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by CSO Contributor

Convergence, Continued

Feb 01, 20033 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Threat DashboardWant to “reduce enterprise monitoring to a single screen”? Sounds like a recipe for eye strain, but that’s the bold claim of TowerView Security, a software product that projects data from various security devices

intrusion detection systems, firewalls, surveillance cameras, access control systems, you name itonto a three-dimensional grid in real-time.

When any significant event (as defined by the user) occurs on any of these systems, it causes a “spike” to appear on the TowerView screen. Security monitoring personnel can then drill down into the specific event to get more details. The real-time aspect is a critical selling point; as a spokesman says (attaching the customary industry scary vibe), “It’s the difference between knowing an intruder was in your home and knowing one is in your home.”

TowerView has been shipping to beta and evaluation customers since last year, although its maker (High Tower Software) hasn’t planned the official rollout party yet. High Tower officials claim companies in gaming, retail and entertainment among early adopters. More information is available at

-Derek Slater

Gunshot LocatorProxity Digital Networks went a step further than feeling helpless and angry as most people did last fall when sniper gunfire was spreading fear around Maryland and the United States. The New Orleans-based integrated security technology company created a product that can detect gunshots and potentially pinpoint their origin.

The fruits of the company’s labor is a product called On Alert, which reportedly can not only detect gunshots but determine the type and caliber of weapon fired (using a database of the “sound signatures” of various types of weapons that were recorded at a firing range) and then use satellite coordinates and triangulation to find where the shot came from. That information can be transmitted immediately to a command center (such as a police station) or an officer’s PDA.

Proxity hopes to beta test the system with law enforcement agencies in early 2003 and aims to roll out the first generation of the product shortly thereafter. “[On Alert] is a protection device that reports an event that should be reported at the time it happened and gives the location so the proper authorities can respond appropriately,” says Billy Robinson, Proxity’s CEO. He adds that On Alert is easy to implement and cost-efficient to maintain because it is wireless and can be installed on existing structures such as power lines and telephone poles. On Alert is expected to cost about $20,000 to deploy per square mile (about 18 devices are needed per square mile) at a monthly cost of $100 to maintain, says Robinson.

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-Cheryl Asselin