Industry News February 2004
Print Issue: February 2004
A new online directory from the U.S. Department of Justice is designed to help crime victims find assistance quickly and easily. It enables people to locate national and international assistance services and helps service providers make appropriate referrals. Users can search by location, crime, type of assistance sought, and type of agency any time of the day.
Created by the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime, the directory is located athttp://ovc.ncjrs.org/findvictimservices. Providers are not endorsed by the agency, but must meet certain criteria before they are listed. Programs must provide direct services to crime victims, must be open to the public, must be administered by nonprofit organizations or public agencies, and must have been performing victim services for at least one year or be receiving funds through the Victims of Crime Act.
The Web site also allows providers of victim services to submit information about their programs so that they can be added to the directory.
Entrepreneur Steven Brill is partnering with TransCore, ChoicePoint, Lehman Brothers, and The Civitas Group LLC to create a verified identity card for faster access to security checkpoints for those who pay a fee and undergo voluntary background screenings.
Cardax and Gallagher Security have integrated Cardax access control technology and Gallagher Security perimeter systems into a comprehensive security offering for their customers, including the federal government.
Consul risk management, Inc., and BMC Software, Inc., have formed a global alliance to offer management of security administration and auditing to enable regulatory compliance.
Giuliani Partners LLC and Ernst & Young have opened the Rudolph W. Giuliani Advanced Security Centers to address critical security governance issues and digital vulnerability testing.
IP Dynamics and MARSYS have announced a strategic partnership to deliver secure virtual network solutions.
March Networks has created a Software Developers Program to allow integration of its digital video recorders with third-party systems and applications.
Precise Biometrics AB has strengthened its cooperation with Sun Microsystems so Sun can offer its customers combined biometrics and Java Card technology.
Software House and STOPware have become partners to expand visitor management solutions for C-CURE 800/8000 customers.
Visa International showcased the solutions for government and commercial issuers from its partners at its fifth annual International Government Services Conference. The partners highlighted were nCircle Network Security, Inc.; Tripwire, Inc.; Kabira Technologies, Inc.; Information Security Systems & Services, Inc.; and Arcot Systems.
Navy Federal Credit Union has deployed software from Blue Lance to audit and monitor critical security areas within internal networks.
Central Command is providing its Vexira Antivirus to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem to protect its e-mail infrastructure from viruses.
GE Interlogix and Toll Brothers, Inc., have signed an agreement that designates GE Interlogix as the exclusive provider of security equipment and a preferred provider of structured wiring equipment for Toll Communities.
Intermedia.NET has chosen Sunbelt Software’s spam-filtering solution for use in its e-mail security products.
MIJA, Inc., and AMEREX have installed electronically monitored fire extinguishers in a University of Utah residence hall.
Monterrey Security is under contract to provide security services for Chicago’s New Soldier Field, including games for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Fire.
MultiVision and its partner Elixir Group have won a new contract from Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A., a casino operator in Macau, to install digital video surveillance products in 10 casinos.
NetScreen Technologies, Inc., has announced that Hitachi Consulting has deployed NetScreen integrated firewall and virtual private network security solutions for its IP network.
North American Video has upgraded the surveillance systems at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.
ObjectVideo has won a research contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for researching night vision video surveillance.
Harris Corporation has chosen secure remote access products from Rainbow Technologies, Inc., for its employees who need to access corporate resources from customer sites.
VASCO has strengthened its presence in the Asia-Pacific region by signing a contract with KASIKORNBANK of Thailand to provide secure access to and digital signature capabilities for the bank’s Internet banking system. VASCO is also working with Bank Mandiri, an Indonesian financial institution.
Zix Corporation will provide Perdue Farms’ Healthcare Clinics with e-prescribing technology. Zix is also protecting e-mail for Atlantic Health System.
ActivCard and Netilla Networks are providing their combined solution for secure remote access to the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management. Kahuna Network Solutions facilitated the implementation of the system.
ADT Security Services, Inc., has been selected to participate in a pilot project to develop security solutions for cargo containers entering the Port of New York and New Jersey by the Department of Homeland Security. Other team members include The Boeing Company; Global Marine Security Systems Company; Iridium Satellite, LLC; and Parsons Corporation.
The United Kingdom Department for Transport has chosen GE Ion Track’s Itemiser3 for use in transportation security applications for explosives trace detection.
Honeywell Building Solutions and Indianapolis Public Schools are partnering to improve school security through installation of surveillance and remote access control and monitoring equipment.
Idesco Oy is supplying proximity cards to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council for its public transportation system. Buscom Oy is supplying the vehicle system and proximity readers.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has selected Johnson Controls to provide security and monitoring for the water resources in its service area.
Lenel Systems International is deploying an advanced technology security management solution at the Changi Prison Complex in Singapore.
LLD Inc. and Satellite Security Systems have won a contract with Fairfax County Public Schools to outfit vehicles with an automatic vehicle location and communication solution.
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is implementing an airportwide baggage tracking system using RFID technology from Matrics, Inc.
Through recent contract renewals with the federal government, USProtect will continue to provide uniformed security personnel to the Department of Homeland Security; Social Security Administration; and the U.S. Embassy, Consulate General, and residence of the U.S. Ambassador in the Netherlands.
The Chicago Police Department is deploying bullet-resistant DeputyDome systems from Videolarm in the city’s most crime-prone communities. ADI Systems Group, Disclosure Video Systems, and RMS also worked on the design and installation.
Visionael Corporation has designed a comprehensive vulnerability-management solution to secure the network of Stanislaus County, California.
Infinova has added three new manufacturers representative firms. Integrated Marketing Systems will provide coverage in the middle Atlantic region; Rep Solutions from Western Pennsylvania to Indiana; and SVC Marketing in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas.
Invensys and Verano, Inc., will jointly market Verano’s Industrial Defender Watch. Invensys will resell, implement, and support the product.
The Protection Bureau has become the sixteenth member of SecurityNet, where it will be responsible for business in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and southern New Jersey.
Synergis Systems has signed a contract to become a preferred access control vendor with Anixter.
Texas Instruments RFid has authorized Open Options Inc. to resell its line of contactless RFID vicinity cards and readers.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
The D6600 NetCom System from Bosch Security Systems has received a certificate for encryption from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Edwards Systems Technology (EST) received the Competitive Strategy Award for 2003 from Frost & Sullivan.
Entrust, Inc., has become a member of the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Program.
The Allegro security system from GE Interlogix has been named a 2003 Dealer’s Choice Award winner by the Canadian Alarm and Security Association in the Burglary category.
Hirsch Electronics has been awarded the Security Industry Association’s Product Achievement Award in the Training category for its Velocity Integrated Learning Strategy.
Identix has been named a recipient of the 2003 Tekne Award for its IBIS system in the category Technology Services—Established Companies.
Industrial Security Service Inc. has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification.
Intamac Systems Ltd. was awarded two honors at the UK Security Excellence Awards 2003. It won the top award in the Best IT Initiative category and runner-up in the Best Security Innovation category.
MultiVision Intelligent Surveillance Limited was awarded the Export Marketing Certificate of Merit in the 2003 Hong Kong Awards for Industry.
NetScreen has announced that its integrated firewall and virtual private network security system has received Common Criteria EAL4+ certification.
NICE Systems has received the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award for the security segment.
Nokia has been awarded the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Product Innovation Award for its Nokia Secure Access System SSL VPN solution.
Midwest Alarm Services, a subsidiary of Per Mar Security Services has received the Honeywell-Notifier Fire Systems Distributor of the Year Award.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted Supplemental Type Certification to the Savi 602 tracking and asset management device from Savi Technology.
UnityOne Intrusion Prevention Systems and Appliances from TippingPoint Technologies, Inc., were named Best New Product in the hardware category by attendees at the Executive Breakaway 2003 conference hosted by the Computing Technology Industry Association.
ASSA ABLOY AB has completed the acquisitions of Sokymat S.A., the Identification Technology Business of Advanced Component Group AG, and the majority position in OMNIKEY AG. All three will become part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group with headquarters in Irvine, California.
Fargo Electronics, Inc., has joined the Open Security Exchange, an industry forum promoting integration between components of security infrastructure.
Honeywell is working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to promote abduction prevention in communities throughout the United States.
The National Cargo Security Council has created a Corporate Membership classification.
Sal Lifrieri has formed a new company, Protective Countermeasures & Consulting, which will help businesses assess security vulnerabilities and implement countermeasures.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was on hand to demonstrate the Savi SmartSeal sensor system device at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
Secure Computing Corporation has acquired N2H2, Inc., an Internet content filtering company.
Securing Houses of Worship Survey
The Securing Houses of Worship II initiative, sponsored by the ASIS Foundation, Inc., has created an online survey to gather data on crime and security-related issues at U.S. houses of worship. The data will be used to develop trend analysis, to draw conclusions that will allow security professionals to better serve the faith-based community, and to assist houses of worship in implementing their own protection strategies. The survey asks a series of questions, including:
- Has the facility taken an inventory or otherwise identified its physical assets?
- Does the facility currently use an electronic surveillance system?
- Does the facility currently have a security service or security officers?
Other questions address the history of any threats, forced entries and other security incidents, and the congregation’s level of satisfaction with security.
For more information on the Houses of Worship II initiative, visitwww.asisonline.org or contact Robert Rowe, director for development, at 703/518-1440; e-mail:[email protected]
Military Liaison Council Formed
ASIS International has brought together a group of experts to form an ASIS Military Liaison Council. The co-chairs of the group are Raymond H. Musser, CPP, director of security for General Dynamics Corporation, and U.S. Air Force General James M. Shamess.
Roy Bordes is the ASIS Council Vice President overseeing the new council. He says that the group began to take shape last spring and became an official ASIS council in June. He says that the council hopes to promote the exchange of experiences and opinions through discussion, study, educational programs, and publication, as well as to provide the Society with information and recommendations on matters relating to security practices within the branches of the U.S. military. The group will develop and recommend legislation pertaining to private security trends and practices that are applicable to military needs. Additionally, the council will promote the Society’s certification programs to military security personnel.
The council is preparing for the upcoming Emerging Trends Conference in Chicago, March 29-April 1. At the conference, the council will present an exploration of the U.S. Air Force’s Protection Battlelab, located in San Antonio, Texas. The session will focus on technology-based initiatives the Battlelab is pursuing to solve a variety of security-related problems.
Bordes says that the council is also working on session contributions for the ASIS 50th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas in September and considering its own conference to be held in 2005.