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ASIS Standard PSC 3

IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the Maturity Model for the Phased Implementation of a Quality Assurance Management System for Private Security Service Providers. With several members contributing on both the Technical Committee and Working Group, we are pleased to have been a part of a truly transparent development process that has resulted in a standard that makes sense for the maritime security industry.

These efforts, collaborating with other credible Associations, is part of IAMSP's efforts to ensure that the maritime security industry receives useful, clear, and concise guidance that can be shown to be free of outside interference and vested interests.

 

Update on ICoC – ANSI / ASIS International Efforts

For those who have been following the progress of this effort, the ANSI / ASIS International effort is moving towards its final goals of having a comprehensive suite of standards for the implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and maritime guidance. These standards, once completed and published, will provide a clear framework within which companies can demonstrate their compliance and adherence with the written requirement and intent of the ICoC using already-existing practices within the audit and evaluation community. We are proud to have been involved in all eight of these working groups over the past year, representing both our members and the maritime security community in this ground-breaking exercise.

ASIS reaches key goal with PSC 1 and ANSI Standards

IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the PSC.1 Standard for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers into the ANSI system of standards. This achievement was a truly remarkable effort under the coordination of Dr Marc Siegel of ASIS International's standards development body that brought together representatives of foreign governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations. IAMSP, through the efforts of Allan McDougall, participated as the clearest voice representing issues and challenges within the maritime security domain, the largest group of signatories to theICoC. This participation is representative of IAMSP's concrete efforts and volunteerism on behalf of the maritime security industry, something that continues to be vital as these efforts (and others) move forward.

IAMSP recently put forward comments regarding the ICoC Charter, expressing significant concerns over its structure and a number of specific measures. As an Association, we continue to be committed to the intent of the ICoC and will continue to support the ASIS International efforts in the development of those standards supporting the Code. Our primary focus will continue to be ensuring that the intent of the ICoC to weave respect for human rights and similar considerations into the business practices within the private security domain remains in the forefront of the Code and its integration into the maritime security domain.

We will continue our efforts in representing the industry through all phases of these efforts, working collaboratively with the various groups and interests involved to ensure that our members, and the maritime security industry in general, is given appropriate voice in these important efforts. While we continue to represent various trades and crafts within the maritime security domain, this effort, and others like it, demonstrate our commitment to operate in a leadership role with other credible associations to the betterment of the industry as a whole.

Again, our congratulations to all the representatives that participated in the development of this standard and who have been active in subsequent efforts and particularly ASIS International for providing the leadership and technical means of moving this important effort forward.

SOLE Testing Launched

IAMSP is pleased to announce that the SOLE system is now in its second live testing phase. A true, community driven incident and notification system, the SOLE system combines the efforts and offerings of three companies to create a high-powered incident reporting, analysis and notification tool. The SOLE system consists of the efforts of three communities:

  • Solara Remote Data Delivery - the provider of the FT2100 handheld tracking device,
  • OceanusLive - the provider of the industry-leading incident notification and awareness portal, and
  • Evolutionary Security Management - providing trend and pattern analysis.

The SOLE project application is also overseen by the Association, particularly with respect to the system's ability to assist companies in reporting events covered under Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.

Enabling the Industry

The SOLE system provides the following capabilities:

  • Companies can track their teams, based on set polling periods around the world (the FT2100 already having global coverage)
  • Team leaders can communicate back to their reporting center through the system's connection to the Iridium Satellite network,
  • Company officials can be notified of alerts or key messages through their own web portal, email, SMS or voice notification system,
  • Company officials can communicate with their teams securely, independently of the ship's infrastructure,
  • Company officials can, through the OceanusLive portal, receive an Operations center view, saving on time and effort within the operations center, and
  • The company can receive updates and assessments on events that take into account stratetic, operational, or even tactical views through the community-based approach.

These benefits are in addition to the company being able to demonstrate, through participation, that it is supporting efforts associated with human rights. The FT2100 comes pre-programmed with a series of notification alerts that allow the operator to communicate events associated with Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers quickly and consistently. Companies receiving this notification then have the ability of taking those steps that are built within their own Standing Operating Procedures (SOP). This is paired with the ability of the Company to use the features of the Solara system to retrieve logs (location and message) for a variety of uses, including being able to clearly demonstrate its compliance with a range of internationally driven best practices and emerging requirements.

This effort demonstrates the value of the one of the key elements of IAMSP - the ability to bring together members within the Association to provide significantly enhanced services or capabilities for the maritime security industry.

Contact

Initial questions regarding the SOLE project can be directed through the Association. Questions regarding any one of the three individual companies should be directed to each one individually. Contact details will be provided as part of the next testing benchmark.

New Solara Configuration

    IAMSP is pleased to announce that Solara Remote Data Delivery Systems of Winnipeg, Canada and in conjunction with Evolutionary Security Management of Arnprior, Canada has finished its validation of its new configuration package for security teams using the FT2100 handheld device. The new configuration includes pre-set notification messages for security incidents and has also integrated the reporting requirements based on Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.
    As a result of this, field-deployed and ship-deployed personnel will have a simple, rapid means of sending initial notification messages back to their company headquarters. By using the pre-programmed messaging function within the FT2100, team leaders and companies will have a greater assurance that the message's date, time, location and content are accurate as intended. Similarly, the FT2100's 2-way texting capability will allow company headquarters to communicate quickly with the team leader who has sent the message. This allows the company to ensure that the team leader has the appropriate guidance and support in place quickly and concisely as the Solara system also maintains a log of messages sent.
    We are pleased to see this concrete progress being made towards the implementation of the International Code of Conduct and are proud to be part of the community that is bringing the intent of the Code of Conduct to fruition in complex environments. An official release regarding the specific configuration will be made shortly, as will an announcement regarding the upcoming testing of the SOLE system.