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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...


Mon, 2013-10-21 01:54 PM

Alan Frazier,
UAS pilot for North
Forks sheriff's dept.

As the spread of unmanned aerial systems creeps forward slowly-and-somewhat-unsurely at police and sheriff's departments across the United States, it’s interesting to hear a quick status report from...
Sat, 2013-10-19 04:19 PM

Marijuana bundles
seized by CBP

Customs and Border Patrol personnel collaborated to seize 210 pounds of marijuana dropped by an ultra-light aircraft near McNeal, AZ, last week. Early in the morning on October 15, CBP’s Office of...
Fri, 2013-10-18 03:24 PM

Dry ice bombs
shook up LAX

Could terrorists carry five pounds of dry ice in carry-on luggage onto an airplane and use it to build and detonate a bomb? Under current U.S. Transportation Security Administration rules they could...
Tue, 2013-10-15 04:15 PM
Morpho Detection, Inc. has announced that it has received a contract valued at approximately $10 million from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for the development of a next-...
Tue, 2013-10-15 02:14 PM

Boseman Yellowstone
International Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is the only airport serving as a year-round getaway for two Yellowstone National Park entrances. Established in 1941, the Bozeman Yellowstone International...
Fri, 2013-10-11 05:38 PM
TSA has announced it plans to award a “bridge” contract to IBM Corp. to continue supporting the agency’s Secure Flight program for at least another four months and perhaps an additional six months...
Wed, 2013-10-09 02:02 PM

HC-144A Medium Range
Surveillance Aircraft

The U.S. Coast Guard has decided to issue a sole source contract worth more than $157,000 to Mountain Secure Systems, of Longmont, CO, to supply solid state drives, which are components of the “...
Thu, 2013-10-03 04:53 PM

Scott Greiper

Scott Greiper, the president and founding partner of Secure Strategy Group, LLC (SSG), a consulting firm offering financial and business development advice in the homeland security sector, has been...
Thu, 2013-10-03 09:47 AM
MorphoTrust USA, a provider of identity solutions and services, announced on October 3 that it has achieved Final Operational Capability (FOC) for transition of TSA’s Transportation Worker...
Wed, 2013-10-02 02:08 PM
Eighty-five percent of frequent flyers think that TSA is doing either a poor or fair job in performing security screenings at the nation's airports, according to a new survey of frequent flyers...
Thu, 2013-09-26 12:58 PM

Tracy Fuller

As AlliedBarton, a major security guard supplier, looks across the landscape, two opportunities have emerged recently in the government vertical.
Mon, 2013-09-23 11:11 AM

Darryl Jones

Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced On September 23 that, in recent weeks, U.S. Government agencies purchased multiple QS-...

Company News

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon said on Nov. 15 they conducted concept evaluation demonstrations that showed existing air traffic control equipment could be modified to safely track the presence of nearby unmanned aircraft.

The U.S. Government is preparing to allow unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System by 2015.

Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced on Nov. 5 that it has won a contract for four Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors to a new customer in Germany.

The sale was made through Implant Sciences' German distributor, D-TeC System Consulting GmbH, of Hamburg. The units will be used to inspect air cargo shipments.

Morpho Detection, Inc., the explosives and narcotics detection business of Morpho, Safran group’s security unit, announced on Oct. 31 a partnership with Canada-based Optosecurity, Inc., a global provider of threat detection technology, to expand and upgrade checkpoint networking and X-ray detection capabilities. 

Associated Aircraft Group has been granted access into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) by the Transportation Security Administration under the DCA Access Security Program (DASSP).

The company, which says it is the East Coast's largest executive Sikorsky S-76 helicopter services provider, will offer service flying to and from Washington D.C. from anywhere along the East Coast.

AAG is a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), a not-for-profit research and development organization and a university completed two weeks of flight testing "sense and avoid" technology that could help unmanned aircraft better integrate into the national air transportation system some day.

The MITRE Corporation and the University of North Dakota (UND) developed automatic sense and avoid computer software algorithms that were uploaded onto a NASA Langley Research Center general aviation aircraft, said the group on Oct. 2.

New York-based JetBlue airlines broke ground on Oct. 1 on an extension to its home at John F. Kennedy's Terminal 5 that includes space for expanded U.S. customs operations.

The facility, set to open in early 2015, includes six international arrivals gates – three new and three converted from Terminal 5 - and an International Arrivals Hall with full U.S. Custom and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) to deliver what the company said will be a seamless travel experience for customers arriving from international flights on JetBlue and select partner airlines.

BAE Systems' Unmanned Aircraft Programs Group (UAP) in Tucson, AZ, has signed on as the first customer of thye state of Indiana’s National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO).

The NCCO integrates state, federal, military and academia's support to both private industry and public sector entities seeking to use Indiana's unique defense assets.  The streamlined, "one-stop" approach provides customers with ease of access, cost savings and reduced waiting times, according to the NCCO. 

X-ray security systems developer VOTI Inc.’s 3-D perspective XR3D-6 system has been qualified through Transport Canada's Screening Equipment Qualification Approval Process (QAP) for Air Cargo Security (ACS), said the company on Sept. 4.

The system, it said, will now be included on the Qualified Equipment and Services List applicable to the ACS program. Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program is a similar program to the U.S. TSA Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP), it said.

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.

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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...

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