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PureTech Systems is a software company that develops and markets PureActiv, its geospatial analytics solution designed to protect critical perimeters and infrastructure.  Its patented video...


Tue, 2014-04-22 06:10 AM
Link to video: nine days after agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Air and Marine’s (OAM) Tucson Air Branch...
Wed, 2014-04-16 06:39 PM
Backed up by research findings of the New York Times and the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, three consecutive speakers at an April 10 public discussion conducted in...
Thu, 2014-04-10 10:27 AM

John Merlino

By John Merlino - Pending legislation on immigration presents a prime opportunity for government agencies to rethink how to use technology to mitigate risks at our borders and key entry points....
Thu, 2014-04-10 09:50 AM
Government Security News has announced that its 2014 Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards is officially open for nominations at
Wed, 2014-04-09 09:01 PM
The New York Times and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University each independently confirmed this week that the largest increases in deportations under President...
Sun, 2014-03-30 11:25 PM
Few law enforcement agencies, whether federal, state, or local, has exactly the challenge of those who work on the U.S./Mexico border. One thing many of such agencies agree upon, however, is that the...
Fri, 2014-03-28 05:46 AM

R. Gil Kerlikowske

Some of the most important issues that R. Gil Kerlikowske, the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), wants to focus on in the near future include improving technology and...
Fri, 2014-03-21 07:28 PM
Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station rescued a pregnant undocumented alien from the dangerous currents of the All-American Canal.The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m.,...
Fri, 2014-03-21 07:17 PM
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist confirmed Wednesday that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at Washington Dulles International Airport discovered a new...
Fri, 2014-03-21 06:34 PM
A 40-year-old citizen of Mexico, with five arrests for illegally entering the United States, appeared before a federal magistrate following his arrest by the U.S. Border Patrol.Alfredo Ramos-Gallegos...
Fri, 2014-03-21 06:18 PM
Recently ICE unveiled a temporary exhibit at the Crime Museum in Washington, D.C. entitled "Securing the Homeland -- ICE." Part of this exhibit includes artifacts from 9/11 in a display dedicated to...
Fri, 2014-03-21 06:05 PM
A group of 24 Mexican Customs officers completed a rigorous 10-week training program Friday modeled on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special...

Company News

The State of Arizona had a live demonstration of SpotterRF wide area surveillance for its border security efforts on March 17-19, 2014. SpotterRF, an Orem, Utah-based company that creates radar systems designed for ground area surveillance, arranged the demonstration at the Arizona State Capitol. It also worked with ADSS, a small business that creates portable surveillance and communications platforms, to create the demonstration.

Farmingdale, NY-based Telephonics Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corp., has announced that it will be presenting its family of Integrated Surveillance Systems (ISS) at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix, AZ, March 18th and 19th.

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.

Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense, has won an order for its QS-H150 handheld explosives trace detectors (ETD), associated consumables, and services for deployment in Latin America. The value of the order is expected to be about $1,500,000.

Delta Scientific of Palmdale, CA is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing high-security vehicle barricade systems, parking control equipment and guard booths, and 15,000 installations of its products for protecting people and property in more than 130 countries around the globe.

According to Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific vice president of sales and marketing, the company’s counter-terrorist barricade systems are presently used at 160 U.S. embassies and consulates, 110 Federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI locations and over 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants.

Watertown, MA-based Dynasil Corp.’s RMD research subsidiary has been awarded contracts totaling $2.1 million from DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), helping to advance the government’s research and development initiatives focused on the identification of illicit nuclear materials.

American Science and Engineering, of Billerica, MA, a worldwide provider of threat and contraband X-ray detection solutions, has announced that Laura Berman has been named vice president, corporate communications. In this newly created role, Ms. Berman will join the company's senior leadership team and be responsible for all of AS&E's corporate communications, including internal and external communications.

The Laredo Sector Border Patrol has launched Class 09 of the Rewarding, Education, Attitude, and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) mission program. It is a program designed for at-risk youth to become engaged in community service while gaining mentorship from members of the Border Patrol. It includes 11 students selected by Judge Oscar O. Martinez, and it commenced on January 23rd. Students will attend bi-weekly meetings with border patrol agents during the six-week program. The first class launched in 2010 and this its ninth iteration.

Commentary and Opinions

Editor’s Note: Mark Metcalf is a former immigration judge in  Miami, FL. The article was distributed in a press release from the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank which is said to focus on impacts of immigration on the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union has applauded the DHS’s announcement that it has finalized its Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards for immigration detention facilities.

By Thomas Donohue

In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.

An infusion of capital and economic development will be a tide that lifts all boats, creating jobs and opportunity for all Americans.

By Greg Hamm

It’s almost a cliché in international spy movies. The good guys need to escape to the adjoining country to avert certain death. They pile into a car or truck and head for the border, which is defended by armed soldiers and a barricade consisting of a wooden bar the size of a broom handle. The car revs up, the guns begin shooting and the car roars through the barricade with splinters exiting out of the field of view.

A recent report from the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at The John Marshall Law School details deficiencies in current U.S. detention practices and also says that a new directive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on detainees should go farther to adequately protect detainee’s rights.


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EADS North America, recipient of GSN’s 2013 Platinum Award for “Best Wide Area Persistent Surveillance”, is one of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the world, as Joe Venezuela points out. Having been involved in border security and maritime security for over 20 years, the company has developed software and hardware solutions that run the gamut from turn-key solutions to individual sensors and custom-tailored solutions for clients in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Asia.

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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