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Can you hear (and see) me now: Visualize--Direct and Defend Cities with IoT, Social Media and Security Applied Sciences

The ubiquitous network of security IoT devices and social media powers a myriad number of virtual communities in the discussion of a wide scope of topics.  Protecting the Homeland Security Enterprise of international cities extends from critical infrastructure, transportation and healthcare to command centers and cyber hardening. Think like a Security Data Scientist and understand the art of turning critical sensor data from these facilities into action.  Forensic Video Case Studies will be revealed. Social media conversations have implications for a range of organizational functions including security operations. Understanding and reacting to those conversations can improve intelligence and provide security personnel with valuable information to assist in securing persons, property, and assets. There is currently an Intellectual Property Debate in Security, we will explore the lightning-rod issue that is both advancing and restraining industry progress. Will biometrics make your cities safer?  From fingerprint, voice and iris authentication, we'll examine success and failures. This presentation will offer an international perspective  examining the growing suite of tools for safe cities that communicate, interpret sensor data and help organizations understand the social media conversations occurring around. The session will provide case studies of security successes consistent with privacy concerns and legal requirements.


Steve Surfaro, ASIS Physical Security Council and Strategic Channel Manager, Axis Communications, USA

With thirty years of security industry experience, Steve Surfaro is Axis Communications Industry Liaison and Chairman of the ASIS Security Applied Sciences Council.  He is also Standards Team Leader for the DHS Video Quality in Public Safety Group.  Steve is published in a wide range of security publications and delivers an average of 100 industry-accredited sessions each year.  He is author and contributor of the Digital Video Handbook, a DHS S+T publication. Steve recently received the Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence from ASIS International.  He was also recently honored by BICSI by receiving the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizing lifetime achievement, sponsored by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering.  He received his Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City.  He lives in Phoenix, is an avid photographer and periodically volunteers at local charter schools instructing on technology trends.

Donald Zoufal, Safety and Security Consultant, Axis Communications, USA

Donald Zoufal is a safety and security consultant focused on technology support to security and public safety operations. He has served in several state and local executive level safety and security posts including: General Counsel for the Chicago Police Department  and First Deputy for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. He is actively involved in the DHS Video Quality in Public Safety initiative and is Legal Advisor for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Don holds three degrees from the University of Illinois in law (J.D.), public administration (M.A.P.A.), and history and political science (B.A.) and an M.A. in Security Studies from the DHS sponsored program at Naval Postgraduate School In Monterey, CA Don retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Colonel.