Industry News September 2010
Waters Corporation and the University of Maryland have formed a partnership to train foreign manufacturers and government scientists in analysis methods that will help them meet U.S. food safety standards. Opening next year in College Park, Maryland, the International Food Safety Training Laboratory will be operated by the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, a collaboration between the University of Maryland and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In recent years, the FDA has expanded its overseas presence to help ensure that imports meet its standards for safety and manufacturing quality and to build stronger cooperative relationships around the globe. It has opened offices in China, India, Chile, Mexico, and Belgium, and its Beyond Our Borders initiative is working to increase collaboration and provide technical assistance to improve food safety in the United States and throughout the world.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd., has joined forces with red24 to offer policyholders proactive intelligence and security services.
Scan Computer International has implemented an IP-based video surveillance system from Arecont Vision at its Bolton, England, headquarters. The system was designed by J2K Video.
ASL Safety & Security has supplied a building evacuation system to Sellafield Ltd. at the company’s nuclear processing facility in Cumbria, United Kingdom.
BIO-key International, Inc., announced that Evidan has integrated its biometric software into a single sign-on solution for two pharmaceutical companies.
BriefCam Ltd. has formed a technology partnership with Genetec to include its video synopsis technology in Genetec’s surveillance solution.
A CipherOptics network encryption solution is protecting sensitive data for Montana-Dakota Utilities.
HireRight, Inc., and Kenexa have formed a partnership to provide integrated employment screening services within Kenexa’s talent management solutions.
Johnson Controls developed the security management system for the 160-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Niscayah has signed a five-year service agreement to maintain security systems at the Empire State Building.
North American Video is upgrading the video surveillance system at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Video surveillance systems From Panasonic System Networks Company were chosen for an upgrade at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa.
Portendo AB has signed a distribution agreement with the SWN Group of Bangkok, Thailand, which will market the P.Eye-S standoff explosives trace detection system.
Samsung Techwin America and Visionhitech Americas Inc. are new partners of PSA Security Network.
Explosives detection systems from Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc., have been selected by the Chinese Government and Shanghai Airport Authority to provide counterterrorism security at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
Team NiSCA has added CI Solutions as an authorized value-added reseller in southern California.
Bosch Security Systems, Inc., is partnering with California State Parks to enhance Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. Bosch donated a comprehensive intrusion and fire alarm system, in addition to power-saving water heaters.
CapRock Government Solutions has won a contract with the FBI to support emergency restoration communications for the bureau’s Satellite Diversity Program.
Computer Sciences Corporation was awarded an Information Technology Infrastructure Program contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
L-3 Communications will provide ProVision advanced imaging technology systems to the TSA for passenger screening at U.S. airports.
The Port of Los Angeles has implemented the NICE Systems situation management solution.
Northrop Grumman is delivering critical assay technology to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of a contract to develop new biological detectors.
SCM Microsystems and Hirsch Electronics have teamed with Native Systems to deliver an access control solution to the Critical National Infrastructure Authority in Abu Dhabi.
Sirit Corporation was awarded a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to provide passive RFID labels.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Frost & Sullivan recognized Diebold, Incorporated, with its 2010 North American Award for Commercial Monitoring Company of the Year.
Winners of the IFSEC Security Industry Awards 2010 included Tab Systems for access control; BriefCam for CCTV system; Panasonic System Networks Europe for CCTV camera equipment; SafelinQ UK Ltd. for communication product; Dedicated Micros for integrated security product; Hymatom for intruder alarm or exterior deterrent; Frontier Pitts for physical security product; DVTel for security project; Securitas Security Services for guarding service delivery to customer; and Westfield CastleCourt and Belfast City Safe Retail CrimeWatch Partnership for policing partnership.
The Protection Bureau has renewed its Five Diamond Certification from the Central Station Alarm Association.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology ranked Sagem Sécurité first in its Proprietary Fingerprint Testing competition.
SCM Microsystems, Inc., announced that its contactless smart card reader is the first to be certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security for use with the new electronic ID card in Germany.
Siemens Industry Inc., Building Technologies Division, was awarded the MarketTools CustomerSat Ace Award for achievement in customer excellence.
SpectraRep LLC was honored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the deployment of its IncidentOne datacasting technology for the Clark County School District Police Department (Nevada). Emergency communications are delivered via bandwidth from the local public television station.
SC Magazine named Verizon Business the European Managed Security Services Provider of the Year.
Access Information Management has expanded its operations to include a new facility in Portland, Oregon. Clayton Consultants has released its 2010 Kidnap Risk Brief, available at claytonconsultants.com.
Federal APD shares results of its recent parking survey in American Parking Decisions at federalapd.com.
Gemalto will work with the World Bank to support advancement in developing countries by leveraging information and communication technology as part of the Bank’s eTransform initiative.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is offering a leasing option for private schools and colleges through a partnership with First American Vendor Finance.
IQinVision donated three cameras and Up-n-Running Consulting donated integration and installation to the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota, to monitor eagles in the center.
(ISC)2 has updated the name and structure of its CAP credential to reflect nomenclature in the NIST SP800-37 publication. The new credential will be known as the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP).
NOTIFIER by Honeywell is working with LEAF Financial Corporation to assist facility owners with financing for its fire/life safety systems.
Sagem Sécurité has changed its name to Morpho as part of an effort to consolidate all security businesses in the Safran group under a single name.
The Smart Card Alliance has introduced a new card certification program for government identity and security professionals, the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional/Government (CSGIP/G) designation.
LaSalle Capital Group, L.P., has formed United American Security, LLC, along with Expedition Capital Partners LLC, through the acquisition of three security guard services: Industrial Security Services, Inc., of Cleveland; Leonard Security Services, Inc., of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Eagle Security Inc. of Portsmouth, Virginia.
Wren Solutions has launched a school security blog to provide readers with guidance and best practices from other schools.
Cloud Computing White Paper Released
The ASIS International Information Technology Security Council and ASIS Physical Security Council have released a white paper, Cloud Computing and Software as a Service: An Over view for Security Professionals, that is now available online.
The paper was researched and written with the intention of introducing cloud computing and Software as a Service to the security practitioner—particularly those with an interest in, or responsibility for, physical and electronic security and the potential application of cloud computing in this environment.
According to Shayne P. Bates, CPP, chair of the cloud computing working group formed by the two councils, “The rapid, worldwide adoption of cloud computing by organizations, both federal and commercial, has profound implications for business [including] significant security considerations and alternatives to the traditional model in which core security services are being delivered.”
The white paper will serve as a valuable resource for organizations considering cloud computing. The full document can be downloaded in PDF format atwww.asisonline.org/councils/ documents/CloudComputingFinal.pdf.
Student Writing Competition Open
The ASIS Foundation, Inc., and the ASIS Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities Council are calling for entries for the 2010 ASIS International Student Writing Competition. The competition rewards college and university students who conduct research, engage in thoughtful deliberation, and write an academic paper between 3,000 and 6,000 words on an issue relevant to the security and assets protection profession.
“The objective of this competition is to encourage critical thinking to help make our world a safer and more secure place in which to live, work, govern, and conduct business,” says Kevin Peterson, CPP, coordinator of the Student Writing Competition and a member of the council. “The 2009 competition drew more than two dozen entries from students around the world. In 2010, we look forward to both expanding the reach of the program and to bringing forth valuable new insights and best practices to meet the challenges faced by security practitioners today and in the years to come.”
Students may select one of five topics for their paper. Topics include the most promising technologies to meet tomorrow’s security challenges; improving security’s image; protecting information and intangible assets in the 21st century; leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges; and the challenge of securing cyberspace: man or machine?
A three-person review committee affiliated with academic institutions, including a member of the ASIS Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities Council, will judge the submissions.
The competition is open to any student, full or part-time, who is studying at an accredited institution pursuing an associate, bachelor, or master’s degree. Cash prizes include $1,500 for the graduate winner; $1,000 for the undergrad winner; and $500 to honorable mention winners. Each winner also receives complimentary registration to one of ASIS’s annual events—the annual seminar and exhibits, the ASIS European Conference, the ASIS Asia/Pacific Conference, or the ASIS Middle East Conference.
Applications can be downloaded atwww.asisfoundation.org. The deadline for submission is December 31.