robbery in Hamilton this month. (Source cbc.ca)

$20,000 in glasses stolen from Laval store in smash-and-grab  Thieves stole and estimated $20,000 worth of eyeglasses in a smash-and-grab early Thursday morning in Laval. At 1:15 a.m. they forced the front door of the Greiche and Scaff retail outlet in the Ste-Dorothée mall off Highway 13 and grabbed two stands of glasses, Laval police said. (Source montrealgazette.com)

Vancouver Police arrest two youths in the armed robbery at the Tom Harris Cellular Store 
Two youths have been arrested and another remains on the loose after an armed cell phone store robbery in East Vancouver Monday afternoon. Police said three young people burst into the Tom Harris Cellular Store on Rupert St. near Grandview Hwy. at around 3:30 p.m. brandishing what appeared to be guns. The group stole an unconfirmed number of cell phones then fled into a waiting getaway car. Sgt. Randy Fincham said officers managed to stop a suspect vehicle a short distance from the store, and three youths ran away from the car. Two were caught but the third managed to escape. Police have not confirmed the age, gender or description of the suspect. (Source ctvnews.ca)

Flash Fog devices being installed in GTA 
In an attempt to minimize the loss during a smash and grab, Flash Fog is a device that clocks the merchandise from thieves. Using both a thick fog and plasma strobe light makes it rather impossible for the assailants to see. The Flash Fog is about the size of a computer and sits on a wall or inside a false ceiling. Because it's wireless, it works even if alarm lines are cut. The strobe light resembles a small, regular lamp, and a single Flash Fog can fill a 700-sq.-ft. store and costs less than $2,600 to install.
(Source mississauga.com)

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Retail Crime News
 
Dunkirk, N.Y. residents getting hit with Wal-Mart or Target postcard - gift card scam  A wave of postcards have been circulating in the mail stating, "We are trying to reach you about your UNCLAIMED Reward! We are holding a reward of $100 in gift savings good at Wal-Mart or Target in your name." The postcard then lists a phone number to call for details. "Don't get sucked in by these things. Rip it up and throw it out. You'll just end up losing in the end. (Source observertoday.com)

Another smash and grab in St. Louis hair supply store - it's happening weekly  Smash-and-grab thieves have struck again. And, again, their target is a St. Louis hair supply store where they swiped pricey hair extensions. The is the latest victim of a growing crime in the metro area. Rarely a week goes by that another business isn't hit by such thieves taking electronics, liquor, cigarettes. Several of those businesses have been beauty supply stores. The increasingly popular hair extensions -- or what Burks calls extension "tracks" -- have been a big hit with thieves at some beauty salons across the country. The packets can cost $100 to $250 each. At one salon in Dearborn, Mich., in 2011, a shop owner was killed during the theft of 80 hair extensions. The extensions are a hot commodity, a big fashion trend, and underground markets have emerged, say police in other jurisdictions who have investigated such thefts.  (Source stltoday.com)

Two armed suspects rob a Kidd’s store in Fluvanna County  The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred the Wednesday night at Kidd's Store near Scottsville in Fluvanna County. Officials say two men approached the store around 10:20 PM last night. One male entered the store, brandished a pistol, and demanded money. A second male armed with a shotgun remained outside the store and confronted a patron in the parking lot. The two men fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. One suspect is currently in custody, though his name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation. (Source newsplex.com)

Three Memphis teens charged with T-Mobile burglary  Three suspects are in custody following a burglary at a Southaven T-Mobile store early Thursday that ended when police dogs tracked the suspects, who had fled the scene on foot minutes after the break-in occurred. Southaven police said the burglary was reported at 4:20 a.m. when a passer-by called police after hearing the alarm sounding. The first officer on the scene saw the suspects running from the store. Southaven, along with Horn Lake Police K-9 units, were brought in to search for the suspects, and after a short pursuit they were found and taken into custody. Corterious D. Brown, 19, Jeremy Broadnax, 18, and Darion J. Robinson, 18, all of Memphis, have been charged with burglary of a business, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of burglar tools. (Source commercialappeal.com)

TJ Maxx arrests two cleaning personnel in Boardman 
Boardman Township Police have arrested two cleaning personnel from TJ Maxx after they were caught stealing merchandise from the store. An internal theft investigator for the store told police he caught Carrie Grossen, 36, and George Tutoki, 35, both of Girard, stealing multiple items as they worked on Sept. 24. They were arrested Wednesday and face theft charges. Grossen stole $279.87 worth of merchandise and Tutoki stole $413.76 worth of merchandise. (Source vindy.com)

Salisbury Police arrest a $14,000 jewelry thief from Kmart  
Police say a man who stole $14,000 worth of jewelry from Kmart in August has been trying to sell it at pawn shops. Richard Miller, 42, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony breaking and entering a building, felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses. Early on the morning of Aug. 10, the Salisbury Police Department responded to an alarm at the Kmart store. Security footage showed a person with a hood over his head and his face covered breaking in through the garden center. The thief smashed the glass door with a rock, placed jewelry inside bags and took a spinning display case. Police said Thursday that Miller raised the suspicions of at least one pawn shop owner after he came in to sell the stolen goods. (Source salisburypost.com)

Anne Arundel County police seeking suspect in a Rolex smash and grab in Arundel Mills Mall 
Anne Arundel County police are searching for a man who smashed a jewelry store display case with a hammer and stole three Rolex watches Tuesday afternoon at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover. Officers were called to the Ultra Diamonds at 2:01 p.m. after the manager said that a young man entered the store carrying a yellow plastic bag and started browsing display cases. The man then reached into the case and removed the three watches before fleeing the store and meeting up with a second man. Both ran from the mall to the parking lot. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the men. No one was injured. (Source capitalgazette.com)

 

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7th Annual New England Organized Retail Crime Symposium and Trade Show – DCU Center Worcester, MA, September 19, 2013

Recap by members of the Retailers Association of MA Loss Prevention Committee

By Kevin Plante
Director, Loss Prevention Reporting and Analytics
CVS Caremark

Yesterday, the Daily published the speaking program recap of the New England ORC Symposium and Trade show that was held on September 19th. Here are the winners from the awards ceremony that was held after the speaking portion of the conference.

2013 AWARDS

1. Law Enforcement Officer of Year - CRITERIA

Outstanding ongoing support with investigations
Drives Public/private partnerships
Supports better understanding of ORC crime and activity

Reason for nomination: This agent has been instrumental in establishing partnerships between the retail sector and law enforcement in Massachusetts through driving communications, meetings and supporting investigations through the Massachusetts Fusion Center. He has hosted RAM LP Committee meetings and has assisted with setting up several Law Enforcement trainings over the past two years that have led to more than 150 officers going through ORC training sessions around the Commonwealth.

Award Winner: Trooper Kevin Coughlin, Massachusetts State Police

Accepting on His behalf: Lt. Bob Sojka

2. Loss Prevention Case of the Year

 Successful completion of ORC investigation including prosecution
Must contain multiple elements of ORC activity (booster, fence, additional criminal elements)

Reason for nomination: This case was a multi-state operation which involved a level 2 fence and two level 3 fences and resulted in recovery of $3.7 million. The case includes documented booster activity from throughout New England, as far north as Bangor, ME. This activity was traced to a fencing operation in Queens, NY which ultimately pushed the product to a final location in Staten Island, NY where search and seizures were conducted. This case was built upon the hard work and cooperation of local and federal law enforcement and private loss prevention professionals. The magnitude of this activity combined with the type of cooperation that embodies the spirit of this event that makes case the 2013 case of the year.

Award Winning Case: Operation Neptune

Accepting Individuals:
Mike Connor, Global Investigator, Wal-Mart,
Darick Leighty, Global Investigator, Wal-Mart
Shane Nielsen, Special Investigator: AP Field Operations-Region 400 Target, Corporation
Agent Sam Ginzburg, Homeland Security

3. Loss Prevention Person of the Year

Individual that has gone above and beyond to assist a state association in the fight against ORC.
Individual with continued support of the ORC Symposium and efforts in battling ORC.

Reason for Nomination: As a board member of the RAM Loss Prevention Committee, this person has worked hard in organizing and conducting Law Enforcement training programs which aim to bring awareness to the issue of ORC to departments across Massachusetts and educate officers as to the key indicators of ORC activity. This person has also spearheaded the establishment of the NEORCA website which will provide the New England region with a tool that expands and coordinates the industry’s information sharing capabilities with regards to ORC. Creation of NEORCA required partnerships to be built between public and private partners including all six New England state retail associations, a task that was seamlessly achieved by our winner.

Award Winner: Jason Adams, National Manager – Organized Retail Crime, Gap Inc.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS!

The day was wrapped up with “Thank You's” to all the New England state retail associations and our awesome sponsors, Target, RILA, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Staples, NRF, Macy’s, CVS, Rite Aid and Wegmans. We also held raffles sponsored by the RAM LP Committee, CEC and AC Radiocom!

Secret Service busts Israeli identity theft ORC ring stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from Sam"s Club in Orange County with fraudulent credit cards  Hoping to get hefty payments upon their return to the Middle East, these thieves were brazen: demanding substantial credit limit increases as soon as they received the cards and entering stores to steal massive quantities of cigarettes (apparently preferring Marlboro), according to the government's complaint. One of the suspects told the Secret Service that he'd been recruited for the job while in Israel and said he'd been promised $20,000 in compensation. The suspects had Israeli passports when they flew into California to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from businesses like Sam's Club in Orange County with fraudulent credit cards. In a criminal complaint filed this month inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Special Agent James A. Mikkelson identified Khaled Kananbi, Yousef Khatib and Wisam Salti as active members of the organized crime con game that often used the social security numbers of children and young adults to get credit cards from G.E. Capital Retail Bank and Discover Card. "In my training and experience, individuals like Kananbi, Khatib and Salti--who are only in the country on limited VISAs--open up numerous credit accounts in a short amount of time and run high amounts of charges in that short amount of time because they intend to 'bust out' of the accounts--i.e., they have no intention of paying off the charges incurred on the accounts, causing a loss to the banks and credit card issuers," Mikkelson stated. (Source ocweekly.com)

ORC female duo busted at Town Center at Boca Raton, FL., with shoplifting tools  Two Broward women were arrested Monday after police say they caught the duo driving away from the Town Center at Boca Raton mall with snips, tinfoil and a foil-wrapped security sensor — items all commonly associated with shoplifting. Driving a rental car the one suspect had been arrested 10 times for theft-related incidents. Video surveillance from Victoria's Secret showed Ferguson and Copeland entering separately and making returns individually. (Source sun-sentinel.com)

ORC suspect busted stealing thousands in baby formula from Wal-Mart stores in Johnson City, Tenn.  Baby formula heist from two local Walmarts resulted in a man’s arrest earlier this month, police said. On Sept. 4, Johnson City police were called to the Walmart at 2915 W. Market St. by loss prevention employees in response to a report that a man had taken around $1,000 in baby formula. Police retrieved the baby formula in the parking lot. As police were talking with Walmart’s loss prevention employees, police received a call that a man who fit the same description fled on foot after he attempted to steal nearly $700 in baby formula from the Walmart at 3111 Browns Mill Rd. Police found Aaron Garland, 19, 200 Colordao St., at a nearby business. Garland was taken to the Washington County Detention Center. (Source johnsoncitypress.com)

ORC female duo hitting Wal-Mart in Easton, MD. - Busted  Police arrested an Easton woman accused of trying to steal less than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart in Easton three times in the same way, police said. Walmart security said someone put merchandise, estimated at less than $1,000 in value, in a cart and walked out of the store without paying on Aug. 14. A security video showed a woman, identified as Syrinthia A. Foster, 40, of South Locust Lane in Easton, walking out of the store to a maroon car and loading the merchandise inside it while another woman, identified as Ashley I. Clark, 27, exited the car and helped Foster. Once the merchandise was loaded, Clark went into Walmart, and Foster, whose license was suspended at the time, drove the car away, according to charging documents. Walmart security later in the day on Aug. 15 that Foster was in the store again and stealing merchandise the same way she had the day before. Police waited for Foster in the parking lot and confronted her when she left the store. According to charging documents, Foster couldn't provide a receipt for the merchandise, valued at $876.45, and she was arrested. A month later on Sept. 15, police were notified that Foster was in Walmart again stealing merchandise the same way, and Foster was charged on a warrant, according to charging documents. (Source stardem.com)

“Protection 1 is proud to be sponsoring the D-D Daily ORC column to ensure the LP industry gets the information, education and critical data they need to fight this  national epidemic.” Rex Gillette, VP Retail Sales, Protection 1.

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AXIS Camera Companion 2.10 Launches with 360°
Overview and De-warped Recording, Simpler NAS Integration and Improved Mobile Viewing

Small system, edge-recording solution fully featured for easy and effective surveillance

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – September, 2013 Axis Communications, the world leader in network video surveillance, today announced version 2.10 of the popular and award-winning AXIS Camera Companion software, an easy-to-use digital surveillance solution for installations of 16 cameras or less. The new version of the free software client offers additional features to improve usability, mobile viewing and storage options, and will be on display from Sept. 24-26 in Chicago at ASIS International in Axis’ booth #1034.

AXIS Camera Companion 2.10 includes support for 360° overview recording with de-warped views when zooming into the image. This allows users to take advantage of the benefits from Axis’ 360° fixed dome HDTV cameras, providing great overview and scene details with only one camera.

See demo movie showcasing the 360° and de-warped views in AXIS Camera Companion.

While most AXIS Camera Companion solutions record video directly to SD-cards inside Axis network cameras, the new release also includes support for easier integration of network-attached storage (NAS) when increased storage capacity is needed. A set-up wizard makes it possible to integrate any NAS device on the market and, for further simplicity, Axis has included automatic configuration in the software client for select NAS products.

“Usability is a key feature of AXIS Camera Companion, and the latest version provides end-customers with more capabilities to fully leverage the benefits of IP video for their small surveillance systems,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “While small systems have traditionally been limited to analog CCTV, the market is now moving to digital networked technology thanks to the new concept of having the intelligent network cameras be the recorder, providing HDTV quality, 360° surveillance and truly scalable solutions with AXIS Camera Companion 2.10.”

Additional features of AXIS Camera Companion 2.10 include:
 

Multi-view streaming to increase surveillance efficiency for multi-megapixel cameras
Search filter for easy navigation to different sites
Visual system status notification
Windows 8 touch screen support
Third-party apps for viewing live and recorded video from EyeSpyFX and BrightSentry
Automatic NAS configuration currently compatible with units from QNAP

Unlike traditional surveillance installations, AXIS Camera Companion does not require a central recording device – such as a digital video recorder (DVR), network video recorder (NVR) or even a computer – to run. All video can be recorded onto a standard SD-card in each camera, and the cameras keep recording even if the network fails. The cameras can be powered over the network, eliminating the need for separate power cables. These three factors reduce cost, simplify installation and make the system more robust with no single point of failure. To further protect customer’s investments, existing analog cameras can be integrated via video encoders.

The new AXIS Camera Companion 2.10 software client is available for free download at http://www.axis.com/products/cam_companion
_software/index.htm.
 

Contacts:
Matt Flanagan
fama PR, Inc.
617-986-5002
axis@famapr.com

Domenic Locapo
Axis Comm. Inc.
978-614-2074
dlocapo@axis.com
 

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Become a Better Leader by Letting Go (A Little)  You are only one person making decisions and solving problems for your whole company. It's expected that your company to grow, and with that growth, you won't have the time or energy to handle everything by yourself! Give some control over to your team, and if that seems hard to do, use these five steps! (Step 1-Don't make all the decisions)

4 Ways to Justify a Good Idea
Do you have a great idea that you want to act on now? Sometimes just being the leader isn't enough to persuade your team to go along with your ideas, follow these tips to get people to join your cause. ("Everyone else is doing it")

What Happens When Executives Email Less?  Can you remember when you had an empty inbox? It seems there is no such thing, especially when you lead a company! There is good news, you can reduce your company's number of inefficient emails sent daily, and it starts with you!Use these three ways to control the flow of emails. (Talk with your employees, face to face)

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Interacting in large networking groups can be very challenging even for the most seasoned of executives. The speed, the number of people, and the amount of information shared can be overwhelming. However, the one basic principal you can rely on is keep it simple, one person at a time and focus on that person both mentally and visually. Slow it down in your head and make sure you communicate clearly and sincerely regardless of the background you have with anyone or any group. Because at the end of the day you're all part of the same industry, the same community, and everyone has the same objective: to help develop and represent the industry as professionals.

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