Once presented the option of continuing “as is” or using a product that has been designated by DHS, the choice should be clear.
New York NY (PRWEB) April 09, 2015
Building Intelligence Receives SAFETY Act Designation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The designation is the US Department of Homeland Security seal of approval. After months of rigorous application and due diligence process, which involved the DHS interviewing some of the company’s customers, the DHS granted Building Intelligence Inc. a Safety Act Designation.
Building Intelligence Inc. is the only company offering combined visitor and vehicle access management with a SAFETY Act Designation. The Designation provides liability protections to its customers utilizing Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT), and partners reselling Technology.
The Safety Act creates important protections and liability limits for "claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an Act of Terrorism" where Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies have been deployed. According to Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, “if a company purchases and deploys or implements a SAFETY Act-approved technology (whether Designated or Certified) and is sued following an act of terrorism for real property or personal injury damages that are caused by the qualified anti-terror technology, the customer also has the right to seek immediate dismissal of the civil claims – a very unique and powerful defense.”
Akmal Ali, former deputy director at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of SAFETY Act, now a principal at Catalyst Partners states "This SAFETY Act award is a validation of Building Intelligence's product as a key element for venue operators in their pursuit of securing their facilities. Customers of Building Intelligence are now afforded critical third-party liability protections that flow-down as a result of this important award."
According to Jeffrey Friedman, CEO of Building Intelligence, “The liability associated with mismanaging or ignoring the risks of visitors and vehicles is potentially enormous. When it comes to managing these risk on behalf of customers, employees, and shareholders, C-Level executives, security directors and security consultants are under immense pressure to make the right decisions. To protect lives and property, the Department of Homeland Security, through the SAFETY Act, created valuable incentives and reasons to choose QATTs. The protection provided by the Safety Act should not be ignored.”
SAFETY Act Designation gives liability protection for providers of anti-terrorism technologies and their customers. By contracting or using a SAFETY Act designated or certified company to provide a function within your organization, you effectively shield your company from liabilities from a terrorist act, stemming from the failure of that designated company’s technology or service.
Pursuant to the SAFETY Act, an Act of Terrorism is: ACT OF TERRORISM- (A) The term "act of terrorism" means any act that the Secretary determines meets the requirements under subparagraph (b) of the Act, as such requirements are further defined and specified by the Secretary. REQUIREMENTS- (B) An act meets the requirements of this subparagraph if the act- (i) is unlawful; (ii) causes harm to a person, property, or entity, in the United States, or in the case of a domestic United States air carrier or a United States-flag vessel (or a vessel based principally in the United States on which the United States income tax is paid and whose insurance coverage is subject to regulation in the United States), in or outside the United States; and (iii) uses or attempts to use instrumentalities, weapons or other methods designed or intended to cause mass destruction, injury or other loss to citizens or institutions of the United States.
Laurie Aaron, Executive Vice President & CMO at Building Intelligence, goes on to state, “This is a very proud moment for us, the recognition and status by DHS supports our core mission to provide innovative security solutions that provide a return on investment. The requirements are extremely rigorous and the scrutiny at which DHS evaluates the applicant technologies is very intense, so to have attained this seal of approval is indeed a tremendous accomplishment that will benefit each and every one of our customers.”
About Building Intelligence Inc.:
Building Intelligence is a software company providing innovative technology solutions for security practitioners and building owners to manage visitors, vehicles and vendors. Building Intelligence Inc. is a privately owned business based in New York, NY. The firm’s cloud-based solutions are known as Shortpath, SV3 and Secure Vendor. These applications are uniquely positioned to address visitors and vendors as they enter on foot, through the front door, or in a vehicle at the loading dock or parking area. The combination of products serves an important need in the security market improving operations and lowering risk. The modular solution set is being widely adopted in many major metropolitan markets and being sold, deployed and supported by an authorized security systems integrator channel with expertise in the identity and access management domain.