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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...

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Wed, 2014-08-13 02:22 AM
According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the Lower Mississippi River, where the Port of New Orleans is located, provides transportation for over 45% of all energy resources and more...
Tue, 2014-07-22 03:29 PM
The days of halting trains and unloading contents for inspection appear to be over at the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, where trained operators can now use high-power X-ray scanners to produce clear,...
Wed, 2014-07-02 01:16 AM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it is formalizing and expanding an Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program that revises the time frame for transmission by pilot...
Tue, 2014-06-24 09:04 AM

Michael Madsen

GSN parent company World Business Media has announced that Michael Madsen, the company’s first advertising director and longtime sales “MVP,” has been promoted from Associate Publisher to Publisher...
Mon, 2014-04-28 11:19 PM

Nicky

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that one of its police dogs helped them seize undeclared cash last week at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Wed, 2014-04-09 12:18 AM
Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has announced it has signed its second Cooperative Research and Development...
Sun, 2014-02-02 06:55 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calexico, California downtown port of entry Tuesday discovered approximately $265,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine concealed...
Mon, 2014-01-06 12:30 PM

Optex Redscan Laser Detector

Optex Co, Ltd, a leading manufacturer of security infrared and laser technology, announced the integration of its IP sensors and detection products with AXIS Communications network cameras and the...
Thu, 2013-12-19 02:55 PM

Contraband detector

The National Institute of Justice is gathering market research data from vendors of two different kinds of technologies -- body-worn cameras and person-screening portals to detect contraband in body...
Thu, 2013-12-19 09:30 AM

Sonardyne's Sentinel

Maritime security company Sonardyne International Ltd. has successfully completed the installation of a Sentinel Intruder Detection System (IDS) onboard a drilling rig operating in an undisclosed...
Sun, 2013-12-15 10:34 PM

Dr. Huban Gowadia

Acting Secretary of DHS Rand Beers on December 13 officiated the ceremonial swearing in of Dr. Huban Gowadia as director of the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). 
Wed, 2013-12-11 07:31 PM

Cash hidden
in shoes

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized nearly $387,000 from three Mexican nationals in Cuba, AL, on December 8, following the traffic stop of a passenger bus bound for Mexico.  The...

Company News

In a winning entry in the “Best Metal Detection” category of the GSN 2014 Airport/Seaport/Border Security Awards program, PHD Dao Hinh Nguyen, vice president of Engineering and Product development at Autoclear, Inc. acknowledged a long history of scientific discovery and refining in screening technology that paved the way for the advanced technology that is available today from Autoclear and its brands Scintrex Trace and Fed-Labs.

Alexandria, VA-based Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group providing security solutions, is gearing up to launch SourceID, a handheld device for detecting and identifying sources of radioactive emissions. The new technology it utilizes will make it more powerful than the devices currently in service, the company says.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has announced a multi-million dollar order from Leidos, the prime contractor of the Transportation Security Administration’s Integrated Logistics Support contract, for supplies, parts and services to be provided at some 400 airports across the U.S.

Willow Grove, PA-based NMS Labs has announced the launch of its newest test offering for the latest group of agents to have come to the fore in the rapidly changing Designer Drug arena in the US. The Pyrrolidinophenones or “Pyrros” are potent stimulants with psychoactive properties becoming popular with young people and drug users looking for a newer, different high.

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) announced today that it has received an order for 65 ProVision 2 checkpoint security scanners from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Schiphol is implementing new checkpoint security screening aimed at streamlining and improving the passenger experience. The ProVision 2 will perform primary screening at the airport’s five new central security stations located at the main terminals and transfer areas.

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a Billerica, MA-based provider of innovative X-ray systems, has introduced the MINI Z, the world’s first handheld Z Backscatter imaging scanner for fast, portable, real-time detection of hidden organic threats, such as drugs, contraband, plastic guns, ceramic knives, and explosives.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has won a contract with the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise to supply a range of conventional X-ray systems for scanning cargo at Bole International Airport in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Protecting people and property from the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and other acts of terror requires a broad spectrum, systems-based approach to secure the homeland. The primary mission varies from the needs of the front line operator to the central command station. From deterrence and detection in a checkpoint to incident response, intelligence and clean-up, each event across the timeline requires a specific set of capabilities to result in a specific actionable outcome.

Commentary and Opinions

More than 640 million domestic air passengers hoped for a timely departure in 2012, and yet few ever considered a key part of the security process that makes timely departures possible: screening of baggage that goes into the “hold” of an airplane (more commonly known in the U.S. as “checked” baggage.) 

In Washington, attention has shifted from the daily grind towards a hyper-partisan presidential campaign. Battle lines are sharply cast between Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, and the incumbent, President Barack Obama.

While all eyes are on the economy, national security challenges abound. Obama’s killing of Bin Laden and targeting terrorists with Predator strikes argues his prowess on terrorism. Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuits are hindered by cyber-sabotage.

High-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors are the recognized gold standard for detection and identification of characteristic gamma rays from nuclear or radiological sources. No other detector comes close to matching their extremely high resolution and sensitivity. However, until recently, their use outside the laboratory has been limited. A number of challenges had to be overcome before they could be deployed routinely in the field.

Counterfeiting has become a problem too big and too serious to ignore. Its impact is now felt directly throughout the world economy -- even in the United States military supply chain where we now know that “military capable” technologies have been counterfeited. Counterfeiting was easier to overlook, despite the enormous economic and security implications, when it was seen as a luxury problem, an affliction affecting the manufacturers of designer handbags and outfits. Luxury or not, it is clear that it is a problem that we cannot ignore.

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. 

 

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Garrett Metal Detectors started in the hobby business in 1964, according to Steve Moore, but has been in security for 30 years and is now a major national and international supplier of walk-through metal detectors, ground search detectors for crime scene investigations and handheld scanners used at sporting events and other venues involving large crowds. Major clients in the U.S. and 170 other countries include governments, corporations, loss prevention, prisons, airports, mass transit and law enforcement.

Dr. Banerjee points out that the typical command and control center of an airport, seaport, mass transit hub, utility or city center is a place with input from a number of different silos. The silos must be joined together, he says, so that management can first achieve situational awareness, then move on to situation management and situation reconstruction. That is what Physical Security Information (PSIM) is all about, he says, and it is what Nice’s Situator software offers to security personnel. It’s the ability to pull the silos together and know what to do next.

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Monty Lutzker explains that Morpho Detection is Safran Industries’s detection division, offering explosives and substance detection, as part of a security group which includes detection, biometrics and documentation. His interview includes a demonstration of the ITEMISER DX, a portable explosives detection and narcotics detection tool which he describes as the “gold standard in identification at security check points”.

Randall Foster indicates that Vumii specializes in nightvision, typically used at perimeters and borders. The company offers two families of surveillance – thermal imaging and LED and Infrared laser-illuminated camera systems that are used for detection, recognition and identification.

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

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

The Cellular Cargo Bomb Scanner CBS 7.72 Series from Homeland Security Strategies (HSS) scans cargo at airports, marine yards and truckin...

Bruker has announced the North American launch of its compact, fully automated and fast toxin identification system, called pTD (por...

TiaLinx, Inc., a developer of remotely controlled miniaturized object detection radars, announced on April 21 the launch of the Viper60-A, a...