Port of LA project takes top honors at STE Innovation Awards

Verint Video Intelligence Solutions was honored yesterday on the ASIS show floor with top honors in the annual Security Technology Executive magazine Security Innovation Awards.

Elan Moriah, president of Verint and Captain Don Farrell of the Los Angeles Port Police, accepted the gold medal award for the Port of Los Angeles project from STE editor/publisher Steve Lasky.

"The port is a system of systems," Farrell said at the ceremony. "Any type of developments or progress in security systems is the result of the efforts of many players. This award recognizes the first phase of a completely new vision in security technology integration.

"With our partners at Verint, SAIC and NICE Systems, the second phase of this program will provide situational awareness information from the granular level -- individual police officers and service providers -- to the macro level, where it is available to any stakeholder in a disaster or emergency response situation," Farrell concluded.

With the win, Verint became the first back-to-back winner of the award. "Being part of these distinguished honors for the second consecutive year and in a way that showcases long-time Verint customer the Port of Los Angeles for its forward-thinking approach is a great honor and underscores the tangible value customers receive through Verint's Nextiva video intelligence solutions," Moriah said.

Added Lasky: "The Port of Los Angeles is a forerunner in leveraging advanced, integrated technology and is among the world's most innovative in terms of security measures."

Also honored was the silver-medal project, the innovative security installation at Panduit Corp. Jeffrey Woodward, Senior Manager, Global EHS & Security at Panduit, along with Craig Cotton, who represented the project's primary vendor, Cisco Systems, accepted the awards. Woodward thanked Cisco, along with the primary integrator, IPVision, and consultant James Connor of N2N Secure.

Johnson Controls was announced as the bronze medal winner for its TCF Bank Stadium installation at the University of Minnesota.

Finally, Fredrik Nilsson, general manager-Americas, of Axis Communications and Scott Frigaard, vice president of sales for integrator Iron Sky accepted the competition's honorable mention award for their municipal surveillance project in College Park, Ga.
As for future competitions, Lasky announced at the ceremony that next year's sixth annual competition will soon be open for entries.

If you are interested in learning more about the STE Security Innovation Awards, or if you would like to read more about this year's winners, please visit the STE magazine homepage.

[Editor's note: The TCF Bank Stadium project will appear in the October 2010 issue of STE; and the College Park project will appear in the November/December 2010 issue of the magazine.]