Industry News April 2006
To provide protection from possible terrorist acts, New Jersey has become the first state to require enforceable plant security practices for its chemical facilities. Among the requirements are security assessments to evaluate potential security threats and vulnerabilities and likely consequences of a chemical release.
In 2003, the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force approved best security practices based on the American Chemistry Council’s responsible care program and the American Petroleum Institute’s security guidelines. The best practices were developed by the Task Force and its Infrastructure Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of the state’s chemical and petroleum industry. Many facilities have already begun to implement these practices, and the best practices for chemical facilities are now mandatory.
Chemical facilities must analyze and report the feasibility of reducing the amount of material that may be released, substituting less-hazardous materials, using materials in the least hazardous process conditions or form, and designing equipment and processes to minimize the potential for equipment failure and human error. The best practices require facilities to prepare an emergency incident prevention, preparedness, and response plan and outline the status of implementing other security practices. The state standards also require worker participation in the development of the assessments and plans.
The assessments must include a critical review of security systems and access to the facility grounds; security measures outside the perimeter of the facility; storage and processing of potentially hazardous materials; employee and contractor background checks and other personnel security measures; and information and cyber security.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Above Security and Proactive Partners SA have joined to create a company, SecureIT SA, dedicated to IT security management in Switzerland.
Through its Singapore partner NEXTAN Pte. Ltd., ACTi is providing speed domes for video monitoring at the Marina Barrage construction site.
Mount Carmel West Hospital has selected the ValiMed system from CDEXfor testing in its pharmacy departments.
Dedicated Micros Inc. and International Electronics, Inc., are working together so that IEI’s integrated security platform will support Dedicated Micros servers and DVRs.
Idesco Oy is working with Alarm System to develop and deliver Idesco’s multi-technology readers to various security systems.
Babies “R” Us has installed intelligent video analysis from IntelliVid Corporation to reduce shrinkage and improve customer service.
Lightvision Media has chosen the PreDigital Fiberlink 7220 Series from Communications Specialties, Inc., to transmit high-resolution RGB video to the largest LED screen in western Canada.
March Networks has teamed with Hamilton Pacific to provide digital video surveillance for financial services companies.
Milestone Systems IP video surveillance software is being integrated into the S2 NetBox network appliance product line from S2 Security Corporation.
The Hotel Northampton is using surveillance software from Milestone Systems in its new security system, which was implemented by Viocen, Inc.
MyPublicInfo and Edentify are teaming to allow consumers to retrieve, review, and control information in their public records.
NFR Security, Inc., has announced that CardOne Plus is using its solution to protect and secure its network against intrusions, vulnerabilities, and changing environments.
SmartLabs Inc. has announced that Perceptive Automation and Home Automated Living have developed new applications for managing the company’s INSTEON-enabled home control devices.
Trace Technologies will install its Trace Location Services at Science Applications International Corporation’s Public Safety Integration Center.
UPEK has announced that its TouchStrip fingerprint authentication solution will be incorporated into the Itronix GoBook VR-1 semi-rugged notebooks.
Vance provided Event Integrity services for several corporate sponsors of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games.
Verano and Counterpane have formed a strategic partnership to provide customers comprehensive protection against vulnerabilities and cyber threats.
Vicon Industries, Inc., and Security Services and Technologies have entered into a partnership to allow each company to offer digital video solutions and service to the public and private marketplace.
The SecureDoc disk encryption software from Win-Magic has been bundled with Toshiba’s new notebook PCs in Japan.
ADSI has provided its tracking technology to the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Fish and Game Department.
Orange County, Florida’s new mobile command post is equipped with the AWINS radio interoperability system developed by ARINC Incorporated. It was built by MBF Industries.
FBI-accredited state and local bomb squads will receive the latest version of CoBRA Software from DGI, enabling increased standardization of equipment and response collaboration.
The State Department has deployed several hundred Global Look ID issuance stations with printers from Fargo Electronics.
North Hanover and Lindenwold School Districts have contracted with Honeywell for its Instant Alert for Schools, which broadcasts messages to parents via email, phone, cell phone, pager, or PDA.
Honeywell is also supplying two Houston airports with radar video surveillance perimeter and intrusion detection systems. The airports are George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby.
Lenses from Rainbow CCTV have been installed on the M42 freeway in central England, which will be used to check for obstructions before opening the emergency lane of the freeway.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has given grants to RiverGlass, Inc., and SSS Research, Inc., for development of homeland security products.
Sense Holdings, Inc., is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop micro-electro-mechanical sensors for chemical and explosives detection.
The 45th Space Wing of the U.S. Air Force has awarded Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., contracts to provide electronic security system upgrades to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and fire alarm and detection improvements to Patrick Air Force Base. Siemens is working with Northrop Grumman Corporation on the project.
Smiths Detection and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have installed explosive detection trace portals at Ronald Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports.
SureScan Corporation has shipped its x1000 Explosive Detection System to TSA’s lab to begin the certification process.
American Science and Engineering, Inc., has entered into a marketing and distribution partnership in China with Nuctech Company Limited.
Middleware Associates has joined the Axis Communications Application Development Partner program.
Datacard Group has named TransTech Systems a distributor of its products.
Digital Monitoring Products has teamed with LRG North to support its growth efforts in Canada.
Fluidmesh Networks signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Videoline TVCC Warehouse for distribution of Videomesh 2200 in Italy.
General Electric and Siemens have signed a cooperation agreement for freight container security solutions. Siemens Building Technology Group will have exclusive marketing and distribution rights in Europe for a container security solution.
Samsung Techwin has appointed Advanced Digital Security Solutions its exclusive partner for CCTV business in North and Central America, as well as in some South American countries.
Temtec has chosen TransTech Systems to market its badging solutions to dealers.
Transport Security, Inc., is working with Mega Fortis Marketing to provide tamper-evident security seals for the transportation industry.
Systems Depot has added the UltraGuard Carbon Monoxide Safety System from Electronic Control Systems, LLC, to its product offerings.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Following a review of software systems, the American Bankers Association endorsed the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing monitoring solutions of Global Vision Systems and Searchspace.
Applied Science Associates was awarded the suppliers excellence award from Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Rhode Island fire marshals have approved wireless fire safety products from Honeywell for use in commercial buildings.
Security controllers from Infineon Technologies AG have been certified as compliant with the International Common Criteria Standard at EAL 5+ after testing by the German Federal Office for Information Security.
Interpeak has been recognized as the 40th fastest growing technology company in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
The American National Standards Institute has accredited the Systems Security Certified Practitioner credential from (ISC)2 under ISO/IEC 17024 standard in the area of information security.
Land Securities Trillium and Securitas received the 2005 British Institute of Facilities Management Technology Award for development of the TracVault access system.
Yankee Group has named NetContinuum as a market leader in Web Application Firewalls.
SafeView has received SAFETY Act certification from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
DHS also awarded SAFETY Act certification to Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
Wheelock, Inc., has been awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification for three of its New Jersey facilities.
The Code Adam program offers training for retail personnel in locating missing children in stores. The program is offered by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and sponsored by ADT Security Services, Inc.
The AT&T Foundation is donating $25,000 to Virginia Commonwealth University for its new undergraduate degree program in Homeland Security.
Blackwater USA is creating a new subsidiary, Blackwater Airships, to develop small remotely piloted airship vehicles for surveillance. It expects to produce the first Blackwater Airship in December
Gabriel Technologies Corporation has acquired majority ownership of Resilient LLC, which is doing business as Digital Defense Group.
Guardian Technologies International has received approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the export of its PinPoint explosive detection technology to Mexico.
Beginning January 1, 2006, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association is using only its acronym ISACA, with the tagline “Serving IT Governance Professionals.”
Liska Biometry has signed a letter of intent to merge with Digital Card Systems Inc.
Symantec Corporation has completed its acquisition of BindView Development Corporation.
Teachout Security Services is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2006.
USIS has launched a new logo with the tagline “Ensuring a Safer Future Today.”
Viisage Technology has acquired Identix Inc.
The Voluntary Credentialing Industry Coalition is a new alliance of private-sector biometric and access control companies formed to advise the government on large-scale public credentialing programs such as TSA’s Registered Traveler Program. Among the members of the group are ARINC, GE Security, ImageWare, Iridian Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Panasonic, Saflink, and Verified Identity Pass.
ASIS International has announced the winners of its “Power of Certification Campaign”—an initiative designed to increase the number of security professionals earning the organization’s Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) and Physical Security Professional (PSP) designations.
Throughout the 15-month campaign, security professionals who were already certified were asked to encourage others to pursue certification by sharing the power of certification on their own careers—benefits such as higher salaries, more opportunities, increased confidence and respect from others. More than 230 people participated in the initiative, providing information, resources and exam preparation advice, culminating in the more than 800 candidates who received their certifications during this same period.
“We’re proud of the winners and everyone that participated in this program because they are truly the experts on the value of certification, having reaped the rewards themselves,” said Robert L. Martin, CPP, president of the Professional Certification Board that oversees ASIS’s three professional designations. “By sharing their own experiences and encouraging their colleagues to pursue certification, they’ve opened the door for hundreds of others to further their careers and have advanced the profession in the process.”
Those who sponsored the most newly certified professionals during the ASIS “Power of Certification” Campaign are:
Grand Prize - R. Scott McCoy, CPP
1st Prize - Barry J. Walker, CPP
2nd Prize - Richard P. Seaton, CPP
Grand Prize - National Capital Chapter
1st Prize - Chicago Chapter
2nd Prize - Minnesota Chapter
Grand Prize – Commercial Real Estate Council Fire and Life Safety Council
1st Prize - Oil, Gas, and Chemical Industry Security Council
Grand Prize - Xcel Energy
Foundation Project to Advance Victims’ Rights
The ASIS Foundation, Inc., has commenced a project to assist the private security profession in properly handling victims’ rights in the workplace. The effort includes developing course and resource materials on victims’ rights that are tailored for the security industry.
The Foundation will also create training and awareness programs that provide recommended responses to victims’ rights issues. In addition, the project will identify potential partnerships between security practitioners and victim service organizations.
Pamela A. Paziotopoulos, J.D., a leading expert, researcher, author, and frequent lecturer on domestic violence and violence in the workplace, will work with the Foundation on the project.