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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...


Mon, 2013-06-24 03:38 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a small business set-aside contract worth more than $38,000 to Spot Technologies, LLC (doing business as IWatch Systems, of Miami, FL), to undertake an access control...
Thu, 2013-06-20 03:16 PM
B.I.G. Enterprises, a Los Angeles provider of guard booths that is known to GSN readers for its guard booths at high-security facilities such as airports, seaports, nuclear facilities and military...
Wed, 2013-06-19 10:14 PM
Despite spending cuts from a sequestered budget and a still-recovering economy, suppliers of innovative, high-security access control solutions to the U.S. Government can expect modest growth this...
Wed, 2013-06-19 06:33 PM

Guardian L Scan

CBP’s operations at the Los Angeles International Airport will be augmented with the procurement of 11 desktop computers, 11 CrossMatch Guardian fingerprint scanners, 11 Microsoft LifeCam cameras and...
Wed, 2013-06-12 12:09 PM

New Mexico State Univ.
in Las Cruces, NM, is
within 55 miles of border

Mexican nationals, who have been allowed for decades to visit areas in the southern portion of the State of New Mexico within 25 miles of the border, will now be able to move about in a newly-defined...
Thu, 2013-06-06 06:23 PM
Evolis, a European supplier of customized plastic cards, announced on June 6 that it has been selected to customize drivers’ licenses in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most densely-...
Thu, 2013-06-06 05:29 PM

Andy Mattes

Diebold, Incorporated announced on June 6 that it has named Andy Mattes as the company's new president and chief executive officer. Mattes was also named a board director, and will...
Wed, 2013-06-05 06:05 PM
The General Services Administration issued a Request for Information (RFI) on June 5 from government agencies and commercial companies that might be capable of providing identity management services...
Wed, 2013-06-05 12:19 PM

Behavior Detection Officer
talks with passenger

Since its inception in Boston’s Logan Airport in 2002, TSA’s program to use “behavior detection officers” to spot suspicious behavior among airline passengers had been expanded by fiscal year 2012 to...
Tue, 2013-06-04 05:35 PM

General Keith Alexander

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, wants to combine forces from the military communications and intelligence communities...
Thu, 2013-05-30 10:44 AM

TWIC enrollment

TSA, which already which has OMB approval to gather personal information from applicants for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (commonly called a TWIC card) for a period of six months...
Tue, 2013-05-28 11:26 AM
The security system at CBP’s Alpine Air Branch in Alpine, TX, which was knocked out by a lightning strike shortly after it became operational in July 2012, is now in need of replacement and repair....

Company News

TSA is planning to extend a contract by three to six months that it currently has with InfoZen, Inc., of Rockville, MD, to continue providing operations and maintenance support for the agency’s office of intelligence and analysis.

Cambridge Security Seals (CSS), a provider of tamper-resistant and loss prevention seals, was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office for the design of its “Strapless Tote Seal.” 

After extensive General Services Administration (GSA) testing, the X-10 high-security electromechanical combination lock, developed by Kaba Mas, has been determined to meet the U.S. Government's requirements for an electromechanical combination lock designed and manufactured to protect unattended national security information (NSI). 

Sentry View Systems, Inc.has announced the launch of its SiteCOMMANDER, a flexible command and control solution with unlimited multi-server capabilities and fully mobile functionality.

FST21 has announced the launch of its newly-updated Website, which showcases the power of fusion, and the SafeRise technology FST21 brings to market.

The Website boasts a dramatic new look and full menu of company and product information, including product demo videos and slide shows.

Detailed capabilities and benefits of the SafeRise, SafeVisit and SafeMonitor product offerings are featured, as is a dedicated Dealer Log In section.

The Port of Cincinnati is the home of the latest Global Entry enrollment center opened by Customs and Border Protection, but two others in Chicago and Milwaukee have also begun operating.

The newest facility, housed at CBP Port of Cincinnati’s Olympic Blvd. building in Erlanger, KY, opened on Feb. 26, said CBP. Cincinnati is located on the north bank of the Ohio River at the Ohio–Kentucky border, near Indiana.

Because of the city’s strong ties to international trade and commerce, the City of Houston opened a satellite enrollment center for Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry program in its city hall building.

Bethesda, MD-based IT solutions and business strategy consulting firm DMI won a two-year task order to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) Support for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) legacy Alien Criminal Response Information Management (ACRIMe) System.

Commentary and Opinions

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?

Where is your network's perimeter? With today's prevalence of mobile devices, data security has no physical boundaries. At a time where an entire hard drive can be downloaded to a smart phone or thumb drive in a matter of minutes, firewalls and virtual private networks (VPNs) are no longer enough.

The September 11, 2001 attacks spurred increased interest in the use of biometric technologies to improve the security of visa and immigration documentation and government-issued identification card programs. Unlike traditional identification methods, which require individuals to present an identification card, a personal identification number (PIN) or a password, biometric identifiers rely on unique biological information about an individual, which is much more difficult to falsify.

Iris recognition technology -- a form of biometric technology that uses pattern-recognition techniques and high-resolution images of an individual's iris -- generated significant initial interest because it is a highly accurate and less intrusive system for identification and verification than fingerprinting and other methods. Nearly 80 percent of the 1,000 U.S. residents surveyed for the Unisys Security Index, released in October 2009, said that they would be willing to use iris recognition technology. Widespread adoption remains elusive, particularly in the public sector, due to concerns about interoperability between various iris recognition technologies and a desire to avoid 'vendor lock-in,' or standardizing on a single vendor's solution.

Massive volumes of information and data are readily available across the Internet. Potential sources of valuable intelligence are contained in an endless array of Web sites, online media outlets, blogs and social networking communities. At the same time, homeland security organizations manage internal databases and access external information sources. The difficulty of connecting the unstructured textual information collected from Internet resources with structured databases restricts the contribution of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to the overall investigation cycle.

Semantic Web offers a solution by establishing a standard for representing knowledge, such that there is a common language between computer processing and human intentions. An essential component of Semantic Web is ontology, which describes how concepts are represented in a certain knowledge domain. Using Semantic Web technology along with the appropriate ontology allows dissimilar information gathered from the Internet and stored in organizational databases to be mapped into a common semantic representation.

Incident command occurs at the local level, and during any disaster incident that local emergency response officials manage, they need to be confident that an individual's most current qualifications are readily available in order to rapidly and accurately verify the credentials of on-scene personnel.


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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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