Industry News October 2010
California has launched the Disaster Corps to professionalize, standardize, and coordinate disaster volunteers across the state. Disaster Corps volunteers will be registered by local government organizations under the Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program. They will be required to meet training, certification, and security screening guidelines, and the volunteers will be integrated into the state’s emergency plan.
CaliforniaVolunteers, a state agency, has awarded five counties more than $1 million in federal homeland security funding to support background checks and first-aid training for the first 1,000 members and a volunteer coordinator in each county. The agency also initiated the Disaster Volunteer Resource Inventory, which will maintain individual contact information, training history, deployment history, availability, credentialing, and other information.
In support of these programs, Deloitte LLP provided pro bono consulting services including project management, stakeholder analysis, and communications support. The Home Depot Foundation has made a donation for disaster-related supplies.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
The Carphone Warehouse in the United Kingdom will use the Interceptas platform from Accertify as the foundation for its fraud prevention strategies.
Alvarado provided SLT turnstiles and Quick Queue stanchions to provide flexible access control for the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.
ViewRun selected cameras from Arecont Vision for license-plate recognition in a motor-vehicle tunnel in Korea. Korea Image Systems Co. Ltd. installed the cameras.
Avigilon announced that its HD surveillance system has been deployed at the English Ports of Grimsby and Immingham by Associated British Ports.
Barix AG has developed an OEM device for Aiphone Communications Systems based on its intercom and two-way audio devices.
BIO-key International announced that the Oklahoma Blood Institute will deploy its TruDonor biometric identification technology.
Bosch Security Systems is one of the principal suppliers of security equipment for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
A Brivo OnSite SE/XE solution for access control from Brivo Systems LLC is in use at MaximumASP and MaximumCOLO.
Contemporary Services Corporation has signed a contract with Global Spectrum, PPL Park, and the Philadelphia Union soccer team to provide gate searches and other security functions.
Acker-Stone Industries is using DVTel intelligent video analytics to detect security breaches. The video is remotely viewed by Virtual Guard, Inc.
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems will equip its pallets with Enfora’s AT asset tags and use its asset management software.
Butler County Community College will use the Advanced Disaster Management Simulator from Environmental Tectonics Corporation.
FreeSpace Networks is supplying radio-based CCTV data transmission to Asda filling stations. Asda is the U.K. trading arm of Walmart.
Hacousto Group will market a tokenless biometric security offering from Global Rainmakers, Inc., in the Benelux region.
A NOTIFIER Mass Notification System from Honeywell and speakers made by Whelen Corporation are being used for emergency communication at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Cameras and other equipment from Infinova are part of the surveillance system at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
JET Oil has installed IQin-Visionmegapixel technology at 24 of its unmanned gas stations in Sweden. Niscayah served as the integrator, and distributor Svensk Säkerhets video AB supplied the cameras.
NaviGate, the critical information management system from Lauren Innovations, has been implemented by James Madison University to enhance emergency response capabilities.
MEGA and Stamford Risk Analytics are partnering to integrate Stamford’s risk management solutions into the MEGA Suite for governance, risk, and compliance (GRC).
SunTrust Inc. has selected the GRC platform from MetricStream for managing its risk and compliance efforts.
Nedap Security Management and Dyskret Sp z o.o. have formed a partnership to implement Nedap technology in Poland.
Working with integrator Antropy, Inc., Stephen S. Wise Temple and Schools implemented a video surveillance system managed by the NetDVMS solution from OnSSI.
OSS, Inc., has contracted with Harbor Group Management Company to provide security guard services for an office building in Cleveland.
Team NiSCA has named E-CARD ID Products Ltd. as an authorized value-added reseller in Canada.
Hancock Bank and Zion Bank have chosen Trusteer to protect their e-banking customers from malware attacks.
Verint Systems Inc. announced that the Kentucky State Fair Board has chosen its Nextiva IP video management platform for the KFC Yum! Center, a multipurpose arena in Louisville, Kentucky.
Integration partners EMC and Orion Systems Group are delivering the system.
World-Check and i2 have formed a partnership to provide i2 customers with global intelligence.
ARES Corporation has won a contract to provide its AVERT security optimization software to Defense Human Resources Activity.
Entrust, Inc., has developed global identification cards for INTERPOL agents.
Federal Signal Technologies will supply camera technology for Thailand’s Electronic Vehicle Registration Systems project.
FreightWatch International and EUROWATCH are partnering to develop cargo theft intelligence in Europe and analyze crime trends.
G4S has a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to transport removable aliens using fortified vans.
Genetec announced that its IP video surveillance system was chosen by Hertfordshire Constabulary in the United Kingdom for a countywide video expansion and upgrade.
IndigoVision is providing citywide wireless surveillance to the city of Arequipa in Peru.
KSW Microtec AG is supplying RFID inlays to LaserCard Corporation for the new contactless U.S. Permanent Resident Card for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Morpho has signed a contract with the Malyasian National Registration Department to supply its identity management system for ID cards.
NICE Systems Ltd. announced that Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport has implemented the NiceVision Net IP video surveillance solution.
Northrop Grumman Corporation has a contract with DHS to provide support for Federal Emergency Management Agency regional preparedness exercises.
Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc., will provide its explosives detection systems to five Mexican airports through a contract with Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V.
Sagem Identification will produce and distribute travel documents through a contract with the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.
SCM Microsystems will supply contactless smart card readers under the new electronic identification program managed by Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior.
System Development Integration will deliver a mobile video-audio surveillance system from Verint Video Intelligence Solutions to be installed on buses operated by Omnitrans in San Bernardino County, California.
Unisys has a contract with the Brazil Special Secretariat of Port Development and Modernization to assist the agency in enhancing port security.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Adesta, LLC, received the Award of Honor with Distinction from the Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Safety Council for its outstanding occupational safety and health program.
The anti-terror APT30 Complete bollard from APT Security Systems has been crash-tested to withstand 7.5 metric tons at 30 miles per hour.
Arecont Vision accepted the PSA Security Network Outstanding New Vendor Award at PSA’s Tec 2010 Show.
Axis Communications won the ESX Maximum Impact Award in the video camera category for its AXIS Q1910-E Thermal Network Camera at the Electronic Security Expo. The AXIS Q6034 PTZ Dome Network Camera won the 2010 Best Products and Services Award in physical security from the Network Products Guide.
Camber Corporation won the James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award for 2010 from the Defense Security Service.
Gemalto announced that its MEDEA+ONOM@TOPIC+ project has won the EUREKA innovation finalist trophy.
Milestone Systems was honored with a Royal Export Award from Prince Henrik of Denmark for success in international markets.
Urban Environmental Research and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, along with local, state, and federal agencies, developed the Critical Infrastructure Protection System to help first responders respond to emergency situations. The tool earned a Special Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Environmental Systems Research Institute International User Conference.
Verity Systems announced that its hard-drive degausser, the SDD Master, has been tested and approved by the National Security Agency to sanitize classified information from magnetic storage media.
Westcon Group, Inc., announced that its Westcon Security business practice was named Distributor of the Year by Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.
Richard N. Best Associates, Inc., has launched a new Website atwww.RNBest.com.
Elite Investigations Ltd., a New York-based security guard and investigation services firm, has opened an office in Orlando, Florida, to manage new security guard contracts.
General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited acquired Kylmar Limited.
Hackett Security of St. Louis, Missouri, has acquired Reli Security Alarms to increase its presence in southeastern Missouri.
HR Plus has developed a corporate presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Access control company infinias, LLC, has moved to a new location in Carmel, Indiana.
Pinkerton Government Services has acquired Paragon Systems Inc. to expand in the government security services market.
Securitas has acquired 60 percent of the shares in Bren Security in Sri Lanka.
SightLogix has launched a blog that will discuss best practices for protecting outdoor areas with intelligent video atwww.sightlogix.com/blog.
Smarter Security Systems has launched a new Web site atwww.smartersecurity.com.
Smiths Detection has expanded its Edgewood, Maryland, facility to produce chemical detectors and x-ray checkpoint scanners.
Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc., has purchased Sonitrol of Allentown and Sonitrol of the Tri-State.
Talk-A-Phone has announced a new partner certification program to educate partners about its emergency communications products.
Officer Selection and Training Guideline Revised
ASIS International has released its revised Private Security Officer (PSO) Selection and Training Guideline, which provides recommended minimum selection and training qualifications to improve the performance of private security officers and the quality of security services.
“Committee members realized there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to officer selection and training,” says Bernard D. Greenawalt, CPP, vice president, Securitas Security Services USA Inc., and chair of the PSO Guideline Committee. “Not every company’s security requirements are the same and criteria vary from state to state. This revised guideline offers companies the flexibility to implement the strategies that meet their specific business and security needs.”
The guideline supersedes the first edition published in 2004 and is designated ASIS GDL PSO-2010. It provides the framework for private security officer job descriptions and recommended minimum selection criteria, as well as an outline for the design and delivery of private security officer training by employers and other agencies.
The work of preparing ASIS standards and guidelines is carried out through the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and its committees. ASIS is an American National Standards
Institute-accredited Standards Development Organization and actively participates in the International Organization for Standardization, developing standards and guidelines within a voluntary, nonproprietary, and consensus-based process, using the knowledge, experience, and expertise of ASIS membership, security professionals, and the global security industry.
All ASIS standards and guidelines can be purchased at the ASIS Web site,www.asisonline.org.
ASIS Organizational Resilience ANSI Standard Adopted by DHS
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the adoption of the ASIS International American National Standard for Organizational Resilience for the DHS’s Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) Program. The ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009 standard, titled Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems—Requirements with Guidance for Use, provides a holistic approach to cost-effectively improve any organization’s resilience and preparedness performance.
ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009, also known as the ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard, is the only standard that helps an organization design a balanced system to reduce the likelihood of—and minimize the consequences of—disruptive events. It provides a framework for businesses to assess the risks of disruptive events; develop a proactive strategy for prevention, response, and recovery; establish performance criteria; and evaluate opportunities for improvement. Additionally, it empowers an organization to implement an organizational resilience management system appropriate to its needs and those of its stakeholders. The standard can be used by any organization wishing to enhance its resilience and preparedness, as well as to seek certification recognized by PS-Prep.
“In light of the recent events in the Gulf, the importance of resilience cannot be understated,” says ASIS President Joseph R. Granger, CPP. “Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a disruption is not enough. Organizations need to be able to assess the potential for a disruption and minimize the likelihood. They also need to adapt to an ever-changing environment. This standard provides organizations with a flexible tool that they can use to tailor their resilience and preparedness needs to meet their business needs. ASIS is proud that the DHS has selected this standard to help businesses effectively address potential disruptions.”
One of only three preparedness standards included in PSPrep, the ASIS standard takes an enterprise-wide view of risk management, enabling an organization to develop a comprehensive strategy to prevent when possible, prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a disruptive incident. It is the only American National Standard in the PSPrep program that is completely compatible with existing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) management system standards, enabling a cost-saving integrated application with other internationally recognized ISO management system standards. The importance of the ANSI/ ASIS SPC.1-2009 was recently validated by ISO’s decision to develop an international standard for organizational resilience.
The ASIS standard is applicable to all sizes and types of organizations, from public to private, small to multinational, and for all sectors—it can help any organization that wants to create a balanced strategy for both likelihood and consequence reduction for incident prevention and management to 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; implement a maturity model approach to cost-effectively enhance resilience performance; and make a self-determination and self-declaration of conformance with ANSI/ASIS SPC.1-2009.
It is also applicable to organizations that wish to seek certification/registration of their organizational resilience management system by an accredited third-party certification body; leverage an existing investment in other ISO management system standards (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, ISO 28000) to improve security, preparedness and continuity performance, or integrate plans for managing the risks of disruptive events into their enterprise-wide risk management programs, consistent with the ISO 31000 for risk management.
“By adopting the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard, PS-Prep offers organizations a business-friendly, globally tested and proven method based on the ISO management system standard model, to improve their resilience and preparedness performance,” says Mark Geraci, CPP, chair of the ASIS Commission on Standards and Guidelines.