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Sikorsky Delivers Two S-70i™ Black Hawk Helicopters to the Los Angeles County Fire Department

COATESVILLE, Pa.-- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, delivered two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters to the County of Los Angeles at a ceremony in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be customized to a Firehawk™ configuration to meet L.A. County Fire Department's specifications and further protect lives and property 24/7.

A Firehawk helicopter performs aerial firefighting and additionally, can plan missions and direct other firefighting aircraft, and provide emergency medical service transport, search and rescue, and logistic support. Once modified by a specialist outfitter in 2018 with a 1,000-gallon (3,785-liter) water tank, extended landing gear, single pilot cockpit layout and a medically-equipped interior, the new aircraft will increase to five the L.A. County Fire Department's fleet of Firehawk multi-role helicopters.

Compared to LA County's three existing S-70A model Firehawk aircraft, the S-70i variant includes wide chord rotor blades for increased payload and maneuverability, enhanced engine power, a stronger airframe, a digital cockpit with flight management system for enhanced situation awareness, and an Integrated Vehicle Health Management System to monitor the aircraft's operational health.  Among improved safety features, the S-70i aircraft includes a terrain and obstacle avoidance system that alerts aircrew to the proximity of potential hazards on the ground.

"We are very happy to take delivery of these two new Firehawk aircraft," said Thomas Ewald, deputy fire chief of L.A. County's Fire Department's Air and Wildland Division. "With the recent catastrophic wildland fires in L.A. and the Southern California region, the need for additional effective firefighting resources, such as the S-70i Firehawk, is readily apparent.  These two additional aircraft will enhance our existing fleet and strengthen both our day and night aerial firefighting capability, ultimately improving our ability to protect the lives and property of our citizens."

"The Firehawk helicopter is born from an S-70i Black Hawk because of its proven and robust military design, which enables it to endure the enormous physical stresses required to drop 1,000 gallons of water multiple times a day on the fire line," said Dan Schultz, president of Sikorsky. "The advanced Firehawk platform is a third generation Black Hawk with increased engine power, speed, maneuverability, higher altitude operations and improved mission availability. We stand behind L.A. County and will continue to support them during their critical missions, ensuring they continue to save untold lives and properties with our Sikorsky products."
Sikorsky supports the critical mission of the L.A. Country fire department with an all new airframe of the S-70i Black Hawk aircraft, which are available direct from Sikorsky in the U.S. Customers can order aircraft with mission sets and features customized to specific preferences. The L.A. County Fire Department was the first municipal organization to purchase the Firehawk in December 2000. 

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Black Hawk is a registered trademark of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company trademark.
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Power restored for all essential activities at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

ATLANTA, Dec. 18, 2017 -- Georgia Power and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport personnel have worked throughout the day today to restore power at the Airport as quickly and safely as possible. As of 11:45 p.m., power had been restored for all essential airport activities including all concourses and flight operations.

Georgia Power logo. (PRNewsFoto/Georgia Power)While evaluation of the incident is ongoing, Georgia Power believes that a piece of Georgia Power switchgear located in an underground electrical facility could have failed and started a fire. This fire was located adjacent to redundant circuit cables and switching mechanisms serving the airport and those cables were damaged, resulting in the outage and loss of redundant service methods.

The fire was safely extinguished by fire crews before Georgia Power could enter the area to assess damage and begin repairs. In addition to the fire, responding crews faced hazardous fumes and smoke which had to fully clear prior to beginning restoration work.  The event impacted not only the underground facilities, but also substations serving the Airport and, while the cause is not yet known, Georgia Power's system responded properly by isolating areas where equipment wasn't operating correctly to ensure safety and minimize damage.  No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time.

Georgia Power has many redundant system and sources of power in place to ensure reliability for the Airport and its millions of travelers - power outages affecting the Airport are very rare. The company will continue to actively work with the Airport to address any remaining impacts in non-essential areas of the Airport, determine the cause of today's incident and prevent future occurrences.


About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit and connect with the company on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (



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Intelligent Transportation Systems Enable Growth and Innovation in Mobility Infrastructures

LONDON, Dec. 15, 2017 -- With increasing pressure on cities' mobility infrastructures due to rising urbanisation, city governments all over the world are constructing new roads, bridges and tunnels, and using intelligent transportation systems (ITS), to mitigate transportation-related challenges and requirements. However, ITS implementation is costly as different technologies, platforms, and systems need to integrate into a single platform. Cybersecurity, data analysis, and connectivity will be critical to ITS success.


Frost & Sullivan and ISBAK, a leading smart city solution provider, have recently released A Guide to Intelligent Transportation Systems & Best Practices. The white paper provides an in-depth analysis of transportation policies, implementation methods, best practices, and challenges for key cities, including New York, Singapore, London, and Istanbul. ITS is classified into different categories, including traffic management, public transportation, traveler information, pricing systems, commercial vehicle operations, emergency management, maintenance, and construction management.

"The use of ITS will improve the quality of transportation in cities, contributing to the economic progress, and aid the establishment of smart cities," said Frost & Sullivan Mobility Consultant Hikmet Çakmak. "Commuters, city management councils, citizens, and the environment stand to benefit from ITS implementation through better traffic flow, improved safety, lower transportation costs, increased business activity, and improved travel information."

Singapore, London, New York, and Istanbul employ a variety of innovative mobility solutions to utilize existing roadways and reduce congestion and emissions efficiently. These include:

  • The use of smart mobility in Singapore with the world's first autonomous taxi called Robo taxi;
  • London pioneering transportation operation data sharing with Transport for London committed to open data to serve the public transparently and to support the development of start-ups and small-to-medium size technology companies;
  • New York City upgrading its existing intelligent traffic signal infrastructure to a more advanced system that uses RFID readers and cameras that are used to transmit real-time information to the world's largest traffic management center; and
  • Istanbul using different ITS components, such as cameras, traffic enforcement systems, detectors and Bluetooth sensors. Its adaptive traffic management system (ATAK) improves traffic by controlling traffic signals with real-time intervention. This is providing fuel and time savings equivalent to 37 million USD yearly.

"With the data collected from IoT devices in the city, such as cameras and sensors, we have reached the level of providing drivers and passengers with an active decision support system as opposed to a passive information system," said ISBAK CEO Muhammed Alyürük. "ISBAK is currently designing all ITS technologies as an integrated part of a smart city."

Since ATAK's installation in 2013, there has been a 20% reduction in travel times, 30% decrease in delays, and an increase of 35% in average speeds. In the near term, ATAK is expected to provide:

  • Better integration with Variable Message Systems, city congestion maps and direction maps;
  • Green light corridor ability for emergency vehicles such as ambulance, police, and fire trucks; and
  • Improvement in vehicle-to-vehicle systems by optimizing waiting times and increasing vehicle safety.

"ITS providers should seek out opportunities in emerging cities as well as mature cities looking toward fulfilling their smart city vision," noted Çakmak. "There are abundant revenue opportunities in all ITS application areas."

A Guide to Intelligent Transportation Systems & Best Practices is part of Frost & Sullivan's Future of Mobility Growth Partnership Service program.

About Frost & Sullivan

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General Dynamics Appoints Rubel as Vice President of Investor Relations

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 15, 2017 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today announced that Howard A. Rubel has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as vice president of Investor Relations, effective January 2, 2018. Rubel will report to Phebe N. Novakovic, chief executive officer and chairman of General Dynamics.

"Howard brings a wealth of experience from the investment community and has a deep understanding of the aerospace and defense industry," said Novakovic. "He's a valuable addition to our leadership team."

Rubel has been a managing director, Investment Research, for Jefferies since 2004, leading the aerospace and defense industries research group. Prior to this, he held similar senior positions with Schwab Soundview Capital Markets; Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and C.J. Lawrence, Morgan Grenfell. Rubel earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University and a master's degree in management from Northwestern University.

Digital Watchdog® adds Long Range 6-50mm IP and Universal HD over Coax® Bullet Cameras

Cerritos, CA – Digital Watchdog (DWTM), the industry leader in digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, announces the release of our new Long Range Bullet Cameras, MEGApix® 4MP (DWC-MB44Wi650) and STAR-LIGHTTM Universal HD over Coax® 2.1MP/1080p (DWC-B6263WTIR650).The new cameras and provide IP and analog HD surveillance users a powerful 6-50mm long range lens with Motorized Zoom Auto-Focus P-Iris Lens (IP) or Varifocal P-Iris Lens (Universal HD over Coax®), and up to x8.3 optical zoom. These cameras are ideal for any solution requiring true optical zoom and extremely clear details.

The MEGApix® IP camera delivers crystal-clear images at 4 Megapixel resolution at real-time 30fps. The DWC-MB44Wi650 model includes a 6-50mm Long Range Motorized Zoom Auto-Focus P-Iris Lens that allows for a simple and automatic remote focus adjustment, allowing the camera to remain in focus at all times. The camera features True WDR at 100dB, Smart DNRTM and Smart IRTM for quality video in challenging lighting environments. The IP66-rated weather resistant housing is easy to install and will Cold Start at -40o F/-40o C.

STAR-LIGHTTM 2.1MP Universal HD over Coax® cameras offer dynamic image enhancement features such as STAR-LIGHTTM Super Low Light Technology, True WDR at 100dB, Smart DNRTM and Smart IRTM. The DWC-B6263WTIR650 STAR-LIGHTTM 2.1MP Universal HD over Coax® Camera features a 6~50mm varifocal p-iris lens in an IP66 environmental rated bullet housing. STAR-LIGHTTM Universal HD over Coax® cameras are engineered to work with our VMAX A1TM Universal HD over Coax® DVRs, using your existing coaxial infrastructure for a cost-effective, high resolution surveillance solution.

“Over the years, Digital Watchdog® has developed a loyal following of integrators who rely on our long range cameras to fill a specific need without requiring an additional or third-party lens,” said Mark Espenschied, Director of Marketing, Digital Watchdog®. “We are excited to now make high resolution and phenomenal optical zoom available in cameras for both coax and IP infrastructure.”

Additional features include:
STAR-LIGHTTM Universal HD over Coax®
DWC-B6263WTIR650 Features:
    •    Universal HD over Coax® Technology with HD-Analog, HD-TVI, HD-CVI
          and all Analog to 960H Signal Support 

    •    STAR-LIGHTTM Super Low Light Technology 

    •    2.1MP/1080p 1/3" Image Sensor at Real- time 30fps 

    •    6~50mm Varifocal P-Iris Lens 

    •    True Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) 

    •    OSD Control Via Coaxial (UTC) 

    •    150' Smart IRTM with Intelligent Camera 

    •    Smart DNRTM 3D Digital Noise Reduction 

    •    True Day/Night Mechanical IR Cut Filter 

    •    De-FogTM Extreme Weather Image 

    •    Highlight Masking Exposure (HME) 

    •    Auto Sensing 24VAC/12VDC with Line 

    •    Easy Icon Driven OSD Menu with Built-in 

    •    Programmable Privacy Zones 

    •    Auto Gain Control (AGC) 

    •    Backlight Compensation (BLC) 

    •    Dynamic Range Compressor (DRC) 

MEGApix® 4MP DWC-MB44Wi650 Features:
    •    4MP 1/3” CMOS Sensor at Real-Time 30fps
    •    6~50mm Motorized Zoom Auto-Focus P- Iris Lens
    •    True Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
    •    Dual Codecs (H.264, MJPEG) with Simultaneous Dual-Stream
    •    Cold Start -40°F (-40°C)
    •    140’ Smart IRTM with Intelligent Camera Sync.
    •    Smart DNRTM 3D Digital Noise Reduction
    •    True Day/Night with Mechanical IR Cut Filter
    •    Programmable Privacy Zones
    •    Auto Gain Control (AGC)
    •    Auto White Balance (AWB)
    •    Motion Detection
    •    Two-Way Audio
    •    Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Class 10 Card Slot (Card Not Included)
    •    Alarm Sensor Input
    •    Relay Output
    •    Web Server Built-in
    •    PoE Class 3 and DC12V
    •    Reveals Low Light Detail
    •    Auto White Balance (AWB)
    •    RS-485 Built-in
    •    IP66 Certified Weather and Tamper 
    •    5 Year Warranty
    •    OnVIF Conformant, Profile S
    •    IP66 Weather and Tamper Resistant
    •    5 Year Warranty

Learn about the new DWC-B6263WTIR650 and DWC-MB44Wi650 cameras, the complete STAR- LIGHTTM Universal HD over Coax® 2.1MP/1080p and MEGApix® 4MP camera families and all of Digital Watchdog’s industry-leading video surveillance products at

Digital Watchdog® (DWTM) empowers our customers as the industry-leading single source of value- driven complete solutions for all video surveillance applications (HD over Coax® / hybrid / IP enterprise), focusing on ease of use and ROI. DWTM products offer technologically-advanced features including multi-sensor HD cameras at real-time 30fps, Star-LightTM super low light technology, WDR, Smart DNRTM and Smart IRTM. Complete IP megapixel surveillance solutions include single- and multi- sensor MEGApix® cameras and edge recording systems, Blackjack® NVRs and DW Spectrum® IPVMS for server, mobile and on-camera control. Complete HD over Coax® surveillance solutions include single- and multi-sensor STAR-LIGHTTM HD over Coax® cameras, VMAX® Universal HD over Coax® DVRs and mobile management applications.


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Director of Marketing
Digital Watchdog [email protected] Toll Free: 866.446.3595 x283


Global Biodefense Market 2017-2021 - Growing Threat of Bioterrorism Driving Market Growth

DUBLIN, -- The "Global Biodefense Market 2017-2021" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering.

The global biodefense market to grow at a CAGR of 5.41% during the period 2017-2021.

Global Biodefense market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is Government initiatives. Biological agents are easy to obtain as these are naturally present in the environment. The possibility of developing novel weapons through the use of these agents is alarming. Laboratories, across the world, are working on the development of advanced detection systems to identify areas and populations at risk of bioterrorism, provide early warning, and facilitate prompt treatment. Forensic technologies in many countries such as the US are working on identifying biological agents, their environmental origins, and their initial sources. Efforts include sanitization technologies to reinstate facilities without causing any additional concerns.

According to the report, one of the major drivers for this market is Growing threat of bioterrorism. Bioterrorism is defined as a form of terrorism that involves the intentional release or distribution of harmful biological agents for mass destruction of life. These biological agents can be viruses, fungi, protozoa, or bacteria. They are ubiquitous in the natural environment, where they are found in soil, water, plants, and animals. However, they can be genetically modified in laboratories to enhance their lethal properties. Bioterrorism agents being relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain when compared with weapons and chemical agents, can be used for mass destruction. Further, since they can be easily disseminated, their use as bioterrorism agents is unconstrained. They adversely affect human health, ranging from mild allergic reactions to serious medical conditions that can be life-threatening.

Further, the report states that one of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is Lack of information about bioengineered organisms attack. Genetically altered organisms are widely used in the scientific study and have facilitated the development of new medical therapies, preventive strategies, and diagnostic tools. However, such organisms can be maliciously used such as their use in bioterrorism. Intentional or accidental transmission to humans can lead to adverse health effects. However, the unique microbial properties of genetically engineered organisms and the clinical symptoms shown by persons infected with them may obstruct the normal diagnostic, and clinical assessments or preventive approaches as the genetically modified strains are never field-tested. Hence, the actual virulence potential of these microbes remains unknown. Concerns about biotechnology being used to develop new pathogens with exclusive properties or to create completely new classes of biological threat agents is a huge challenge for the global biodefense market in the current scenario.

Key vendors
    •    Altimmune
    •    Bavarian Nordic
    •    DynPort Vaccine Company (DVC)
    •    Emergent BioSolutions
Other prominent vendors
    •    Acambis
    •    Achaogen
    •    Cleveland BioLabs
    •    Elusys Therapeutics

Key Topics Covered:

Part 01: Executive Summary

Part 02: Scope Of The Report

Part 03: Research Methodology

Part 04: Introduction

Part 05: Market Landscape

Part 06: Five Forces Analysis

Part 07: Market Segmentation By Application

Part 08: Regional Landscape

Part 09: Decision Framework

Part 10: Drivers And Challenges

Part 11: Market Trends

Part 12: Vendor Landscape

Part 13: Appendix

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Endeavor Robotics Forms Advisory Board of Influential Industry Experts

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Dec. 14, 2017-- Endeavor Robotics, the U.S.-based global leader in tactical ground robotics is proud to welcome two former senior government officials, Eric Rosenbach and Katrina McFarland to its advisory board. The primary role of the board will be to offer critical and strategic guidance on issues related to national security threats, advancements in unmanned ground robotics and future technology needs of first responders and military personnel.

Eric Rosenbach is a former Pentagon Chief of Staff and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security and Homeland Defense. As Chief of Staff, he managed the Department's most sensitive decisions and ensured implementation of transformative changes in the Department's technology, budget and talent management.  As Assistant Secretary, Rosenbach was responsible for leading all aspects of the Department's cyber strategy, policy, and operations.  Prior to his public service, Rosenbach was Principal for a global management consulting firm where he advised executives on risk mitigation strategies. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Katrina McFarland comes to Endeavor's advisory board having recently retired from the Department of Defense. McFarland served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, where she was the principal advisor to both the Secretary and Under Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to acquisition. McFarland's honorable career also included serving as the Assistant Secretary to the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.

"Eric and Katrina's unparalleled experience will provide invaluable insight into the Department of Defense's long-term vision for robotics. We are deeply honored that they have chosen to join Endeavor's Advisory Board," said Endeavor Robotics CEO, Sean Bielat. "Their support will be an important part of our continued leadership in the ground robotics industry."

About Endeavor Robotics:
Endeavor Robotics is the world's largest supplier of unmanned ground vehicles and has delivered over 6,500 units to 40+ countries, totaling 3 million hours of robot operation. Every day Endeavor products operate in areas of conflict, assist law enforcement agencies and respond to natural disasters to protect human lives. Endeavor Robotics is 100% based in the United States – including R&D, manufacturing, staffing and ownership. Endeavor employs over 100 people and draws on 28 years of experience.

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Chicago Fire Department Deploys New Breathing Apparatus Technology from MSA

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 14, 2017 -- Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety (NYSE: MSA) today announced the deployment of 1,100 state-of-the-art G1 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to the Chicago Fire Department (CFD).  The contract was formally awarded in late 2016 and today's deployment represents the completion of a one-year, multi-phase delivery and training process.  The last time Chicago deployed new SCBA technology was on September 11, 2001.

"This latest rollout of new SCBA gear for our fire personnel features the latest technology that will help improve firefighter safety and performance and will in turn increase the safety of our citizens," said Jose Santiago, Fire Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department.

"When we were designing and building our G1 SCBA – MSA's most technologically advanced, balanced and customizable breathing apparatus ever – our engineers relied heavily on voice-of-customer feedback from thousands of firefighters in the field," said Nish Vartanian, President and Chief Operating Officer. "We are incredibly honored that fire departments like the Chicago Fire Department, the nation's third-largest department and one of the world's oldest and most well-respected, have taken note and entrusted MSA to protect the men and women that keep Chicagoans safe each and every day," he continued.

The G1 SCBA platform, the single largest new product development effort in MSA's 103-year history, was introduced in 2014 and features several breakthrough features designed to improve firefighter safety and effectiveness. For instance, unlike conventional designs, the G1 SCBA has no electronics on its facepiece, making it easier for firefighters to use their full field of view. The SCBA design includes darkness- and smoke-piercing "buddy lights," which provide visible indicators of fellow firefighters and accompanying critical air supply data from any angle, and features improved voice amplification communications.

The unit's unique ergonomic design, combined with an adjustable waist belt and wide shoulder straps, allows more SCBA weight to be carried on a firefighter's hips. Collectively, these features make the SCBA more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. Additionally, the G1 SCBA includes a "Central Power" feature that powers the entire unit from a single, rechargeable battery compartment, eliminating the need for additional batteries. Also available is an optional integrated thermal imaging camera (iTIC) that's built right into the G1 SCBA's control module.

"MSA's commitment to the fire service, and the firefighters that make our cities safe, is more than just words. In truth, it's what drives our associates and fuels our passion to continually raise the bar to protect firefighters with the best and most advanced technology available today, like the G1 SCBA," Mr. Vartanian continued. "We're happy that the Chicago Fire Department continues to put their trust in the MSA brand, and we're excited to further strengthen our relationship with one of the most well-respected fire departments in the world."

About MSA 

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures.  Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations.  The company's comprehensive product line is used by workers around the world in a broad range of markets, including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, the fire service, the construction industry, mining and the military.  MSA's core products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial head protection products, firefighter helmets and protective apparel, and fall protection devices.  With 2016 revenues of $1.15 billion, MSA employs approximately 4,600 people worldwide.  The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., and has manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  With more than 40 international locations, MSA realizes approximately half of its revenue from outside North America.  For more information visit MSA's web site at


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Boon Edam Physical Security Snapshot: Who Are the Winners & Losers in 2018?

Mark Borto

It is important to reflect on the past in order to have success in the future. What contributed to our successes? Where do we have room for improvement? Our CEO Mark Borto sat down to discuss the state of the physical security market in 2017, trends for the new year, and how to come out on top in 2018 and beyond.

Q: How did the overall economy impact the security marketplace in 2017, and what important trends did you see developing?

We’ve observed stable economic growth over the last few years - we’re not running into as much resistance for security entrances as we did, say, seven to nine years ago. Compared to other physical security products such as cameras and card readers, security entrances are a big investment and considered somewhat of a luxury: during downturns we’re among the first to hit the “cutting room floor.” Now, however, fueled by much greater C-suite awareness of the risks from unauthorized entry and tailgating, there is more buy in to the added security and risk mitigation provided by security entrances and we’re experiencing strong growth.

Q: What notable trends in physical security do you see playing out in 2018, and what will be there impact?Winners and Losers in 2018 Physical Security Market

We continue to see greater integration in our space and expanded capabilities to pull useable data from our products and related access control systems. There is a much greater emphasis on the danger of active shooter scenarios and much more interest in hardening perimeters, entrances, and lobbies.

Q: Amidst these trends, who do you perceive will be the “winners” and who will be the “losers” in 2018?

The losers will be companies that can’t keep up with the pace of technology integration at the entrance and in the lobby. Other losers will be those in our market who cannot satisfy the needs of enterprise companies on a global basis. We’re seeing the same with integrator/install companies. Those who cannot scale are going to be left behind. Those who can satisfy global, enterprise-level demands with a full product range and excellent sales and service support will continue to win.

Q: How has business been for Boon Edam in 2017?

Our growth year over year continues to be well ahead of the market as a whole. In the latest IHS Markit™ report, we enjoy market share leadership in five product categories. At the last two major physical security tradeshows, I hear people referring to us as the “go-to company,” and the clear market leader. We have been diligently and strategically building to this position over the past decade. Where we are today reflects our hard work and our investment in serving companies globally, our ability to scale, producing products in the USA, maintaining a full product line, and our unwavering commitment to a stellar sales and service experience.

Battelle Team Wins $23 million in Contract Awards for Microelectronics Security from U.S. Department of Defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Battelle will continue its work to help the nation keep counterfeit and untrustworthy integrated circuits and embedded systems out of the military supply chain.

Under the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (MESA) contract vehicle, two awards worth $23 million were recently announced for research that will be conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

The contracts build on Battelle’s experience in conducting basic and applied research on technologies designed to address the increasing threat and proliferation of counterfeit microelectronics and integrated circuits.

All modern defense weapon systems are inherently reliant on microelectronic devices and embedded systems for their operation. Any threat to the integrity of these components can result in significant harm to operations, people and systems.

“We’re excited to leverage our innovative cyber trust and assurance research and solutions in continued support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Sensors Directorate,” said Tom Bergman, cyber program manager at Battelle. “Ensuring the security and reliability of military microelectronics and embedded systems against the growing threat is an imperative.”

The work, which will occur over the next four and a half years, will be performed with teammates from MacAulay-Brown, Inc. and the BerrieHill Research Division of Applied Research Associates.

“Hardware device security is a strategic focus of the Cyber Innovations business unit, and these contract wins continue to build on our expertise in the research and development of technologies for hardware trust and assurance,” said Lisa McCauley, general manager of the unit. “Battelle is dedicated to supporting our customers’ national security mission, and we are pleased that AFRL recognizes the strength and innovation of our team with these awards.”                     

For more than a decade, Battelle has been trusted by government clients to solve some of their most perplexing cyber challenges and manage the ever-changing cyber landscape through custom solutions, discipline-diverse talent, and unique tools, technology and expertise.

About Battelle
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

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