ClanTect, the UK-based provider of Motion Detection Systems for the security sector, is proud to announce the launch of its powerful new ‘ClanConnect’ communications software module. ‘ClanConnect’ provides a high-speed and secure communications gateway, connecting a wide dispersed network of remote terminals, with the head office host system. This provides for the rapid and tamper-free 2-way transmission of data and programs. The benefits for security operations within l...
PureTech Systems announced delivery of several mobile versions of its PureActiv wide area video surveillance software suite, including its patented geospatial video analytics, to the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the Mobile Video Surveillance Systems (MVSS) program. The MVSS program, won by Tactical Micro of Fredericksburg VA, a division of Benchmark Electronics, consists of a complete mobile surveillance platform to aid the U.S. Border Pa...
ThinkReps LLC, a security manufacturers’ rep firm in the New York Metropolitan area, announces that the company has expanded and added a new team member, Kenneth C. Kraemer to its roster. ThinkReps is a manufacturer's representation firm based in New York and focused on enhancing the sales and market awareness of the best physical security solutions in the industry. The company is committed to providing top notch sales and support to its customer base and continues to raise the bar on sal...
Global and domestic threats have highlighted the need for tighter security across all verticals. One of the technologies that has redefined situational awareness and intrusion detection is thermal imaging. Once a technology exclusively manufactured for the military operations, thermal cameras today are deployed across hundreds of security applications and continue to see strong demand in existing and emerging commercial markets. With thermal technology, security personnel can see in complete...
HID Global, global provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Argentina has selected HID Global to upgrade its ICAO electronic passport to a newer generation that will reduce costs, improve security and enhance the reliability of data reading at border control points. Enhanced data security and vetting The Argentine government is transitioning its electronic booklet from a printed antenna to a new copper wire antenna, which is more reliable, having a s...
Iris ID, a premier provider of iris recognition technology, announced its iCAM R100 face and iris cameras will be integrated into Mentalix, Inc.’s Fed Submit suite of live scan solutions. Fed Submit is employed by civilian and law enforcement agencies across the county, provides users with intuitive, multi-modal booking and background check systems. Mentalix, headquartered in Dallas, is an industry leader in FBI-certified identification software. Iris ID’s IrisAccess iCAM R100 camer...
The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded Airbus a € 40 million contract for the delivery of the first phase of the new NATO Communications Infrastructure Project. The contract also includes options for future phases of the project, worth up to € 50 million. WAN IP Communications The NATO Communications Infrastructure project will replace a major part of the NATO General Communications System (NGCS), involving 72 NATO sites. It will provide a major upgrade of wide area network protected IP communications across the NATO command structure, NATO headquarters and NATO points of presence in NATO member nations. he project covers the delivery of upgraded IP access and transport services across different security classifications with significantly increased capacity, quality of service and traffic engineering capabilities. It also covers NATO unclassified voice services through the replacement of old telephony switches by voice over IP telephony at 25 sites. The design review is estimated to be completed in December 2018 while the first phase of implementation should be completed by the end of 2019. IT Modernisation The NATO Communications Infrastructure Project, together with the IT Modernisation Project and the Enterprise NATO Public Key Infrastructure Project, is part of the wider IT Modernisation Programme which aims to transform NATO's static IT infrastructure into a homogeneous enterprise. It will include customer-funded service delivery systems, with a common service management and control layer, increased levels of virtualisation, modern cloud technology, and appropriate resilience mechanisms.
Securitas UK was proud to attend the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) careers fair in Aldershot, on Thursday 24th May. Over 60 companies were in attendance on the day, including Royal Mail, Fujitsu, XPO Logistics and DHL. BFRS is a Community Interest Company (CIC), a social enterprise created in 2009 to support the armed forces community. They host career fairs across the country, to ensure companies are aware of the benefits of employing from this community. In February 2018, Securitas signed The Armed Forces Covenant, as a show of support for service leavers looking for a new career pathway. Attendance at the BRFS careers fair was part of Securitas’ ongoing commitment to the Covenant. Valuing the services of military personnel Securitas employs a large number of service leavers in a variety of front line and management roles. Andy Hill, Area Director at Securitas, commented: “Securitas recognises the value of serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families in business. I joined Securitas 8 years ago, after 19 years of service with the armed forces, and I am now the Area Director for Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire & Humber. “Initially, after leaving, I found it difficult to engage with employers as they were not able to identify how my skills and experience could be of benefit in their workplace. Military training instils a number of key transferable skills in an individual, including resilience, vigilance, self-discipline and an appreciation of risk and threat, to name just a few. It’s important that potential employers, in all sectors, understand how these valuable skills can be of benefit.”
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the agenda for its annual public policy and government security technology conference, SIA GovSummit. This event – held June 27 and 28 at the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. – will bring together government security leaders and private industry technologists for top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and even local agencies. Day 1 of SIA GovSummit 2018 will highlight discussions on a variety of topics, including: OMB’s New Cybersecurity and Identity Policy: Impact on Federal Physical Access Control Systems Movement to the Cloud for Video and Other Security Applications Procurement Strategies for Effective Security Solutions The Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Video and Other Applications Biometrics in Border Security Speakers include Matthew Goodrich, FedRAMP director at the General Services Administration; Daryle J. Hernandez of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Interagency Security Committee; Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings; David Sousa, division director at the Federal Protective Service; and consultant Tim Williams. SIA is expanding the popular Secure Schools Roundtable into a half-day event presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus Expanding Secure Schools Roundtable Following the day’s discussions, attendees will be invited to join a networking reception and the Policy Leadership Awards Dinner. Paul Begala, commentator at the Washington Speaker Bureau, will provide remarks at the dinner. The second day will kick off with a SIAThere! and Northern Capital Region Security Forum breakfast at the Capitol Hill Club, featuring remarks from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). Following the breakfast – in addition to its member visits to Capitol Hill offices – SIA is expanding the popular Secure Schools Roundtable into a half-day event presented in cooperation with the Congressional School Safety Caucus. The gathering will highlight topics such as the need for school security guidelines and standards, the role of the federal and state governments in funding school security Highlighting school security related topics This gathering – held at the U.S. Capitol Visit Centre – will feature discussion with key stakeholders from government, industry, education and law enforcement and highlight topics such as the need for school security guidelines and standards, the role of the federal and state governments in funding school security and the need for coordination among educators, school facility personnel and first responders in protecting our schools. “SIA GovSummit gives government and industry the opportunity to come together, share information and collaborate on security, including assessment of security investment priorities,” said Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations. “In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, SIA is also looking forward to hosting a half-day, expanded version of its Secure Schools Roundtable as part of the summit to address safety and security in our schools.” Free entry for government personnel SIA GovSummit is free for all government employees, including federal, state, county and municipal-level staff (both domestic and international), plus all military, law enforcement and public safety representatives. Early bird registration rates for non-government attendees are available through June 1. This event is made possible thanks to the following sponsors and partners: Washington Sponsors Lenel and Interlogix; Lincoln Sponsor HID Global; dinner and reception sponsor Allegion; event sponsors AMAG Technology, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Ameristar Security, ASIS International, Axis Communications, BCDVideo, Calpipe Industries, Gallagher, GSA Schedules Inc., DHS Science & Technology, Louroe Electronics, Marshalls, Milestone, Nasatka Security and Renova Technology; and industry partner ISC Expos and Conferences.
IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, has announced the appointment of Donnie Scott as Senior Vice President of Public Security for its identity & security business in North America. Before joining IDEMIA, Mr. Scott served as Director of National Security Business Development for DXC Technology, global independent, comprehensive IT services company. He was responsible for DXC’s national security clients across the U.S. Public Sector, including the pursuit of new business as well as the development and execution of the company’s strategic growth vision. Mr. Scott brings over 16 years’ experience in business development for the U.S. Public Sector, working with a wide range of clients from local, state, civilian, healthcare and defense agencies. Donnie’s strong dedication to customer service and his passion for growth will have an immediate positive impact on our business" Strategic leadership “The Public Security business is a critical area of focus for IDEMIA in North America and I am excited to lead it into the future,” said Scott. “For decades IDEMIA has been committed to issues concerning public security and its valued partnerships with U.S. government agencies demonstrates the company’s long-standing and ongoing dedication to secure and simplify lives.” “I am pleased to welcome Donnie Scott to our team and am confident he will provide excellent strategic leadership,” said Ed Casey, Chief Executive Officer, Identity & Security, N.A. “Donnie’s strong dedication to customer service and his passion for growth will have an immediate positive impact on our business.” Automated identification solutions With over 40 years of experience partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, IDEMIA’s Public Security mission is to detect threats in public areas, securely grant access to premises and physical assets, strengthen border security and help police drastically improve efficiency. Through best-in-class biometric and facial recognition technologies and automated identification solutions, IDEMIA addresses the major security challenges that these agencies face while keeping America’s states, cities and towns secure.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a significant and ever-changing impact on the way we view video security. Today, cameras are expected to be so much more than devices with which to simply capture images; they need to be far smarter than that. These future-facing cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, delivering a parallel performance as intelligent sensors with the ability to extract the kind of invaluable data that helps businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond. However, as the list of possibilities grows, so too does the risk of unauthorised access by cybercriminals. We should all be aware that a single weak link in a communications infrastructure can give hackers access to sensitive data. That’s the bad news. Safeguarding data and utilising deep learning The good news is cybercrime can be avoided by employing a data security system that’s completely effective from end-to-end. One technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’ Once this level of safeguarding is in place you can begin to confidently explore the technologies and trends happening now, and those on the horizon. So, what will be having an influence on surveillance in 2018? Well, according to IHS Markit, one technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’, which uses algorithms to produce multiple layers of information from the same piece of data, therefore emulating the way the human brain absorbs innumerable details every second. In Europe, GDPR compliance will also be a big talking point as new principles for video surveillance data collection, use limitation, security safeguards, individual participation and accountability are introduced. And, as the popularity – and misuse – of drones continues to rise, the recent developments in drone detection technology will be particularly welcomed by those whose primary concern relates to large areas, such as airport perimeter security. The future of 'smart' video analytics An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics. The Bosch ‘i’ series, for example, offers a choice of formats – Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics. Essential Video Analytics is geared toward regular applications such as small and medium businesses looking to support business intelligence (e.g. inter-network data transfer), large retail stores and commercial buildings for advanced intrusion detection, enforcing health and safety regulations (no-parking zones or detecting blocked emergency exits) and analysing consumer behaviour. The camera-based, real-time processing can also be used to detect discarded objects, issue loitering alarms and detect people or objects entering a pre-defined field. Intelligent Video Analytics provides additional capabilities. It is designed for demanding environments and mission-critical applications, such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and government buildings, border patrol, ship-tracking and traffic-monitoring (e.g. wrong-way detection, traffic-counts and monitoring roadsides for parked cars: all vital video security solutions). An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics Intelligent Video Analytics can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers, such as challenging environments created by snow, wind (moving trees), rain, hail, and water reflections. For more expansive areas, like an airport perimeter fence, the system has the range and capability to provide analysis over large distances. And, if a moving camera is employed, it is also possible to capture data on objects in transit when used in conjunction with the Intelligent Tracking feature. For roadside use, Intelligent Video Analytics systems, such as the Bosch MIC IP range, are resistant to vibrations and can still operate in extreme weather conditions, continuing to detect objects in heavy rain or snow. Evolving cameras past surveillance It’s becoming ever clearer that the IoT is transforming the security camera from a device that simply captures images, into an intelligent sensor that plays an integral role in gathering the kind of vital business data that can be used to improve commercial operations in areas beyond security. For example, cities are transitioning into smart cities. The capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed) With intelligent video security cameras at the core of an urban infrastructure smart data can be collected to optimise energy consumption via smart city lighting that responds to crowd detection and movement. Cameras can also be used to improve public transport by monitoring punctuality and traffic flow based on queue lengths, with the ability to control traffic lights an option should a situation require it. As the urban sprawl continues and this infrastructure grows, the need for more knowledge of its use becomes more essential, necessitating the monitoring technology developed for use by human operators to evolve into smart sensing technology, that no longer just provides video feeds, but also uses intelligent analytics and sophisticated support systems. These systems filter out irrelevant sensor data and present only meaningful events, complete with all relevant contextual data to operators to aid their decision-making. Expanding the video security camera network Today, video analytics technology has tangible benefits for human operator surveillance, and delivers KPIs that are highly relevant to transport operators, planners and city authorities. As an existing infrastructure, a video security camera network can be improved and expanded by installing additional applications rather than replaced. From a business perspective, that means greater value from a limited investment. Thereafter, the capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed), image and data interpretation, and the ability to perform a variety of tasks independently to optimise both your safety and business requirements. The fact is, cameras see more than sensors. Sounds obvious, but a conventional sensor will only trigger an alarm when movement is detected, whereas a camera can also provide the associated image and information like object direction, size, colour, speed or type, and use time stamps to provide historical information regarding a specific location or event. Based on this evidence, the video security camera of today is more than ready for the challenges of tomorrow.
Friday marked the closing day of ISC West 2018. ISC West, sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the largest converged security event of the year, experienced its biggest and most successful year to date. On the heels of ISC West being named to Trade Show Executive’s Next 50 List for Attendance Growth in 2017, this year included a larger show floor with more exhibits than ever before (an additional 4K square feet from last year), growth in featured areas (Unmanned Security & Safety Expo sponsored by Knightscope, Connected Security Expo, Public Security & Safety Expo, and Connected Home sponsored by Alarm.com, plus the addition of the brand new Emerging Technology Zone that had 40 companies participate), 120+ new products displayed in SIA’s New Products Showcase, six percent growth in overall attendees and 10 percent growth of the coveted ISC Executive’s Club. Security education programme This year, ISC West had the pleasure of offering over 85 sessions throughout the SIA Education@ISC programme, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and IoT security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills.The enthusiasm of our attendees, loyal returning exhibiting companies and the 250 new exhibiting companies inspire us to put on the best show" Some of the most highly-attended sessions were Access Control and Video in the Cloud, The Evolution of Credentials and their Use in the IT, OT, and Physical Security Environment, Connected Home – The Future is Now, and The Future of Physical Security: The Decade Ahead. Providing comprehensive education is one of the cornerstones of ISC West, and more attendees are leveraging these offerings each year, learning from one another and networking with their peers. “Another successful year in the books,” said Sherida Sessa, Industry Vice President of ISC Security Events at Reed Exhibitions. “The enthusiasm of our attendees, loyal returning exhibiting companies and the 250 new exhibiting companies continue to inspire us to put on the best show we can. We’re so pleased with the turnout and want to formally thank everyone – attendees, exhibitors, speakers, our media partners and sponsors, and most importantly, SIA, for helping to make this year the biggest and best show we’ve had yet.” Re-inventing cybersecurity This year’s keynotes were unparalleled. Each one had a packed house, with Dr. Douglas Maughan of the Department of Homeland Security explaining how the DHS Science and Technology (S&T) is re-inventing cybersecurity, and Jeff Crume, Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, IT Security Architect at IBM talking about the dark side of the IoT.ISC West 2018 featured the SIA Women in Security Forum to mentor and empower other females to enter the industry ISC West 2018 also had several special events on the agenda, including the 23rd SAMMY Awards hosted by Security Sales & Integration, honouring dealers and integrators for their sales, marketing, business and installation excellence; tours of the new Emerging Technology Zone to showcase next-generation products on the market; SIA’s New Products Showcase awards ceremony, where over 120 product entries were pitched to leading industry experts and winners were selected in nearly 30 categories; the Security 5K Run/2K Walk, where all proceeds were donated to Mission 500, a non-profit charitable organisation focused on the security industry and dedicated to serving children and families in need across the U.S.; the SIA RISE Happy Hour and SIA Autonomous Security Robotics Reception where security industry professionals had the chance to network with each other; and the inaugural committee meeting of the SIA Women in Security Forum, a place for women to engage, mentor and empower other females to enter the industry. Business impact “There’s nothing better than hearing someone on the show floor say, ‘ISC West is like the Super Bowl of security events',” said Will Wise, group vice president of the ISC security portfolio. “At the end of the day, it’s so rewarding knowing that exhibitors and attendees – from end-users to integrators to dealers/installers to consultants and engineers – feel that ISC West made a measurable business impact for them. We’re looking forward to the Cyber: Secured Forum in Denver in June and are already setting our sights on ISC East in New York City in November!”
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), was useful when Pope Francis visited the US/Mexico border town Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2016. Large crowds of religious followers and the curious alike — estimated to be as many as 200,000 — made the pilgrimage to the region for a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many to see the leader of the Catholic Church in person. XProtect video surveillance systems in the neighbouring city of El Paso, Texas, were used to help manage the large crowds. In El Paso, city managers, local law enforcement and US immigration officials were concerned that population explosion would choke roadways, cause congestion, and present security risks as observers lined the roads and crossed the four bridges between the cities. The City of El Paso and the School District have their own 10 gigabit fibre WAN, which I'm sure was helpful in accessing the systems" Camera access from different locations "As can be imagined the Pope visit was huge; we've never seen anything like it. The crowds were crazy, and the focus for officials was all about security," said Marica Wever, President, Integrated Technology and Design (ITD), based in El Paso, Texas. "From the International Boundary and Water Commission, to Homeland Security, to other federal and local agencies, it seems everybody was here and they all wanted access to local video systems for their independent and joint efforts." Wever explained that because the Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software (VMS) is used across many of the local sub systems, officials were able to gain camera access through different users. "The City of El Paso and the School District are all Milestone-based, and they each have their own 10 gigabit fibre WAN, which I'm sure was helpful in accessing the systems," said Wever. "Across the two systems, there were about 100 cameras in use helping to monitor the situation." Maintaining safety and security While ITD was not directly involved with the security operations on the day of the event, Marcia Wever is very proud that the flexibility and reliability of the installed Milestone video surveillance systems they've deployed around the city of El Paso were able to be accessed to maintain safety and security in such a unique situation. "I've been told that all the players involved in the event were very happy with the video quality and accessibility of the systems," said Wever. "Events like this take on their own life as the various agencies come in, but there were no major incidents, and all feedback I have gained is that the system was quite effective."
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, has announced that the government of Tanzania has selected HID as its prime supplier for an end-to-end solution for issuing electronic passports as part of Tanzania’s transformative e-Immigration programme. The new ePassport was unveiled publicly as part of the inauguration of the end-to-end solution provided by HID Global. The solution incorporates advanced physical and electronic security features, automated passport verification capabilities and support for international standards. Marked by visually stunning landmark imagery, such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar’s House of Wonders, the new Tanzania ePassport contains a contactless chip embedded in its polycarbonate datapage, which is proven as tamper-proof. HID Polycarbonate Electronic Datapage HID Global has partnered with DLRS Group for the manufacture of the passport booklets incorporating HID’s polycarbonate electronic datapage. This is the same partnership as for the current award-winning Irish electronic passport, with both the booklet and datapage manufactured at the two companies’ facilities in Ireland.The new ePassport will increase security and make travel easier for the country’s citizens The new ePassport will increase security while, at the same time, making travel easier for the country’s citizens, such as simply scanning their passports electronically at border control stations upon entry and exit. In addition, the new ePassport conforms to all international standards as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organization, ensuring seamless interactions by Tanzanians as they travel the world. “Tanzania is taking a leap forward in providing an electronic passport for our citizens,” said Dr. Anna Peter Makakala, Tanzania’s Commissioner General of Immigration. “Our people will be proud knowing they are carrying one of the most secure and modern passports in the world and can take advantage of some of the most advanced technology available.” New passports help enhance security Tanzania is not only modernising government services, but also raising security by enhancing the existing issuance process. Verifying the identities of travellers is a high priority for governments worldwide, as they crack down on counterfeit passports and upgrade border facilities. The e-Immigration solution includes an ePassport issuance system and personalisation facilities in Dar-Es-Salam and Zanzibar -- equipping the application centres and embassies – as well as biometric matching, border control, e-Visas, e-Permits and delivery of electronic passport books. Stefan Widing, President and CEO of HID Global, said, “We worked very closely with Tanzania’s government to conceptualise and bring into being this state-of the-art passport solution. Their government’s vision for faster, more secure electronic verification of identities matched our end-to-end solution capabilities for citizen identity. Working on a strict timeline, the Immigration team in Tanzania was a strong partner with us to deliver on this exemplary government project.”One of many benefits of the new e-passport solution from HID Global is that the holder can have an “emergency passport” on their smart phone Emergency passport on smartphone One of many benefits of the new e-passport solution from HID Global is that the holder can have an “emergency passport” on their smart phone, if their passport is stolen or lost in another country. The emergency passport, verifiable electronically by the embassy, allows the traveller to obtain the necessary document to return home or request a replacement passport without the need for further online checks, filling out forms or other time-consuming tasks. This mobile emergency passport is made possible using HID’s award-winning Seosâ technology for mobile citizen IDs, called HID goID. HID Global has shipped more than 150 million government-issued IDs in over 50 countries for major projects that include national ID, e-passport, foreign resident ID, driver’s licence and vehicle registration programmes. HID products and technology are present in sixty percent of all government issued electronic identity projects globally. Leveraging this experience, HID Global has formed a multi-year relationship with the government of Tanzania to ensure the highest levels of security for many years to come.
Qognify, a provider of big data solutions for physical security and operations, announced that it has recently expanded its security solution at Gardermoen Oslo Airport with Situator, the company’s market-leading situation management solution. Avinor, the group responsible for managing Norway’s airports, decided to not only expand and upgrade Oslo Airport, but unify its different systems to create a unified security platform. Extending to Situation Management A Qognify video management solution user since 2008, the Airport, with the support of Racom, Qognify’s partner, the airport now added Situator Situation Management solution. The comprehensive platform integrates all existing systems – Qognify and third-party, including thousands of surveillance cameras, access control and other sensors. Situator structures and correlates the information from these different systems for greater situational awareness, incident management and effective response. Flexigate override support Being a major European airport, Oslo serves many Schengen flights, meaning flights to the 26 European countries that have officially abolished passport and all other types of border control at their borders. Allowing the area to function as a single country for international travel purposes dictates special operational requirements using advanced Flexigate system. The Flexigate system avoids incidents where the wrong doors are opened to ensure that passengers who should go through the border control actually do so. Situator integrates with the advanced Flexigate access control system, and overrides switching of gates between Schengen and non-Schengen flights, as well as the domestic flights if the control systems are out of operations. Extended capabilities of existing technology Avinor Oslo Airport: “Situator allows us to leverage our existing technology, and extend the capabilities of those systems for increased value. Our long-term partnership with Racom and Qognify has given us the ability to smartly and cost-effectively upgrade our security without having to rip & replace previous, viable investments". "Adding Qognify Situator to the security and operations program at Oslo Airport has enabled us to confidently build true best-of-breed solution,” said Frode Igland, CEO, Racom AS. ”The new capabilities provide a common operating picture for all stakeholders, improving security and operations”. “Oslo Airport’s security program is one of the most advanced ones among the many airports we are involved in,” commented Moti Shabtai, Qognify’s CEO & President “Our partnership with Avinor and Racom is a testament to how deep, long-term collaboration can produce exceptional return on investment for the airport.”
The US Department of Homeland Security needed an ironclad ID solution to prevent widespread counterfeiting The U.S. Green Card has set a global, never-exceeded standard for uncompromised security. After more than 12 years and over 20 million cards featuring HID Global’s LaserCard® optical security media, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security turned to the same technology and expertise for its next-generation Green Card. In May 2010, the agency began issuing the new card, produced by HID Global and featuring a host of innovations in optical media for enhanced security as well as an award-winning multi-technology design that improves the efficiency of land border crossing. Counterfeiting problem By 1996, officials of the INS (now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) were concerned that the Permanent Resident Card was too easily counterfeited. Officials estimated that counterfeiters had produced hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of fraudulent documents, with some fakes selling for up to $15,000. Under pressure to control illegal immigration and meet legislative requirements for biometric based ID credentials, the agency needed an ironclad ID solution to prevent widespread counterfeiting and to uphold its international standing as a strong and effective immigration agency. HID Global LaserCard solution The overriding objective was to deploy the most counterfeit-resistant document possible with secure portable data storage. The combination was required to prevent fraudulent alteration, withstand ten years of use and support efficient issuance. A secondary objective was to assure reliable visual authentication where electronic readers are not available. By 2009, the agency faced the added requirement of complying with the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHITI) to speed land border crossings. The U.S. Government has twice selected an ID credential, based on HID Global’s LaserCard® optical security media, as its permanent resident card. The card’s digital security has never been compromised. Forensic document specialists have testified before Congress that the card has “effectively put mass counterfeiters out of business.” Forensic document specialists have testified before Congress that the card has “effectively put mass counterfeiters out of business.” A major setback for mass counterfeiters For any ID card to be effective, it must be usable in a variety of situations, especially when inspected without the aid of electronic readers. HID Global’s LaserCard optical security-media provides the industry’s strongest visual security and counterfeit resistance characteristics: Rapid recognition of a genuine card and counterfeit resistance based on: Unique visual characteristics of optical security media Overt, covert and forensic micro-imaged security features resolved at 25,000 dots per inch High contrast, high resolution “photo-like” facial image of the legitimate cardholder irreversibly laser etched into the optical security media. This “Personalized Embedded Hologram” is unique among all card-based data storage media. The image cannot be altered and serves to confirm that other personalised images on the card’s surfaces have not been tampered with Security diffractive image: covert security feature that can be verified with a simple inspection tool Storage of tamper-proof digital information (facial image, demographics, biometrics) ISO standard data structure for interoperability Next generation Green Card Optical security media enables employers, authorities and inspection agents to make a confident judgment about card authenticity and visual identification of the cardholder, even when electronic readers are not available. Following extensive collaboration with the U.S. DHS, HID Global developed a much-enhanced, next generation Green Card whose design and features elevate the security and functionality of ID credentials to a new level.
HID's ID credential delivers both the highest levels of document security and secure access to Government services In the early 2000s, the growing level of counterfeiting and fraud against the paper-based ID booklet used by Saudi Arabian citizens was diminishing confidence in the authenticity of the document. The use of false documents and ID theft subjected the nation to increased security concerns at a time when the population was becoming increasingly mobile, global insecurity was on the rise, and the workload of police, immigration and customs was mounting. Need for totally counterfeit-resistant document The need for one legal identity per person and reliable identification extended beyond border control to government agencies and third party service providers such as banks. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to e-government services also required reliable authentication of individuals’ identities online. The new ID system had to enhance security for citizens, residents and visitors, match individuals to their biometrics, safeguard personal data, and be predisposed for interoperability with countries in the region. That meant deploying the most counterfeit-resistant document possible, with secure portable data storage and transactional capabilities. The combination was required to prevent fraudulent alteration, withstand ten years of use and be compatible with an all-in-one infrastructure for the provision of e-government services. Multi-purpose credentials and card issuance support The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia selected HID Global’s ID credential, based on the company’s LaserCard® optical media, whose digital security has never been compromised in any programme in the world. The card delivers both the highest levels of document security and secure access to Government services. In 2004, HID Global was also selected to manage the implementation of a new distributed card issuance system in 20 cities for the first phase of the programme. HID Global authored the card management and personalisation software, designed, integrated and installed approximately 60 personalisation systems, trained the operators and provided ongoing operational support. The system was installed on time and met all the client’s certification requirements. Meeting today’s security imperatives The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national ID card contains state-of-the-art high resolution and multi-colour security offset printing, including covert features and special links. In addition, the card features two machine-readable technologies: optical security media and an IC chip. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s national ID card contains state-of-the-art high resolution and multi-colour security offset printing Optical Media: The optical media stores a high-resolution colour portrait of the cardholder, his/her demographics, and a fingerprint template for automatic identity verification. The stored data is completely tamper-proof. The optical media incorporates layered eye-visible authentication and security features to support reliable visual document examination. Contact Chip: The IC chip uses Multos to manage a PIN application, Public Key Infrastructure transactions, and stored demographic data. Features for today’s reality Counterfeit Resistance: The optical media data recording process is physically irreversible. Additional safeguards are created by the tamperproof “Personalized Embedded Hologram.” In combination, these features eliminate any realistic counterfeiting attempts. High Data Capacity: The 2.86 megabyte optical stripe has more than adequate capacity to hold all required demographic and biometric information, and can be updated as needed. Durability: The laminated construction meets stringent durability requirements, as certified by an independent laboratory, supporting a ten-year lifetime for the card. Low Cost Solution: The combination of advanced technology, durability of construction, data capacity, and application flexibility deliver maximum return on investment. Speed of Use: In just a few seconds, all card information can be read. This includes demographic data, colour photograph, and fingerprint files. Updateable: New biometrics or personal data can securely be added by authorised personnel to help prevent obsolescence and fraud. The realities of inspection For any ID card to be effective, it must be usable in a variety of situations, including those where electronic readers are not available. Optical security media enables authorities and inspection agents in Saudi Arabia to make a confident judgment about card authenticity and visual identification of the cardholder when ID documents are inspected by the human eye, which still occurs the majority of the time. Reliable visual document examination Optical media incorporates features to support examiner authentication Unique optical characteristics Tier I, II, III micro imaged security features resolved at 12,000 dpi Personalised optical variable device A tamper-proof high definition, high-contrast, high resolution facial image of the legitimate cardholder irreversibly laser-etched into the optical media
Customs and Border Protection needed a faster way to correlate information about the location and status of arms The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service is responsible for the protection of the Australian community, while supporting legitimate trade and travel. At a time of unprecedented threat levels – illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, people smuggling – Customs and Border Protection manages the security and integrity of Australia’s borders, working closely with other government and international agencies, to detect and deter unlawful movement of goods and people across the border. Rapid commerce and travel growth Concurrently, Customs and Border Protection is responsible for protecting Australian economic interests during an era of rapid growth in international commerce and travel. By enforcing trade regulations and collecting tariffs, Customs and Border Protection helps Australia compete in a global economy. “Customs and Border Protection plays a vital role in national security, derived from its broader responsibilities at the border and the extensive powers, expertise and technology it brings to bear,” said Michael Carmody, Chief Executive Officer, of Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. “Modernisation of customs organisations will remain imperative, with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service motivated by continuing pressure for more sophisticated and integrated processes.” Border protection responsibility Border protection responsibility lies in the capable hands of over 5500 Customs and Border Protection employees in over 50 locations around Australia and overseas, and is managed from the Central Office in Canberra. The Customs and Border Protection Strategic Outlook (2007) projects that by 2015, these employees will assume responsibility for the annual oversight and management of: 1 million international passengers 7 million import sea containers 7 million export sea containers 5 million air cargo consignments 220 million postal articles 22,865 arriving ships Protecting the Australian community demands sophisticated intelligence, targeting high-risk aircraft, vessels, cargo, postal items and travellers. It also requires sophisticated tools, including thousands of items of weaponry, protective gear, specialised equipment and vehicles. Furthermore, effective deployment and management of these tools is vital to assure the safety and security of Customs and Border Protection’s officers, and the 22.6 million Australian citizens they serve and protect. Search for a solution Prior to 2011, Customs and Border Protection maintained a system of separate spreadsheets to track and manage this considerable arsenal. More importantly, the view from Central Office in Canberra lacked immediacy. Lags in reporting times could lead to delays in repairing or replacing critical equipment, or in identifying a missing or stolen weapon. What Customs and Border Protection sought was a fast and easy way to correlate information about the location and status of arms and bulletproof vests with the officers to which they had been assigned. As staff across different locations kept their own spreadsheets, Customs and Border Protection needed a solution that could easily deliver accurate and up to date views to Central Office. Under Michael Carmody’s imperative for more efficient, integrated processes, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service issued a global tender for an asset tracking system. They discovered a partnership between Relegen and HID Global best fit their needs. Customs and Border Protection opted to use the Relegen asset solution, with assetDNA software The Relegen solution Relegen specialises in the development and delivery of asset intelligence solutions. The Australian Defence Force [ADF] has employed Relegen’s technology – assetDNA™ – to manage critical assets for over a decade. The similarities between the ADF’s and Customs and Border Protection’s asset management needs, combined with the flexibility of the assetDNA solution, made Relegen the clear choice around which to build Customs and Border Protection’s new system. The Relegen solution is enhanced by their assetDNA software technology, which enables users to assign a globally unique identity to each asset. In this case, Customs and Border Protection have opted to use the assets’ serial number. This identifier is then carried by Relegen’s proprietary assetDNA tagging solution. A third layer of security is added through DataTraceDNA®, a covert security technology from DataDot Technology Ltd. This means that even in the event that the assetDNA tag is removed or destroyed, Customs and Border Protection can still identify the asset as one of their own. “Our ten plus years’ experience at a mission-critical level with the Australian Defence Force prepared us well to deliver the comprehensive asset tracking solution Customs and Border Protection requires,” reports Paul Bennett, Managing Director, Relegen. “The combination of our assetDNA software and multi-layer, intelligent tagging solution enables Customs and Border Protection to track each asset uniquely. Even if a tag is separated from a weapon, Customs and Border Protection can still identify the asset through DataTraceDNA.” HID Global RFID The ability of assetDNA to track each asset uniquely, and in real-time, is made possible by radio frequency identification technology from HID Global. A world leader in the development and production of innovative identification tags and readers, HID provides innovative asset tags and technical support vital to the Customs and Border Protection solution. Before HID could recommend tagging solutions, a thorough assessment of each asset was required: How is the asset used, by whom is it used, and under what conditions? For Customs and Border Protection, each tag must withstand the rigors of daily use under potentially hazardous conditions. HID manufactures asset tags that adhere and function under extreme conditions, resisting impact and vibration, and exposure to saltwater and chemicals. HID was able to provide Customs and Border Protection with a customised compilation of RFID tagging solutions According to Paul Bennett, “assetDNA is a powerful asset intelligence system. However, our ability to collect data is enormously dependent on reliable tags that can withstand the rigors of daily use in extreme conditions. That’s why we rely on HID. Their tags perform.” “All Customs and Border Protection assets were analysed in terms of materials of construction and conditions of use,” says Tony Hilder, Sales Director, Industry and Logistics for Asia Pacific HID Global. “Then, we were able to match a HID tag to deliver the necessary level of reliable performance over the life of each asset.” Customised RFID tagging solutions HID was able to provide Customs and Border Protection with a customised compilation of RFID tagging solutions that will: Withstand impact and vibration – on an assault rifle, or in a physical confrontation Resist exposure to harmful elements – including saltwater, or chemical agents Install covertly and inconspicuously – to prevent detection or tampering Maintain data integrity and performance – assuring systemic veracity The HID Logi Tag® Family is being applied where mechanical, chemical and temperature resistance is imperative, with the HID IN Tag Family providing ruggedised tag solutions for severe environs. Greater security for officers Relegen and HID are working together to help implement the sophisticated asset tracking system across all Customs and Border Protection locations. This includes the tagging of each of the armaments and critical assets in each agency, as well as training for all Customs and Border Protection personnel. The result will be a comprehensive system that gives Customs and Border Protection a real-time view of all assets deployed and in inventory, empowering the Central Office to make critical decisions based on the latest information at-hand. It will also mean greater safety and security for Customs and Border Protection officers. Officers can perform their duties, confident they have been issued the correct equipment, and assured that it is in proper working order. In addition, the new system further minimises the risk that weapons may be stolen or remanufactured. Significant productivity enhancements The new system will also enable optimisation of asset use. Customs and Border Protection can now identify each asset’s progress through its lifecycle, and identify specific assets in need of immediate repair or replacement. Customs and Border Protection will recognise significant productivity enhancements in staff time spent mustering their formidable arsenal. Going forward, the Customs and Border Protection asset-tracking system provides a model for any organisation managing operation-critical assets, in routine or emergency response situations. Worldwide, police forces, fire departments, emergency medical teams, hospitals, and other organisations are employing solutions from Relegen and HID Global to respond quickly and comprehensively in emergencies, provide better safety for their employees, and drive the performance of their mission critical assets more effectively.