Industry News November 2011
Now that mobile phones are ubiquitous, law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of them to fight crime, prepare for emergencies, and keep people safe.
For example, Utah law enforcement agencies are asking citizens to use their mobile phones to help prevent and solve crimes. A new anonymous crime-tipping program allows the public to send tips via text message, smartphone application, or Internet. The TipSoft service is provided by CrimeReports.com, and is already being used by other U.S. law enforcement and Crime Stoppers groups. According to CrimeReports.com, about 7 percent of tips result in an arrest, and about 11 percent of tips clear a case.
Cassidian Communications has developed a Self-Registration Portal that allows government agencies to gather contact information—such as cell phone, VoIP, and other unpublished numbers—from residents to expand the reach and effectiveness of notification systems, including 911 databases. The system is being used by Maricopa County (Arizona); San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office (California); Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department (California); and Vienna Police Department (Virginia), among others.
The Detroit Police Department is teaming with more than 20 businesses in the city’s Central Business District to launch Project Lighthouse. Funded by the businesses, the program provides a phone number that individuals can call for help when they are lost, having car trouble, or experiencing other safety concerns. Every participating business—or lighthouse—has security personnel available around the clock to assist those in need. Each also displays a Project Lighthouse logo to indicate that it is a safe haven. The businesses are sharing surveillance images with the police, as well.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
The Victor unified video management solution from American Dynamics was selected by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to manage security needs.
Lauren Bright chose Arecont Vision to provide video surveillance in its Pinko store in Hong Kong. The video recorder was supplied by Genius Vision Digital.
Biometric Signature ID, Inc., announced that its signature gesture biometric technology for identity authentication was selected by Pearson eCollege to verify student identity for administration of courses and exams.
Brivo Systems LLC and EZFacility are partnering so EZFacility can offer 24-hour controlled security access to its health fitness and sports facility customers.
A new agreement between the Business Continuity Institute and the Disaster Recovery Journal will align the two businesses and expand services and offerings to members, readers, and attendees.
Codebench, Inc., announced that Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc., has deployed its software for registering TWICs into physical access control systems and for verifying an assortment of other credentials.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has entered into a strategic partnership with The Response Network to provide member agencies with online training courses at discounted prices.
Contemporary Services Corporation has a contract with Global Spectrum to provide 24-hour security services at PPL Park, a new major league soccer stadium and concert venue.
Diebold Incorporated is managing the installation, integration, and maintenance of a security software system for the World Trade Center site in New York City.
Ground Labs and Veritape have formed a partnership to improve payment card compliance for call center customers.
Video encoders and cameras from Hikvision are being used by Makedonski Telekom AD–Skopje at stores, corporate offices, and relay stations in Macedonia.
Broadlawns Medical Center is using PatientSecure palm reading technology from HT Systems LLC to register and check in patients.
UL Holdings Corporation in Connecticut is using IBM technology to secure its smart metering infrastructure from security threats.
The Scottish National Arena, host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has chosen Ievo Ltd. to supply fingerprint readers for access control and time and attendance functions at the construction site. Stag Security represented Ievo in the deal.
IndigoVision’s IP video technology is part of an upgrade of the security system at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. TeleTector of Maryland was the integrator, and the access control system was provided by Software House.
Infinova N-Series security cameras are fully integrated with Digifort’s IP surveillance software. Digifort is a video management system provider in Brazil.
Aultman Hospital in Ohio has chosen NaviGate by Lauren Innovations as its source for emergency planning and training.
Norstan Inc. worked with Matrix Systems to upgrade its video and security systems, creating a system that can be monitored by smartphone and laptop.
Nedap Security Management will secure the new Lviv stadium in Ukraine, which will be used in the Union of European Football Associations 2012 European Championship. The access Nedap AEOS system will be implemented by business partner ISK Transexpo Ltd.
Talon Air, based at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, has installed a perimeter warning system that uses laser-scan detectors from Optex to warn pilots when a plane comes within eight feet of hangar walls.
SightLogix has appointed Fiber Networks, Inc., to represent its intelligent video analytics products in New York City, Long Island, and northern New Jersey.
Southwest Systems designed a new security and surveillance system for Sugar-House Casino that includes Middle Atlantic Products consoles, racks, and hardware; Pelco cameras; and Code
Blue emergency units.
Suspect Detection Systems Inc. has signed a marketing and distribution agreement with Gans & Pugh Associates.
VideoIQ has named Source AV as a manufacturer’s representative in Canada.
Gene Tools LLC chose the CyberLock system from Videx to secure laboratory and cabinet doors.
AtHoc, Inc., announced that the U.S. Army post at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, has deployed its mass notification solution.
An AvigilonHD surveillance solution is securing parking lots, lobbies, and shops at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.
CNL Software is providing the integration and information management platform for the District of Columbia’s citywide situation awareness program.
IDenta Corp. has received an order from Technomaxx Securities in India for drug and explosives detection equipment for the Bureau of Police Research and Development in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
IndigoVision video technology is helping protect the city of Subang Jaya in Malaysia as part of a surveillance system deployed by GTC Global Sdn Bhd.
Edwardsville Community Unit 7 District Schools in Illinois has installed IQeye cameras from IQinVision to deter crime on its campuses.
LRAD Corporation has received an order from Simplex-Grinnell for a LRAD-RX long-range acoustic device as part of a security upgrade at the Pentagon.
North American Video has won a contract to service all camera, access control, alarm, and e-phone systems for Colorado’s Regional Transportation District Light Rail system.
Raytheon Company completed the latest increment of the National Data Exchange criminal justice information-sharing system for the FBI.
Revision has a contract to develop the U.S. Army’s next-generation helmets.
SAIC has delivered a certified physical security system to protect critical assets at Tinker Air Force Base.
Marion County Schools in Florida is using fire protection systems manufactured by Silent Knight and integrated by Mid State Fire & Systems.
Haskell County Courthouse in Texas is using loudspeakers from Technomad for emergencies and other public address needs.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
The U.S. permanent resident (green) card that is manufactured by HID Global has won the ACT Canada International Innovation Award for Identity Management. The card is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
IDMC won the award for Security Sales Representative of the Year from Middle Atlantic Products. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has approved a wireless communication system from Lockheed Martin for use in mines. The system enables trapped miners and rescue workers to communicate during a disaster.
Magal S3 received notification that its PipeGuard subterranean intrusion detection sensor successfully detected all excavation attempts with no false alarms in a recent trial by Pemex, the Mexican petroleum company.
Neurotechnology announced that two of its fingerprint-compression algorithms have received WSQ certification from the FBI.
Ameristar Fence Products acquired the assets of ATG Access Inc., including bollards, wedges, and crash beams that will be manufactured in the United States.
Document Security Systems, Inc., has launched a new corporate logo and marketing identity, along with a new corporate Web site at www.DSSsecure.com.
Industrial Scientific Corporation launched an interactive blog called “Ask Dave” to provide information on gas detection products and best practices.
The Information Technology–Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ITISAC) is recognizing its 10th anniversary with a focus on meeting new and evolving cybersecurity threats.
Morpho Detection, Inc., has acquired Syagen Technology, Inc., to strengthen its explosives and trace detection business.
The National Fire Sprinkler Association has launched a Web-based video channel at www.nfsa.tv to provide training and education regarding fire sprinklers.
Panasonic System Networks Company of America has announced its i-PRO Certified Reseller Program, which rewards top resellers.
RxSafetyMatters.org is a new online resource from Purdue Pharma L.P. designed to deter medication misuse and abuse.
Safran has acquired L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc., making it the leader in biometric identity solutions.
A Sonitrol audio alarm detected intruders entering a Florida pawn shop through a rooftop vent and notified police before the criminals could enter the building, resulting in three arrests.
Southco was recognized for its latch and hinge products on the World’s Greatest! Television show on the ION Network. Vicon Industries Inc. has upgraded its service program with shorter wait times and more pre- and post-sale support.
Westcon Group has agreed to acquire entrada Kommunikations GmbH, a leading value-added distributor of security products in Germany.
Xtralis has acquired HeiTel Digital Video GmbH to enhance its global position as a manufacturer of video surveillance and monitoring solutions.
Strategic Security Education Alliance Announced
Henley-Putnam University and ASIS International have announced a strategic partnership to advance quality education for strategic security professionals. The first result of this partnership has already been unveiled—a scholarship for ASIS members who pursue a degree in strategic security at Henley-Putnam. Available degree programs include intelligence management, terrorism and counterterrorism studies, and strategic security and protection management (SS&PM).
“ASIS is dedicated to top-quality education that enables security practitioners to develop and employ innovative security strategies,” states Michael Stack, ASIS CEO. “Henley-Putnam University’s program leverages today’s industry leaders’ experience and expertise to prepare tomorrow’s top security professionals.”
“Given that ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals through educational programs, this is a natural match,” observes Jim Killin, CEO of Henley-Putnam University. “Professionals can earn a degree in strategic security online, or even while working full-time.”
Henley-Putnam is the leading educational institution specializing in the field of strategic security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in intelligence management, terrorism and counterterrorism studies, and SS&PM, as well as a Ph.D. in strategic security. Henley-Putnam faculty possess an average of 17 years of field experience, making them uniquely qualified to train the next generation of security industry practitioners.
“Henley-Putnam faculty members are expert professionals who’ve done this work themselves and can share valuable, practical knowledge,” says Raymond T. O’Hara, CPP; executive vice president, Andrews International and ASIS president.
Scholarship. The scholarship is available to all ASIS members in good standing who enroll in a Henley Putnam degree program. The $2,500 scholarship will be applied as a pro rata credit towards tuition.
Linda Florence, Ph.D., CPP, dean for both the Doctorate of Strategic Security (DSS) and SS&PM programs at Henley-Putnam, announced the advisory board for the SS&PM program in June. Stack and O’Hara are among the industry leaders she tapped to bring an unparalleled breadth of talent and depth of experience to the university by serving on the board of advisors for the SS&PM program.
“These respected individuals are today’s security industry leaders,” states Florence. “We look forward to their practical contributions as we prepare Henley-Putnam students to define and lead tomorrow’s strategic security industry.”
For more information on the ASIS member scholarship or strategic security degrees, contact the Henley-Putnam director of admissions at 888/852-8746 or visit www. Henley-Putnam.edu.
ISO Approves Standard for Resilience in the Supply Chain
The latest addition to the ISO 28000 series—the ISO 28002 standard for resilience in the supply chain—was unanimously approved for publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Based on the ANSI/ASIS Organizational Resilience Standard (ANSI/ASIS.SPC.1), ISO 28002 provides a basis for an organization to evaluate both its organizational and supply-chain risks and to develop a comprehensive strategy to manage the risks that may disrupt its operations. The ISO 28000 series of standards seamlessly integrate with the ISO 31000 risk management standard, thereby allowing organizations to develop a cost-effective holistic approach to managing risk. With ratification of the ISO 28002, the ASIS/ANSI. SPC.1 Standard becomes the only U.S. Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) standard with a ratified ISO counterpart.
“Nearly all organizations today are in some sort of supply chain,” says Dr. Marc Siegel, commissioner, ASIS International Global Standards Initiative. “By implementing the ISO 28002 with the ANSI/ASIS. SPC.1 Standard, organizations can demonstrate conformance with all the requirements of the PS-Prep Program, C-TPAT Program, the security requirements of the ISO 28000, as well as the requirements of the upcoming ISO business continuity and organizational resilience standards, not to mention the key reason for implementing a standard in the first place: assuring uninterrupted delivery of products and services.”
To help organizations implement the ANSI/ASIS.SPC.1 and ISO 28002 standards, ASIS is working on an organizational resilience maturity model for phased implementation of the ANSI standard. In addition, ASIS is in the final stages of certification for an accredited RABQSA-RES lead auditor course. This classroom program will follow the internationally accepted standards for management system auditing and covers all the PS-Prep management system standards, as well as the ISO 28000 series and the upcoming ISO business continuity and organizational resilience standards.