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Industry News April 2005


Key to a successful crisis response is communication among those responding. With that in mind, several public-private alliances are working toward developing procedures for sharing data in emergencies.

The Emergency Interoperability Consortium (EIC) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to promote the development and proliferation of data-sharing standards for emergency response. Early efforts include the release of the Common Alerting Protocol, a data standard for sharing alert information between dissimilar systems. Another data-sharing standard, Emergency Data Exchange Language, addresses the routing and substance of interagency emergency messaging.

A live example of information sharing occurred during the second inauguration of George W. Bush. Five crisis management systems from E-Team, Inc., interacted to help manage law enforcement activities, provide communications, and serve as a platform to coordinate public health activities and information sharing among local, regional, and national agencies. Emergency operations centers at the police department, a hospital, the Centers for Disease Control, the Strategic National Stockpile, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were connected throughout a four-day period surrounding the event.

Another effort is at the state level. The state of North Dakota has developed a system for broadcasting emergency information to strategic locations in the event of a bioterrorist threat or natural disaster. A joint undertaking by the North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Healthcare Association, the BioTerrorism Wide Area Network (BTWAN) is a high-speed broadband network using the Dakota Carrier Network and funded by a grant from the Health Resource Services Administration. The high-tech videoconferencing system was installed by AVI Systems, while MultiBand installed routers, switches, and plugs. Nexus Innovations, Inc., provided project management.


Extended Stay America is using the Ground Transient Terminator from 9 Corp to protect alarm control panels in its hotels from power surges and lightning strikes.

Westar Marine Services is equipping its tugboat fleet with Global Watch2 Automatic Identification System transponders from ACR Electronics, Inc.

Active Recognition Technologies and SecureteX International have announced an agreement to incorporate ART’s V-Metrics software with SecurteX DVR systems.

ADT Security Services Inc. will be the exclusive provider of Electronic Product Code RFID readers and antennas for Tesco UK.

Altiris and Sygate Technologies have joined the Network Admission Control program, an industry effort led by Cisco Systems to protect enterprise networks.

The California Avocado Commission has deployed the Active Rights Management platform from Authentica, Inc., to protect documents and e-mail.

Bosch Security Systems has integrated its Divar video recorders with CCTV and access control applications from Keyscan.

Harmon, Inc., is providing a hurricane impact-resistant exterior glazing system for the new St. Regis Resort in Fort Lauder­dale, Florida.

A vulnerability assessment solution from Harris Corporation will be included as part of the Smart Office portfolio from HP for small and mid-sized businesses.

I.D. Systems, Inc., has received a purchase order from AeroVironment, Inc., for 500 wireless systems to track industrial vehicle batteries. The company will also provide wireless systems to Wajax Industries Limited.

Makro has chosen IE Keyprocessor’s iProtect security management system for its new establishment in Vianen, Netherlands.

Intelli-Check, Inc., is licensing its ID-CHECK technology to Viisage for a government order.

Based on security considerations, has chosen Interland, Inc., as its hosting provider for ground transportation algorithms.

IR Security & Safety Electronic Control Systems has announced that California Baptist University is using Schlage locking systems to secure computer labs, a bookstore, and a game room.

LSI has become the official training partner for the International Cargo Security Council.

Milestone Systems A/S is providing software to the IKEA Pilot Store in Delft, Netherlands, to integrate video images with transaction data.

Precise Biometrics AB has received an order for fingerprint and smart-card readers from SafeNet Inc.

Prepared Response Inc. is mapping more than 1.2 million square feet of office space at the Benaroya Company in Seattle as part of an emergency preparedness program.

SAFLINK subsidiary Litronic will license Precise Biometrics’ Match-on-Card technology for its jForté Smart Card.

Sarnatech BNL is producing a custom-designed bearing assembly for Bewator Ltd. to use in its new Solaris surveillance dome.

Code Amber teamed with Smart-Traveler Solutions, Inc., to broadcast Amber Alerts and NOAA weather warnings at more than 5 million e-mail messages per hour in beta testing.

P&O Ports North America has deployed the Tumbleweed Communications Corporation E-mail Firewall with Dynamic Anti-spam Service.


ADT Security Services Inc. has been awarded a contract by the state of Colorado to design and implement a security system for the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center at Fitzsimons.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. has received contracts from the U.S. Army Tank, Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for a variety of electrical components for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Engineered Support Systems, Inc., has been awarded a task order to assist in installation of armored crew-protection kits from TACOM.

Draper Laboratory and Goddard Space Flight Center have both placed orders for x-ray inspection systems from Glenbrook Technologies.

Hamilton Pacific is providing its wireless CCTV system (ROAM) to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Las Vegas Police Department deployed an aerial camera system from Helinet Aviation Services as part of its New Year’s Eve law enforcement efforts.

Honeywell is teaming with Northrop Grumman Information Technology and other subcontractors to provide program management, security products, and networking solutions to the U.S. Navy.

ImageWare Systems has received an order for investigative and identification technologies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Oburthur Card Systems is providing its smart card to the U.S. Merchant Mariners as part of a Mariner Administration Card pilot program.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is using Panasonic Security Systems iris recognition readers in a pilot program for registered travelers.

Precise Biometrics is working with Siemens Informatica Spa to develop a new version of its combined fingerprint and smart-card reader for the Ministry of Finance in Italy.

SAFLINK will provide biometric and smart-card technology to BearingPoint, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.

The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command is deploying mobile security manager software from Senforce Technologies Inc. for wireless communication.

Smiths Detection is participating in a cargo-screening pilot program at various airports by agreement with the TSA.

U.S. Security Associates has been named a Strategic Supplier by Sandia National Laboratories.

Verint Systems Inc. is providing its networked video solution to the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.


Automatic Gate Equipment & Supply Corporation has completed five years as a distributor for AXCESS International Inc. and has installed its 50th Active RFID system.

Bell ID has joined the Fargo Technology Alliance.

BrightTools Inc. has joined Activeworx Inc. as the North American distributor of the Activeworx security information management solution.

Cernium, Inc., has signed an agreement with Optiwise Solutions Private Limited, which will sell its Perceptrak video systems throughout the Middle East and India.

Triple C Technologies LLC has joined the network of dealers and integrators for Checkpoint Systems, Inc.

ClearPath Networks has entered into a distribution agreement with SYNNEX Corporation, which will market its VPN security solutions to resellers, integrators, and OEMs throughout the United States.

Fisher Labs has established a U.S. and Canada sales representative network, including Warren & Associates, Professional Sales Inc., GP Marketing, Pearson and Pearson Marketing Inc., Rancillo & Associates Inc., I.D.M.C. Inc., Vihon & Associates, Bencsik & Associates Inc., Monfort Electronics Marketing, LCA Sales Company, Repworks Inc., and Access Direct Sales.

Pacom Systems has announced distribution agreements with ATD Services, LLC; Royal Security, LLC; and Virtual Service, Inc.

Postini has signed a partnership agreement with Software Spectrum as a Select Reseller Partner for Postini’s Perimeter Manager.

Sentinel Sales & Marketing will be the regional representative for Videolarm in Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado.


Avaya Inc. has won first place in Miercom’s annual large tele­phony review in a comparative IP PBX test. It was recognized for superior IP telephony architecture, endpoints, and features and was acknowledged as Best in Test by Business Communications Review magazine.

Canesta Inc. has awarded hardware and software development kits to several leading universities in the first phase of its CanestaVision design competition. Among the winners are Carnegie Mellon University, University of California-Santa Cruz, Washington University in St. Louis, Oxford Brookes University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Columbia University, University of Toronto, and ARCES-University of Bologna.

Dedicated Micros has achieved certification through the Open Access Alliance Program of Lenel Systems International, Inc.

Gabriel Technologies Corporation has received underwriting from Lloyd’s of London and Adriatic Insurance Company, offering truck operators coverage in case of loss due to the failure of Gabriel’s cargo security system.

The Vindicator V5 Network Security Appliance from Honeywell has been chosen as a finalist for the 2004 New Product of the Year by Access Control & Security Systems.

IMlogic, Inc. announced that its IM Manager has been certified to provide logging, archiving, and reviewing capabilities for customers of the Reuters Messaging Service.

Telecities awarded the city of Stockholm first prize in the e-Security category for its biometric logon project that featured Precise Biometrics technology used in schools.

The Sagamore has earned SafePlace Accreditation renewal for the third consecutive year.

Viscount Systems Inc. was named one of the top 50 security companies by Automation and Security

International Magazine.

VistaScape was chosen by Red Herring as one of the 100 most innovative companies in its Innovation 100 Awards.


The American Society of Safety Engineers is offering a free bro­chure, “Hazardous Materials Safety Information Guide,” which can be downloaded

ARES International Security collaborated with Chicken-Out Restaurants to host a dinner for military families who were visiting relatives at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Arthur Blank & Co., Inc., has expanded its short-run division to produce small volumes of cards more quickly.

ASG Security acquired ABC Security Corporation as well as portfolios of accounts from three Texas alarm companies.

Axess Technologies has launched a new Web site

BMC Software has announced its intent to acquire Calendra.

The Bosch Group has pledged 250,000 euros in relief aid for those affected by earthquakes and tsunamis in Asia. In addition, the company will match donations made by its 230,000 employees worldwide.

Glenbrook Technologies was invited by the U.S. Department of Defense to demonstrate its x-ray microscope technology.

The International Foundation for Protection Officers is developing the Protection Officer Training Academy to offer security-related training to all levels of security personnel. To be located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the academy will be facilitated by GROUP 4 FALCK Canada. Advanced Systems Technology Inc. and the Professional Security Training Network will contribute to the training programs.

International SOS has established a Northern Sumatra Relief Fund to aid victims of the tsunami disaster and has dispatched medical and security teams to some affected areas. The company’s Singapore Alarm Center is hosting a Missing Persons Team, as well as coordinating vaccinations to foreign aid workers, victims, and other area visitors.

L-3 Communications has acquired Hawk, Video Flashlight, and VisionAlert products from Pyramid Vision.

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd. has opened a new office in the United States to house its North American Business Unit.

The Open Security Exchange has formed its Convergence Council to define strategic direction for the Exchange by acting as advocates for the end user community.

OzVision has moved to a new corporate headquarters in Woburn, Massachusetts.

SecurityInc, LLC, has purchased the Insignia product line from Integral Technologies.

ShatterGARD has donated VehicleGARD window film for protection of 100 Humvees in Iraq.

United Alarm Systems has changed its name to that of its parent company, ADS Security.

Women in Security Electronics has been established as a nonprofit professional networking organization serving the North American security electronics market. Membership is open to women and men.

Zero International Inc. has acquired the assets of the Door Louvers and Vision Lites product line of LL Building Products, Inc.


ASIS Chapters and Leaders Honored

At January’s Volunteer Leadership Conference in Arlington, Virginia, the I. B. Hale Chapter of the Year and other ASIS International yearly awards of achievement and merit were presented by Chairman of the ASIS Board of Directors Shirley Pierini, CPP.

I. B. Hale. The legacy of I. B. Hale, past president and chairman of the ASIS Board of Directors, is memorialized each year by the award to an ASIS chapter that has made an outstanding contribution to the Society and its members. Nominations for the award are vetted and forwarded to the Awards Committee by the ASIS regional vice presidents.

Among the rigorous judging criteria are efforts by the chapter to improve the image or standing of the Society and the overall security profession, the number and quality of educational programs sponsored by the chapter in a given year, the financial stability of the chapter, the quality of programming and attendance at chapter meetings, and the status of chapter membership.

Chapters that compete for the I. B. Hale Award are judged against chapters of similar size.

The following chapters received the 2004 I. B. Hale Award:

Group I (chapters with 34 or fewer members)—No award given

Group II (chapters with 35 to 99 members)—Iowa

Group III (chapters with 100 to 199 members)—Central Illinois; Honorable Mention—New Mexico

Group IV (chapters with 200 to 299 members)— Florida West Coast; Honorable Mention—St. Louis

Group V (chapters with 300 to 499 members)—St. Louis; Honorable Mention—Phoenix

Group VI (chapters with 500 or more members)—San Francisco Bay

Newsletters. Chapter news­letters provide meaningful information to members of ASIS chapters. Many display a high level of professionalism in design, editorial content, and graphics. The best productions are honored each year with the Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award. Chapters compete against those of similar size.

The 2004 Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award winners are as follows:

Group I—No award given

Group II—Iowa; Honorable Mention—Santa Barbara

Group III—Louisville; Honorable Mention—New Mexico

Group IV—Kansas City

Group V—St. Louis

Group VI—National Capital

Web sites. Web sites play an increasing role in helping ASIS Chapters to inform members, promote events, and archive reference and historic material. The winners of the 2004 Chapter Web site of the Year Awards are:

Group I—Panama

Group II—Tulsa; Honorable Mentions—Toledo and North Mexico

Group III—Omaha; Honorable Mentions—Canadian Pacific and Central Illinois

Group IV—Greater Orlando; Honorable Mention—Greater Kansas City

Group VI—Columbus; Honorable Mention—Long Island

Group VI—San Francisco Bay; Honorable mention—Houston

Duty rewarded. The ASIS Council Chair of the Year Award recognizes chairpersons who perform their volunteer leadership positions with exceptional dedication and excellence. ASIS also honors senior regional vice presidents (SRVPs) and regional vice presidents (RVPs) who have made contributions of the highest caliber.

The 2004 Council Chair of the Year Award was given to Larry Berenson, CPP, of the ASIS Crisis Management Council; Dana Adams, CPP, of the ASIS Private Security Services Council; Leslie Cole, CPP, ASIS Crime/Loss Prevention Council; James Shamess, CPP, ASIS Military Liaison Council; and Ray Musser, CPP, of the ASIS Military Liaison Council.

The 2004 SRVP of the Year award was given to Paul Allena, CPP, and Stephen Van Zwieten, CPP.

The 2004 ASIS RVP of the Year Award was given to Bryn Palena and Ronald Sathre, CPP.

The Society wishes not only to congratulate all of the 2004 winners, but also to thank all submitters. ASIS also wishes to offer encouragement and support to the competitors for the 2005 awards.