Security Watch

Monitoring bill update, AMAG Symposium, more


"Our customers now have access to converged access solutions that will provide them with open, secure physical and logical applications," said John Menzel, director of Business Development, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.
Thomas Flynn, director of Sales and Marketing, Gemalto, said the agreement provides Schlage multi-technology readers with a robust credential that seamlessly transitions away from legacy, proprietary technologies to higher security, open solutions including aptiQ(TM) smart cards from Schlage using MIFARE DESFire EV1(tm) technology. "Both proximity and smart card credentials will be available with the Gemalto technology," Flynn said. "The partnership will allow Schlage to provide combined logical and physical solutions. Multi-factor authentication and the ability to consolidate credentials will provide more capability across the enterprise," Flynn said.

Newsmakers

DORMA Americas, Mississauga, Ontario, appointed Dan Neilson director of Business Development...HID Global, Irvine, Calif., appointed Jean-Miguel Robadey global director of its Identification Solutions (IDS) RFID animal tagging business...Honeywell Systems, Austin, appointed Franco P.L. van Heijningen general manager for its Vindicator Technologies business; and promoted Tony Foglia to director of Global Accounts, Honeywell Systems, Marlton, N.J....Inovonics, Louisville, Colo., promoted David Foth to senior product manager...Pivot3, Palo Alto, Calif., appointed Deborah MacCallum vice president of Engineering...Sightlogix, Princeton, N.J., appointed Tim Fagin director of Support Services.

BICSI Conference:Infrastructure 'Centric'

BICSI held its Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., and the emphasis was on the infrastructure, and systems and services that continue to run off and converge on the network.

BICSI, which is a standards making body, is a professional association supporting the information technology systems industry, serving more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. The conference sessions allow attendees to fulfill their RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer); RITP (Registered Information Technology Professional and newest credential); ESS Designer (Electronic Safety and Security); NTS Designer (Network Technology Systems); OSP Designer (Outside Plant); Wireless Designer; and ITS (Installer/Technician) continuing education credits.

In addition to educational sessions and keynote speeches by author Tom Koulopoulos and silicon valley icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak of Apple fame, the BICSI conference included exhibits and the cabling skills challenge where installers competed on the show floor for awards and prizes. Sponsors of the winter conference included Metz Connect; Tyco Electronics (formerly ADC); MaxCell; OFS; Sticklers; Berk-Tek; Transition Networks; and Semtron Inc.

Other highlights of the show included the Chatsworth Products Inc. reception at a local dueling piano bar where Chatsworth's own employee band provided entertainment for the night (see photo). The gala was part of the company's launch of its new line of computer and network storage products called the GlobalFrame Cabinet System.

Outstanding member accolades

In addition, Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS, of Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company, received the David Blythe-University of Kentucky Distinguished Service Award. Oliver has been the marketing analyst with Berk-Tek for five years. The Outstanding Member of the Year Award spotlighted her efforts in promoting BICSI's educational programs and her commitment to professional development.

Other awards included: Committee Member of the Year Award, to Igor G. Smirnov, RCDD; the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry, awarded to Herb Congdon ll, PE, and Julie Roy, RCDD, ESS, NTS; the Presidential Eagle Award, presented to Kazuo Kato, manager for BICSI Japan; and the Ray Gendron/BICSI Cares Scholarship, awarded to students Thomas Tang, Mohamed Luqman Suhaib and Thomas Elliot.