ASIS 2012 Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September 10-13
Garrett Metal Detectors started in the hobby business in 1964, according to Steve Moore, but has been in security for 30 years and is now a major national and international supplier of walk-through metal detectors, ground search detectors for crime scene investigations and handheld scanners used at sporting events and other venues involving large crowds. Major clients in the U.S. and 170 other countries include governments, corporations, loss prevention, prisons, airports, mass transit and law enforcement. Moore says it’s been a banner year for sales and the company is looking for more of the same in 2013. He closes the interview with a demonstration of the Garrett’s new, state of the art, all-terrain CSI probe for crime scene investigations.
ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago. Other important applications include emergency response and law enforcement, which also rely on analytics, data mining, understanding relationships in data and sharing information between agencies. ESRI calls its vision ArcGIS and is moving its technology into the Cloud, which it believes is the future of workflows in national security.
John Bartolac relates that Axis invented the first IP Video camera in 1996 and is now the world’s largest provider of IP Video products, releasing about 30 products per year. In the government world, there is a higher threat level, requiring a very high frame rate with IP Video cameras, which led Axis to produce its Q 60 model that offers up to 1.5 kilometers of viewing. The H.264 compression method used by Axis also enables government clients to use the least bandwidth in passing video to the data centers, and its installation of additional security devices such as PKI encryption and certificates meets government standards in mitigating the ever-present cyber threats. Axis is also developing products which qualify for the DIACP certificate (Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process).
Ameristar Security Products produces perimeter protection fencing systems, along with a line of vehicular barriers that includes bollards, wedges and crash beams, according to Adam Hall. The recent acquisition of the ATG Access company has enabled Ameristar to further expand its security product offerings with additional bollards, wedges and crash-rated vehicular barriers. The company’s highest security government product line is its Impasse II fully-integratable steel palisades fence system. With its greater focus on vehicular access control, Hall indicates that Ameristar now offers eight different crash ratings and can stop any vehicle from a family sedan to a 15,000 truck traveling at 50 miles per hour.
Dr. Banerjee points out that the typical command and control center of an airport, seaport, mass transit hub, utility or city center is a place with input from a number of different silos. The silos must be joined together, he says, so that management can first achieve situational awareness, then move on to situation management and situation reconstruction. That is what Physical Security Information (PSIM) is all about, he says, and it is what Nice’s Situator software offers to security personnel. It’s the ability to pull the silos together and know what to do next. The security management process is enhanced when best practices have been put into the Situator software. And with security reconstruction, you can see what happened in real-time and upgrade the software accordingly.
Categories: Military/Force Protection, Border Security, Infrastructure Protection, Access Control, CBRNE/Detection, Perimeter Protection, Education/Training, Security Services
John Terlizzi explains that American K-9 Interdiction offers turnkey solutions for training dogs and handlers or training dogs separately. The company’s clients include the military, law enforcement and personal protection, and the top three typical uses for trained canines are for protection, patrol or detection. Of these, detection is the most common, particularly in assignments from the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, in which American K-9 dogs cleared roadways and field and detected IEDs. The company has developed an off-leash capability for IED detection, in which the dogs lay down when an IED is found, enabling the engineers to come in and remove the hazard. Terlizzi believes that this off-leash capability is also ideal for border security assignments to detect narcotics or stashed currency.
Sony has recently announced a hybrid line of cameras, according to Mark Collett, which allows customers to use or replace their analog cameras with a hybrid camera that simultaneously streams HD video along with traditional analog, enabling customers to integrate HP quality video into existing infrastructure without changing the control room or any of existing procedures. He also describes the company’s new line of IPELA engine products that offer a common integration platform. Collett concludes by announcing the imminent release of a Cloud-based storage systems in which customers can make use of live or stored video as much or as often as they want, with no bandwidth restrictions and a low monthly fee.
Dr. James Gunderson, Chief Technical Officer of Vigilant Robots, the sales arm of GammaTwo Robots, describes the company’s new product, a robotic Mobile Camera Platform that received one of the “Best in Show” Accolabe Awards at the 2012 ASIS conference. He says the robot was designed to patrol empty customs warehouses, event centers, transportation hubs and other facilities at night when it is hard to get qualified, bonded and reliable security employees at $8 – $12 per hour. He points out that robots do not get bored, they cannot be bribe or extorted, don’t call in sick and are a very good solution to the problem in the security field of how to find qualified employees for night shifts.
Chris Yigit, Product Manager at Montreal-based Genetec, describes the company’s “AutoVu Sharp” license plate recognition solution and takes GSN for a demonstration on the streets of Philadelphia. The camera mounted on the top of the vehicle contains two smaller cameras, one a military grade infrared camera which reads the license plate and the other a color overview camera that takes an overview of the subject car and sends a signal to the LRP processing unit in the trunk, which then sends the information to the in-vehicle laptop computer used by the officer. Yigit explains that the solution was first seen as a force multiplier, but has now come to be seen as very good post-investigative tool that can open up cold cases or capture information on a series of crimes.
SpotterRF, one of ten Accolade Award Winners at the 2012 ASIS conference, is a compact surveillance radar system, according to CEO Logan Harris. The technology has traditionally been sold to the military and border protection agencies for its wide area motion detection capabilities. Harris describes and demonstrates the company’s C40 radar system, which costs under $12,000 and can cover 20 acres of space, including the detection and tracking of moving persons or vehicles. Plans for 2013 include offering the cost-effective wide area surveillance capabilities of the C40 systems for industrial users and critical infrastructure protection of bridges, dams, small airports, chemical plants and oil and gas pipelines.