Industry News May 2008
Long before the New York Giants and New England Patriots took the field at the University of Phoenix last February, players on the security team were planning and implementing their own Super Bowl XLII strategies. Here’s a sampling of the contributions industry team members made to the game plan.
Northrop Grumman Corporation provided technical support, repairs, and service for its Remotec robots that were used by multiple agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and local police departments to detect and defeat explosives and other hazardous materials in the security zone around the stadium.
The GuardTrax Security Force Locator by NovaTracker was used to monitor and manage security personnel in realtime via the Internet, using GPS antenna GSM wireless communication to pinpoint location and activity data.
Secure ID credentials using Datacard printers and Salamander Technologies interTRAX emergency incident software helped manage the location and assignment of the first responders at the venue.
Salamander’s rapidTAG solution and Zebra Technologies thermal printers created bar-coded credentials for authorized personnel through a contract with RockWest Technology Group and the Glendale Fire Department.
Two SkyWatch Surveillance Towers and six high-resolution radars from ICx Technologies were used for monitoring and securing the perimeter. NS Microwave provided an integrated surveillance solution for the event. It included fixed and mobile aerial and ground platforms, a mobile command center, helicopter downlinks, and cameras.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Nextan, a Singapore integrator, has installed an ACTi Corporation IP surveillance system in the National University of Singapore Museums.
Cornell University has selected FleetCommander from Agile Access Control to manage its fleet staff and vehicles.
The University of Iowa has chosen Security Equipment, Inc., to install the Symmetry Security Management System from AMAG Technology throughout the campus.
American Science and Engineering, Inc., has received an order for the Omni-View Gantry System and Z Backscatter Van from its Italian distributor AUS.TECH S.p.A. The systems will be deployed at an Italian port.
ArcSight, Inc., has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a participating organization and the PCI Security Vendor Alliance as a platinum member.
ARINC Incorporated has installed advanced AviNet Type B business networking service for Air Berlin.
Under a new strategic alliance, Arup will supply professional services relating to the SimGuard incident management system from Rontal Applications Ltd. in the UK, while Rontal will develop the application.
Collaborative development work by Bosch Security Systems and G4Tec means that Bosch’s VoIP products are now integrated into G4Tec’s Symmetry Video Management System.
Donruss Playoff L.P. is using the KODAK TRACELESS System for Anticounterfeiting from the Eastman Kodak Company on its high-value trading cards.
The Justice Federal Credit Union is using a hosted anti-money laundering solution from Fortent throughout its operations.
An IP video solution from IndigoVision is being deployed at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as part of a campuswide upgrade.
Industrial Defender and RuggedComwill jointly develop, market, and co-brand a cybersecurity solution for critical infrastructure industries.
CardSmith has chosen Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies as its preferred access control and security provider.
Livingston Mall (New Jersey) has deployed IQeye IP cameras from IQinVision to improve security. Supreme Security Systems, Inc., designed and installed the system.
Macrosoft has entered into an agreement with Central Vermont Public Service to provide its emergency resource management tool to the utility.
MarkMonitor is providing its antiphishing solutions to U.S. Central Credit Union.
Martin-Kleiser Ltd. Uses racks from Middle Atlantic Products for home installations of sound, lighting, and communication systems.
Mirasys Ltd. is providing video surveillance software to Statoil for 46 gas stations in the Baltic States.
Conseco will deploy NICE SmartCenter from NICE Systems Ltd. in U.S. and offshore locations.
Paradigm Solutions International and Delta Health Technologies, LLC, have formed a strategic partnership to encourage businesses to engage in business continuity planning.
Pelco and AMAG Technology are partnering to create a complete product integration of video, access control, intrusion and visitor management, biometrics, and other security functions.
Petards, Inc., was chosen by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Cherokee, North Carolina, for video surveillance.
Proofpoint, Inc., has announced that Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has deployed Proofpoint on Demand to keep its e-mail accounts free from spam and viruses.
TriGeo Network Security has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a participating organization.
The Dat el-Emad complex in Tripoli, Libya, has deployed a surveillance system with Sony Internet-addressable cameras. UBIQZ assisted the local installer in implementing the project.
Three companies, video-NEXT, Homeland Security Group International, and IronForge, are working together to introduce a new mobile wireless IP video with video analytics solution for the military.
AirVisual, Inc., has deployed its TransViewer software for use by responders from Oakland County Hazardous Materials Response Team (Michigan).
AtHoc, Inc., has provided its emergency alerting system to two Louisiana courts: Louisiana Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Avineon, Inc., has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to provide IT security program management for the Bureau of Engraving.
CoreStreet has announced that Saudi Arabia will use its validation technology as a key component in its new national ID card.
The Digital Identification Solutions Group has won a contract from Mexico to provide technology for a new federal ID card system. The contract was awarded through system integrator SYSCE, S.A. de C.V.
Gemalto has been selected to deliver the electronic ID card solution commissioned by the Ministry of Interior of Yemen for the national elections.
Griffon Corporation has announced that its subsidiary Telephonics Corporation, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. General Services Administration to supply mobile surveillance systems for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use along the border.
Wayzata Public Schools (Minnesota) implemented the Honeywell Instant Alert to quickly reach parents in emergencies.
Puyallup School District (Washington) has installed the Fast Alert incident management and security system from Incident Alert Systems in its secondary schools.
ICx Technologies will supply six STS-12000 radars to protect domestic and international military bases from intrusions. The transaction was contracted through BAE Systems with the U.S. Navy.
Knowledge Computing Corporation announced that its COPLINK solution will be deployed by Missouri to support information sharing.
The Ministry of Railway in China has placed a follow-on order for an IP video solution from NICE Systems.
North American Video has won a contract for video surveillance systems in 36 Venezuelan prisons. The project is under the auspices of a United Nations program to improve correctional facilities in developing countries.
Optelecom-NKF is deploying its video server as part of a surveillance system on the new rail line of the Beijing Metro Systemin China.
Under a new contract, Tiburon Inc., a subsidiary of CompuDyne Corporation, will provide an integrated public safety system for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Trapeze Networks has announced that the Livermore Unified School District (California) is using its Wi-Fi infrastructure for secure communication for emergency response and preparedness.
Acro Inc. has appointed new distributors to broaden global marketing channels, including IEDS (United Kingdom), Segal/Tyler Associates (United States), and SecurIntel Solutions (Canada and Southeast
Under a new agreement, China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc., will have exclusive distribution rights in China for CCTV security products manufactured by LG Group.
The Gilbertson Group has joined SafetyCare’s partner program and will offer SafetyCare’s security monitoring and emergency response communications services to its customers.
Graybar will distribute surveillance and security technologies from JVC Professional Products Company to its customers.
Milestone Systems has opened an office in Paris to support its IP video software.
Paradigm Solutions International and Delta Health Technologies, LLC, have announced a strategic partnership to encourage businesses to engage in business continuity planning. Delta is offering PSI’s solutions to its customers.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
American Banknote Group announced that its Arthur Blank & Company card production facility in Tennessee has received certification to produce secure bank cards from MasterCard and Visa.
Building Operating Management magazine has awarded a Readers’ Choice Award to Bosch Security Systems for its 500 Series Conventional Flush-Mount Smoke Detectors.
G Series Control Panels from Bosch have met Underwriters Laboratories Inc. 864 9th Edition requirements.
Gemalto has announced the completion of MasterCard and Visa certification for its Tczew, Poland, personalization center for the issuance of Europay MasterCard Visa smart banking cards.
Harris Corporation has received certification from the National Security Agency for its Falcon III multiband, multimission manpack radio for the protection of voice and data traffic up to the “top secret” level.
The Homeland Security Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Northwestern University has awarded Challenge Grants to Cogent Innovations for its emergency communications software system and to Lisle Technology Partners for its risk mitigation program.
Imperva has joined the RSA Secured Partner Program and its SecureSphere has achieved certified interoperability with RSA Access Manager software.
Middle Atlantic Products has announced that its Quiet-Cool Series of AV component cooling devices are fully RoHS compliant and CE listed for European market compliance.
Money Centers of America has achieved Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard compliance.
Frost & Sullivan has presented a 2007 North American Product Innovation Award to ShotSpotter for its development of the Gunshot Location System.
TeleEye Group has received the 2007 Hong Kong Top Brand Award from the Hong Kong Brand Development Council and the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association.
Aronson Security Group has launched a new Converged Security Services division to serve the increased demand for physical and logical security services. Aronson has also acquired Selectron, an independent security integrator in Oregon.
Astaro Corporation has opened a new research and development center in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
A new group has been formed to gather leaders of cable and connectivity companies, the Communications Cable & Connectivity Association.
Dotworkz Systems Inc. has rolled out a live, online product training center atwww.dotworkz.com. Edge Integration Systems, Inc., has changed its name to Reach Systems, Inc.
Evolis Inc. has moved to a new office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Fortent has developed a tool for quantifying the cost impact of regulatory information management that can be accessed at no cost atwww.fortent.com/informroi/.
ICD Security Solutions has opened an office in Bangalore, India, where it will operate as ICD India.
ImageWare Systems has acquired the assets of Sol Logic, Inc. ImageWare will integrate Sol Logic’s technology into its biometric platform.
The Levine Group, LLC, is a new private security firm headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey, founded by Eric Levine.
Murdoch Security Group has acquired A-Z Security & Investigations, which will become Murdoch’s Special Services Division and offer premium security services and VIP protection.
The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association has redesigned its Web site for ease of use. It is accessible atwww.alarm.org.
RiskWatch, Inc., has opened a new division, RiskWatch Consulting Services, to provide full service risk assessment, risk analysis, and continuity planning.
Russelectric Inc. has launched a new Web site atwww.russelectric.com, with detailed product information and links to sales, purchasing, service, and other departments.
Secura Key is offering a bimonthly Product Technical Training Course at its Chatsworth, California, headquarters. More information is available atwww.securakey.com.
Securitas Systems is purchasing the Swedish Förebygget Brandskydd AB, a fire protection services company.
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., now has a direct access phone line between its central monitoring station and the Philadelphia Police Department’s 911 Public Safety Answering Point, enabling faster, more reliable connections.
Texecom has relocated staff based in its Manchester office to the main facility in Haslingden, Lancashire.
Verint Systems Inc. is offering European consultants a free information pack and CD with information about the Nextiva portfolio of networked video solutions.
Bordes Awards Established
ASIS International and the ASIS Foundation, Inc., have established two awards in memory of Roy N. Bordes, president and CEO of The Bordes Group, Inc., of Orlando, Florida, a well-respected ASIS volunteer leader, who died on February 9 after a long battle with cancer.
ASIS will rename an existing award the Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence. Given annually, it recognizes a Society member for his or her exemplary volunteer leadership and significant professional contributions to a council.
The second award, under the auspices of the Foundation, will be known as the Roy N. Bordes Award for Physical Security. The Foundation Board of Trustees announced its intention to create this award at the Annual Foundation Dinner in September. A formal proclamation was issued in December, which read, in part, that the award would “recognize the life’s work of Bordes and to provide education in the practice of physical security for the continued improvement of the security industry.”
The award criteria was still being set at press time, but according to Robert Rowe, ASIS director of development, the award will consist of an ASIS program delivered locally. “The idea is to send instructors out to locations and train larger groups—pushing out instead of drawing in,” he says. The Board of Trustees will select the winner of the award.
Bordes, who most recently has been an ASIS council vice president, had more than 30 years of experience in the security field. He served in the U.S. Navy and also worked in law enforcement with the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a narcotics agent.
After entering private security in 1973, he founded The Bordes Group in 1978. The company specializes in the design of integrated electronic security systems and provides services that include the disciplines of executive protection, homeland security protection techniques, project management, security force personnel training, and designing specialized screening techniques.
Bordes was a regular speaker at ASIS annual seminars where his session highlighting new technology that he found noteworthy in the exhibit hall drew large audiences. Bordes was frequently sought out as an expert by Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Business Week, and other national and local media outlets. He also always made time to help behind the scenes whenever Security Management editors needed a go-to expert to clarify an issue.
Voluntary Preparedness Report Released
The law passed by Congress last year to implement most of the remaining recommendations of the 9/11 Commission had among its provisions a section calling for the creation of a voluntary private sector preparedness standards program. In response to that mandate, ASIS International joined forces with the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS), to prepare recommendations regarding such a program. These recommendations have been released in a report titled Framework for Voluntary Preparedness.
The work behind the report was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of representatives from ASIS, DRII, NFPA, and RIMS. The team brought together their associations’ combined expertise and perspectives to develop a mechanism through which to address verifiable private-sector preparedness, as called for in the new homeland security law.
Ensuring organizational resilience in the private sector requires the appropriate management of the risks related to intentional, unintentional, and naturally caused disruptions that organizations of all sizes and types face. The report emphasizes that one size does not fit all. Thus, it is important for private sector enterprises to have an appropriate range of choices so that they can fit their program to their business needs.
“In the report, the interdisciplinary team recommended that for the private sector to adequately and voluntarily establish preparedness programs, it should be given the flexibility to choose from various standards, guidelines, and best practices that best meet their needs for preparedness,” says F. Mark Geraci, CPP, chair of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines.
“The report identifies core common elements of a preparedness program and provides an intersection of existing standards, guidelines, and best practices. Preparedness and resilience, while important to businesses and organizations, must be done in a cost-effective manner that is in sync with the organization’s culture and business model,” Geraci adds.
Small businesses in particular need to tailor their preparedness and resilience strategies to their financial realities.
The report finds that many companies are already pursuing elements of preparedness or have set up complete programs for preparedness. These organizations should be afforded the flexibility to build on their existing programs.
The report notes that a major barrier to preparedness and resilience management is a lack of knowledge and tools, particularly in the case of small businesses.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supported the effort to identify issues critical to program success and business viability. To view the Framework for Voluntary Preparedness, visitwww.asisonline.org/guidelines/worldwide_activity.htm.