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Fri, 2013-08-09 03:39 PM

Traveler using a
Global Entry kiosk

CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program, which currently is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, Mexican nationals and some citizens of the Netherlands, has been opened up...
Mon, 2013-08-05 04:09 PM

Charles Edwards,
deputy IG at DHS

The DHS inspector general’s office has taken a look at the process by which DHS adds the names of individuals to the nation’s terrorist “watchlist” and, while acknowledging that new procedures at DHS...
Wed, 2013-07-31 02:21 PM

SEEK II device
by CrossMatch

Customs and Border Protection is planning to procure 67 handheld mobile biometric capture devices manufactured by CrossMatch Technologies, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, or an equivalent product, for use...
Tue, 2013-07-30 03:08 PM

Mobile TWIC card reader
from Intellicheck Mobilisa

Progress in the nation’s TWIC program has been painfully slow since 9/11, with hundreds of thousands of port employees and visiting truck divers being issued TWIC cards, but with TWIC readers -- the...
Mon, 2013-07-29 06:17 PM

U.S. Government returns
Saddam Hussein's sword
to government of Iraq

A ceremonial sword, looted in 2003 from Saddam Hussein’s personal office in Baghdad, was returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security...
Mon, 2013-07-29 10:42 AM

Commercial vehicles lined up
to enter U.S. at Otay Mesa
crossing in California in 2011

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on July 24 entitled, CBP Action Needed to Improve Wait Time Data and Measure Outcomes of Trade Facilitation Efforts, a study eagerly...
Thu, 2013-07-25 04:21 PM
Tyco Integrated Security and the industry’s leading security systems integrator announced on July 25 a newly awarded term of a national alliance cooperative contract from the National Joint Powers...
Tue, 2013-07-23 11:50 AM
The research and development unit at the California DMV licensing department recently selected the E-Seek M310 handheld ID scanner for use by the Sacramento (California) Police Department in a year-...
Fri, 2013-07-19 10:57 AM
HID Global, a worldwide supplier of secure identity solutions, has announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of DHS, has selected the company as the prime...
Tue, 2013-07-16 11:34 AM

Friedman Memorial
Airport

Friedman Memorial Airport, which provides air service facilities to South Central Idaho and the Sun Valley resort area, has become the first airport in the country to implement Quantum Secure’s new...
Mon, 2013-07-15 12:28 PM
Smith & Wesson Security Solutions, a turn-key provider of perimeter security solutions, announced on July 15 that the company has received a $230 million Access Control Point (ACP)...
Mon, 2013-07-15 10:39 AM

The camera image on
the left is run through
commercial software to
produce the image
(right) that can be
placed on the PIV card

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards by adding iris images and...

Company News

Security systems and software provider Viscount Systems, of Burnaby, BC, has named Dennis Raefield as CEO. Raefield has been a board member for Viscount since November 2011; he will be replacing Steve Pineau, who resigned from the company.

St. Paul, MN-based Image Sensing Systems (ISS) has announced the release of a new, intelligent license plate recognition (LPR) camera, the Autoscope Ex-120 series, which was developed in partnership with CA Traffic Limited of Great Britain, using CA Traffic's high performance camera technology.

According to the developers, the Ex-120 will further enhance ISS’ LPR offering and will provide a more complete solution for its customers.

Credence ID, a San Francisco-based company that creates biometric devices, has created an Android-based handheld tri-biometric device called the Trident. It was originally intended for military, civil, and law enforcement programs that require personnel to quickly and effectively record biometric information.

Secure identity solutions company HID Global has acquired Albuquerque, NM-based Lumidigm, which specializes in authentication solutions that use multispectral imaging technology, software, and biometric fingerprint sensors to authenticate identities. The acquisition extends Austin, TX-based HID’s authentication portfolio while positioning the company to deliver a variety of new secure identity solutions.

The new Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) has launched. The organization provides proactive education, policy refinement, and solutions to the complexities of balancing identity security and protection with national security, public safety, economic strength, privacy and innovation. Technologies covered include both biological and behavioral biometrics such as fingerprints, facial and iris recognition, voice identification, and other secure credentials.

Billerica, MA-based identity solutions and services provider MorphoTrust has won contracts to provide fingerprint-based background checks for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the New Jersey Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The agreements will help vet individuals working in childcare, education, nursing, law enforcement, and other areas, and could yield up to $25.2 million in revenue over the next six years, according to the company.

Billerica, MA-based MorphoTrust USA, a major provider of identity solutions, has won a new contract from Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Airports Division, to perform employee screening and badging services in seven major airports in the state, including Honolulu International, Kona International, Hilo International, Kahului, Lanai, Molokai, and Lihue.

Intellicheck Mobilisa has released a new software product, MexiScan, for authenticating Mexican driver’s licenses and IDs.

MexiScan lets banks, retailers, and hotel chains scan IDs issued from Mexico, helping them in areas including filling out credit card and store loyalty club applications, checking in guests, and verifying age. The product is similar to Intellicheck Mobilisa’s ID Check software that enables organizations to verify U.S. and Canadian driver’s licenses and IDs.

Commentary and Opinions

A resident of the northern Israeli city of Migdal Haemek received two letter bombs by post earlier this month. The woman who received the packages, whose name has not been released, felt the packages were suspicious and called the police.

Although she said she was not under threat and could not understand who could have sent her the bombs, she was vigilant enough to alert the professionals.

The officers who arrived on the scene, called in the police IED unit to examine the letters and bomb techs determined that they were, indeed, letter bombs.

By Don Steinman

In a recent statement, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas wrote, "Our nation’s aviation security relies on a multi-layered approach that includes information sharing, enhanced technology and security screening. On Christmas day, that system failed."

Moving beyond the checkpoint

By Jennifer Tidy and Parham Aarabi

Virtual aging of photos is often used by law enforcement for finding and capturing fugitives, abducted or lost individuals, or even terrorists.  However, on some occasions the photos are either unrealistic or inaccurate.  Furthermore, these photos are often generated by combining multiple stock photos (i.e. hair from stock photo 1, eyes from stock photo 2, etc.). While such a feature cut-and-paste method may be easy to do, it does not often produce the most realistic results.

By John Byrnes


Current systems are failing us
Current systems in place to identify and manage individuals like Major Nidal Malik Hasan, whose alleged massacre took the lives of 13 soldiers and wounded 29 others, and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national on Northwest Flight 253 to Detroit on Christmas Day are not working

By Brian Lapidus
 
Telecommuting, whether full-time or part-time, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. According to a 2008 survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, 57 percent of HR professionals indicate that their organization offers some form of telecommuting. The potential rewards are many – from increased productivity and cost savings to happier employees and greater appeal among potential recruits.
 

 

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Vanguard Security Professionals has been a multiple Winner and Finalist in previous GSN Awards Programs and was named Winner in the 2012 category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and Finalist in the 2012 categories of “Best Identity Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution.” Steven Ringelberg argues that new language is being used to describe the threat-scape, but many threats are the same as they have been for years.

John Szczygiel describes Brivo, Winner of the 2012 Award for “Best Integrated System for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance” for the second year in a row, as a cloud company that provides hosted subscriber services in the physical access control domain. The company’s “CloudPass” product has been established as a government community cloud, specifically for federal government agencies that want to take their physical access control and PAC into a cloud configuration. Brivo also offers a cloud transition service to clients that have on-premise servers and want to make the transition.

Jody Mack provides a thumbnail description of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a Sponsor of the 2012 GSN Awards Program as well as a Winner in the 2012 IT security category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and 2012 Finalist in the categories of “Best ID Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution”, not to mention a multiple Winner and Finalist in prior GSN Awards Programs.

Xceedium Corporation garnered its second GSN awards trophy for the entry of its Xsuite solution in the “Best Privileged Access Management” category of the 2012 Awards Program.  Ken Ammon, Chief Strategist for the company, describes how privileged access management has become increasingly important as physical and logical access have merged, and the government, through HSPD-12, has required that the PIV smart card, historically used for physical access now must be used for logical access as well.

John D. Clark, Sr. and the Whitestone Group, which he founded in 2000, returned to the GSN Awards Dinner in 2012 to pick up their second trophy in two years, this time for the “Best Facility Security/Force Protection Service.” The Whitestone Group’s A-list of clients includes NASA, DoD, USDA, VA, DHS, Social Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Army, Air Force and the Department of Interior, which has just approved a new 5-year facility security contract for the Hoover Dam.

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This white paper highlights a successful pilot HSPD-12 compliant visitor management project undertaken by a U.S. federal government agency, which successfully meets the objectives of Federal Identity, Credential, andAccess Management (FICAM) Road map use case 4.9 for how agencies should perform credentialing and validation of visitors to federal facilities.

 

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