News August '05

Software that Stands Up in the War Zone The Marine Corps is putting ObjectVideo’s intelligent video software, VEW, to work in Iraq. It is used to create a virtual perimeter around forward-operating bases to immediately detect and identify...

Still Taking a Bite Out of Crime
McGruff the Crime Dog, the trench coat-wearing icon who has taught millions of Americans how to “Take a Bite Out of Crime,” celebrates his 25th birthday– (that’s 175 in dog years!). McGruff was created in 1980, at no charge, by Saatchi & Saatchi Agency ad man Jack Keil. The Crime Dog was modeled after famous gumshoes such as television’s Colombo for the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign to teach straightforward messages about safety and crime prevention. He’s taught millions of people that the police can’t do it alone, starting with basic crime prevention messages about watching out for your neighbor and “stranger danger” for children. At 175 years old, the poor pooch is not even close to retirement. The National Crime Prevention Council reports, “With new problems and threats arising, McGruff will remain at the forefront, urging all Americans to help ‘Take a Bite Out of Crime.’” For more information on crime prevention issues, visit

Efforts Awarded
Defender Security recently won SBC Yellow Pages’ prestigious Spirit of Success Award. The company specializes in in-home services such as security systems and satellite dishes. SBC Yellow Pages selected Defender Security and just four other customers out of 800,000 across its regions to receive the Spirit of Success Award this year. Defender Security started in 1998 with about five employees in a single Indianapolis office. The company now has 11 offices across Indiana with about 150 people on staff.

A Significant Equity Commitment
National Guardian Security Services, Inc., providers of electronic security services to multi-location businesses, announces the closing of a $10 million equity commitment from LLR Partners Inc. This expansion capital will allow National Guardian to execute its growth plans, make selected acquisitions, and accelerate the rollout of new services.

National Guardian offers installation, maintenance, and monitoring services for a range of security needs, including burglar and fire alarms, access control, closed circuit television, and remote video systems. George Flagg, President of National Guardian, comments, “We are excited to team up with LLR as National Guardian continues its growth plans. Their expertise and business network will be invaluable to our success.”

Protecting Children
Technology now exists that allows for a positive ID on missing children, no matter how much time has gone by. Panasonic’s Children’s Identification and Location Database (CHILD) Project is a secure, nationwide network and registry that enables law enforcement and social service agencies to positively identify missing children and adults using iris recognition systems from Panasonic Security Systems.

CHILD Project uses Panasonic’s BM-ET330 Iris Readers to capture detailed images of the iris in each of a child’s eyes. The images are stored in the CHILD Project’s national database or on a card that can be kept with the child’s family or guardian. To verify identity, an individual simply ‘looks into’ a Panasonic Iris Reader and the system compares the iris pattern image with iris images stored in the system. The National Sheriff’s Association has endorsed CHILD Project and over 1,100 sheriffs across the nation are participating. The CHILD Project team is helping secure funding for the system from state and federal agencies and private foundations.

Bill Bozeman, CPP, president and CEO of PSA Security Network was one of a 15 person group invited to participate in the Security Technology Investment Mission held in Israel this spring. “Many of the intelligent video and perimeter products our installers use come from PSA vendor companies who have research & development operations in Israel such as DVTel, OzVision, NICE and Magal,” Bozeman says. The exclusive and high-level format was structured to facilitate deal-making and networking opportunities. Bozeman and other senior level executives met with the CEOs of Israel’s leading and innovative security technology companies to initiate and develop partnerships. Also in attendance was security industry attorney Les Gold of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.

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