Industry News December 2009
In a perfect world, an access control solution installed today would meet current security needs and be compatible with emerging technologies. It would not require the customer to choose between proximity and smart card credentials, offline and online solutions, or wired and wireless.
That’s what Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies discovered when it interviewed 800 access control end users. It found that they want their next access control system to be flexible, adaptable, and scalable. They want hardware (such as readers and keypads) to match in color and style now and in future versions. They want new technologies, such as emergency lockdown and mesh networks, to be available in the future without complicated and expensive upgrades.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Liberty Power has contracted with 1Vault Networks for disaster recovery services, including two disaster recovery suites at 1Vault’s Business Continuity bunker.
A&R Security Services, Inc., has been selected to provide uniformed security officers for FirstEnergy Corp. in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Pan Nordic Logistics has deployed the AvigilonHigh Definition Surveillance System at its main terminal, with the assistance of Santek Bevakningsteknik AB.
Brivo Systems LLC has announced that The RADCO Companies deployed Brivo ACS WebService at the Met at Warner Center (California) to manage access control, telephone entry, visitor management, and video surveillance. Gemini Security served as the integrator.
China Security & Surveillance Technology has joined the HDcctv Alliance.
ComNet Europe LTD has signed a distribution deal with Blue Helix to distribute its products in the United Kingdom.
Contemporary Services Corporation will continue to provide security and other services for the University of Pennsylvania’s athletic facilities under a contract extension.
Millersville University (Pennsylvania) has launched a mass notification system from Cooper Notification.
Ridge GlobalCritical will help Critical Mission Support Services develop a security strategy and international business plan.
Washington Hospital Center is deploying a radiation detection system from Defectent to monitor radiation throughout the hospital.
InstallerNet will provide nationwide installation services for vehicle tracking and monitoring products from Enfora.
Genetec announced that the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, is using its Synergis solution for an access control upgrade.
Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, designed its own CCTV system using IndigoVision IP video technology.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that Gunnison Health Care Center (Colorado) is using Schlage bright blue Web-enabled access control software and card readers.
A Korean automotive plant owned by the Bosch Group is using intelligent video appliances from ioimage to monitor the plant.
Mace Security International, Inc., will offer its line of security products at preferred prices through the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers.
The Mechanic Group has launched a new insurance umbrella program for security guards, private investigators, and electronic security through Crum & Forster.
Middle Atlantic Products has provided Building Information Modeling (BIM) models of its racks and cabinets for the AutoDesk Revit platform.
Wesleyan University has selected the KeyWatcher from Morse Watchmans for key control at its Middletown, Connecticut, campus.
Little League Baseball Inc. implemented the critical response notification solution from REACT Systems, Inc., for the Little League World Series event.
Supercircuits has appointed 1 Volt Associates, Inc., as manufacturer’s representative for its new SC Black line in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
TimeSight Systems has announced that its video surveillance appliances now support IP cameras from Basler Vision Technologies.
Tri-Ed is now offering IP cameras from ACTi in the United States as well as in Canada.
Deutsche Telekom has chosen Verizon Business to ensure that its online payment system achieves compliance with the international payment card data standards.
Vicon Industries has won a contract to provide Westchester Medical Center (New York) with a surveillance system.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center will deploy AtHoc IWS-Alerts to provide emergency notification to its personnel across the United States.
CEM Systems won a contract to provide access control for a new terminal at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. The contract was awarded by ADT Security, India, which will supply an integrated access control and IP video solution.
An IP video solution from IndigoVision is part of a CCTV upgrade at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea, United Kingdom.
The River Vale Police Department (New Jersey) has installed digital surveillance equipment from JVC Professional Products to upgrade its analog system.
The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (Nigeria) will use biometric technology from M2SYS to track pilgrims as they travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.
NICE Systems is providing IP video surveillance solutions for customer and cargo areas at the Port of Miami.
Lapwai School District #341 (Idaho) has installed the Rapid Responder crisis management system from Prepared Response, Inc.
Unisys has received a contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to upgrade IT security procedures and tools.
Vicon Industries is providing upgrades to the surveillance and security systems for the Tennessee Department of Corrections.
The Moscow Metro in Russia is using the VESDA very early warning fire detection system from Xtralis.
ABnote North America has launched a new Web site atwww.ABnoteNA.com. HireRight is now part of the Altegrity family of companies and has a new logo and Web site.
IQinVision has relocated its office serving Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Sixteen leading companies, universities, and other organizations in Michigan have joined forces to create the Michigan Security Network as a platform to accelerate technology development, investment, and jobs in the homeland security sector.
The National Crime Prevention Council has received a $100,000 grant from the Office for Victims of Crime to address the issue of cyberbullying.
The New Jersey Bankers Association has endorsed the preemployment screening services of Accurate Background, Inc.
Computer information security programs offered online by Northcentral University have been certified at the highest national level by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Committee on National Security Systems.
SecureData 365 has launched a new data center in Canton, Ohio, where it will offer co-location of data, managed hosting, and virtual computing.
Winsted Corporation has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certificate from the International Organization for Standardization.
Criscuoli, Bordes, Merit Award Winners Chosen
The recipients of three prestigious ASIS International awards have been revealed. The winners were recognized and their awards presented on September 23 at the ASIS 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits.
Criscuoli Award. R. James Benford, Jr., CPP, chief of campus safety at Kettering University, received the E. J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP, Volunteer Leadership Award, which recognizes the significant contributions of a member at the chapter level. Now in its 15th year, this award is named for ASIS Past President and retired ASIS Executive Vice President Criscuoli.
Benford has been with the Flint Chapter since 1979: He was elected as its chair eight times, serving in the post continuously from 2003 until 2008. He has held every office numerous times and chaired four committees—nominating, newsletter, scholarship, and certification—during a 12-year period.
In his nominating letter, Regional Vice President 11A Garrett Ochalek, CPP, recalled first meeting Benford in 1984. Benford was chair of the Flint Chapter at the time and Ochalek was a young officer with the chapter. Ochalek was impressed with Benford’s knowledge and professionalism as well as his ability to successfully run a volunteer organization. Ochalek said he first noticed that Benford’s response to any complex challenge was “No problem; we can do that.”
Over the next quarter century, Ochalek observed that Benford “tirelessly and relentlessly dedicated his time and company resources to the Flint Chapter.” Calling him a leader with extraordinary skills, Ochalek saw “Jim ‘No Problem’ Benford devote countless hours to make the Flint Chapter—his chapter—a success,” Ochalek wrote.
The Criscuoli Award also has a financial component. Donations in Benford’s name have been made to the ASIS Foundation, Inc., and to his chapter. Also, Benford’s travel, lodging, and registration at this year’s Seminar and Exhibits were complimentary.
Bordes Award. James P. Litchko, president and CEO of Cyber Security Professionals, received the second annual Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence. The award recognizes an ASIS member for exemplary volunteer leadership and significant professional contributions to a council over an extended period of time.
Soon after Litchko became an ASIS member in 1998, he joined the Information Technology Security Council (ITSC) and became cochair the following year. He continued as co chair of the council for the next four years, and he continues to serve on the ITSC as well as the Privacy and Personnel Information Management Council.
In 2001, Litchko was invited to join the Cyber Security Working Group, an initiative to bring all ASIS councils together to identify and document cybersecurity issues that were common to all the councils and the industries they represent. After the first year, Litchko chaired the group. His leadership laid the groundwork for future council endeavors. In 2003, for example, Litchko, through the ITSC, reached out to the Information Systems Security Association and the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference, which ultimately led to a formalized partnership among ASIS and the other two groups.
From 2004 to the present, Litchko has been actively engaged in developing guidelines and standards. He participated in working groups developing the Threat Advisory System Response Guideline and the Chief Security Officer Guideline and Standard. Most recently, he was appointed to be ASIS’s representative to the American National Standards Institute’s Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel.
“Jim has exhibited selfless devotion [to ASIS] at the volunteer level,” wrote Ron Lander, CPP, when nominating Litchko for this award. Litchko continues to mentor new members, speak at workshops and seminar sessions, and review books for Security Management. He is recognized by ASIS as a subject matter expert on cybersecurity and privacy and is frequently called on to respond to media inquiries.
Added Lander, “Jim’s enthusiasm has never waned, no matter what the subject.”
The award honors the memory of Roy Bordes, who was an integral member of various councils during his 30 years as an ASIS member, eventually serving for seven years as a council vice president. As the recipient of the Bordes Award, ASIS funded Litchko’s travel expenses, hotel accommodations, and four-day registration fee to this year’s seminar and exhibits.
Merit Award. ASIS President Michael R. Cummings, CPP, bestowed the Presidential Award of Merit on past Society presidents Regis Becker, CPP; F. Mark Geraci, CPP; and Don W. Walker, CPP.
“In addition to their invaluable advice and counsel on a variety of topics and issues, their selfless and ongoing support of the mission, vision, and values of ASIS over these many years has earned them this recognition and the respect of their peers,” Cummings says.
Becker was recognized for his work with the ASIS CSO Roundtable and for testifying on Capitol Hill on a variety of security topics. Geraci was acknowledged for his significant leadership role as the chair of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines. Walker was honored for his contributions on various ethics panels, serving as Becker’s cochair during the initial foray into ASIS guidelines, serving as current cochair with Becker on the CSO Roundtable, and providing ongoing support through testimony and advice related to public policy issues facing the security profession.