Author: Tony Scotti

How Electric Cars Work

How Electric Vehicles Work

We are inundated with news and discussions concerning Hybrid and Electric vehicles. We (ISDA) feel that it is not if; it is when Security Drivers will be transporting their principals in Electric or Hybrid Vehicles.

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Corporations Spend Money on Secure Transportation - Training Dollars

History shows that secure transportation is where the corporate community spends a majority of its training dollars. If you, by chance, review the IRS code, you will find that protective driver training is the only skill that the IRS requires. There is no mention of executive protection training, shooting, or martial arts, just protective driver training.

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Future of Secure Transportation

The Future of Secure Transportation - International Security Driver Association

For those responsible for their principals’ safe and secure transportation, 2022 will create unprecedented challenges brought on by the computer chip shortage, the increased use of connected vehicles, and the changing landscape of the automotive industry and the EP/Secure Transportation profession.

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The Issue of Certification

The Issue of Certification - International Security Driver Association

I get the impression that many of those working in the profession or trying to work in the profession do not understand the concept of a Professional Certification. Many practitioners want a standard, but they want the standard to meet the curriculum of the training program that they attended – that is not how it works.

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Dynamic and Human Driving Tasks

The Human Driving Task is defined as a person who drives a particular vehicle and who, in a vehicle equipped with an automated driving system, exchanges the dynamic driving task with such a system as necessary during vehicle operation.

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Tires and Tire Pressure

Tires and Tire Pressure

The reason we spend a lot of time talking about these subjects can be found in a comment made by a Bridgestone engineer – “Tire pressure affects every aspect of the tire, including the load-carrying capacity, tread contact patch shape—where the tire touches the road—and size and handling characteristics.” 

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ISDACenter.Org Certification in Executive Protection

wo topics of discussion that can dominate social media are certification and the state of training in the executive protection and secure transportation industry. In reality, certification and training are inseparable. There is a need for standardization in the Executive Protection profession.

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Four New Books by ISDA Members

Four New Books by ISDA Members

Over the past year, ISDA Members published four books that have significantly impacted the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Profession. It is indicative of the quality of the ISDA Membership.

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Vehicle Cybersecurity

Vehicle Cybersecurity

According to a report from Upstream Security, there were at least 150 automotive cybersecurity incidents in 2019, a 94 percent year-over-year increase since 2016. This trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon with more communication methods built into new vehicles, including massive over-the-air update technologies.

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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Your vehicle has a precious metal container infused with a precious metal that is selling for about $28,000 per ounce right now; that’s 15-times the price of gold. The metal is Rhodium, and the container is your Catalytic converter.

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ISDACenterOrg New Mercedes Guard Car

Known by its full name as the Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard 4Matic. It is available with a long wheelbase. The sedan has been engineered to receive VPAM VR10 certification. VR10 is the highest certification ballistic standard available to civilians. VPAM means a complete vehicle was tested and certified. Basically, It’s the highest level with regard to ballistic protection for a civilian vehicle.

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Distracted While Marketing

Distracted While Marketing

We know that drinking and driving and texting and driving are dangerous and are hazardous to your health and the health of those who share the road with you.

But we need to add another scenario to the distracted while driving series, driving while marketing.

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ISDACenter.Org Vehicle Ambush In Mexico and Surveillance Detection

Data says 65% of attacks occur while in or near a vehicle. How much of your time do you spend on training that mitigates the massive risk of vehicle attacks?

For close to 50 years, we have preached the need for surveillance detection, situation awareness, and armored vehicles. We are still talking about incidents resulting from a lack of surveillance detection, situational awareness, and armored vehicles.

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Product Promotion Opportunity

The International Security Driver Training Association (ISDA) is looking for companies with technology or products that will assist the ISDA membership and the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation community to supply safe and secure transportation.

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Secure Transportation News

This is, as the title suggests, our first Secure Transportation News (STN). The catalyst for creating STN is to share the volume of information ISDA curates, such as industry news and data, with the community. STN will cover all aspects of protective services.

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ISDA COVID-19 Center

ISDA has created the COVID-19 Secure Transportation and EP Information center. In the Center, readers will find articles – data, and metrics that can assist practitioners working in the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection profession. Our goal is to help the community navigate its way through the problems created by the pandemic.

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EPST Magazine December 2020

The December issue of the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Magazine has seven articles covering all aspects of the Secure Transportation, Executive Protection profession, and the Business of Executive Protection.

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ISDA MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

We’ve had an influx of new members over the last few months; our new members represent all sectors of the profession and spread across the globe.

But there is one new member that I would like to bring to your attention; his name is George Sardelis.

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Vehicle Dynamics and Training

Vehicle Dynamics and Training

Whether driving down the highway, around corners or trying to navigate out of a potentially dangerous scenario, the vehicle driver combination must operate within the laws of physics and specifically within Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion.
An understanding of vehicle dynamics creates the platform for a standard for one of the most important aspects of executive protection – secure transportation.
It is ISDA’s opinion that many training providers take liberty with the phrase Vehicle Dynamics. This opinion is not a criticism but an observation.
Vehicle Dynamics is a scientific and objective approach to Secure Transportation, Security Driving, and Training.

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EXECUTIVE VEHICLES ARE CHANGING - ESC

At one time, when bad things happened, it was all up to the driver to control the vehicle. The person holding on to the steering wheel made all the decisions. The driver was the algorithm that determined the outcome of the event.

Now computers control executive vehicles, and in an emergency scenario, accident, or vehicle violence, the executive vehicles rely on the computer algorithm to control the vehicle.

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Surveillance Detection – Not Much Has Changed

From Moro in the late ’70s, to Herrhausen in the ’80s, and Reso in the ’90s, and more recently Omar García Harfuch in 2020, there has been a common denominator. In each of these attacks, surveillance detection has played a significant role in the scenario’s outcome.

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Science of Driving - What if - scenario base driver training

Many times, when we examine a vehicle ambush, the discussions will always ask the question “What If.” What if the driver moved the steering wheel a half a second sooner – applied the brakes a second earlier – made a decision quicker – had the ability to use more of the vehicle capability.

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These are the results of the Coronavirus Survey.

The number of participants makes the survey statistically accurate for our association, but not for the general EP/Secure Transportation community.

The demographics of ISDA are not similar got the profession in general; Hence I would estimate the data is not statistically accurate for the security professional.

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security driver training and braking

We strongly suggest that anyone who attends a Security Driving training program is measured in accordance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 135. This is the standard that is used to measure vehicle braking performance. As a security driver, you must be able to perform at a much higher level than “minimum” (it is what you get paid to do).

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Marketing by Innuendo

Security Driving Marketing by Innuendo

Over the last few years there have been a few training providers and security driver instructors that use the standard and methodology I created, and by association attach me to their training or instructor credentials. Some have used the phrase “Scotti-Certified Instructor.” With some, that may be correct, but the question is “When did I teach them?” So let me set the record straight.

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Ambush eBook

ambush ebook

Throughout the years there were vehicle attacks that change the way we train. They received the attention of the security community and the businesses they…

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