Industry News July 2006
The government’s Homeland Security Digital Library has been redesigned for increased flexibility and usability. The virtual library provides a collection of strategy, policy, organization, and research documents for policy makers, students, educators, and the homeland security community. The more than 30,000 records are tagged with metadata by a staff of librarians and subject-area specialists. A dynamic index of 90,000 documents from select Internet sites bolsters the collection.
Users can search the collected works by topic, event, and keyword, as well as by document-collection, field, and date parameters. A reference page on policy and strategy offers direct access to popular items, including legislation, presidential directives, academic research, and other policy and strategy documents. A meta-search engine enables searches across more than 50 article databases, including government, think tank, academic, and library sources.
In addition, the library Web site (www.hsdl.org) highlights events, other Web sites, and new additions to the collection. The library is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Grants and Training and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland
Defense and Security. Helping the library organize its vast resources, Teragram Corporation provided categorization software that automatically categorizes documents saved in multiple formats for easy search and retrieval. The company worked with librarians to develop the semantic, rules-based model that allows the content-development teams to manage the rapid growth of the collection. The software also reports on variations from expected category volume, allowing taxonomists to refine the terminology and rules as discourse shifts and topics change over time.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
A4Vision Inc. has entered a strategic OEM relationship with Motorola, Inc., to provide its facial recognition software for Motorola’s biometrics identification system for secure national ID cards and passports.
Array Networks has been selected to enable new SSL VPN services for Shanghai Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom.
Blue Coat technology is protecting the wireless network at Trinity College Carmarthen, part of the University of Wales.
Dedicated Micros Inc. and DICE Corporation have formed a partnership to make DICE central station software compatible with Dedicated Micros DVRs.
A remote monitoring system from Electronics Line USA was chosen to protect Circle K supermarkets in the southeastern United States. Capital Business Equipment is assisting in the system installation.
Equinox Security Management Ltd. has been awarded a contract for the Tatton Park Flower Show by the Royal Horticultural Society. The company also secures the Chelsea and the Hampton Court Palace flower shows.
ASSIST software from Experian will enable Pacific National Bank to monitor and report money laundering activities and comply with Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act regulations.
Faronics has provided Deep Freeze software to Yellow Pages to protect computer configurations regardless of modifications made to workstations.
Fire and life safety, explosives detection, intrusion, and video systems from GE Security were deployed throughout the Torino, Italy, area during the Winter Olympics and will continue to protect visitors and residents in the future. GE worked with Securepoint for fire safety in the Athletes’ Village and with SAGAT and Seteco for explosives detection at the Torino International Airport.
Gunnebo, through its French company Fichet-Bauche, is supplying 720 ESPACE security doors to BNP Paribas.
Honeywell is providing an integrated security solution for Eon Productions.
Raytheon has awarded a contract to ImageWare Systems Inc. for its IWS Biometric Engine Border Management technology.
County Sheriffs of Colorado has chosen Knowledge Factor to deliver an online training program for law enforcement personnel.
March Networks has been chosen as a strategic supplier of digital video surveillance solutions by Republic Bank Limited.
Medion has embedded fingerprint sensors made by AuthenTec in its latest notebook computers.
MFI is using a surveillance system with Milestone software and Panasonic cameras to manage security at its home delivery centers. Pacific Computers Ltd. Performed the installation.
ObjectVideo and Avant Technologies are collaborating to embed ObjectVideo’s intelligent surveillance software in Avant’s security solutions.
Biometric Intelligence & Identification Technologies has selected iris readers from Panasonic Systems Solutions Company for use in its biometric identification systems.
Perimeter Internetworking has been selected by CUNA Strategic Services as its managed security provider.
The Security Industry Alarm Coalition teamed up with Security Information and Management Systems, Inc., to train alarm dealers to reduce false dispatches.
Working for South Bay Development Company, a security officer with Universal Protection Service foiled the attempted theft of copper wiring from an abandoned building.
UPM Raflatac and Magellan Technology have formed a strategic partnership to tag pharmaceuticals using RFID technology.
Zandar Technologies has teamed up with Guardian Security Services to upgrade the video system in an Ohio chemical facility.
Axis Communications has provided video servers to monitor secure areas in Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Blue Coat Systems announced that Alabama has deployed Blue Coat to control Web traffic for about 250 state agencies and boards.
Security technology from Entrust, Inc., will be embedded in Spanish national electronic identity cards. Spanish Police Headquarters awarded the project to a consortium including Telefonica, Indra, Software AG, and SIA Group.
HiEnergy Technologies has sold two SIEGMA 3E3 explosives detection systems to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. The company’s CarBomb finder is being added to U.S. Army SMARTRUCKS.
L-3 Communications announced that its Security and Detection Systems subsidiary received an order from BAA plc to provide explosives detection equipment at London Heathrow Airport.
Oberthur Card Systems won a contract to issue the TotalIDOne smart-card solution to personnel in the Department of the Interior and other agencies that contract through the National Business Center.
Pierce County (Washington) is using Omnitronix DL880 Data Link units to assist in network and alarm management for its various departments and agencies. The units are part of a new Avotus Telemanagement Expense Management system.
PureTech Systems Inc. has integrated its PureActiv Solution with the Andover Continuum access control system from TAC for securing water treatment and storage facilities in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rapiscan Systems has received a contract from Manchester Airport Group for baggage screening systems.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the The Security Network will collaborate to enable the development and implementation of port security, border security, and critical infrastructure technologies.
The City of Cincinnati contracted with CityWatcher to use the Sielox access control platform and VeriChip RFID technology to secure sensitive information.
The Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs of Iceland has selected Viisage identity solutions to gather biometric data for Iceland’s new electronic passports.
Viisage’s electronic-document reader was chosen by the Servico Federale de Processamento de Dados of Brazil for processing passports and other identity documents at borders.
Arteco Vision Systems has entered an agreement with Vigilex to market its Intelligent Video Solution to the Chinese market.
Eagle Broadband, Inc., announced that World Communication Center will distribute the company’s SatMAX product line including its emergency communications system.
Gabriel Technologies Corporation announced a pilot program for TravelCenters of America to sell Gabriel’s WAR-LOK line at three locations.
GTO has signed The Systems Depot as a nationwide distributor of its automatic gate operators and access controls.
North American Video is now an authorized reseller for SANYO Fisher Company’s line of professional security products.
Kirchman Corporation has partnered with Secure-Works to resell managed IT security services.
Under an alliance agreement, Eastern IT Group will resell TekSecure Labs products and services.
TOA Electronics, Inc., has been selected as an approved vendor by Tri-Ed Distribution.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
ADT was ranked number one in customer experience for its RFID services by readers of Consumer Goods Technology magazine.
ADT also earned the Performance Test Center Accreditation Mark from EPCglobal Inc. for its European RFID Performance Lab.
Bosch Security Systems announced that its Fairport, New York, location has achieved ISO 14001: 2004 certification from BSI, Inc.
E.J. Brooks Company offers customers documentation that its security seals are compliant with ISO 17712 requirements, C-TPAT, and the World Customs Organization Safe Framework.
CH2M HILL has been issued a general contractor’s license by the Shanghai Ministry of Construction in China, enabling the company to provide consulting, engineering, procurement, and other services in the country.
Direct Security Grilles Limited has achieved the LPS 1175 standard for its Retract 5 collapsible security grilles.
Elemental Security, Inc., has been included in the list of Cool Vendors in “Cool Vendors in Security and Privacy, 2006,” a report by Gartner, Inc.
Fujitsu Laboratories Limited announced that its palm vein authentication technology has won the 2005 Technology Innovation Award for Security in Networks from the Wall Street Journal.
BioEngine fingerprint matching technology from Identix was among the top-rated fingerprint technologies as tested by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
ImageWare Systems’ Biometric Engine Mobile Acquisition Identity Management solution has earned FBI certification for integrated tenprint fingerprint management in the field.
Facial recognition technology from A4Vision Inc. is featured in “Biometrics: the body identified,” an exhibition sponsored and designed by Sagem Morpho and the Science and Industry Museum in Paris. The exhibit will continue through November 5, 2006.
Aggleton & Associates has moved from New York City to Tarrytown, New York. The company is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The Chamberlain Group, Inc., has acquired Merlin Garage Door Openers.
F-Secure has launched an online tool that allows viewers to see a representation of virus infections worldwide.
GTO has activated an online authorized service center locator atwww.gtoinc.com (select “tech support”).
Haskell & Associates is a new company that provides threat and vulnerability assessment, crisis management, and security management strategies. The company was established by George R. Haskell in Las Vegas.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers has developed a distance-education certificate program in crime and loss investigation.
International Paper ASURYS is performing Generation 2 RFID technology assessments in its Customer Solution Center, an integrated engineering development testing and training facility in Memphis, Tennessee.
The IP UserGroup USAis a new community affiliated with the IP UserGroup UK/EMEA. It will help educate users and promote the benefits and application potential of IP in the United States.
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., has launched a redesigned Web site atwww.jjkeller.com. It features a product catalog, details about service offerings, and reference materials.
Consultancy M. Malia & Associates, Inc., has moved to larger facilities in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
MaXware has opened a new headquarters in Iselin, New Jersey, and added 10 professionals to its staff.
Milestone Systems hosted its first Solutions and Developers Forum for sharing information with business and technology partners.
Pacom Systems has partnered with SureSpec.info for inclusion in its online catalog library, with information from manufacturers in the fire, security, suppression, and HVAC industries.
Per Mar Security Services has acquired the accounts and assets of Centralcom, Inc.
SafetyCare, Inc., has developed a 24-hour monitoring facility as part of its 15-year plan, “SafetyCare 2020.”
The Security Industry Association and Core-Street have released a report titled The Roles of Authentication, Authorization and Cryptography in Expanding Security Technology.
SimplexGrinnell has begun its 2006 Fire and Life-Safety Road Show, which will continue in various cities throughout the year. For more information, visitwww.simplexgrinnell.com/2006expo.
The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council published a white paper, Smart Cards and Parking, which is available atwww.smartcardalliance.com.
Stanley Security Solutions has acquired Pinnacle Electronic Systems, Inc.
Triware Networld Systems, L.L.C., is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Skipper Receives J. Walsh APC I Award The ASIS International Foundation, Inc., presented the Timothy J. Walsh APC I Award to Dickson Skipper at the Asset Protection I: Concepts and Methods course held March 13-16 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
A member of the ASIS Greater Charlotte Chapter, Skipper entered the private security industry in 2002 after nearly 30 years of service with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina. In his present position as security director with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), he is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating security activities and programs for the organization’s Charlotte facilities, as well as at two other sites in North Carolina: Montreat and Asheville. Skipper is certified by the State of North Carolina as both a private protective services general instructor and a private protective services firearms instructor for state-approved private-security- personnel courses.
The Walsh Award, introduced in 2004, recognizes the efforts of individuals striving for excellence within the security industry. It is named in honor of Timothy J. Walsh, CPP, one of the early pioneers of ASIS who served as the organization’s president in 1964 and 1965. In addition to his service to ASIS at the committee, chapter, and national level, Walsh co-authored the Protection of Assets Manual, the most comprehensive compilation of the security body of knowledge, which has become the “bible” for the security industry. He was also the creator of ASIS’s longest running education program—APC I. It is the cornerstone of ASIS’s educational programming and is recognized as an essential tool for all professionals involved in the protection of assets.
The ASIS International Foundation provides funding and manages endowments for a wide range of academic, strategic, and professional development activities.
ASIS Asia-Pacific Security Conference Announced
ASIS will hold an Asia-Pacific Security Conference, February 5-7, 2007, in Singapore, offering attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with other security professionals from around the globe.
The conference in Singapore is slated to explore key security topics including the possibility of an avian flu epidemic, natural disaster preparation and response, the protection of intellectual property, antiterrorism, gaming and wagering security, and transit security.
Singapore is an inspiring city where East meets West. Urban yet traditional, this metropolis is a fusion of modernity, heritage, and diversity. Singapore is a choice business venue with its excellent international accessibility and world-class infrastructure. It is currently ranked as Asia’s number one convention city as well as the world’s fifth top convention city. Moreover, Singapore has a colorful array of cultural and leisure activities, making it a perfect location for ASIS to hold this exciting event.