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Customs and Border Protection releases independent review of its complaint system

By Guillermo Cantor

As part of its announced efforts to become more transparent and accountable, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released the results of a review of its processes for handling allegations of employee misconduct. The review, which was conducted by an independent consulting firm and completed four months ago, yielded 19 findings and 62 recommendations. According to CBP’s statement, “CBP concurs with the vast majority of recommendations [and] a workgroup is actively implementing and addressing the recommendations through improved policies, procedures, training, processes and reporting requirements.”

While CBP did not make public which specific recommendations it has decided to accept and act upon, the agency did inform that it is working to:

  1. Enhance the overall efficiency of the investigative and disciplinary process,
  2. Make avenues for reporting allegations of misconduct more accessible,
  3. Ensure consistency in the administration of the disciplinary process, and
  4. Increase transparency and accountability on employee misconduct.


Many of the findings of the review are consistent with evidence and demands previously presented by research and advocacy groups. For example, the review confirmed the existence of multiple gateways for filing complaints with varying degrees of accessibility to them; the lack of a single system to record and track misconduct allegations; the inconsistency of investigation and discipline processes across multiple offices and geographic locations; and the absence of uniform controls in place to ensure individual accountability of people in the investigation and discipline system.

In order to address these and other identified problems, the consulting firm that carried out the review recommends that CBP develop an end-to-end case processing roadmap that begins with the initial allegation and ends with case disposition; establish regular joint strategic meetings as well as reporting requirements for all components involved; develop standard case handling checklists to enhance consistency; and create an agreement between DHS’ Office of the Inspector General and CBP Office of Internal Affairs on minimum case referral guidelines. The report also recommends that CBP explore the feasibility of parallel investigations for administrative and criminal cases.

If properly implemented, these and other recommendations could improve the overall efficiency of CBP’s systems for handling complaints. And this, in turn, could contribute to the development of a more accountable, law-abiding agency. In recent years, numerous reports have shown the extent to which U.S. Border Patrol agents routinely ignore the constitutional and other legal rights of both immigrants and U.S. citizens. More precisely, agents of the Border Patrol are known for regularly overstepping the boundaries of their authority by using excessive force, engaging in unlawful searches and seizures, making racially motivated arrests, detaining people under inhumane conditions, and removing people from the U.S. through the use of coercion and misinformation.

To a large extent, the abuse of migrants while in U.S. custody arises from a lack of transparency and accountability within CBP. While officials in any institution may engage in unlawful conduct, such behavior can be minimized or kept in check if there are clear rules, norms, and sanctions that hold those officials accountable. In other words, without rigorous investigations and sanctions, Border Patrol agents’ misconduct has gone, for a long time, largely unchecked.

The release of the results of the independent review of its complaints and discipline systems by CBP shows a clear attempt by CBP’s leadership to make the agency more transparent. It remains to be seen whether these good intentions will result in effective measures that are able to permeate and modify what has been a well-established culture of impunity.

Creating a Sustainable ID Card System

Craig Sandness

By Craig Sandness We live and work in an increasingly ‘green’ world and our customers are looking for any opportunity or product that allows them to reduce their overall resource consumption and waste. According to a recent Neilson report, 55% percent of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact. Still not convinced? U.S. President Barack Obama recently committed the Department of Defense to invest in alternative energy investments and practices— which mirrors the EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program that helps agencies across the federal government comply with green purchasing requirements.  Whether you believe in climate change, bettering the environment or simply doing your small part, ‘Green Demand’ is here and it is driving our markets and influencing the purchasing habits of all our customers. 


Security solutions may have been slow to adopt these practices but recent ‘green’ advances in technology are now allowing organizations of all types to purchase secure solutions that help protect their facilities, resources, people - even the environment. For instance, let’s look at how large organizations can now solve their ID card issuance challenges while reducing energy consumption, overall waste and even save money in the process.

ID Card Printing with ‘Wasteless’ Lamination Technology

Large organizations – universities, enterprises, government agencies – issue a staggering amount of ID cards every year.  Sometimes this issuance is done by a service bureau (a company specializing in the personalization and issuance of identity cards) but more often, this process is done onsite by the organization itself.  In this scenario, an organization relies on a desktop printer that personalizes blank or pre-printed card stock with visual cardholder information. To increase card durability - thus reducing the hassle and cost associated with issuing replacement cards - a lamination patch is then applied to the card to finish the issuance process.

In this process, lamination patches adhere to a strip of clear film known as "carrier film" that connects two rolls or cores. The card passes from the main printer into a lamination chamber or module, where the lamination patch is applied to the card. After which the carrier film, which has no other use than to act as a "carrier" of the overlaminate patch, ends up as waste. Using this traditional lamination method, an organization produces a considerable amount of this waste - especially when done in high volumes. Collectively and over time, this can have a measurable environmental impact to landfill contribution.

However this need not be the case any longer.  By taking advantage of new ID Card printers featuring ‘wasteless’ lamination technology, this end waste can be eliminated from the printing process altogether.  With wasteless lamination technology, overlaminate patches are attached to one another in a continuous stream of material on a single roll and without an underlying carrier. As each patch is detached from its supply roll and adhered to a card, the lamination cycle is complete. Once the supply roll has been depleted, all that's left is a single empty core. This process significantly reduces both the cost of the consumables and the waste product. 

Wasteless lamination has proven to be very cost effective, reducing lamination consumables costs as much as 50 percent while maintaining the highest levels of security and durability. This subsequently results in a significantly lower cost-per-card and total cost of ownership. This makes wasteless lamination an ideal alternative for cost-conscious companies, universities, government agencies or any organization that has strict budget limitations.

Green Circle Certification

Reduction of your carbon footprint is another focus of environmental responsibility. And reducing overall energy consumption has an easily quantified impact on an organization’s bottom line. As such, other advancements in card lamination technologies have reduced the significant energy required to heat up and maintain optimal operating temperature. By leveraging advanced technologies such as "instant on" or intelligent temperature control - which will heat rapidly and maintain optimal operating temperature – new ID lamination solutions can conserve significant amounts of energy as well as save time. These energy-conscious solutions carry the GreenCircle® certification in recognition of their energy savings.

For companies, universities and government agencies that produce high volumes of laminated ID cards, wasteless lamination is an excellent way to meet the growing demands of an environmentally responsible market. Secure ID card solutions with such eco-friendly technology innovations as wasteless lamination and intelligent temperature control are simple, cost-effective ways for any organization to minimize their environmental impact.

Editor’s Note: In a recent HID article on the importance of “Ensuring biometric data is useless to identity thieves,” the Lumidigm company was incorrectly spelled as “Lumisigm company.” GSN regrets the error.

Craig Sandness, Vice President, Government ID Solutions
Craig Sandness is the vice president, Government ID Solutions with HID Global, where he is responsible for market penetration and strategic worldwide expansion of the company’s government-to-citizen ID programs. Prior to this role, Mr. Sandness was the Managing Director of HID Global – Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for setting the business objectives, strategy development and maximizing the company’s sales revenues and profits across the region. Sandness has held various executive roles with HID Global, including Vice President of Global Accounts as well as Vice President of International Sales with FARGO, where he was responsible for building FARGO’s international sales effort across more than 90 countries. Mr. Sandness holds a BA degree in International Management from Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, where he graduated with magna cum laude honors.

FAA reports indicate number of drone sightings continues to rise; relaxes altitude caps for some drones

By Steve Bittenbender

Late last week, the Federal Aviation Administration released updated figures on Friday indicating that the number of drone reports continues to increase.

Based on the last two reports delivered by the FAA, officials received 1,210 reports in 2015 from pilots, air traffic controllers and the general public. That’s nearly 1,000 more than the agency received in 2014.

The use of unmanned aircraft, both by recreational and commercial users, rose dramatically in 2015, prompting the FAA to implement some regulations to ensure the drones did not interfere with piloted crafts. And, it’s quite possible significant increases in reports will only continue.

For example, there were 238 drone reports in all of 2014. In June and July of 2015, the FAA received 275 reports. However, in January the FAA got 93 reports. In January 2015, it had just 26.

"We have a number of educational initiatives with our government and industry partners to teach drone operators how to fly safely, including the drone registry we launched last December," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But enforcement goes hand-in-hand with education, and we will take action against anyone who operates irresponsibly to the full extent of the law.”

While some experts have questioned whether a drone can do significant damage or even poses a serious risk to other aircraft, the FAA has taken several steps to implement new regulations. Those include a drone registry that now has had more than 406,000 users sign up since December. The agency also continues to promote its “Know Before You Fly” educational campaign, which informs operators where they can use their drones legally and safely.

The FAA also has been working with law enforcement agencies to pursue investigations, such as working with Los Angeles County officials after a drone was reported within 200 feet of a Lufthansa plane at an altitude of about 5,000 feet less than 15 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. No charges have been filed in the case.

“The agency wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes, helicopters and airports is dangerous and illegal,” the agency said on its Web site. “Unauthorized operators may be subject to stiff fines and criminal charges, including possible jail time.”

The most notable penalty came last October, when Chicago-based aerial photography company SkyPan International, Inc. received a record $1.9 million fine for taking 65 unauthorized flights. Most took place in New York City’s Class B airspace, which surrounds the city’s airports to a ceiling of 10,000 feet.

While the FAA has worked to place more restrictions on drone users, it has loosened some as well. On Tuesday, the administration announced that drone operators with a Section 333 exemption can fly their aircraft at 400 feet instead of the previously enforced 200-foot ceiling.

The FAA said the change, which was approved for drone weighing less than 55 pounds, was made after conducting a comprehensive risk analysis. While drone enthusiasts supported the measure, many still seek more changes from the agency in charge of regulating the skies.

“The FAA’s decision to raise the operating altitude of the blanket COA from 200 feet to 400 feet provides greater flexibility to those receiving FAA exemptions and makes it easier for more commercial UAS operators to access the skies,” said AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne in a statement. “However, the FAA still needs to finalize its small UAS rule as quickly as possible to allow anyone who follows the rule to fly. The new blanket COA altitude remains lower than the operating ceiling of 500 feet proposed in the small UAS rule.” 

Authorities believe EgyptAir hijacking was not a terrorist event

By Steve Bittenbender

A middle-aged man was arrested in Cyprus Tuesday after he hijacked an EgyptAir plane and forced its diversion to the Mediterranean island.

However, the incident did not appear to be related to terrorism, as the man identified by Cyprus officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa threw a letter on the tarmac of Larnaca Airport. The letter was addressed to his ex-wife who lives in the country.

The New York Daily News posted several pictures of the hijacker, who was wearing what he had called a suicide belt. One of the images appeared to be a selfie taken with a British passenger. Before the pictures were taken, he had used the purported belt to take control of the flight, which took off from Alexandria and arrive in Cairo. The airline posted on Twitter about an hour after takeoff that the plane had been officially hijacked.

Once in Cyprus, he let most of the passengers depart, except for a couple of British passengers, Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told reporters. After his attempts to negotiate apparently failed, the hijacker released the rest of his captives. He then deplaned and surrendered to authorities.

“The explosives on him were examined,” Kasoulides said. “They weren’t explosives, but mobile phone covers.”

Egyptian officials released video of Mustafa receiving a screening at the Alexandria airport, including a pat-down of his body, showing that he passed security without

Once the situation came to a conclusion, Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation flew to Cyprus to be onboard the EgyptAir flight as it resumed its flight. It landed in Cairo shortly after 4 pm Eastern time.

“The minister recommended to offer the passengers all facilities needed to resume their flight to their destinations from Cairo Int'l Airport or travel from Larnaca Int'l Airport upon their request,” the airline posted on its Twitter account.

Once down in Cairo, Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, EgyptAir Chairman Safwat Musallam and Yehia Rashed, the country’s minister of tourism, greeted those who flew back to the north African country.

Tuesday’s hijacking was the second major aviation incident taking place in Egypt in the last five months. On Oct. 31, all 224 people aboard a Russian Metrojet flight leaving the Sinai Peninsula en route to St. Petersburg died after the plane crashed a few minutes after takeoff.

Terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the crash, saying it used a bomb to bring down the Airbus plane. Last month, Egyptian officials confirmed the crash was due to a terrorist act.

Russian officials have since suspended air service to Egypt.

According to the airliner and media reports, there were 56 passengers and seven crew members aboard. That included eight Americans.

“We know of no injuries to those American citizens that were on that flight,” State Department Deputy Spokesman John Kirby said.

EgyptAir is the country’s national airline, with its origins dating to 1932. The fleet consists of 79 aircraft criss-crossing the world to 79 destinations in 53 countries, fulfilling the needs of both business and leisure travelers. The Fleet includes the latest generation of aircraft: B777-300 ER, B777-200, A330-300, A330-200, A340, A320, A321, B737-800, B737-500, EMBREAR 170 and A300-600 freighter.

Coast Guardsmen from Cutter Bertholf seize 12,800 pounds of cocaine 30 miles S.W. of Panama

Alameda, CA - Coast Guardsmen seized more than 12,800 pounds of cocaine and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers from a self-propelled semisubmersible, or SPSS, about 300 miles southwest of Panama March 3.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf from Alameda, California, was notified by a Customs and Border Protection aircraft about the SPSS off the two interceptor boats to stop the suspected drug smuggling vessel, which was laden with more than $203 million worth of cocaine.

“Transnational organized crime groups continue to adjust their tactics to avoid detection indicated by a recent rise in the use of SPSS vessels,” said Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander, Pacific Area. “Despite these efforts, we will continue to execute an offensive strategy that targets, attacks and disrupts these dangerous criminal networks.”

Since June 2015, the Coast Guard has interdicted five SPSS vessels. These vessels are constructed for illicit trafficking with a mostly submerged hull; a cockpit and exhaust pipe are visible just above water. These vessels are extremely difficult to detect and interdict because of their low-profile.  

This is the second SPSS interdiction by the Coast Guard in Fiscal Year 2016, which runs from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Northland interdicted an SPSS approximately 280-miles southwest of the Mexican-Guatemalan border in January 2016. The suspects in that case scuttled the smuggling vessel as Coast Guardsmen arrived at the scene but were safely apprehended.

“SPSS interdictions are inherently dangerous, yet we persevere to disrupt the funding sources of illicit organizations causing violence and instability in Central America,” said Capt. Laura Collins, commanding officer of the Cutter Bertholf. “Our boarding teams are trained to constantly assess and prioritize the safety of our personnel and the SPSS crew during the case.”

Coast Guardsmen from Bertholf entered the SPSS numerous times to retrieve contraband and evidence. Boarding officers from Bertholf also discovered a loaded gun in the cockpit of the SPSS.  

Both Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016 have been marked by multiple SPSS interdictions for the first time since Fiscal Year 2012. These multiple SPSS interdictions and other cases contributed to the Coast Guard removing more than 319,000 pounds of cocaine in Fiscal Year 2015. The Coast Guard has already removed more than 201,000 pounds in Fiscal Year 2016.

This is the second SPSS interdiction by Bertholf’s crew, which in 2015 seized over 20 tons of cocaine alone. This is the fifth SPSS interdiction for the 418-foot national security cutters, the service’s newest and most capable major cutter. Alameda-based national security seized almost 68,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific ocean in Fiscal Year 2015.

Ultra-low cost SecuGen Hamster Pro™ and UPx OEM sensor now available

Santa Clara, California (February 15, 2016) – SecuGen, a world leading optical fingerprint device and technology vendor, is pleased to announce that they will be unveiling a new, lower cost fingerprint reader, the Hamster Pro™, at the RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Attendees are invited to come by SecuGen’s booth, number 4615 in the North Hall of Moscone Center to see a demonstration of the new, low cost fingerprint reader and accompanying OEM sensor.

The Hamster Pro is a compact, accurate, and robust fingerprint reader, being offered at an incredibly low price. SecuGen is well known around the world and throughout the biometrics industry for providing high quality fingerprint products at prices suitable for large deployments. The Hamster Pro is SecuGen’s lowest price fingerprint reader to date.

The UPx is the OEM version of the same product. The UPx is compact for easy integration and very low priced for large deployments.

SecuGen’s complete line of fingerprint readers include PIV and FAP 20 certified models and now includes the Hamster Pro for circumstances where PIV certification is not required but a low cost option is mandatory. SecuGen’s product line also includes dual mode products that combine contact and contactless smartcard readers together with SecuGen’s rugged and accurate fingerprint sensors.

The Hamster Pro fingerprint reader and the companion UPx OEM sensor will both be released in March of this year and will be compatible with SecuGen’s software development kits for Windows, Linux, and Android.

VP of Engineering Dan Riley stated, “The SecuGen engineering team keeps coming up with new ways to reduce costs. The Hamster Pro fingerprint reader and UPx sensor are remarkable in that they combine the ability to capture a high contrast, high quality image with rock bottom prices. These truly are amazing products!”

Won Lee, CEO of SecuGen, said, “Our focus is always to deliver the high quality products and tools that our reseller partners require. Our engineering team had done it again with the UPx sensor and the Hamster Pro. These are exactly the products that our partners have been asking for.”

About SecuGen

SecuGen Corporation is the world's leading provider of advanced, optical fingerprint recognition technology, products, tools and platforms for physical and information security. SecuGen designs and develops FBI-certified fingerprint readers and OEM components, developer kits and software, including NIST/MINEX-compliant algorithms. Known for high quality, ruggedness, and performance in a wide variety of applications and environmental conditions, SecuGen products are used by world-leading financial, medical, government, educational and corporate institutions and are sold through an extensive network of reseller partners including original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors and system integrators around the world.

Nortek Security & Control announces full line of easy to install 2GIG video solutions

Carlsbad, CA, March 23, 2016 - Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek Company and leader in the security and home control markets, today announced their full line of 2GIG® IP video solutions, complete with indoor and outdoor mini dome camera and indoor WiFi camera, as well as a feature-rich network video recorder (NVR) for a range of new surveillance solutions for the security market. This suite of products offers a mobile app, at no extra cost, for remote viewing and playback of video on iOS and Android devices.

"The line of 2GIG video products was designed to provide dealers with attractive and sleek-looking interior and exterior-grade cameras for residential customers seeking high-definition recording and playback, both at home and on-the-go," said Rob Halligan, group vice president of marketing, Nortek Security & Control. "The new video products provide dealers with a robust surveillance solution that's easy to install, but even easier for the consumer to use to better keep an eye on things at home or their small business."

Packed with features, the small form factor of the new 2GIG Indoor/Outdoor Mini Dome cameras make them easy for dealers to install anywhere the customer wants surveillance coverage, while one-wire installation significantly cuts down on installation time and required resources. Only one CAT-5 Ethernet cable, connected to either a PoE powerline adaptor or to the 2GIG NVR, is required to power the camera and receive its video signal. To keep a watchful eye on the property both day and night, the 2GIG Mini Dome Cameras feature 1080p High Definition video capture and IR night vision up to 30 feet.

The 2GIG Indoor WiFi camera is ideal for monitoring the interior of a home or small business and captures footage at 720p HD resolution at 30 fps. With a built-in PIR sensor, dealers can program the camera to record footage continuously or only when motion is detected. The integrated IR illuminator provides the camera with night vision and an integrated microphone and speaker enables two-way audio so the customer can not only see what's going on, but hear it as well. Both indoor and outdoor models feature edge storage capabilities which enables the dealer or consumer to install a SD Micro Card (up to 32 GB), and record continuous or motion only events directly to the camera.

The brain of the 2GIG video solutions system is the 2GIG NVR, which enables installers to easily connect cameras and provides power to the cameras to record video directly over the network with no monthly fees. This video solution is known as a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) system that does not require third-party monitoring, or cloud storage fees. The 2GIG NVR features four PoE (power over Ethernet) ports and four channel real-time recording at full 1080p HD resolution. The NVR also supports alarm input and outputs that can be used to connect to alarm systems and other devices.

Dual display outputs for both HDMI and VGA enables homeowners to connect the 2GIG NVR directly to their TV or computer monitor for easy, instant viewing of live, or stored footage. Users away from home can also download the free 2GIG Video Apps on to their iPhone®, iPad®, or Android® device to play back video footage, view live 720p or 1080p real-time video, or configure video options.

All of the new 2GIG video solutions and accessories come backed by a 2 year warranty and provide a great addition to home and small business security.

About Nortek Security & Control LLC

Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Nortek Security & Control LLC supplies its technology solutions to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Nortek Security & Control is a world leader in smart connected devices and systems for the residential, security, access control and digital health markets. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, GoControl®, Linear®, and Numera®, Nortek Security & Control designs solutions for a diverse customer base that includes national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, security dealers, and consumers. With over 50 years of innovation, Nortek Security & Control is the leading manufacturer of Z-Wave based connected products.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Nortek Security & Control LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work.  

GreyHeller announces Syracuse University launch of new mobile application with PeopleMobile®

San Ramon, CA, March 17 - GreyHeller, the global leader in Mobile and Security technology and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that Syracuse University has launched its new mobile application, Syracuse University Mobile, with GreyHeller's PeopleMobile® mobile platform. PeopleMobile® powers mobile access to Oracle's PeopleSoft Campus Solutions application from any smartphone or tablet.

The Syracuse University Mobile application includes:

MySlice Student Services Modules

  • Grades for all semesters during which the student took courses
    • Entries include links to all class details
  • Class schedule (current term only)
  • Class search
    • Current and next term (when available)
    • Search using many criteria, including subject area, subject code, course number, course career, class number, course keyword, mode of instruction (in person, online, etc.), session, days and times
    • Class details available for each result: start/end dates, days, class location and times, and all dates and deadlines (financial drop, academic drop, class add, withdrawal)
  • SU News feed
  • Campus Maps (Google)
  • SU Events Calendar
  • SU Directory
  • Social Media
    • Users can view and share items from these modules from within the app
    • Aggregates the main SU Twitter and Facebook accounts
    • SU YouTube channel available in Video module
    • Photos module uses SU Instagram feed

According to Sam Scozzafava, interim Chief Information Officer and VP ITS, "with a rich mix of University information and personal services data, the app will help users engage sooner and easier with the institution and its faculty, staff and students. We will continue to engage students to identify and implement enhancements to ensure it is serving their needs and providing them with the necessary tools and information to help them be successful in their academic career."

The next version will include student access to their exam schedules and three Faculty Service Modules - My Schedule, Class Roster and Grade Roster.

Syracuse University students have found the app to be a valuable tool. From a recent article in the Syracuse University online news:

Austin Rhoads, Class of '17, who is majoring in information management and technology, agrees. "The class search is my favorite feature. It is convenient as I begin to search for classes for next semester and doing it through the PC is bulky. One other feature that I really like is the map. Many new students have no idea where a specific building is, let alone where to find out how to get there."

Justin Baumann, Class of '16, a political science major said, "As a student who is constantly moving between different buildings on campus, the convenience of easily checking my phone for my class schedule, or looking up an email address on the directory, is incredibly useful. This is just the beginning of an important tool that SU students will use for years to come."

GreyHeller and Syracuse University began working together on this application in September, 2014.

About GreyHeller
GreyHeller provides Mobile and Security software solutions to Oracle's PeopleSoft customers, including 5 of the top 50 global companies and 6 of the top universities. PeopleMobile® mobilizes and transforms every PeopleSoft page across every PeopleSoft system – HCM, FSCM, CRM, ELM, Portal. ERP Firewall protects PeopleSoft sensitive data from malicious and inadvertent breach with powerful Data Masking, Two-Factor Authentication, Location-Based Security, Delegate and VIP Access Control, Logging and Analysis. 

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle's products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud.

Argus takes center stage at two major automotive cyber security events in Detroit

Detroit, MI, March 21 - Following the FBI-DoT-NHTSA March 17 public service announcement (PSA), Argus Cyber Security Ltd., the automotive cyber security pioneer, will participate in three panels at two major automotive cyber security events - the 3rd Annual Automotive Cyber Security Summit and the TU Automotive Cyber Security conference.  

LaVern Sula, Argus' President of North America, and former Global Engineering Director, Vehicle Cyber-Security at General Motors, will participate on the Automotive Cyber Security Summit Keynote Panel titled "The Next Steps for OEM and Tier 1 Companies in Standardizing Cybersecurity Mitigation." Sula will share her knowledge on improving collaboration between the automotive industry, security vendors and regulators.

Yoni Heilbronn, Argus' VP Marketing, will participate on the panel titled, "Security and Next Gen Automotive Technology" at TU Automotive Cyber Security. Heilbronn will discuss current trends and future challenges faced by automakers as they advance car connectivity and autonomous driving. Also at TU Automotive Cyber Security, the company's Lead Researcher, Ofer Kapota, will share his views on the Roundtable titled "Real Life Telematics Attacks and Vulnerabilities." Kapota will offer insights from research conducted by Argus on telematics and infotainment systems.

At Argus, former senior executives from the automotive industry have joined together with experts in cyber security to play an ever-increasing role in ensuring that motorists enjoy the limitless benefits of car connectivity without having to worry about their physical and virtual safety.

"The US Government public service announcement citing the vulnerability of cars to remote cyber-attacks underpins the extent of the risk and the need to address it accordingly," said Ofer Ben-Noon, Argus CEO and co-founder. "Argus' participation on multiple panels is a testament to our commitment to partnering with the automotive industry in addressing this critical topic."

About Argus 

Argus is the global automotive cyber security leader, dedicated to partnering with car manufacturers, their Tier 1 suppliers and aftermarket connectivity providers to protect connected cars and commercial vehicles from car-hacking. Founded in 2013, the Argus team has decades of experience in both cyber security and the automotive industry. Argus solutions combine innovative security methods and proven computer networking know-how with deep understanding of automotive best practices. Argus' is headquartered in Tel-Aviv, Israel, with offices in Michigan, the Silicon Valley, Stuttgart and Tokyo. 

Defexpo India 2016: AEROMAOZ (Israel) will establish joint venture with Indian company, Rajdeep Automation

Defexpo India 2016, Goa, India, 28-31 March 2016, Israel Pavilion, Stand 1.1.3-b

March 22nd - AEROMAOZ Ltd. – a leader in the design and manufacturer of control systems and Illumination solutions for commercial and military air, ground and naval applications – will establish a joint venture with the Indian company, Rajdeep Automation. The new company, A.R.I.C. PVT LTD, will manufacture rugged HMI, control and lighting systems for the domestic defense and Homeland Security (HLS) markets.

According to Eli Avivi, Executive VP Sales & Marketing at AEROMAOZ, "We are pleased to create this partnership with the well-established and respected company, Rajdeep, for the production of our solutions in India for the local market – for Indian defense and HLS companies and the Indian Ministry of Defense. We look forward to expanding our activities in this important market." He continued, "Our solutions have been adopted and are being implemented in dozens of platforms worldwide. They deliver outstanding durability in even the harshest air, ground, and naval environmental conditions."

According to Shrenik Shah, Technical Director at Rajdeep, "This welcome partnership with AEROMAOZ will bring to India production capabilities of the highest technological level for ruggedized HMI solutions, control & lighting systems. We hope that through this collaboration we will increase our activity in the market and take part in projects planned for the Indian army and security organizations."

Among the products to be manufactured in India under the agreement are LED lights and joysticks:

AEROMAOZ manufactures LED lights which are exceptionally powerful and reliable, don't heat up, and are extremely durable (up to 100,000 hours of operation) – which enables very easy maintenance, since replacement is rarely required.

The company also produces a variety of stationary and mobile joysticks that can be held in either one or both hands, all with state-of-the-art ergonomics. The grips, which are adapted for difficult field conditions, and are specially designed with an optimum shape for the end-user, include a host of unique controls for easy and convenient operation of various functions.


AEROMAOZ Ltd. established in 1980, is a world-renowned  designer and  manufacturer  of  Control Systems and Illumination solutions for Commercial and Military air, ground and naval applications. The company's main product lines include ruggedized HMI and lighting solutions – based on its expertise in Human Machine Interface applications and Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) lighting compatibility. Field-proven and operational, AEROMAOZ solutions are part of prestigious projects throughout the world. AEROMAOZ product lines include grips, keyboards, displays, control panels, lights and NVIS upgrades. The company's products are integrated with platforms of the top global Aerospace & Defense corporates.

About Rajdeep Automation Pvt. Ltd.

Rajdeep is an automation products and service provider catering to the total industrial needs for companies all over India. The company's success has been derived from its understanding of the rapidly changing global business scenario and its ability to employ this insight to provide value-added services to its clients. The Rajdeep group was incorporated in 1969, and has been successful in winning respect and confidence, and building significant goodwill, among its clientele.



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PureTech Systems is a software company that develops and markets PureActiv, its geospatial analytics solution designed to protect critical perimeters and infrastructure.  Its patented video analytics leverage thermal cameras, radars and other perimeter sensors to detect, geo-locate, classify, and...