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ISC West 2011 Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2011
Andy Stadheim is CEO of Barix Technology, Inc, in Oakdale, MN, which is the U.S. Distributor of Barix AG, a manufacturer of IP Audio products headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. He says the applications of Barix products are in broadcast satellite, mass notification, mass transit and other transportation agencies and facilities, including airports. Barix has always pushed open standards, according to Stadheim, with the result that the company is very good at networking and integrating dissimilar legacy analog and new systems. Stadheim also describes the company’s new Exstreamer 5 product and indicates that the company now supports Informacast.
Detect, Inc was founded in 2003 as a provider of avian radar technology, which was used in aviation and in the space shuttle program to avoid bird strikes, according to Rich Anderson. But as it became evident that the technology was dual function and could also be used for video surveillance, the company adapted its products for border security and ground surveillance, which are both difficult because of the clutter of objects like cactus and sage brush. The company’s Doppler technology filters out things that are not moving, and is capable of detecting ultralight aircraft that evade traditional radar. Anderson says the company is looking forward to substantial growth in border security, port security and ground based detection in protection of refineries and other critical infrastructure.
Rick Foster identifies Quintron as a developer and manufacturer of interoperable voice and communications systems and interoperable security access control systems. He explains that the company was an early producer of advanced solutions for HSPD-12 compliance, focusing on the threat of cloned cards, using a technique called Challenge Response to detect modified, expired or cloned cards. At ISC West, Quintron announced a consortium of Quintron, Mercury Control Panel, Farpointe Data and Codebench Software, whose combined technology allows a smart card for physical access to be used for logical access, and vice versa, and treats a client workstation as another door, extending PACS control to access control. Foster says the non-IT centric system offers higher levels of user compliance and access control.
Sir William Gallagher, Managing Director of New Zealand-headquartered Gallagher Group, with US headquarters in Kansas City, explains that the company started in 1938 in electric fencing and now offers an integrated perimeter protection platform including electric fences, motion sensors, intruder alarms, biometrics and video surveillance. Customers include oil refineries, regulated industries and government facilities, not the least of which are Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament. The company’s new access control intruder alarm system has a high level of encryption conforming to FIPS standards. Having posting 20% worldwide growth even through the recession, says Sir William, and with its best-in-world technology, Gallagher is now ready for the world’s largest market.
ISC West 2011: Christopher BenVau, Senior VP, Stanley Convergence, and Dr Keith Hanna, Co-Founder and CTO, The Hoyos Group
Christopher BenVau, Senior VP of Stanley’s federal team, which provides access control, video surveillance and intrusion alarm systems, introduces Dr. Keith Hanna, Co-Founder and CTO of The Hoyos Group, announcing that Stanley has been named exclusive distributor of the The Hoyos Group’s new, Iris-based biometric access control technology. The major breakthrough, says Dr. Hanna during an on-camera demonstration, is that previously, persons had to remain stationery while being identified, but now the system does the work and recognizes individuals as they walk through. He also demonstrates and describes a smaller Iris recognition unit, containing cameras and infrared illuminators, that enables 20 persons per minute to walk through doors or turnstiles.
ISC West 2011: Steve Hill, Global Communications Leader, Morpho Detection and Kevin Heffernan, Morpho Detection
Morpho Detection, formerly GE Homeland protection, is the detection and identification arm of Safran group’s Morpho security business, according to Steve Hill. Using ComputeD critical infrastructure protection. The company also offers a complete line of X-ray screening systems for air cargo and other applications. Its advanced X-ray diffraction technology is being develped for use in screening for liquid explosives at airport passengercheckpoints. Kevin Heffernan demonstrates the company’s newest desktop and handheld trace products including the Itemiser DX, Mobile Trace and hardened Mobile Trace products. and Ion Trap Mobility SpectrosCopy trace detection, Morpho Detection’s products are the leaderS in aviation security and are used around the world by governments to detect explosives and narcotics in other areas such as transportation, the military and
Joe McDonald, Board Member of the 37,000-member ASIS organization says the focus of ASIS is to increase the effectiveness and productivity of its members. ASIS educational programs include its Annual Conference, over 30 classroom events held around the world, and live Webinars for international members. ASIS has also been in standard writing for 5-6 years and has recently come up with a number of new certifications. The goals of 2011 President Ray O’Hara are to increase international outreach, engage more young professionals and create new international chapters. McDonald indicates the ASIS 57th Annual Conference will feature 180 educational sessions in 18 different tracks, 700 exhibitors and many opportunities for networking. The process of developing the new ASIS strategic plan begins in May.
Alert Enterprise is a security software company documenting all standards and providing insider threat management, prevention of suspicious activity and protection against acts of sabotage and terrorism. One of the keys, according to Jasvir Gill, founder and CEO, is that the software looks at what access people have. The company’s markets include Critical Infrastructure facilities such as utilities, oil and gas, airports, seaports, food and beverage concerns and chemical companies. Because its software looks across the entire organization, including both IT and Physical security, Alert Enterprise can provide true protection by detecting blended threats and providing alerts that allow the organization to prevent the security challenges.
Gary Jones describes three new products, but not before asserting that MorphoTrak is the number one biometric fingerprint company in the world, responsible for 2 ½ billion fingerprints in 450 agencies and 100 countries, and ranked number one for accuracy of algorithms in NIST benchmark tests. MorphoTrak has now released a TWIC version of its J-Series, which is ideal for harsh environments, such as port operations. A new Contact-Based Reader for PIV and CAC applications suitable for use in the world’s largest airports is also available. The Morpho IDent handheld unit, designed for police use in criminal identification and non-fixed locations, is a compact, rugged device that is FIPS-201 approved and easy to carry around. It’s going be a busy year for MorphoTrak, with a lot of new announcements, says Jones.
The core competency of Fiber Sensys, says President/CEO Duane Thompson, is the ability to use fiber-optic cable to sense intrusions and events. The copmany has provided force protection to the U.S. Air Force and Army in the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters, and also works regularly in homeland security with power line companies, utilities, water facilities and other basic critical infrastructure entities, and has completed 10,000-plus installations. Mr. Thompson indicates that the company is excited about its new Long Ranger system, which allows Fiber Sensys to go out to 130 kilometers from one electronic box. He is also very sanguine about the future because of the global reach of parent company Optex.