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V.H. Blackinton & Co., Inc.
For more information, contact: 221 John L. Dietsch Boulevard, PO Box 1300
Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts 02763-0300
Chip Ziegler TEL 800.699.4436 FAX 800.695.5349
V. H. Blackinton & Co., Inc.
Newton Marketing Group
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BLACKINTON® ANNOUNCES SMARTSHIELD™, A REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY
THAT DELIVERS A WIDE RANGE OF BADGE SECURITY APPLICATIONS FOR LAW
Easy-to-use, advanced technology provides badge validation, personnel verification,
issuance and inventory tracking as well as access control.
MIAMI—(9/25/05)—To help aid the increased issues surrounding badge inventory and control, Blackinton®
qualified dealers and authorized system integrators will soon have the opportunity to provide their customers
with a revolutionary, cutting-edge technology solution that easily allows for quick badge control programming
and security—-the patented* SmartShield™ Badge Security System.
SmartShield was introduced to rave reviews at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
convention being held here through September 28.
Using leading edge wireless technology, the patented* SmartShield badge and system combines tradition-
al Blackinton® quality with new advanced state-of-the-art Enforcement Identification Technology (Eid) to
provide a wide range of security provisions.
*U.S. patent pending
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According to Blackinton® officials and law enforcement agencies currently beta testing the system,
SmartShield looks like a traditional badge but offers much more.
HOW IT WORKS
The SmartShield encoded chip, when activated by an Eid™ software-enabled RFID (radio frequency
identification) reader, transmits SmartShield “authorized” encoding to the reader and database. Easy-to-use
Eid Software drives the SmartShield badge and system, enabling an expansive array of security applications—
from very simple to highly sophisticated. It also allows quick, simple badge control programming. The user’s
database may contain information such as a badge ID or location (i.e. issued or in inventory), or specifics
about the badge wearer such as name, photo, badge number and issuance history. The information is available
to authorized users only within their database—not within the SmartShield badge encoding.
Eid Software also easily integrates with existing access-control security infrastructures already in place in
hundreds of law enforcement departments nationwide.
SmartShield has received high praise throughout its initial testing by law enforcement agencies around
“I know that this product will certainly increase security at our facilities as well as tracking our badges
through inventory scanning once we have that in place,” commented Captain James D. Connelly of the
South Carolina Highway Patrol, a state agency currently testing the SmartShield system. “We are proud
to be part of this on the ground floor. The possibilities are endless with this type of technology.”
The SmartShield Badge and Eid technology is expected to be available commercially to law enforcement
authorities in early 2006. SmartShield badges will be sold through the Blackinton® traditional qualified dealer
network. The enabling Eid technology will be available through newly authorized security-system integrators.
“Every SmartShield badge includes a rugged RFID transponder, similar to those used in many other
industries,” explained Chip Ziegler, Blackinton® director of marketing. “This transponder is a tamper-proof,
embedded chip that stores individual encoding to validate the badge, and even the wearer. Its use requires
little or no training and it’s based on and supported by commonly available hardware and software. It is the
solution for law enforcement agencies that need badge control and enhanced security.”
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Ziegler went on to explain that SmartShield’s Eid technology (software and peripherals) will be available,
installed and serviced through Blackinton® authorized Eid security integrators.
“Some integrators may already be in place through their ‘integrator of record’ status for law enforcement
departments with smartcard access control or other in-place systems,” he said. “In a nutshell, the
SmartShield Badge Security System easily integrates with and complements existing systems.”
SMARTSHIELD ALSO PROVIDES LARGER ISSUE SOLUTIONS
On May 9, 2005, Sergio Khorosh, a Russian and permanent U.S. resident, was arrested in New York by
federal agents. The charge? Possession and sales of more than 1,300 high quality, counterfeit law
enforcement badges that included shields from 35 different federal, state and local agencies.
In another incident just two years ago, federal undercover investigators used the Internet to purchase
more than 900 black-market law enforcement badges, some real, some counterfeit, including FBI and
Secret Service shields.
“For someone to have that in their possession and utilize it to identify themselves as law enforcement
could be devastating to security, particularly homeland security,” commented U.S. Immigrations and
Customs Special Agent in Charge Martin Ficke.
“We believe that SmartShield will have much more pressing solutions to larger issues now encountered by
law enforcement agencies, particularly on the federal level,” explained Ziegler of Blackinton®.
Initial distribution for SmartShield will include federal agencies, state, county and local law enforcement
agencies and corrections departments.
Blackinton® is the largest provider and manufacturer of badges and uniform insignia for law enforcement
and public safety professionals. Established in 1852, the company combines old world craftsmanship
with cutting edge technologies to produce the industry’s finest quality products.