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Industry News February 2009


When it comes to disseminating information, the Internet has no equal. Learning tools and data resources patiently linger online until someone needs them. Here are some recent additions to the Internet pantheon that might prove useful to security pros.

Bosch Security Systems has launched the “Security Zone,” a site that educates customers on new products and technologies. More than 100 videos offer product demonstrations and training modules.

Dotworkz University is a site designed to keep security professionals up-to-date on the company’s network video technology. Its arsenal of video resources describes new products and offers step-by-step configurators to help users choose and install the proper items.

A new online class that explains door closers is available on the LCN Web site from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies. It provides interactive, self-paced learning for applications, installations, adjustments, and servicing.

Posters, presentations, and games that raise employee awareness of cybercrime and vulnerabilities are available for download at the (ISC)2 Web site. The free materials have been developed by the organization’s members and address topics including networking security, ID theft, Internet privacy, disaster recovery, and more.


Absolute Software Corporation has announced that ASUS B50 business notebooks now provide embedded support for Absolute’s mobile computer antitheft and management solution.

Andrews International is partnering with Audax Group to garner additional investment in the development of new markets and services.

Network cameras from Axis Communications are being used at the Art Institute of Chicago to protect visitors and art holdings. Honeywell Building Solutions is providing the video management system and installation assistance.

Bwin International is protecting the privacy of its online customers and meeting compliance requirements with the help of Agiliance IT risk and compliance automation software.

Datastrip Inc. was selected by Software House to create a mobile solution for the C•CURE 9000 security and event management system.

Digital Horizon Solutions has formed a technology partnership with ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions to create a wireless networked access control solution.

An IP video security solution from IndigoVision is being used to monitor a liquefied natural gas plant and a 500-mile pipeline as part of the Sakhalin-2 project in eastern Russia.

Walgreens has selected Initiate Systems, Inc., to help manage customer records.

MATE Intelligent Video and DVTel Inc. have integrated their products to provide a single interface for intelligent video management.

MetaPass, Inc., and Avatier Corporation have formed a partnership to deliver a complete identity and access management solution to customers around the world.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is using key management and guard tour systems from Morse Watchmans.

Imprivata and Nedap have partnered to create a connector that provides a physical and logical access solution.

On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., has integrated panoramic imaging from ImmerVision into its Ocularis Client video management software so that customers can use the ImmerVision panamorph lens.

Orsus is providing its Situator product suite to the Israel Diamond Exchange Ltd.

Overland Storage has formed a strategic alliance with Mobotix to provide leading-edge video security solutions.

Pelco and CBORD are integrating the Pelco DX8100 digital video recording platform with CBORD’s access control system.

Digital Pixel System technology from Pixim has been incorporated into Honeywell’s new mini-dome camera.

Juniper Networks has selected Quantum Secure to automate physical access management, ensure compliance with industry regulations, and integrate physical access systems with human resources identity.

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., is offering access control and vehicle inspection products from Advanced Detection Technology to its customers nationwide.

SightLogix has formed a strategic partnership with Proximex to provide joint customers with a solution for managing outdoor security using SightLogix cameras and the Proximex Surveillint platform.

Sirit Inc. will incorporate the Smart&Secure tamper-indication technology from MIKOH Corporation into its passive RFID vehicle ID offerings.

The University of Pittsburgh is using notification services from Verizon Business to communicate with students, faculty, staff, and parents via phone, fax, text messaging, and e-mail.

Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, has chosen the CyberLock System from Videx to protect classrooms, offices, the sanctuary, gyms, and a warehouse.

Armoric Freight is using a surveillance solution and acoustic sensors from Westcountry Security to monitor its property.


Adesta was awarded a contract to upgrade security for San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

All States K-9 Detection is training dogs to locate cell phones in prisons operated by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government will pilot test AS&E’s SmartCheck Personnel Screening System at Sydney International Airport.

The Roam Secure Alert Network from Cooper Notification is being used for DC Police Alert, enabling the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and the Metropolitan Police Department to send crime alert text messages to businesses about crimes in their neighborhoods.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has chosen the RAPIDGate program from Eid Passport, Inc., for facility access control.

Three agencies in northern Idaho—the Post Falls Police Department, the city of Coeur d’Alene, and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office—have deployed an automated license plate recognition network from Federal Signal to monitor key roadways in the region.

GE Security, Inc., announced that its MobileTrace hand-held trace-detection instruments are being used by the Kent Police (England) to test for narcotics in and around pubs and nightclubs in the area.

Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd. has been chosen to supply its container code recognition system for trains for the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Incident Alert Systems has installed its incident management and security system in the schools of the Port Angeles School District (Washington).

The Easton Police Department (Pennsylvania) has adopted the IP video solution from IndigoVision for in house video surveillance.

A video analytics solution from ioimage was installed at the construction site of a new high school in the Poway Unified School District (California) to protect the site from theft and vandalism.

James Lee Witt Associates won a one-year recovery services contract with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to provide recovery support to the state following flooding.

Perceptics, LLC, is providing new license-plate reading technology to U.S. Customs and Border Protection through a subcontract with Unisys Corporation.

Raytheon Company will provide a radio system for public safety agencies throughout eastern Idaho to enable seamless interoperable communications as a subcontractor to Teton Communications Inc.

Safeguards Technology LLC was awarded a contract from the GSA to offer perimeter security solutions to federal agencies.

The Calgary Board of Education (Canada) has awarded a contract for installation of a Sielox access control system in 72 schools to Sonitrol of Southern Alberta.

Videolarm IP-ready equipment and Volpe Industries video management software are being used for surveillance of municipal utilities and public schools in Cohasset, Massachusetts.

The Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, awarded a contract to Vigilos for its BrightSite technology.

Orange County, California, has chosen Voltage SecureMail for encrypted e-mail communication.

Wausau is providing blast-mitigating technology for the Richmond Federal Courthouse (Virginia) through the GSA.


CertifiedMail is changing its name to DataMotion, Inc., and extending its product line beyond secure e-mail solutions to an intelligent information transport platform.

Dotworkz has signed an agreement with Moonblink Communications, which will distribute Dotworkz brand camera housings, video recorders, and related supplies.

GigaTrust has formed GigaTrust Spain to bring its information security products and services to the European market.

Hirsch Electronics has signed a global distribution agreement with SCM Microsystems. Hirsch will offer SCM smart card readers for sale to industry manufacturers and integrators worldwide.

S2 Security Corporation is developing a customized version of its NetBox system to be branded and sold by Vicon Industries Inc. for ViconNet installations.

Salient Stills has formed a partnership with Forensic Telecommunications Services Ltd. FTS will distribute and support Salient Stills video forensics software throughout the United Kingdom.

Securitas announced that its Belgian subsidiary, Alert Services Holdings, has acquired Eureca Benelux Services, the Satworld group of companies, and LuxTracing to expand its tracking and tracing services.

Video Mount Products has launched a partnership with ScanSource Security to distribute its line of audiovisual mounting systems and accessories.


AlliedBarton Security Services received an ASTD BEST Award from the American Society for Training & Development for its commitment to employee learning.

AMAG Technology has been awarded ISO 14001 certification for monitoring and controlling its environmental impacts.

Access Control & Security Systems magazine named Avocado Security Business Edition Version 2.0 a finalist in its 2008 Products of the Year.

Bosch Security Systems, Inc., has met Underwriters Laboratories Inc.’s1610 Central Station Burglar Alarm requirements with its Conettix D6100i Communications Receiver/Gateway.

Convergint Technologies was recognized at the Global Security Integration 2010 Conference with the Operational Excellence Award for industry leadership.

Genetec is ranked 24th in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for Canada. The Montreal Gazette selected Genetec as one of Montreal’s Top Employers, based on atmosphere, health and family benefits, internal communication, performance management, professional development, and community involvement.

HID Global Corporation has announced that its North Haven, Connecticut, manufacturing facility has been awarded the 2008 Shingo Prize Bronze Medallion for Operational Excellence.

HireRight announced that its HireRight Enterprise solution has been named one of the 2008 Top HR Products of the Year by Human Resource Executive magazine.

IndigoVision won two awards at the Security Excellence Awards, judged by leading industry figures and editors from the United Kingdom’s security publications. The International Achievement award recognized export success, while the Security Manufacturer of the Year award was given for outstanding service and significant market contribution.

Proshred of Northern Virginia has received AAA certification from the National Association for Information Destruction. The certification is based on operational security, employee hiring processes, and procedures for disposal and monitoring.

The City of Rock Hill Police Department (South Carolina) won the Security Industry Alarm Coalition Director’s Award of Distinction for its reduction of false alarms throughout the city.

Trusteer was honored with the Online Banking Report Best of the Web Award for fraud prevention and easing consumer concerns over online banking privacy.

Veracode Inc. was selected by The Wall Street Journal to receive a Technology Innovation Award in recognition of its ability to scan binary code for vulnerabilities in software.


A coalition of corporate, government, and academic institutions has formed the Center for Applied Identity Management Research (CAIMR) to develop solutions for identity management challenges such as cybercrime, terrorism, financial crime, identity theft, and narcotics and human trafficking. Partners include Indiana University, the U.S. Secret Service, LexisNexis, IBM, Intersections, Cogent Systems, Visa, Fair Isaac, the University of Texas, Wells Fargo & Company, the U.S. Marshals Service, Dragnet Solutions, ID Experts, Identity Theft Assistance Corporation, the Information Technology Association of America, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Leviton is opening a new distribution center in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Lockheed Martin has established a new Center for Cyber Security Innovation.

Napco has redesigned its Web site for easier navigation. The site houses spec sheets, sales brochures, installation manuals, sales sheets, and catalogs, along with press releases and investor information.

North American Video has opened a new facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey, for the company’s new Integrated Business Solutions Division.

Panasonic System Solutions Company is the new name for Panasonic Security Systems, a change that emphasizes the company’s technology solutions.

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance has released the IP Media Device Application Programming Interface, a document that offers specifications for open standards that will accelerate interoperability and compatibility across a diverse range of applications.

Raytec is offering a free publication that discusses dedicated CCTV/IP lighting options, Guide to CCTV Lighting.

The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and Ernst & Young are working together on Risk Insights, a series of white papers that provide insight into various risk management and insurance-related issues. The series is available as a benefit to RIMS members.

Stanley Security Solutions, Inc., has opened the Stanley Security Solutions Center for Learning and Innovation in Indianapolis.

VTI Security (Videotronix Inc.) announced that it is licensed to conduct business in Texas and has opened an office in Amarillo to meet the needs of customers in the Western United States.

Wren Solutions will donate $10,000 over four years to establish a scholarship fund to help school resource officers further their education. The scholarship will be administered by the National Association of School Resource Officers.


Foundation Releases Report on Change

The U.S. security industry will face many challenges in the coming decade, including an aging work force, an increasingly diverse population, and growth in high-tech crimes. So says a newly released report by the ASIS International Foundation, Inc. The report, Planning for Change: Security Managers’ Perspectives on Future Demographic, Crime, and Technology Trends, analyzes future demographic, crime, and technology trends in the United States.

The 50-page report also summarizes how experts anticipate that these changes will influence security over the next 5 to 10 years. In addition, it offers practical recommendations that security managers can adopt now to address these anticipated trends.

The Foundation contracted with the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social policy and economic research organization, to do the study.

The report is divided into three sections by key topic areas: demographic challenges, crime trends, and technology.

The final section addresses issues that surfaced during a series of roundtable discussions with dozens of security industry experts representing the banking, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, retail, and transportation sectors. While this publication is tailored to security managers, it will also be useful to a wide array of personnel including public-sector employees and law enforcement.

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ASIS and Business Continuity Professionals to Launch Standard

ASIS International and business continuity professionals from more than a dozen organizations held a stakeholder deliberation meeting at the Society’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on October 3 to discuss its American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards project initiative to develop a Business Continuity Management (BCM) standard for ultimate approval by ANSI. Participation in the meeting was open to key business continuity program managers, service providers, and other interested parties and included representatives from the Disaster Recovery Institute International, the Association of Contingency Planners, the Business Continuity Institute, and its U.S. Chapter BCI-USA, who commented on the proposed ASIS standards project registered with ANSI.

ASIS held the stakeholder meeting due to some initial concerns over the development and application of a new BCM standard and in compliance with ANSI’s procedural requirements. The ASIS-proposed Business Continuity Management American National Standard would include auditable criteria for preparedness, crisis management, business, and operational continuity and disaster management.

ASIS is seeking key input from business continuity professionals to develop potential membership on the technical committee that would draft and critique the new standard. ASIS stated its goal was not to infringe on the credibility of current BCM practitioners or turn BCM into a subset of security management, but to use its position as an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization to lead the effort of providing a much needed standard to ASIS members and the business continuity community at large. Interested parties may contact ASIS [email protected].

The consensus opinion of the meeting’s participants was that it had been a productive step toward the development of a new standard that could be both auditable and scalable. The compelling need for the standard was unanimously identified. Most participants agreed that while other standards, such as NFPA 1600, already exist and provide value to the business continuity community, future needs of the community are not being met since existing standards are not auditable, are partial to certain industry segments, or do not promote a holistic view of BCM, including the wide range of disciplines today’s BCM programs have to consider.

Additionally, although some meeting participants concurred that the new ASIS BCM standards project was in potential conflict with existing American National Standard(s), the group agreed that the NFPA 1600 and other complementing standards will continue to have a significant role in the continuing maturity of the BCM field, while emphasizing that the compelling need for the standard is evident.

The next steps in the process include a broad-based outreach to develop the technical committee to draft the new standard. The membership of the committee will include professionals responsible for their organization’s continuity programs, respected service providers, and third parties with a general interest in the subject such as professional associations, government, and academia.

Other organizations represented at the meeting were Avalution Consulting, BSI Management Systems America, Carrier Information Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, the Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas, Continuity Information Support Services, Danalie Partners, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions, McDermott Inc., Navigant Consulting, and North River Solutions.