Department of Homeland Security Video

Department of Homeland Security Video

Take 3 minutes to listen to Bruce Davidson from Homeland Security and security professionals on the importance of SAFETY Act approved products. Isotec Security is in the anti-terrorism business. We know that offering SAFETY Act approved products removes the guesswork for our clients. They know the process and product standards set forth by Homeland Security reduce their liabilities while keeping safe and protecting what matters most. They understand that acts terrorism are rising and their countermeasures to prevent terrorism and violent crimes must prevail. Whether your facility is an airport, courthouse, hospital, place of business, or a strategic site, Isotec Security has SAFETY Act approved products that will keep safe and to protect what matters to you.

 

 

Underwriters Laboratory Glass vs. HP White Glass

Underwriters Laboratory Glass vs. HP White Glass

Spall – “flakes of a material that are broken off a larger solid body and can be produced by a variety of mechanisms, including as a result of projectile impact.” – Wikipedia

Spall might not mean much to you. However, spall might be the last thing you’ll see if you’re on the “witness side” of HP White type glass, as you will most likely be blinded and severely scarred. The photos below show shards of spall and the resulting effects from HP White glass. Spall may project shards of glass more than 20’

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Below are photos of Underwriters Laboratory listed glass. Isotec uses only UL Listed Glass in our Safety Entrances. The Happy Face witnesses demonstrate why.

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The “New Normal” Security Standards

The “New Normal” Security Standards

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Terrorist and criminals have escalated their levels of violence throughout the world. They deem no act too severe, or target too soft to achieve their objectives. Therefore, safety and security countermeasures need to operate with zero risk tolerances to deny terrorists and criminals the ability to project their “new normal”.

Here are some requirements to protect against the “new normal” paradigm.

Must Work 24/7 – 365 Days a Year Safety & security countermeasures must operative and be effective nonstop. Terrorist and criminals are ambush attackers and seek the most vulnerable opportunities. They plan in advance and await their opportunity.

Operate on a “Pass/Fail” Basis with 100% ObjectivityTerrorist and criminals try to “blend in” to avoid detection, until they begin their attack. They will avoid human eye detection and reaction until they decide to act, leaving security personnel a step behind. Their best ability to blend in will be negated by countermeasures operating objectively.

Zero Limit Reaction Time to Contain Threats – It takes the average person .75 seconds to react to a threat, and even longer if they’re tired or distracted. Today’s effective security countermeasures require zero reaction time to contain a threat from projecting control or lethality.

100% Performance Standards Tested & Guaranteed – Performance standards need to be designed and tested so to operate as required, taking into account hundreds of pre-determined scenarios. Performance standards also must be upgradable to counter ever evolving “new normal” threats.

Detect Hidden Weapons – Even to the trained eye it’s easy to conceal a weapon. Automated weapons detection technologies isolate and deny criminals and terrorists the element of surprise, against their intended targets.

Take a Bullet Without FlinchingBallistic rated countermeasures must continue to perform and protect personnel. Properly designed ballistic rated systems will thwart the average threat while keeping safe patrons and bystanders.

 

Isotec Safety Entrances Protect Homeland Security Facility

Isotec Security deployed multiple technological innovations with its recent delivery of an automated safety entrance system for a DHS agency. The site specific, bullet resistant, automated weapons, access and materials control system is the most technologically advanced system available for controlling public access to a government facility. “The challenge was direct, provide isolating technology and safety solutions that would exceed our customer’s functionality and aesthetic expectations.”

Isotec Security’s core competency for invention and innovation made this system its most advanced automated security solution; demonstrating yet again Isotec Security’s ability to provide site specific and risk appropriate security for the strategic assets of the Departments of Defense, Energy and Homeland Security.

The multi lane Safety Entrance system is remotely monitored and controlled by ICON, Isotec Security’s proprietary IP communication and graphic user interface technology. ICON’s command and control capability enables the system to interface with metal detectors, intercoms, multi-level infrared object detection, video cameras, motion and presence sensors, card readers and Isotec Security’s proprietary Anti-tailgating (ATG) technology.

“VIGILANT” MULTI-LEVEL INFRARED OBJECT DETECTION
To meet specified risk and threat detection and isolation requisites, Isotec Security designed an infrared detection system that instantly identifies abandoned objects within control areas. Code named “Vigilant”, the application will insure that articles entering control areas and passage ways are screened.

DA VINCI LIGHTING – Seeing is Believing
Isotec Security also unveiled its 3G ambient lighting package. The system utilizes recessed LED technology, creating an even and brighter ambiance within desired control areas. The lighting system reduces installation time and energy costs vs. canned incandescent lighting.

The break away magnetic lock system and Da Vinci LED system are commercially available in Isotec’s High Security Ballistic.

Isotec Security is a comprehensive safety and security solutions provider and manufacturer of automated “hard posture” security systems, and related isolation technologies designed for deterrence, detection and protection against acts of terrorism. These bullet resistant systems have a stellar operating history and is Designated by the Department of Homeland Security and Anti-terrorism Technologies as safe and effective.

Isotec Security is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado. For more information about our safety entrances request information or call 303-452-0022.

For SAFETY Act, Industry Could be a Driver

In the years after the devastating Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the legacy of 9/11 still echoes in New York City’s law firms and courts. The city has seen lawsuits from the families of victims, from first responders and from those whose property was damaged — so it’s logical that businesses in the area are looking to take advantage of a federal liability-capping system for anti-terrorism services.

Although the evidence is anecdotal, officials from several homeland security business and advocacy groups say that New York-area businesses are increasingly looking for security contractors covered under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act.

“During my time at the department, we were hearing from owners and operators in New York who were saying they saw this as a way to vet technology and services — some even saw it as part of their business model,” said Akmal Ali, a principal at the lobbying firm Catalyst Partners and the former No. 2 in the Homeland Security Department’s SAFETY Act office.

Congress passed the SAFETY Act less than a year after 9/11, as a way to make sure that the threat of liability didn’t deter companies from producing anti-terrorism technology. The act has come to cover everything from blast shields, to explosive-sniffing dog services, to a process that makes ammonium nitrate fertilizer harder to turn into the type of bomb used in the Oklahoma City attack.

The coverage is product-specific. Products or services that reach the highest level of certification are shielded from liability, while those a step down get a liability cap. The benefits extend to those who buy products approved at either level — they cannot be sued for using them.

The law enjoys widespread, bipartisan support in Congress. In fact, when lawmakers have discussed it, they usually focus on the fact that only a comparatively small number of companies with eligible services seek coverage.

“I’m trying to find a way to get this to work, because everybody loves it,” California Republican Rep. Dan Lungren said in a hearing examining the act last year.

The SAFETY Act office gets about 200 applications per year. Paul Benda, director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, said that’s a number the department is constantly trying to increase.

“Expansion is one of our goals,” he said.

That’s why some supporters see the idea of New York businesses looking for SAFETY Act approval from their contractors as a positive step. If more buyers want the coverage, more sellers would theoretically apply. It’s a development the law’s architects envisioned, said Raymond B. Biagini, a partner at the law firm McKenna, Long and Aldridge, who helped author some of the act’s key provisions.

“We want to see customers realize that if they go out and buy SAFETY Act technology that they get derivative coverage,” he said.

But Biagini and the law’s other proponents say that one big contractor hasn’t pushed for SAFETY Act approval as hard as it could: the federal government.

“We have not seen it as widespread as it could be in federal contracts,” said Marc Pearl, president of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. Many agencies, including some in the Homeland Security Department, need to pay more attention to federal procurement regulations that say SAFETY Act approval can be a consideration for anti-terrorism contracts, he said.

Many of those in industry who like the SAFETY Act also want to see it incorporated into something like a Homeland Security “seal of approval” that could provide businesses and emergency response agencies with a list of reliable services.

“They are inundated by companies saying ‘I have the best product,’ and they’re not always the best product,” said Bradley C. Schreiber, vice president of Washington operations for the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security. “The SAFETY Act needs to be part of a broader product certification system within DHS so that federal, state and local first responders know what they’re buying is a trusted product.”

Although it recently introduced a set of SAFETY Act seals companies can use in their marketing materials, the department maintains the law is for liability, not for rating technologies. But Ali said it should reconsider that stance.

“If they’re not doing it that way, they should, because that’s how it’s really worked,” he said. “In my opinion, it’s a clearinghouse for effective technology. Why reinvent the wheel?”

By Rob Margetta, CQ Staff, Rob Margetta can be reached at rmargetta@cq.com

A version of this story appeared in CQ Weekly
Source: CQ Homeland Security