Maritime | Port Security

Featured Videos

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...


Wed, 2014-06-04 04:30 AM
Members of the United States Border Patrol’s (USBP) El Paso (TX) Sector, along with other area law enforcement agencies, honored the men and women who lost their lives while protecting America’s...
Mon, 2014-06-02 10:54 AM
Government Security News has announced that the inaugural issue of its weekly newsletter covering airport, seaport, rail and border security will be released on Wednesday, June 4. The official name...
Mon, 2014-06-02 02:49 AM

Paul Zukunft (left)

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft has assumed command as the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard, relieving Adm. Bob Papp during a military ceremony at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building in...
Thu, 2014-05-29 02:31 AM
Encouraged by a surge of nominations in the GSN 2014 Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards Program, Government Security News has announced a two-pronged expansion of its burgeoning Airport, Seaport...
Thu, 2014-05-29 12:43 AM
Department of Defense (DoD) officials consider climate change a key factor in protecting national security around the globe, according to deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy, Daniel Y...
Wed, 2014-05-14 05:10 AM
In a new report, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed that it increase its presence in and begin to conduct training and operations exercises in the Arctic due to increasing regional activity by...
Sun, 2014-05-11 11:14 PM
LAJAS, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Operations officially launched Friday the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) within its previous location in...
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, 2014-03-26 07:25 AM
When Captain Austin Gould, commander of Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Miami, moved to southern Florida about eight months ago, it was the first time he had been stationed below the mid-Atlantic region....
Tue, 2014-03-25 06:42 AM
As the largest terminal operator in the U.S., Ports America operates in more than 80 locations in 40 ports across the country. So when emergency situations arise, which could range from hurricanes to...
Mon, 2014-03-24 05:56 AM

Houston Ship Channel spill

Progress continued throughout the day Sunday in response to a fuel spill in the Houston Ship Channel that resulted in the release of approximately 168,000 gallons of fuel from a barge, according to...
Thu, 2014-03-20 06:20 AM

Marianne Molchan

Port security solutions, including software and cameras, have improved significantly in the past decade or so. Many large ports, for instance, have high-tech command centers, which monitor large...

Company News

DVTEL has just released a new line of thermal cameras called ioimage Thermal, which are designed to function in low or zero light conditions. Their first camera in this line is the ONVIF Profile-S-compliant ioimage Therma camera. DVTEL, based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, creates video surveillance products and software, including camera and video analytics software and video management systems.

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.

McLean, VA-based Exelis has received $32 million to supply airborne surveillance radars, spares, support equipment, and technical services to the U.S. Coast Guard. Integrated on the Coast Guard’s HC-130J Super Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft, the AN/APY-11 multimode radar is designed to support the service’s maritime reconnaissance mission, which includes long-range surveillance, search and rescue, drug interdiction, counterterrorism, and maritime environmental support.

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.

Jeanerette, LA-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats has acquired a waterfront parcel to accommodate the production of larger vessels, the company says.

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has received a contract to supply 42 rescue boats for U.S. Army supply ships and landing craft. 

As policy leaders wrapped up the Manama Dialog, an international security conference in Bahrain, maritime and naval leaders commenced their meetings in Abu Dhabi to discuss practical implementation of those policies and improving the ability of nations and partners to meet growing challenges to maritime security, safety and sovereignty.

A-T Solutions Inc., an internationally recognized leader in counterterrorism headquartered in Vienna, VA, announced on November 13 that it has acquired Arlington, VA-based GreenLine Systems, a technology company that helps governments around the world to manage risks associated with maritime and cross-border movement of vessels, goods and people.

Commentary and Opinions

By Mark Gally

The recent bomb scare in New York City served as a wake-up call, highlighting that the U.S. is still vulnerable to an attack within our country. Though investigators say the bomb they found inside a parked car was not very sophisticated, it’s clear that terrorists with the determination and deadly materials could cause serious harm.

By Jonathan McDonald

Many government organizations are charged with combating terrorism, identifying criminals and effectively applying immigration policies. All these activities require that persons of interests (and organizations and networks) be accurately identified. Identification is an extremely complex process that is only compounded by increasing data volumes, complex relationships, and tightly coupled application and data architectures.

By William Sapp

In an operating environment where threats are imminent and the response must be equally swift, video communication technology can offer DHS and its communities of interest new ways to collaborate to improve homeland security operations.

Whether responding to a natural disaster or sharing intelligence to thwart a terrorist plot, video conferencing technology allows organizations to connect quickly and collaborate meaningfully.

Editor’s note: The following speech was delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2010 by Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Thad W. Allen, who is completing his four-year term as the Coast Guard’s 23rd Commandant.


By Jim Giermanski

    In 2007, I wrote two articles on why 100 percent scanning was not doable. I laid out four fundamental reasons why 100 percent scanning would not work: its foreign acceptance, its limitation to seaports only, the non-existence of required technology, and the non-inclusion of land ports within the concept of critical infrastructure.

Two years later, where are we?


2013 Awards Yearbook

Celebrate the Great
Achievements of 2013

Click on Cover
Page to access

Technology Sectors

Market Sectors

Essential Guides

Recent Videos

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.

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.

New Products

Oceaneering International, Inc. announced on July 21 that the Terabot S, its new low-cost, easy to use, robotic manipulator, wh...

In an effort to combat the rapidly growing levels of piracy and armed robbery against ships around the world, Mace Personal Defense, Inc., has...

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