Video security is as much a part of airports as planes and runways. It is unthinkable for an airport - any airport - not to have video security. In fact, in the wake of the events of 9/11, the "video security" of airports have undergone remarkable transformations.Innovations in Airport Video SecurityIf there is anything that the tragic events of 9/11 revealed, it is this: airport security, no matter how sophisticated, is not infallible. Anyone determined to beat the system may do so, provided that he has the gadget and technology needed. With this in mind, experts are now rethinking their approach to airport video security. Instead of collecting data after an incident, the focus is now on anticipating events and addressing problems even before they take place. Additionally, they have introduced two technological breakthroughs to airport surveillance and video security, namely, intelligent video and face recognition. Intelligent Video Security?Intelligent video is the latest offspring of the marriage between established video security and newly plumbed video technologies. How does it work? A software is made to work with existing airport CCTV systems. This software revolutionizes the detection process. Traditional video security requires that personnel keep close watch of the images captured. This system is flawed because no matter how many personnel an airport employs, it still is possible to overlook an area, for example. After all, how can one lock into a threatening situation quickly and reliably when one has hundreds, if not thousands, of CCTV cameras to watch? With intelligent video security, cameras do not only monitor movement, they report aberrant or suspicious behavior. Cameras classify behavior as suspicious if they deviate from the patterns of normal activity coded into the video security system. Once anomalous behavior from a passenger is noted, a video clip is sent to a responder, via pager, laptop, cell phone, or the control center. Should the first responder fail to act, the video clip is sent to another responder.Face Recognition in Video SecurityAnother upgrade to airport video security is face recognition. It is already in use in some airports, although application is limited to airport personnel for the time being. Face recognition is highly useful in verifying identity. It is used in two ways in airports. The first is in watch list screening. Live images of passengers are compared to a database of known criminals. The second is in regulating access to restricted areas or airport controls. Badges and uniforms can be stolen easily and quickly; it will require plenty of work to steal a face. Experts believe that integration of face recognition in the [*_*] of all airports is a cost-effective solution not only to security concerns, but also to lags in paper processing. With face recognition, it will become easier to identify people and match the face to existing records. It is unanimously accepted that [*_*] helps improve travel safety. Having the best video technology in the world, however, is not what's important. It's what you do with it that counts.
It is no secret that skiing is one of the worlds most popular winter sports, and it is one of the most expensive as well. However, with some smart planning a ski vacation does not have to break the bank. In fact, there is an abundance of ski vacation deals available if you simply know where to look and follow some simple strategies. Get a jump on the season and save. Last minute planning makes it difficult to book the most desirable accommodations and venues, and it can make it even more difficult to find the best possible ski vacation deals. Instead of looking for ski vacation deals when the snow has already fallen and the slopes are already crowded, start your search for ski vacation deals in the summer months. It is during the summer months that resorts are most anxious to attract customers for the upcoming season, so it is not uncommon for the best promotions and least expensive ski vacation deals to be available during this time.The cold shoulder is your friend. Early and late season can offer great opportunities for ski vacation deals. The shoulder seasons--late fall and early spring--are generally warmer and less crowded, so ski resorts and travel agents are most likely to offer their most affordable ski vacation deals during that time. But the shoulder season is not the only time to get great ski vacation deals. Great ski vacation deals are also abundant in January, after the rush of holiday vacationers. Big names can mean big prices. While the biggest mountains and most popular resorts may provide their share of thrills, the typical skier can get all the thrills they need and great ski vacation deals at some of the smaller, less traveled ski resorts. The Internet is a great place to start. Ski vacation deals can be found on many websites. Many resorts and travel agents have online resources that will allow you to find ski vacation deals that will fit your tastes, budget, and calendar.
In a country known for innovative technology, are we really justified in being surprised that they have the most advanced public toilets as well? Concentrating on comfort, cleanliness and even attempting to ease embarrassment, Japanese toilets are far beyond what most expect, though for anyone living there, these should be fast becoming the norm.Of course we wont go into the health befits of the squat toilets from yesteryears that are still common here, but are really not as innovative as youd hope from the Japanese. Those youd find in other Asian countries as well, mostly in villages though.When it comes to a bit of innovation, it starts here by eliminating embarrassment. Talk about the discomfort of knowing someone is in a stall next to you and can actually hear you making some funny sounds; funny to them but embarrassing for you. Japanese tech people have remedied this by creating a device commonly referred to as a Sound Princess. Found in almost all of the newer public restrooms, the device, when turned on, literally sounds like a flushing toilet, drowning out any other sound that might be made when using the facilities. This ensures that even the shyest of people can relax, knowing no one can hear them.What Japan really has to offer in modern toilets industry, if you want to call it that, are the washlets that have a variety of features to please everyone (yes, we are still talking toilets). The control panel for the Washlet might remind you of something you might see in a spaceship; these toilets may look ordinary, but are anything but normal.A common feature on each is a bidet, which can be combined with toilet paper, or used on its own to wash anything and everything. Most have two nozzles, with adjustable water pressure to each area, gently cleansing without being uncomfortable. Many Washlets have built in dryers, making toilet paper unnecessary. Comfort doesn't stop here though, with heaters attached, cold seats are a thing of the past. Some models even have automated lid opening, closing and flushing, catering to males and females with the push of a button.Making those unavoidable trips to the loo is never welcomed by anyone, but Japanese have made the whole thing an experience worth trying. The only main problem that most tourists face in these toilets is the language barrier. The control panels have Japanese instructions and once seated getting up can become tricky. There is no question though that these toilets are catching up in the rest of the world as well, even the hi-tech man in black, Will Smith, when building his house got the Japanese to supply his toilets.
Most tasting rooms are similar in the way they operate. When entering the tasting room, a tasting room staff member will greet you. Walk up to the tasting bar and say you would like to taste some of the wines. Some wineries charge for tastings and others do not. Occasionally a souvenir glass is included when you pay a tasting fee. You may have a choice to taste all the wines you would like on their list, or to choose a certain number of wines to taste, such as five wines.Let the winery consultant guide your tasting. We have experienced consultants who pour the wine and tell us what we are about to smell and taste. Others will ask us what we observe about the wines. However, the latter is less frequent. There is a certain risk that winery staff takes if they ask your opinion. I recall a look of disappointment when one tasting consultant asked me what I thought a wine tasted like and I replied, Leather. The consultant thought it tasted like coffee. I do not drink coffee and now I have a sneaky feeling that it must taste like leather.If you go to a tasting room on a less busy day (usually in the middle of the week), you will enjoy the opportunity to talk about the wine, winery and vineyards. Most tasting room staff members are knowledgeable about the wines they are pouring. A mere one percent of the wineries we have visited had a staff member who admitted that he just helps on the weekend and pours the wine. He told us he did not know anything about the wines he was pouring.Most of the time, you will stand at the tasting bar. Some tasting rooms have bar stools next to the tasting bar. This is a very welcome addition if you are tasting at your third winery of the day. Some wineries use tables for wine tastings. At McGregor Vineyard and Winery along Keuka Lake in New York, you will sit at a table. The wine consultant will bring a plate of bite-sized food and will discuss the wine list with you. We also had a sit down and be served experience at Gloria Ferrer in California.The sit down at a table theme continued at Schramsberg in California. After a tour of the caves at Schramsberg, the tour group gathered in a small dining room that had three tables set for a group of people. Our tour filled two of the tables. The wine consultant talked about the sparkling wines and then served us at the table. This afforded a great opportunity to talk about the wine with the other people at your table. This intimate approach occurred after group tours at Pine Ridge Winery and Quintessa in California.Occasionally the winemaker will be on hand and may give a tour and conduct your tasting. Our most memorable tour was at The Lenz Winery on Long Island in New York. The winemaker had us taste his wines from the stainless steel tanks. He asked us what we thought and more often than not agreed with us. His tour proceeded to the barrel room and with thief in hand had us taste the wine from some of the barrels. Tasting wine from the barrels or tanks can give you an idea if the wine is ready or what more aging will do to it. The winemaker at Prince Michel Vineyards and Winery in Virginia has special barrel tastings. He discusses his wines and the stage they are at when you taste them.One of our favorite tastings was during the tour at Del Dotto Winery in California. The tour led our group through the over one hundred year old candle-lit tunnels. Our guide stopped along the way and had us taste wines from the barrels. If we liked the wine, we took a ticket attached to the barrel. After the tour, we could order any of the wines we tasted. The wine would be bottled and shipped to many destinations.Visiting winery tasting rooms is a great activity. Try to limit the number of tasting rooms you visit in one day. We try to visit two or three in a day. Tasting rooms are less crowded on the weekdays. Call ahead or check their times on the Internet before you start your adventure.
Australia has become one of the most popular destinations in the last ten years. Before the early nineties, there were few people who had ever ventured to the land down under. Australia has become one of the hottest destinations for travelers interested in luxury vacations because of the interesting sights to behold. Australia calls to travelers interested in experiencing a vacation filled with wonder and excitement. Those looking for a vacation infused with adventure must seek out the three most action packed destinations: The Australia Zoo, The Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park.The Australia ZooHome of Steve Irwin and family, the Australia Zoo is home to some of the continents fiercest animals, including crocodiles! The Australia Zoo lets you get up close and personal with its inhabitants like no other zoo before. You can pet a koala, watch a demonstration with the crocs, and celebrate the life and work of Steve Irwin. A visit to the Australia Zoo offers a great experience to travelers of any age wishing for more excitement on their luxury travel vacation.The Great Barrier ReefOne of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest reef, and can be seen from space. With several thousand fish, water mammals, plant life and other aquatic life populate the reef. With over 8 million visitors each year, the reef has become extremely popular with travelers, especially those interested in scuba diving and snorkeling. This attraction is so popular, even luxury world cruises make a stop! Learn more about luxury world cruises at http://www.amtvacations.com/american-express-cruises.html.Kakadu National ParkHome to the famous Alligator River system, Kakadu National Park is one of the most diverse natural preserves in the world. The park has several distinct types of land, including flood plains, lowlands, rock lands, hills and basins. It is also the ancestral home of the Aboriginal natives. The park also hosts over over 280 bird species, 60 mammal species, 50 freshwater aquatic species, 10,000 insects species and 1,600 plant species. If you wish to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Australia, or experience the incredible culture of the Aboriginal natives, Kakadu National Park is a cant miss stop on your luxury travel vacation itinerary. Get more information about luxury travel vacation by visiting http://www.amtvacations.com/american-express-tours.html.Travelers searching for a destination to cater to their active lifestyle should definitely consider visiting Australia on their next luxury travel vacation. This destination has some of the most exciting and adventurous sights and attractions than any other place in the world. Australia is considered by many to be the latest and greatest travel frontier. See what adventure seekers are talking about and plan your own Australia adventure!