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Industry News March 2009


The Smart Card Alliance has created a new program for professionals interested in improving their knowledge and proficiency in the smart-card industry. The Leadership, Education, and Advancement Program (LEAP) opens membership to all individuals, regardless of whether they work for a current member of the Smart Card Alliance.

In addition to educational seminars and conferences, LEAP will offer training resources, professional networking opportunities, an online library of educational materials, and a new certification program. Other member benefits include access to a members-only Web site, a social networking service, access to Smart Card Alliance reports and other research findings, and discounts for events and services.

LEAP members who seek certification as experts in smart card technology can earn the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) designation. They must meet educational and professional criteria to be accepted into the certification program. Educational modules will prepare applicants to take the multipart CSCIP exam. Continuing education is required to qualify for recertification every three years.

For more information about LEAP, link to the Alliance site via the “Beyond Print” section


The American Bankers Association has selected the preemployment screening services offered by Accurate Background, Inc., as its exclusive solution for employment background screening.

PalmettoNet has partnered with ITC Solutions to install an AMAG Technology Symmetry Security Management System to manage cardholder authorization levels and track employee and contractor access.

American Banknote Corporation and Datacard Group have combined their expertise to create Redwave Solutions, a global trusted service manager for the Near Field Communications ecosystem.

Defentect has installed new radiation detectors at Washington Hospital Center to protect against illicit removal of radiological treatment supplies and to prepare for the possibility that dirtybomb victims might enter the hospital as patients and spread contamination.

Deister Electronics USA, Inc., has formed a partnership with Virtual Service to provide key-control solutions to residential property managers.

FORTRUST will work with Applied Trust Engineering to support the information security solution portion of its new security solutions offerings.

Genetec and iView Systems have announced a partnership and delivery of integrated license plate recognition for the iTrak incident reporting and risk management platform.

HID Global has established an agreement with INSIDE Contactless to manufacture contactless prelaminates for INSIDE Contactless based on the MicroPass intelligent payment platform.

HID Global has also announced that its contactless HF Multi ISO Reader is an integral component of the MPT-400 mobile payment terminal from Thyron Systems.

Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd. announced that its license plate recognition system, See-Car, was selected to automate access control to parking at B.S.R. Towers in Israel. SeeCar is integrated in Fast Park, a parking management system developed by AFCON Control and Automation and T.I.B.A.

Access Quattro access control readers from Idesco were chosen for the Rondo office building in the financial district of Warsaw, Poland. The security system was supplied by IDCS and installed by Dyskret Ltd.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has announced that Tri-City Mechanical is using Schlage access control software and wireless access control locking systems to reduce false alarm calls at its facility.

Video surveillance systems with video analytics from Intellio are protecting Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary.

A video analytics solution from ioimage has been implemented at several DHL Express sites throughout Europe, including Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom and Leipzig Airport in Germany.

IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi, has installed the iTrak incident reporting and risk management platform from iView.

Laurus Technologies, Inc., has formed a partnership with INOC to offer network operations center monitoring and reporting services to clients.

Mi5 Networks has announced that Georgian Bank has selected its Mi5 Webgate appliance to provide gateway protection against Web malware, control Web usage, and protect confidential files.

Oldcastle Security is working with The GEO Group, Inc., to provide secure perimeter solutions to three correctional facilities in Florida. The systems were installed by Metroplex Control Systems.

Pelco and Barco have developed a new integrated solution that offers interoperability of their streaming video solutions, allowing easy installation and integration with third-party applications in control room environments.

Rapid7 and Trend Micro have partnered to deliver a vulnerability management solution that protects Web sites and e-commerce from cyberthreats.

G4S will deploy next-generation monitoring software from Secure Global Solutions for better customer service and corporate performance measurement in its central station electronic security offerings.

Silent Knight has provided the Endeavour Clear Lake Condominiums with a comprehensive fire protection system.

UPM Raflatac will supply RFID tags to the Finnish apparel company, NP Collection, for item tracking in manufacture and distribution, as well as for antitheft purposes.

Verizon Business will build and manage an IP communications network and provide security and managed network services for Parsons Brinckerhoff.

ITC Holdings, Inc., has implemented the CyberLock System from Videx to secure its physical assets and electric power transmission infrastructure.


Adesta LLC will design, build, and maintain an intelligent transportation system, including 33 new camera locations and 17 variable message signs, for the Massachusetts Highway Department.

DVTel, Inc., announced that Monroe County, New York, is using its management software for a new countywide IP surveillance system. The integrator is SimplexGrinnell.

Evolis is providing solutions to the Indian Government for decentralized production and distribution of healthcare cards.

Federal Signal is creating an automated license plate recognition network to help protect Los Angeles County.

The Anti-Aggression Brigade of Belgium’s Brussels Police Department has selected AutoVu from Genetec to counteract vehicle theft and to identify stolen vehicles.

Honeywell announced that its Active Alert video analytics technology has been installed by the Delaware Capitol Police to help officers identify security threats.

The Fast Alert incident management and security system from Incident Alert Systems has been selected by South Kitsap High School of Port Orchard, Washington.

The City of Killeen Police Department (Texas) has adopted the Leica ScanStation 2 from Leica Geosystems to measure crime scenes and support criminal investigations.

Netpresenter and the Netherlands Police Agency are working together to set up a cross-media alert system for missing children and child abductions, AMBER Alert Netherlands.

The Amityville Union Free School District (New York) is using a video surveillance management solution from On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc.

Raytheon Company was awarded a contract to develop a Stand-Off Warning Against Radiological Materials (SWARM) technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Kenya Police chose Sagem Sécurité to supply and deploy an automated palm and fingerprint identification system for the Criminal Investigation Department in Nairobi.

SCM Microsystems, Inc., has received orders for smartcard readers for the DoD Common Access Card program.

Secure Computing Corporation announced that Orange County, California, is protecting its IT network with Secure Computing products.

ShotSpotter, Inc., has expanded its ShotSpotter technology to cover the entire city of East Palo Alto, California, through a contract with the East Palo Alto Police Department.

Technomad Associates, LLC, announced that Keesler Air Force Base (Mississippi) is using Technomad Military PA Systems for mass notification and simulation classes.

A national ID project implemented by Thales has issued its millionth biometric contactless ID card for the Kingdom of Morocco.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided a blast-mitigating curtainwall system for Virginia’s Richmond Federal Courthouse. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Associates, it was constructed by Turner Construction.


Avigilon has signed Focus Sales as manufacturer’s representative for its surveillance systems in the Southeastern United States.

BlueStar will now carry the Confidex family of RFID hard tags and specialty labels for asset tracking.

Centronics, Inc., is now distributing the complete line of installation tools and accessories from Platinum Tools.

Epsilon Systems has been named a value-added reseller for future integration and installation of the sensor management, monitoring, and messaging software and gamma radiation detection solutions from Defentect.

Select Security has joined the Honeywell First Alert Professional Dealer Program.

Honeywell announced that Mirtech International Security is a Honeywell Authorized Dealer for Commercial Security Systems.

SSH Communications Security has signed a reseller agreement with Inffinix Conectividad to distribute SSH Tectia software in Mexico and Central and South America.


Adesta, LLC, was named Systems Integrator of the Year by SDM magazine.

Altronix announced that its VertiLine series of rackmount power supplies are now UL-listed in the United States and Canada.

The Datacard MX6000 card issuance system from Datacard Group has been awarded the Excellent Financial Equipment award by the Organizing Committee of the China International Exhibition on Financial Banking Technology and Equipment.

Detektor International Awards 2008 were presented at the Sectech exhibition in Copenhagen. The Best Access Control Product Award was given to iLoq for its self-powered locking solution. The Diadem Smarti biometric reader from TAB Systems won the Highly Commended Product Award in the access control category. The RKL55 reader from HID and the RF30EM reader from Siemens Building Technologies were named Innovative Achievements.

In the Alarm and Detection category, the Hemi-Directional Loudspeaker from Bosch Security Systems won Best Product, and the T5000 electromagnetic camera from Thruvision won Highly Commended Product. Innovative Achievement went to Honeywell for the Galaxy Dimension alarm and access control.

Axis Communications won the Best CCTV Product Award for its P3301 network camera. Highly Commended in the CCTV category was the Bosch IVA 3.5 intelligent video system. The Q22 hemispheric network camera from Mobotix and the NSR-1000 series network surveillance server from Sony were named Innovative Achievements.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for an online fraud-detection technique from Digital Resolve.

Smart Card Web Mashups from Gemalto has won the Best Software Sesames award at the Cartes & Identification trade show.

HID Global was honored by Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele for its support of the Connecticut Career Choice program.

Incident Alert Systems has received a second patent for its Fast Alert Incident Warning and Management System.

Intelligent Software Solutions was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Program for Colorado. It also ranked 277th in the Technology Fast 500 for North America.

Octagon Research Solutions was named to Deloitte’s Fast 50 Program for Greater Philadelphia. The company also ranked 417th in the Technology Fast 500.

Tech Systems, Inc., has achieved ISO 9000:2001 certification from BSI.


360o Stay Safe, a new organization focused on campus safety and security, has launched an online video/DVD and training course to help campuses and students combat crime.

Checkpoint Systems has announced the release of the 2008 Global Retail Theft Barometer, produced by the Centre for Retail Research, which reports findings on retail shrinkage and crime in 36 countries on five continents.

A group of security and emergency management professionals has formed Chemical Security Services to assist chemical facilities in complying with security regulations from DHS’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards.

Entrance Controls, Inc., has acquired 1Pointe, a network monitoring, security, and IT company.

HID Global has acquired Nectarsmart card .NET technology from StepNexus and Hive Minded.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that Falcon Door Hardware customers will get a new 10-year warranty on Falcon locks, exits, and closers shipped on or after November 1, 2008.

Green Hills Software, Inc., has formed INTEGRITY Global Security, LLC, to provide safe, secure, and reliable computing and to protect cyber assets.

GE Security, Inc., was the exclusive corporate sponsor of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association Leadership Summit in January. Honeywell sponsored the Chapter Awards Dinner. ADI, Security America Risk Retention Group, and Altronix were luncheon sponsors.

Panasonic System Solutions Company has announced a lower cost for its iris-recognition software.

Promisec has made new videos on computer security available free to the public on YouTube.

Thales was a Platinum Sponsor of the ID WORLD International Congress.

UPM Raflatac has opened a new RFID manufacturing site in Guangzhou, China, increasing its global presence in the RFID market.

When the Corning Police Department (New York) chose CPE Interlink to upgrade its video monitoring system, CPE selected Fluidmesh Networks for wireless surveillance to make hard-wired installations unnecessary.


ASIS Releases CSO American National Standard

ASIS International has released its first American National Standard, the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Organizational American National Standard. Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the new CSO Standard is based on the ASIS CSO Guideline. ASIS is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

The CSO Standard is a model for organizations to use when developing a leadership position responsible for providing comprehensive, integrated risk strategies to protect an organization from security threats. The CSO may be viewed as a standalone position or one that has been incorporated within an organization’s existing leadership team.

“The standard states that effective leadership within the top levels of an organization, especially its security functions, is imperative,” says Jerry J. Brennan, chair of the CSO Standards Committee and president of Security Management Resources of Jeffersonton, Virginia. “Traditionally, what has been lacking in many organizations is a single governance position at the senior level being accountable for crafting, influencing, and directing the organization-wide security-related risk and protection strategies in a manner that is compatible with that enterprise’s structure and culture. The ability to effectively influence business strategy and address issues related to internal and external security risk exposures requires a CSO-type function at the appropriate level in the organization.”

Applicable to both private and public sector organizations, the CSO Organizational Standard includes information on a CSO reporting relationship, key responsibilities and accountabilities, key competencies, experience, education, and compensation, as well as a model position description.

ASIS standards and guidelines are developed through a consensus standards-development process to advance security practices. This process brings together volunteers and seeks out the views of people who have an interest in the topic covered. The development process is collegial, impartial, and transparent. Committees are balanced and open to ensure content relevancy, credibility, and broad acceptance.

For more information on the Society’s standards and guidelines, visit the ASIS Web site, The 28-page CSO American National Standard can be downloaded as a free PDF