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Industry News January 2011


As high school seniors put the finishing touches on college applications and ponder their plans for the future, they would be wise to pay attention to crime statistics at their prospective universities.

The Daily Beast released its second annual college safety rankings last fall. According to the online news source, campus crime prevention is improving and the number of major crimes is in decline, including robberies, car thefts, arson, and aggravated assaults. Helping the abatement are surveillance technology and better crime data, according to experts. The Daily Beast article offers statistics for 458 schools and ranks the 50 safest and the 50 most dangerous colleges.

Insite Security completed a crime survey of 12 top-tier universities. The Ivy League Crime Report notes that official college statistics often exclude incidents that occur off-campus, although they may involve students, so the Insite report includes statistics for the surrounding areas. Depending on the school, certain crimes are more prevalent on a campus than in its environs. For example, burglary rates are higher on the Columbia University campus than they are in New York City; but burglary is more prevalent in Ithaca, New York, than on the Cornell University campus in that city.

Especially troubling are statistics for rape and forcible sex offenses, which are almost always higher on college campuses than elsewhere, according to The Daily Beast and Insite. Both pointed out that sex offenses are particularly difficult to quantify because of victims’ reluctance to report the crimes. Read more about these reports via Beyond Print


Raley’s grocery stores are using a point-of-sale video-auditing solution from Agilence to reduce shrink and improve operations.

AOptix Technologies, Inc., is partnering with Aware, Inc., to develop a dual-factor iris and face biometrics system.

ContainerPort Group has purchased the VeriWise Track & Trace System from Asset Intelligence for tracking and securing its trailer and container fleets.

A new physical security solution for California State University Channel Islands uses August Systems Edge-Frontier middleware platform. NIC Partners served as the systems integrator.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi has deployed the AvigilonHD Surveillance System as a laboratory tool for studying security risks in sport venues.

The Institute for Transfusion Medicine is deploying BIO-key International TruDonor biometric identification technology for blood donors and patients.

Codebench has integrated its PIVCheck software with access control software from RS2 Technologies to create a solution that complies with FIPS-201 requirements.

Contemporary Services Corporation was selected to provide security services for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure events in various cities across the United States.

The Food Marketing Institute is joining with the National Retail Federation and eBay to tackle the problem of organized retail crime. The partnership will share information with the FBI and local law enforcement to combat the phenomenon.

Gallagher Security Management Systems and Pelco, Inc., have integrated Pelco network video recorders with the Cardax FT Command Center access-control platform.

Honeywell has selected Knight Security Systems as an authorized dealer for its commercial security systems.

Shopping centers owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge in Canada are deploying video surveillance systems using IndigoVision’s IP video security solution.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies and Identification Systems Group are working together to deliver credential issuance solutions.

The Greenbrier resort has deployed a Pelco video surveillance system in its new Casino Club gaming facility. The system was designed and built by North American Video and M. Malia and Associates.

OSS, Inc., is providing security guard services for Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Vandal-resistant dome cameras from Rainbow CCTV are being used at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The project was completed in cooperation with Windy City Wire and Omni-1 Electronics. RoboVu and Intransa have formed a strategic partnership to manage public safety video assets.

BAE Systems Military Air Solutions has chosen the VESE visitor management system from SISYS to control visitor access across four of its sites.

Skybox Security has signed Securematics, Inc., to distribute its automated security risk and compliance management solutions.

Sonardyne is working with MarineGuard Systems Ltd. to provide its diver detection sonar for one of the world’s largest megayachts, now under construction.

Jossy Jo, a Beijing-based fashion brand, is implementing an item-level RFID solution from UPM Raflatac and Jawasoft China to help protect its brand and improve logistics.

ID TECH is implementing encryption from Voltage Security to protect its financial transaction products, PIN entry products, and more.

XceedID and ScreenCheck have formed a technology partnership to let customers design, encode, print, and manage ID credentials via ScreenCheck’s BadgeMaker Online software.


The Serbian city of Novi Sad has implemented a video system using Aimetis Corporation video management and analytics software and Axis Communications cameras.

Selma, Alabama, has deployed an Avigilon surveillance system to boost community safety and prevent crime. The system is in use at the Selma Police Department and at the Selma Housing Authority’s George Washington Carver apartment complex.

AWS Convergence Technologies is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to facilitate enhanced situational awareness for the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center.

Astatic microphones from CAD Audio and dome cameras from Panasonic are part of a security surveillance upgrade for the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Calvin, Giordano & Associates is working with the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency to update the agency’s hazard mitigation plan.

DHS Technologies LLC provided a Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter system to the U.S. Secret Service as part of security efforts as the 65th United Nations General Assembly convened.

Paramus Public Schools in New Jersey has installed a unified security platform from Genetec at all eight of its schools.

HCL Security will implement a NICE Systems integrated security solution for the Delhi Police in India.

A wireless gas-detection system from RAE Systems is helping keep workers safe during construction on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects.

Smiths Detection was awarded an order from the TSA for its x-ray systems to be deployed at airport checkpoints across the United States.

SRC, Inc., won a contract from the DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement to establish and maintain a security operations center to protect critical information technology infrastructure.

Water Valley School District in Texas has selected a video solution from Wren for improved security.


The Symmetry Security Management software portfolio from AMAG Technology has received FIPS-197 certification

BriefCam, Ltd., won in the physical security category of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards.

Gemalto’s manufacturing and service center in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, received security assurance certification from the North American Security Products Organization.

Inovonics has received a patent for its directed-message technology from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

IrisGuard Inc. received the 2010 Frost & SullivanWorld Product Quality Leadership Award in Biometrics.

Iron Mountain has joined the National Association for Information Destruction Certification Board and achieved certification for its secure shredding operations in North America.

Sipera Systems announced that its UC-Sec security appliance has earned an EAL 3+ level Common Criteria certification.

VeriTainer Corporation has been issued a crane-mounted scanning patent for Israel. This award follows four other international patents for the scanning of shipping containers.


Acklands-Grainger Inc. has purchased Solus Sécurité to offer customers more products and services.

Agent Vi has launched a technology partner program for companies that wish to integrate their video surveillance products with the company’s solutions.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc., has introduced an online training academy to help retailers use in-store loss prevention tools.

CNL has launched a technology alliance program to allow greater interoperability between disparate security technologies.

HESCO Bastion LTD is sponsoring a new Web site to serve as an online portal for military and emergency management officials seeking information about barrier protection.

The Homeland Security and Defense Business Council is releasing monographs each month through September in a project exploring responses to 9-11 attacks and evaluating efforts to prevent a similar attack. Early reports dealt with aviation security, cybersecurity, and information sharing.

Identive Group, Inc., announced that its RockWest Technology Group will adopt the name Multicard.

Infinova Argentina has donated cameras, a recorder, and software to a new university program in Rosario that includes video surveillance in its IT program

Lab X Technologies is expanding its digital connectivity services into the digital security market to simplify design and implementation for security customers.

Pace University has developed a new master’s-level program in homeland security under the University and Agency Partnership Initiative created by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

PSA Security Network has implemented a new project financing program in conjunction with Integrator Support and Susquehanna Commercial Finance.

Securitas has acquired the mobile security services company Nikaro in the United Kingdom.

UTC Fire & Security has opened a new India Innovation and Engineering Center in Hyderabad.

Utica College is accepting applications for its online master’s degree in economic crime management with residencies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Vicon has launched a new Web site at to provide dealers, integrators, and end users with product information, system design tools, tutorials, and other resources.

Webroot has opened an office in Leidschendam, Netherlands, to support the Benelux market.


New ASIS Board Members Elected

Five members of ASIS International have been elected to serve a new three-year term on the ASIS Board of Directors. Two were re-elected to the board: Chad Callaghan, CPP, and Dave Tyson, CPP. They will be joined on the board by three new members: Brian Allen, CPP; Edward Hallen, CPP; and Stephen Scharf.

All members were invited to participate in the online balloting over the summer. The ballots could be accessed through the ASIS Web site; votes were counted by a third party. The election closed in early August, and ASIS President Joseph R. Granger, CPP, notified the candidates of the results.

Chad Callaghan, CPP, is vice president of Global Safety and Security-Americas with Marriott International in Washington, D.C. Callaghan joined Marriott more than 20 years ago and has been in security management positions for 36 years.

A member of ASIS since 1979, Callaghan is affiliated with the National Capital Chapter. He has held leadership positions on the ASIS Board of Directors as well as the CSO Roundtable, the Commission on Standards and Guidelines, and the Young Professionals Group. He has also been active in numerous other security and lodging associations and holds related certifications.

He believes the role of the ASIS board member centers on communication, representing the needs and concerns of members throughout the Society’s structure. During his next term on the board, he intends to promote ASIS as the leading voice of the security industry and as the premier provider of information and training materials. He would like to see ASIS form more coalitions with related groups, especially in the international arena, and continue to lead the industry in developing and promulgating standards and guidelines.

Dave Tyson, CPP, is the chief information security officer for Pacific Gas & Electric in San Francisco, California, a position he has held since 2009. He began his security career as an executive protection specialist and has held increasingly responsible security management positions during a 28-year career. A member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Tyson joined ASIS in 1997. In addition to the ASIS Board of Directors, Tyson has served on the Professional Certification Board, been a regional vice president, and chaired the Information Technology and Security Council.

Tyson has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2005 Security Pioneer Award bestowed by the Canadian Chapters of ASIS, and has been an active participant in various information security professional organizations. He has been published in several security magazines and in 2007 authored the book Security Convergence: Managing Enterprise Security Risk.

As he begins his second term on the ASIS Board of Directors, Tyson hopes to help the board continue building value for members by developing partnerships with other security associations worldwide and by providing access to cutting-edge education. He believes board members should be stewards of the Society, making sure that all efforts are true to the association’s mission and that its strategic plan and priorities ensure the society will remain vibrant for years to come.

Brian Allen, CPP, is the senior director for corporate security with Time Warner Cable in New York City. Allen joined the company in 2002 and has accumulated 15 years of security management experience during his career. He has been a licensed attorney with the New York State Bar since 2002.

Allen joined ASIS in 1997 and is affiliated with the New York City Chapter. He has been a member of the ASIS Telecommunications Security Council for nearly 10 years and currently serves on the CSO Roundtable Advisory Committee. He participates in a number of industry associations involved with fraud and threat assessment issues. He has been a volunteer on the board of directors for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

Allen finds that his experience with the legal system is an advantage that he uses daily. As he joins the ASIS board, he believes the security industry and its executives are at a pivotal juncture, where the security agenda is being driven by regulation, internal audit, and risk management. He advocates helping security directors understand the need for enterprise security risk management, which can help close the gaps left when risk is only addressed in pieces by various corporate departments.

Career development is another priority. Allen favors career assistance and mentoring to help young colleagues advance. He also intends to be engaged with standards and regulatory issues, weighing in on legislation that affects the security industry so that ASIS is recognized as the industry expert.

Edward Hallen, CPP, is manager of safety and security services for Occidental Petroleum Corporation in Los Angeles, California. He joined the company in 1984 and has moved through positions with increasing levels of security management responsibilities during his 25-year career.

A member of ASIS since 1985, Hallen is affiliated with the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. He is returning to the ASIS Board of Directors after a six-year hiatus. He has served on various ASIS commissions and strategic planning groups and currently sits on the CSO Roundtable Advisory Board. He is also actively involved with four other security- and safety-related associations.

Hallen gives ASIS credit for the success of his career and looks forward to again being a part of the ASIS Board of Directors. He believes board members should listen, observe, question, and discuss Society and industry issues, then lead in a direction that benefits the members and ensures the fiscal stability of ASIS. Education will be his number one focus, and he will seek to integrate the latest technologies into the Society’s educational processes.

He also looks forward to raising the public’s awareness of ASIS and to focusing on member recruitment and company support. He favors continuous improvement as a way to strive for quality in every endeavor.

Stephen Scharf is senior vice president and global chief information security officer for Experian in Costa Mesa, California. He has held this position for the past two years and has 10 years of security management experience in a variety of industry sectors.

A member of ASIS since 2008, Scharf participates in the Orange County Chapter. He was appointed to the Enterprise Risk Management Committee and currently serves on the CSO Roundtable Advisory Board.

Based on his experience in both information and physical security, Scharf hopes to help ASIS embrace convergence and bridge the gap between the two sides of the profession. He feels this awareness is a key element in the growth of the security management profession and will help to define how security fits within a larger risk portfolio. He also sees the need for ASIS to share knowledge and cooperate with the public sector to achieve common goals.

As a board member, Scharf believes his role is to provide strategic direction to the association and to support growth within the profession. He hopes to harness the industry’s expertise to that end.