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Unix/Linux Privilege Management: What a Financial Services CISO Cares About

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET

Featuring guest speaker, SVP & CISO, Private National Mortgage Acceptance Corp (PennyMac), Nikolay Chernavsky

Hardly a week goes by without a major cyber security event effecting millions of users – and the financial industry is particularly vulnerable.

The 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report identified “Insider and Privilege Misuse” as a major incident pattern resulting in confirmed data breaches. According to Verizon, 62% of all breaches featured hacking, and of those, 81% leveraged stolen and/or weak passwords—giving the attacker the same privileges as a trusted insider.

At the heart of the problem lies a simple fact that many organizations fail to follow the basic information security principle of Least Privilege with trusted insiders having access to both highly sensitive and mission-critical information. As a result, accidental or deliberate misuse of a credential can lead to a breach. Companies in the financial industry are prime targets for such attacks because of the large potential payout of critical information.

While many tools have been developed to address Least Privilege issues on Windows-based systems, Linux/Unix systems were largely neglected. Unix/Linux systems are serving critical roles for many financial organizations, from storing highly sensitive information to processing millions of transactions between institutions. Being able to tightly control access to these systems is a critical security need.

This webinar will provide CISOs in financial services and other sectors:

  • A CISO’s first-hand experiences regarding the challenges faced in securing access to critical Unix and Linux systems
  • Real-world insights on how Unix and Linux Privileged Access Management (PAM) helps CISOs bolster security with granular access controls while also meeting compliance requirements
  • Guidance on selecting technologies that enable CISOs to meet their business objectives while remaining nimble
  • An executive view on where the market is headed in relation to PAM


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Digital Fly Unveils New Anti-Bullying and Student Vaping Detection Smart Cloud Based Sensor and Alert System For Schools

Digital Fly new Fly Sense technology detects and alerts school staff when students are vaping, bullying or fighting

Hauppauge, NY; August 11, 2017 - Digital Fly, a nationally respected school safety products and technology developer, introduced today its latest innovation, Fly Sense, a new cloud-based “Internet Of Things” (IOT) anti-bullying and vaping detector/sensor that is the only product on the market to offer combined vaping chemical detection and decibel level monitoring specifically designed for schools. Fly Sense is a cloud-based platform that detects and sends alerts to school officials when bullying or vaping is taking place in bathrooms, isolated areas as well as classrooms and lunch rooms of schools. When the sensor detects decibel level anomalies caused by bullying or chemicals from vaping, it sends an immediate notification to one or many school officials’ computers or mobile devices.

The release of Fly Sense comes just days after New York State adopted legislation making vaping and the use of e-cigarettes illegal on public and private school property across the state.  

According to both a recent U.S. Surgeon General's report and a survey from the New York State Department of Health e-cigarette use by high school students is rapidly rising.

The Fly Sense platform represents a revolutionary advancement in school safety. The platform consists of a front-end edge detection sensor called Fly Sensor with a backend logic processing server.  Each Fly Sensor can work independently or in conjunction with a network of two or more Fly Sensors.

“Expanding on our extensive line of high tech school safety products allows us to make a real impact on issues relating to bullying, fighting and using vaping devices and e-cigarettes in schools. Fly Sense is designed specifically for the education market,” said Derek Peterson, CEO at Digital Fly. “Fly Sense is a unique product and approach which creates effective ways for schools to protect and ensure the safety of students.”

“We believe this product is a game changer for schools and falls directly in-line with the new law recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo which bans vaping and e-cigarettes in schools in New York State. Vaping and e-cigarette use is dangerous to the health of students and can be a gateway to the use of illegal drugs or tobacco smoking,” said Mike Richez, Executive Vice President at OSC World.

OSC World, the marketing and sales partner of Digital Fly, is available to provide information and arrange a demonstration of a Fly Sense sensor or Digital Fly’s social media awareness platform. For more information, visit www.digitalfly.net or call Mike Richez at (516) 247-5321.

About Digital Fly
Based in Hauppauge, NY, Digital Fly creates technology that helps keep schools safe. Its Digital Fly School Safety Suite assists schools with mitigating and gaining insight into potential dangers. Digital Fly develops and delivers technology for improved social media awareness to create safer schools and communities.  Digital Fly is used by more than 400 schools internationally as an early warning system to improve school safety and has a proven record of identifying and preventing threats.  For more information, visit www.digitalfly.net.      

About OSC World
In business since 1991, OSC World is a leading company providing test scanning, test scoring and education sector technology consulting services. The company is a partner and the marketing arm for Digital Fly, a nationally respected school safety products and technology developer.  Digital Fly offers the education market social media awareness software and anti-bullying and vaping technology.  OSC World developed and patented FAST (Fast Accurate Capture Technology Solutions) one of the only data capture systems which automatically processes all documents. OSC World’s Document Management Systems allow for image indexing for all forms/documents in any industry. For more information, please visit www.oscworld.com

Who is in and out under the RAISE Act

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) seeks to dramatically reshape American immigration by favoring youth and a narrow set of skills over family values and diversity.

It does so by virtually eliminating all family-based legal immigration categories, except for some immediate relatives. In addition, it eliminates the Diversity Visa, which has long ensured America welcomes individuals from countries with historically low levels of migration to the United States.

The bill also legislatively caps refugee admissions at a significantly reduced level of 50,000 per year—taking away the president’s prerogative to set refugee admission levels annually.

The bill also outlines a points system which places significant emphasis on having an advanced degree, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), proficiency in English, and a highly-compensated job offer in the United States. There is little consideration for other skills or talents, unless you are an Olympic medal winner or Nobel Laureate.

Points systems place value on people in terms of their supposed human-capital attributes—such as a professional degree, earning potential, or extraordinary ability—and therefore, their presumed capacity to produce economic value. Switching from a demand-driven model (based on employers’ needs) to a human-capital model entails some risks. Both Australia and Canada use points-based systems to select economic migrants. In both cases, research has shown that some individuals selected through such systems often have difficulties finding or maintaining employment in their professions—mainly, because they are not admitted based on a specific labor demand.

The points system also raises significant concerns about potential gender bias, specifically against women. Women, who tend to be underrepresented in STEM fields, would be systematically excluded. In addition, many immigrant women perform their work in other important occupations (such as child care, elder care, and domestic work), which are not valued skills in the proposed point system.

This is not the first time Congress has explored this change in how we select immigrants. When the Senate last took up immigration reform in 2013, the bill created a points system as well. However, it contained a dedicated path for low-wage immigrants and attempted to address the gender gap by including points for being a caregiver. Low-wage immigrants play a fundamental role in the “essential economy,” which encompasses the food services and hospitality industries, construction, agriculture, elder care, and manufacturing. The RAISE Act does not even attempt to acknowledge or remedy this concern.

This points system may also result in a nationality bias, which will be translated into a systematic exclusion of immigrants from countries with lower levels of human-capital. The diversity component, which has been an important part of the U.S. immigration system for more than twenty years, would be terminated for good under this bill.

While experts and economists have thoroughly detailed how this legislation is bad for the economy, analysis must also consider how this new system would impact our immigrant admissions into this country and how this would fundamentally change the complexion of America.

Northrop Grumman showcases Maritime Battlepace Capabilities of Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Aug. 14, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and other industry leaders will partner to demonstrate advanced autonomous technologies in a multi-domain contested maritime environment during this year’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Florida, August 14-18.

The demonstration will showcase Northrop Grumman’s advanced mission management and control system aligned with the Navy Common Control System vision, highlighting the benefits of an open architecture approach and demonstrating the ability to rapidly integrate multiple capabilities into a relevant mission scenario.

 “Northrop Grumman is the leader in autonomous systems and development of innovative technologies,” said Jeff Hoyle, director, undersea warfare, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “Executing undersea strike with existing technology using multi-domain autonomous platforms equipped with networked sensors and advanced mission management for command and control provides significant offensive and defensive capability in the maritime environment.”

Multiple unmanned undersea vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles and a surrogate unmanned aerial vehicle will collaboratively conduct seabed warfare in a contested environment. Autonomous systems will collect, analyze and synthesize data from numerous sensors to develop real-time targeting solutions that enable an unmanned undersea vehicle to engage an adversary’s seabed infrastructure.

“Emerging threats are changing the undersea battlespace in complex ways and at an increasing pace,” said Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems business unit Northrop Grumman. “Integration of our proven system of systems capabilities optimizes the deployment of our naval forces and provides commanders with a decisive advantage.”

The three day annual exercise was developed to demonstrate future Navy technologies in a collaborative, low risk environment. Government, academia and industry participants gather to showcase new capabilities to push the boundaries of what is possible in a complex environment.

Northrop Grumman demonstrated autonomous maritime domain awareness and anti-submarine warfare capabilities at last year’s ANTX exercise at Naval Undersea Warfare Command in Newport, Rhode Island, validating a range of sensors and systems using autonomous sub, surface, and air vehicles. The autonomous surface and subsurface vehicles collected data, validated contacts and processed real time data transmission to ground operators via surrogate autonomous aircraft and satellites for exploitation.  Submerged targets were then engaged with air-dropped weapons demonstrating a complete detect-to-engage autonomous anti-submarine warfare capability.  

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

Taking First Steps to Compliance with the New Cyber Executive Order

By Shawn Campbell
It’s going to be a busy summer for federal IT and cybersecurity employees. On May 11, 2017 President Trump issued the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The earliest milestones for compliance are already looming on the horizon, with initial reports and plans due back to the President in the next couple months.

Specifically, the Executive Order (EO) addresses three areas:

1. Cybersecurity of Federal Networks, particularly cybersecurity risk management and IT modernization;

2. Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure, focusing on federal support for owners and operators of critical infrastructure (an additional goal in this area is to promote market transparency of cybersecurity risk management practices); and
3. Cybersecurity for the Nation, emphasizing consumer cybersecurity and the growth of a cybersecurity-trained workforce.

Among the compliance measures expressed in the EO, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to review agency-wide self-assessments on risk management. Sixty days later, these two organizations, with input from the Commerce Department and the General Services Administration, must submit a plan to the President to strengthen security – including reviewing budget needs and reassessing those budget needs on a regular basis.

By this fall, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to provide recommendations on “how to support the growth and sustainment of the Nation's cybersecurity workforce in both the public and private sectors.”
Of course, providing advice on how to comply fully with such a far-reaching order would take more than just one column like this. Instead, let’s spend some time understanding what it will take to reach a basic level of compliance with the first goal of the EO – namely the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks.

As a starting point, agencies will need to assess their enterprise IT based on the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (commonly referred to as the “Cybersecurity Framework”). 
Part of those assessments requires identifying “target profiles” based on NIST 800-53 (a catalog of security controls for all U.S. federal information systems, except those related to national security). Agencies also will use other related security control requirements and guidance to determine any insufficiencies or gaps in their enterprise.

After identifying any such gaps and insufficiencies, especially those related to information systems, agencies will have to work with their Information Technology and Operations Technology partners – as well as suppliers – to address their self-assessments and to identify mitigating security solutions.  

Ultimately, the actions taken in response to this EO will lead all agencies, or a subset of agencies, to transition to one or more consolidated network architectures, and to employ more shared IT services, including email, cloud, and cybersecurity services (where those are not already in place).
Agencies transitioning to consolidated network architectures and shared IT services will need several technologies to ensure success, to include:

1. Cryptographic key management. These solutions enable agencies to securely partition shared infrastructures and provide access controls through encryption

2. High assurance authentication. Authentication solutions provide common assured (certificate-based) identities to access converged network and IT. 
3. Cross-domain security. Cross domain solutions facilitate information sharing across shared services and infrastructure.

The goal of this EO is laudable: To build and maintain a modern, secure, and more resilient IT architecture, Internet, and communications ecosystem. That will protect both data and IT hardware and software from unauthorized access and other cyber threats, and greatly reduce threats from bad actors using automated and distributed attacks.

But it’s no small job. Agencies are still assessing their compliance annually with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which to this point has shown halting progress among agencies in identifying and consolidating IT assets across departments. It’s easy to see how a lack of understanding in these areas could affect assessment of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in general.

Let’s hope that the agencies that have charted progress in FITARA will be able to channel that success into the assessments required by the EO. As we said, it’s going to be a busy summer.

BIO Shawn Campbell is Director of Product Management, SafeNet Assured Technologies, a provider of cybersecurity solutions to the government. He can be reached at [email protected]Additional information can be found at www.safenetat.com

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $162.4 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 72 Airports in 31 States

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $162.4 million in airport infrastructure grants to 72 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said Secretary Chao.  “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.”

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.

To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,351 new grants to nearly 1,205 airports for a total of $2.1 billion.  These grants will provide funds for 564 runway projects and 475 taxiway projects that are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding. 

Those airports receiving discretionary grants are listed here, while the entitlement grant recipients can be found on our website.

Pago Pago International Airport in the American Samoa, $3 million – funds will be used to repair runway 05/23.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, CA, 3.2 million – funds will be used to purchase six zero emissions vehicles and to build the infrastructure for charging stations.

Miami Executive Airport in Miami FL, $3.1 million – the grant will be used to construct a new taxiway.

Miami International Airport in Miami, FL, $23.5 million – funds will be used to reconstruct Taxiway R.

McCall Municipal Airport in McCall, ID, $ 1.1 million – funds will be used to construct an airport apron the area where aircraft park.

Owensboro-Daviess-County Airport in Owensboro, KY, $.4.1 million  funds will be used to construct an aircraft rescue and firefighting building.

Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, MD, $2.3 million – grant funds will be used to repair the airport taxiway.

Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford, WV, $5.4 million – funds will be used to repair Runway 05/23.

Freemont Municipal Airport in Freemont, MI, $1 million – grant funds will be used for the rehabilitation of Runway 18/36. As a participant in the State Block Grant Program, the state of Michigan administers AIP funds for general aviation airports, including Freemont Municipal Airport, in the state.

Detroit Lakes-Wething Field in Detroit lakes, MN, $2 million – funds will be used to construct a runway safety area at the end of the runway.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, NC, $1.6 million – grant funds will be used to purchase four zero emissions vehicles and to build the infrastructure for charging stations.

Dickinson-Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson, ND, $2 million – funds will be used to widen the taxiway.

Hector International Airport in Fargo, ND, $4.4 million – the project will fund the repair of a taxiway.

Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, NJ, $1 million – the grant will fund the repair of Runway 05/23.

Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, NJ, $3 million – grants funds will be used to repair the taxiway.

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, OH, $7.3 million – funds will be used to purchase snow removal equipment.

Cuyahoga County Airport in Cleveland, OH, $11.3 million – grant funds will be used to repair and extend Runway 06/24.

Claremore Regional Airport in Claremore, OK, $1.9 million – the project will fund the repair of Runway 17/35. 

Grants Pass Airport in Grants Pass, OR, $1.1 million – funds will be used to construct a taxiway.

Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, PA, $ 12.3 million – grant funds will be used to construct a deicing pad on the airport.

Donaldson Field in Greenville, SC, $ 5.1 million – funds will be used to repair a taxiway.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, TX, $1.5 million – grants funds will be used to extend Runway 16L/34R.

Waukesha Airport in Waukesha, WI, $1.8 million – grant funds will be used for the expansion of the apron. As a participant in the State Block Grant Program, the state of Wisconsin administers AIP funds for general aviation airports, including Waukesha Airport, in the state.

The FAA will issue AIP grants to the airports over the next several weeks in time to take advantage of the summer construction season. The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season.

CASE STUDY: How WestJet Airlines realized improved efficiency and streamlined communication by partnering with Send Word Now

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, WestJet Airlines, Ltd., launched its business operations in 1996 in response to increased demand for airline options outside of traditional, high-priced carriers. Today, the public organization has passenger revenues totaling over $4 billion (CAD) and employs over 10,000 workers. It is the second largest Canadian air carrier, transporting over 45,000 passengers a day.

Due to the rapid company expansion, the emergency communication system in place since the company’s inception was unable to handle the increased growth. The leadership team made it a priority to find a better solution.

Priority Project #1

When Troy Herman started as a Flight Operations Project Manager in 2014, little did he know that he would hit the ground running with what was considered priority project #1 around the WestJet offices. “The company had an old emergency response system that was used by the Operations team. It was a proprietary system and it was at the end of its lifecycle. I was immediately challenged with finding a replacement. We needed something that was more efficient. I was introduced to Send Word Now and began researching the platform’s capabilities.”

WestJet, first and foremost, needed a system that could address emergencies and communicate information to the right internal parties. “If a bird hits a plane, for example, an update must go to the technical groups on the ground ASAP so they know that a special review of the equipment is needed when the plane lands,” explains Mr. Herman. Following an extensive vendor review, leadership agreed that Send Word Now would meet (and in some cases, exceed) their needs and would be a great fit technically.

High-Flying Features and Benefits

WestJet notes that because they intended to add over 900 employees as potential alert recipients, they were concerned about how to collect accurate contact data for each individual.

The onboarding was handled quite well, and Mr. Herman very much appreciated the assistance provided by his Send Word Now Account Managers. “We received such responsive service. No matter if we had questions or needed help with training and setup, someone was there to help us and assist. We had positive feedback internally across the board. The features and benefits are very clear.”

To learn more about WestJet’s implementation of Send Word Now, download the full case study here.

Hikvision and Alarme Sentinelle Secure Daycare

Integrator Alarme Sentinelle turns to Hikvision to upgrade aging cameras at nonprofit daycare in Montreal

MONTREAL—August 10, 2017— Hikvision Canada Inc., a North American leader in award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, provided cameras for the JPPS Children’s Centre (CPE) in Montreal installed by integrator Alarme Sentinelle.

CPE-JPPS is a children’s center supported by the Quebec government, housed in a two-story building that holds about 80 children and 18 staff members. Installed security cameras stopped working after its relocation in 2014, and CPE-JPPS had to manually monitor the front entrance. After some research, it was discovered the cameras had not been registered and were not under warranty. The previous installer had since gone out of business.

“Hikvision cameras will make a big difference for us,” said Randy Zucker, director of the CPE-JPPS. “Being able to observe the children, especially those with special needs, will help us improve our programs without causing any distress for the children.”

CPE-JPPS sought out Montreal-based integrator, Alarme Sentinelle, a company with a 39-year history in the security space. Frank Martinez, installation and project manager, recommended Hikvision DS-2CD2512F-I cameras for the center because “they are, by far, the best product available in this price range and the recording quality and features are perfect for these types of applications.” Martinez added that Alarme Sentinelle’s goal is to provide clients with peace of mind and a professional security system that operates around the clock. 

Alarm Sentinelle recommends that education institutions in Canada actively seek out security installers that are licensed with Quebec’s BSP (Bureau de la sécurité privée), the RBQ and are members of CANASA.  

“Ultimately, this is a great example of how Hikvision works hand in hand with its integrators to support nonprofits and educational institutions,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision Canada Inc. and Hikvision USA Inc. “Having reliable partners helps the end users and allows us to maintain our leadership position in the industry.” 

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use. Committed to the utmost quality and safety of its products, Hikvision encourages partners to take advantage of the many cybersecurity resources Hikvision offers, including the Hikvision Security Center. 

Neal Introduces Generation IV Sealcoating Pumps for Asphalt Trucks

ANNISTON, Ala. (Aug. 14, 2017) – Neal Manufacturing, a division of Blastcrete Equipment Company and a leader in asphalt pavement maintenance equipment, has launched its new Generation IV pumps. The pumps offer improved durability as well as enhanced spraybars and require less frequent routine maintenance than their predecessor, resulting in greater uptime and productivity. Road pavement maintenance contractors also save money since they can retrofit their existing asphalt trucks with the new Neal pumps Gen IV rather than purchase a new truck.

“Customers are continually seeking ways to increase productivity, and once again we listened,” said Jim Farrell, Blastcrete CEO. “Our Generation IV pumps not only check all the boxes on our customers’ wish lists, but they also set the bar on aggregate load. No other pump handles more aggregates and larger aggregates than the Neal Generation IV pump.” 

Neal Manufacturing designed the Generation IV pumps with heavy-duty features, including robotically welded pump housings and industrial-grade hydraulic cylinders for extreme durability and longevity. These components offer enhanced reliability and last 50 percent longer than parts on the previous model, which means less downtime associated with rebuilds.

“Most pumps in this industry last around 30,000 gallons before a rebuild is needed,” Farrell said. “We’ve had our first customer hit 300,000 gallons on our Generation IV pump and it’s still going strong.”

The Generation IV pump also comes with Neal’s new filtration system, which is 60 percent more compact than the previous system, more efficient and easier to maintain. The system’s compact filters weigh 98 percent less than the previous filters when full, eliminating the need for a crane during filter changes. Neal also designed the filtration system to give contractors fast and easy access to the filters, making routine cleanings more manageable.

Neal installs the system with dual spraybars rather than one. Each spraybar is synchronized with one 100-gpm Generation IV pump. The pumps and spraybars work together to provide optimal efficiency and output on road pavement maintenance projects. Gen IV pumps also offer enough volume for larger orifice tips to all but eliminate tip plugging with aggregates.

To ensure its customers know how to properly operate and maintain the machines, Neal offers free training seminars at its Anniston, Alabama, location. All machines are tested under load before being shipped to customers. 

About Neal Manufacturing

The Neal Manufacturing Division of Blastcrete Equipment Company is an industry leader in the manufacture of pavement maintenance and sealcoat production equipment. The company pioneered the development of ride-on squeegee machines as well the heavy-duty aggregate piston pump. Blastcrete Equipment Company manufactures mixing, pumping and spraying equipment for the refractory, shotcrete, concrete construction and repair, underground mining and tunneling, and power generation industries worldwide. For more information: Neal Manufacturing Division of Blastcrete Equipment Company, 2000 Cobb Ave., Anniston, AL 36201 770-830-1282; fax 256-236-9824; [email protected]; or www.nealequip.com.

Aruba Airport Authority and Vision-Box sign an exclusive partnership for the further evolution of the Aruba Happy Flow

Committed to innovation and change of the travel paradigm

Oranjestad, August 14, 2017 - James Fazio, the CEO of Aruba Airport Authority, and Miguel Leitmann, the CEO of Vision-Box, announced a new partnership between both organizations. Aruba Airport Authority and Vision-Box have decided to sign an exclusive partnership for the further evolution of the Aruba Happy Flow. The goal of the partnership is to:

  • Sustain the leading position of the Aruba Happy Flow in the global aviation industry
  • Ensure the usage of leading edge Vision-Box technology at Aruba Airport enabling unique value propositions for the airport and high-profile recognition and showcasing for Vision-Box
  • Creating a knowledge and experience center on Seamless travel

“The Aruba Happy Flow Proof of Concept has exceeded our expectations during these 2 years, paving the way for a new direction for the airport,” said James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority. “On the other hand, with this new partnership with Vision-Box, we are now very excited to get the opportunity to establish a pioneering Centre of Excellence, where we aim to understand tendencies, develop new products and technologies in a real-life environment and support local economy. This combined effort will surely mark another milestone in the development of the future airport. “

The partnership will profile Aruba Airport as an airport that drives change with passenger centric focus, creating value for their stakeholders and an excellent passenger experience. Furthermore, the partnership should provide skills development for Aruban and international students through the Vision-Box Centre of Excellence, while building a strong foundation for sustainable airport solutions.

Miguel Leitmann, Vision-Box™ CEO highlights that “This is indeed a great partnership. Aruba airport has already embraced the new era of the digital airport concept and it will soon benefit further from our game-changing technology for the Gateway 2030 project. We are convinced that this partnership will be the ground base for the next generation of Happy Flow, reaffirming Aruba Airport as an innovation center for passenger facilitation and projecting Aruba with a highly recognizable worldwide airport”. 

The Strategic Partnership is built on four pillars:

  • Innovation

Both partners are committed to invest in evolving the Aruba Happy Flow platform. New functional solutions will be (co-)created and assessed at Aruba Airport.

  • Gateway 2030, first airport designed for Happy Flow

Aruba Airport and Vision-Box share the vision that the design of the Gateway 2030 project, should fully harvest the benefits of the Aruba Happy Flow platform as a terminal-wide solution.

  • Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Aruba Airport is designed to combine the strength of Aruba Airport as a facilitator for innovation with the strength of Vision-Box as a technology innovator.

  • Showcase

Aruba Airport and Vision-Box will realize a high quality and continuous showcase for the Happy Flow solution.

Aruba Happy Flow is the result of a cooperative consortium composed of the governments of Aruba and the Netherlands, Schiphol Group, KLM, Aruba Airport Authority and Vision-Box™.

About Vision-Box™

Founded in 2001, Vision-Box™ is the leading provider of digital and biometric solutions for Automated Border Control, seamless passenger handling, electronic identity management and intelligent security solutions that use ICAO-compliant standards.

The solution portfolio aimed for airports, airlines and immigration authorities, includes passenger touchpoints addressing workflows for biometric check-in, entry-exit checks, API/PNR checks, baggage drop, security check, automated border control and self-boarding.

Within the correlated ID-management segment, Vision-Box™ also delivers to governments and issuing authorities, many solutions ranging from live biometric enrolment stations, document verification kiosks and digital document dispensers as well as the underlying life-cycle management platform.

In general, Vision-Box’s scope of intervention reaches out to all citizens who have to proof their identity to transact within any process with authorities or related stakeholders, extending the use of biometrics beyond the aviation segment, towards modern environments like smart cities or smart offices. Starting with the process of identity enrolment and covering the life cycle of a biometric identity throughout the citizen’s trusted journey, assuring its verification or identification at any time, Vision-Box’s product portfolio operates on top of a powerful and commonly used service platform, which orchestrates the trusted chain of identity of the citizen.

Every year, hundreds of millions of passengers are processed by Vision-Box™ digital systems, installed right at the heart of the most prestigious and critical governmental organizations, who trust our biometric identity and security management solutions to provide their citizens a safer world.

Vision-Box™ operates over 2000 Automated Border Control solutions in more than 80 international airports, ports and land borders and has over 4000 electronic identity systems deployed across the globe.



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