Industry News March 2006
A strategic alliance by Siemens Communications, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Elmhurst Hospital Center is using smart-card technology to create a regional health network for patients in the New York City metropolitan area. Patient Health Smart Cards can be loaded with vital patient information, including demographics, allergies, current medications, and laboratory results, so this information is readily available and secure.
Rollout of the card will occur in phases, with initial deployments of 100,000 smart cards to include Mount Sinai Medical Center and eight affiliated hospitals. Overall, 45 affiliated and related healthcare facilities will be linked. The institutions will issue photo ID cards with embedded chips that can store patient information and can be routinely updated by healthcare professionals. The cards will help reduce medical errors caused by misinformation or lack of patient data.
When admitted, a patient inserts the card into a reader and enters a PIN to unlock the card, giving the facility access to data on the card. It will facilitate sharing of information between providers and protect the data from unauthorized viewing.
Siemens will provide technical and organizational services for the program, which is one of the largest deployments of patient smart card technology in the United States.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
An IP speed dome with long-range Wi-Fi connectivity from ACTi has been implemented by NEXTAN Pte. Ltd. to provide surveillance at a public housing construction site in Singapore.
The Boeing Company has selected AD Aerospace to provide a viewing system in the main deck cargo compartment of Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighters.
The Central Station Alarm Association and the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) have announced an agreement whereby CANASA will sponsor and promote the CSAA Central Station Operator On-Line Training Courses to the Canadian security industry.
New software from DICE Corporation is providing enhanced call verification to Engineered Protection Systems, Inc., reducing the number of dispatches on invalid alarms.
American Ski Company is using Digital Persona fingerprint authentication software to reduce buddy check-ins and improve operations in Digital Dining point-of-sale systems at its resorts.
Edentify Inc. has signed a three-year deal with North American Bancard to incorporate the Edentify suite of identity management solutions into merchant services offerings.
I.D. Systems, Inc., has entered into a pilot program agreement with Rite Aid Corporation to evaluate its industrial vehicle management system at a distribution center in Maryland.
INSIDE Contactless has selected HID Corporation as its exclusive partner in the access control market.
March Networks and Hamilton Pacific, a division of Securitas Security Systems USA, have announced an agreement to offer surveillance solutions to financial and retail customers in the United States.
NICE Systems has been awarded preferred supplier status by the De Beers Group.
Nortronics Corporation has upgraded the CCTV security system for a residential condominium building at 21 Columbus Avenue in New York City.
East Carolina University has installed 105 new color cameras from Panasonic Security Systems as part of an upgrade to its security system.
Rainbow CCTV lenses are being implemented by Spidereye at Engen filling stations in South Africa. Cameras from Rainbow CCTV are being used at St. Gerards School in Bray, Ireland. The installer is Executive Security.
Savoya will offer the REDIview Fleet solution from Remote Dynamics, Inc., to its vendor-owned vehicle network.
SecureWorks has been identified as a preferred referral partner by SunCorp Credit Union.
Glass tag transponders from Sokymat have been chosen by CompControl GmbH to track printed circuit boards during manufacturing and throughout the life of the product.
Transponders from Sokymat are also being used in a new high-technology entertainment facility in Madrid by Negone to help track players and their progress via wrist-wearable PDAs.
Norton Internet Security 2006 from Symantec Corporation will be shipped with all Linksys wired and wireless routers to protect customers from hackers, viruses, and other Internet-based risks.
Third Brigade, Inc., has formed an alliance with Watchfire to protect vulnerable Web applications.
HSBC of Australia will provide its retail Internet banking customers with security through the Digipass GO3 from VASCO Data Security International, Inc.
American Science and Engineering, Inc., has provided its OmniView Gantry Cargo and Vehicle Inspection System to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Blue Coat Systems announced that its URL filtering technology is being deployed by the Palm Beach County School District.
FKI Logistex has won a contract to supply the integrated baggage handling system for the Shanghai Pudong International Airport Terminal 2.
Guardian Technologies International has completed a live airport pilot test for its PinPoint explosives and threat detection technology at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. The demonstration was enabled via Guardian’s distributor Fowler International LLC and its Russia/CIS aviation integration services partner JSC Progresstech, Ltd.
The La Cañada Unified School District (California) is upgrading from mechanical locks to Schlage computer-managed locks from Ingersoll-Rand Security Technologies.
IPIX Corporation has joined the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, a not-for-profit group organized to help the Department of Homeland Security achieve its mission.
Lenel Systems International is part of a team led by Lockheed Martin that is tasked with providing an integrated security solution for the U.S. National Security Agency.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has chosen a Lockheed Martin team to field-test advanced certified explosives detection systems in two U.S. airports.
Analogic Corporation will install the systems at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.
By deploying a Raytheon JPS ACU-1000 system and Nextel walkie-talkies, Argonne National Laboratory has improved its radio communications and safety readiness. Raytheon JPS Communications and Sprint Nextel provided the equipment.
The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency has awarded Savi Technology a new contract to upgrade and support an RFID-based network that tracks defense consignments between Europe and Afghanistan.
VistaScape surveillance software has been deployed at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware.
Kepnock State High School (Queensland, Australia) is using Zebra printers to design and create identification cards for staff and students.
Arxceo has secured an OEM licensing agreement for its network intrusion-prevention technology with ShotSpotter.
Axis Communications is offering its network video products through the EMC Select Program.
Honeywell has selected Future Connections, LLC, as a Honeywell Authorized Dealer for commercial security systems.
ObjectVideo products will be distributed in the Asia Pacific area by WPG System Pte. Ltd.
PepperBall Technologies has named Kam Sales as an authorized PepperBall sales arm to the private security market in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
SecurityInc has appointed Timarron Partners, Incorporated, as a representative in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
After years of training and development, VECOPLAN has activated a network of factory-trained and certified service representatives across North America.
Vidient Systems, Inc., has announced a network of manufacturer representatives that cover North America. Among them are Access Direct, FCM, GP Marketing, IDMC, Intermountain Marketing, Keith
Parker & Associates, Ken Massrey Associates, LCA Sales, Monfort Electronics. R.W. Kunz & Associates, R.W. Sales Repworks, Vihon Associates, and Warren Associates.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
ARINC Incorporated was honored by the Anne Arundel County Tech Council (Maryland) for leading in technology development and community involvement.
Columbitech was named a Top 50 Technology Innovator of 2005 by IT Week.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has earned AS9100 certification for its Leesburg, Virginia, and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, operations. The certification is overseen by the International Aerospace Quality Group.
DVTel Inc. announced that its Scene Tracker was named 2005 New Product of the Year by Access Control and Security Systems.
The Network Access Control security solution from Mirage Networks is now rated Avaya Compliant.
The 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Excellence in Technology in the field of Homeland Security for Explosives Detection was presented to Nomadics, Inc., for its FIDO explosives-detection system.
PelcoFiber products from Pelco now meet and exceed NEMA TS-1/TS-2 and Caltrans Specifications for Traffic Signal Control Equipment.
Perimeter Internetworking has been given the Fortinet 2005 Eastern Region Partner of the Year Award.
The PSA Security Network presented a number of awards during its 2005 convention. Among the winners were Selectron; Henry Brothers Electronics; Guardian Alarm; Tech Systems, Inc.; Security Integrators; Texas Technical Services; T&R Alarm Systems; and Trans-American Security.
SafetyCare has become an Underwriters Laboratories Listed Central Station, authorized to monitor UL burglary and fire alarm systems.
The Value Added Component product family from Sionex has been certified as approved radioactive devices, allowing distribution to customers not holding any radioactive license.
TekSecure Labs has become a MasterCard Site Data Protection approved scanning vendor.
Cohu Electronics has revised its vendor Web site atwww.cohu-cameras.com.
Harmon, Inc., has moved its Michigan offices to a larger location in Livonia.
HID Corporation sponsored a privacy forum for industry policymakers and RFID end users.
IndigoVision has committed to a program of swapping any analog CCTV matrix with a 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet switch and its Control Center software free of charge. The deal is part of an IP video solution and is available until July 31, 2006.
The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals has launched a Hong Kong Chapter.
Marshal has announced plans to acquire the intellectual property and technical assets of the Security Reporting Centre, the Firewall Suite, and other product lines from NetIQ.
OATH (the Initiative for Open AuTHentication) has announced that AOL has joined the membership. California-based Pelco has opened a new office in Fort Collins, Colorado.
PPM 2000 has announced the opening of a European office. It has also acquired controlling interest in PPMA-Asia to establish a presence in Asia.
Sunbelt Software has completed the acquisition of the Kerio Personal Firewall from Kerio Technologies.
Toshiba Surveillance and IP Video Products Group is adding bilingual support staff to provide technical assistance to French-speaking customers in Canada and Spanish-speaking customers in Mexico and Latin America.
2006 Buyers Guide Released
The 2006 ASIS Security Industry Buyers Guide (SIBG) is now available. This 19th edition—the definitive source for buying and selling security products and services—contains 2,230 companies in 2,900 regional offices with 8,333 key contacts. A full index includes company cross references for 4,023 brands of security products.
Companies representing products and services addressing every type of physical and logical security requirement are broken out into 800 specific categories. Products range from RFID access control and hand-geometry scanners to complete integrated security management systems for enterprise-wide application. Services range from off-site disaster recovery services to expert witnesses and background screening.
A new category added to the 2006 edition is “Intruder/Burglar Deterrents,” which features emerging technologies such as Protect Security’s smoke cannon. Other categories have been considerably expanded, including Information Technology Security, which now contains more than 60 subcategories ranging from complete identity management applications to behavior-based intrusion detection systems.
The SIBG’s design and format make it easy to read and easy to use. All products and services are represented by category in an A-Z fashion, just like a local phone book. The brand index serves as a reverse directory to find manufacturers using specific brand names, and the product comparison charts allow direct comparison of features in several product categories. As with every edition, some product and service categories have been renamed or reorganized to reflect changes in the security industry and in the evolving role of security professionals.
Any company that manufactures or provides a relevant security product or service is eligible to create a listing in the SIBG at no cost. While they do not need to have an ASIS member on staff, companies that do employ an ASIS member are given a more prominent appearance in the companies section. In addition, to facilitate networking among members and mutual assistance, the companies with members are able to indicate who they are. To ensure that information is current, all companies are required to approve and update their listings each year to be included in the upcoming edition.
An online version of the SIBG is located at smbg.asisonline.org. This database is updated constantly throughout the year by the companies themselves. It features additional information, such as a searchable database of press releases. Members can also register to be informed via e-mail of any new materials or updates within specific categories or even specific companies.
The SIBG continues to be a key resource for matching security buyers and sellers. Whether you’re a supplier or an end user, this comprehensive guide will help ensure that purchase decisions are based on solid research. ASIS members receive one copy as a benefit of membership. The 2006 edition was mailed to members in late November. Additional copies are now on sale through ASIS for $99 for members and $179 for nonmembers.
By Mike Moran, special projects editor