Industry News December 2010
Training has come a long way from the days when a teacher’s only tool was a chalkboard. Student engagement is key, and technologies perfected in the security industry are helping trainees take a more active part in the learning process. Strategic Operations, Inc., of San Diego, for example, has adopted sophisticated video surveillance technology to enhance its realistic military training exercises.
Strategic Operations has trained hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers and marines in simulations that employ Holly wood-style pyrotechnics and actors playing enemy combatants in simulated Afghan villages. The exercises are captured by 30 cameras throughout the training area. After participating in a mock battle, trainers and trainees use the video to analyze and critique performance.
The surveillance system includes OnSSI IP-video software that enables trainers to access video quickly and efficiently, while BriefCamVideo Synopsis software speeds viewing. The 360-degree lenses from Immervision provide the widest possible fields of view, and Omnipresence 3D software from Feeling Software enables operators to access images using a three-dimensional map interface.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Through a new partnership, Horus Fraud Prevention will be the exclusive reseller of 41st Parameter Inc. fraud prevention solutions in Brazil, with the right to market the products throughout South America.
Altronix HubWay transceivers were chosen by M&R Electronic Systems, Inc., for use in video surveillance for Centrum Properties’ Roosevelt Collection urban residential, retail, and entertainment project in Chicago.
IP video cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., help the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation showcase the work its marine biologists are doing via the Internet.
Colo5, LLC, will provide disaster recovery services to the Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com.
Contemporary Services Corporation will provide security services for Kansas City Chiefs home games at Arrowhead Stadium under a new three-year contract. Alias S.r.l. will exclusively market the entire range of gateProtect products in Italy.
Rive Gauche stores in Russia have implemented security solutions from IBM to protect IT infrastructure and financial information.
Imperva is in a partnership with ActiveBase to jointly sell and implement sensitive-data protection.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and ScreenCheck International are partnering to offer customers expanded options for card personalization and printing.
In cooperation with Slovak T-Com, IQinVision cameras are being installed in Slovakian football stadiums. The integrator is Siemens with custom software provided by Canex Connections.
The Jewelers’ Security Alliance and eBay have formed a partnership to share information to support the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in fighting organized jewelry crime.
The video surveillance system at the new Danbury St. Croix Casino was designed and installed by North American Video for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians. The system includes Honeywell video management and integrated data manager systems.
PSA Security Network has formed partnerships with STI and with Allied Telesis to offer the latter two companies’ products through its security systems integrators.
MovieQ automated entertainment rental stores are using UPM Raflatac RFID tags for processing and identifying products securely.
VASCO Data Security International, Inc., has signed a distribution agreement with Pacific Tech to enhance its presence in Singapore and southeast Asia.
EMC Corporation is implementing IP video solutions from Verint Systems Inc.
CSX Transportation has entered into new rail security partnerships with Alabama and Mississippi, allowing state officials to share information to safeguard communities. Other states are already partners in the SecureNOW program.
Global Rainmakers Inc. will provide iris technology for the secure-city initiative in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
DVTel Inc. announced that Albuquerque, New Mexico, has deployed DVTel intelligent security operations center to manage its video surveillance project.
Dome cameras from Infinova have been placed on both sides of the Panama Canal to view ships waiting to go through the locks.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport in the United Arab Emirates is using the Videosphere solution from March Networks to protect clients and staff.
Milestone Systems video management software is being used by Fraport AG to improve security and operations at Varna and Burgas Airports in Bulgaria. RAD Group installed the software, which operates Axis Communications network cameras with IBM servers and Cisco network infrastructure.
Mind-Alliance Systems, LLC, has signed a contract with the Delaware River Port Authority to provide its information-sharing planning software, consulting and training to the Philadelphia Area Regional Transit Security Working Group, which includes transit companies, government authorities, and law enforcement groups.
Modular Security Systems Inc. is providing its access control portal to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to protect the new World Trade Center construction site.
Current Technologies has deployed a wireless video security solution from Motorola Solutions for the Village of Maywood, Illinois.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Brivo Systems LLC has received approval to display the TRUSTe EU Safe Harbor Seal, which demonstrates its commitment to consumer trust and privacy online. The seal helps a company certify with the EU Directive on Data Protection.
Incident Alert Systems has received patents for the Fast Alert incident warning and management system within the United States, Canada, and Europe.
MCS Fire & Security was awarded SAFETY Act certification and designation coverage for its electronic security installation and integration services from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Boeing has opened an intelligence collaboration and data analysis center in northern Virginia to enable the creation and testing of concepts to counter global threats to U.S. security.
Genetec has opened an office in Singapore, expanding its support reach to all time zones. The company has also introduced a new logo and Web site.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies has created a new “safe school” micro-site within its Web site.
Kuty & Associates has redesigned its Web site and introduced a new tag line. The site was designed by strategic partner Hamilton Innovative.
Perimeter E-Security has opened a new innovation center in Boston to consolidate its software engineering team.
Secura Key has launched a new Web site with improved navigation, organization, and access to documentation.
Criscuoli and Bordes Awards Bestowed
Robert Weber, CPP, a member of the St. Louis Chapter for nearly 23 years, is the 2010 recipient of the ASIS International E. J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP, Volunteer Leadership Award. Robert Graham, CPP, a highly valued member of the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council (LELC), is the 2010 recipient of the ASIS Roy N. Bordes Council Member Award of Excellence.
Criscuoli Award. Weber joined ASIS in 1988 and attained his CPP designation in 1990. He has been a fixture at chapter meetings through the years and has taken on volunteer leadership roles at all levels. Elected chapter treasurer in 1998, Weber progressed through the offices until he became chair in 2000.
When the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits was held in St. Louis in 1997, Weber stepped into the post of host chapter seminar committee chair. He suggested turning the third day of the seminar into “Law Enforcement Day,” which was so successful that it has become a tradition in subsequent years.
No stranger to awards, Weber was the recipient of his chapter’s first Carl Bender Professional of the Year Award in 2002. The award recognizes significant contributions to the security profession and the St. Louis Chapter. The next year, he also received the ASIS Region V Award of Achievement for his service to the Certified Protection Professional® (CPP) program at the chapter and regional level.
The Criscuoli Award includes a financial component. Weber’s registration, transportation, and accommodations in Dallas were complimentary, and a significant donation will be made to the ASIS Foundation, Inc., and the St. Louis Chapter in his name.
Bordes Award. Through his selfless service, Graham has helped solidify the LELC’s outstanding reputation. He is known as a natural leader who takes on complex tasks and sees them through to a productive conclusion.
Graham joined ASIS in 1994 and joined the LELC three years later. He has provided presentations at ASIS seminars, contributed to the success of the 2005 ASIS Global Terrorism Seminar, and proposed the
Public to Private Transition Course as a joint venture between ASIS and Michigan State University. An accomplished speaker, Graham has chaired the LELC’s Session Review Committee and helped search for speakers for this year’s Global Terrorism Seminar.
With fellow LELC member Paul Sweeney, Graham recommended that ASIS endorse the Target Corporation’s Safe City Program. He drafted a proposal, coordinated its implementation, and his efforts were rewarded in 2009 when the ASIS Board of Directors formally endorsed the program.
This award also included complimentary registration, transportation, and accommodations for Graham while in Dallas.
Each of these awards is named after a Society luminary. E. J. Criscuoli, Jr., CPP, joined ASIS in 1960. He was the Society’s president from 1974 to 1975 and served as the executive vice president from May 1977 to October 1993.
Roy N. Bordes was a member of ASIS for more than 30 years. He served on and led numerous ASIS councils, was sought after as a frequent speaker and mentor, and was a revered member of the security community until his death in 2008.
New Organizational Resilience Standard in Development
ASIS International is initiating the development of a new American National Standard, Organizational Resilience Maturity Model–Phased Implementation, based on the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience: Security, Preparedness, and Continuity Management Systems–Requirements with Guidance for Use Standard.
The new standard will enable organizations to implement the Organizational Resilience Standard using a phased implementation approach. A maturity model will help companies evaluate where they currently are with regard to resilience management and preparedness, set goals for where they want to go, benchmark where they are relative to those goals, and plot a business-sensible path forward. Furthermore, the standard will provide a basis for establishing defined levels for recognition programs for the achievement and maintenance of resilience criteria. This will empower small- and medium-sized enterprises, as well as larger organizations, to tailor their implementation of the Organizational Resilience Standard to achieve, maintain, and demonstrate implementation objectives.
“Implementation of the Organizational Resilience Standard can be a daunting task,” says Marc Siegel, chair of the Organizational Resilience Maturity Model Standard Committee and commissioner of the ASIS Global Standards Initiative. “The phased approach recognizes that resilience must be achieved in balance with the business needs of an organization, including its time and financial constraints. This is best accomplished by building a system that is continually improving, growing, and maturing.”
A draft concept of the ASIS Organizational Resilience maturity model was successfully tested by ASIS and the Tsogo Sun Group, the largest hotel chain in Africa, in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Next steps include the formation of the committee that will begin the process of developing the American National Standard.