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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...


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...
Thu, 2014-03-20 01:21 AM

Super Post-Panamax cranes

At the 11th Port Security Operations Conference and Expo, which took place in Miami this week, Bill Johnson, CEO and Port Director of the Port of Miami, opened up the conference with a rousing speech...
Mon, 2014-02-17 07:59 PM

Mariner III

GSN has announced that its Border Security Awards program, which was successfully launched in 2013, will incorporate the closely related markets of airport and seaport security in 2014 and will be...
Thu, 2014-02-13 08:39 PM
Five citizens of the Dominican Republic charged Tuesday with alien smuggling
Tue, 2014-01-21 09:22 PM
Sea piracy has reached its lowest level in six years, with 264 attacks recorded worldwide in 2013, a 40 percent decrease from 2011, according to the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce...
Wed, 2014-01-01 05:52 PM
A 31-year-old woman was rescued by the Coast Guard Auxiliary after spotting her clinging to a channel marker near Matanzas Pass, FL, last week. The Auxiliary boat crew from Flotilla 91 was on a...
Tue, 2013-12-31 03:43 PM

Kailua Bay
in Hawaii

President Obama might not even notice it while he’s on vacation in Hawaii, but the U.S. Coast Guard has established a temporary security zone in the waters of Kailua Bay, and in a nearby channel, on...
Thu, 2013-12-19 04:40 PM
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a delegation of government officials and executives with 20-25 commercial companies on a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi...

Company News

The Port Security Operations Conference & Expo 2014 will include a wide range of speakers from the public and private sectors, covering numerous security topics. But just a few of the highlights of the conference, to be held March 18th to 20th at Miami’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, include a panel of experts discussing security and technology, a refresher course for Facility Security Officers (FSO), and a session on terminal operators and response and recovery.

Farmingdale, NY-based Telephonics Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, has announced that its president and CEO, Joseph Battaglia, has been awarded the honorary title of chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

Arlington, VA-based GreenLine Systems, a subsidiary of A-T Solutions that specializes in helping governments around the world manage risks associated with maritime and cross-border movement of vessels, goods, and people, has announced that it is part of the Brilliance Information (BRINFO) team that was recently awarded a four-year, firm-fixed price contract to support the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

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.

Vienna, VA-based A-T Solutions, which offers counterterrorism intelligence, technology, training, and mission support services, has been awarded a five-year, firm-fixed price contract by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct its Security Auditing Program.

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.

Commentary and Opinions

In 2007, I said the following when referring to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) policy on container security: “Perhaps, the dumbest policy, model, or standard of all is the sealed-door standard.”

Five years later, despite technological advances and use by the private sector and military, CBP is still focused on container “doors” as a security measure. CBP has still not developed an alternative.

Port security seems to be the forgotten child when it comes to preparing for disasters, at least in the public eye. Potential threats to aviation and mass transit generate many more conversations, and for good reason, but the risks posed to ports, primarily from cargo, cannot be ignored. 

A cargo container looks innocuous, just a square, metal box loaded with goods…right? This impression could not be further from the truth. 

A wireless sensor network system developed by Lockheed Martin can revolutionize the way users obtain discreet persistent situational awareness and characterization of their surroundings, says the company in an Oct. 12 news release.

The Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network (SPAN) system, a network of "Field-and Forget" ground sensors, provides unobtrusive, continuous surveillance supporting multiple missions and applications.

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.


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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.

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.

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