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The Bastrop County, TX  Unified Command was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 Award for “Most Notable Emergency Response – Federal, State or Local.”. Trophies were awarded to the Incident Commanders of all  four participating agencies.”

Entrust, Inc is an identity-based security company that focuses on government and enterprises, according to Bill Conner. The company had a big night at GSN’s 2011 Awards Program, being named Winner in “Best Certificate Management Solution”, “Best Smart Card Solution” and “Best Integrated Systems for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance”.  In the same week, Conner reports, the company also won a four-year GSA contract for PKI capability estimated at $4.5 million.

The Port of Long Beach, CA, was named Winner of GSN’s 2011 award for “Most Notable Maritime/Port Security Program”.

Scott Paul describes Pelco by Schneider Electric – 2011 winner in “Best Network IP Cameras” -- as a leading provider of video surveillance equipment sold around the world. Products range from analog to IP cameras and include the Spectra and Sarix lines. Among the markets served are new building and construction, highway and transportation infrastructure, casinos, banks, education, airports, seaports and government buildings.

Verint Video Solutions was a 2011 Winner of “Best Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution” for its Nextiva Physical Security Information Management System (PSIM). According to Bill Eckerd, the PSIM technology allows users to integrate subsystems with a four-phase incident management system which includes personnel training plus planning, monitoring and debriefing.  Major markets include state and local government, petro chemicals, critical infrastructure protection and airports.

According to Howard Ryan, Total Alert Systems is a one-stop shopping mass notification portal used by government agencies, DOD, industrial and health care users. It is capable of sending alerts to cell phones, giant voice, billboards, text messaging and handheld radios. The company is a successor to Desktop Alert, which was a Finalist and Winner in previous GSN Award programs. Despite Desktop Alert’s success in signing up the U.S. Army and Air Force, he felt the name was too limiting and he created Total Alert to incorporate new products.

A few moments after Pentax Ricoh accepted its 2001 Award for “Best Specialized CCTV Lens,” Tom Harada sat down with GSN to talk about his engineers’ strategy of getting back to the basics in optical technology. “When it comes to long-range zoom lenses,” he points out, “the longer the distance, the more difficult everything gets.

It's been a banner year for the Whitestone Group, according to John Clark, CEO of the facility security, asset/force protection and investigations firm.  On July 1, the FAA signed a national contract with the company. NASA signed another only a few days before the GSN Awards Dinner.  Although the company’s first national security contract was with the Cirque de Soleil, it became clear to Clark early on that Whitestone’s most important mission was to going to be protecting U.S. Government facilities and infrastructure.

Rapidly growing Nixle, which has signed up 4500-plus municipal, county, state and federal agencies in all 50 states – mainly law enforcement and public safety agencies -- and developed an opt-in membership of more than 700,000 local residents, received its Winner’s Trophy in the “Best Mass Notification System” category of GSN’s 2011 Awards Program. According to Travis Scott, Nixle does not require additional personnel at the agency level, because it is a one-way communications service.

Jeff Horne explains that Denver, CO-based Accuvant , Inc has two different businesses – the Value Added Reseller (VAR) side, in which it is one of the largest resellers in the country, and the Accuvant Lab side, which provides research in IT Security and on risk and compliance management, vulnerability analysis and malware solutions. It does technical due diligence with the hardware and software it grabs from the VAR side of the business, evaluating products and incorporating them into new solutions, acting as a product agnostic, objective advisor.


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