Industry News May 2005
What do the human body, cargo seals, and passports have in common? They’re all the focus of applications for radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
Recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medical uses, the VeriChip from Applied Digital Solutions is a miniature RFID device that can be implanted under the human skin. About the size of a grain of rice, the device contains a 16-digit verification number that can be read by a proprietary scanner.
Joseph E. Krull, CPP, an executive with Applied Digital, had a VeriChip implanted on himself to show how it works. The chip has an access code that allows medical personnel to go into the company’s secure database to get Krull’s personal medical history. He sees myriad future applications for the technology, including ID-theft protection, computer security authentication, and ID tags for the military.
Use of RFID “smart box” technology for protecting cargo can result in financial benefits to shippers as well as greater homeland security, according to a recent study by A.T. Kearney for Savi Technology. A tracking and security solution using RFID and a networked platform that exceeds simple tamper alerts can produce net benefits of $1,200 per container shipment. Because the technology is also recognized by Customs officials and makes shipments eligible for special “green lane” clearance, cargo moves through channels more quickly and leads to additional savings via reductions in inventory, reductions in out-of-stocks, shorter lead times, and reductions in administrative costs, in addition to theft prevention.
Passports and credit cards are also taking advantage of RFID capabilities for use in access control, personal identification, and financial transactions. To help people understand the different kinds of technologies used in contactless smart cards and RFID cards, the Smart Card Alliance has published “RFID Tags and Contactless Smart Card Technology: Comparing and Contrasting Applications and Technologies.” The briefing paper can be found on the group’s Web site via www. securitymanagement.com.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Absolute Software Corporation and Phoenix Technologies have joined to provide a solution for deterring theft and loss of remote, mobile, and desktop computers.
ADT Security Services, Inc., has signed a multiyear contract with Tesco UK to be Tesco’s exclusive supplier of RFID readers and antennas.
Authentica has been selected to join Hewlett Packard’s Primary Solutions Provider Program.
Novation has deployed Authentica’s Active Rights Management platform to secure contracts on behalf of the healthcare organizations it serves.
AvalonRF and PerceptiVU are combining their technologies to aid in tracking from remote platforms.
Canon Network Video Solutions has announced that Security Identification Systems Corporation is using its pan-tilt-zoom camera to facilitate the FAST-PASS visitor management system.
Crystal Bay Club and Casino is upgrading its video surveillance system with high-definition cameras from CoVi Technologies, Inc.
Honeywell has formed a partnership with the Vancouver Taxi Association to supply surveillance cameras for its taxi fleets.
Idesco Oy has become a license partner of LEGIC Identsystems Ltd. in Finland, making LEGIC technology available there.
Idesco Corporation has made security enhancements for several New York buildings, including the Rubin Museum of Art, the Empire State Building, and the Flatiron Building.
Suffolk University has deployed products from Juniper Networks to deliver secure and assured networking to its staff and students.
JVC Professional Europe Ltd has provided a CCTV system to Ogilvy and Mather’s London office. The system was specified and recommended by Taylor Technology.
MDI Security Systems has been selected by the ING Group to provide its integrated security management solution for ING’s Milan office.
Mallory Alexander International Logistics is using a networked surveillance system from Milestone Systems A/S. The system was installed by Incom Interactive Surveillance.
The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association has partnered with RiskCap to handle the underwriting and marketing functions of its insurance program.
NetSupport Powerweb and NDR are working together to offer companies greater scope for business continuity and disaster recovery needs.
In collaboration with Key-Corp, Protiviti is developing and integrating new risk control modules into its Governance Portal Platform to enable financial institutions to comply with certain Basel II requirements.
DSP color cameras from Rainbow CCTV have been installed at the Milwaukee County Zoo to allow curators to observe warthogs during their birthing cycle. Monitors are also available for public viewing.
Research in Motion has integrated a secure messaging solution from Entrust, Inc., into its BlackBerry Enterprise Server. SecuraComm has signed an affiliation agreement with Amlicke Engineering Services International.
A Digipass token from VASCO Data Security International, Inc., has been selected by Veri-Sign as the one-time password token for the VeriSign Unified Authentication solution.
Viscount Systems Inc. has secured contracts with Infocom India for facility security in new high-rise projects.
The Singapore Civil Defense Force has awarded Astrata (Singapore) Pte Ltd a contract for a tracking, monitoring, and control system for regulating the movement of vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
Marin County (California) is using mobility solutions from Avaya to connect government and community.
BearCom Wireless Worldwide has completed a comprehensive upgrade to the CCTV system at Brazoria County Airport in Angleton, Texas.
Delta Scientific has provided counterterrorist barriers to more than 50 U.S. Air Force bases around the world.
The Swedish National Labor Market Administration has selected the IdentityGuard solution from Entrust, Inc., to secure Web services for employees.
Environmental Tectonics Corporation completed a second training session in airport disaster response for Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
I.D. Systems, Inc., has won a contract from the U.S. Postal Service to implement its Wireless Asset Net tracking and management system at facilities nationwide.
ImageWare Systems, Inc., was selected to provide the foundation of a federal biometric pilot project by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
Lone Tree Police Department (Colorado) has chosen records management software and mobile records management from IntelliChoice, Inc.
The National Institute of Justice has awarded a grant to ISAI to study topics pertaining to information security breaches in colleges and universities. The project will be conducted through Columbia University’s Teachers College.
JANUS Associates, Inc., has announced a contract with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The contract will increase the agency’s information security.
March Networks is providing video recorders and software to Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos, a Mexican agency responsible for toll roads and bridges.
Oberthur Card Systems Corporation has been selected by the U.S. Government Printing Office to provide technology for development and testing of an electronic passport.
Secure Elements Inc., JB Cubed, and the U.S. Department of Transportation have signed a purchase agreement for the Secure Elements vulnerability management solution.
SimplexGrinnell will test, maintain, and repair fire alarm and sprinkler systems at 49 Smithsonian facilities under a new agreement.
Smiths Detection has installed an explosives-detection portal at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Spaceflight Systems Corporation, in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire and FPR Corporation, has received a Small Business Technology Transfer Research contract from the U.S. Army to develop a biometric recognition system.
At the request of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the University of South Florida’s Center for Ocean Technology augmented Super Bowl security with its Mobile Inspection Package, which was developed with funding and oversight by the Office of Naval Research and the Coast Guard Research and Development Center.
VBrick, Lucent, and TANDBERG have combined forces to supply the U.S. Army with videoconferencing equipment.
The North Conway Fire Department (New Hampshire) uses a Zebra printer to create ID badges for its employees.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office (Ohio) uses a Zebra card printer to create concealed-weapons permits.
ActivCard Corporation has entered into a joint distribution agreement with Lenel Systems International to jointly market a solution for physical access to facilities and logical access to networks.
Altiris has entered into an agreement with IBM that allows IBM to sell Altiris Deployment Solution for Servers.
Aspace Solutions has signed a marketing agreement with IBM that allows joint sales and marketing of each other’s products and services.
Avaya and TeleTech have announced a five-year agreement to market hosted contact center infrastructure, applications, and professional services worldwide.
Gabriel Technologies Corporation and Mega Fortris have entered into an agreement to jointly introduce a new product and to distribute each other’s products.
Gabriel has also signed an agreement with Wick’s Truck Trailers, giving Wick’s distribution rights for the WAR-LOK t-Series products.
Image Vault and ScanSource Security Distribution have signed an agreement for ScanSource to distribute Image Vault’s video recorder solutions.
March Networks Corporation has signed a joint sales and marketing agreement with Sprint to promote IP-networked digital video applications to retailers.
Data Integration, FDS Networks, GlobalOneBel, HL SenSecurity Pte Ltd, True North Solutions, and Vertical Horizon One have joined the nAble Parner Program of channel partners for nCircle.
Hi-Tech Electric Company will include Pacom Systems’ integrated alarm, access control, and video systems in its product line.
PI Vision Ltd and COE Group plc have launched a technology partnership through which COE will sell PI Vision products in Asia and Europe, while PI Vision will sell COE’s MPEG-4 codecs.
The European Certification Board-Security Systems and partner VdS-Laboratorien tested gun cabinets and safes and determined that those that conformed to old standards do not withstand attacks with simple tools. The board recommends purchasing certified products with resistance grade 0 of EN standard 1143-1.
SAFLINK Corporation has announced a reseller partnership with Wausau Financial Systems, which will package SAFLINK’s biometric software with its solutions and deploy it internally.
Sensors Unlimited, Inc., has retained the services of Smith Miller Moore, Inc., for advertising and marketing.
Smiths Heimann Biometrics GmbH and AssureTec Systems, Inc., have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperatively develop and market ID validation solutions.
VASCO Data Security has named Renaissance Brands as a New Zealand marketing partner.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Avaya Inc. has won the Best in VoiceCon Award for its Remote Managed Services for IP Telelphony.
The Convincer, a bullet- and blast-resistant security booth from B.I.G. Enterprises, was recognized as a finalist for the Product of the Year 2004 at GOVSEC 2004.
Dreifus Associates Limited, Inc., has received Federal Information Processing Standards 140-2 Level 3 security certification for its C3 Applet Suite on Axalto Cyberflex Access 64K smart cards.
Decru and StorageTek have announced the certification of Decru DataFort storage security appliances as interoperable with StorageTek tape libraries and drives.
The Russia International Security & Safety Technologies Forum selected a threat-alert system from Guardian Technologies as the recipient of its Innovation Technology Award for Non-Intrusive Explosion/Threat Detection.
The IWS Law Enforcement identity-management solution from ImageWare Systems, Inc., has received initial FBI certification for civil and law enforcement use.
March Networks has received the Frost & Sullivan Vertical Market Penetration Award.
The Sagamore has earned SafePlace accreditation renewal for the third consecutive year.
DVTel Inc. was awarded the 2005 IIPSEC Security Awards IP Innovation of the Year at the IP Security Exhibition and Conference in Coventry, England. In addition, the company was a finalist in the IP Software category and a winner in the IP Applications category.
ADT Security Services has donated a digital video surveillance and recording system to Elgin High School (Texas). The Austin office of ADT is providing installation services. Also contributing to the project are American Dynamics and Integral Technologies.
American Investigative Services is a new company that offers investigative and specialized services for law firms, insurance companies, corporations, and the public.
Communications Specialties, Inc., has introduced a new corporate logo to be phased in over the next year. It can be viewed on the company’s Web site atwww.commspecial.com.
Corgenix Medical Corporation has established a program to develop a rapid-detection system for viral hemorrhagic fevers that are potential bioterrorism agents.
Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society has issued a call for papers for its special issue on criminal justice and homeland security. Manuscripts must be received by August 15. For more information, contact Everette B. Penn, Ph.D., guest editor, [email protected]
Evan Scott Group International, an executive search firm specializing in the security and software industries, has opened new offices in Washington, D.C.
FiberOptic.com has opened a new headquarters in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
Fraud Prevention Network is a new company intended to combat fraud in public housing authorities. Its fraud tipline will provide advice from antifraud professionals.
Guardian Technologies International, Inc., has moved to a new corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.
ImageWare Systems, Inc., and its Australian partner Intelligence & Strategic Processes Pty Ltd are supporting tsunami relief efforts by supplying the New South Wales Police (Australia) with a mobile identification solution to identify missing and unidentified victims.
Kennedy-Western University, an online university, has launched a criminal justice degree program in its School of Health and Public Administration.
MAC Systems hosted the College Security Symposium for college and university officials to learn about the latest in security technology and practices.
MDI Security Systems has introduced a new Security Solutions Partner certification program.
Operational Security Systems has opened a new office in Casselberry, Florida.
Optelecom, Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire NKF Electronics BV, which will solidify its leadership in fiber-optic communications solutions for surveillance, traffic monitoring, and business video.
Panasonic Corporation of North America has formed Panasonic Systems Solutions Company of America to encompass the company’s Security Systems, Vision Systems, and Information Systems divisions, as well as the new Corporate Systems.
Pelco Europe has moved to a new building in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Per Mar Security Services has opened new branch offices in Sioux City and Waterloo, Iowa.
Plastag LLC and Lucas Color Card have created a new business unit, Plastag I.D., to assist the secure document market with products and processes.
Security Associates International, Inc., has expanded its monitoring center facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.
ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, is seeking nominations for the 2005 Think- Global/Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year awards. Nomination forms are available at www.thinkglobal.us/awards.html and the deadline is May 31.
TOA Electronics, Inc., has created a new security products division.
World Communication Center has opened a new office in Africa. The company has also provided nine satellite phones to assist Mercy Corps in its multi-country tsunami aid programs.
VASCO Data Security International, Inc., has acquired AOSHagenuk of the Netherlands to expand and strengthen its position in smart-card-enabled e-banking and e-commerce.
Business Continuity Guideline Issued
ASIS International has finalized the Business Continuity Guideline: A Practical Approach for Emergency Preparedness, Crisis Management, and Disaster Recovery. It is applicable to any business that must be concerned about emergency preparedness, crisis management, and disaster recovery.
The guideline pertains to all relevant situations, ranging from terrorism to natural disasters, and provides step-by-step preparation and activation guidance, including readiness, prevention, response, recovery/resumption, testing and training, and evaluation and maintenance. It also includes an easy-to-understand business continuity checklist.
The authors of the guideline— a committee of security experts from a number of industries and organizations under the supervision of the ASIS Commission on Guidelines— note that “recent world events have challenged us to prepare to manage previously unthinkable situations that may threaten an organization’s future.” Thus, businesses must engage in “an ongoing, interactive process to assure the continuation of an organization’s core activities before, during, and, most importantly, after amajor crisis.”
Regis W. Becker, CPP, global director of security and compliance for PPG Industries and former ASIS president, who served on the committee, says that he believes the new guideline “has a very broad application to companies with 50 people or 500,000 people. “We’re writing the ASIS guidelines and distributing them with the idea that they are user-friendly, and people will actually put them to work in their businesses,” he says.
This is not an academic exercise, Becker stresses. The guidelines committee members were encouraged to write them as if they were to be put to use in their own enterprises. “We wrote them with the intent that they will be used. I’m not sure that similar guidelines that are produced take this tack. They are more academic in approach and less operational,” he states.
The committee that crafted the Business Continuity Guideline included Robert M. Baldwin, CPP, Control Risks Group, LLC; Regis W. Becker, CPP, PPG Industries; Lawrence K. Berenson, CPP, L-3 Communications, Inc.; Edward G. Casey, CPP, Procter & Gamble Company; Martin Cramer, CPP, United Building Security, Inc.; Richard L. Engel, CPP, BAE Systems; Gregory Gilbert, CPP, New Covenant Church of Philadelphia; S. Ronald Hauri, CPP, Aon Corporation; Robert F. Lang, CPP, Georgia Institute of Technology; Richard E. Mainey, CPP, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.; Daniel J. Muscat, Whirlpool Corporation; E. Floyd Phelps, CPP, Southern Methodist University; Thomas Smith, Comcast Corporation; Penny Turnbull, Ph.D., CBCP, Marriott International. Inc.; and Kelly Jane Wilson, Deloitte Services LP.
For more information about the five ASIS guidelines published to date or those in development, visit the guidelines section ofwww.asisonline.org. All final and draft guidelines are downloadable in their entirety from the Web site; for multiple copies, contact ASIS at 703-519/6200 or [email protected]
Powell to Headline at ASIS Orlando Seminar
The Society is delighted to announce that Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) will give the keynote address on Tuesday, September 13, at the ASIS 51st Annual Seminar and Exhibits at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
It was at the City College of New York that Powell took the first step along his path to becoming a general by joining the Reserve Officers Training Corps. In the early 1960s, Powell served as a military advisor in South Vietnam. Wounded on patrol, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Later, he was injured in a helicopter crash, during which he saved others from the burning wreckage. For this he was given the Soldier’s Medal. Powell also earned eight additional decorations, including the Legion of Merit.
Powell earned an MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., as well as a White House Fellowship. During the 1970s, Powell rose to the rank of colonel, served as a battalion commander in Korea, and was promoted to brigadier general in command of the 101st Airborne Division.
As the 1970’s drew to a close, Powell became an assistant to the deputy secretary of defense and the secretary of energy. During the Reagan years, he served as Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger’s senior military assistant and as deputy national security advisor. From there, Powell was promoted to the position of assistant on national security to President Ronald Reagan.
Under President George Bush, Sr., Powell was deeply involved in the first Iraq War as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He carried on this position during the early Clinton presidency, but shortly retired, becoming the chairman of America’s Promise –The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building the character and competence of young people.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Powell as the 65th secretary of state—the first African American to hold the office. Powell remained as secretary during the lead-up to the first years of the second Iraq War, but announced his plans to resign early this year and return to private life and public speaking.