Industry News August 2010
China’s fire detection and suppression industry is getting a shot in the arm from new legislation in the country. The new amendments to Chinese fire law will affect how fire detection and suppression equipment is used within buildings in China. The impact is quantified in a new report by IMS Research, which estimates that by 2014, the Chinese market for fire detection and suppression products will be worth more than $1 billion, growing at a compound annual rate of 12.9 percent.
Because the legislation could pose increased liability concerns for companies operating there, the Chinese market is expected to turn to more reliable, higher-quality detection and suppression products. In addition, increased service and maintenance will be needed. More laws under consideration might further affect the growth of the fire protection market.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
All Source Security Container USA will provide Access Information Management with secure, environment-friendly shredding bins and consoles under a new partnership.
AOptix Technologies, Inc., and Aware, Inc., have integrated AOptix’s InSight two-meter iris recognition system with Aware’s software product to comply with the U.S. Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identity System.
Avaluation Consulting and eFortresses, Inc., have formed a strategic partnership to provide both firms’ clients with risk management programs.
Axis Communications has deployed more than 100 cameras and encoders for the Cox-Health ambulatory surgery center and parking garages in Missouri. NetWatch, Inc., was the integrator.
Last Mile Communication AS is the new distributor for Basler Vision Technologies IP cameras in Norway.
Contemporary Services Corporation provided security services for the Remote Area Medical event at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
CipherOptics announced that Turkish petroleum company Tüpra has selected CipherOptics to encrypt its multicast surveillance video.
CNL has formed a partnership with G4S Technology to integrate the G4S Symmetry Security Management Systems with CNL’s IPSecurityCenter software.
Future Fibre Technologies Inc. and Unlimited Technology Inc. are collaborating on a multisite program to provide fiber-optic perimeter protection systems at 24 Pennsylvania water utilities.
GPS International Technologies, Inc., has named Guibor Promoter S.A. of C.V. as its distributor in Mexico for covert GPS tracking solutions and services.
HR Plus, a division of AlliedBarton Security Services, is providing background screening and drug testing services to the membership of CoreTrust Purchasing Group.
An IndigoVision IP video system is monitoring the factory and headquarters of Prodec, a Moroccan paint manufacturer and distributor.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that the University of Minnesota’s new TCF Bank Stadium features the company’s Schlage locks, Von Duprin power supplies, LCN closers, Steelcraft doors, Ives accessories, and Glynn Johnson overheads.
IQinVision cameras and Milestone video management software are being used by Loomis Denmark for monitoring transportation and counting of cash and valuables.
Bank of China has selected NitroSecurity to strengthen the security and compliance efforts of its New York operations.
Orion Technology USA has hired CV Reps to represent its products throughout the western United States.
Ridge Global and Prism eSolutions have created a strategic alliance to offer enterprise risk management services to the public and private sectors.
SAFLOK has installed wireless locks in the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Michigan.
American Science and Engineering has won a follow-on order from the NATO C3 Agency for an x-ray screening system to be used at a strategic security checkpoint.
AMITA Corporation has been awarded a contract by the European Police Office to develop, implement, and integrate the EU Bomb Data System.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service (Ontario, Canada) has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system at its headquarters.
The Omaha Fire Department (Nebraska) selected the Draeger Swede Survival System to train firefighters in fire behavior.
Uzbekistan’s Navoi Airport is installing Infinova pan-tilt-zoom and day/night high-resolution cameras to watch over its Free Industrial Economic Zone.
FiReControl, the United Kingdom’s national fire and rescue emergency response infrastructure, will use incident response management solutions from Intergraph.
The City of Ursus, Poland, uses Milestone Systems video management software and Axis Communications network cameras for public security.
The Evansville Police Department (Indiana) has deployed a truck-mounted Total Containment Vessel from NABCO to counter chemical, biological, and explosive threats to the community.
Wayne County Office of the Sheriff (New York) has updated the jail’s video surveillance system with a hybrid system controlled by software from OnSSI.
Raytheon Company will install passenger checkpoint screening equipment at airports nationwide under a contract from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.
The U.S. Army awarded SRCTec a contract for Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare, or CREW Duke V2 systems.
Verint Systems announced that the Metropolitan Council in Minneapolis/St. Paul is implementing its Nextiva transit video solution for use on the bus and rail system.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Checkpoint Systems, Inc., has received Five Diamond Certification from the Central Station Alarm Association for its retail monitoring center.
First Advantage has received ISO 27001 certification for its background screening operations in India.
The Gallagher Group was awarded the 2010 World Class New Zealand Manufacturing Award from Kea and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
HID Global announced that its Connecticut manufacturing facility won the Shingo Silver Medallion for operational excellence.
Kwikset has won a 2010 Mark of Excellence Award from the Consumer Electronics Association for its SmartCode with Home Connect keyless electronic lock.
Rupper Associates was named Sales Representative of the Year for the Security Market by Middle Atlantic Products.
Nedap Security Management received the Innovative Product Award for its security management platform at the Moscow International Exhibition “Protection, Security and Fire Safety.”
DefensePro 5.0 from Radware was a winner of the 2010 Global Product Excellence in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solution – Customer Trust Award, which was presented by Info Security Products Guide.
The small form factor SPYRUS Hydra Privacy Card Personal Encryption Device has been approved by the National Security Agency for protecting data at rest in a personal encrypting USB flash drive.
Frost & Sullivan named Verint Systems Inc. the 2010 North American IP Surveillance Software Company of the Year.
American Military University and Northcentral University are among the 10 universities selected by the U.S. Coast Guard to participate in a new Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Program to help educate maritime law enforcement professionals.
Business Controls, Inc., has moved to new facilities in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Dallmeier electronic GmbH & Co. has established Dallmeier Nordic to represent its products in Scandinavia.
Delta Scientific announced that its barricades at the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, kept a bomber’s truck from causing serious damage in a recent attack.
HID Global has launched a newly expanded campus in Galway, Ireland, for engineering and manufacturing of its e-Gov products and services.
G4S Wackenhut has changed its name to G4S to reflect its vision of providing comprehensive security solutions.
Gallagher North America has moved from Sanford, Florida, to Kansas City, Missouri.
The Airborne Public Address System, developed by Guardians from Above and Power Sonix, was used by an Oregon Civil Air Patrol aircraft to locate and rescue a four-year-old child who had been missing in the mountains.
Guidance Consulting has added a Vulnerability Management Program to its service offerings.
ID Experts has moved to a new, expanded location in Portland, Oregon.
Inovonics has launched a Facebook site to provide YouTube tech-tip videos for installers and to act as a developer resource hub.
Kaplan University is now offering an online Master of Science in Information Technology in addition to its bachelor’s, associate’s, and certificate programs. All offer an emphasis in information security and forensics.
Lockheed Martin Corporation has pledged $4 million to benefit the UCLA Health System’s Operation Mend program that provides healthcare to U.S. military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners has added a new tagline, “the Voice of Screening Professionals,” to its brand.
Oncam Global Group S.A. has created Oncam Global Turkey, a subsidiary that will establish a presence in Turkey and the Balkan countries.
The National Fire Protection Association has upgraded its National Fire Codes Subscription Service with new tools for printing and keeping up to date.
SCM Microsystems, Inc., doing business as Identive Group, has agreed to acquire RockWest Technology Group.
Dallas Middle School Wins Funding Competition
Raul Quintanilla, Sr., Middle School, in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD), has been selected as the winner of ASIS International’s School Security Funding Competition. As the winner, it will receive $20,000 for security improvements.
Quintanilla Middle School has a student body of 860 seventh- and eighth-grade students. It is one of 37 middle schools in the Dallas ISD, the 14th largest school district in the nation. Proposed improvements include adding security cameras and software, new outdoor lighting, two-way radios for campus communications and repairs to perimeter fencing.
“We are excited and proud to be the winners of the ASIS 2010 School Security Funding Competition,” said Quintanilla Middle School Principal Luis Valdez. “With this money, we will make our school a safer learning environment for everyone and cannot wait to have the security systems installed. Our school community is very appreciative.”
The ASIS School Security Funding Competition asked Dallas ISD schools to consider, through a series of short essays, their particular security concerns and how those concerns might impact their students, teachers, and administrators. They were asked to describe security risks they would attempt to reduce or eliminate and to list specific security enhancements they would purchase with the funding. A committee composed of members of the Dallas ISD police and security team, along with security management professionals from the North Texas Chapter, judged the submissions.
“This is the seventh year that ASIS has sponsored this competition as a way of giving back to the community where our annual event is held,” says ASIS Chief Executive Officer Michael Stack. “The aim of the competition is to encourage local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff, and students every day.”
ASIS will recognize Quintanilla Middle School and Principal Valdez at a special awards luncheon on October 15 at the Dallas Convention Center as part of the Society’s 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits.
Council Helps Tackle Small Business Crime
The ASIS International Crime and Loss Prevention Council has published A Business Crime Vulnerability Study that is available to download from the council’s Web site. The report is the result of the Small Business Initiative (SBI) that the council created in 2009, during which crime risk assessments for small businesses were undertaken and data captured from the surveys was later analyzed.
The council’s mission is to establish and sustain relationships for the common purpose of preventing crime. The council encourages the exchange of effective security concepts and other information between private security and other stakeholders by undertaking an array of projects such as the SBI.
Last year, council members went out in the field to conduct individual vulnerability assessments for small businesses such as pharmacies, laundromats, restaurants, convenience stores, auto repair shops, and others. “The SBI’s goals were to educate and inform small business owners about ASIS, provide pro bono vulnerability assessment to help these businesses reduce the risk of crime, measure the effectiveness of small-business crime-prevention efforts, and create a program for other groups, councils, and chapters of ASIS to assist those kinds of businesses elsewhere,” writes Leslie Cole, Sr., CPP, the 2009 chair of the council, in his introduction to the report.
“The results…show that the community of small business owners has a desperate need for information and expertise in crime prevention strategies and other security concepts. As these small businesses may not have the resources to acquire the information elsewhere, to the extent that ASIS can assist those business people, a real benefit to the Society can be realized,” Cole concludes.
Council members used a systems approach while conducting the assessments by surveying four main areas: building and door security, access control, internal and general office controls, and shipping
and receiving. The resulting report reflects these areas, with the report divided into four sections in which the scope of the examination is set forth and results from the field are presented. Recommendations are presented at the end of each section.
After the results were analyzed, the council identified four responses as priority recommendations. The top priority for small businesses is to deploy, use daily, and maintain good commercial security intrusion detection systems. The council also determined that developing and encouraging a security mind-set throughout the enterprise is effective in reducing crime. The third recommendation is to implement a system of internal controls and processes to standardize operations and improve an organization’s resilience against crime. The last recommendation is to establish specific times or scheduled shipping and receiving days to manage the disruption that deliveries can create.
To access a PDF of the full report and view the detailed findings or print your own copy for further study, go towww.asisonline.org/councils/documents/SmallBusinessInitiative.pdf.
European Security Conference
Despite the volcanic ash cloud that caused the unprecedented closure of much of Europe’s airspace, the ASIS International 9th Annual European Security Conference took place on April 18-21 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference featured 14 high-level educational sessions on issues such as cyber and supply chain security, bioterrorism, security standards, effective decision-making and selling of security to senior management.
On Monday, the opening key note speaker was Antonio Vitorino, former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs. Talking about video surveillance, Vitorino said, “The increase of video surveillance is a price to pay to ensure a response to the threats to citizens’ security…. Nobody feels comfortable with video surveillance, which is a limitation to our privacy. But we have to understand that [we have] to ensure our collective security through the selective and judicious use of video surveillance tools. We have to live in a risky society with the knowledge that government’s obligation is to minimize risks, prevent them, and be responsive when [incidents] happen.”
On Tuesday, Martin Smith, CEO of The Security Company and founder of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group, held a key note presentation on security awareness. “We hear so much on the news and in the press about terrorism, violent crime, ID theft, credit card fraud…that people actually want to learn about how they can protect themselves and their families from becoming victims both at home and at work,” he told attendees. “This is the ideal opportunity to engage your workforce in security awareness, providing them with not only the key rules for your organization but also advising them and their families personally. Encouraging learning in this manner is an extremely effective method of achieving long-term behavioral change.”
Other conference speakers included Brian Powrie, international advisor of the United Nations Inter regional Crime and Justice Research Institute, who gave a presentation on public-private partnerships and soft targets vulnerability; Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP, senior director of Purdue Pharma LP and member of the ASIS Board of Directors; Dr. Christopher A. Walker, executive professor of strategy at Northeastern University; and Elaine Evans, professor of international business at Northeastern University.
Additionally, chief security officers and their deputies attended the CSO Roundtable sessions on April 18. Speakers included Michael T. Evanoff, director of the NATO Office of Security, and Schalk Van Der Merwe, regional security director of Levi Strauss EMEA.
Conference presentations are available online atwww.asisonline.org/lisbon.