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NC General Assembly police are looking at ways to enhance security

Visitors to the Legislative Building in recent days may have noticed something they haven’t seen before a uniformed police officer posted at the rear entrance to the building. The change is part of an overall security review of the legislative complex, according to police. Chief Martin Brock of the N.C .

General Assembly Police Department said officers are counting the number of people who use each entrance of the building . He described the review as part of an “ongoing conversation” about safety concerns. “We’re just looking at possible ways to enhance security in the complex, so we want to get an idea of how many people are coming and going,” he said. Brock, who took over as chief last spring with the retirement of former chief Jeff Weaver, said he expects officers to collect data for about a month. “It’s preliminary, a project that I instructed the officers to do so that we could look at ways to help make the place more safe,” Brock said. “Right now we’re just looking at the lobby entrances on this building . We may look at the other areas — the (Legislative Office Building), the basement, the parking decks on legislative property at a later time.” Building security has been routinely under review since at least the mid-1990s, said one senator who has pressed for greater security measures . Sen . Andrew Brock, a Davie County Republican, worked on the Senate’s sergeant-at-arms staff from 1995 to 1996 . He said that security reviews of the legislative complex were conducted by federal agencies in the wake of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, an act of domestic terrorism against a federal building that killed 168 people. “No one ever settles on security,” Sen .

Brock, no relation to the police chief, said. “It’s ever-changing so you’re always doing reviews year in and year out to see if best practices are in place and looking at incoming threats.” After Republicans took control of the General Assembly in 2011, Sen . Brock was behind a plan to install metal detectors at the Legislative Building and to require most visitors to enter through the main front entrance .

Those plans stalled because they were too expensive, he said. Sen . Brock said security at public buildings also has a political aspect. “That’s part of it, the perception of people coming in,” he said. “We like the openness of people being able to come in, but that’s also a hindrance .

You have liberty versus security as an issue.”

The Rise of the Smart Home

The Rise Of The Smart Home

Imagine waking up, clicking a button on your phone and by the time you roll out of bed, brush your teeth and head downstairs, fresh hot coffee is waiting for you.

That day is here with the smart home product innovations.

By and large, smart home is here from connected toothbrushes to appliances and HVAC, consumers can buy connected products online, on shelves and from the service providers that bring cable, Internet and security systems to their homes. And today s consumers want devices that solve real, everyday problems. It s predicted that a typical family home could contain more than 500 smart devices by 2022, but right now, most consumers see smart home as a vague term without a clear value proposition.

However, the recent excitement over the Internet of Things (IoT) means consumer preferences have taken a backseat to the cool factor of new product launches.

The IoT revolves around increased machine-to-machine communication; it s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection.

The sensors gather data, compute the date through cloud systems, then leverage that data by creating M2M communication.

Over the past year there has been a rise in the level of excitement about the smart home with millennials (79%) and parents (76%) leading the pack, and 50% of the overall population excited about the technology. Intent to purchase smart home technology is quickly following suit, with 54% of people (U.S.) saying they plan to buy at least one smart home product in the next year.

A person s regional location also has an impact on their level of excitement around smart home technology People who live in the Northeast chime in on the survey:

  • 25% know someone with a smart home
  • 62% say they are excited about the possibilities of a smart home
  • Prefer to shop for smart home devices at a security company, a technology company or a cable provider
  • Highest likelihood among regions to purchase a connected home monitoring camera within the next 12 months
  • 1 in 2 say they would be interested in a system that monitors when you are out of a certain product
  • 46% say that their quality of life would improve if their fridge encouraged them to eat healthy

It makes sense that home monitoring cameras and connected door locks are among the most popular devices when you consider that a burglary takes place every 14.1 seconds in the U.S.

and 56% of break-ins are through the front or back doors. Heating and cooling accounts for 48% of energy use in a typical home, therefore it s not surprising that connected thermostats are also at the top of the list.

The Rise Of The Smart Home

Entertainment has also emerged as a new top interest for people interested in smart homes.

Nearly half (45%) of the people list the ability to remotely control and/or monitor their TV and sound systems as one of the top reasons to purchase a smart home system.

Final Thoughts

There are two major obstacles for today s consumers to jump into the smart home era: privacy/data concerns and concerns about devices being able to talk to each other properly.

These areas will continue to get attention from the smart home product manufacturers.

Security remains the most important aspect for home owners when it comes to smart home technology with entertainment emerging as a high second.

This is expected to continue to be the trend.

The technology that runs behind the scenes to enable the smart home is complex, but the homeowner s experience must be simple to use and intuitive.

This will continue to be an important factor in the rise of the smart home.

In fact, the 2015 State of the Smart Home Report11 showed that simplicity and ease-of-use trump technological innovation.

We couldn t agree more.


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