Industry News October 2006
The Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive that took effect in July for countries in the European Union may have the effect of raising prices for security hardware in Europe. The directive restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB, and PBDE in electronic and electrical products sold in the EU, and many companies have had to reengineer products to comply with the rule.
For example, Pulizzi Engineering, Inc., reports that its RoHS conversion efforts have included implementation of a new lead-free solder process and have extended over two years. Compliance has required procuring and inspecting materials to ensure that they meet RoHS rules and rechecking the finished products before shipping.
Among other products achieving compliance are card printers from Datacard Group and hardware authenticators from RSA Security Inc. Meanwhile, 3M Security Systems Division has launched a RoHS compliance certification tool that allows customers to check the RoHS status of its products and request certification for products that are not yet compliant. The tool can be found on the company’s Web site.
Underwriters Laboratories offers the UL RoHSMark for products complying with product-certification requirements. Products are surveyed twice yearly to support the claim.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Due to stricter ISPS code requirements, Westcon AS has chosen to upgrade and extend surveillance at port facilities with ACTi’s IP surveillance products and Imenco’s video surveillance system integration services.
Vonage Network Inc. has selected a user authentication solution from Aladdin Knowledge Systems for mobile PC and file security.
AlliedBarton Security Services has joined with CareerBuilder.com to provide job opportunities for military veterans. CareerBuilder has recently launched OperationHeroforHire.com, a Web site featuring jobs for veterans.
Arcot Systems, Inc., and EMC have announced that Arcot’s digital-signing solution will be integrated with the EMC Documentum enterprise content-management platform.
Arteco Vision Systems has been selected to provide its intelligent video solutions system to Park Place Senior Living at Wing Haven. The system integrator is All Systems, Inc.
Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation is embedding fingerprint sensors from AuthenTec into its new LifeBook Q2010 notebook PC.
AXCESS International and Tyco Fire & Security have announced a strategic partnership under which AXCESS’s RFID solutions will be integrated into Tyco’s suite of Software House and Kantech access control solutions.
Wavenis technology from Coronis has been integrated into new products from Data Health Systemthat detect when people fall. The Ynolis bracelet has been tested at Montpellier University Hospital and the City of Paris Center for Social Action.
CREDANT Technologies has announced a partnership with CommonTime to deliver CREDANT’s mobile data protection solution to Lotus Notes users running Windows Mobile 5.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology has selected Omnicast from Genetec to secure students, personnel, and assets.
Goodmail Systems and PostX have announced an alliance to provide security and deliverability for high-value e-mail-transaction messages.
Hunter Manufacturing Company signed a partnership agreement with 3M Canada to provide CBRN protection products and services to the Department of National Defense and other homeland security customers.
The Gala Hotel and Casino complex on the Isle of Man has installed an IP video solution from IndigoVision for CCTV surveillance.
Assemble Communications will incorporate the BGAN high-speed communications service from Inmarsat into a personal hurricane kit that will allow users to have constant connectivity when traditional terrestrial and cellular networks fail.
Océ has chosen Integrated Engineering as a technology partner to provide e-passport verification for the company’s ID-Star Color Security Reader.
Qsent has implemented NeoScale Systems, Inc., tape encryption to protect consumer information.
North American Video provided a video console and LCD displays to improve surveillance at the World Series of Poker held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The console was equipped with components from Honeywell.
FirstMerit Corporation selected Pacomfor its IP-networked alarm and disaster recovery solution.
Protector Cases from Pelican Products have been chosen by ACR Electronics to house its Vecta2 Direction Finder alert and locate system.
PureTech Systems Inc. is deploying its PureActiv surveillance solution at Catalyst Paper’s Crofton Mill Deep-Sea Port facility.
SCM Microsystems, Inc., provided smart cards and readers for the [email protected] project during the World Cup competition in Germany.
SealedMedia Inc. was chosen to provide software to protect intellectual capital belonging to the Newcastle Building Society while sharing it with trusted third parties.
SecureWorks and BellSouth have formed a partnership whereby BellSouth is bundling SecureWorks managed IT security services into its IP services portfolio.
SITA has signed a deal with Airbus to ensure data integrity and supplier authentication for the new Airbus 380 jumbo jet.
Vidient Systems, Inc., and InterGraph Corporation are partnering to integrate Vidient SmartCatch with Intergraph’s command-and-control system for public security personnel.
ADT Security Services, Inc. has installed new and expanded video security systems at three schools in the Fox C-6 School District (Missouri).
American Science and Engineering has received a contract for an OmniView Gantry Inspection System to be deployed at the Port of Charleston.
ATC International has completed major security improvements for Miami-Dade Public Schools, including installing camera systems.
Cernium Corporation has announced that the City of San Diego has deployed its Perceptrak intelligent video system to monitor part of the city’s critical infrastructure.
Intergraph Corporation has entered into an agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ObjectVideo, and Stanley Security Solutions to provide perimeter security at Fort Bragg’s Simmons Army Airfield.
March Networks has been selected by the Port Authority of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) as the standard for mobile video surveillance on its buses.
Trace Technologies has been selected to provide location-based services for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site.
USIS will provide support services for federal government background investigations under a contract with the Office of Personnel Management.
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs has selected the Viisage iAuthenticate Smart Chip/RFID Electronic Document Reader to improve security in more than 25 locations.
Viisage has also signed contracts with six state driver-service agencies to provide its Auto-Test solutions for improving security of applicant testing, identity proofing, ID issuance, and customer service. The contracts are from the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Nebraska, Kentucky, Colorado, and Arkansas.
Zebra card printers will be used to create driver’s licenses in Ecuador. The printers are being installed by DefenCorp.
Digital Defense Group has reached agreement with LexisNexis Special Services, U.S., to allow LexisNexis to resell Digital Defense Factor4 on-card self-enrolling biocards.
Integrated Security Resources and Price-Langevin & Associates will also become resellers of the Factor4 and IronGate biocards.
Grisoft has launched a new Technology Partner Program to enable existing and new partners to use the AVG Anti-Virus Engine for third-party hardware and software solutions. GFI Software is one of the first technology partners to join the program.
Honeywell has named World Wide Security/GC Alarm as an authorized dealer for commercial security systems.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
ADT Security Services was awarded the Performance Test Center Accreditation Mark from EPCglobal Inc for its RFID Performance Lab.
The UK Communications Electronic Security Group has approved the AEP Net Remote from AEP Networks Ltd. for use by military, diplomatic, and criminal intelligence agencies.
Axis Communications has received the Frost & Sullivan 2006 Award for Market Penetration Leadership in network video.
MySafeWorkplace, the incident-reporting solution developed by Business Controls, Inc., was selected as a Microsoft Partner Awards Program global winner.
Honeywell Security was awarded a Silver Telly Award for its video showing how the Rapid Eye helps business owners manage operations.
The TK-WD310E(B) wide dynamic-range camera from JVC Professional Europe Limited won the PSI Premier Award for CCTV Product of the Year 2006 from Professional Security Installer magazine.
Smiths Detection announced that it has received Transportation Security Administration approval for its second-generation explosives trace detection system.
Andrews International and Copstat Security have merged under the name Andrews International with headquarters in Valencia, California, and Bronx, New York.
Brownells has released a second edition of its Weapons Supply and Maintenance Tools Catalog.
Fargo Electronics, Inc., has opened a new office in Alexandria, Virginia, to support federal government business.
Fargo has introduced Fargo Professional Services, a team of specialists to develop solutions for large card programs.
FireKing Security Group is offering FireKing Advantage, a service program for retail safes and cash-handling equipment.
Harbor Research, Inc. will acquire SSI Partners, LLC, to strengthen its leadership in the M2M/Pervasive Internet and remote services market.
HID Corporation has established HID India Private Limited to serve the access control market in India.
NAVCO Security Systems has changed the name of AC&C Network Services Inc. to NAVCO Network Services.
NC4 has acquired ESP Group LLC to solidify its leadership in situational awareness and crisis management services.
Panda Software has created an online newsletter on cybercrime, available atwww.cybercrimewatch.com.
Perimeter Internetworking has acquired ANE Technologies.
Security Systems Equipment Corporation has relocated its offices and manufacturing plant to the newly expanded building occupied by its parent company, CastFab Technologies.
SimplexGrinnell has introduced a new Web site that allows customers and professionals to learn about the company’s programs, explore customer visitor centers, and find Web-based training. The site is atwww.simplexgrinnell.com/resourcecenter.
UTC Fire & Security has opened a new engineering research and development center at its headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut.
ASIS Certification Program Wins SAFETY Act Designation
ASIS International has been issued the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (SAFETY)Act of 2002 Designation for its certification program from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is the first program of its kind to receive recognition and protection afforded by the designation.
The SAFETY Act ensures that the threat of liability does not deter manufacturers of antiterrorism technologies from developing and commercializing new products that could significantly reduce the risks or effects of terrorist events. Specifically, the act’s designation affords holders of an ASIS certification—and the organizations they represent—a dispensation under federal law against any claims alleging that an ASIS certification somehow contributed to losses stemming from a terrorist attack. The three ASIS certifications—Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Physical Security Professional (PSP)—are the first to receive this vital benefit of liability protection.
ASIS was previously awarded a SAFETY Act Designation for its Guidelines program in May of 2005.
“We’re pleased to have achieved this designation for our certification program, as it further recognizes the importance of professional certification and distinguishes our credentials as among the best,” says Jeff M. Spivey, CPP, PSP, president of ASIS International. “We are also proud that through the SAFETY Act approvals we’ve acquired, we can offer the organizations using our guidelines and the individuals possessing our certifications an added level of protection to safeguard themselves, their businesses and customers against acts of terrorism.”
The CPP designation is awarded to experienced security practitioners who have demonstrated in-depth knowledge and management skills in eight key fields of security: security principles and practices; business principles and practices; physical security; investigations; personnel security; emergency practices; information security; and legal aspects.
The PCI designation is a specialty certification awarded to security practitioners who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in case management, evidence collection, preparation of reports, and testimony to substantiate findings.
The PSP designation is a specialty certification awarded to security practitioners who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in threat assessment and risk analysis; integrated physical security systems; and the appropriate identification, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of security measures.