The security week that was: 05/28/10

Air cargo screening info

American Airlines Cargo hosted a roundtable on the "100 percent air cargo screening" rule that becomes effective Aug. 1. The rule requires screening of all air cargo that is placed aboard passenger flights (a significant number of passenger flights are also used to carry general shipping cargo).

The program featured Dave Brooks, president of American Airlines Cargo Division; Doug Brittin, general manager of air cargo for the TSA; Brandon Freid, executive director of the Airforwarders Association; Ken Konigsmark, senior manager of supply chain and aviation security compliance for Boeing; and moderator Jeffrey Sural, counsel with Alston and Bird's Legislative and Public Policy Group. The roundtable is archived and available at for video streaming.

Canada has made efforts toward more aggressively screening air cargo. Funding worth $95.7 million has been pledged for improving cargo screening at its airports. Very little was released in terms of specifics on how Canada plans to improve air cargo screening, though additional inspectors and automated inspection technologies are widely assumed to be part of the improvements.

DHS news update
Scathing Senate report on intelligence failures, TSA news and more

In homeland security news, a multitude of intelligence agencies were slammed in a Senate report about the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest Airlines plane. The report followed closely after the announced resignation of National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair. At the same time, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole has been nominated to lead the TSA. And also from the friendly skies, there's the news that the TSA has created a database of names, SSNs, birthdates and more information on passengers who have become upset during the screening process. The database is said to be part of an effort to prevent workplace violence.

PSA-TEC reports
SD&I editors blog about integrators’ convention

PSA-TEC has been recognized as one of the top education events for security systems integrators, and the editors from SD&I magazine (Security Dealer & Integrator) attended the Chicago-area events to report on the news from the show. See Deborah O’Mara’s report here and Natalia Kosk’s report here.

In other news
Hikvision goes public, new president at Visonic Americas, more

Surveillance products firm Hikvision went public today with an IPO on the Shenzen Stock Exchange. The firm, which is based in China, produces both analog and IP video surveillance solutions. ... Wireless security products firm Visonic announced that Mark Ingram will serve as president, taking over from Bill Lyon, who stays with the company. ... Home security and automation firm uControl has raised almost $4 million worth of investments. ... IMS Research is heralding strong growth in remote video monitoring, noting that current technologies allow solutions like remote guard tours.

Stanley CSS has opened an office in Washington, D.C. The office is designed to be the central location for the integrator's service offerings to the government sector. ... The Security Industry Association (SIA) is asking security industry pros to complete two surveys that are designed to shape SIA's educational offerings. The surveys are linked from our article; please help SIA out!