CHERRY Honored with ‘ASTORS’ Platinum Homeland Security Award

Phillip Kirsch, General Manager, Cherry Americas LLC, receives a Platinum Award for the 2017 Homeland Security Awards from Michael Madsen, publisher of American Security Today.
Phillip Kirsch, General Manager, Cherry Americas LLC, receives a Platinum Award for the 2017 Homeland Security Awards from Michael Madsen, publisher of American Security Today.

The prestigious Homeland Security Awards Program was sponsored by American Security Today (AST), and is regarded as the most comprehensive awards program in the security industry.

This awards program was organized by AST to recognize the most distinguished security vendors, as the nation continues to respond to escalating threats from home and abroad.

The innovative solutions being implemented to meet those threats has led to tremendous growth in the field of Homeland Security, and to this awards program for recognition of the key contributors to our nation’s security.

CHERRY has received the highest honor in the Smart Card category with the Platinum award.

The judges for the competition consider the technical innovation of entry products and their overall benefit.

Cherry’s Smart Card readers were evaluated for their overall features, interoperability, design, quality of the products, and their efficiency to increase public safety and national security.

“We’re honored to have had our broad line of reliable Smart Card keyboards and readers chosen for this prestigious award,” stated Phillip Kirsch, General Manager of Cherry Americas LLC.

The award-winning CHERRY line of innovative Keyboards and Card Readers offers a broad selection of secure Smart Card devices to suit a user’s exact needs in controlling access to secure networks, databases and applications.

(Learn More, courtesy of CHERRY Americas LLC and YouTube)

 This comprehensive line includes the following products:

Smart Card Keyboards

The CHERRY JK-A0100EU and JK-A0104EU Smart Card keyboards were designed for maximum use in maintaining a secure user base.

The JK-A0100 Series Smartcard Keyboard with integrated PCSC & EMV Compatible Smart Card Reader

These wired keyboards offer secondary authentication of a Smart Card before allowing access to the connected system.

The JK-0100 keyboard series is a leading solution for government security applications.

In addition to the smart-chipset card reader, the keyboards support secure PIN entry.

The PC/SC Smart Card reader is CCID and EMV Level 1 approved, and is also compatible with reading and writing ISO 7816-compliant smart cards.

These FIPS 201 certified keyboards feature the classic CHERRY office “touch and feel” tactile quality for efficiency and ease of use.

Standalone Smart Card Readers

The ST-1044 is a market leader in government security.
The ST-1044 is a market leader in government security

The CHERRY ST-1144 is a standalone USB Smart Card reader designed for heavy use.

The CAC and FIPS 201 compatible ST-1144 features a heavy weighted base which provides stability for one-hand operation.

Smart Card Readers

JT-0300WB-2: Contact and contactless reader for chip cards
JT-0300WB-2: Contact and contactless reader for chip cards

The CHERRY JT-0100WB contact reader and its contactless (JT-0200WB) plus the combination (JT-0300WB) partners, offer secure local access in a portable package.

Cherry Americas is part of a global leader in manufacturing of computer input devices with a focus on POS, desktop, industrial, healthcare, and IT security markets.

CHERRY leads in the manufacturing of switches used in mechanical keyboards for markets such as performance PC gaming.

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

Sponsored by ATI Systems, Sharp Electronics, Automatic Systems America and Robotic Assistance Devices!

American Security Today’s 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East was an overwhelming success, with distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government.

Over 100 professionals gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:

  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission
  • State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies, and
  • Leaders in Private Security

Recognized for their Innovative Training and Education Programs, Outstanding Product Development Achievements and Exciting New Technologies to address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing.

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

American Security Today was formed after careful reflection of 9/11 and its aftermath when the Department of Homeland Security was established and there was an immediate explosion of new products and solutions for what was perceived as an imminent second attack on primary targets in the United States.

As time moved forward from 9/11 itself and in recent years, the threats to our nation have evolved from a large scale 9/11 type attack to:

  • Domestic and International Terrorist Attacks carried out by ‘lone wolves’ and coordinated individuals
  • Cybersecurity breach attacks against our government agencies, financial institutions and critical infrastructure facilities
  • Unprecedented urban violence
  • Cultural shifts and societal media bias, which make it increasingly difficult to secure our nation in this constantly evolving threat environment.
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon

These current circumstances have put forward another rapid expansion of new ideas, products and solutions to combat these ever changing challenges.

These changes have called for a new generation of security experts in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields who need real time knowledge of our ever growing threats.

These experts include the Government at the Federal, State and Local levels as well as from Private Firms specializing in Physical Security, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security responsible for implementing coordinated security measures to ensure our Nation’s Security and improve Public Safety.

Together, each of these entities work together seamlessly on the front lines of protecting our communities, to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.

To highlight the tremendous accomplishments of agencies and firms receiving this prestigious award, be on the the lookout for American Security Today’s Annual December ‘ASTORS’ Champions Edition – ‘Year in Review.’

Congratulations to CHERRY on becoming a Platinum Award Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!