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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...


Sun, 2013-11-10 12:39 PM

The CTX-5800 model
from Morpho Detection,
a "reduced size" system

TSA has announced that it will make a sole source award to Morpho Detection Inc., of Newark, CA, to supply two “reduced size standalone” explosive detection systems (RSEDS). One of the units will be...
Wed, 2013-11-06 07:03 PM

Aerostat near
Marfa, TX

Within the next few days, CBP will begin the deployment of military-owned equipment for protection of the homeland in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The equipment is being evaluated in a key...
Tue, 2013-11-05 05:18 PM

Tethered Aerostat
Radar System

CBP recently assumed responsibility for the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) from the U.S. Air Force (USAF). The aerostat-borne surveillance system -- operating in the U.S. since 1978 --...
Tue, 2013-11-05 04:59 PM
In order to enable its entire workforce -- including its 45,000 screeners -- to keep abreast of new security threats and emerging technologies, TSA wants to find highly-capable training companies...
Tue, 2013-11-05 02:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...
Mon, 2013-11-04 09:37 AM

Smith & Wesson 223
M&P15 rifle

During the same week that a lone 23-year-old gunman shot up Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA behavior detection officer, no less than 29 other firearms were discovered...
Thu, 2013-10-31 01:20 PM

Air and Marine
Operations Center

CBP intends to award a sole source firm-fixed price service contract to Outerlink Global Solutions, of Wilmington, MA, to provide satellite airtime to the agency so it can operate its mission-...
Mon, 2013-10-28 04:05 PM
TSA has handed a contract worth more than $225,000 to Reveal Imaging Technologies, Inc., now owned by SAIC, to run a pilot and perform tests using a homemade explosive algorithm deployed with a...
Fri, 2013-10-25 05:42 PM

Bozeman Yellowstone
International Airport

TSA has issued a solicitation for commercial security screening services to be performed at four different airports in the State of Montana. The solicitation, which was released on October 25,...
Fri, 2013-10-25 05:10 PM

Long Island
MacArthur Airport

IPVideo Corp., a manufacturer of Video Management Systems (VMS) and Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solutions, announced earlier this month that Long Island MacArthur Airport (LIMA)...
Wed, 2013-10-23 04:01 PM

CBP employees screening
air cargo in pilot program

CBP has decided to extend a pilot program involving the transmission of data about air cargo heading toward the United States for an additional nine months – through July 26, 2014 – and has reopened...
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...

Company News

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli has released a statement praising the fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending bill that will be considered by Congress this week. He said the bill, which would fund Congress through September 30th, would keep airports running smoothly and efficiently.

Morpho, through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, has announced a four-year framework agreement with Border Force in the U.K. to supply the handheld Hardened MobileTrace and desktop Itemiser 3 Enhanced trace detection systems.

Border Force, responsible for carrying out immigration and customs controls for people and goods entering the U.K., will deploy the systems to screen for narcotics at airports and seaports. The first order will be delivered this year to replace various legacy systems.

Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences has announced that Mercury Air Cargo, a division of the Mercury Air Group, has placed a follow-on for the company’s QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector (ETD), after having already purchased and deployed the QS-B220 in June. Mercury is deploying the QS-B220 systems at its air cargo screening facility at Los Angeles International Airport, one of the highest volume airports in the world.

TSA has announced that it plans to award a sole source contract to IBM, of Bethesda, MD, to provide operations and maintenance support to the agency’s Transportation Vetting System.

IBM will be responsible for meeting the requirements of the TSA office of intelligence and analysis’ technology solutions division, said a special notice published by TSA on November 6.

Implant Sciences Corp., a supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced on October 28 that TSA has notified the company that its QS-B220 explosives trace detector has been granted acceptance onto the "Qualified" section of the Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL).

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a national security Solutions provider, announced on Oct. 7 that its Modular Systems (MS) Division has recently received approximately $8.8 million in orders from an unnamed U.S. Government agency for specialized products in support of a national security-related program. 

TSA has decided to award a contract worth almost $1 million to Morpho Detection, Inc., one of the two qualified manufacturers of “medium speed explosive detection systems” (MSEDS), for the technical data package for the specific system that Morpho supplies. The other manufacturer on the Qualified Product List for this type of detection system is L-3 Communications, Inc.

TSA is planning to extend a contract by three to six months that it currently has with InfoZen, Inc., of Rockville, MD, to continue providing operations and maintenance support for the agency’s office of intelligence and analysis.

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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