Headline November 29, 2016/ ''' *GUNS-GUARDS-GATES* '' : STUDENTS



ON 16TH DECEMBER 2014  -at just past 10 am,  here in Peshawar, Pakistan, *146 Student Angels*   of the Army Public school, left for their heavenly abodes.

Pakistan, !WOW!  and all the  caring people the world over, sauntered into a deep mourning, that knew no bounds.

''Thy Lovings torn,...........   to  shred and blood,
On the ground you walked.  now caked to crust-
Your parents weep in terrible,.......-anguish froth,
!WOW! joins the wreath in growing prayers doth''..

2016 : Two years on, I sit with two  parents. cross=legged and on the floor. My head bowed. Just not knowing what to say. 
Photographs, mementos, memories,  blur the walls around me. Mothers and Fathers frozen in suffering and agony, say nothing.

We speak in silence. I will myself to rise,  -all choked, and without as much as a whimper of a farewell, I leave, not quiet caring about the direction of  -the long trek back to nowhere.

ON THE MORNING OF AUG 10, 1999, Bufford Oneal Furrow Jr, walked into North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, and opened fire with semi-automatic weapon.

The 37 year old white supremacist wounded a receptionist, a camp counselor and three young students before fatally gunning down a mailman he encountered nearby.

Nearly two decades later, and following numerous mass shootings across America,  part of the legacy of that day can be found in the *Bais Yaakov School*  for Girls 20 miles away.

Located in affluent West Hollywood, opposite  BuzzFeed's glass-fronted offices and a popular Mexican restaurant.   
BAIS YAAKOV  PROVIDES an Orthodox Jewish education to approximately  300 students   in grades nine to 12. But the three-floor-gray building looks more like a modern fortress than a place of learning.

Bais Yaakov has multiple surveillance cameras visible around its perimeter. A 10-foot tall green metal fence protects the rear. Inside, an automatic lockdown system disables all doors-

With the press of a button as an audio-visual alert system relays instant warnings to staff and students in the form of flashing lights and announcements.

*The most sophisticated technology controls entry to the school*: 

An  in-motion biometric recognition system  -featured in the latest Mission: Impossible movie  -that verifies identities.
As staff and students walk up demarcated lanes in front of its external doors, a camera reads both their facial features and body language.

If the man, woman or child standing at the entrance is authenticated from a database of about  400  registered people, green lights flick on, buzzers sound and the doors open.

''[Granada Hills] freaked a lot of people out,'' says Adam Cohen, the volunteer facility manager, whose four daughters have all attended the school [one is still a student there] and whose two nieces were working at the Jewish community center when it was attacked in 1999.

''You've got all kinds of crazy people out there. They're going to go the easier site first. So if you make yourself look vulnerable, you're going to attract attention.''

In 2009, Cohen helped enlist  Bais Yaakov, which already used fingerprint entry software, as the test site for  FST Biometrics,  an Israeli company developing the new entry system. 

A  $100,000 Department of Homeland Security  ''site-hardening''   grant-given to a few hundred U.S. nonprofit grantees every year for the past decade or so   -helped pay for it and other measures.

*Bais Yakoov is now among the most secure schools in the nation, according to  safety experts*.

But it's not alone in ramping up protection at considerable expense. The U.S. security industry , from gadgets and manpower to software and consultancy , has evolved and expanded in recent decades amid rising fears of particular threats, like:

Mass shooters, and the mass promises of new technology spawned by the digital and Internet revolution.

In 2013,  the industry totaled  $388 billion  -with 82% of that spent by the private sector   -according a 2014 report.

That's bigger than  education services  [$308 billion]  and arts, entertainment  and recreation including gaming [$ 280 billion].

Electronics security products   -ranging from alarms to metal detectors to card readers   -are at the forefront this growth.  The Freedonia Group, a market research firm, estimates the market for these products will grow to $ 16.2 billion by 2019.

FST Biometrics, founded by Aharon Zeevi Farkash, a former head of Israeli military intelligence , has rolled out its entry system in a range of places, including New York's condo towers and health clubs, the Israeli Diamond Exchange in Tel Aviv and-

A Dutch Museum using it to provide personalized tours  -visitors enroll and then pass through interactive checkpoints that tailor the experience to each person. 

The company claims its technology makes life easier, by eliminating the need for keys, fobs and access cards, and faster, by processing the information while people are in motion, and is less intrusive and more hygienic than fingerprint technology.  

Yaron Zussman,  FST Biometrics America's CEO, says it can meet the expected growth in security products and systems, twinned with people's desire for ease and comfort, bu using  ''more passive and convenient'' tools like in-motion recognition.

The system suits an array of scenarios: from hospitals,  where  *hands free hygiene is crucial,  to immigration control, where speed and efficiency could get airport lines moving again.

One third party has even outfitted a  Ferrari with the technology, and Zussman  believes it will eventually become commonplace in cars to prevent theft or perhaps drunken driving.

''It's not that far-fetched. I think in the future you'll be starting your car based on *Biometrics*.

The Honour and Serving of the latest Operational Research on *Technology,Students, and the World*   continues. Thank Ya all for reading and sharing forward.

With most caring and respectful and prayerful dedication to all the Students,  Professors and Teachers of the world who lost their lives to terrorist attacks.

To all the  *Security Agencies* and Guards   of the world. See Ya all and families, on !WOW!  -the World Students Society and  Twitter-!E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' The Great Torpor '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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