ISCON to discuss on expanding market awareness for campus, government and healthcare applications at the event ISCON Imaging Inc., a manufacturer of patented infrared (IR) imaging screening systems, will discuss its expanded focus into campus, government and healthcare markets during the Secured Cities Conference from November 10th-12th, 2015, in Houston. During the event, ISCON will also highlight its patented FocusScan™ solutions at booth 324. FocusScan & SecureScan solutions ISCON’s innovative screening solutions drive new levels of safety and asset protection in a multitude of environments, including education, transportation, homeland security and healthcare. Its flagship FocusScan™ and SecureScan™ screening solutions allow security personnel to scan an individual, producing an image that identifies any hidden objects. ISCON’s screening technologies emit low-velocity air, which gently warms a person’s clothing, along with any object concealed underneath. Once the warm air stops, the individual’s clothing and any concealed items cool down. Clothing over concealed objects cools at a different rate than the concealed objects, producing strong temperature contrast. A temperature-sensitive IR camera captures images of the entire area and reveals the contrast of any object hidden under clothing. Multi-layered security approach Over the last year, ISCON has experienced substantial growth as organisations seek screening technologies to eliminate health and privacy concerns found in other security technologies. As need for security and risk detection continue to expand, there has been an increased interest in implementing ISCON screening solutions as part of a multi-layered security approach to help minimise risk, strengthen safety and security efforts, and proactively address theft and loss in high risk environments. Video surveillance and access control aren’t enough — today, there are new ways to visually capture critical security data before a potential breach can occur. Effective and reliable identification and access control is critical to the overall security of high-risk areas within a facility. ISCON delivers peace of mind for these areas where critical data and high-value assets must be protected to ensure long-term business viability. “ISCON continues to evolve and grow its business by stretching to meet the security screening needs of various markets,” said Bill Gately, CEO, ISCON Imaging. “We look forward to meeting security professionals and attendees at the upcoming Secured Cities Conference to share our story and define the ISCON difference.”
ISCON screening solutions are part of a layered security approach to minimise risk, proactively address theft and loss, and enhance safety ISCON Imaging Inc., a manufacturer of patented infrared (IR) imaging screening systems, has expanded its focus into new markets as demand for the company’s technologies grows in the border security, military, government, transportation and event environments. ISCON will highlight its expanded applications and the functionalities of its patented FocusScan™ and SecureScan™ solutions, including live security demonstrations, at booth 2183 at the 2015 ASIS Annual Seminar & Exhibits, being held Sept. 28 through Oct. 1, in Anaheim, Calif. Thanks to continued technical innovation, infrastructure investments and additions to its sales and support network, ISCON has experienced solid growth as users look to invest in screening technologies that eliminate the privacy and health concerns found with comparable systems. The expanding risk environment and the growth of security as a business driver has also attributed to increased interest in implementing ISCON screening solutions as part of a layered security approach to minimise risk, proactively address theft and loss, and enhance safety. ISCON patented IR technologies ISCON’s patented technologies incorporate a low-velocity heated airflow, which disrupts the thermal equilibrium achieved when items are concealed for long periods of time. The thermo-conductive IR technology first heats the screening subject, and then assesses the cooling patterns of any object that may be hidden underneath an article of clothing to identify it by its light structure. ISCON technology does not use artificial radiation of any kind, and does not violate the subject’s privacy since long-wave infrared (LWIR) does not pass through clothing. This innovative approach enhances the visual image of a thermal imprint on the surface of clothing, caused by any item hidden underneath — no matter what material it is made from — ensuring a stark contrast with the surrounding area. ISCON educational session ASIS attendees are invited to view the complete suite of ISCON solutions, and meet the executive and sales team during exhibit hours. Additionally, Jonathan Schonfeld, Director of Technology and Product Engineering, will lead an educational session titled, "Combatting Workplace Violence: A New Need for More Effective Employee Safety Screening Technology," at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the Solutions Theater booth 3973. “ISCON is moving into the next evolution of its business, and we look forward to sharing our story and technology differentiators with the attendees at the upcoming ASIS conference,” said Bill Gately, CEO, ISCON Imaging. “Over the past year, we’ve proven the value of our patented approach to screening and our expanded market reach allows us to better serve customers and partners to accelerate our growth in years to come.”
Most of us think of shrinkage in the context of the retail environment, where a host of video cameras, tamper-proof packaging, sensors and other technologies help control theft by customers and employees. However, the term shrinkage also applies to goods before they get to a retail store. Goods can be stolen at any stage of their manufacture and distribution, usually by employees, and there are fewer technology solutions geared toward theft along the supply chain. In fact, some distribution centres, even those operated by major players in the business, have no technology at the exits to screen employees and detect theft. Loss prevention personnel have to rely on their ability to detect “lumps and bumps” as the only deterrent. Detection of infrared (IR) heat signatures Providing a technology solution for this market is ISCON Imaging, which applies detection of infrared (IR) heat signatures to address the problem of shrinkage in manufacture and distribution centres. The technology, which comes in the form of a full body scanner or a handheld device (about the size of a metal detector), senses the temperature of an employee’s clothing and highlights any difference in temperature that might be caused by an object – such as a stolen cell phone – hidden under clothing. Because the system only detects the surface of clothing, there are no privacy issues. The system also uses a low-velocity heated airflow that destabilises temperatures and makes objects more visible (even if they have been hidden long enough for their temperature to be “normalised.”) "It’s a greenfield market, and a great fit for our technology, given the challenges and benefits an employee screening situation entails" The IR camera creates a high-resolution black-and-white image, which is transmitted to a fully automated screen that allows operators to zoom in and out (using their fingers, as with an iPhone), to add a time and date stamp, to tie the image to an employee’s ID card, and/or to save it for possible prosecution. It’s a novel application of IR detection technology, which is mostly used at a distance to determine the heat signatures of bad guys hiding in the jungle, for example. Refocus on B-to-B sales to distribution centres Begun as a startup in the aviation market, ISCON Imaging found it difficult to compete against large manufacturers selling to the government (TSA), and the technology is not as well suited to really high-volume screening like at airports. In the last couple of years, the company has been refocusing on B-to-B sales to distribution centres, which have needed such a solution to address their shrinkage problems. “It’s a greenfield market, and a great fit for our technology, given the challenges and benefits an employee screening situation entails,” says Bill Gately, ISCON Imaging's CEO. “I’m a big believer in focus, and we will focus on this before we get into other markets.” Because technology is new to the market, ISCON Imaging often helps end user customers implement their concepts of operation. “We do a lot to help them with equipment layout,” says Gately. Currently, the company targets the hundreds of large distribution centres in the United States – and the many more that are coming online in our age of Internet commerce. A differentiating factor of the technology is that it can identify the object being hidden. In contrast, a metal detector with a light and/or audible alarm only detects if an object is present – yes or no, but no additional information about what the object is. (The object also has to be metal; it can’t detect clothing, pharmaceuticals, and other items likely to be stolen.) Also, some other scanning technologies only show a “square” indicating a foreign object, rather than an actual image of the object. With little information to work with, loss prevention personnel either have to interrogate the offender or get them to agree to be searched. In addition to uses at entrance/exits, the hand-held units can be used to perform random security checks, for instance in a high-theft or high-value area of a distribution centre. “The reason we don’t have any health issues is that the camera is passive – it just looks at the heat your body is generating,” says Gately. “The only thing coming from the machine to you is hot air.” The system is so precise that it can detect even small objects like thumb drives and SIM cards that metal detectors cannot find. Employee safety "ISCON Imaging is “being dragged into” the workplace safety market because of the urgent need for screening technologies" The ISCON Imaging system also contributes to employee safety. Employees are screened when they come to work each day (to ensure they aren’t bringing weapons into the workplace, for instance), and again when they leave at the end of the day (to detect any stolen objects). If a weapon is detected, an operator can escalate a silent alarm to respond to the situation with a lockdown or other strategy. In fact, the radiation-free and non-intrusive personnel inspection system can help prevent workplace violence, an issue that can lead to liability lawsuits for employers. “Most companies aren’t screening employees on the way in,” says Gately. “That’s an area I think will drive this whole security movement very quickly.” Proliferation of active shooter drills, for example, is raising awareness among top management of the possible liability consequences of failing to prevent workplace violence. For instance, U.S. Security Associates recently paid a $46 judgment for failure to protect two Kraft employees who were shot and killed at work. Gately says “ISCON Imaging is “being dragged into” the workplace safety market because of the urgent need for screening technologies.”
Both systems provide LP managers, safety leaders and operational personnel to reduce risk for active shooters ISCON Imaging Inc., a manufacturer of patented infrared (IR) imaging screening systems, is driving new levels of operational and workplace safety, and loss prevention in warehouses, healthcare facilities and retail distribution sites through the delivery of its new SecureScan™ and FocusScan™ scanning solutions. Both systems provide LP managers, safety leaders and operational personnel with cost-effective options to reduce the risk for active shooters while limiting the potential for theft. The SecureScan and FocusScan scanning solutions ISCON’s patented solutions strengthen the scanning process, increasing throughput, eliminating privacy and radiation concerns, and enhancing safety initiatives. The SecureScan and FocusScan scanning solutions detect both metallic and nonmetallic objects hidden beneath clothing, giving users unprecedented insight into information that can protect physical assets and employees. “The image clarity of the ISCON screening solutions allow managers, safety officers and LP personnel to speed up the screening process by quickly identifying non-threatening objects, such as personal cell phones or body jewelry, and concentrating on the items of high-risk, such as weapons or stolen inventory,” said Bill Gately, CEO, ISCON Imaging. Loss prevention and employee safety ISCON Imaging’s focus on loss prevention and employee safety allows the company to tailor its technology offerings to address issues such as loss prevention, contraband monitoring and workplace safety. Active shooter incidents continue to be a significant problem for a wide variety of organisations. The FBI reported that between 2000 and 2013, there were 160 active shooter incidents, resulting in 468 deaths. The number of events continues to increase each year. “We want to drive discussions about how to mitigate active shooters, workplace violence and employee theft. These are serious threat facing employers today,” said Gately. “SecureScan and FocusScan are two solutions that can bring honesty into the workplace, as well as a sense of safety for all employees.” Benefits of SecureScan and FocusScan SecureScan conducts whole-body scans that allow retailers or warehouse security personnel to scan the subject’s person and detect stolen inventory or weapons by seeing their likeness on a high-quality touch screen. These images are recorded and available for later auditing with a date and time stamp. FocusScan offers the same screening benefits in a handheld version, a product innovation that is completely new to the market. The patented thermo-conductive IR technology first heats the screening subject, then assesses the cooling patterns of any object that may be hidden underneath an article of clothing to be able to identify it by its light structure. This technology does not use any artificial radiation of any kind, and does not violate the subject’s privacy since long-wave infrared (LWIR) does not pass through clothing. ISCON at RILA and NRF Protect ISCON will exhibit its SecureScan and FocusScan solutions at this week’s RILA Asset Protection Conference in Orlando, Fla., at booth 106. The company will also exhibit at booth 464 at NRF Protect in Long Beach, Calif., in June.
The awards recognise outstanding products that address security and operational challenges ISCON Imaging Inc., a manufacturer of patented infrared (IR) imaging screening systems, recently announced that it has been honoured with Platinum- and Gold-level Government Security awards for its FocusScan and SecureScan screening solutions. The awards, presented by leading industry trade publication Security Products, recognise outstanding products that address security and operational challenges in the government market. Innovative technology A panel of expert judges selected ISCON Imaging based on the technology’s unique features, innovation, interoperability, quality, design, market opportunity and the impact on the security industry. FocusScan was selected as a Platinum-level winner in the Loss Prevention category, while SecureScan was chosen as a Gold-level winner in the Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions category. “ISCON’s screening technology serves as a critical tool for protecting the well-being of employees and safeguarding assets,” said Bill Gately, CEO, ISCON Imaging. “These awards are a testament to the innovation and marketability of our patented IR technology, which has broad value for a number of vertical markets in the government, retail distribution, warehouse, campus and healthcare environments.” FocusScan and SecureScan SecureScan conducts whole-body scans that allow users to scan an individual to detect stolen inventory or weapons without privacy or health concerns. FocusScan is a handheld screening solution for mobile scanning needs. The Images are displayed on a high-quality touch screen, and captured for future auditing with a date and time stamp. Both solutions are built on a patented thermo-conductive IR platform that first heats the screening subject, then assesses the cooling patterns of any object that may be hidden underneath an article of clothing and identifies it by its light structure. This technology does not use any artificial radiation of any kind, and does not violate the subject’s privacy, since long-wave infrared (LWIR) does not pass through clothing.
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