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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...

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Mon, 2014-09-22 07:12 PM
US Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories,...
Mon, 2014-09-22 04:32 PM
On Saturday at approximately 7:20 p.m., a man carrying a knife scaled the fence on the north side of the White House complex. The man, identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, TX, failed...
Sun, 2014-09-21 07:56 PM
A 46-year old Jaguar has been recovered. It was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in partnership with a National Insurance Crime Bureau Special Agent and a California...
Sun, 2014-09-21 07:05 PM
A joint survey conducted by the University of Maryland and the University of Tehran indicates that the Iranian public is in favor of several conditions that would allow for a peace deal with the West...
Sun, 2014-09-21 05:43 PM
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested 81 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, and other immigration violators during a four-day operation in New England. ICE’s...
Thu, 2014-09-18 06:34 PM
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has announced his decision to delegate to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the authority to investigate its employees for alleged...
Wed, 2014-09-17 07:31 PM
An award from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will outfit 46 volunteer firefighters in Secaucus, NJ with personal protective equipment, in addition to funding advanced...
Tue, 2014-09-16 11:25 PM
Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the creation of the Commonwealth’s Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce. The announcement follows the April 30th derailment of a CSX freight train carrying...
Tue, 2014-09-16 10:49 PM

Michael Finnegan

This article focuses on the incredible determination of former FBI Special Agent Michael Finnegan, who spent five-plus years of his life studying the activities of Palestinian terrorist Khalid Al-...
Tue, 2014-09-16 08:04 PM

Mufid Elfgeeh

A federal grand jury in Rochester, NY has returned a seven-count indictment charging Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to...
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...

Company News

Gallagher will showcase its portfolio of integrated access control, intrusion detection, and perimeter protection solutions at the ASIS International security exhibition in Atlanta, running from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, 2014. This will mark Gallagher's first appearance at a major exhibition in the U.S. since the company was awarded approved supplier status for its Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Solution.

Frisco, TX-based Sheplers, a multi-channel western-wear retailer, has determined that their payment systems suffered a security breach in which hackers gained access to their systems and some of their customers’ payment card information was exposed. With the assistance of a leading computer security firm, Sheplers is continuing the investigation into the incident, and are cooperating with law enforcement in their efforts to find the criminals responsible.

Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry designed Desigo Mass Notification, a new, fully integrated multi-modal communication system that can be used in a single building or across a large campus for communicating a series of emergency and non-emergency messages. Combining varied message delivery methods, from visual warnings to audible alerts, creates a multi-layered communication approach and increases the likelihood of recipients responding appropriately and effectively to life safety events.

Princeton, NJ-based IXP Corporation, a public safety and emergency response provider that has partnered with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for the past 10 years, has announced an innovation that raises campus security to the next level.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $220K contract to provide its IM2610 TWIC Plus readers to the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana. The new contract is for a web-hosted TWIC card reading system. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication and Be On the Lookout (BOLO) checks.

London, England-based Brit PLC, a global specialty insurer and reinsurer, has developed a unique insurance service to protect companies operating critical infrastructure and industrial machinery from terrorist and other malicious attacks, such as sabotage, espionage and theft.

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.

Commentary and Opinions

Unfortunately, none of us has any trouble imagining a security breach. Breaches are so frequent these days, so fast and so clever, that seemingly out of nowhere we could find critical infrastructure threatened, networks at risk, markets in danger.

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.

Car theft is a fruitful field of opportunity for today’s criminals as they seek new and innovative ways for gaining quick profits. Recent reports indicate that prior to committing theft, organized car-theft gangs are doing their homework. They are targeting specific car rental facilities, conducting exhaustive site-studies of the facilities to identify vulnerabilities that will make their job easier.

 

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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.

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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