Industry News February 2010
When a person with dementia, autism, or another disorienting condition begins to wander, caregivers face special challenges. Typically a patient is found and returned home, but sometimes tragedy ensues. For example, recently a Florida man was struck by a car, and a Michigan man was found dead in the woods near his home.
To help avoid those types of tragedies, two programs are using technology to track adults and children prone to wander. Project Lifesaver International has teamed with LoJack SafetyNet to provide equipment, training, certification, and support to community groups and law enforcement agencies. At-risk individuals wear a personal locator unit on a wrist or ankle. Its radio frequency signal can be tracked by trained personnel, regardless of where a person wanders.
The Alzheimer’s Association Comfort Zone is a Web-based GPS location management service that uses the Internet to track the wanderer’s whereabouts. The client carries or wears a personal locator in a cell phone or wristband, for example. Caregivers can check on a patient’s location via the Internet or by calling a 24-hour monitoring service. Omnilink provides the tracking technology and Web mapping service.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
3DX-RAY has teamed with Castmaster to market its x-ray inspection products in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
Axcess International Inc. will use HID Global proximity technology in its wireless credential product under a new license agreement.
Codebench, Inc., announced that its PIVCheck Software suite supports readers from MorphoTrak through a new technology partnership.
Contemporary Services Corporation provided security services for the 2009 US Open tennis tournament through its Special Events II division.
Farebrother Chartered Surveyors has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system at the building at 20 Old Bailey in London with the assistance of Argonaught Network Technologies Ltd.
A new IP security system from IndigoVision is protecting Sears Canada’s headquarters in Toronto.
JVC Professional Products and Optex, Inc., will market an IP perimeter protection solution that integrates JVC’s IP cameras with Optex’s intelligent PIR detection system.
Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Alabama has installed an integrated security solution from Genetec that also includes Sony and HID components. The system was designed and implemented by Security 101.
Milestone Systems IP video management software is helping protect the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Utis has installed a security management system from Ne dap Security Management in multiple offices of the Hangzhou Bank in China.
The Pelco Sarix network camera has been integrated with behavior recognition and object counting applications from MATE Intelligent Video.
RFID TagSource will distribute RFID reader products from Tracient Technologies in North America.
Transmed Foods, Inc., has selected Savi Networks to provide automated wireless monitoring of shipments from North Africa to the United States.
West Texas A&M University in Canyon has chosen ActiveCrawl RSS from SpectraRep, LLC, for emergency notifications.
Seattle First Presbyterian Church is using CyberLock electronic cylinders from Videx to protect its building.
American Science and Engineering, Inc., will supply its cargo and vehicle inspection systems to Al Zamil Group for use by Saudi Arabia Customs.
ASL Safety & Security has won a contract to supply its public address products to Jembaneverket, the Norwegian rail network.
Augusta Systems, Inc., will develop an intelligent surveillance system for the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
CSS Global Inc. will provide security consulting services and training to the transitional government of Somalia.
The Turkish Police Department has ordered in-car digital video systems from Digital Ally, Inc.
Henry Bros. Electronics, Inc., will partner with Senstar, Dominion Contracting, and IST to provide airport security technology for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
ICx Technologies, Inc., has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army to supply sensors to the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
An IP video solution from NICE Systems Ltd. will enhance safety and security for the Beijing Metro.
Optelecom-NKF, Inc., will work with Indra Sistemas, S.A., to deploy a combined traffic monitoring and automatic incident detection system in the El Fresno Tunnel in Asturias, Spain.
Passport Systems, Inc., has received an award from DHS to develop a wireless network for radiation detection.
Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc. has signed a contract with DHS to develop a multisensor screening system for personnel inspection.
Safeguards Technology LLC will install security fencing, control gates, and bollards at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York.
The city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, has awarded Schneider Electric a contract for a wireless video surveillance system.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Authernative, Inc., has been issued a U.S. Patent for operation modes in a user authentication system.
Cherry Corporation stand-alone smart card readers are now FIPS201-certified by the General Services Administration for use with Personal Identification Verification smart cards.
G4S Wackenhut received a 2009 BEST Award from the American Society for Training and Development.
SanDisk Corporation announced that its SanDisk Cruzer Enterprise FIPS edition secure USB flash drive has received Common Criteria EAL2 certification.
SRCTec was certified as a secured importer under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program.
Bosch Security Systems, Inc., will combine its Security Systems and Communications Systems divisions in the Americas, realigning its marketing and support organizations.
BuildingStar Corporate Services has rebranded the company and will be known as Integratas Corporation.
Insite Security has launched its Human Factor Integrity Assurance practice, which offers investigative and due diligence practices plus deception detection analysis.
The Hospitality Security Consulting Group, LLC, is a new practice that will provide risk management, safety and security assessments, and solutions for the hospitality industry.
Boston’s Northeastern University is launching an online program in information assurance leading to a Master of Science in information assurance.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in conjunction with RFID Tag-Source, has launched the Rutgers University RFID Research Center in Piscataway.
SARGENT Manufacturing Company donated all the locking hardware for a new house built for a homeless veteran by the students at the Yale University School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut.
California-based Spear Security now offers hospital security services.
VASCO Data Security, Inc., has opened an office in the Kingdom of Bahrain and established VASCO Data Security Middle East.
DHS Chooses ANSI/ASIS Standard
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience American National Standard as one of three standards to be adopted as a national prepared ness standard for private-sector entities as part of the DHS PS-Prep program.
PS-Prep seeks to raise the level of private-sector preparedness through DHS adoption and promotion of preparedness standards and pro vides a mechanism for a private sector entity to receive certification that it is in conformity with one or more of the adopted standards. The ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009 American National Standard titled Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems–Requirements with Guidance for Use provides a holistic approach for organizations to cost-effectively improve their resilience performance and increase preparedness.
The standard takes an enterprise-wide view of risk management, enabling an organization to develop a comprehensive strategy to possibly prevent, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a disruptive incident. It is the only ANSI Standard under consideration for the PS-Prep program that is 100 percent compatible with existing ISO management system standards, enabling a cost-saving integrated application with other internationally recognized ISO management system standards. The standard can be used by any organization wishing to enhance its resilience and preparedness.
“The importance of resilience management cannot be overstated,” says ASIS Chairman of the Board of Directors Michael R. Cummings, CPP. “Organizations need to be able to adapt to an ever-changing environment. The standard is a flexible tool that they can use to tailor their preparedness needs to meet their business needs.”
ASIS is proud that DHS intends to adopt its Standard for Organizational Resilience. “Regard less of a business’s decision to participate in the PS-Prep certification process, it can use the ANSI/ ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard to better manage its risks,” he states.
This generic standard is applicable to all sizes and types of organizations—public, private, small, or multinational—in manufacturing, service, storage, or transportation. The standard will help them establish, implement, maintain, and improve an organizational resilience management system; demonstrate resiliency and continuity for supply chain and contractual agreements; assure conformance with stated organizational resilience management policy; and demonstrate and document conformance to the ANSI/ ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard. It will also help them make a self-determination and self-declaration of conformance with the standard; seek certification or registration of its organizational resilience management system by an accredited third-party certification body; or leverage an existing investment in other ISO management system standards (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001) to improve security, preparedness, and continuity performance.
“The selection of the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard for adoption for use in the PS-Prep program offers organizations a business-friendly, globally tested and proven method based on the ISO management system standard model, to improve their preparedness performance,” says F. Mark Geraci, CPP, chair of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines.
The ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard may be downloaded, free of charge, on the ASIS International Web site at www. asisonline.org.
Tsogo Sun Group Implements ANSI/ ASIS Standard for FIFA World Cup
The Tsogo Sun Group, the largest hotel group in Africa, will become the first hotel and resort group in the world to implement the ANSI/ASIS American National Standard Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness and Continuity Management Systems—Requirements with Guidance for Use (ASIS SPC.1 2009). By implementing this standard, the Tsogo Sun Group aims to protect its clientele and assure reliability of services in advance of the 2010 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in South Africa. This premier international football tournament takes place between June 11 and July 11.
The ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard, which incorporates the ISO 28000 Security in the Supply Chain Standard, provides a holistic approach to security, crisis, preparedness, and continuity management. By applying this standard, the Tsogo Sun Group will further enhance the hotel group’s level of preparedness for the World Cup.
“This is the first World Cup in Africa, and with hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to visit South Africa during that time, we want to preemptively enhance our existing preparations for any natural or man-made hazard,” says Gert Cruywagen, Group Director of Risk, Tsogo Sun Group. “We looked at a range of standards and methodologies and decided to choose the ASIS standard because it augmented our group’s strategic position on continuous development of organizational resilience.” “Guests at the Tsogo Sun Group’s hotels and gaming facilities can count on best-in-class safety, security and reliability during their stays, whether during the 2010 FIFA World Cup or beyond,” Cruywagen adds. Tsogo Sun Group owns and operates the Southern Sun, Garden Court, and StayEasy hotel chains, as well as several iconic hotels and casinos including the Montecasino and Sandton Sun.
“The Tsogo Sun Group was quick to realize that the new ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard would give it a solid foundation to ensure guests can enjoy their visit to South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in as safe an environment as possible” states Marc Siegel, commissioner of the ASIS International Global Standards Initiative.
ASIS pioneered the concept of applying a systems approach to security and resilience management, and the Society will work with the Tsogo Sun Group to implement the standard and validate the conformance and performance of the management system.