Industry News July 2005
Workplace violence is on the rise, according to a survey of senior executives sponsored by Risk Control Strategies and conducted by Prince & Associates. More than 80 percent of respondents reported that the number of workplace violence incidents had increased over the last two years.
The Risk Control survey found that increased outsourcing, downsizing, wage garnishments, and salary reductions contributed to the incidents. Of those companies surveyed, 58 percent reported that disgruntled employees had threatened to assault or kill senior managers over the previous year. Other methods employees used to retaliate against employers included downloading computer viruses, tampering with products, and harassing coworkers.
Despite the reported increase in workplace violence, only 9 percent of companies said they had trained employees to recognize and respond to warning signs of violence, and only 15 percent of the businesses had increased spending to combat the problem.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Absolute Software has established strategic alliances with zTrace Technologies Inc. and Loss Prevention Services Inc., which have discontinued marketing of their zTrace and LapTrak products.
Accu-Time Systems, Inc., and Bioscrypt have announced an agreement under which Bioscrypt will license intellectual property from Accu-Time.
The Coleman Company has selected ADT to provide RFID reader solutions for its distribution center.
AlpVision SA and SGS Société Générale de Surveillance SA are jointly launching a program to fight fraud, forgery, and counterfeiting of government and commercial sensitive documents.
American Bank Note Holographics has entered into an agreement with Visa International to supply HoloMag for use on Visa cards.
Bristol Babcok and ISONAS Security Systems have formed a partnership to develop an integrated solution for facility access control.
Brulant, Inc., and BlueBridge Networks are working together to deliver a suite of consulting and business continuity services to Midwestern firms.
ComnetiX Inc. and Integrated Biometric Technology have formed a strategic alliance to provide fingerprinting services for HazMat-endorsed commercial driver’s licenses.
Datastrip will partner with Cogent Systems to enable law enforcement personnel to check fingerprints in the field.
Enterasys and Lucent have announced a family of professional services to be jointly delivered, including network security and incident response offerings.
FarStone has signed a licensing agreement to ship its software with Intel motherboards.
Fastrax GPS technology will be included in the new Skytrax product from Guardian Mobility Corporation.
The Comanche Nation will be installing digital video and audio recording systems from GE Infrastructure, Security in its four Oklahoma casino operations.
HID Corporation and Axis Communications have formed a partnership to develop an open-standard, integrated network-video-and-access-control interface and protocols.
HID and Honeywell have signed an agreement to expand their partnership for access control card and reader products.
Honeywell will be the sole provider of surveillance equipment for the 2005 World Series of Poker.
Indala has developed multi-technology, multi-application credentials for employees at Microsoft.
Integral Technologies has established a partnership with Checkpoint Systems to simplify security operations and set standards in the retail industry.
Integral is cooperating with CoVi Technologies, Inc., to enable CoVi’s cameras to work within Integral’s digital video management systems.
Intellisync Corporation and CREDANT Technologies have collaborated to make their flagship products interoperable.
Exostar has deployed Zephon 2.0 from Intrusic to protect its internal network.
Cameras from JVC Professional Europe have been installed by systems integrator Electronic Security Plus in Homebase stores throughout the British Isles.
Multi Image Solutions has installed JVC cameras in more than 30 Lakeland Limited sites.
Milestone Systems A/S is providing IP video surveillance solutions to the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen, site of this year’s ASIS International European Security Conference.
ObjectVideo has announced partnerships with Bosch Security Systems, Inc.; Security Services & Technologies; IPIX; and Texas Instruments Technology.
OMNIKEY and ACG Identification Technologies GmbH are partnering to develop contactless readers for electronic passport applications.
OSS, Inc., has signed contracts with three new clients for security guard services: Prestige Management Company, Inc.; Duke Realty Real Estate Company; and Kichler Lighting.
Syracuse Time & Alarm Co., Inc., has added products from Pacom System to its service portfolio.
PepperBall Technologies is providing its nonlethal weapons to Austin Housing Patrol, a private security agency.
Precise Biometrics AB has initiated a partnership with Iridian Technologies, OmniPerception, and Sharp to produce the multibiometric Match-on-Card solution on the Sharp SJCard.
Host.net has integrated a managed security system from ProtectPoint Security, Inc., into its Managed Services Division.
Insphere, Inc., will offer Internet security to its clients through a channel partner agreement with ProtectPoint.
Aspirus Wausau Hospital is using HandReaders from Recognition Systems to ensure authorized access to hospital grounds.
VIACK Corporation has finalized a partnership with the Telework Consortium to develop programs and evaluate collaboration technologies.
Vicon Industries Inc. has developed an integration program between its video management platform and the Velocity access security system from Hirsch Electronics.
Viscount Systems has announced that its access control and security system is being installed at Pacific Electric Lofts, a Los Angeles heritage building.
VistaScape will integrate cameras from IPIX into its automated surveillance software platform.
Wave Systems and Giesecke & Devrient are working together to combine smart cards and trusted computing software technologies.
XceedID Corporation has partnered with Cogent Systems to deliver a new fingerprint reader for smart-card applications.
BSI2000 has signed a contract for its AQUA2000 system to provide security for the Beacham Water Treatment Plant in Athens, Georgia.
Cantronic Systems Thermal Ranger Night Vision Cameras have been acquired by the Ministry of Transport of Russia for surveillance at seaports.
CEDIP Infrared Systems has supplied the European Space Agency with camera systems to monitor and track its launches.
Cernium ExitSentry systems protect the exit lanes of the concourses and terminals at St. Louis International Airport.
The Federal Republic of Germany has awarded a contract for facial recognition software and services to Cognitec Systems. The software will help the government validate visa applications.
New Bangkok International Airport (Suvarnabhumi Airport) has selected the network video management system from DVTel, Inc., for command and control. The project will be completed through Semple Cochrane (Asia).
DVTel’s SceneTracker software is being implemented at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (Boston) is installing EN-Gauge electronically monitored fire extinguishers from Mija, Inc., in its correctional facilities.
Engineered Support Systems, Inc., has received a delivery order for access control, intrusion detection, and CCTV for Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Gemplus has delivered more than 100,000 SCOSTA smart chips to the State of New Delhi for India’s vehicle registration card program.
GVI Security Solutions has been awarded contracts to provide video surveillance at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Contra Costa County (California) is upgrading its public safety network with communications solutions from Harris Corporation.
I.D. Systems has won a grant from the Transportation Security Agency to integrate RFID baggage tag tracking into its vehicle tracking system.
Ingersoll-Rand Maritime Solutions has installed an Internet-based ID-verification and credentialing system for the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
The International Association of Fire Fighters, with funding from the Department of Homeland Security, is leading the Project HEROES initiative to develop new gear for protecting first responders against chemical and biological threats.
Reno/Tahoe International Airport has contracted with Johnson Controls to provide security, IT, and other upgrades.
Oberthur Card Systems and François-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire have been selected to provide electronic passports to the Kingdom of Belgium.
Lenses from Rainbow CCTV are being used by Traffic for London for license plate recognition purposes and throughout the United Kingdom’s freeway network.
SAFLINK has been chosen to work with Zvetco Biometrics to provide a solution to defend against identity theft for the Dutch Supreme Court.
Symantec is protecting the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research from spam.
Telecast Fiber Systems transceiver modules are being used in an aircraft tracking system at Edwards Air Force Base.
Amtec Communications will install Viscount Systems Inc.’s access control system in the Nevada Department of Corrections’ Casa Grande Interim Living Facility.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Axis Communications was identified by J.P. Freeman Co. Inc., as the share leader in the network video market.
Bosch Security Systems has won the 2005 Innovations in Technology award in the Security/Fire/Life Safety category from the National Systems Contractors Association.
Honeywell has been selected as the recipient of the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Technology Leadership Award.
Juniper Networks has been recognized by Infonetics Research as the SSL VPN market share leader.
MDI Security Systems was awarded the 2005 Integrated Physical Security Product of the Year by Network Defense Product News and Government Security News.
Middle Atlantic Products has named Warren Associates its 2004 AV Rep of the Year.
Senforce Technologies Inc. contributed to developing the first secure wireless networking solution to achieve DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP) certification. The solution was developed by All Points in collaboration with the U.S. Army. Other contributors included Fortress Technologies, Pointsec Mobile Technologies, AirDefense, and Foundry Networks.
The Security Industry Association honored A4 Vision with its top prize, the Innovation Award, in the 2005 ISC-West New Product Showcase. Product Achievement Awards were presented to Software House for Access Control, Servision for Asset Tracking, A4 Vision for Biometrics, SDC for Business Services, ELMO USA for CCTV, 3VR Security for Digital Video, Security Labs for False Alarm Reduction, UltraGuard for Fire Detection/Prevention, M&S Systems for Home Automation, Hirsch Electronics for Integrated Systems, Honeywell for Intrusion Detection/Prevention, Digital Security Controls for Monitoring, Honeywell for Software, and Cypress Computer Systems for Wireless. The Judges Choice Award for Commercial Products was given to i3DVR International, and the Judges Choice Award for Residential Products went to UltraGuard. Pacom Systems received an honorable mention Achievement Award.
Above Security won the MercadOr 2005 export award in the Market Diversification category. The awards are an initiative of Laurentides International, Laval Technopole Export, and Lanaudière International.
Telular Corporation announced that its Telguard Digital models TG-7 and TG-8 have earned Underwriters Laboratories Listings for commercial fire and burglary alarm communications.
Wackenhut Corporation received certification and designation under the Safety Act as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology.
ADT Security Services Inc. announced that more than four billion products were source-tagged with its Sensormatic antitheft labels last year, a company record.
AMAG Technology is renaming its advanced government solutions. Formerly known as SEIWG, they will now be called Homeland Solutions.
Axalto announced that it will manufacture smart-card modules at its Advanced Card Center, which has a new microelectronics module fabrication operation.
Benson Systems has started construction on a new corporate headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona.
Communications Specialties, Inc., has relocated its Western U.S. Sales Office to Indianapolis and closed its California office.
DIRAK has created a new U.K. subsidiary, including a sales headquarters and warehouse in Hampshire.
DVTel is completing its acquisition of OmniVee Ltd.
Earth Tech has launched a redesigned Web site atwww.earthtech.com that includes an extensive directory of projects the company has conducted for clients around the world.
Engineered Support Systems has agreed to acquire Mobilized Systems, Inc.
ISONAS Security Systems has introduced a redesigned customer web site atwww.isonas.com. The site features a virtual reader that can be downloaded to simulate the functions and features of the company’s IP Reader.
Magal Security Systems, Ltd., is merging its two U.S. subsidiaries into one entity; thus, Senstar-Stellar Inc. and Perimeter Products, Inc., will become Magal-Senstar, Inc.
Milestone Systems A/S has established Milestone Systems Inc. in the United States to signal its strong commitment to the American market.
OMNIKEY has opened a new office in Hong Kong to strengthen the company’s position in Asia.
Optelecom, Inc., has completed its acquisition of NKF Electronics B.V.
Scottish Local Authorities have joined to form the Scottish Citizens Account Smartcard Consortium to consolidate the delivery of local services.
Security Services & Technologies has opened new offices in Jacksonville and Cincinnati.
SimplexGrinnell has moved its Central Station Monitoring Center to a new facility to accommodate the company’s infrastructure improvements.
First Wharton Course Completed
Making a presentation to a company’s top executives can be an unsettling experience for any professional. These presentations, however, are vital to chief security officers (CSOs) who need to present security plans to senior company decision-makers. And they must be able to do that in an environment where the competition for a piece of the corporate pie is fierce.
“When you’re sitting in front of a board of directors… wanting to put in a new security system or program, you have other people that are presenting for this finite amount of money, also, and they’re vice presidents of operations and marketing,” says ASIS Secretary Steve D. Chupa, CPP, director of security for Johnson & Johnson’s Worldwide Security Group.
This need to be business savvy was the impetus behind the Wharton/ASIS International Program for Security Executives, which saw its first group of 24 security professionals receive certificates from the Society and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business on March 4 at the Steinberg Conference Center in Philadelphia.
The two-week course is a mini-MBA program for mid- and senior-level security executives modeled on an eight-year-old Wharton program called “Essentials of Management,” which introduces participants to a business organization from the enterprise level. The intent of the Wharton/ASIS course is to provide security professionals an introduction to the fundamentals of business and help them communicate a clear business case to exercise leadership more effectively. It also teaches them how to develop relationships across organizations. Instructors from Wharton’s MBA program teach the program’s various classes.
“You can think of the program as an intense cultural immersion,” says Mario Moussa, a senior fellow at the university who is one of several instructors for the security executive program. “They’re learning about the culture of business, they’re learning the language of business,” he says. Then they must take what they learn in the classroom and incorporate it into their day-to-day managerial practice.
The program stresses empowerment—the practice of exercising leadership in the day-to-day management of security—and the importance of transforming the CSO from a security person to a business-minded person.
The program takes individuals through business topics including strategic thinking, corporate ethics, competitive advantage, the connection between finance and strategy, leadership and history, human influence, and managing across organizational boundaries.
Moussa says that as a result of what they learn about strategy and finance, participants should be able to engage themselves in their organizations by functioning and communicating more effectively with top-level executives.
—By Eric Grasser, assistant editor of
ASIS Copenhagen Conference Is a Rousing Success
ASIS International President Daniel J. Consalvo, CPP, welcomed more than 320 attendees to the 4th annual European Security Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, telling them, “This event is designed to provide you with the tools to find security solutions for the future. It’s a tough challenge and getting tougher each day.” But help was at hand in the form of security experts from around the world who presented sessions and keynotes that proposed solutions, and an exhibit hall highlighting valuable security products and services.
The keynote speakers were Dr. Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, and Jean-Jaques Cockx, former private advisor to the chief of the Belgian Military Intelligence Services and information security advisor to the minister of defense, who is now with Unisys. The closing day of the conference featured an expert panel discussion titled “Convergence of Risk Management and Security.”
It included the United Kingdom’s deputy colonel commander of intelligence, David Burrill, OBE; Peter Sylow, chief executive officer of Kommune Forskring, one of Denmark’s foremost insurance companies; and Hans E. Peterson, vice president and security manager of Danske Bank of Sweden. The moderator was managing director for Interseco BV and the ASIS Senior Regional Vice President for Europe, Arjo DeJong.
Attendees were offered a full slate of educational sessions. On Monday, for example, Lars-Ove Wennblom of the Swedish Crisis Management Academy lectured on protecting intangible assets; Michael Chernousov of Latvia’s Baltic Anticriminal and Antiterrorist Forum discussed how security is counteracting crime in the Baltic States; and Richard Cummings of Citigroup, Germany, probed the perils of identity theft.
On Tuesday, Jorma Hakala of Securitas Oy, Finland, addressed the challenges of private security regulation and standardization in the enlarged European Union; Justin Paul King of the United Kingdom’s C21 International, explored information security; Glenn Schoen of U.S. company ISM/ Transecur, spoke on al Qaeda’s presence in Europe; and Anders Venemyr, of PricewaterhouseCoopers Norway, discussed anticorruption legal initiatives.
Burrill. Additional highlights of the conference included the presentation of the ASIS European Leadership Award to panelist Burrill.
A graduate of the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Army Command and Staff College, and of the Open University, he served in the Infantry for six years before joining the Intelligence Corps. In 1992 having held the appointments of deputy director intelligence corps and chief of staff intelligence and security center. After 31 years of military service, he joined the British American Tobacco Company as the head of group security. In the same year, he became a member of ASIS. His most significant achievement has been to engage with the European Commission regarding public-private partnership. The U.K. government recognized his achievement with the award of an Order of the British Empire in 2004.
Wermdalen. Also honored with a special award in appreciation for his service and support in the European region was former ASIS Board of Directors member Hans E. L. Wermdalen, CPP, senior vice president of Securitas AB in Stockholm, Sweden. He has also served as corporate security director of Ericsson Telephone Company and is the former head of the security division of the Swedish National
Police Board. He has served on the security delegation of the Swedish Employer’s Federation and as chairman of the Association of Swedish Industrial Security Companies.
At the conclusion of the conference, Consalvo honored Kaj Moller, ASIS regional vice president, chairman of the Denmark Chapter, and security manager for Novo Nordisk of Bagsvaerd, Demark. “You are an example of volunteer leadership at its best,” said Consalvo. “You are also a vital reason why this Fourth Annual ASIS International European Conference was so successful.”