Industry News December 2011
Nuclear fallout plans must be part of an all-hazards emergency preparedness approach. A new checklist from the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can help officials prepare for an event that spreads radioactive fallout. The Rad Resilient City Fallout Preparedness Checklist is a tool for designing and implementing a fallout preparedness program for cities and their partners. Developed using the latest federal guidance and technical reports, it will help public officials protect citizens from exposure to fallout.
The checklist includes seven action items, ranging from how to procure backing from the community to how to educate the public on the consequences of fallout and how to protect themselves. Subsequent items include developing a plan to deliver warnings following a nuclear detonation and establishing a mapping and monitoring system. The list concludes with a call for training and practicing the plan.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
Carolinas Healthcare System has begun a corporate-wide deployment of the video intelligence platform from 3VR.
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech and Industrial Video and Control are partnering to provide video surveillance solutions.
Arecont Vision has announced that its IP network megapixel cameras are fully integrated with the latest generation of Lenel Systems International’s OnGuard security platform.
The University of Sydney in Australia has deployed the AvigilonHD surveillance system across its Camperdown/Darlington and Cumberland campuses with plans to expand.
Regis University has deployed a solution from Brivo Systems LLC for managing security at its CyberSecurity Education Center in Denver.
Codebench has integrated its PIVCheck Plus software with the PremiSys access control system from IDenticard to create a compliant HSPD-12 solution.
The Panomera multisensory camera system from Dallmeier is being used in Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Community Trust Bank is updating its ATMs and services to ensure compliance with help from Diebold, Incorporated.
The American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa, has installed an Omnicast video surveillance system from Genetec to protect its campus.
Rolland Safe & Lock Company will distribute the InstaKey system to its nationwide customers.
The Akron Zoo in Ohio is using video management software from Milestone Systems to monitor animal health and behavior. The surveillance system also includes the MobileCamViewer from mobiDEOS and a mix of Axis and Mobotix cameras.
OSS Inc. is collaborating with the Optima Management Group LLC to provide security services to the Penton Media Building in Cleveland.
SecurView and 3i Infotech are partnering to offer Security as a Service to customers around the world.
Chapman University in Orange, California, is using an RFID automatic vehicle identification system from TagMaster North America, Inc. The system was installed by Automated Access Systems, Inc.
US Seismic Systems demonstrated its underwater harbor security system under a contract with the Electro Optic Center of Pennsylvania State University, which is sponsored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Saudi Aramco has signed an agreement with Zaff International Ltd. that calls for gas detection equipment and services to be provided by Industrial Scientific.
AGT Netherlands is collaborating with Carmeramanager.com, Zepcam, the University of Tilburg, and the Public Security Innovation Center on a pilot project to use surveillance systems to reduce crime in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (Maryland) has selected the RoadRunner onboard video surveillance system from Apollo Video Technology for use in its transit vehicles.
Aware, Inc., has won a contract to provide the Transportation Security Administration with a fingerprint system and associated support.
Brivo Systems LLC announced that its Aparato access control system is being installed at four Land Port of Entry facilities in Michigan that are managed by the Department of Homeland Security. The installation was performed by Vector Electric in partnership with ADT Commercial Security.
St. Louis is implementing crime-fighting measures in its 21st Ward, including an advanced wireless video surveillance system from Firetide and River City Technology.
The City of Lamentin in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean is using a citywide wireless IP video solution from IndigoVision to help reduce crime.
Silverton High School in the Silver Falls School District (Oregon) is using cameras from JVC Professional Products Company to prevent crime and verify student tardiness.
Salient Stills announced that the Massachusetts District Attorney Association has licensed VideoFOCUS Pro to seven Massachusetts District Attorney offices for use in processing video evidence. Funding was awarded by a Department of Justice grant.
Securitas was selected by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to provide passenger and baggage security screening services at 32 airports.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
The ASIS Accolades competition for new products drew entries from 73 companies. Ten winners, described below, were honored at the ASIS 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits as the most innovative new products and service solutions of the year. For more information on the winners, visit Beyond Print at www.securitymanagement.com
Axis Communications won for its Q16 series of indoor and outdoor light sensitive cameras.
HID Global was recognized for its iCLASS SE Access Control Platform, which provides digital credentials for use by smart phones, microprocessor-based cards, contactless smart cards, and USB tokens.
FutureSentry won for its First Responder technology, which can identify potentially dangerous targets within 1,000 feet of an asset.
OSID by Xtralis was the first ever fire-safety entry. The cost-effective smoke detection system can sense smoke from 150 meters away.
Accolades judges chose Totus Solutions’ Guardian Platform, an intelligent LED lighting security platform that combines a complete surveillance system, secure communications, and sensor monitoring.
Guardian8 earned distinction for its G-8 Non-Lethal Multi Tool, which provides security personnel with pepper spray, wireless communications, and digital photography.
Laipac Technology’s S911 GPS Bullet-Proof Vest was chosen as a winner. It detects impact and provides two-way voice communication, in addition to shielding the wearer from projectiles.
Ultra-thin and compact, Blackline GPS, Inc.’s Flat Track Covert Tracker was another winner. Its vibration detection notifies the users of its location through mobile messaging and a high sensitivity GPS antenna.
BriefCam Ltd. won for its synopsis technology, which lets users watch hours of surveillance video in minutes.
Nexistant’s Virtual Attendant earned distinction for a high-definition videoconferencing option that automates visitor check-ins while providing security coverage at all entry points.
Ackerman Security Systems has moved into a larger facility to accommodate rapid expansion.
AlliedBarton Security Services has awarded 10 employees full scholarships to the University of Phoenix.
Camden Door Controls has launched a new dealer rewards program.
CrimeDex, a collaboration for crime information sharing initiated by 3VR, has entered into partnerships with BankersOnline.com, the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, and the World Gaming Investigator and Regulator Association.
HireRight has released the HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 2011 Edition, which identifies screening practices and trends in background checking.
Microsoft Corporation’s Trustworthy Computing Group has announced the BlueHat Prize competition to reward security researchers for developing innovative computer security technology. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2012.
Monitronics was chosen for the International Justice and Public Safety Network pilot program, which aims to improve the response by public safety personnel in emergencies.
Securitas has agreed to acquire the Belgian security services company Cobelguard.
Underwriters Laboratories has launched UL Food Safety, a program to promote standards-based safety solutions.
VASCO Data Security International, Inc., has opened a new office in San Mateo, California.
New Board Members Elected
The votes have been counted, and three members of ASIS International have been elected by their peers to serve on the ASIS Board of Directors. Deborah Allen, CPP; Darryl Branham, CPP; and John Turey, CPP, will begin their three-year terms of office in January.
The voting took place on the ASIS Web site from July 6 to August 17. Members received a special password that allowed them to enter a secure voting site, which was hosted by a third party. Bios of the candidates were posted on the site along with their educational credentials, professional affiliations, and ASIS activities. Candidates were also asked to express their views on what the role of a member of the Board of Directors should be and why they deserved to be on the board. Most importantly, they were given a chance to define three issues that ASIS needs to work on in the future.
Allen. Deborah Allen, CPP, is the director of product stewardship and security at Potash Corporation in Northbrook, Illinois. Allen, who brings 15 years of security management experience to the position, is responsible for corporate oversight of facilities in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad.
Allen was recognized at the company’s annual meeting for her work in developing best practices for in-house emergency response professionals. She served for five years as the fertilizer industry’s chair for security. In that role, she helped ensure that security issues in that industry remained at the forefront of corporate and government agency agendas.
She joined ASIS in 2003 and has been a member of the ASIS Critical Infrastructure Working Group since 2007. She joined the Agriculture and Food Security Council that same year, and served as its chair in 2009. Allen currently serves as secretary of the Illinois North Shore Chapter and was recognized for her work with the chapter’s certification program by the Professional Certification Board (PCB).
Allen hopes ASIS will help develop future leaders in the security profession by understanding the needs of the membership and anticipating the requirements for a rewarding career in the security industry. The key component to achieving these goals is educational programs, and she will look to the ASIS councils to provide the “leading edge knowledge” on what professionals in their specialties are facing.
Branham. Darryl Branham, CPP, is the senior director for security systems and control center operations for Travelers Insurance Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. He began his security career in 1978 and has held security positions in the technology, healthcare, transportation, and retail industries. He is recognized as a subject matter expert and was chosen to lead a task force for a new certificate program in Integrated Physical Security Systems. He is a published author and led a 2011 ASIS webinar on “Professional Certifications in Security.”
Branham joined ASIS in 1994 and is a member of the Minnesota Chapter. He has been especially active in promoting ASIS certifications at the chapter and international levels. He was appointed to the PCB in 2004, has served on that board’s testing and certification committees, and led the PCB as its president in 2009. That same year, he was appointed to the ASIS Strategic Planning Committee.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Branham expects to “establish strategic goals and provide ways to measure the completion of the tasks.” He will help provide fiscal and budgetary oversight and serve as a role model for others in the Society by actively participating in philanthropic and fundraising activities.
To guarantee the success of ASIS in the future, Branham intends to ensure that the membership remains strong even in challenging economic times by developing cost-effective methods for running the Society while maximizing member benefits. He will champion ways to maintain ASIS’s leadership position in developing standards and guidelines and in providing educational programs that further the goals of enterprise risk management.
Turey. John Turey, CPP, is director of corporate security and business continuity for ITT in White Plains, New York. He has amassed 16 years of management experience developing security, ethics, and business continuity programs for Fortune 1000 companies. He has also received special training in strategic business development and crisis intervention. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as the International Security Management Association.
Turey has been a member of ASIS since 1996 and is currently a member of the Southern Connecticut Chapter. He served on the Economic Crime Council from 2001 to 2006 and was appointed its chair in 2005. He was also tapped to be a council vice president from 2007 to 2009. Currently, Turey is a member of the ASIS Standards and Guidelines Commission and is a program advisor to the Assets Protection Course III.
In the years ahead, Turey expects to influence the development of ASIS career development courses that focus on business management opportunities, mentoring, and strategic leadership. Looking at future trends in the international community, Turey sees that more countries will be developing laws and regulations that will touch on such topics as duty of care, information security, investigations, and business continuity. To address those issues, Turey will focus on continuing “the great work the Society has done” in promulgating standards and guidelines and will work to establish ASIS as the global leader in setting security standards and guidelines.