Industry News December 2006
The Port of Jacksonville (Florida) has used a simulator to conduct a disaster-training exercise with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Port Security personnel. The training scenario was a terrorist bombing of a major commercial bulk and container terminal.
The Advanced Disaster Management Simulator from Environmental Tectonics Corporation allowed responders to exercise their emergency plans under joint command, using National Incident Management System protocols. Participants were able to simulate movements and actions virtually using their own vehicles and equipment. They implemented their disaster plans and tested their people and communications securely and without endangering anyone.
This was the second disaster-simulation exercise for the facility, following a successful pilot program funded through the University of Central Florida’s Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ADT has been chosen by ASPIAG SERVICE S.r.l.-DESPAR to install its Sensormatic electronic article surveillance systems in 30 retail outlets, supermarkets, and hypermarkets.
Approva and OpenPages have formed a joint technology integration to give companies an automated single system for analyzing applications’ control environments for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and business governance.
Arcot Systems has announced that ING Card has implemented the company’s 3-D Secure consumer authentication solution for Internet card transactions.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has contracted with Chubb Fire to provide a range of fire solutions to the two London hospitals, including fire extinguishers, signage, and emergency lighting signs.
Edentify Inc. and Bankcars have announced a joint development and marketing partnership to bring Edentify’s IDScreen risk management technology together with Bankcars’ Closed Account Reporting System.
Edentify is collaborating with American Operations Corporation to bring Edentify’s identity risk management technology to the federal government through AOC’s government contracting service.
A partnership between EnOcean, Inc., and Ad Hoc Electronics will combine Ad Hoc’s low-voltage relay receiver and the STM250 system to enable building owners to enhance security equipment using wireless, battery-free sensors.
Imaging Sciences International Inc. will bundle antivirus protection from GRISOFT with its I-CAT imaging technology devices.
Guardian Solutions and Pelco have integrated Guardian’s intelligent video surveillance systems with Pelco cameras and recorders.
Honeywell is working with Integrated Engineering to offer new contactless smart-card readers.
IndigoVision is providing wireless IP video technology to protect the construction of the Sentosa Cove development in Singapore.
Jolly Technologies Inc. and Evolis have announced a business alliance that supports integration of Evolis printer lines with Jolly ID card software.
Nortel is protecting the information infrastructure at Macquarie University in Australia.
PARC Automation is automating and integrating the vehicle access and revenue control systems of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Perimeter Internetworking has announced that its suite of services will enable Cavalier Telephone to offer cost-effective security to its phone, Internet, and data communications customers.
The Safe Travel Institute and Wal-Mart have joined to expand Wal-Mart’s Corporate Travel Safe Program for company employees.
TraceGuard Technologies Inc. and Rapiscan Systems have entered into a 12-month joint development program to develop TraceScan, an advanced detection system for explosives and weapons.
US Life Safety is providing its Life-Counts emergency management solution to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio.
DocuSign has chosen Verid identity verification service for its e-signature transactions.
Zebra card printers are in use at the University of Maryland Medical Center for printing employee badges.
Zvetco Biometrics and its partner Vitani have deployed Zvetco fingerprint scanners in approximately 350 Fakta retail stores throughout Denmark.
Ameritex Guard Services has been awarded the security contract for the Department of EnergyNational Energy Technology Laboratory, sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Albany, Oregon.
Axeda Corporation and Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC have been selected to support the Transportation Security Administration on Phase 1 of its Security Technology Integration Program.
The General Services Administration has awarded a contract to Bearing Point, Inc., that will enable agencies to provide federal employees and contractors with new identity cards that comply with standards set by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.
Blue Coat Systems has announced that New York City Transit has selected its appliances and web filtering to secure and control its network and applications.
The United Kingdom Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, is protecting its facilities with barriers from Delta Scientific Corporation.
Guardian Technologies International, Inc., has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the Transportation Security Laboratory to test its PinPoint threat-detection technology.
Integrian, Inc., has created a mobile video surveillance system for New York City Transit’s Department of Buses.
The State Department has deployed a video surveillance system from ioimage US at a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.
L-3 Communications announced that its Security and Detection Systems subsidiary will equip Japan’s Kansai International Airport with baggage screening and explosives detection systems.
L-3’s Security and Detection Systems has been selected by the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency to provide prototype cargo container security devices for field testing.
Savi Technology has provided an RFID network to the Spanish Armed Forces that can be interoperable with similar network solutions deployed by NATO and other allied defense forces.
Verint Systems Inc. announced that France’s Grenoble Transport Authority has deployed its networked video solution.
Axis Communications network cameras are now being offered by Latin American ISP TELMEX as part of its Prodigy Cam service for home and office monitoring.
BroadWare is working with IBM to deliver IBM solutions as components in the BroadWare Media Management System.
MDI, Inc., and Northern Video Systems have signed a distribution agreement to promote MDI’s ViewPoint digital video recording and management system through Northern’s sales centers.
The Sigma Survey for Security Officers is now available from Pearson Assessments.
SSH Communications Security has announced that NetManage, Inc., will resell SSH Tectia products to enterprise, financial, and government customers.
XceedID Corporation and Brivo Systems LLC have entered into an OEM agreement under which Brivo will resell XceedID’s access control readers and cards.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Ameritex Guard Services was nominated for the Small Business Partner of the Year by the IRS for the Department of the Treasury’s Annual Awards. The company was nominated for providing outstanding service at the Austin, Texas, office of the IRS.
Bioscrypt Inc. announced that its fingerprint algorithms have been qualified by the General Services Administration (GSA) for use in the Personal Identity Verification Program.
Counterforce USA was awarded Five Diamond Certification by the Central Station Alarm Association. The award affirms that 100 percent of the company’s dispatchers have passed the association’s Central Station Operator Training Course Level 1.
Frost & Sullivan selected GATR Technologies, Inc., as the recipient of the 2006 Product Innovation of the Year Award in the aerospace and defense satellite antenna market for its inflatable satellite antenna.
GE Security presented its Security Solutions Channel Partner Awards. Among the winners are Access Control Technologies; Dowley, Inc.; Vision Southeast, Inc.; Climate, Inc.; IntelliTec Security Systems; and TEMSCO, Inc.
Integrated Engineering announced that its contactless SmartID readers have been approved by the GSA as compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standard 201.
MaXware announced that its Virtual Directory has received RSA Secured certification from RSA Security.
The MDI Security Systems ONE Unified Technology platform from MDI, Inc., has received the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership of the Year in the security systems market.
Panasonic Security Systems recognized dealers who showed significant increases in performance by awarding them a trip to Japan. The trips went to Tri-Ed, Anixter, and Northern Video. Other dealers won plasma displays, including Industrial Video, Stanley Security, and Alpha Video, and laptop computers, including Gemellaro Systems and Roscor. One dealer, Midstate Security, used award funds to hold an event for their employees.
Aegis Protection Group has launched a new division, the Security Support Center, offering a variety of security system management services.
Campus Management Corporation announced that the American University in Dubai is the 100th higher-education campus to implement CampusPortal.
Chubb Security has expanded into the Midwest with a new office in Chicago.
GlobalOptions Group, Inc., has acquired Hyperion Risk, Inc., a risk-mitigation support services provider.
The Greensboro, North Carolina, office of HSM Electronic Protection Services, Inc., has donated money and labor to improve the landscaping at the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp for children with chronic medical conditions. The company’s Atlanta office employees and family members volunteered their time and donated household items to help in the upkeep of Eagle Ranch, a home for children in crisis.
Kidde Fire Protection is opening an Electronics Technology Center in Seaham, County Durham, United Kingdom.
Lenel Systems International has donated an On-Guard identity and security management system, as well as supplies, services, and personnel for security at the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series.
The security executive search firm known as John Kurosky & Associates has changed its name to Mason, Israel & Partners, and has opened a new office in Beverly Hills, California, in addition to its Irvine, California, headquarters.
The National Association of Security Companies has launched an interactive job board athttp://careercenter.nasco.org/search.cfm.
OMNIKEY has joined the Near Field Communication Forum.
The Security Industry Alarm Coalition now has active support from 34 companies, with financial support of nearly $750,000 and full-time employee services.
Security Intelligence Technologies, Inc., has offered free use of its Terrorist Trap-VSA2000, a digital voice intelligence system, to a number of airlines. The system is marketed by the company’s subsidiary Homeland Security Strategies.
The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals has a new international affiliate in the Czech Republic: SCIP CZECH.
Sonitrol has acquired its Chantilly, Virginia, franchise, which serves the greater Washington, D.C., area.
Vicon Industries Inc. has increased its warranty coverage and now offers a three-year limited warranty on its Kollector Series DVRs, AurorAcorD and RAID storage devices, and NOVA 1500 CPUs.
Viisage Technolgy, Inc., and Identix Incorporated have merged and will now operate as L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.
The ASIS Foundation, Inc., played a key role in the upgrade of archaeological sites in Bolivia based on the training and policies developed by ASIS members Dr. Arthur Kingsbury, CPP, and his wife, Laurie.
Using a grant provided by the Foundation and a Fulbright Scholarship, the couple first traveled to Bolivia in 2003 to help restore and secure the country’s historic and patrimonial sites. The success of the project was heralded by the Bolivian government, which presented Kingsbury with the country’s coveted Medal of Merit (Civilian), one of only two foreign citizens to receive such an honor.
The U. S. Department of State also took note of Kingsbury’s expertise and sent him to Baghdad in 2004 to help develop the security plan for the Iraqi Museum. The department has expressed interest in replicating Kingsbury’s methods and training in other parts of the world.
From the Foundation’s perspective, this project “has delivered so much for a modest investment,” says Peter Mazzaroni, CPP, president of the Foundation Board of Trustees. “It reaches out to the international community and has the potential to make a difference for all countries seeking to upgrade the security of their historic documents and sites.”
Ellis Wins Criscuoli Award
James W. Ellis, CPP, PSP, was honored as the 2006 recipient of the E. J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP, Volunteer Leadership Award. With 12 years of service to ASIS International in leadership positions with the Iowa
Chapter, Ellis joins a select few who have been honored for their local involvement.
Ellis first joined ASIS International in 1994 while living in central Illinois. Two years later, he was transferred to Des Moines, Iowa, and became involved in the Iowa Chapter. Ellis accepted his first chapter leadership positions in 1999, serving as both programming cochair and chairman of the membership committee. Later that year, he took over the chapter’s newsletter, and he has continued to fulfill that role ever since.
Ellis has redesigned the newsletter several times and introduced an electronic version at no expense to the chapter. The newsletter, The Protection Connection, subsequently received several awards, including Chapter Newsletter of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
In 2000, Ellis served out the remaining term of the chapter’s vice chairman, who had moved out of state. The next year, Ellis was elected chapter chairman. In that position, he laid the groundwork for a new budgeting process, revised the chapter’s annual program, and proposed an annual public safety appreciation luncheon.
For his chapter efforts, Ellis came to the attention of the regional vice president (RVP) at the time, and he was asked to serve as assistant RVP in 2002. Ellis continues to hold that post and was instrumental in revitalizing a chapter in eastern Iowa. He is also serving his second term as chapter chairman and continues to fulfill the roles of newsletter editor and Web site manager.
The recipient of several professional designations, Ellis became a Certified Protection Professional in 2004. The following year, he earned the Physical Security Professional designation, becoming the first member of the Iowa Chapter to hold both certifications. He is currently working toward an M.A. in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.
The Annual Criscuoli Award is given to an ASIS member who exhibits devotion to the Society through leadership in the chapter and regional activities. The award also has a financial component. The annual interest earned on a $50,000 bequest that funded the award initially will be donated, in Ellis’s name, to the ASIS Foundation, Inc. (20 percent), and to his chapter (80 percent). In addition, Ellis’s travel, lodging, and registration at this year’s seminar and exhibits was complimentary.