Every enterprise should have a safe and secure environment for its employees, customers and people in general. There are plenty of technologies to assist in securing just about anything today, but what nobody is telling you is that there’s a fly in the ointment!
In some ways, the AV industry is bipolar. We love new technology, always wanting to see what’s new and what’s next. But at the same time, we love what’s comfortable and continue to return to “the ways we’ve always done it” when designing and installing AV systems. While we all desire to be on the cutting edge of technology, we secretly fear getting cut by the bleeding edge of technology. When it comes to the use of fiber optic cabling and equipment in a project, this certainly rings true. But should it?
Security surveillance has become a modern necessity. It lets us monitor activities without actually being there and offers a fixed physical record, unlike the memories of eyewitnesses. One well-trained operator can monitor more area and in greater detail, which is why remote surveillance has proven to be a force multiplier in the world of physical installation security.
In retrospect it's wonderful that so many buildings had the foresight to install fiber optics in their walls. The copper lines originally used are now past their breaking point, having exceeded their limitations. Copper has become woefully inefficient when faced with the current need for lightning-fast data transmission and cyber security.
You may think you know a lot about TEMPEST and information security; well, let's make sure. Here are five things that everyone should know.
I know what you are thinking. Hey I thought Bob wrote a performance audio blog. Well, I do. Hang in there a sec while I use a brilliant analogy. I have long known the difference between Harleys and Vespas and just for the record I ride Harley Davidson 2007 FLHT standard. I also know the difference between HD performance audio and audio designed by an AV company.
Data, with the able assistance of the black hat hacking community, is constantly trying to escape the confines of its various containers while information security professionals everywhere are vigorously trying to stem its illicit flow. In the late 1960s, an increasingly controversial facet of this struggle piqued the U.S. government's interest, and it created the TEMPEST program to address the information security implications of data leakage through spurious electromagnetic and acoustic emissions.
Fiber optic communication has revolutionized telephone, internet, and television communication since its development and early uses in the 1970s. Continuing development and technological advances in the fiber optics industry will further advance communications across the globe. Today, the primary infrastructure for much of the internet consists of fiber optics-developing ways to increase the speed of these connections would have a huge impact on internet function for all users, even those not connected with optical cables. Researchers at the University of California (San Diego) have discovered a breakthrough that could potentially double the speed of fiber optic networks.
The following is an independent editorial opinion by Bob Langlois, a guest blogger on the FiberPlex Technologies blog.
I once ran across a crew from a huge, very well-known organization that was finishing up a job. The client showed up early to turn on the system and found out quickly that the crew had no idea how to turn anything on or even knew what a FOH desk actually did.
Fiber Optic systems are pretty forgiving, especially when compared to copper systems. That being said, it's always good practice to have a handle on your Power Budget, Loss Budget and Performance Margin when working with an optical system. Even if you rely on trained professionals to handle your structured cabling, it's a good idea to understand these concepts - after all, knowledge is power.