Industry News June 2013
The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) is a global consortium of more than 65 physical security manufacturers and systems integrators working to make security system and device integration as simple as possible. Manufacturers in every IP-enabled security device and system category collaborate with consultants, integrators, and end users to develop interoperability specifications, or PSIA Profiles.
Now the PSIA has introduced the Profiles Test Tool, which can be used to certify a product or system as compliant. The tool encompasses two distinct testers that simulate both host-side systems and device side systems for profiles compliance. Honeywell, Inovonics, and Kastle Systems are among the vendors who have already used the tool to test conformance.
The PSIA currently offers an Access Control Profile and an Intrusion Detection Profile. Not every manufacturer supports every use case covered in the organization’s deep and complex Area Control specification, but complying with the applicable profiles allows manufacturers to build PSIA plug-and-play interoperability into their products.
The PSIA will release profiles for different uses based on member input. The PSIA Profiles Working Group includes ASSA ABLOY, HID Global, Ingersoll Rand/Schlage, Mercury Security, Proximex, and UTC/Lenel, in addition to the companies named earlier. For more information on PSIA Profiles, visit Beyond Print at www.securitymanagement.com.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ACL data analysis software is being used by Hope Community Resources in Alaska to prevent revenue leakage related to Medicaid fraud.
Avigilon has partnered with Ipsotek to integrate the Ipsotek video content analysis solution with its software to provide proactive business intelligence solutions.
Brivo Systems LLC announced that Nor-Cal Beverage Company, Inc., has selected its ACS WebService cloud-based access control system. Tyco Integrated Security is the dealer and installer for the project.
CNL Software and Vanguard Integrated Solutions have formed a technology partnership to make their products interoperable.
IGEL Technology and DigitalPersona, Inc., have integrated their technologies to enable fingerprint biometrics as an authentication credential on virtual applications hosted on a Citrex XenApp server.
Urban Mobility has chosen Envysion, Inc., as its exclusive video provider. Envision connects video with the iQmetrix RQ4 retail management system to allow managers to monitor transactions.
The Bais Yaakov School for Girls is using the FST21 SafeRise solution for access control. The system was installed by OMD, Inc.
The JANUS Enterprise access control system from Grosvenor Technology is being used by the University of Salford in the United Kingdom.
Walgreens is using a wireless vehicle management system from I.D. Systems, Inc., for material handling vehicles in multiple distribution centers. The new Allam Marine office building in East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, has selected ievo biometric fingerprint readers with Lumidigm multispectral imaging sensors for access control. A Boon Edam Circlelock entrance is also part of the system.
A new patent license agreement gives IntelliVision a global license to the full portfolio of ObjectVideo patents.
The Museum of Funeral History in Houston is using advanced video technology from IQinvision and Acuityvct to protect its artifacts.
Iveda Solutions is collaborating with Swan Island Networks to launch IvedaXchange, which brings cloud-based technology to threat detection, information sharing, and situational awareness for schools.
Meyertech and Comnet have joined forces to deliver a complete CCTV control room network infrastructure and video management solution.
The KeyWatcher from Morse Watchmans allows management to track and document key usage at the Promenade Condominium in New York City.
ShareVault and NetAuthority have entered into an agreement for ShareVault to offer Net Authority’s advanced access control and identity verification capabilities to its customers.
My Wireless, a mobile device retailer, has implemented surveillance systems from Plustek Technology Inc. in 50 stores in California and Nevada.
An Australian employment Web site, seek.com.au, has selected Prolexic to provide detection of and protection from distributed denial of service attacks.
Datum has installed Samsung IP network video surveillance at its highly secure data center in Farnborough, United Kingdom.
Cascade Metrology is using SciTech Wireless access control in its metrology labs.
SightLogix has integrated its video analytics solution with Vicon Industries Vicon-Net video management software.
Software House is working with Lynx Systems to provide duress and instant alert systems to universities, healthcare facilities, and other customers.
SQN Banking Systems and ATMSafe Global have agreed to add ATMSafe’s program to the SQN fraud detection and process improvement products for banks and credit unions.
Talk-A-Phone has integrated its VOIP-500 series phone with the exacqVision video management system from Exacq Technologies.
Elaunch IP Mass Notification Systems from Valcom, Inc., support OnAlert textual LED displays from Inova Solutions.
VingCard Elsafe has installed its invisible door locks at the Hotel Bristol in Vienna.
Delta Scientific vehicle crash barriers helped police and military officers protect participants and attendees at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration events.
G4S Technology has installed its new security management system at the National Library of Scotland.
The government of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China has chosen Giesecke & Devrient to manufacture its new multifunctional smart ID cards.
Identive Group, Inc., announced that the Hong Kong Police Force will deploy smart-card readers based on Identive technology. Local partner AMCL HK is supplying the readers.
Orange County, California, has selected MorphoTrak to provide a biometric identification system for real-time identification of suspects and criminals. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also using the system.
Nedap developed selective vehicle access control technology that is being used to regulate traffic in Helsinki. The installation was completed by Visy.
SFC Energy AG is providing outdoor energy solutions to power border protection equipment for law enforcement agencies in Canada. MC Border Security, Inc., facilitated the sale.
The Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, is using FAAST aspiring smoke detectors from System Sensor for early detection of fire. Fire Tech Systems Inc. is the integrator on the project.
Viscount Systems has received funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program to further the development of the company’s access control platform.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
AMAG Technology and HID Global cooperatively tested and certified the integration of AMAG’s Symmetry v7.0.1 with HID’s EasyLobby visitor management v10 software.
The Z Portal cargo and vehicle screening system from American Science and Engineering, Inc., won Gold for Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection at the Government Security News 2013 Border Security Awards.
Ashworth College was recognized by the Associated Locksmiths of America as an Associate Training Facility and for its dedication to training locksmiths and security professionals.
DigitalPersona fingerprint sensors and scanners have been certified by the government of India for use in its biometric identification program. Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd., DigitalPersona’s partner, facilitated the certification.
Fluidmesh Networks was named a 2013 Exporter of the Year by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA.
ReD received the Merchant Payments Ecosystem Guiding Hand Data Security Award for its innovative approach to fraud prevention.
The Schreiner Group and its Schreiner ProTech business unit are certified by the North American Security Products Organization to use secure practices in all processes.
Accurate Background has added a French Canadian platform for ordering background screening.
ARMA International has introduced the Information Governance Professional certification.
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation has issued a license to commercialize software that provides intelligently randomized security patrols based on game theory to ARMORWAY.
Axis Communications has launched a free tool for security system designers. Axis Camera Families for Autodesk Revit allows designers to integrate security systems as they design a facility.
Building Security Specialists is a new company that will help school districts, colleges, retail, and corporate facilities to enhance precautions against armed intruders.
Code Blue has moved into a new corporate headquarters and production center in Holland, Michigan.
DAQ Electronics has renovated its Piscataway, New Jersey, headquarters to create more production and testing space, as well as reconfigured offices.
Eos Risk Management Ltd. is launching a new maritime security service to protect commercial ships travelling through the Gulf of Guinea.
Fike Corporation has contributed more than 50,000 trees to American Forest’s Global ReLeaf program.
Milestone Systems is sponsoring several events planned by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Mocana has introduced a free program to help mobile applications developers meet security requirements for enterprise customers.
MuxLab Inc. has launched a new Web site with enhanced user capabilities.
The OPSEC Professionals Society has established the OPSEC Certified Professional program to recognize proficiency in the operations security field.
The Utah Board of Regents has approved a Homeland Security and Emergency Management associate’s degree at Salt Lake Community College. The degree was developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, medical institutions, and other regional agencies and employers.
Vicon Industries Inc. is providing free ViconNet video management software licenses to local law enforcement agencies responsible for securing schools that purchase new ViconNet video management systems.
Former Australian Prime Minister Howard to Keynote in Chicago
The honorable John W. Howard, Australia’s 25th prime minister, will present the keynote speech on Thursday, September 25, at the ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Chicago.
Howard is Australia’s longest serving prime minister, having led the center-right Liberal Party for 16 years and served in the nation’s House of Representatives for 33 years. A conservative on social policy, Howard tackled the clearing of Australia’s national debt, eliminating it completely by the time he left office. Howard’s government also undertook a reformation of the Australian tax system.
Howard’s government was a close ally of the United States. It was also an ally of Asian nations. This included the development of a relationship with China, which is now Australia’s largest export market.
Howard was in Washington, D.C. on an official visit at the time of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Australia strongly supported the war against terrorism and served alongside American and other coalition forces in Afghanistan. Under Howard’s leadership, Australian forces joined in the Iraq War in March 2003. Defense spending under the Howard’s government grew strongly, by some 47 percent in real terms between 1996 and 2007.
The former prime minister currently serves as chair of the International Democratic Union—an international group of center/right parties including the U.S. Republican Party.
Shortly after Howard came to power, he responded to the massacre of 35 people by a lone gunman, at Port Arthur in Tasmania, with the implementation of national gun control laws that drastically curtailed the possession of many firearms.
In 2008, Howard was appointed a companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia. In 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C. It is America’s highest civilian honor.
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him as a member of the Order of Merit.
Howard’s autobiography Lazarus Rising was published in October 2010. It has become the best-selling political memoir in Australian history.
ASIS President-Elect and LELC Chair Appointed to NCMEC Board
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) President and CEO John Ryan has appointed ASIS International President-Elect Richard Widup, CPP, and ASIS Law Enforcement Liaison Council Chairman Brian H. Reich, CPP, to serve on the NCMEC Law Enforcement Council and Operations Committee of the NCMEC board of directors. As members of this group, Widup and Reich will have a unique opportunity to work with an elite group of leaders from both the public and private sectors to develop ways in which law enforcement and security professionals can strive to protect children and develop ways in which companies can reduce liability concerning such incidents. The appointment is part of the interaction envisioned when NCMEC and ASIS signed a landmark memorandum of understanding at the ASIS Volunteer Leadership Conference in January.
The Law Enforcement Council and Operations Committee is made up of members of NCMEC board of directors who are tasked with examining law enforcement and operations (programs). The council includes several high profile leaders from federal law enforcement agencies and major corporations such as Target, Sprint, and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
NCMEC is the nation’s clearinghouse on issues of missing and sexually exploited children. NCMEC provides services to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation, find missing children, and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. NCMEC has helped law enforcement in the recovery of more than 145,600 missing children; it has handled more than 800,000 reports of child sexual exploitation, and has reviewed and analyzed 31 million child pornography images and videos to assist law enforcement in its investigation and potential prosecution of child sexual exploitation.