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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...


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...
Wed, 2013-12-11 06:29 PM

Colorimetric tubes

The DHS System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders program, nicknamed the SAVER program, is gathering information about “portable colorimetric tubes,” or PCTs, that can detect gas...
Fri, 2013-12-06 07:10 PM

CBP P-3 aircraft

On November 30, as part of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) mission, a CBP office of air and marine (OAM) P-3 aircrew, assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center (NASOC-...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Wed, 2013-12-04 07:32 PM


It’s harvest time, but this foreign plant is a no-no in the United States. CBP officers seized three international air parcels on November 26 that contained a combined 112 pounds of khat, a green,...
Thu, 2013-11-28 08:05 PM
The Federal Protective Service (FPS), a unit of DHS, is gathering market research information from companies capable of supplying  commercial-off-the-shelf or government-off-the-shelf walk-...

Company News

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has been awarded its first order for its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System, a recently launched scanner for checked baggage.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has introduced an advanced handheld identifier that provides a quick and accurate field analysis of a wide range of illicit drugs and controlled substances, the company says.

Target-ID is the first Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy system developed specifically for field deployed narcotics identification to be released in 10 language configurations including Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has been contracted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to supply miniaturized technology for fast and comprehensive in-field analysis of unknown suspicious substances at borders and points of entry.

A provider of ruggedized and downsized laboratory technology, Smiths Detection makes a range of portable and handheld systems used to identify suspected illegal or threat materials including narcotics, explosives, weapons of mass destruction, and toxic industrial chemicals.

Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), a Littleton, Colorado based manufacturer of alcohol monitoring products for the criminal justice field, has created the new SCRAM Remote Breath device that not only detects alcohol, but also records the face and location of the test taker.

Decision Sciences International Corp. (DSIC), a Chantilly, VA based security and detection systems company, has appointed former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs & Border Protection Jayson Ahern to its advisory board.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has received a $42 million follow-on production order from the U.S. Army for Chemical Biological Protective Shelters (CBPS) to equip the National Guard.

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.

Watertown, MA-based Dynasil Corp.’s RMD research subsidiary has been awarded contracts totaling $2.1 million from DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), helping to advance the government’s research and development initiatives focused on the identification of illicit nuclear materials.

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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