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Mon, 2014-09-15 09:00 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the country to bring together community representatives, public...
Mon, 2014-09-15 08:13 PM
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has added new technology to 15 firefighting trucks to help it keep track of firefighters’ location.Through the technology, the FDNY can automatically see...
Sun, 2014-09-14 06:43 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) employees were among the 243 men and women honored for their exceptional work, dedication, and distinguished...
Thu, 2014-09-11 08:19 PM
Approximately 1,000 law enforcement officials fanned out across the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to execute dozens of search and arrest warrants linked to businesses suspected...
Thu, 2014-09-11 07:29 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations agriculture specialists at the Pharr International Bridge (TX) cargo facility recently intercepted a pest determined to be a first...
Wed, 2014-09-10 08:52 PM

Terry Wade

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
Wed, 2014-09-10 08:25 PM
Shannon Conley, 19, of Arvada, CO, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. She pled guilty before U.S. District Court...
Tue, 2014-09-09 10:45 PM
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its popular TSA Pre✓ program to Bishop International Airport (FNT). Passengers traveling on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest...
Tue, 2014-09-09 10:17 PM
SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter Flex, a global provider of gunfire detection and analysis, today extended its proven technology and service offerings with the launch of ShotSpotter SiteSecure for...
Tue, 2014-09-09 07:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Mon, 2014-09-08 06:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Sun, 2014-09-07 09:35 PM

Julio Estiven Gracia Ramirez

A Colombian man pleaded guilty last week for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent James Terry Watson in Bogotá, Colombia, on June 20,...

Company News

Belgium-based Betafence, a provider of comprehensive solutions for high security perimeter protection, has announced the acquisition of SecureUSA, a successful U.S provider of access control systems and solutions.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has launched its new QLess Dash Pass check-in system in the Las Vegas area. The system is designed to revolutionize the DMV experience, according to agency officials.

Motorists can text, phone, or go online to place themselves in line at the DMV without being physically present. QLess Dash Pass sends text updates or calls back with an estimated wait time. It then sends reminders and even tells the customers which window will serve them.

McLean, VA-based Exelis, a provider of positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, has improved its Signal Sentry 1000 product to include a number of enhancements including user-friendly analytics and alerts. Signal Sentry technology detects and locates sources of intentional and unintentional interference to the United States GPS signals and provides users with actionable intelligence.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $137K contract to provide its TWIC Plus IM2610 identification card readers to the Port of Houston in Texas. The facility has been an Intellicheck Mobilisa customer since September 2010. The new contract is for a web-hosted TWIC reading system. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication and driver’s license reading capability.

Blake Smith, technical account manager for Gallagher's U.S. security division has received General Services Administration (GSA) approved accreditation for Identity, Credential, and Access Management for Physical Access Control Systems (ICAM PACS) with the Smart Card Alliance.

Gallagher, a provider of integrated access control, intruder alarms management, and perimeter protection technology, is on the U.S. government's Approved Product Listing for its comprehensive security platform.

Indianapolis, IN-based STANLEY Security, a provider of access control and integrated security solutions, has announced that it will donate a portion of all qualifying proceeds from purchases of BEST, PRECISION and STANLEY Commercial Hardware to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), effective now through December 28.

RoboGuard is an agile surveillance robot that travels on a monorail, constantly patrolling along a secured perimeter to ensure the integrity of the fence. It can promptly respond to a suspected intrusion detected by one of Senstar’s innovative perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) sensors. A complete system consists of autonomous robots, each covering up to 1 km (0.6 mi) and docking stations every 1 to 2 km (0.6 to 1.2 mi) that provide two adjacent robots with replacement batteries, spare battery recharging and Wi-Fi communication.

Hikvision USA, North America’s leading manufacturer of award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, is thrilled to announce that its 3MP 360 Fisheye Camera has been declared New Product of the Year by Security Products magazine in the IP Camera Wide Dynamic Range category. This honor attests to Hikvision’s unparalleled dedication to research and development of cutting-edge technology.

Commentary and Opinions

The District of Columbia Council uncovered a serious homeland security flaw this week that should raise red flags for mayors and town managers around the country. In the nation's capitol, local transportation officials aren't conducting oversight over CSX and the goods it transports through the city. Similarly, officials are unfamiliar with the rail carrier's security policies. DC transportation officials, as traditionally classified by the federal government, aren't rail stakeholders with a need to know this information.

Editor’s note: In this article Denise Rucker Krepp, former Special Counsel to DOT General Counsel, Senior Counsel on the House Homeland Security Committee, and author of the 9/11 Act rail provisions, gives state, local officials a simple piece of advice regarding NDAs they signed with railroad companies regarding transportation of Bakken crude oil: Tear them up. They’re against the law.

Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth.

The military uses radar for many purposes, including guiding missiles to targets, directing the firing of weapon systems, and providing long-distance surveillance and navigation information.

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, is a persistent -- and alarming -- problem, say authorities from Gulf Coast states and the federal government.

The urgency of the issue brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including commercial and recreational fishermen, state and federal fisheries enforcers and elected officials, August 18 at Texas A&M University in Galveston for a summit on how best to combat illegal fishing. The event was hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.

 

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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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Establishing the first line of defense between a facility and a threat on its perimeter, the guard station can also define the image of a facility. Here are twelve questions to ask before specifying a guard booth.

 

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Based upon American Technologies Network’s original PVS multi-purpose night vision monocular, ATN has now developed a unit, the PVS14-3 (1A...

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI), a manufacturer of durable thin film optical coatings, announced on June 16 the design of a...

Fairport, NY-based Bosch Security Systems, Inc. has introduced the GVS1000, which the company describes as the industry's l...

Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...