Industry News November 2010
RGB Spectrum was one of the companies involved in the successful installation of a replacement cap on BP’s Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. The delicate work was handled by deepwater remote operating vehicles (ROVs) controlled via an integrated system using the company’s MediaWall display technology. Each ROV communicated video images from its cameras to a control ship where an operator manipulated the mechanical arms of the unit. The Media Wall concentrated camera feeds with other operating data to provide enhanced situational awareness to the remote operator.
Also in the Gulf was the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, which partnered with the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to send a robotic submersible to investigate subsurface oil. The autonomous underwater vehicle used artificial intelligence software to decide where to go and when to collect water samples. Working with onboard computers, the vehicle mapped the oil plume’s boundaries and sampled water within and outside the plume.
As oil was fouling the Gulf, tourists were concerned about visiting beaches that might be spoiled by oil. Sarasota, Florida, working with Advanced Automation Systems, Inc., installed a pan-tilt-zoom camera dome from Vicon Industries Inc. to survey the beach and reassure potential visitors that the beach was clean and open. Visitors could check out the beach from anywhere in the world via an Internet browser, and tourism did not suffer as a result.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ADI and Visonic Group have teamed up to distribute products for the Smith & Wesson Security Services program.
Avigilon announced that Volkwagen dealership Trend Motors, Ltd., has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to secure its property.
CNL has added Southwest Microwave Ltd., a manufacturer of perimeter security systems, to its Technology Alliance Program.
Contemporary Services Corporation will provide security, crowd management, and other services for football events at Wake Forest University.
Draeger Safety Inc. announced that L.N. Curtis & Sons will distribute its emergency responder equipment in 13 western U.S. states.
Exacq Technologies and S2 Security Corporation have integrated the exacqVision video management system with the S2 NetBox physical security management system.
Global Rainmakers Inc. has granted a license to APL Access and Security Inc. to resell and integrate its biometrics technology in the United States. Tech Imagine Inc. will offer Global Rainmakers’ technology in Latin America.
Garden State Fire and Security Alarm Company, Inc., has joined the Honeywell First Alert Professional Dealer Program.
In Brazil, IndigoVision IP video security technology monitors automated gas facilities in the Amazon rain forest. The stations are centrally monitored from a control room in Rio de Janeiro. The system was designed and installed by local partner AIRWIRE.
NFS Communications, Inc., will serve as manufacturer’s representative in New York and northern New Jersey for infinias, LLC.
Cameras and matrix switchers from Infinova are providing surveillance for the Shanghui City Industrial Building in Shanghai.
KeyCorp has signed an agreement with NICE Actimize to strengthen its ability to detect and mitigate consumer and commercial fraud.
Niscayah will connect 350 supermarkets in the Netherlands, including Jumbo, C1000, and Super de Boer, to its Niscayah Security Operations Center.
North American Video has installed a physical security system at the new Red Bulls Soccer Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
Suspect Detection Systems Inc. has signed a marketing and distribution agreement with Minami Holdings in Japan.
Visa Inc. and the National Retail Federation are working together to reduce the amount of payment card data in merchant systems.
Video Mount Products has formed an alliance with PSA Security Network to offer its full line of security and audio-video products to PSA’s member security integrators.
APT Security Systems helped design the streetscape in a redevelopment project in Luton, England, and will install bollards and other crash-rated elements to protect against vehicular attacks.
Axis Communications announced that Cody High School (Wyoming) worked with integrator ISC Corporation to replace its analog video system with Axis network cameras.
CEIA USA was awarded a five-year contract from the Federal Protective Service to supply metal detectors.
Codebench, Inc., announced that its software to authenticate Personal Identity Verification cards has been deployed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center in Austin, Texas.
Conway Security Products is supplying camera housings and brackets to the Highways Agency project in Hertfordshire, England, that is bringing the Hatfield Tunnel up to new European Union standards.
Austin Regional Intelligence Center (Texas) is using crime analysis and information sharing solutions from i2.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is using IP video technology from IndigoVision for data management and surveillance.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing a modeling, simulation, and analysis infrastructure for the Department of Homeland Security.
MorphoTrak is working with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to produce an enhanced-security driver’s license system.
The Department of the Interior has selected a records management system from Niche Technology Inc. for incident management, analysis, and reporting.
School District 51 in Grand Junction, Colorado, is using video surveillance software from OnSSI.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded a contract for an emergency notification system to PlantCML.
Universal Safety Response, Inc., designed and installed the company’s GRAB barrier system at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Verizon Business and the U.S. Secret Service combined caseloads to deliver a picture of data breaches in the 2010 Data Breach Investigations Report, available at verizon-business.com.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AlliedBarton Security Services was honored with a Stevie Award for HR department of the year at the 2010 American Business Awards.
China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc., was awarded a patent for its intelligent video surveillance.
The American Brands Council selected Schlage from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies for inclusion in the 2010 edition of America’s Greatest Brands.
Mace Central Station has received the CSAA Five Diamond Certification from the Central Station Alarm Association.
Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc., announced that its Reveal CT-80DR Explosives Detection System was evaluated by the European Civil Aviation Conference and passed the European Union Commission Regulation Standard 3.
AssureTec Holdings Inc. has formed a new subsidiary to sell and service its new commercial identity fraud deterrent solutions: AssureTec Direct Inc.
ATG Access Inc. has acquired the vehicle barrier and gate division of Allen-Vanguard Corporation.
Axis Communications has opened a new sales office in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Bosch Security Systems has launched a new program to give users of its MIC300 cameras a financial incentive to upgrade to the new model before the company discontinues repair service for the MIC300 at the end of 2010.
Dafoe Corporation has signed a letter of intent to acquire Agkha Intelli-Tec, a Dubai-based RFID and digital security solutions provider.
EP Security Services, Inc., is offering a full line of security products and services in California and Arizona.
Fike has completed a new training facility at the company’s corporate headquarters in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Gunnebo, AB, has established Gunnebo China in Shanghai, China, to service the expanding Chinese market.
Marioff Oy has expanded its North American operations by adding technical support and customer service in Ashland, Massachusetts.
Octavian Security USA has established its American headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company has a contract with Kanbar Properties to manage security for its office buildings.
Panda Security and Defence Intelligence provided key information to the FBI and international authorities that led to the capture of Iserdo, author of the Butterfly botnet kit.
Smart-Tek Solutions, Inc., has opened a new office in San Diego to support its growing client base.
ASIS Receives GSA Federal Supply Schedule Contract
ASIS International is now an authorized General Services Administration (GSA) federal supply schedule vendor of educational programs, materials, and exhibits and seminars for security professionals.
“ASIS is excited about the opportunity to partner with the federal government to offer a broad array of training programs to keep security professionals abreast of industry changes,” says the Society’s
President Joseph R. Granger, CPP. “Our programs include national and international conferences, regional workshops, certification review courses, webinars, published materials and much more.”
GSA schedules are open-ended, five-year contracts listing the prices the government has negotiated to pay for suppliers’ products and services. Vendors must pass through a strict review process to be approved for GSA listing. Federal buyers save time by procuring through the preapproved list of suppliers.
The approval of ASIS for a GSA schedule allows federal agencies, along with state and local entities, to more easily contract for ASIS’s security education and training services. Government agencies and other organizations using the GSA schedule for purchases may now contract for ASIS’s board-certified, security-training courses for protection professionals, security professionals, and investigators through GSA Contract Number GS-02F-0186W, Schedule 874, Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (“MOBIS”). For more information on the GSA Schedules program visitwww.gsa.gov.
Wharton/ASIS Security Executives Program Upcoming
The Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives will be held November 29-December 3 and January 31-February 4 at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Designed for chief security officers and others in high-level security management positions, the course is offered over two weeks, which are separated by a two-month hiatus.
The security risks facing many organizations today are greater than ever, yet these rising challenges may not be reflected in the budget. Security executives are left wondering how to communicate a clear business case for investments in security, how to present security strategies that the C-suite will be receptive to, and how to manage security resources to make the most effect on an organization.
The Wharton/ASIS Program for Security Executives offers core business knowledge from one of the world’s leading business schools. This two-week certificate course is taught by many of the same faculty who have made Wharton’s MBA program one of the top-ranked in the world. It covers the core concepts of business to broaden managerial and strategic perspectives, enhance business instincts and sharpen attendees’ abilities to tackle management challenges, as well as help security executives to work more effectively with other leaders in an organization and communicate the bottom-line impact of security decisions.
While the program draws upon the insights and current research of Wharton faculty, the discussions and cases are centered on the distinctive challenges of security executives.
The program design is a result of the close collaboration of Wharton faculty with industry experts from ASIS International to ensure that business knowledge is presented in a way that is directly applicable to these executives’ work.
The design of the program emphasizes application of ideas learned in the classroom. The first week-long segment is followed by a 2-month interim period. During this time, participants continue to interact with each other and with the faculty through a secure Web site. This allows participants to deepen their learning by testing and applying new knowledge at work before returning to the classroom for the second week.
Participants receive a certificate from the Wharton School and ASIS upon completion of the program. Details on applying for the program can be found by visitingwww.asisonline.org.
Lungren Receives CSO Roundtable Award
U.S. Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA) has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the ASIS International CSO Roundtable Leadership in Security Award, which goes to a public official or private practitioner who has had a profound impact on security. Lungren received the award in September, on the second day of the CSO Roundtable’s annual public policy event.
The award recognizes Lungren’s service on multiple Congressional committees and subcommittees related to homeland security. They include the House Committee on Homeland Security and three of its subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology—on which he is the ranking member; the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight; and the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection. He also is a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, where he sits on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
As a former Attorney General of California, Lungren has a long record of being tough on crime and supports strong national security and defense policy. After a brief stint away from public service, Rep. Lungren returned to office after 9-11 to participate in the fight against global terrorism. The award recognizes his achievements in implementing risk-assessment-based homeland security policies, promoting better resources for intelligence-gathering, and working for the best possible training and equipment for U.S. troops.
In 2009, the inaugural Leadership in Security Award was presented to Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME). After the presentation, the senator and her staff briefed CSOs on emergent issues.
The first day of the 2010 CSO public policy event featured panel discussions among CSOs and general counsels on issues common to both sets of professionals, overlaps in duties, reporting relationships, challenges, and lessons learned. The program featured Roundtable members as well as members of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Following these sessions, attendees gathered for a reception and dinner with members of Congress and their staffs, as well as members of Business Executives for National Security.
The CSO Roundtable also will have had (by the time you get this issue) a track of sessions at the ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, featuring a dozen sessions and a preseminar program focused on wo men’s issues. And early December brings a CSO Roundtable program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, titled “Opportunity and Risk: The CSO Roundtable Latin America Summit.”