Industry News May 2006
As part of the tight security measures in place at Super Bowl XL, new sensor-fusion technology was used to identify and immediately communicate the appearance of suspected hazardous materials to all networked security personnel. Members of the Michigan National Guard carried small computers with nuclear, biological, and chemical detection sensors that connected to a wireless network.
When traces of suspicious substances were detected on some attendees, the network enabled every member of the security force to know, in real time, what elements and isotopes were present and where. In each case, the substances were identified as nonhazardous materials.
The new sensor-fusion technology was developed by Distributed Instruments of Sterling Heights, Michigan, under a contract with the U.S. Army National Automotive Center. The open-standard, plug-and-play architecture scales to millions of networked sensors, allowing information from the individual data sets to be processed into a single merged set of data.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Anonymizer and Sandisk are partnering to provide identity protection for Web browsing from any computer, using Anonymizer software now available for U3 devices from Sandisk.
Approva and Deloitte & Touche LLP USAhave formed a nonexclusive alliance to help companies design and implement business controls.
The Astaro Corporation and Utimaco Safeware AG are entering a technology collaboration to launch a unified threat-management appliance with strong encryption and digital signature mechanisms.
Avery Dennison Worldwide Office Products Group and Jolly Technologies have formed a business alliance to include Avery badge templates in Jolly’s ID card software.
Canon cameras are providing video for Dotworkz and its service company USrelay to display on the Web so that surfers and skiers can check conditions for their sports from home. Viewers can control and move the cameras online from their Web browsers.
DICE Corporation and U.S. Acoustics Technologies partnered to provide a unified video surveillance system for Grand Central Station in Hayward, California.
DVTel Inc. is including network switches and design services from ProCurve Networking in its Intelligent Security Operations Center solution.
Fischer International has been chosen by Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., to provide an identity management solution.
GeoSentry, Inc., has been selected by Raytheon Company to demonstrate mobile situational awareness for homeland security applications.
IMlogic has announced that the Civil Air Patrol is using its IM Manager to secure communications with volunteers for search and rescue flights and disaster response.
Accor North America has selected data security products from Imperva to secure its Web systems.
MAXxess Systems, Inc., has become a technology alliance partner with Toshiba Surveillance and IP Video Products Group.
The National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination, Inc. (NC4), and RAINS have announced a strategic partnership that makes NC4 alerts available to critical infrastructure sectors and other public safety stakeholders for quicker emergency response.
NC4 and SAIC provided incident management and collaboration support for Super Bowl XL.
New Age Security Solutions has completed behavior-pattern- recognition training for customer service representatives at Heathrow Express, the transit system between downtown London and Heathrow Airport.
NICE Systems and Avaya Inc. have extended their alliance to develop a joint solution that provides monitoring, branch recording, storage, liability, and interaction analytics for businesses.
Promisec has been named an Aladdin eSafe Solution Partner.
Secure Elements will provide security decision support capability as a partner in Google’s Enterprise Professional Program.
The Steele Foundation’s International Training Group and Sonoma College are launching a collaborative degree program in the area of Homeland Response and Emergency Management.
An authentication solution from TriCipher, Inc., was selected by CheckFree Investment Services for use in the company’s investment-management platform.
VASCO and Eutron will launch a new USB-enabled Digipass authentication token aimed at PKI applications in financial services.
Viocen Inc. has installed a wireless IP video surveillance system with Milestone software managing cameras from Axis Communications and Toshiba for the Hotel Northampton, a historic hotel in Massachusetts.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented facial recognition software from A4Vision in its Region 10 headquarters.
The National Security Agency has contracted Boyden Worldwide Executive Search for assistance in human capital, organizational development, and succession planning.
The ExitSentry system from Cernium has been installed at Southwest Florida International Airport to secure concourse exits.
Wansbeck District Council has deployed the DVTel Intelligent Security Operations Center platform for city surveillance in three district towns. The platform was installed by C>Ways.
Environmental Tectonics Corporation has announced that its disaster management simulator is eligible for state government purchase under the DHS Fiscal Year 2006 Homeland Security Grant Program.
The Province of Quebec’s Ministry of Transportation has ordered Extreme CCTV camera housings for a tunnel surveillance project.
Goodrich Corporation has won a contract from the U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate to develop a detector array for use in high-definition night-vision cameras.
Intrepid Defense & Security Systems, working with Codespear LLC, used its 3-D technology to create live-action holograms as part of security planned by the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security for Super Bowl XL.
Kontek Industries, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Rolla, has received a grant to research blast mitigation, access control, and perimeter security barrier systems from the Department of Defense.
LDV has delivered a new mobile command center to the Michigan State Police Department.
March Networks is providing mobile video surveillance for the Regional Transit Service of the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has installed a DVR system at Parker County District Courthouse in Texas.
North American Video has been awarded a contract for video surveillance systems from the Davis School District in Utah.
Savi Networks has announced that its information service is now operational at ports in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.
Scott Health & Safety and Ultra Electronics Audiopack developed a facepiece-integrated communications system for the New York City Fire Department Hazardous Material Team.
Smiths Detection announced that three of its explosives-detection trace portals have been deployed at the Sacramento International Airport by the Transportation Security Administration.
Tactical Solution Partners, Inc., has received contract awards from the Baltimore County Police Department and Prince George’s County (both in Maryland) for its Pelican Mobile operating platform.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Approva Corporation was recognized as a market leader by Business Finance.
CipherOptics Inc. received Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2 certifications for its Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet IPSec extensible security gateways.
The Patch Manager 4.0 from Ecora was named one of the three best patch management products of 2005 by Search-WindowsSecurity.com.
Ecora was awarded a patent for the process of automatically documenting configurable systems and generating change reports that can identify compliance-related problems.
Frost & Sullivan recognized GE Security as the 2006 Homeland Security Company of the Year.
The XProtect Enterprise IP video software from Milestone Systems won the IP UserGroup Award for IP in Security Innovation.
SimplexGrinnell has earned certified status in Microsoft’s Partner Program for the sixth consecutive year.
Tavcom Training was Highly Commended in the Small Business of the Year competition at the Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards, which was sponsored by Business Link Wessex.
Anderson Security Agency celebrated the grand opening of its new Las Vegas facility.
AT Systems Security, Inc., is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is offering 50 hours of free service to nonprofit organizations for such services as security assessments, guard services, and access control.
The Canadian operations of Bosch Security Systems have moved to a new building in the Greater Toronto area.
Diogenes Analytical Laboratories has launched a new Web site for opinion, forums, and complaints.
ECB•S has developed a guide that describes how to protect valuables and how to choose a safe. It is available online atwww.ecb-s.com.
F-Secure Corporation has become a sponsor of the American Alliance of Service Providers and will offer its services to the group’s members and end users.
Gabriel Technologies Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Trace Technologies, has launched Trace Location Services.
Gamewell-FCI is offering a 16-city seminar to educate professionals on new fire industry standards.
Hunter Manufacturing has revised its Web site and added a section dedicated to small business support.
Initial Security has launched the Initial Online Academy, a Web-based training program for the company’s employees.
Mayville Products Corporation has purchased the North American enclosure solutions product line and related business of APW Ltd. The brand will be branded as APWMayville.
Panasonic Security Systems is offering a new CD with specifications, product literature, and CAD drawings for designers and installers.
Perimeter Internetworking has acquired Red Cliff Solutions.
Stanley Security Solutions has opened its National Service Center to provide information, service, and support for customers.
Stellar Information Systems Limited has launched a high-tech clean-room facility in Gurgaon, India, where it will conduct its data recovery services.
Viisage Technology, Inc., has agreed to acquire SecuriMetrics, Inc., a leading iris recognition company.
Women in Security Electronics (WISE) is celebrating its first anniversary and seeking new members and volunteer leaders.
Awards Highlight ASIS’s Best
At January’s Volunteer Leadership Conference in Arlington, Virginia, the I. B. Hale and other ASIS International yearly awards of achievement and merit were presented by Chairman of the ASIS Board of Directors Daniel J. Consalvo, CPP.
I. B. Hale. The legacy of I. B. Hale, past president and chairman of the ASIS Board of Directors, is memorialized each year by the award to a U.S. ASIS chapter that has made an outstanding contribution to the Society and the security profession.
The winning chapter will have demonstrated a commitment to improving the image and standing of the Society and the overall security profession. Also important are the number of educational programs sponsored by the chapter in a given year, the financial stability of the chapter, the quality of programming and attendance at chapter meetings, and the status of chapter membership.
Chapters that compete for the I. B. Hale Award are judged against chapters of similar size.
The following chapters received the 2005 I. B. Hale Award:
Group I (nominees are chapters with 34 or fewer members)—No entries
Group II (nominees are chapters with 35 to 99 members)—No award given
Group III (nominees are chapters with 100 to 199 members)—Central Iowa
Group IV (nominees are chapters with 200 to 299 members)—Florida West Coast; Honorable Mentions—Cincinnati Tri-State, Columbus
Group V (nominees are chapters with 300 to 499 members)—Kansas City
Group VI (nominees are chapters with 500 or more members)—San Francisco Bay Area
Newsletters. Newsletters provide meaningful information to members of ASIS chapters. Many display a high level of professionalism in design, editorial content, and graphics. The best productions are honored each year with the Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award. Chapters compete against those of similar size.
The 2005 Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award winners are:
Group I—No entries
Group II—Central Iowa
Group III—Louisville; Honorable Mention—Central Illinois
Group IV—Cleveland; Honorable Mention—San Diego
Group V—Kansas City; Honorable Mention—Phoenix
Group VI—No award; Honorable Mention—New York City
Web sites. Web sites are increasingly assisting ASIS Chapters to inform members, promote events, archive reference and historic material, and offer other services. The winners of the 2005 Chapter Website of the Year Awards are:
Group I—Mobile Bay
Group II—Central Iowa; Honorable Mention—Tulsa
Group III—Central Illinois; Honorable Mentions—Canadian Pacific, Charlotte
Group IV—Orlando; Honorable Mention—Illinois North Shore
Group V—Kansas City; Honorable Mention—Denver Mile-Hi
Group VI— San Francisco Bay Area; Honorable Mentions—Houston, New York City
A Bounty of Achievers. The ASIS Council Chair of the Year Award recognizes chairpersons who perform their volunteer leadership positions with exceptional dedication and excellence. ASIS also honors regional vice presidents (RVPs) who have made contributions of the highest caliber.
The 2005 ASIS Council Chair of the Year Awards winners are six outstanding individuals. Consalvo presented the honors at the Society’s annual general meeting, held in conjunction with the conference.
The winners are Kevin O’Brien, chair of the Banking and Financial Services Council; Business Practices Council Chair Joseph A. DiDona; David C. Davis, chair of the Defense and Intelligence Council;
Larry Runyon, CPP, chair of the Information Asset Protection Council; John E. Turey, Chair of the Economic Crime Council; and Gas and Chemical Industry Security Council Chair John T. Brady.
Three volunteer leaders received the ASIS Regional Vice President (RVP) of the Year Award: Region V’s Jonathan Gann, Region XVI’s Bryn M. Palena, and Region XIX’s Jorge C. Septien, CPP.
The Society wishes to congratulate all of the 2005 winners and offer encouragement and support to the competitors for the 2006 awards.