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Industry News April 2010


Security providers were well represented at February’s Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Nearly $1 billion was spent to protect the athletes, spectators, and media. Here’s how some companies helped.

Contemporary Security Canada, an affiliate of Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), provided pedestrian security screening services. With the support of Aeroguard Security Ltd. and United Protection Security Group Inc., the company deployed about 5,000 staff. The CSC accommodation camp housed 1,500 workers, and buses transported them where needed.

Genetec’s Omnicast IPvideo surveillance solution was selected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the management platform for its perimeter intrusion detection system. Genetec also provided training and onsite technical assistance.

To fortify security communications, BC Hydro, the power supplier to the Olympics, adopted a two-way, mass notification and response technology from MIR3 to ensure delivery of security alerts, threat advisories, and other information about the Olympic power supply, Vancouver dams, and critical infrastructure to staff.

US Fleet Tracking supplied GPS tracking technology to ensure on-time arrival and departure of ground transportation for the athletes. Security teams were able to monitor the movements of athletes and assets via large LCD monitors that displayed aerial maps with vehicle icons moving in real time.


AMAG Technology has partnered with Allied Fire & Security and DAP Technologies to provide an integrated security solution to Lane Community College in Oregon.

Grubb Ventures has expanded its ACS WebService installation from Brivo Systems LLC to cover more doors and integrate with elevator systems. ASG Security is the integrator on the project.

Under a new partnership agreement, Sphere Security Limited will market IPSecurity Center software from Computer Network Limited as a UK Certified Partner.

Bentley University of Waltham, Massachusetts, has deployed software from DigitalPersona, Inc., on faculty and student computers.

Environmental Tectonics Corporation has won a contract to deliver an advanced disaster management simulator to the Community College of Aurora in Colorado.

Integrator Support LLC will provide a resource for hosted access control solutions through a new collaboration with G4S Monitoring and Data Center.

A mass notification and emergency communications system from GE Security has been deployed at Bradley University of Peoria, Illinois.

Honeywell has named American Security Systems as an authorized dealer for commercial security systems in New York City.

Marks USA announced that its Grade 1 Mortise Locksets will provide security at The Visionaire condominiums in New York City.

Erste Bank Ukraine has installed a security system that uses Milestone XProtect IP video management software to manage more than 1,000 network surveillance cameras.

NetWitness Corporation announced a strategic partnership with SRA International, Inc., which will resell NetWitness NextGen as part of its comprehensive cyber security offering for the U.S. government.

OSS, Inc., will provide security guard services for CB Richard Ellis at Cleveland’s Penton Media Center.

Bates College of Lewiston, Maine, is using a Loud-Mouth wireless PA system from Ritron as part of its emergency communications.

SightLogix has appointed Monfort Electronics Marketing as manufacturer’s representative in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Smarter Security Systems provided its SmarterFence to Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative in Texas.

UPM Raflatac, Freedom Shopping, and Zebra Technologies collaborated to implement an RFID-enabled inventory management system for Uptown Cycles in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Daycare Webwatch uses VIVOTEK video servers to allow parents to watch children in daycare settings.

Xtralis has appointed First Line Associates (in Texas and the Gulf States) and LCA Sales Company (in the mid-Atlantic states) to sell its ADPRO perimeter and enterprise security solutions.


Adesta, LLC, will design and install an enhanced command-and-control system for the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Pennsylvania has launched a statewide emergency notification system, AlertPA, powered by Cooper Notification’s Roam Secure Alert Network.

Digital Ally, Inc., has shipped DVM-750 in-car digital video systems to the Turkish Police Department.

Dynamics Research Corporation was awarded a task order from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide information security compliance support services.

Marietta, Georgia, has replaced most of its analog CCTV systems with an integrated IP video solution from IndigoVision.

Intellicheck Mobilisa was awarded a contract with the Port of New York and New Jersey to supply mobile Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) readers and access control systems for the DHS TWIC pilot project.

The International Airport of Weeze in Germany worked with Nedap and GST to keep people from entering the secure part of the airport.

Observ Technologies Inc. has secured a contract with the U.S.Naval Surface Warfare Center for its long range, night vision camera.

Walla Walla High School in Washington has implemented video surveillance management software from On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. Walla Walla Electric was the integration partner.

Pelco, Inc., by Schneider Electric is providing digital video recording for Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia.

Sig Sauer, Inc., has secured a contract to deliver pistols to the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service.

Sagem Sécuritéis providing its automated border control system, using facial recognition, to New Zealand Customs Service for use at Auckland International Airport.

Sirit, Inc., and Axiompass have partnered to integrate Sirit’s RFID technology into the Electronic Vehicle Registration system in Mexico.

TechRadium’s Immediate Response Information System, deployed by the Goose Creek Independent School District in Texas, was used to initiate a lockdown when a prisoner escaped.

Troy School District in Illinois has implemented the Nextiva IP video management solution from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions.

Mater Academy High School in Florida is using CyberLock electronic locks from Videx, Inc., to secure classrooms and offices. Practical Products Group was the integrator.

VIVOTEK and partners United Digital Technologies and Inter-Pacific are helping protect Wise County Schools in Virginia with a surveillance system.


The Symmetry line of intelligent controllers from AMAG Technology have received the UL 294 certification from Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

The Swedish Armed Forces have approved the use of the Blancco solution for data erasure.

KSW Microtec AG has received MasterCard certification for its facilities and production process.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has approved the ProVision active millimeter wave advanced imaging technology system from L-3 Security & Detection Systems for use in aviation checkpoints.

On-Net Surveillance Systems Inc. was recognized as North American Application Development Partner of the Year 2009 by Axis Communication.

Universal Protection Service was awarded Safety Act protection from the DHS.


Axis Security and Temple Security have merged under the brand of Axis Security.

Chartis has added emergency preparedness and access to Insite Security to supplement its Private Client Group’s property and liability insurance offerings.

EmployeeScreen IQ has prepared a white paper on workplace violence that includes tips for establishing a safe workplace. The paper is available at the company’s Web site.

The European Network and Information Security Agency released a position paper focusing on authentication risks with European eID cards.

George Lessard and Steven Faer, CPP, have formed GS Security & Investigations, LLC, a private investigation and security guard services firm in New Hampshire.

Intertech Security has moved its headquarters to a new location in Pittsburgh.

IQinVision has updated its IQU Certification Program and consolidated it into a one-day program.

The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance has released its 1.0 Recording and Content Management specification for public use.

SafeData, LLC, has moved its Boston data center to a new SAS 70 Type II-certified location in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Securitas AB has acquired the security services company Dora Security in the Czech Republic.


Student Writing Competition Winners Announced

The ASIS International Council on Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities and the ASIS Foundation, Inc., have announced the undergraduate and graduate winners of the 2009 Student Writing Competition. The competition rewards college and university students who conduct research, engage in thoughtful deliberation, and write an academic paper on an issue relevant to the security and assets protection profession.

The graduate winner is Irfan Pandoor at the University of Salford, United Kingdom, for his paper Leveraging Low Cost Solutions. Pandoor is currently working on a master’s degree in international business. Honorable mention goes to Lou Ann Ehret, of Webster University, Albuquerque, New Mexico, for her paper Protecting Personal Information in the 21st Century. Ehret has completed her master’s degree in business and organizational security.

The undergraduate winner is Tim Jordan at the University of Public Administration in Bremen, Germany, who is majoring in risk and security management. His paper was titled Protecting Information and Intangible Assets in the 21st Century. Honorable mention goes to Kevin Panneton at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts, for his paper Promising Technologies to Meet Tomorrow’s Security Challenges. Panneton is majoring in criminal justice.

Pandoor will receive $1,500 and Jordan will receive $1,000. Both winners also receive a complimentary registration to the ASIS 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, October 12 to 15. The two honorable mention winners will receive awards of $500 each.

Entries were judged on several criteria, including the creativity of the students’ approach to the topic, organization of the material, overall writing quality, and the author’s ability to analyze information sources and draw relevant conclusions.

“The more than two dozen entries from students around the world supported our objective of encouraging critical thinking, research, and analysis to help make our world a safer and more secure place to live, work, govern, and conduct business,” says Kevin Peterson, CPP, coordinator of the Student Writing Competition and a member of the ASIS Council on Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities. “ASIS is an excellent resource for students, academicians, and practitioners with an interest in security, assets protection, and business and risk management.”

The Foundation is the charitable organization of ASIS, providing funding and managing endowments for a range of academic, strategic, and professional development activities.

Sullenberger, Musharraf, and Barry to Speak in Dallas

The ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, October 12 to 15, promises a host of renowned keynote speakers: Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the heroic pilot who landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River with no loss of life; Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan; and Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator and humorist Dave Barry.

Sullenberger. On Wednesday, October 13, Sullenberger will speak from 8 to 9 a.m.

On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger, who has more than 40 years and 27,000 hours of flying experience, was the captain of Flight 1549, outbound from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Airbus A320 hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff, damaging both of the plane’s engines. After deciding that returning to LaGuardia or landing at another airport was not feasible, Sullenberger made the decision to ditch the plane into the Hudson. All of the 155 passengers and crew were able to evacuate the plane—most standing on the wings of the sinking Airbus as rescue boats sped toward them. A true captain, Sullenberger was the last to evacuate the aircraft.

An aviation safety expert and accident investigator, Sullenberger also serves as the founder and CEO of Safety Reliability Methods, a consulting company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting. He is the author of Highest Duty, a memoir of his life and of the events surrounding Flight 1549, and was ranked second in TIME magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009. He and his crew were presented Masters medals by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.

Musharraf. The former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, will address Seminar and Exhibits attendees on Thursday, October 14, from 8 to 9 a.m. Musharraf served as the nation’s president from 2001 to 2008, and as chief executive of Pakistan from 1999 to 2001.

Musharraf occupied what TIME magazine described as ‘‘the most dangerous job in the world,’’ playing a crucial role in the global war on terror. Musharraf has survived two assassination attempts; rooted out militants in his own government; helped direct countless raids against Al Qaeda—both in Pakis tan’s cities and in the mountains; and tracked Osama Bin Laden with technical and human intelligence. His memoir, In the Line of Fire, chronicles his struggles for the security and political future of Pakistan, with high stakes for the world at large.

At the start of his presidency, political restructuring was one of the four areas of focus for his government. He began examining why democracy remained dysfunctional in Pakistan and attempted to address the core malaise. He tried to empower the people of Pakistan at the grass roots level through a local government system that did not previously exist. During his tenure, the women of Pakistan were empowered by gaining reserve seats at every tier of the Parliament, multiple private TV channels were allowed for the first time in the history of Pakistan, and the electronic and print media began operating independently of the government.

Following 9-11, the United States sought Musharraf’s support to fight the Taliban. With a vision for a modern, democratic, nonfundamentalist Islamic Pakistan, Musharraf was one of America’s greatest allies in battling the Taliban.

In the course of his seven years at the helm of affairs in Pakistan, Musharraf traveled widely all over the world and met many prominent leaders, and many of those leaders came to Pakistan to interact with him. Such top-level interactions allowed him to develop a sense of the geostrategic realities of the world and its various conflict regions. It also crystallized his views and perceptions of key world issues. Musharraf proposed a ‘‘strategy of enlightened moderation,” calling for the Muslim world to renounce violence, while telling Western powers to resolve all political disputes justly and to assist in the development of Muslim nations.

Musharraf still believes that Pakistan is a nation that has all the resources, potential, and human capability to be transformed into a progressive, moderate, and prosperous Islamic state.

Barry. On Friday, October 15, from 12 to 2 p.m., humor columnist Dave Barry will entertain attendees at the Seminar and Exhibit’s closing luncheon.

For 25 years, Barry was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad, including a nationally syndicated humor column in the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005.

In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his consistently effective use of humor as a device by which to present fresh insights into serious concerns. Barry has also written a total of 30 books, two of which were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom Dave’s World.