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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, 2014-01-16 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...
Mon, 2014-01-06 12:37 PM
B.I.G. Enterprises of Los Angeles was recently named as Winner in the category of “Best Crash Barriers (Gates, Fences, Bollards, Guard Booths)” in the Government Security News 2013 Homeland Security...
Mon, 2014-01-06 12:03 PM
Unmanned aircraft systems have had great success in military missions, but they are also becoming more prevalent in law enforcement, border protection and homeland security applications.  There...
Thu, 2014-01-02 01:56 PM

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has tossed out a contract award protest by one aviation company, which argued that the U.S. Marshals Service did not conduct the proper “price/technical...
Thu, 2014-01-02 11:46 AM
TSA has determined that the system of records it has established for its “TSA Precheck” trusted traveler program will be subject to various exemptions spelled out in the Privacy Act, and that...
Mon, 2013-12-23 05:14 PM
CBP’s Office of Air and Marine announced on December 23 that it will take delivery of its last American Eurocopter AS-350 Light Enforcement Helicopter under its current contract. This delivery makes...
Mon, 2013-12-23 02:41 PM
CBP officials estimate that approximately 120,000 operators of private aircraft will arrive in the United States each year and present several documents to CBP inspectors for their review. The number...
Sat, 2013-12-21 01:22 PM

Sarasota Bradenton
International Airport

TSA has issued a presolicitation notice announcing that it intends to hire a small business to provide passenger screening services at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in Florida. The notice...
Thu, 2013-12-19 10:49 AM
TSA launched two new features on the Web site on December 18 – TSA for Kids and a Spanish-language page. The agency says the new pages are part of TSA’s goal to help all passengers...
Wed, 2013-12-18 04:44 PM

Airbus A350-900

The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned that the design of the Airbus Model A350-900 Series airplane might allow for too much connectivity between the aircraft control domain and other...
Tue, 2013-12-17 04:47 PM
In order to give itself enough time to resolve a bid protest, TSA has decided to award a contract extension on a sole source basis to InfoZen, of Bethesda, MD, to continue providing the operations...

Company News

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.

Liteye Systems, a global manufacturer of thermal imaging systems, has been selected to be a North American distributor for UK based Blighter Surveillance Systems, which creates sensors and electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars.

New York-based Clear has introduced its fingerprint/iris biometric technology, meant to identify travelers and speed them through airport security, to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). In just a few weeks, hundreds of Houston travelers have signed up to use Clear’s solution with a three-month free trial, according to the company. After inserting a ClearCard into a Clear kiosk at participating airports, the machine verifies traveler’s identity by scanning retinas or fingerprints. Once confirmed, members can skip the security line to be physically screened.

The Transportation Security Administration has opened an office in Newark, NJ where applicants for its popular PreCheck expedited screening program can go to have their fingerprints and other information taken.

The office at 532 Raymond Blvd., between Brill and Richard streets, is the first location in Northern New Jersey where applicants can go following completion of an online application.

Vincent Sandoval has been named group president of CIRCOR Aerospace & Defense, a Burlington, MA based company that offers products for the aerospace, defense, oil, and gas industries. Sandoval will take on his new role March 19th.

Raytheon and PASSUR Aerospace have joined forces to enhance airport safety and efficiency through a cooperative agreement that features the integration of PASSUR’s predictive analytics decision support software and business analysis with air traffic management systems from Raytheon. The program will work in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen Terminal Flight Data Manager program. The partnership will provide solutions to create a better passenger experience, make airlines more efficient, and increase the predictability of air travel.

Fairfax, VA-based General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (AIS) has been awarded an $8.2 million task order by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide software development, open architecture systems integration, and operations and maintenance support services for the Security Technology Integration Program (STIP).

Commentary and Opinions

With an alleged ringleader now in U.S. custody, investigative scrutiny here on Capitol Hill is zooming in tighter on the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The outcome of this probe may even have an effect on who is ultimately selected as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

For nearly half a century, the Tampa International Airport (TPA) in Florida has grown to become one of the preeminent airports in the world. The airport is an award-winning facility averaging approximately 225 daily aircraft departures with a reputation for noticeable ease of travel functionality. To remain a leader in the aviation industry and to keep pace with the ever-changing security challenges and concerns, TPA is dedicated to improving upon and updating terminal and airside infrastructure.

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. 


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

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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...