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HID Global is opening the door to a new era of security and convenience.  Powered by Seos technology, the HID Mobile Access solution delivers a more secure and convenient way to open doors and...


Tue, 2013-05-28 10:26 AM
The security system at CBP’s Alpine Air Branch in Alpine, TX, which was knocked out by a lightning strike shortly after it became operational in July 2012, is now in need of replacement and repair....
Sat, 2013-05-25 08:18 PM
Electrosoft Services Inc., of Reston, VA, has announced that it has been awarded a contract for the Department of Veterans Affairs which calls for the deployment of its Enterprise Physical Access...
Tue, 2013-05-21 04:12 PM
TSA announced on May 21 that the agency has screened more than 10 million travelers through TSA Pre lanes.  TSA Pre expedited screening allows travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear...
Fri, 2013-05-17 04:55 PM

Stephen Pineau

Viscount Systems, a supplier of security systems and software, announced on May 17 that its Freedom access control technology has been selected for a secured U.S. Government site in Philadelphia, PA...
Wed, 2013-05-15 07:19 PM
The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) Increment 3, a state-of-the-art biometric identification system, was deployed on May 5, providing significant improvement in latent fingerprint search...
Wed, 2013-05-15 05:45 PM

Video intercom
from Aiphone

Radnor Township School District in Pennsylvania has taken another step in bolstering district security with the installation of JK Series video intercom buzz-in systems by Aiphone at the main...
Tue, 2013-05-14 05:55 PM


Quintron Systems, of Santa Maria, CA, has announced the integration of its AccessNsite access control system with Bridgepoint’s new TrustPoint 3-factor biometric reader. 
Fri, 2013-05-10 03:20 PM
The Coast Guard has decided to extend by 30 days the comment period for individuals and organizations who want to offer their opinion on the proposed new Coast Guard rule that would require certain...
Fri, 2013-05-10 01:25 PM

U.S. Border Crossing Card

The U.S. State Department wants to gather technical and capabilities information from prospective vendors that can provide the hardware, equipment, maintenance and, possibly, the printing of many...
Tue, 2013-05-07 07:49 AM

Holly Tsourides

Matrix Systems, an access control and security solutions provider, has appointed Holly Tsourides as its new Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into its next phase of development and growth....
Thu, 2013-05-02 10:04 AM
SICPA Securink Corp., a Swiss-based company with a North American headquarters in Springfield, VA, has been awarded a contract worth more than $671,000 to provide a “unique blue hue” security ink and...
Mon, 2013-04-29 02:19 PM
TSA has announced its intention to purchase an unspecified quantity of boarding pass scanners and associated support services, under “full and open competition,” in a presolicitation notice it...

Commentary and Opinions

London, August 10 - The latest 364 page report from business intelligence provider visiongain offers comprehensive analysis of the global border security market. Visiongain assesses that this market will generate revenues of $16.4bn in 2015.
By Steve Bittenbender Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveiled on Monday a proposal to tackle immigration issues, saying any plan that addresses amnesty for illegal aliens must also come with a “robust strategy to improve border security.”
Teaneck, NJ, July 14 – Multi-factor authentication – a security protection required by US government standards – could have prevented the recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) security breaches that have exposed the personal information of millions of citizens to hackers, spies and cyber-criminals. The Federal government has been encouraging its agencies to use multi-factor authentication since November 2009, when it published the FICAM (Federal Identity and Access Management) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance.

Company News

San Francisco, May 19 – Riverbed Technology, a provider of application performance infrastructure, has announced the results of its commissioned study of federal IT decision makers that uncovered a troubling lack of resources for addressing application performance issues. These federal leaders indicated they suffered from insufficient network and application visibility, which can lead to lost productivity and inefficiency at a time when the federal government relies on mission-critical applications more than ever.
New York, NY, May 19 – Vkansee, a developer of ultra-thin optical fingerprint sensors, has announced the development of a fingerprint sensor that is 400% more powerful than Apple’s and Samsung’s sensors. While Apple gets its component from its own Authentec unit and Samsung gets its reader from Synaptics, these only allow for 550 pixels per inch when capturing a fingerprint. This resolution means these sensors can gather 10 or 11 data points, whereas Vkansee's 2,000 pixel-per-inch system can capture 150 data points. 
Palo Alto, CA May 18 – Big data software solutions and infrastructure provider Sysorex (NASDAQ:SYRX) has announced it has been chosen by a Fortune 500 California-based health care services provider to design, develop and deploy an advanced information systems architecture that will ensure the availability, safety and security of the company’s tier one critical business systems and data. Work on the project, which has value of nearly $2 million, will begin immediately.
Paris, May 6 – Morpho (Safran), the global provider of secure identification solutions, has joined Natural Security Alliance, bringing expertise and experience in biometrics. Natural Security Alliance's biometric strong authentication standard makes it possible for users to access the full range of electronic services (e.g. online and in-store payments, cash withdrawals, online banking, FIDO services, identity management) with the guarantee that they will retain full control of their biometric data and that their privacy will be protected.
Atlanta, GA, May 13 – A newly released research report found that 57% of security and IT professionals find solutions utilizing advanced security analytics provide unique data that cannot be obtained from other types of technologies, with 36% indicating that data automatically correlated from multiple sources improves their response.
Oakdale, MN, May 14 – Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, has announced the results of a survey of 330 IT and security professionals conducted by SANS. The goal of the survey was to better understand the challenges of securing today’s mobile workforce and managing mobile workspaces.
Clifton, NJ, May 14 – Exelis (NYSE: XLS) will showcase a range of electronic warfare (EW), intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and analytics (ISR&A) and communications technologies at the 
Los Angeles, May 14 – Docupace Technologies, LLC (“Docupace”), a provider of SEC/FINRA-compliant paperless processing systems, has announced that it is joining with computer security services company Security Snapshot, LLC (“Security Snapshot”) to deliver comprehensive cyber-security solutions for financial services firms. The agreement is expected to fuse Docupace, a secure, SEC/FINRA-compliant and paperless straight-through processing platform in the financial services sector, with Security Snapshot, a security and regulatory consultancy firm.

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Recent Access Control Videos

Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-winning unified solution for critical infrastructure protection. As Kamal points out, government and critical infrastructure agencies have recognized the dangers and have armed themselves to the teeth with network protection and cyber security tools on the IT security side, and have similarly armed themselves with perimeter protection tools on the physical security side.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

Vanguard Security Professionals has been a multiple Winner and Finalist in previous GSN Awards Programs and was named Winner in the 2012 category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and Finalist in the 2012 categories of “Best Identity Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution.” Steven Ringelberg argues that new language is being used to describe the threat-scape, but many threats are the same as they have been for years.

John Szczygiel describes Brivo, Winner of the 2012 Award for “Best Integrated System for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance” for the second year in a row, as a cloud company that provides hosted subscriber services in the physical access control domain. The company’s “CloudPass” product has been established as a government community cloud, specifically for federal government agencies that want to take their physical access control and PAC into a cloud configuration. Brivo also offers a cloud transition service to clients that have on-premise servers and want to make the transition.

Jody Mack provides a thumbnail description of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a Sponsor of the 2012 GSN Awards Program as well as a Winner in the 2012 IT security category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and 2012 Finalist in the categories of “Best ID Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution”, not to mention a multiple Winner and Finalist in prior GSN Awards Programs.