Industry News April 2014
Print Issue: April 2014
SUPER BOWL SECURITY
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS to provide security for February’s Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Designated a level-one security event, the game was protected by government and private entities, along with the latest in technology.
Private security detail for the event was overseen by S.A.F.E. (Security, Athletic Facilities & Events) Management, a company that specializes in events at such venues. Mobile Pro Systems (MPS) provided video surveillance trailers to the New Jersey State Police for use on game day and at events before and after. The trailers combined detection technologies with vision analytics to provide alerts on-site and remotely when suspicious actions occurred. The units were wirelessly linked via a mesh network from Fluidmesh Networks. The Fluidmesh-equipped MPS trailers also helped authorities communicate in the crowded stadium, where thousands of cell phones tested the capacity of the enhanced cellular and WiFi infrastructure provided for the event.
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEALS
ADI will distribute networking products from D-Link Canada to the Canadian low-voltage market.
Agent Vi has signed a patent license agreement with ObjectVideo allowing it to use ObjectVideo’s patents in developing its products.
The digital wallet solution from Smart Metric uses a swipe sensor from Fingerprint Cards to achieve biometric authentication.
G4S Events provided security for Hogmanay 2013/2014, an Edinburgh street festival celebrating the New Year. G4S has provided services to the event since 1992/1993.
Global Elite Group provided executive protection specialists for a site visit to Brazil in advance of the World Cup scheduled for June in Rio de Janeiro.
Good Technology announced that Australian financial institution CUA is using the company’s Good for Enterprise to secure a fleet of smartphones and tablets.
Honeywell was selected to provide the Integrated Control and Safety System for the Al Zour refinery to be built in southern Kuwait by Kuwait National Petroleum Company.
EET Europarts is using an advanced IP video surveillance solution from IQinVision and Milestone Systems to document transactions, improve customer service, and enhance productivity.
Kentec Electronics fire control panels are part of the new retail and residential development at Parkway Newbury in Berkshire, United Kingdom. Fire Systems Ltd. supplied and installed the fi re alarm system.
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc., has received security system integration contracts related to new tenant security systems in the World Trade Center facility. Kratos is also the primary security system integrator for Freedom Tower.
Securfid GmbH has joined the LEGIC partner network, allowing it to implement LEGIC technology into its solutions.
Lumeta Corporation has joined the Tripwire Technology Alliance Partner Program, allowing the two companies to develop joint solutions.
Mace Security International has entered into a joint venture with SoloMetrics LLC to provide safety and security products and solutions under the SoloMace name.
NAPCO Security Technologies has provided its Gemini security system to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop of reality television’s Pawn Stars.
Software House and Exacq Technologies have integrated Soft ware House’s C-CURE 9000 and exacqVision VMS software to make a powerful video and access solution.
Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration has selected ARINC Incorporated to deploy an international network and message processing solution to support improved border security.
The Evansville Police Department in Indiana has selected officer-worn video systems from Digital Ally for its officers. Community leaders requested the cameras after video of a recent incident proved valuable in an investigation.
Implant Sciences Corporation provided hand-held explosives trace detectors to the Sochi Media Center for use during the Olympic Games.
IP video software from Milestone Systems has been deployed to protect Bam Nuttall Highway Services Unit in Winsford, Cheshire, United Kingdom. The video system is integrated with Paxton Net2 access control. NW Systems Group installed the system.
PVF Security Consulting is conducting a pilot security plan for Duplin County Schools in North Carolina. The company enlisted contributions from Tyco Integrated Security, Aiphone, Harmony Security Products, SISCO Identification Solutions, Axis Communications, and ASSA ABLOY Group to bring together security measures, including a video intercom, visitor management system, video surveillance, door locks, and security screens.
AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS
ABnote was named to the Smart Card Alliance Center of Excellence, which recognizes companies that achieve training and certification goals, contribute to industry councils, and support the alliance in other respects.
AlliedBarton Security Services has been selected as a 2014 Military Friendly Spouse Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.
Frost & Sullivan has bestowed its Customer Value Enhancement Award to easypsim, a maker of physical security information management software. The award recognizes efforts to emphasize customer benefits and satisfaction.
HGH Infrared Systems was selected to be part of the “Observeur du Design” exhibition in Paris, which recognizes innovative and creative designs across all industries. HGH received an award for its Spynel-S thermal camera with intrusion detection and tracking.
The SANS Technology Institute has been accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education. The institute offers Master of Science degree programs in information security engineering and information security management.
AdvanIDe has established an office in Prague, Czech Republic, for customer support in central and eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Akamai Technologies, Inc., has acquired Prolexic to enhance its security solutions portfolio.
Aventura Technologies, Inc., has launched free mobile apps for integrators and end users in video management planning and installation.
Avigilon has acquired VideoIQ, Inc., adding a video analytics product line to the surveillance solutions provider.
Convergint Technologies has acquired FSC, a provider of physical security systems and services in eastern Canada.
Deloitte has changed the name of its Security, Privacy, and Resilience practice to Cyber Risk Services.
Medeco has launched a mobile app for surveying sites. The Site Survey Wizard is available for iOS and Android devices.
The new Mobile App Security Working Group is a nonprofit association of mobility, security, and enterprise stakeholders who are seeking to simplify and accelerate the deployment of secure mobile apps in all kinds of environments. Charter members include Mocana, SAP, FireEye, McAfee, and Wind River.
The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance has released Version 2.0 of its Area Control Specification. The specification is open to all manufacturers and incorporates access control and intrusion detection profiles.
The Security Industry Association and the County Executives of America have signed a memorandum of understanding to share resources for public safety and emergency management.
Securus Technologies, Inc., has acquired Satellite Tracking of People (STOP), LLC, a provider of GPS based offender monitoring devices.
SuperCom Ltd. has acquired the Smart ID division of On Track Innovations.
POWELL AND HUNTSMAN TO HEADLINE AT 60TH SEMINAR AND EXHIBITS
More than 20,000 professionals worldwide from both the traditional and in formation security disciplines are anticipated to attend the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Atlanta, September 29 to October 2. Just announced are the keynote speakers for this, the biggest annual security conference in the world. On Tuesday, September 30, attendees will hear former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman, and on the following day, Wednesday, October 1, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will give the morning keynote.
Huntsman. Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. presidents in critical roles around the world. Huntsman was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce and United States Ambassador to Singapore by George H. W. Bush. He also served as ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, as deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, U.S. trade ambassador, and most recently U.S. ambassador to China, where he served from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, he stood as a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
In January 2014, Huntsman was named chair of the think tank The Atlantic Council. Additionally, he serves as cochair, along with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), of No Labels, a growing citizens’ movement dedicated to promoting the politics of problem solving. He also hosts a weekly radio program on SiriusXM, “No Labels Radio with Jon Huntsman.”
Twice elected as Utah’s governor, from 2005 to 2009 Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America by the Pew Center on the States, as well as best state in which to do business. Huntsman was elected as chair of the Western Governors Association while serving as governor. He was also a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association.
As deputy U.S. trade representative, Huntsman launched global trade negotiations in Doha in 2001 and guided the accession of China into the World Trade Organization.
Huntsman currently sits on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and chair of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Powell. For more than 50 years, General Colin L. Powell (U.S. Army-Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions during four presidential administrations, Powell is deeply committed to democratic values and freedom.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem, New York City, in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He was educated in New York City public schools, and he attended the City College of New York (CCNY) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in geology. It was not until Powell joined the Army ROTC program at CCNY that his military career was launched. He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in 1958 and served for 35 years, rising to the rank of four-star general.
From 1987 to 1989, Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. From 1989 to 1993, he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to serve in the position but also the first African American. During his time as chairman, Powell oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Under President George W. Bush, Powell was appointed the 65th secretary of state. As secretary of state, he led the State Department in major efforts to address and solve regional and civil conflicts in the Middle East, Sudan, Congo, Liberia, the Balkans, Cyprus, Haiti, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In all of these arenas, he used the power of diplomacy to build trust and forge alliances to help transform these unstable regions into areas where societies have the potential to prosper. He also worked at the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide.
Among the many U.S. military awards and decorations that Powell has received are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart. His civil awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. In addition, he has received awards from more than two dozen countries that include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Powell is the Founder of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, which was established at his alma mater, CCNY. The center’s mission is to develop a new generation of publicly engaged leaders. He is also the founder and chair emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance.
Currently, Powell is a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and is on the board of Bloom Energy. He is the chairman of the advisory board of Leeds Equity Partners and chair of the Eisenhower Fellowships, a cross-cultural program for emerging international leaders. Powell is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the executive leadership cabinet of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial and is the honorary chair of the education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He also serves on the board of the Smithsonian Institution’s African American Museum of History and Culture. He has previously served as a member of the board of trustees of Howard University, the board of directors of the United Negro College Fund, and the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Powell’s autobiography, My American Journey, was a best seller and has been published in more than a dozen languages. Powell’s second book, It Worked For Me, was a New York Times best seller.
For more information on the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, visit www.asisonline.org.
ANN LONGMORE-ETHERIDGE, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR