Industry News June 2010
An uptick in international orders is both a blessing and a concern for online retailers. According to the 2010 Online Fraud Report from Cyber-Source Corporation, international orders grew to 21 percent of business among U.S. and Canadian merchants who accept them. That’s up from just 8 percent in 2005.
The concern comes in the form of online fraud that has emerged in international orders. The good news is that the rates of fraud and order rejection have both declined sharply, in part because some online sellers have stopped accepting orders from countries with high fraud rates, such as Nigeria, Ghana, Malaysia, Iran, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, China, and Vietnam.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Thorne Access & Security chose dual-door controllers and single-door stations from Access Control Technology Ltd. to protect Turf Moor, home of the Burnley Football Club.
ActivIdentity has announced that idOnDemand has selected its card management system to simplify management of digital credentials on smart cards.
Airberg, a U.K. food exporter, has deployed the AvigilonHD Surveillance System to comply with government security requirements.
Axis Communications announced that the James River Assembly Church in southwest Missouri has deployed more than 350 Axis network cameras and encoders. NetWatch, Inc., implemented the system, which also includes OnSSI video management software and Dell servers.
CNL has formed a strategic partnership with SHIELD Safety and Security, which provides security solutions to government and industry in the Middle East.
Codebench, Inc., has formed a technology partnership with Brivo Systems to provide an HSPD-12-compliant access control system.
FacilityONE, Pace Global Energy Services, and Ridge Global have created a strategic partnership to offer integrated energy, sustainability, facility maintenance, and security services.
SoundBytes Security chose two dome camera models from Hikvision to protect Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts.
A 500-camera system from IndigoVision has been deployed at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Oregon by Southwest Surveillance Systems.
The Natural History Museum in Riga, Latvia, has deployed megapixel cameras from IQinVision and recorders from artec technologies AG to protect its collections. The contract involved distributor SLO Latvia, distributor Advanced Electronic Systems, and contractor Citrus Solutions.
Fujitsu has awarded a contract to ITC Global Security to deploy network transit technology in 48 sites.
The University of Missouri recently upgraded its security system for Residential Life Buildings with Matrix Systems hardware and software.
Nedap and voestalpine have signed an agreement to equip voestalpine offices and production plants with Nedap’s AEOS access control and security management system.
SHI International Corporation and Solutionary, Inc., have entered into a strategic partnership to provide managed security services to SHI customers.
SightLogix has named Pinnacle Marketing as manufacturer’s representative in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Access Direct Sales Inc. will represent the company in central and eastern Canada.
Widener University in Pennsylvania and Virginia Wesleyan College have selected ActiveCrawl RSS from SpectraRep, LLC, for emergency alerts.
Telos Identity Management Solutions, LLC, has delivered its access control system to verify identities of workers at FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins.
VASCO Data Security International, Inc., announced that its DIGIPASS and VACMAN Controller will be used to secure online banking for Landbouwkrediet/Crédit Agricole.
Christiana Care Health Systemof Delaware is using Zix Corporation services to protect confidential information and comply with HIPAA.
Network cameras from Axis Communications will be installed in new buses built by the SOR Libchavy bus manufacturer for the Prague Transport Authority in the Czech Republic.
Boon Edam will supply and install security entrance and revolving door products for the Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs in The Hague, The Netherlands.
CIBER Federal was selected by the Georgia Ports Authority to supply security systems and services, including surveillance, wireless communications, radar, and TWIC-compliant access control.
Federal Signal Corporation supplied its SmartMsg citizen alerting emergency notification system to Hamilton County, Ohio.
ICx Technologies was awarded a contract by the Critical National Infrastructure Authority of Abu Dhabi, UAE, for mobile integrated surveillance systems.
Pieszew, Poland, upgraded its analog CCTV system to an IP video solution from IndigoVision.
L-3 Communications was awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with explosives screening technology.
Unisys will provide advanced biometric citizen identification technology to the Mexican Ministry of Internal Affairs/National Citizen Registry.
Verint System Inc. announced that TransLink, the transportation authority for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has implemented its video intelligence solutions.
Vidient Systems announced that Newcastle International Airport in the United Kingdom has deployed an exit lane security system that uses Vidient SmartCatch video analytics.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AlliedBarton Security Services has been recognized as one of Training magazine’s top 125 training companies.
Asset Recovery Corporation has been certified by the National Association for Information Destruction for computer hard drive sanitization and destruction in both its plant-based and mobile solutions. Mer Security announced that its Secure-M Physical Security Information Management technology was included in the list of “Top Technology Innovations 2010” by Mass Transit magazine.
SCM Microsystems, Inc., announced that its SCR3500 SmartFold smart-card reader was approved by the U.S. General Service Administration for use by government agencies.
The Security Industry Association presented its Best New Product Award to Sarnoff for its Iris on the Move iris recognition device at the 2010 ISC West New Product Showcase. A complete list of this year’s winners can be found atwww.siaonline.org.
BLU-MED Response Systems donated a 50-bed deployable medical facility for the city of Leogane, Haiti, following the January earthquake. The air-conditioned facility was erected in two days using unskilled laborers, and it will be supported through the Medical Benevolence Foundation and World Wide Village.
Honeywell has created the Honeywell Open Technology Alliance, a group of security manufacturers that will collaborate to increase interoperability. Other members include Milestone Systems, OnSSI, Heitel, and IproNet Sistemas S.A.
Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska, has launched online degree programs in homeland security, network security, and private security. Students can earn a criminal justice associate in applied science degree.
Risk Control Strategies has launched a new division, the Terrorist Response Team.
Southern Imperial, Inc., has added a new division, Intelligent Loss Prevention, which will distribute Inventory Management Consultants’ intelligent merchandising system, which incorporates open merchandising into antitheft displays.
Stanley Security Solutions Canada Corporation has changed its name to Stanley Canada Corporation and relocated its headquarters to Mississauga, Ontario.
Bordes Award to Canadian Chapter
The ASIS International Foundation, Inc., has awarded the 2010 Roy Bordes Award for Physical Security to the Edmonton/Northern Alberta Chapter. Established in 2008, this annual award covers the costs for one ASIS chapter to receive a two-day, locally delivered, customized physical security program.
“The opportunity for a workshop in physical security will be a significant asset to security practitioners in Alberta and neighboring provinces,” says Chapter Chair Dennis Shepp, CPP, PCI.
The Edmonton/Northern Alberta Chapter was the first ASIS International chapter established in Canada.
The Foundation Board of Trustees established the Roy Bordes Award for Physical Security to recognize Bordes’ commitment to ASIS International and to the security profession. Bordes died in 2008, after a career of more than 30 years in the security industry.
School Security Funding Competition
ASIS International, the largest organization for security management professionals worldwide, is offering schools in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) the opportunity to compete for $20,000 as part of ASIS’s Annual School Security Funding Competition, which coincides with the ASIS 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits to be held October 12-15 at the Dallas Convention Center.
ASIS is sponsoring the School Security Funding Competition for the seventh consecutive year as a way of giving back to the community where its annual event is held. The aim of the competition is to encourage local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff, and students every day.
“We hope this competition will provide the schools’ principals and safety officers a chance to see what can be done to resolve security concerns as a way to improve their overall educational environments,” says ASIS Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Stack. “We are pleased to offer the Dallas ISD this opportunity.”
The Dallas ISD is the 12th largest school district in the nation with 225 schools and a diverse population of more than 157,000 students. The school district encompasses an area of 384 square miles in the eastern portion of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Through a series of short essays, the competition reveals particular security concerns and how those concerns might impact students, teachers, and administrators. Entrants are asked to describe security risks that they would attempt to reduce or eliminate and to list specific security enhancements that they would purchase with the funding. A committee comprised of members of the Dallas ISD police and security team, along with security management professionals from the ASIS North Texas Chapter, will judge the submissions.
The winning school will receive $20,000 to develop measures to enhance its security, either through the purchase of equipment or ongoing training and education for school personnel and students. All submissions were due by the end of March. The winning school will be announced in an upcoming issue of Security Management.
Last year’s winner, Brea Olinda High School in Orange County, California, purchased security cameras and related software. Other winning schools have purchased perimeter fencing and communication equipment.