Industry News June 2012
It’s a goal that all Americans can agree on, even in this contentious political season: helping wounded military personnel find employment. The government and all the military branches have programs and strategies to help the veterans find jobs, including the Wounded Warrior Tax Credit, which offers businesses a tax credit of up to $9,600 for each disabled military veteran hired. The U.S. Navy recently published a guide for hiring people with disabilities that is available online.
The private sector is also getting involved. For example, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with support from Capital One, has completed the first year of its “Hiring Our Heroes” program. The program sponsored 130 job fairs in 45 states, resulting in about 9,000 job placements. The program is expanding this year and hopes to place 500,000 veterans and spouses by the end of 2014.
ASIS International is also contributing to the effort through a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project. Individual chapters are holding fundraisers and members are encouraged to consult the Warriors to Work Web site when filling jobs. The ASIS Military Liaison Council and the ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council have hosted a number of seminars to help veterans of the military and law enforcement sectors transition to the private sector. Recently they teamed with Prudential to hold an event in Newark, New Jersey. The ASIS New York City Chapter partnered with John Jay College of Criminal Justice for a similar program.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ADT and Optex combined their technologies to create a better security system for Vera Cadillac in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Video cameras and other products from Bosch Security Systems are helping secure Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina, and Hernán Ramirez Villegas Stadium in Pereira, Colombia.
The Jones Group Inc. has deployed Brivo ACS WebService in many of its facilities and is continuing to add Brivo access control management to other properties. Protection One, Fire and Security Services, and Peace of Mind Security have provided integration and installation services.
Conway Security Products and its Australian partner Techniche Security & Surveillance provided cameras to a high-security correctional facility in New South Wales.
A new security system for Fulham Football Club in London includes the Genetec Omnicast video surveillance system and Axis Communications cameras. EMC provided design services.
Fuji Xerox Australia has incorporated identity readers from idOnDemand into its multifunction copying and printing devices.
Kevin P. Carey & Associates, Inc., acquired Research Service Bureau, Inc., an investigative firm with more than 200 contacts in 65 countries.
March Networks partnered with the Ottawa Senators to improve security operations at Scotiabank Place.
Milestone Systems and ALSO-Actebis have signed a distribution agreement to provide Milestone XProtect IP VMS in Scandinavia.
Multicard is providing Henkel with a single-card, multifunction global ID service.
ObjectVideo, Inc., has signed a global patent licensing agreement with Tyco Security Products’ American Dynamics business unit, allowing American Dynamics to access its video analytics patents.
OSS Inc. will provide security guard services to Case Farms in Canton, Ohio.
Jenne Inc. will distribute the entire line of i-PRO video surveillance solutions from Panasonic System Networks Company of America.
PPM 2000 and TotalMobile have formed a technology partnership to facilitate the timely, accurate transmission of security data.
SALTO Systems was chosen by Princeton University to install electronic security locks on dormitory rooms.
Senstar Corporation’s microwave perimeter intrusion detection system was installed at a prison in Denmark by Sikom.
Western Washington University is using a mass notification system from Technomad installed by Mills
R.S. Davis Recycling, Inc., installed a Toshiba IP video system in its new facility at Clackamas, Oregon.
As part of a renovation, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco installed a package of Ving-Card Elsafe solutions for energy management and access control.
The Ralph Carr Judicial Center in Denver has chosen AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Homeland Security Management System.
Shawnee County Department of Corrections in Kansas deployed a surveillance system from Avigilon.
Cubic Applications, Inc., has received a contract from the Organization of American States to provide seaport assessments and training in Mexico and Colombia.
DSIT Solutions Ltd. is providing its diver detection sonar systems to the Israeli Navy.
G4S Technology LLC will perform security system integration services for the Port of Tacoma.
Nanchang Changbei International Airport has selected an access control system from HID Global.
IDenta has received an order from Ghana for drug detector units.
Identive Group, Inc., has provided its smart card readers to the Dutch Ministry of Defense.
The Santiago Metro system chose a security monitoring system from IndigoVision through integration partner Diebold Bitelco Chile.
March Networks video equipment and software are helping protect Escambia County Schools in Florida.
Rapiscan Systems has received a contract from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for cargo and parcel screening operations at the new World Trade Center.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
ActivIdentity announced that its ActivID Card Management System has been recertified by the FIPS-201 Evaluation Program.
Digimerge Technologies was named Canadian Vendor of the Year by ADI.
DigitalPersona, Inc., announced that its U.are.U 5100 series fingerprint devices have achieved Personal Identity Verification certification.
Genetec was named one of Montreal’s Top Employers by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in collaboration with the Montreal Gazette.
Infinova integrator HCL Security Ltd. was commended by the Uttarakhand Police for helping secure the Kumbh Mela, a religious gathering in India attended by 40 million people over three months.
The Stevie Awards honored LiveWatch Security, LLC, for best customer service in America.
NOTIFIER’s Marine ONYX systems have approval for Marine applications from the U.S. Coast Guard, Lloyd’s Register, and the American Bureau of Shipping.
SARGENT has won a 2011 GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
Stanley Security Solutions announced that its Indianapolis facility has achieved two ISO certifications from TÜV SÜD America Inc.
Total Automation Group has won the Huntsville Engineering Firm of the Year Award from the Society of American Military Engineers.
Aveshka, Inc., has acquired the Homeland Security and Private Sector Preparedness unit of Civitas Group.
Global Elite Group Inc. has opened new security offices at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Keyhaven is a new company created by DF King Worldwide to deliver integrated crisis and reputation response.
Middle Atlantic Products and Extron Electronics are working with the Electronics Component Industry Association to initiate and support the establishment of a new standard for half-width rack systems.
MorphoTrust USA is a new identity solutions provider formed from three former L-1 Identity Solutions business groups.
Security on Campus, Inc., announced that Siemens Industry, Inc., is sponsoring Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminars for 2012. Siemens Building Technologies Division has given Worcester Polytechnic Institute a grant to support construction of a fire prevention engineering lab.
Silent Knight by Honeywell and local integrator Barnum Engineered Systems have provided a new fire alarm system to a Connecticut school system following a lightning strike and hurricane.
TrustedID has acquired Reppler.com to expand its protection in reputation and social media.
Westcon Group has created Westcon Solutions to distribute software and security technologies in the Asia-Pacific region.
ANSI Approves Standard to Support the Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers
ASIS International has received ANSI approval for its standard, Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations –Requirements with Guidance (ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012). Developed by a technical committee composed of more than 200 members from 24 countries, this standard will provide a mechanism for private security companies and their clients to provide demonstrable commitment, conformance, and accountability to the principles outlined in the International Code of Conduct (ICoC).
Private security service providers including private security companies (PSCs) play an important role in protecting state and nonstate clients engaged in relief, recovery, and reconstruction efforts; commercial business operations; diplomacy; and military activity. The purpose of this standard is to improve and demonstrate consistent and predictable quality of services provided by PSCs while maintaining the safety and security of their operations and clients within a framework that aims to ensure respect for human rights, national and international laws, and fundamental freedoms.
“This remarkable international effort demonstrates the importance of this industry sector in support of peace and stability around the globe,” says Dr. Marc Siegel, commissioner, ASIS Global Standards Initiative and chair of the technical committee. The standard creates a differentiator for PSCs to assure quality of services while maintaining the safety and security of their operations with respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
PSCs have become critical elements for supporting peace and stability efforts in regions where the capacity of societal institutions has become overwhelmed by human and natural-caused disruptive events. PSCs operating in areas of weakened governance need to provide essential services and conduct their business with an obligation to carry out due diligence to prevent incidents, mitigate the consequences of incidents, report them when they occur, and take corrective actions, as well as actions to prevent a recurrence.
“The United States government supports the principles of the ICoC and Montreux Document,” says Gary Motsek, deputy assistant secretary of defense, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). “Using its communication platform, ASIS established a community around the world to address a crucial interest of governments and civil society everywhere. PSCs can now demonstrate commitment and accountability to the ICoC and Montreux Document.”
“The standard raises the bar for industry best practices consistent with the goal of simultaneously promoting stability and respect for human rights,” says Christopher Mayer, director, Armed Contingency Contractor Policies and Programs at the DoD. “The DoD will immediately begin to use the ANSI/ASIS.PSC.1 for contracting services of PSCs. We recommend that clients, both governmental and nongovernmental, around the world adopt this standard for their contracts with PSCs.”
ASIS continues to develop the series of standards in support of the ICoC and Montreux Document with upcoming standards for conformity assessment, a maturity model for the phased implementation of the ANSI/ASIS.PSC.1-2012, and guidance on ANSI/ASIS.PSC.1 for maritime security.
The standard is available for download through the ASIS Web site, www.asisonline.org. At the Web site, you can also view a complete list of all ASIS Standards and Guidelines currently under development. An informational panel discussion on the standard will be presented on Monday, September 10, at the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The work of preparing ASIS standards and guidelines is carried out through the ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission and its committees. An ANSI accredited Standards Development Organization, ASIS actively participates in the International Organization for Standardization, developing standards and guidelines within a voluntary, nonproprietary and consensus-based process, using the knowledge, experience, and expertise of ASIS membership, security professionals, and the global security industry.
Wharton Dates Announced
For the eighth consecutive year, ASIS International is partnering with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on a dynamic business program for senior security executives. The program offers core business knowledge designed to prepare C-level security practitioners to work more effectively with other leaders within their organizations and to communicate the bottom-line impact of security decisions. While the program draws on the insights and current research of Wharton faculty, the discussions and cases are centered on the distinctive challenges of security executives.
The 2012-2013 program dates are November 26 to 30 and January 28 to February 1, 2013. The first week-long segment is followed by a two-month interim period. During this time, executives continue to interact with other peer participants and with faculty through a secure Web site. This allows registrants to deepen their learning by testing and applying new knowledge at work before returning to the classroom. Both weeks are required.
For more information, visit ASIS’s Web site, www.asisonline.org.
Foundation Student Writing Competition Open
Sponsored by the ASIS International Academic Programs Council and administered by the ASIS Foundation, the ASIS Student Writing Competition rewards students who conduct research, engage in thoughtful deliberation, and write an academic paper between 3,000 and 6,000 words on an issue relevant to the security and assets protection profession. The undergraduate winner will receive $1,000, and the graduate winner $1,500. Each winner will also receive complimentary registration to one of its annual events: the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, European Conference, Asia/Pacific Conference, or Middle East Conference. Two students will win Honorable Mention awards of $500 each.
The competition is open to any student, either full or part-time, who is pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree at an accredited institution. 2012 graduates may participate in the competition. Each student’s application must include the application form, official transcript, and a letter of recommendation. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted after the November 9 deadline.
This year students may select to report on one of these six topics:
The most promising technologies to meet tomorrow’s security challenges
Improving the image and reputation of the security profession
Protecting information and intangible assets in the 21st Century
The challenge of securing cyberspace: man or machine?
Leveraging low-cost/low-tech solutions for contemporary security challenges
The impact of globalization on security, assets protection, and organizational resilience