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Industry News: Icelandic Prison Security, The Latest Government Contracts and Partnerships, and More


Holmsheidi Prison is a high-security women’s prison located near Reykjavik, Iceland. The facility has 56 cells and occupies a 9-acre property. The prison required a security system that would provide conventional security, but also allow prison staff to proactively respond to potential incidents.

Milestone Systems joined forces with Security Center (Öryggismiðstöðin) and Verkís to provide an advanced security solution that combines Milestone XProtect Expert 2016 with CIAS fence and microwave detection systems. High availability is ensured by the failover technology and uninterrupted video recording capabilities in the video management system. The system is designed to reduce the overall cost of ownership and offers unlimited expandability, enabling the prison to control its surveillance investment now and in the future.

Icelandic project management and engineering firm Verkís is responsible for the project’s building management system and designed the electrical, lighting, and security systems. Security Center, a local security services company, provides the alarm and fence systems.​


CBES installed IP access control systems from ACT at Asda stores and distribution centers across the United Kingdom. Asda is the trading name of Walmart in the United Kingdom.

ASSA ABLOY announced the integration of its IP-enabled PoE and WiFi access control locks with Millennium Group’s Ultra browser-based access control platform.

BioCatch will integrate its behavioral biometric technology into the Experian fraud and identity platform, CrossCore.

BriefCam is delivering solutions powered by NVIDIA technology and deep learning to accelerate video processing performance and enable richer metadata extraction at a reduced cost.

CNL Software entered a nonexclusive technology collaboration with Sonardyne International Ltd., integrating their products for situational awareness of approaching underwater threats.

Dahua and DBAPP Security Ltd. signed a strategic agreement to establish a “safety eco-system” in the field of IoT security.

Genetec Inc. has added STid, a French developer of RFID door controllers, to its access control partners. 

Hanwha Techwin America and Camcloud are partnering to offer cameras that push video directly to the cloud.

Hikvision joined the HDBaseT Alliance as an Adopter member.

Lantronix, Inc., signed a distributor agreement with Connector Systems, a division of Ingram Micro Inc., inNew Zealand.

Leidos will act as an expert service provider for the Fortinet Security Fabric portfolio of solutions. 

Peoples Savings and Loan Company uses Netwrix Auditor to control access to sensitive data.

OnSSI is partnering with Jemez Technology to make perimeter video surveillance solutions employing AXIS cameras even more effective in protecting critical assets and infrastructure. 

The prpl Foundation and EEMBC announced a formal partnership to advance the use of security-by-separation in Internet of Things edge devices.

PSA Security Network expanded its suite of cybersecurity products and service offerings designed for physical security systems integrators via new partnerships with IDmachines, Secure Global Solutions, and itSM Solutions.

Rajant announced that Sharp Electronics Corporation will use its Kinetic Mesh technology as the wireless communications infrastructure for the Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle.

The Safariland Group, parent company of VIEVU, and Veritone will integrate their product offerings to apply artificial intelligence to process data from body-worn cameras.

Vanderbilt is partnering with Citel Spa to support Italy’s financial and industrial sector.


American Signal Corporation and United Telecom Ltd. designed a tsunami early warning system for the government of Tamil Nadu, India.

Kansas will be the first state to deploy AT&T ESInet, a 911 solution that provides IP-based call routing services to emergency response centers. 

Decision Sciences International Corporation was awarded a contract by the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs to deploy its passive detection system at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore.

Evolis was selected by the Shandong Social Security Department for the personalization and instant issuance of credentials that combine a debit card with a social security card.

HALO Maritime Defense Systems received an award from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to provide an automated waterside security barrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

Gwanak-Gu, South Korea, uses Infortrend storage to support its city surveillance operation.

Masergy Communications Inc. announced that Eurostar selected the company’s networking and security solutions to facilitate the high-speed railway’s digital transformation initiatives.

SDI Presence LLC was selected to provide a turnkey digital upgrade of the public address system at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Sterling High School in Somerdale, New Jersey, implemented Sielox Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System (CLASS).

Smiths Detection Inc. is partnering with Duke University in a project to advance airport checkpoint x-ray system screening capabilities in relation to a contract with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, in partnership with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, awarded a contract to Sensofusion to further develop its AIRFENCE mobile capability.


EyeLock LLC announced two new U.S. patents: for acquiring iris images and for linking an iris image with a facial image.

Fireglass was awarded ISO 27001 certification, signaling that its information security practices meet the highest international standards.

Forensiq received Certified Against Piracy and Certified Against Fraud seals from the TrustworthyAccountability Group.

General Dynamics obtained full operating capability status from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection for a remote video surveillance platform.

For the 11th year in a row, Genetec was named one of the top employers in Montreal by the editors of Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Hikvision Optical Character Recognition Technology won first prize in the International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition 2016 Robust Reading Competition. 

Passport Systems, Inc., announced that its SmartShield Networked Radiation Detection System completed formal lab evaluation by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security.

The Security Industry Association honored products from its New Product Showcase at the ISC West trade show. Chosen as the best new product was the CrucialTrak Biometric Access Control System. The Judges’ Choice Award went to Hydra for its Thermal Imaging Radar. The judges presented awards in more than 20 product and service categories. See the complete list of winners at

Security Today magazine announced the 2017 winners in the Govies Government Security Awards. Among the winners in various categories are AMAG Technology, Arteco, Axis Communications, CNL Software, and Medeco Security Locks. See the winners list at

University of Maryland, Baltimore County defeated nine other finalist teams to win the 2017 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The University of Warwick was recognized as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


Anixter, Tri-Ed, and CLARK are continuing Tri-Ed’s Stadium Tour training and networking events in U.S. cities during the 2017 baseball season. The daylong events feature technical trainings, dinner, and a ballgame.

ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio is a plugin to building information management software that helps users design door security solutions.

BICS will acquire TeleSign Corporation and create an end-to-end Communication Platform as a Service.

Camden Door Controls expanded its support of Western U.S. and Canadian customers with faster shipping and extended technical support hours.

The government of Canada implemented a dedicated telephone tip line and online form to accept anonymous tips about fraud, collusion, or corruption in government contracts.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)and Tata Consultancy Services are breaking ground on a new facility to be built on the CMU campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The building will include research and academic spaces, an innovation courtyard, rain garden, and a robot yard. 

Cities of Service launched the Prepared Together impact volunteering grant program, which is supported by the Walmart Foundation. Selected cities will engage citizen volunteers in initiatives that prepare the city for disasters.

Galaxy Control Systems published a new white paper titled Understanding Cloud Services for Access Control.

Hanwha Techwin is constructing a manufacturing facility in Vietnam’s Bac Ninh province.

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University launched a Chief Risk Officer Certificate program.

Mission500 raised more than $125,000 at its eighth annual Security 5K/2K Run/Walk and related sponsorships at this year’s ISC West.

NTT Security formed the Global Threat Intelligence Center to replace the former Security Engineering and Research Team.

Observables is a new security solutions company that created a connected service platform that unifies access control, automation, surveillance, and security.

Orion Entrance Control, Inc., upgraded the company website at 

Point Blank Enterprises and First Tactical merged and will build an integrated clothing and body armor system.

The Shared Assessments Program released a new white paper: Fourth Party Risk Management: Supply Chain Issues and Emerging Best Practices.

Security vision products from Siqura are now branded TKH Security Solutions. 

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security launched a new federal division, Sword & Shield Federal, and opened an office in Washington, D.C.

TASER International is changing its name to Axon.

Western Governors University is now offering a bachelor of science degree in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. ​ ​