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GSN announces winners in its 2013 Homeland Security Awards program

Chuck Brooks

In another notable achievement, NICE Systems, with offices in Ra’anana, Israel; Paramus, NJ; and elsewhere in the U.S. and around the world, won not only the coveted physical security award for “Best Intelligent Video Surveillance Solutions,” but also had the pleasure of seeing its government agency client, Miami International Airport, receive a Platinum award in the “Most Notable Airport/Aviation Program” category; its client San Diego Public Utilities receive a Platinum award for “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program”; its client Harris County Sheriff’s Office received a Gold award in the “Most Notable Maritime/Seaport Program; and its client Duke Energy receive a Silver award in “Most Notable Critical Infrastructure Program.”

If the judges thought the IT Security awards were difficult to judge, they found the government agency awards to be impossible -- so impossible that they recommended a very good judging idea which GSN accepted, which was that government agencies that made it to the “finalist” stage subsequently would receive either a Platinum, Gold or Silver Award, because of the “apples and oranges” dilemma of trying to measure programs from totally different agencies, with totally different missions, in federal, state or local government.

As usual, the U.S. Coast Guard was a big winner in the government awards, receiving a Gold for its AVIS (Advanced Vessel ID System) and another Gold in “Most Notable Critical Infrastructure Security Program.

The DHS Border and Security Maritime/Science and Technology Coastal Surveillance Systems received a Platinum in the Maritime/Seaport Security Program, as did the DHS Office of Infrastructure/Protective Security Advisory Service in the Most Notable Critical Infrastructure Security Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was honored with a Platinum award for its USDA FedRamp Project Office in the category of Most Notable Federal Government Program, Project or Initiative. In the same category, the National Park Service was awarded the Gold for its Statue of Liberty renovation, while the U.S. Park Police received a Gold award for its work during the presidential inauguration.

In the Municipal/County Security category, the Cook County, IL, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response was singled out for a Platinum award for the spectacular turnaround of the agency by Michael Masters, executive director and his team. The Los Angeles and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Offices both received Gold awards and the City of Dover, DE, and County of Contra Costa, CA, received Silver awards.

 And finally, In a special humanitarian and public service award, Jordan Heilweil, CEO of Total Recall Corporation, of Suffern, NY, and nine partner companies, will be honored for donating a multi-million surveillance and security upgrade of the Statue of Liberty, which sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The nine companies joining Total Recall and the National Park Service and the Park Police in the renovation of one of America’s most beloved symbols of freedom and opportunity  are Axis Communications, Briefcam, DragonWave, Milestone Systems, Pivot3, Proxim Wireless, RGB Spectrum, Scallop Imaging and Winsted Corporation.



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