Industry News November 2009
While all security professionals plan for the protection of people and assets during a crisis, the State of Florida has taken a longer view and is requiring its coastal counties to prepare post-disaster redevelopment plans, while recommending that inland counties do so too. The state’s experience with hurricanes has made it clear that such plans are vital to the public good.
The Florida Coastal Management Program and the Florida Department of Community Affairs are working on an initiative to identify best practices for developing the plans. With funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state has completed Phase I, developing draft guidelines through a literature review and survey of local governments. Phase II tests the guidelines via development of plans in pilot communities. Phase III calls for creation of a planning guidebook, which is expected to be distributed early next year.
Calvin, Giordano & Associates is on the pilot program team for Polk County. The company consulted government, business, and community partners to address such post-disaster issues as debris removal, housing, water management, economic redevelopment, building preservation, infrastructure, and health and human services. The final plan was adopted by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners in June.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Andrews International, Inc., and The Harrell Group have formed a strategic partnership to provide fully integrated risk mitigation and crisis planning and response services.
Arecont Vision and Instek Digital have extended their partnership to offer complete video management integration with H.264 megapixel cameras. Kickapoo Casino in Harrah, Oklahoma, is using the combined solution.
CNL has integrated its IP-SecurityCenter software with the Transform A Controller and Middleware from Barco to create a control room management and visualization solution.
Codebench, Inc., has formed a technology partnership with Veridt to combine Codebench authentication software with Veridt intelligent credential readers.
G4S Risk Management will carry out land mine and unexploded ordnance survey and clearance in Mozambique for SASOL, a South African oil and gas company.
Fortinet has named M.Tech as its distributor in Vietnam.
MXI Security has appointed Envoy Data Corporation as a key U.S. distributor.
Nedap and Hitachi have worked together to integrate vein verification into the Nedap AEOS access control system.
On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., and Defentect are working together in a demonstration project run by San Diego State University to focus on technologies that address the illicit transport of materials for dirty bombs.
Pelco is integrating its Endura IP Video Management System with the iView Systems iTrak incident reporting and management platform.
Protection Technologies, Inc., has merged with Fastnet Security.
Vandal-resistant mini domes from Rainbow CCTV have been installed at loading centers operated by Southeastern Freight Lines.
SightLogix has been selected for a 15.4-kilometer perimeter security project for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The outdoor surveillance project is being integrated by Abdulla Fouad Holding Company for Sumitomo Corporation under prime contractor Saudi Aramco.
Verint Systems is providing its Nextiva video management solution to the University of Rhode Island for campus monitoring.
CSC has chosen 21st Century Systems, Inc., to provide an extension of the 21CSI force protection system in support of the Indiana National Guard’s Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.
The Mission Police Department (Texas) chose Firetide Inc. wireless infrastructure and Axis Communications network cameras for its wireless mesh security network. The system was installed by RedMoon Inc.
The Transportation Security Administration selected BOS Security, Inc. as the private screening contractor for the Roswell International Air Center (New Mexico).
Contemporary Services Canada has won a contract from Public Works and Government Services
Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to provide security screening services for the upcoming 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Digital Ally, Inc., has been awarded an initial contract for its DVM-500 Plus In-Car Rear-view Mirror Systems from the Turkish Gendarmerie, a branch of the Ministry of the Interior. Digital Ally’s sales representative in Turkey, Mesan Inc., facilitated the award.
Adesta, LLC, has installed a waterside radar system from Honeywell to provide situational awareness of the waterways near the Port of Miami.
IBM has signed an agreement with the Identity and Passport Service, part of the U.K. Home Office, to provide a key element of planned biometric passports and to replace the U.K. Border Agency’s fingerprint system.
ICx Technologies has won a contract from the U.S. Army to provide explosives detection systems for use by the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.
Intelligent video products from ioimage have been installed to protect water storage tanks in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. The project was partially funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
LaserCard Corporation has received a purchase order for ID cards for Italy’s Foreign Resident Card Program.
Windows at the Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, have been replaced with MAKRO LON 15 windows from Sheffield Plastics to resist vandalism and improve insulation.
Smarter Security Systems announced that its SmarterFence is protecting the perimeters of electrical substations for Denton Municipal Electric in Denton, Texas.
Smiths Detection will provide X-ray security systems to help protect U.S. government buildings across the country through the Federal Protective Service, part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Verint Systems, Inc., announced that Metro Transit in Minneapolis/St. Paul is implementing the Nextiva Transit video solution.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AlliedBarton Security Services announced that its training department was given a Stevie Award and named Support Team of the Year at the American Business Awards ceremony.
EasyLobby has received Lenel factory certification for the integration of its visitor management software with Lenel’s access control system.
The U.S. team from Future Fibre Technologies has completed the DHS Counter-Terrorism Vulnerability Information Certification process, authorizing its employees to handle site security plan information from domestic chemical manufacturing and storage sites that are considered security risks.
GE Security Inc. announced that its Itemiser DX desktop trace-detection equipment has completed the Transportation Security Administration’s certification process.
Frost & Sullivan has recognized Johnson Controls with the 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership.
The AEOS access control system from Nedap Security Management has received a GOST-R Certificate of Conformity, making it suitable for private and public entities in Russia.
Netpresenter and the Netherlands Police Agency have received a special award at IBC2009 for AMBER Alert Netherlands, the national Dutch missing children alert system.
Pelco won an Excelencia Mexico Award at 2009 Expo-Seguridad Mexico in the Best Manufacturer category.
Securit is ranked 367 on the 2009 Inc. 500. Companies are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008.
Silent Knight by Honeywell won an Electronic Security Expo Maximum Impact Award for its addressable fire alarm systems.
Adesta LLC has reorganized its resources and designated its Houston office the Gulf Coast Regional Headquarters. The company has consolidated its engineering resources at its Omaha, Nebraska, location.
American Dynamics has introduced a new logo.
Bosch Security Systems, Inc., has provided Farmingdale State College with security equipment for use in its Bachelor of Science in Security Systems program.
Honeywell Life Safety has opened a new training center in Lincolnshire, Illinois, for instruction in the latest fire alarm and gas detection systems.
Insite Security has launched a new Kidnapping Resolution Practice.
Intellio announced that it has shuffled its product portfolio and moved some video solutions from the premium price range to a more affordable segment.
Kaplan University’s School of Criminal Justice has launched two new online programs, a Bachelor of Science in International and Comparative Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Administration and Management.
Matterhorn Consulting has opened a new regional office in Poland, Ohio.
The Protection Bureau has designated an elite group of technicians to be its Inspection Connection; they will handle inspections of all access, CCTV, and fire life safety systems.
Risk Control Strategies has launched a Celebrity Protection Unit to deliver personal protection, surveillance countermeasures, investigations, stalking mitigation, kidnap response, and other services to celebrity clients.
TAC has changed its name and logo to those of its parent company, Schneider Electric.
Secura Key has released a three-minute flash video production that provides an overview of its products and their capabilities.
SecureTeq Corporation has expanded its consulting services business and will direct more resources toward helping chemical facilities comply with recent regulations.
Buckley Endowment Sends 11 to Seminar
Eleven ASIS International members from Region 2 chapters attended the ASIS 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California, in September thanks to a generous program financed by the John Buckley Endowment. This fund, established in 1990 and managed by the Foundation, honors the late Society member John Buckley and the contributions he made to the security industry and the association.
The endowment promotes increased professionalism in the security industry within Region 2. Each year, income from interest earned from the endowment is available to Region 2 members for professional development and educational programs, such as the annual seminar.
Ronald R. Sathre, CPP, regional vice president (RVP) for Region 2, is responsible for distributing the funds from the Buckley Endowment (the funds are administered by the Foundation). Sathre decided to ensure that diminished resources do not prevent the region’s members from obtaining the educational and networking benefits of the seminar and exhibits.
“As a volunteer committed to providing Region 2 with the best opportunities for the industry and the association, my decision to distribute funding for 11 registrations was based on the current economic situation and an analysis of alternative uses for the funds. It was clear that this program would provide the greatest benefit to the most members” said Sathre.
Responding to pressing need, Sathre also provided a certification review course registration to be given out by each of the region’s chapters.
There are seven endowed funds managed by the Foundation on behalf of ASIS chapters and regions. For more information or to make a donation, visitwww.asisfoundation.org.
Retail Crime CRISP Report Released
The latest Connecting Research in Security to Practice (CRISP) report, Organized Retail Crime: Assessing the Risk and Developing Effective Strategies, commissioned by the ASIS International Foundation, Inc., is now available.
Organized retail crime (ORC) poses a significant threat to the economic welfare of the $4.7 trillion retail industry in the United States. U.S. retailers in all segments of industry lose billions of dollars to ORC each year. During the past decade, according to the CRISP report, industry leaders and retail associations have increasingly acknowledged ORC as a growing problem, fueled, at least in part, by the emergence of Internet auction sites, lack of effective legislation to increase criminal sanctions for ORC, and the ability to reintroduce stolen goods back into legitimate supply chain channels.
Effectively addressing this growing concern requires a comprehensive examination of ORC and its harmful effects as well as of the public and private sector initiatives to combat it, including legislative and law enforcement efforts. Currently, the CRISP report authors say, no comprehensive means of preventing ORC exists.
The report lists some of the “hot” items targeted by organized retail criminals, which are goods that command near-retail resale price. These include designer clothing, teeth whiteners, gift cards, electronics, DVDs, CDs, razor blades, over-the- counter medicines, beauty care items, and infant formula.
This report is the newest in a series of CRISP reports that provides insights into how different types of security issues can be tackled effectively. Drawing on research and evidence from around the world, each report summarizes the prevailing knowledge about a specific aspect of security, including proven approaches to counter the threat to the extent that they exist. Previous CRISP reports include Preventing Gun Violence in the Workplace, Strategies to Detect and Prevent Workplace Dishonesty, Lost Laptops=Lost Data, and From the Ground Up: Security for Tall Buildings.
CRISP reports are sister publications to those produced by the Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice, which can be accessed atwww.cops.usdoj.gov. While that series focuses on policing, the CRISP reports focus on security. To view Organized Retail Crime: Assessing the Risk and Developing Effective Strategies and all other CRISP reports go towww.asisfoundation.org.