Industry News February 2005
False alarms are a perennial problem for law enforcement jurisdictions everywhere. The International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Private Security Liaison Committee has called for a reduction in alarm dispatches, and the alarm industry has now responded with Enhanced Call Verification (ECV).
According to the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), ECV is the most effective program ever developed to reduce police dispatches to invalid alarms. It requires the alarm- monitoring central station to make two telephone calls in response to an alarm activation to try to verify the need for response and recommends that the second call be made to a cellular phone.
ECV has reduced the need for official response by 25 to 50 percent in some jurisdictions, says SIAC. SIAC is now launching a national initiative to encourage alarm companies and law enforcement to adopt the practice.
SIAC is also developing a centralized national database to provide standardized information on alarm ordinances and dispatch policies relating to the alarm industry. Its Ordinance Tracking Information System (OTIS) will provide comparative information on ordinances for the purpose of developing and revising alarm ordinances. It will also provide important information for alarm companies, monitoring firms, insurance companies, and proprietary providers.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ActivCard Corporation is providing its security solutions to Crédit Agricole, a French bank.
Application Security Inc. and Visa International have announced a strategic partnership to protect customer information.
Axcess International Inc. will integrate its RFID products with the GlobeRanger platform to facilitate management capabilities for RFID systems.
Broadware and ENSCO are joining in a partnership for product integration and joint marketing.
CMKA and Special Operations Consulting–Security Management Group are working together to provide protection for CMKA’s clients in international settings.
DVTel is providing migration to digital network-based surveillance for the Silverton Hotel and Casino.
Elgato, SCM Microsystems, and Satelco have joined to launch a card for mobile digital video reception on the Apple computer platform.
Ensure Technologies has announced that the Cleveland Clinic Health System has selected XyLoc MD security solutions for its pharmacy department.
The American Red Cross of Orange County (California) has implemented the hosted application of ESS crisis management software.
Excedent Technologies has announced that The Cobalt Group is offering Excedent’s hosted e-mail solutions to General Motors.
Honeywell Building Solutions will incorporate access control solutions from LEGIC into its smart cards and readers.
The Independent Consultants Association and the American Society for Training & Development will offer joint membership opportunities to their members.
InfoExpress, Inc., and BigFix, Inc., have entered into a technology alliance to protect enterprise networks.
Initial Security has expanded its relationship with Lyondell Chemical Company/Equistar Chemicals L.P. to serve 16 locations across several states.
Magnasphere has formed an alliance with George Risk Industries to package and market Magnasphere’s security-switch technology.
March Networks has provided a mobile video recorder system to the University of California San Francisco for use in investigating driving safety in older adults.
Middle Atlantic Products has provided a modular version of its consoles for Kingston Ontario’s General Hospital.
NetSuite has announced that Custer Battles is using its products to automate its business operations.
Cathay Pacific Airways is using identity-management solutions from Novell, Inc.
OMNIKEY and Indala have formed a partnership to provide PC-linked dual-interface smart-card solutions.
OzVision and HID have formed a strategic partnership to bring integrated access control and video services to central stations.
The Museum of London Group is using Policy Patrol from Red Earth Software to block spam and add signatures to e-mail.
SCM Microsystems, OMNIKEY, and Kobil Systems have agreed on a joint standard for developing smart-card readers with integrated PIN pads.
Segrit and Crawford Solutions, Inc., have joined to offer security and law enforcement management placement services for police agencies.
ANI Direct has integrated security services from Solutionary, Inc., into its offerings.
Vericept Corporation has entered into a strategic alliance with Visa International for protecting private information.
U.S. Bancorp has selected an authentication solution from VeriSign, Inc., to protect its infrastructure.
The Jacob Burns Film Center is using a Zebra printer for its membership cards.
ATC International Holdings and ITF Group Consulting will design and install a security system for a residence built for an Equatorial Guinea Minister in Bata, Central Africa.
Axalto will provide smart cards for the Puerto Rico Department of Health.
Cernium, Inc., has installed behavior-recognition technology at Millennium Park in Chicago to detect suspicious behaviors.
Columbitech has been chosen by Swedish Parliament to secure its wireless communications.
Digimarc Corporation is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pilot program to authenticate driver’s licenses.
Port Everglades has chosen a security platform from DVTel, Inc., as the cornerstone of its security management upgrade.
Fargo Electronics, Inc., has received an additional order from the U.S. Department of Defense for its printer/encoders.
Goddard Technology Corporation is providing an infrastructure for health-card issuance for Clark County Health District (Nevada).
Harris Corporation is expanding its computer security capabilities across the Department of Veterans Affairs enterprise network.
Identix Incorporated has been selected by the U.S. Department of State to supply and integrate technology for facial recognition systems used in visa processing.
ImageWare Systems and SAGEM Morpho, Inc., are working to provide a Livescan/mugshot solution for the New Jersey State Police.
IndigoVision is providing its IP-video technology to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation to monitor locks on the Welland Canal.
IR Security and Safety has announced that the City of Fayetteville (Arkansas) is using Schlage computer-managed locking systems and PRO Series programmable locks to protect its buildings.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has funded installation of networked explosives-detection systems from L-3 Communications at six airports: Logan International Airport (Boston), Harrisburg International Airport (Pennsylvania), McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas), Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport, and Tampa International Airport.
A team led by Lockheed Martin will develop enhancements for explosives-detection systems in airports under a cooperative-agreement grant from the TSA. Analogic Corporation is also working on the project.
Middle Atlantic Products is providing security consoles for the Ottawa International Airport’s new security operations center.
SCM Microsystems has delivered smart-card readers to Giesecke & Devrient for use in Belgium’s national e-ID program.
ShatterGARD has announced that its VehicleGARD clear film has been applied to more than 5,000 military vehicles in combat zones to prevent danger from flying glass through a contract with the U.S. Army.
Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract for explosives-detection equipment for London Luton Airport.
SRA International has won a five-year contract from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The State of Iowa Judicial Branch has selected Sygate to protect confidential information.
USProtect will provide armed, uniformed security forces at 18 U.S. Air Force locations in the United States under a new contract.
VTI Security Integrators will install a security system in each location of the Douglas County School District (Colorado).
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Diebold Incorporated has received regulatory approval from Gaming Laboratories International, Inc., for its gaming-ticket software interface.
The T-Link TL250 Internet Alarm Communicator from Digital Security Controls has won the Dealer’s Choice Award in the communications category at the Security Canada Central Expo.
Engineered Support Systems, Inc., has received the 2004 Medallion of Success Award from General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada for exceptional supply performance by its Systems & Electronics Inc. subsidiary.
GE Infrastructure, Security has announced its 2004 Innovation Awards to dealers for outstanding system design, integration, and installation for the security and home automation markets. Terry’s Alarms of Alexandria, Louisiana, won the grand prize; other dealers honored were Trestar Security, Guardian Security of North Carolina, SimplexGrinnell, Custom Alarm, and Risk Management Consultants.
Gemplus has been presented with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership in smart-card readers.
Intellimar, Inc., was named the second-fastest growing security company in America by Inc. magazine.
The Remote Access 500 from Juniper Networks has earned SSL VPN security and functionality certification from ICSA Labs.
The Lockmasters, Inc., LKM7000 Series of Pedestrian Door Locks has received Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Listing for a 20-minute fire rating.
Savi Technology garnered the Most Innovative Infocomm Product and Service Award 2004 from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation. Savi also won the 2004 Homeland Security—Private Sectors Market Global Customer Leadership of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan.
Telular Corporation has earned additional UL Listings for its Telguard model TG-100.
The Wackenhut Corporation has been selected as Transition Assistance Online’s 2004 Military Employer of the Year.
ACG Identification GmbH has established ACG Secure ID, a new business unit to support government-driven programs in ID authentication.
Altiris, Inc., has launched a consulting certification and training program for Altiris Business Partners.
ASSA ABLOY recently celebrated 10 years in business, dating from the merger of the lock operations of Securitas in Sweden and Metra in Finland.
When loss prevention managers from Big Lots attended a celebration at the LeBlond Club, a learning center sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and funded by Big Lots, they noticed that the CCTV system was not working. Big Lots funded a new security system, which was installed by MPL Security.
CEDIP Infrared Systems celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2004.
CIPI has relocated and expanded its Hong Kong support operation, Quo-Luck Company Limited, to larger quarters in the Kowloon Bay area.
Commonwealth Films Inc. has launched a new Web site for its training films atwww.commonwealthfilms.com.
Cryptography Research has begun a licensing program for its countermeasure technology.
Forsythe Technology, Inc., has launched a new publication, Forsythe Focus magazine. Readers can request a subscription atwww.forsythe.com/focus.
LTU Technologies Inc. has donated an Image-Seeker software system to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help locate and identify missing children and their abductors.
March Networks has formed a new subsidiary, March Healthcare Corporation, to develop and market e-health applications.
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers has introduced a course called “Ethical Hacker” to teach students to secure an IT system.
Security guards from OSS, Inc., assisted with the 2004 International Children’s Games in Cleveland.
RSIG Security Group has opened a new office in Cleveland, Ohio, and another in Ashland, Massachusetts. The company plans to continue its expansion into Delaware and Missouri.
Sionex Corporation was invited by the National Science Foundation and the National Academies to exhibit its chemical sensor technology at “Sensors: Buildings, Battlefields and Beyond.”
Snocone Systems has acquired all rights to RISKebiz Internet Services Inc.’s RISKeye Mobile Viewing and Surveillance Technology.
Cubit Electronics has joined Sokymat Group to build on Cubit’s expertise in high-frequency transponders and Sokymat’s experience in low-frequency transponders.
Sun Microsystems announced that it has deployed 750 million Java Cards.
Ultra Electronics Card Systems supported the Little League World Series by providing two Magicard card printers and free printer supplies during the event. Lenel Systems International donated manpower, equipment, and installation services for the series.
Vector Security, Inc., teamed with PNC Bank, Lexus, and Verizon Wireless to sponsor the PNC International Tennis Classic in Pittsburgh.
Global Terrorism Conference
ASIS International will hold its 23rd Annual Global Terrorism conference in Arlington, Virginia, on March 14-16. The ASIS Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime Council will sponsor the event.
Even several years after 9-11, there are few direct and robust channels of communication for government agencies and the private sector to exchange information about terrorist threats. Confusion and misinterpretation among government agencies is still rife, and little information is disseminated to the private sector. Thus, the conference’s primary focus is on opening these essential channels of communication between the private sector and government agencies.
Aimed at attendees such as corporate security professionals, law enforcement officials, and government representatives responsible for planning, implementing, and managing responses to terrorist threats, the conference will focus on topics such as nontraditional partnerships between intelligence and the private sector; defending corporate executives overseas; information technology and the threat of “netwar”—the exploitation of the Web for terrorist recruitment and operations; mitigating threats against the agricultural infrastructure, bioterrorism; insider threats; post-9-11 security recommendations; and building European partnerships.
For more information, and to register, visitwww.asisonline.org or phone ASIS Member Services at 703/519-6200. Fees are $725 for ASIS members and $880 for nonmembers.
ASIS will hold its Fourth Annual European Security Conference, “Security Solutions for the Future,” April 18-20 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference will include discussions of cutting-edge solutions for critical issues such as organized crime, antiterrorism, transport security, business continuity, risk management, and others.
The conference, to be held at the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel, will include a full roster of educational sessions, case studies, panel discussions, and keynotes, as well as an RVP and president’s reception. An optional guided coach tour of Copenhagen or full-day trip to Roskilde—an ancient Viking town close to Copenhagen—is also available for an extra fee. Roskilde is home to surviving 11th-century Viking ships, the Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, and the Hans Christian Andersen Museum—a half-timbered cottage displaying a comprehensive collection of letters, manuscripts, and personal effects.
For more information on the conference, and to register, visit ASIS Online (www.asisonline.org) or phone ASIS Member Services at 703/519-6200. Fees are 675 euros for ASIS Members and 825 euros for nonmembers.
Still Time to Contribute
The Security Business Practices Reference, Volume VII, is accepting submissions until February 17. The reference is a compilation of case studies submitted by security professionals in a variety of industries.
For the new volume, the ASIS Council on Business Practices, which edits the reference, is looking for cases that focus on performance management, which provides data for identifying both excellence and deficiencies and for analyzing the root causes of both. Measurements include dollars recovered from investigations; employee turnover caused by security concerns; frequency and costs of acts of vandalism; international employee travel incidents; loss of raw materials; security expenditures compared to budget; security officer turnover; and other issues.