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CBP to buy high-powered ‘binoculars’

MilCAM Recon III LocatIR

Customs and Border Protection is planning to procure 68 multi-sensor target acquisition and geo-location devices manufactured by FLIR Systems, Inc. which include internal global positioning sensors, digital magnetic compasses and laser rangefinders.

The device, which looks like a pair of binoculars on steroids, is known as the MilCAM Recon III LocatIR.

FLIR notes on its Web site that the device offers a fast three-field-of-view system with 15, 10 and 2.5-degree fields of view as well as digital zoom capability.

The devices also “offer additional tactical advantage when coupled with night vision equipment,” explains FLIR.

Prospective bidders are required to respond by May 21.

Further information is available from Lardner Moore, a contract specialist, at 202-344-1955 or [email protected].

Access control goes global

Touch screen

Tab Systems, Inc., of Naklo, Slovenia is gearing up for a worldwide launch of smarti Guardeon, the company’s new biometric unit for access control. 

The multi-modal system, which uses facial and voice recognition is set to debut at the 2010 IFSEC Security Industry Awards in England on May 10-12. The awards show will also mark the fifth year in a row that Tab Systems has been listed as a finalist in the best new access control product category.

Among the system’s many user-friendly innovative features, smarti Guardeon is compact in size, energy efficient and cost effective. It can be used to control any type of electronic device including sensors, alarm systems light and scanners in outdoor or indoor environments. Other features include a resistant touch screen as well as a RFID and Mifare reader.

The system can be purchased in over 20 countries and can be translated into 11 different languages including English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Arabic.

New products defend against fire and gas outbreaks

Sensepoint XCD

Notifier, a subsidiary of Honeywell headquartered in Northford, CT, has launched three new gas and flame detection products that will provide seamless integration with the company’s existing comprehensive fire alarm and life safety systems.

The new E3 Point sensors, Sensepoint XCD and FD Series detectors provide an additional measure of safety and security for commercial and industrial facilities, including parking garages, boiler or battery rooms, water treatment facilities as well as oil, gas and petrochemical sites. 

“NOTIFIER by Honeywell offers a comprehensive suite of gas detection products, for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications,” Dan Corbett, product manager for Notifier, tells GSN: Government Security News. “They are integrated with our proven NOTIFIER fire alarm offerings, and our NFS2-3030 Fire and Gas Detection system is the only commercial fire alarm solution that includes a Factory Mutual (FM) 6320 Listing.” 

The advanced sensing technologies provide administrators with complete situational awareness in the event of a fire or gas leak, through a comprehensive notification system and diagnostic reporting.

These energy efficient, cost saving solutions can detect unsafe levels of toxic or combustible gas and flame emissions, providing a complete analytical picture in the event of an emergency. The products are for use in both rugged outdoor or environmentally sensitive indoor sites.

Dotworkz releases S-Type Series of static environmental camera enclosures

Dotworkz Systems of San Diego has launched its new S-Type Series of outdoor camera enclosure systems that provide environmental protection in extremely hot or cold environments, according to the company.

The ST-CD-24V includes the company’s active cooling system, COOLDOME, featuring a complete airtight, watertight system solution for today’s temperature sensitive CCTV, megapixel HDTV or other long body cameras. The technology actively cools while still being an airtight and watertight rated housing.

The ST-RF-MVP “Ring of Fire” enclosure, which was used in the Vancouver Winter Olympics, also allows for an all-inclusive environmental stable surveillance solution. As with the COOLDOME, the “Ring of Fire” housing provides room for wireless radios, cellular routers, encoders and small form NVR devices. It offers rated protection down to -40 F, and offers a thermostatically controlled de-icing and heating element, as well as IP67 level protection for extreme marine, dust, insect and other conditions.

The company’s ST-TR-MVP Tornado Camera Enclosure is designed for hot humid locations where reducing internal heat and “hot spot” buildup is a priority. The Tornado is equipped with an internal radiant barrier thermo-blanket to show the effects of solar radiance without needing bulky external sun shields. The enclosure’s dual blower generates 20 CFM high flow air movement.

The ST-HB-MVP heater and blower camera enclosure , also designed for all brands of tradition “brick” or static cameras, includes the company’s thermostatically controlled heater blower system and is designed to protect sensitive HD or megapixel cameras.

Gilat chosen by Latin Am homeland security agency to provide turnkey broadband communications

Petah Tikva, Israel-based Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. reports that it has received a multi-million dollar contract to deliver a turnkey broadband communications solution for a major defense agency in Latin America.

Neither the agency nor the amount of the contract were further identified in the company’s announcement.

The new network, based on its SkyEdge II platform, will be used for border control applications, Gilat says.

The platform will enable the delivery of high-speed data, video and voice applications that will serve the military's different units, the company says.

Gilat also will supply additional equipment as part of the turnkey solution, including solar panels for the remote sites.

Southwest Microwave holds “Intelligent Perimeter Solutions” seminar in New Jersey

Tim Claus

 “It’s extremely important to select the right equipment to address site requirements.”

That was one of many “voice of experience” tips provided by Tim Claus, Eastern Regional Sales Manager of Southwest Microwave, as he presented the latest in the company’s 2010 “Intelligent Perimeter Solutions” seminars earlier this month at the Marriott Hotel at Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ..

Some of the upcoming stops in the road tour across North America will be Chicago, IL (April 20), Cleveland, OH (April 22) and Atlanta, GA, (April 30). Additional locations are listed in GSN’s Web Calendar.

Some of the conditions determining the right perimeter intrusion detection equipment, Claus pointed out, are site terrain, the type of entry points that exist and the specific threat being addressed -- such as concerns of vandalism or theft, or higher stakes issues, such as prison escape, criminal damage to infrastructure or terrorism.

To assist in determining the correct solution, Claus said, Southwest Microwave provides free of charge site assessments and designs for each and every site, using the customer’s CAD drawings or by sending a specialist to the site to review its unique characteristics.

In his introductory remarks, Claus shared that Southwest Microwave is headquartered in Tempe, AZ, has a European base in the United Kingdom, and additional offices in Boston, Miami, Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Claus explained that Southwest Microwave is a pioneer in the perimeter  protection sector, having introduced the bistatic microwave detection sensor in 1971. Today, with 53,000 installations under its belt, Southwest says it’s the largest manufacturer of outdoor perimeter protection systems in the world.

Claus discussed the company’s year-round equipment testing initiative, explaining that hot weather testing is done in Arizona, where temperatures sometime reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and that the company also maintains cold weather and high wind test sites in Canada and the UK.

The  company’s customer base, said Claus, include government facilities, nuclear and other utility sites, military bases, air and seaports, industrial and chemical plants and correctional institutions. The list of U.S. installations includes the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Detroit Water and Sewer, Florida Power and Light, the City of Phoenix, Washington-Dulles Airport, Colonial Gas, Port of Seattle, Southern California Edison, the U.S. Department of Defense and others.

In the first half of the seminar, Claus provided an overall framework for perimeter security -- what it is, why it is necessary and the various technologies that are involved. The main steps in perimeter protection, he said, are to detect perimeter intrusion with reliable technologies, to assess the nature of the intrusion with alarm communications and CCTV Video systems, to delay and deter intruders via fences and barriers, and to respond rapidly with successful communications that lead to apprehension.

He added that the underlying rationale for perimeter security is to provide early warning and keep the attacker far enough away to allow time for detection and visual assessment to initiate a rapid response.  In order to assure maximum delay of intruders, he pointed out that the highest security facilities sometimes have two fences and a combination of sensor technologies.

Claus also discussed the various types of sensors used in perimeter protection, along with the relative benefits of using each type. These included microwave sensors, and buried cable or fence-mounted detection systems, fiber optic cables and CCTV cameras including infrared cameras and those with video analytics.

In the second half of the program, Claus talked about today’s “Intelligent Perimeter” technology standards, recommending that prospective users look for systems that provide an intruder’s precise location, discriminate intruders from environmental nuisance alarms, offer graphic alarm monitoring capability and remote diagnostics and testing.

Claus highlighted the cost and convenience benefits of employing a system with a common communications platform, scalable systems controllers and a universal software installation tool, which allows the integration of all sensors into a single system. In the process, he explained the features and benefits of Southwest Microwave’s MicroPoint II fence detection system, Microtrack II buried cable system, and MicroWave 330 digital microwave link, which allow users to deploy any combination of fence, buried cable or digital microwave sensors on a single platform -- to protect each portion of the perimeter with an optimal sensor for that location.

The seminar included a lively series of questions and answers that were interspersed throughout the presentation, addressing various technical and installation issues.

EF Johnson Technologies receives $3 million public safety order

Irving, TX-based EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. reports that it has received an order from a “public safety customer,” otherwise not identified, to supply its ES series portable and mobile radios.

The company values the order at $3 million.

“The ability of our radios to support multiple protocols of Multi-Net, SMARTNET / SmartZone and Project 25 trunked and conventional modes has always been a tremendous value to our customers,” Michael Jalbert, president and CEO of EF Johnson Technologies, said in a statement. “With our ES Series portable and mobile radios, we are able to offer a rugged and reliable public safety grade radio that is both APCO 16 and Project 25 compliant thus offering a seamless migration path.”

The company’s products are marketed under the names EFJohnson, 3e Technologies International and Transcrypt International.

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