CBRNE | Detection

Boston shut down as bombing suspects chased down

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The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.

Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs  -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route  -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.

GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

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Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

Explosives trace detector approved for passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports

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Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector has completed the certification process for the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) qualification requirements for aviation checkpoint and checked baggage screening.

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A note from Government Security News regarding the closing of Global Security News

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Thanks to alerts from concerned readers and advertisers of Government Security News, we learned yesterday that attempts to log into the “GSN” website have resulted in notices to the effect that “Sorry, this publication is not available” and “GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014.” This came as a very unpleasant piece of news to those of us who were looking forward to our next paycheck, but we’re happy to report that we’ve been able to get to the bottom of the mystery:

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Autoclear builds on seven decades of progress in screening technology

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In a winning entry in the “Best Metal Detection” category of the GSN 2014 Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards program, PHD Dao Hinh Nguyen, vice president of Engineering and Product development at Autoclear, Inc. acknowledged a long history of scientific discovery and refining in screening technology that paved the way for the advanced technology that is available today from Autoclear and its brands Scintrex Trace and Fed-Labs.

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New Orleans FD integrated harbor security program selected by DHS to participate in Chemical Defense Demonstration projects at Port of New Orleans

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According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the Lower Mississippi River, where the Port of New Orleans is located, provides transportation for over 45% of all energy resources and more than 60% of all U.S. commerce. Chemical releases from either accidents or intentional acts of terrorism at the Port of New Orleans affect the public health of both area residents and passengers on cruise ships that dock at the port, and interrupt the transportation of maritime commerce, not only in New Orleans, but also throughout the Mississippi River and overseas.

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Port of Rotterdam’s ability to scan cargo on trains moving at 35 mph accelerates screening with no loss of security

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The days of halting trains and unloading contents for inspection appear to be over at the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, where trained operators can now use high-power X-ray scanners to produce clear, unambiguous imagery of densely packed cargo in trains moving at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour (35 MPH).

Simultaneously, another group of operators located several miles away in a secure inspection office collect, analyze and evaluate the X-ray images for a wide range of potential threats, dangerous materials and contraband.

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