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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...


Sat, 2013-09-21 04:12 PM

BAMS-D aircraft from
Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Navy will increase by 50 percent the monthly surveillance flights of a Northrop Grumman Corp.-built maritime unmanned demonstrator under a contract awarded on September 6. The contract...
Thu, 2013-09-19 07:45 PM
CBP and Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) announced on September 17 the introduction of Automated Passport Control at Montréal–Trudeau airport. These new automated kiosks are similar to those installed...
Tue, 2013-09-17 09:25 PM

Portland International
Airport in Oregon

TSA has decided to award a sole source contract to L-3 Communications Corp., of Woburn, MA, the incumbent supplier of medium speed explosives detection systems at the Portland International Airport...
Sun, 2013-09-01 07:07 PM
Based on its caseload during the past year, TSA is estimating that it will receive information from more than 21,000 travelers in the coming year who take advantage of the DHS “Traveler Redress...
Tue, 2013-08-20 09:31 AM

GSN now displays
corporate videos on
its Web site

As part of an expansion of promotional opportunities on its Web site, Government Security News has adopted a new policy of accepting paid corporate videos on the home page and the Web site’s 18...
Sat, 2013-08-17 02:05 PM

.357 SIG caliber
training rounds

TSA intends to purchase almost 3.5 million rounds of .357 SIG caliber training ammunition, according to a solicitation issued by the agency on August 16. “Each vendor will be allowed to submit up to...
Sat, 2013-08-17 01:13 PM
A poll conducted by Monmouth University shows that a majority of Americans support the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for search and rescue and border patrol. The poll found that 83 percent...
Thu, 2013-08-15 04:56 PM

Boarding pass
by Desko

TSA has awarded three different companies IDIQ contracts, each with a ceiling value of $5.5 million, to supply boarding pass scanners for use at U.S. airports. According to separate award notices...
Mon, 2013-08-12 12:19 PM

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

President Barack Obama signed on August 9 the bipartisan, bicameral Helping Heroes Fly Act (H.R. 1344), which aims to improve airport security screening processes for wounded and severely disabled...
Fri, 2013-08-09 03:39 PM

Traveler using a
Global Entry kiosk

CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program, which currently is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Mexican nationals and some citizens of the Netherlands, has been opened up...
Thu, 2013-08-08 02:40 PM

Panga stopped off
California coastline

CBP’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) marine interdiction agents and air interdiction agents coordinated an early morning operation on August 6 stopping a panga boat off the California coastline...
Thu, 2013-08-01 03:01 PM
TSA is planning to continue its practice of intercepting passengers at U.S. airports after they have passed through checkpoint screening and inviting them to complete what it calls its Aviation...

Company News

Reagan National Airport and Dulles International Airport near Washington D.C. are the 41st and 42nd airports to join SecurityPoint’s network of secure checkpoint trays.  The new system was set to be installed at both airports by July 26, 2012.

Alternative advertising firm SecurityPoint Media, in conjunction with JCDecaux, the world's largest out of home advertising company, are implementing the SecureTray systems.

The Transportation Security Administration’s federal security director at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dr. Cedric Alexander,  was elected 2nd Vice President to the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE).

Mission critical electronics supplier EIC unveiled a 3,200 BTU thermoelectric air conditioner to its line of cooling solutions for crucial electronics housed in harsh environments, transit cases and enclosures. 

Stapleton Group and Explosive Countermeasures International, Inc. (ECI), providers of bomb dogs and explosives detection services, have established a strategic alliance between the two companies, continuing to build upon a 15-year professional relationship.

Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense, announced on June 20 that TSA veteran, Mo McGowan, has been retained as an advisor to the company through a contract with international security and intelligence consulting firm, Command Consulting Group.

CEIA USA, Ltd., a provider of security screening equipment, announced on June 21 that it has won the 2012 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Achievement Award.

The award recognizes CEIA USA for its outstanding work in support of the DHS mission. In particular, CEIA USA is being recognized for work performed for the Transportation Security Administration, Procurement Division, in FY11.  

Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced on June 18 that it has attracted a top-performing sales leader in the explosives trace detection (ETD) industry.

Bethesda, MD-based Lockheed Martin said on June 12 it had delivered the fifth P-3 Orion equipped with new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) more than 50 days ahead of schedule.

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.

White Papers

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...