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Tony Harris Takes Seat on Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors

Tony Harris, President and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO), was asked to take a position on the Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. designs and manufactures alternative fuel components and systems. Its corporate office is in New York, New York. Harris replaced William J Young on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He began his tenure on the board of directors on December 31, 2013.

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.’s Chairman and CEO Mariano Costamagna said Harris was chosen because of his experience and having proven himself in numerous businesses. “Tony’s success as a senior executive in operations, marketing, and business acquisition at both corporate and entrepreneurial companies will serve Fuel Systems Solutions well." Costamagna continued by explaining that Harris also had experience with strategy formation, leadership development, performance and management compensation which will prove valuable to the company’s shareholders. “The board joins me in welcoming him to Fuel Systems."

Tony Harris is a 1975 graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business (1979). He recently stated, “Now is a very exciting and important time in the development of the global market for gaseous fuel powered automotive and industrial engines." He continued by saying that he looks forward to working with the other board of director members as well as helping them ‘drive the company toward future success.”

Harris took over as President and CEO at CSECO in 2006. The company manufactures contraband detection equipment including the Buster contraband detector, or Buster K910B Density Meter as it’s officially named. This piece of equipment, along with the FV Series Fiberscope and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit, is used to detect narcotics, ‘dirty bombs’ or other explosives and contraband. Organizations using the contraband detection equipment manufactured by CSECO include the US State Department, US Customs and Border Protection, state and local law enforcement agencies and similar agencies in foreign countries.

Some of the positions that Harris has held that have prepared him for this Board of Directors position include:

  • Calpine Corporation vice president where he was involved in brand management, marketing strategy development and new product development
  • PG and E Energy Services National Account Services and Western Regional Sales vice president
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a variety of roles including Director of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Standard Pacific Gas Line Inc. president
  • Ford Motor Company Production Supervisor
  • Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation Program Manager
  • StyleChoice.com president which was an entrepreneurial start-up venture in Silicon Valley
  • Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury president and CEO

Harris’ alma mater, Purdue University, has also recognized his commitment to excellence. In 1999 they named him the Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and in 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

He founded the National Society of Black Engineers while a student at Purdue; Harris remains active on the organization’s National Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors for the SF Jazz Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank advisory board. He was recently tapped to take a position on the Office of Global Affairs Strategy Advisory Board for Purdue University.

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Purdue University Awards Honorary Doctorate in Engineering to Anthony “Tony” Harris, CSECO President and CEO

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Co. (CSECO) President and CEO Anthony “Tony” Harris an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering during May 11 commencement ceremonies at Purdue University. The Honorary Doctorate is the highest honor Purdue University bestows to an engineering alumnus and recognizes Harris’ outstanding accomplishments in the engineering field. This degree is only given to those who have made exceptional and lasting achievements in the field of engineering.

Harris received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1975. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business he earned in 1979. This Honorary Doctorate continues his long-standing relationship with the university.

Before he purchased CSECO, which was established by Patrick J. Campbell in 1984, Harris was the vice president for Calpine Corporation. Prior to that, he was the vice president of national account services and western region sales for PG&E Energy Services. He has also held the position of vice president of marketing and sales for Pacific Gas and Electric Company as well as president of Standard Pacific Gas Line, Inc.

An entrepreneur at heart, Harris has also been president and CEO of StyleChoice.com and Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury. He also is active in the community. He is passionate about training young engineers and founded the National Society of Black Engineers over 32 years ago as a student at Purdue University. He currently serves as it’s national advisory board chairman. He is a member of the board of directors for SF JAZZ Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank Advisory Board. He enjoys contemporary art, jazz and wine.

Damaune Journey and Anthony Harris along with interpreter Lays Brenha are ready to show off the CT-30 kit and Density Buster at the Latin American Aero & Defense Expo in Brazil.

Our sales directors at CSECO, Anthony Harris and Damaune Journey, have been busy throughout the month of April attending international security trade shows to exhibit our portable interdiction equipment to police officers and government agents worldwide. In this last month alone they have been participating in trade shows in Brazil, Taiwan, England, and Mexico. It has been a great experience and we love the enthusiasm received about the effectiveness of the Buster K910B Contraband Detection Kit at the LAAD Expo in Brazil!

Our tradeshow booths offer patrons the opportunity to use some of the equipment we exhibit such as the FV Fiberscope, Leica Laser Rangefinder, and of course the Buster Contraband Detector and Density Meter. To demonstrate the clarity and resolution of the fiberscope Sales Director Anthony Harris asks a major Brazilian Police Equipment Distributor to count the change in his pocket. The fiberscope’s built in LED provides crystal clear lighting and images even in the darkest crevasses; the two-way articulation feature allows the user to pan 120 degrees in order to thoroughly inspect suspicious areas.

Another popular and extremely valuable interdiction tool that should be in the arsenal of any contraband inspection team is the Leica Laser Rangefinder. The device allows inspection officers to quickly and effectively identify false walls in diesel truck freight trailers. A measurement of the length from the outside must equal the measurement from the inside unless the trailer has been tampered with and smugglers are trying to hide something. In the photo below Damaune Journey demonstrates the ease of use and fast operation of the Leica Laser Rangefinder to a Brazilian Firefighter.

The crowd favorite at the LAAD Expo was innovative Buster K910B Density Meter. Its simple yet effective operation wowed the trade show patrons and drew in quite a crowd during the demonstration. Government Officials and military service men got a chance to try out the density meter technology for themselves and see how it easily detects objects hidden from view.

Brazil is a beautiful country with great food and great people. It was an honor participating in trade show surrounded by professionals who dedicate their lives to the protection and service of their country. We hope to continue to conduct good business with Latin America and provide top quality products to help keep their streets safe and drug free!

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As narcotics smugglers find new ways to conceal their contraband in new vehicle models and unorthodox locations, US Customs and Border Patrol Agents must also adapt and improve their interdiction equipment to stay a step ahead of the traffickers. In addition providing the world’s leading density meter, Density Buster K910B, CSECO is now offering a much improved model of optical fiberscope. The new fiberscope greatly improves the ease and accuracy in which officers can inspect tough to reach areas in vehicles such as gas tanks and dashboard control panels.

CSECO’s lightweight FV Series Fiberscope provides exceptional mobility and the built in LED light source provides brilliant high resolution images. Interdiction officers can quickly and efficiently perform a thorough visual inspection of concealed areas in suspect vehicles with the FV Series Fiberscope. It includes a 2 meter (80 inch) tungsten shielded insertion probe which can be safely submerged in fuel or water without causing damage to the scope. Also, with the probe inserted in narrow vehicle passages the officer can survey 120 degrees with the fiberscope’s built in up-down 2 way articulation. With over 16,000 individual strands of optical fiber and the high-intensity light handle visibility is crystal clear even in the darkest spaces.

There are also a number of additional product attachments and accessories offered with the FV Series Fiberscope that make this an invaluable tool in the fight to keep drugs and various contraband off the streets. One such attachment is the Megapixel camera with 3” LCD monitor which grants the officer easy viewing while simultaneously recording the findings for later reporting. Another useful attachment is the Window Wedge used to allow the fiberscope probe to inspect door panels.

Check out our website and contact our sales representative for details and pricing information!

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In December of 2011, Alameda, California based Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) was invited to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The purpose of the visit to Riyadh, the political capital of KSA, was to demonstrate a range of CSECO contraband detection equipment to various law enforcement entities within the KSA. A number of agencies in KSA had heard of CSECO’s equipment and the successes various other nations have had using these products to secure their borders and requested a private demonstration to better understand and evaluate this leading technology.

Hosted by of one of Saudi’s largest and most respected security contractors, CSECO had the opportunity to present its products and services to the KSA equivalent of the United States Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The security firm and both government agencies were very impressed with the items, specifically the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector and the FV-Series Fiberscope, and preliminary discussions of a longer-term relationship ensued. One agency official had previously possessed a Buster® Contraband Detector and noted that one of the additional benefits of the visit was the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how best to employ and utilize the equipment to accomplish key border security goals.

Damaune Y. Journey, Director of International Sales & Marketing for CSECO represented the company in Saudi Arabia. During a discussion with a top-ranking official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Journey had this to say to about the opportunity in Saudi Arabia, “Saudi Arabia, as one of the largest and wealthiest countries in the region, has much to protect, not the least of which is an amazing citizenry, culture, and devout way of life. Given some of the Kingdom’s varied and plentiful neighbors, border security is a chief concern and CSECO is willing and able to help in that effort”. CSECO, typically one of a number of companies on international visits of this sort, was the sole invited guest on this occasion. “This highlights to us the value placed on our equipment and brings CSECO tremendous pride and honor to be the held in such high regard.” Journey said. “Hopefully, the next visit will be one to train officers on this equipment’s highest and best use to make the Kingdom even more safe and to secure its people and their future.”

CSECO manufactures contraband detection equipment, namely the CT-30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit and the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector, used most often in the U.S. and abroad at checkpoints – land and sea – to inspect vehicles and vessels for smuggled goods. For over 25 years this equipment has been used to limit the flow of illegal narcotics, currency, and explosives into the U.S. and its partners.

In just two years the best soccer players in the world will migrate to Brazil for the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup. The mega-event is expected to bring thousands of soccer enthusiasts from around the world. For years Brazil has boasted the best players in the game – (Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo, Ronaldhino, and Kaká) – but come 2014 they’re hoping to boast a security plan that works.

Brazil’s Justice Minister José Eduardo has promised, “the 2014 World Cup will be a very safe event.” But how do they plan to deliver on this promise in a country where anti-terror laws don’t exist – meaning suspects can not be deemed terrorists. Ever since 9/11 it is crucial for mega-event security-planners to understand that sub-national or private groups have the ability to produce threats on a scale that was previous thought to be reserved for an entire nation-state. According to Olympic security expert, Peter Ryan, security planners for events of this magnitude must consider scenarios, “that would sound bizarre and outlandish to non-security experts.” 9/11 forces them to focus on the fact that  “if terrorists could mount an attack like that, we would have to plan for every contingency,” they must, “think the un-thinkable.”

So what is Brazil’s plan to think the un-thinkable? José Ricardo Botelho, head of the Special Secretariat for the Security of Large Events, feels the key is integration and detection, “the country does not need to create anything new, but just to integrate its existing tools.” Brazil is actively training 53,000 public safety professionals in three categories: experts, multipliers, and operators. There will also be assistance from the armed Forces and Civil Defense. Not to mention that Brazil has already sent documents to the United States, Germany, England, Holland, South Africa, Poland, and Argentina requesting information about terrorists, “troublemakers” and hooligans. The hope, says Boetlho, is to create an interdiction between Brazil and potential problems before they have a chance to start, “We want to work proactively rather than defensively; hence the importance of technology. We are linking everything so that when a person fitting this profile applies for a visa, for example, we will already have the first barrier in place. But in the case of a country for which an entry visa is not required, when the person gets to our borders he or she will not be allowed into Brazil. But what if he or she does? We are working with state-of-the-are equipment to identify these people. We do not want them among us.”

What equipment is the Boetlho speaking of?

He is talking about the Ex-Eye – Robo-Cop style glasses with a built in facial-recognition software. They will be issued to Brazil’s military police. The cameras will be able to recognize 400 facial images per second and immediately detect criminals. These images will be sent to a database that will be able to store up to 13 million mugshots at a time. The small camera mounted on the glasses will be able to identify 46,000 points on a human face so there’s small chance of confusion. In addition to this he also has Anti-bomb groups monitoring all work, up to delivery, in order to ensure that there are no explosives, drugs or other contraband hidden inside of pillars or foundations.

As you can imagine acquiring security equipment such as the Ex-Eye can get expensive. The estimated security budget for the 2014 World Cup is $1.7 billion. Just 12 years ago, the 2000 Sydney games security expenditures cost over $1.5 billion less. Why the rapid increase? The cost of security is climbing so dramatically for the exact reason Ryan mentioned earlier. It is now common knowledge that any terrorist group trying to make a statement can do so on colossal levels. So although $1.7 billion may sound like a lot of money, it’s a minimal price to pay when thousands of lives are at stake.

CSECO in Brazil

CSECO in Brazil

CSECO in Brazil

CSECO in Brazil

Cambell/Harris Security Equipment Company knows all about the security efforts in place for the 2014 World Cup and recently visited Brazil to showcase their CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit which includes their famous K910B Buster Contraband Detector. Headed by CEO Tony Harris, CSECO has been actively fighting to eradicate the supply of illegal drugs that damage communities and diminish the loss of life from transport of dirty bombs, explosives, and illegal weapons since 1984.