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Maritime security company, Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has announced that its underwater intruder detection sonar technology, Sentinel, has been installed on the site of a new Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) facility in the Middle East to monitor unauthorised access from the sea. The programme of work included the supply of multiple in-water sonars and redundant control room equipment in order to provide uninterrupted situational awareness over a large waterfront.
CNI facilities such as power plants, dams, gas storage terminals and offshore oil platforms represent attractive targets for sabotage. Many of these installations have comprehensive above-the-water security systems that can include physical barriers, access control, surface radar and long range opto-electrical sensors. However, many are vulnerable to intrusion from the water, and in particular, from below the surface.
Sonardyne’s Sentinel closes this gap in surveillance capability. It reliably detects, tracks and classifies divers and small underwater vehicles approaching a protected asset, alerting security personnel to the potential threat. With a track record spanning more than 10 years, Sentinel is widely regarded as the security industry’s most extensively deployed diver detection sonar.
The small, lightweight design of Sentinel’s in-water sonar unit makes it ideal for mobile security operations but for this contract, Sonardyne’s in-country partner installed the sonars on permanent seabed mounts placed in key locations around the shoreline.
Each sonar is designed to provide 360 degrees of coverage and provides long range warning of incoming targets for the local security personnel to intercept the threat. It is even able to determine, with a high degree of probability, what type of diving equipment they are wearing; open or closed circuit.
Due to the strategic importance of the new facility within the region, for the first time Sonardyne was requested to supply dual redundant control-room equipment to ensure uninterrupted service. All equipment was interfaced with the facility’s third party C2 (Command and Control) security system.
Speaking about the contract, Paul Rosewarne, Maritime Security for Sonardyne in the Middle East said, “Our announcement today marks the end of many months of planning and on-site activities with our local technical partners and end client to deliver, install and commission Sentinel at this important new facility.” He added; “We’re confident that our diver detection technology will provide the same peace of mind as the many other Sentinel systems that are in service across the region.”
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Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation Build On Early Success of Pilot with Commercial Agreements Worth Up to $12 Million
Teams scale digital pilot, adding terminals and shipping lines throughout Port to help goods move more efficiently through America’s largest container port
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2017 – (NYSE:GE) – Less than a year since launching a first-of-its kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are expanding the program to include all container terminals and shipping lines at the Port.
Because of the pilot’s success, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have agreed to new commercial agreements worth up to nearly $12 million and extended their relationship for at least five years. The agreements, subject to review by the Los Angeles City Council, will be far reaching, supporting approximately nine million TEUs (20-foot shipping containers), more than 15,000 truck providers and thousands of cargo importers.
“With our container volumes at record highs, the GE digital shipping solution is critical to our future success,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The GE portal is an investment in the long-term growth of the Port of Los Angeles and tells our stakeholders and customers that we take seriously our responsibility to find new ways to drive efficiencies and optimization. We believe this project will not only move the needle but could be a game changer.”
Based on the initial pilot results, the Port of Los Angeles anticipates efficiency gains of between eight and 12 percent as the enhanced solution is rolled out across the Port.
To inform the next phase of the collaboration, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation surveyed users involved in the initial pilot. Results were overwhelmingly positive with most respondents agreeing the data in the portal is easy to understand and easy to access.
“This project has been a home run,” said John Ochs, senior director at APM Terminals, the site of the pilot project. “The Port of Los Angeles has transformed data into information that can be utilized by stakeholders to optimize their goods movement processes.”
“The Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have become the global leaders on trying to digitize the supply chain and bring efficiencies to the maritime industry,” said Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association. “A trucking dispatcher may visit up to 40 websites a day just to coordinate cargo movement into the port complex. Having a single portal, a single reference point, will create new levels of efficiency that we’ve been seeking for a long time.”
The survey also uncovered areas for improvement. For example, users said they would like to see more terminals and shipping lines integrated into the solution, which is reflected in the new commercial agreement. Additional areas for progression include improving the level of detail users can access about each shipment, and increasing their access to shipment data across the supply chain.
“The initial results of the pilot are resonating with partners and providing an opportunity for us to collaborate on expanding the work. It’s a major step toward exploring how a system like this could be developed and implemented for other ports in the U.S. and abroad,” said Jamie Miller, president and CEO at GE Transportation. “This is a game changing effort for business, the economy, investors and consumers.”
For ongoing updates about the partnership, visit http://getransportation.com/port-of-la.
Gatekeeper Security CEO Christopher Millar describes his company's only fully automatic (AUVIS) under vehicle inspection in the world capable of automatically inspecting all vehicles traveling on a road or rail. The AUVIS can work on either a one-to one basis when deploying Gatekeeper’s license plate readers system or on a one to many basis when using Gatekeeper’s pattern recognition software to find the same or similar vehicle in the system’s database using the only the undercarriage image as a reference.
Gatekeeper was the Winner in GSN’s recent 2017 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards in the Categories of “Border Security and Immigration” and “Best Physical/Logical Privileged Access Solution.” See Mr. Millar’s description of Gatekeeper Security below:
Gatekeeper produces the only fully automatic under vehicle inspection system (AUVIS) in the world capable of automatically inspecting all vehicles traveling on road or rail. The Gatekeeper system produces virtual 3D images of the undercarriage looking forward and backward at 60 degrees to inspect on top of axles and cross beams. The AUVIS can work in a one to one basis when deploying Gatekeeper's license plate reading system or on a one to many basis by recovering a vehicle reference image from the system database based purely on the undercarriage image. AUVIS is the only under vehicle system that can automatically detect change to an undercarriage whether it is a foreign object or a change in configuration. The AUVIS is not susceptible to driver behavior such as a vehicle stopping on top of the scanner, speeding up or slowing down while being scanned or if drivers cross the scanner in different places (to the left or to the right of center) at each scan. The scanning system has an environmental rating of IP68 and operates as a stand alone platform or as a large multi scanner platform sharing references images and vehicle records via a central database. System are deploy in 30 countries from Russia to the Middle East to SE Asia.
To learn more about Gatekeeper products and the company, visit:
Growth Driven by Explosion in Mobility and Consumer/VSAT Broadband Segments
NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment, 2nd Edition (CSGS2), released tomorrow, forecasts 2016-2026 cumulative global revenues for Commercial Satellite Ground Equipment to surpass $158 billion. Satellite TV continues to be the largest segment by shipments and revenues. Consequently, Set-Top-Boxes and Antennas generate the largest revenue shares. However, in terms of growth VSAT platforms (modems + baseband equipment), driven by verticals such as Consumer Broadband and Mobility, will exhibit the highest levels. RF chains will also see applications like Aeronautical Satcom booming, while other verticals, such as Satcom Earth Stations, will contract. This leads to overall flat revenues of approx. $1.3 billion per year.
“Satellite Ground Equipment is a very dynamic market with opportunities available across the board. However, technologies and business models are changing at a rapid pace and only the most adaptive actors will survive,” stated Lluc Palerm, NSR Senior Analyst and report author. “VSAT platforms will see spectacular developments from emerging verticals like Consumer Broadband and Cellular Backhaul, but to capture these growth opportunities, vendors will need to move platforms to the ‘cloud’ and closely integrate with the space segment.”
Satellite Ground Equipment is analyzed by equipment type, and forecasts are segmented by STB, modems, antennas, and RF equipment. Antenna manufacturers are falling into commoditization in the low-end, while highly specialized applications are witnessing a surge in demand. Flat Panel Antennas (FPAs) have the potential to disrupt these highly profitable opportunities. With segments such as Satcom Earth Stations shrinking, traditional RF equipment might experience a readjustment in revenues. Yet SSPA will see a bright future with applications, like mobility or cellular backhaul, moving to higher throughputs and performances continuously improving.
Baseband Equipment is witnessing skyrocketing demand from HTS platforms. The flexibility to serve multiple verticals, the need to scale to (V)HTS or the need to boost bandwidth efficiencies are essential success factors for the future. In the Satcom Earth Stations segment, demand for FSS Broadband and Video will encounter challenges, but HTS will spur growth. The Earth Observation Ground Segment will remain a relatively small market, but opportunities serving the small satellite revolution will stimulate demand.
About the Report
NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment, 2nd Edition is the only industry analysis and forecast of the commercial satellite ground equipment sector. The study leverages NSR’s extensive and in-depth satellite industry knowledge and provides shipments and equipment revenues for all key industry segments: Satellite TV, Consumer Broadband, Fixed Enterprise VSAT, Cellular Backhaul, Trunking, IP Content Distribution, Aeronautical Satcom, Land Mobile, Maritime, Baseband Equipment, SatCom Earth Stations and Earth Observation Ground Segment. It is the first and only report to segment equipment shipments and revenues into STB, modems, antennas and RF Equipment. The report covers shipments and equipment revenues in five regional markets, investigates trends impacting market growth and business models, and surveys technological trends shaping the future of the ground equipment and impacting the satellite industry as a whole. For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at 617-674-7743.
Integrators and Tech Professionals Gain Hands-on Skills in New Instructor-led Milestone Solution Design Course
New training class provides the knowledge to design Milestone XProtect Advanced surveillance systems to meet security and business objectives
Milestone Systems, the globally leading company in open platform IP video management software (VMS), has launched a new, instructor-led, hands-on, Solution Design training course for security professionals who have the direct responsibility to design complex Milestone surveillance systems. The course is also well suited for technical salespeople who want to better understand and position the Milestone Advanced platform to their customers.
Based on the Milestone Design Process, the Solution Design training class is instructor-led. It presents relevant information and hands-on exercises to lead attendees through surveillance system design, focusing on the Milestone-specific video management components of the process.
"Our instructors guide attendees, step by step, as they work to gather information, define surveillance objectives, and specify products for an effective, real-world VMS solution," said Greg Willmarth, Director of Learning and Performance, Milestone Systems. "We discuss a range of topics that address common solutions, and our extensive, hands-on exercises are very valuable. Attendees leave the class with detailed, annotated notes to help transfer their knowledge to the field."
This 2-day training class consists of a series of presentations and projects that help attendees successfully design effective solutions for real-life scenarios. The course agenda includes:
• Solution Design Course Introduction
• Defining Surveillance Objectives
• Determining Image Quality and Camera Selection
• Identifying Roles and Design Workstations
• Determining Key System Requirements
• Choosing the Right Milestone Product
• Specifying Network Topology
• Developing Project Proposals
• Defining System and Operator Behaviors
"Our key objective in redesigning the instructor-led classes earlier this year was to make them even better at preparing people to perform on the job," said Willmarth. "Our training workshops use a combination of real-world scenarios and hands-on exercises to build the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully design Milestone Advanced products to meet customer needs."
After completing the class, a certificate of completion is provided. This certificate can be submitted to Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) for 13 Continuing Education Credits, and Continued Professional Development (CPD) will recognize this course for 13 CPD hours/points.
Attending the Milestone Solution Design class also helps prepare attendees to take the Milestone Certified Design Engineer (MCDE) online assessment. The MCDE fulfills requirements to advance in the Milestone Channel Partner Program.
For more information, please visit the Milestone Partner Learning Portal
BrainChip Studio Awarded New Product of the Year for Video Analytics by Security Today’s Panel of Independent Judges
AI-powered software is easily deployed in existing infrastructure, where it rapidly searches archived video or live streams to identify objects or faces
BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN) ("BrainChip" or "the Company"), a leading developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications, has won the Security Today’s New Product of the Year Award 2017 in the Video Analytics category for its BrainChip Studio software suite. The award honors the outstanding products considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. The trophy will be accepted by BrainChip during the ASIS International 63rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 25th – 28th, Dallas, Texas.
BrainChip Studio aids law enforcement and intelligence agencies to search vast amounts of video footage many times faster than previously possible, enabling them to quickly identify patterns or faces. Most significantly, the software can be utilized with existing infrastructure.
The software suite simulates the spiking neural networks found in the human brain. It works with low-resolution video, even in noisy environments, and requires only a 24x24 pixel image to detect and classify faces and objects. Furthermore, BrainChip Studio can be trained on a single image in milliseconds and does not need the vast datasets, extended learning time or substantial compute power associated with other forms of video processing using artificial intelligence.
Now in its ninth year, Security Today’s New Product of the Year Award is selected at the sole discretion of an independent panel of judges from the security industry.
“At a time of heightened global security, BrainChip Studio meets the urgent need for a rapidly deployable object and facial search technology to tame the massive volume of video footage already created and in the making,” said Bob Beachler, BrainChip’s SVP of Marketing and Business Development. “We are extremely honored to receive the Security Today New Product of The Year Award, which validates the groundbreaking nature of BrainChip’s technology.”
BrainChip Studio software runs under Windows or Linux. It is compatible with all major video encoding formats and is available to select law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For more information on BrainChip Studio please visit: www.brainchipinc.com/products. To schedule a demonstration of BrainChip Studio at the ASIS conference, please visit: www.brainchipinc.com/contact.
The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as one of two companies to mature designs for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, the nation’s next Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system.
The company was awarded a $328 million contract to execute the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) phase of the GBSD program.
“We look forward to the opportunity to provide the nation with a modern strategic deterrent system that is secure, resilient and affordable,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman. “As a trusted partner and technical integrator for the Air Force’s ICBM systems for more than 60 years, we are proud to continue our work to protect and defend our nation through its strategic deterrent capabilities.”
To learn more about Northrop Grumman’s GBSD program visit: www.northropgrumman.com/gbsd.
The Griffin G510 can be operated while wearing full PPE.
August 11, 2017 Wendy Klausing, Vertical Marketing Manager, FLIR Detection
Clandestine drug labs are not a new problem for responders, but they are growing in number and present potentially dangerous crime scenes. By now, we’ve all seen fentanyl in the news headlines. It is the fastest growing opioid epidemic today. It poses a significant threat to responders and to our communities.
To that point, we’ve developed an application note that discusses how portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS) equipment like the FLIR Griffin G510 can help hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response teams quickly perform on-scene identification of narcotics. This app note specifically demonstrates detection of:
- Diacetylmorphine - the most common chemical name for heroin
- Fentanyl - commonly cut with heroin
- Pyridine - a solvent used in the production of fentanyl
You can read the application note here.