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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...


Thu, 2014-04-10 12:22 AM
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations at Detroit Metro Airport has announced the arrest of a man for alleged violation of immigration law. The United Kingdom citizen...
Wed, 2014-03-12 10:21 PM
When it comes to fraudulent travel documents and stolen passports, according to the world border organization BORDERPOL, "It's too late to close the barn door after the horse has bolted. It means you...
Wed, 2014-03-12 07:50 PM

Dr. Oliver McGee

“This is now the greatest aviation security mystery in aviation history,” said Dr. Oliver McGee. “Boeing airplanes do not vanish or fall out of the sky. Boeing planes go up in the air and they come...
Tue, 2014-03-11 12:10 AM

Anthony Roman

“We have to determine what happened, are there any survivors, and if not, what happened and how,” said Anthony Roman.Roman is the president of Roman and Associates, a global investigation firm...
Mon, 2014-03-10 04:39 PM

Janice Kephart

News reports that stolen Austrian and Italian passports were used to book two airline tickets on the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 intensifies the need for full and immediate...
Wed, 2014-02-26 10:55 PM
In GSN’s 2013 Homeland Security Awards Program, the Miami International Airport (MIA) received a platinum award in the category of “Most Notable Airport Security Program” for its new Runway Incursion...
Mon, 2014-02-17 07:59 PM

Mariner III

GSN has announced that its Border Security Awards program, which was successfully launched in 2013, will incorporate the closely related markets of airport and seaport security in 2014 and will be...
Fri, 2014-02-14 06:04 PM
The DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate has released a request for proposals to develop advanced security checkpoint imaging that can see through shoes and multiple layers of clothing. DHS also...
Fri, 2014-02-14 02:47 PM
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has unveiled 30 Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks, significantly reducing wait times for U.S. and Canadian citizens who arrive at DFW from...
Thu, 2014-02-13 02:25 PM
Press reports from Miami and Las Vegas have indicated that new, expedited boarding systems have been introduced at the Miami International Airport in Florida and the McCarran Airport in Los Vegas,...
Thu, 2014-01-16 11:51 PM
Mexico recently launched its first trusted traveler program open to U.S. citizens entitled Programa Viajero Confiable. The program is designed to expedite the process for U.S. citizens to enter...
Mon, 2014-01-06 07:39 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected six public entities around the country that will test and develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The entities will conduct research on the...

Company News

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman will give a farewell address at the upcoming National Press Club Speakers breakfast on April 21 in Washington, D.C. She will step down from her position as NTSB Chairman to serve as CEO and President of the National Safety Council.

Her career at the NTSB began in 2004 when President Bush appointed her to serve as a board member. Hersman has served as the NTSB chairman since 2009 and held the position for three terms.

Speaking in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security last week, American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox shared his testimony regarding airport security screenings. And he emphasized why he thinks it’s important for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) members to arm themselves for protection.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) has created a new documentary series entitled, “I Am AFGE.” The series will include 15 mini-documentary videos that will discuss the experiences of members of the AFGE that work in various positions. The goal of the campaign is to provide more awareness to the general public regarding the rewards and challenges that government employees encounter.

Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport has chosen Ashburn, VA-based Telos Identity Management Solutions (Telos ID) to provide Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-approved Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services for processing aviation worker background checks.

Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector (ETD) has received regulatory approval from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for aviation security applications at German airports. The QS-B220 fulfills specifications set by the German Federal Police.

Hawthorne, CA-based OSI Systems has announced that its security division, Rapiscan Systems, received an order worth approximately $7 million to provide Rapiscan Real Time Tomography (RTT) hold baggage screening systems and related maintenance services for Oslo Airport.

Sirius XM Radio will air a special broadcast entitled “Malaysia Air Mystery -- A Listener Roundtable” that allows listeners to participate in an in depth discussion with military, aviation, and national security experts regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

WidePoint Corp., a McLean, VA based IT solutions firm, has launched a new ePassport Certificate Management and Validation program in its package of PIVotal ID Managed Validation Services. The technology incorporates Ozone ePassport technology from the Mount Airey Group, an IT security firm in Fairfax, VA. The package is designed to allow government officials to quickly scan and verify passport information without purchasing and installing a significant amount of infrastructure.

Commentary and Opinions

More than 640 million domestic air passengers hoped for a timely departure in 2012, and yet few ever considered a key part of the security process that makes timely departures possible: screening of baggage that goes into the “hold” of an airplane (more commonly known in the U.S. as “checked” baggage.) 

As I waited for a flight recently at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, I thumbed through a newspaper that had been left behind at a gate. A headline said, “Arizona 18th in U.S. in Aircraft Bird Strikes.” 

By Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)

Today, we meet to discuss this nation’s progress in bringing about safety, security and resiliency against terrorism since the attacks of 9/11. 

But before we look back, I want to acknowledge and remember all the firefighters, police officers, and ordinary people who lost their lives that Tuesday morning. Remembering those who died must inspire us to make this nation better and safer. 

America is immeasurably more secure today at the tenth anniversary of 9/11 because of the enormous energy, resources, leadership, planning, and blood that we have poured into our national military and domestic security efforts. 

On 9/11, we lost nearly 3,000 innocent Americans, murdered while going about their daily lives. It was an attack of great cleverness, great daring, great surprise and simplicity. This was the greatest single loss of American life since the Battle of Antietam.

During the past year, the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council has issued a series of monthly papers encapsulating the major topics that have shaped our nation’s approach to homeland security. Thirteen monographs have highlighted industry and government’s joint effort to confront the challenges, and develop solutions to successfully focus on the historic mission to create a more prepared, responsive, resilient, safer and secure homeland. 


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Vidisco received the Platinum Award in the “Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection” category of GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards. The company has been focusing exclusively on portable X-ray systems since its creation, according to Tamir Aluma, and its products have been developed by military and police end users who know what is needed in the field.  The company’s CCD technology is based on a high-resolution camera that captures an image from an X-ray source, and is described by Mr.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

Textron Defense Systems has a wide range of products for the security market, according to Patti Shaffner, including its aerial ISR system, unmanned aerial systems and iCommand, which brings them all together. But the system that won the platinum award in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for Best Outdoor Ground Sensors was the MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System, a complete solution containing sensor node, gateway and camera repeater.

John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in wireless transmission of videos, and was a platinum winner of the platinum award for “Best Covert Surveillance Solution” in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for its “DropCam” product. IMT is a prime contractor for the DHS in Tech-Ops and offers a range of products described by Mr.

According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

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Due to the limited amount of area that standard video cameras can cover while providing a sufficient level of detail, the current model for security system design relies on the use of large numbers of cameras.

New Products

Created to make metal detection quicker, easier and more reliable, Wizard Industries has released its new Security Wizard 4, a laser...

In the pre-9-11 world, getting on a plane was as easy as emptying your pockets and walking through a metal detector. In the post-9-11 world, airline passengers must take off the...

The Cellular Cargo Bomb Scanner CBS 7.72 Series from Homeland Security Strategies (HSS) scans cargo at airports, marine yards and truckin...

McLean, VA-based QinetiQ North America characterizes its SPO-7 standoff passive object detection system as the kind calle...