Industry News December 2005
Anne Arundel County, in Maryland, has deployed a new mobile emergency command center designed to provide information sharing and communication among emergency agencies and support government operations in the event of a disaster. The Mobile Command and Control Unit (MCCU-1) is equipped to connect local responders—regardless of the communication devices they are using—with local, state, and federal emergency authorities and law enforcement personnel across a national network.
The unit is equipped with seven types of radio connections, broadband wireless, video, and a satellite link that supports video teleconferencing and real-time remote video surveillance, as well as IP phones.
The key to connecting the diverse media is the AWINS technology from ARINC Incorporated. The technology works by digitizing signals from any connected device into a common IP protocol. Thus, it could connect a firefighter to a hospital, a ship’s captain to the FBI, or a forest ranger to FEMA headquarters.
In a recent demonstration in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the unit established interoperable radio, video, and data communications, and linked multiple public-safety agencies around the region.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Adobe Systems Incorporated is working with eGain Communications Corporation to create solutions for secure customer interactions.
Cephalon, Inc., has chosen ADT Security Services Inc. to develop an RFID pilot program for tracking branded pharmaceuticals throughout the supply chain.
American Bank Note Holographics, Inc., and MasterCard International have expanded their supply agreement to include the use of the new MasterCard HoloMag.
Avaya Inc. is working with Intel to improve communications by enhancing the quality of voice-over-wireless networks.
Axis Communications and Convergint Technologies LLC have embarked on new network video projects for education, healthcare, and telecommunications facilities.
Barco has announced that its visualization platform can be integrated with video streaming technology from DVTel and Nice Systems.
Bluesocket, Inc., is providing its BlueSecure 2100 Controller to the America’s Center in St. Louis for secure wireless access.
Boeing has selected an intelligent video monitoring system from Cernium for integration into its video security systems.
DVTel Inc. has announced that its Latitude Network Video Management System now supports IQeye IP cameras from IQinVision.
VITAS Hospice Services L.L.C. is using the Fischer International Identity Suite 2.0 for password management, provisioning, and compliance.
In partnership with HID and OMNIKEY, G2 Planet is leveraging smart card technology for use in event management.
Indala and CoreStreet are engaged in a strategic relationship to accelerate the convergence of security infrastructure.
TotalTrack from ioIMAGE is being used by Action Non Food B.V. to protect its distribution center.
Routers from Juniper Networks, Inc., are being used to control network traffic for AvantGo mobile Internet service from iAnywhere Solutions.
The Iris Technology Division of LG Electronics USA will embed FlexSmart technology from Indala into its iris recognition product line.
March Networks will provide digital recorders and software to Grupo Financiero Scotiabank Inverlat of Mexico City.
Milestone XProtect Enterprise software and Axis cameras are being used to protect property and goods at the DFDS Transport headquarters in Copenhagen.
First Children’s Hospital of Orange County has installed a digital video recorder from Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
NICE Systems has been selected by Integrated Controls to provide smart digital video and audio solutions for the Isleta Casino and Resort.
North American Video has been awarded a security system installation contract for the Wynn Resort.
Nortronics Corporation has installed an IP-based proximity system in the garages at 1199 Plaza in New York City.
S2 Security Corporation has integrated digital video recorders from Dedicated Micros with its S2 NetBox.
Solutionary, Inc., is working with Signature Management Group to supply the gaming industry with IT security services.
Strategic Security Corporation was selected to protect the Rand/Workman Fine Motor Auction & Luxury Lifestyle Expo.
VASCO Data Security International, Inc. is cooperating with i-flex solutions to integrate Digipass authentication security with the FLEXCUBE Internet banking solution.
WilTel Communications has announced an alliance with Counterpane Internet Security to enable WilTel to expand its services to include intrusion prevention and managed e-mail security services.
Anonymizer and Computer Sciences Corporation have joined forces to deliver identity and information security solutions to the federal government.
Network video equipment from Axis Communications is being used to monitor the Alaska Marine Highway System’s ferry terminals. The project was funded by DHS and was installed by CamCentral for the Alaska Department of Transportation.
The Los Angeles Police Department has deployed an aerial camera system from Cineflex LLC for airborne law enforcement missions.
Cranite Systems, Inc., will design first-responder security architecture for the GUARD program. Rosettex Technology & Ventures Group, under contract from the National Technology Alliance, awarded the contract.
Engineered Support Systems, Inc., has received a contract from the Commonwealth of Australia, Defence Material Organization for the development of a surveillance package to be used on light armored vehicles.
Fargo Electronics, Inc., has received orders for its card printer/encoders from the Department of Defense and Department of State.
Gunnebo Entrance Control will supply its immigration security gates to Britain’s Immigration and Nationality Directorate for use in five English airports. The gates will be equipped with iris scanning from Sagem SA and video-based individual control from Newton Security Inc.
GVI Security has won a contract to provide an ID verification and access management system to Collier County Public School District (Florida).
I.D. Systems was awarded orders from the U.S. Postal Service for wireless vehicle management systems.
Integral Technologies has announced that its access control solutions will be used at the Miami Dade Water Utilities Facilities. Integrator ATC International contributed to the system’s development.
Varifocal lenses from Rainbow CCTV are being used on the Irish rail network by Iarnród Éirann (Irish Rail).
Savi Technology, Inc., has been awarded a DoD Blanket Purchase Agreement to provide services and software for military branches working to meet EPC-passive RFID tag requirements.
The Australian Defence Force has chosen Savi Technology Australia Pty Ltd., to provide a consignment management solution enhanced by RFID technologies.
Smiths Detection has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration to participate in a pilot program for screening ferry passengers at the Larkspur and San Francisco (California) Ferry Terminals.
USProtect was awarded a contract for guard force protection at the U.S. Naval Base in Ventura County, California, via a subcontract relationship with Chugach McKinley, Inc.
Vicon Industries, Inc., has won a contract from the U.S. Postal Service to be its exclusive national direct vendor for CCTV systems.
Audiotel International has signed a partnership agreement with Winkelmann to market the MS300 Counter Surveillance Receiver in the United Kingdom, North America, and the Middle East.
Barco and Verint have signed an agreement for Verint to resell the Barco Hydra controller with its video analytics platform.
Cannon PC, LP, is offering discounted pricing through its new Partner Program and commission sales through its Affiliate Program.
Criticom International has introduced a cash incentive program that is available to security alarm dealers.
Diebold, Incorporated, and Applied Wireless Identification Group have signed an agreement under which Diebold can include AWID’s products in its security offerings.
GreenBorder Technologies, Inc., has launched a North American Partner Program for its Internet security software.
Intelli-Check, Inc., has joined Symbol Technologies’ PartnerSelect Independent Software Vendor Partner Program.
Padcom, Inc., has joined the RSA Secured Partner Program.
PCSC will offer XceedID access control readers to its business partners.
SecureWorks is expanding its VAR Program to national IT solution providers, including Cisco Resellers.
SecurityNet has added Koorsen Fire & Security as a member, responsible for Indiana and parts of the central and southeastern United States.
Vanguard Managed Solutions has joined the eiQnetworks Advantage MSSP Partner Program.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
American Honda Motor Company, Inc., presented its Premier Partner Award to ADT Security Services for providing electronic security services to 48 facilities.
Amptek, Inc., won Frost & Sullivan’s 2005 Excellence in Technology Award in the field of radiation detection.
The Crystal Ball Enterprise Operations Environment developed by ARINC Engineering Services LLC was honored with the 2005 Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award of the Association for Enterprise Integration of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Cernium, Inc., was awarded a patent for terrain map technology by the U.S. Patent Office.
Frost & Sullivan presented its 2005 Product Innovation of the Year Award to iOmniscient Private Limited for its video surveillances.
Liberty Alliance announced the first companies to pass SAML 2.0 interoperability testing: The Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute, Ericsson, Novell, Oracle, Reactivity, Sun Microsystems, Symlabs, and Trustgenix.
Loss Prevention, Inc., has received the Underwriters Laboratories designation for its alarm monitoring service.
Oxley Developments Company Ltd., has been recommended for certification for the AS9100 Aerospace Certificate for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation, and Servicing.
The APCO Project 25 digital portable radio from RELM Wireless Corporation has been recommended for fire use by the Bureau of Land Management. It has also been fire-certified by the National Interagency Fire Center.
SAFLINK Corporation has earned a new patent for using identification cards in network access control.
SecureWorks has been named by the Yankee Group as a Market Leader among Pure Managed Security Service Providers.
VASCO Data Security International, Inc., has received the Electronic Payment Certification Institute certification. The company’s Digipass readers have been EMV-CAP 2004 certified by MasterCard.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognized the Wackenhut team at the Peach Bottom Nuclear Power Plant as a Patriotic Employer for its support of employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve.
Alarm Monitoring Services was able to keep its central station operational during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. It moved its operations to the DICE Corporation Disaster Center in Michigan.
Armor Holdings, Inc., has introduced a new single brand for its mobile security division: Centigon.
BSI2000, Inc., has purchased the MAXX-NET access control system from New Sytron, Inc./Dorado Products, Inc. The system will be called SECURUS2000 powered by MAXX-NET.
Champlain College has introduced a distance learning program in cybercrime and digital forensics. Online students can earn a professional certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree.
Datacard Group announced that Datacard Certified Supplies has generated more than a billion digital photo ID cards.
HID Corporation has established HID Technology Company Limited in Shenzhen, China to develop expansion and growth in the area.
Honeywell announced that its NexWatch brand will now become Honeywell Integrated Security.
Huffmaster has introduced a new logo, identity, and tagline—Business Secured at a Higher Level.
The Think Security First! Program promoted by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., encourages security experts to instruct members of the community on protecting themselves from cybercrime.
A new company, McCann Protective Services, serves the diplomatic community, corporate executives, celebrities, and their families.
Milestone Systems was recognized as the market-leading manufacturer of open platform IP video surveillance software by IMS Research.
MuxLab has moved to a new facility in St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada.
The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association and the Alarm Debt Liquidation Group have launched a Web site to connect companies who can help temporarily house and employ persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The site is in the NBFAA/ADLG Helping Hands section atwww.alarm.org.
OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation celebrated its 15-year anniversary.
Panasonic Security Systems has opened a National Technical Support Center in Rockville, Maryland, to support the company’s customers and sales network.
Schneider Electric has released a video titled “It’s a Matter of Your Safety,” which it is distributing to plant facility managers and others who can help prevent electrical hazards.
The Security Industry Association has established a Personal Identity Verification Working Group in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The group was established to address the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.
The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services made $14.7 million in grants to 187 local law enforcement agencies to enhance school safety.
Vision Systems is offering free WebEx events to educate people on air-sampling smoke detectors. For more information, users can visitwww.visionusa.com/vesda.
The Western Burglar & Fire Alarm Association has created a four-year distance learning apprenticeship for fire/life-safety technicians and low-voltage technicians.
Zebra Communications has released the 2006 Print PR & Competitive Strategy for Industrial Companies, a 225-page guide to publicity for industrial companies.
Foundation Assists DOJ
The ASIS International Foundation, Inc., has partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Office for Victims of Crime to prepare materials on victim services for the private sector. The DOJ estimates that 19 percent of the approximately 3 million annual victimizations occur either at work or while traveling to or from the workplace.
The Foundation will collect and review existing materials on crime-victim issues, develop course and resource materials, and conduct training and awareness programs for the private security to improve understanding of crime victims’ issues and rights and provide recommended responses to crime.
9-11 Hero Remembered
A lone bagpiper played outside the doors of the Army Navy Country Club as attendees arrived for a special book signing of Heart of a Soldier: A Story of Love, Heroism, and September 11th, by Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist James B. Stewart. The book chronicles the life of Rick Rescorla, CPP, former first vice president of security for Morgan Stanley, who died at age 62 while ushering his colleagues out of Twin Tower Two on 9-11.
Rescorla was a native of Hayle, Cornwall, United Kingdom, who came to the United States as a young man. He fought in the Vietnam War and won a Silver Star for his bravery in the bloody Ia Drang Valley battle. Later, Rescorla worked at Continental Bank of Chicago as director of security and at the Bank Administration Institute as vice president of security. He joined ASIS in June 1999 as a member of the Northern New Jersey Chapter and became a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) in May 2000.
Rescorla was in charge of executing the evacuation of Morgan Stanley’s nearly 4,000 employees from the Trade Center after the first bombing in 1993, during which he helped move thousands of frightened and injured people toward safety.
The lesson from that experience was clear. Rescorla took to heart the need to thoroughly prepare his staff for another terrorist incident. Floor captains were assigned to organize the evacuation, and every six to eight weeks Rescorla would require employees to practice the evacuation plan. He also made sure that key staff members were trained in CPR.
The drills and the practice paid off, said John Olson, executive vice president for Morgan Stanley, who spoke to attendees about his friend and colleague Rescorla. Olson remembers Rescorla standing in the stairwell reassuring the panicked and frightened evacuees. Speaking into a bullhorn, Rescorla told the Morgan Stanley staff to “Stay calm, keep moving.” Other witnesses reported Rescorla singing in an attempt to raise spirits and lessen panic.
In a tearful recollection of the day, Olson spoke of the last time he had contact with Rescorla. The connection came in the stairwell, shortly before the tower collapsed. Seeing cracks in the 5-inch-thick concrete wall, Olson knew the building was not sound. He remembered telling Rick that he had to get out, but Rescorla said he would not leave until every Morgan Stanley employee had exited safely. In his final moments, Rescorla managed to call home. “You made my life,” he told his wife, Susan.
After Olson spoke, Susan Rescorla addressed the crowd. “I am a very proud woman, and I am honored that you have all come tonight,” she said. In memory of her husband, Susan has established the Rick Rescorla Memorial Foundation, to keep Rick’s memory and ideals alive.
Among the attendees at the Morgan Stanley-sponsored event were ASIS Executive Director Michael Stack, ASIS Board of Directors members, headquarters directors, and other ASIS members.