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Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-winning unified solution for critical infrastructure protection. As Kamal points out, government and critical infrastructure agencies have recognized the dangers and have armed themselves to the teeth with network protection and cyber security tools on the IT security side, and have similarly armed themselves with perimeter protection tools on the physical security side. But security incidents have continued to happen, and in fact, according to the DHS, more security incidents and breaches occurred in 2012 than in any previous year, with 42% of these incidents taking place in the energy sector, according to a DHS study. Kamal indicates that Alert Enterprise realized that the solution had to come from eliminating the silos and putting all the various risks together in a way that would result in true situational intelligence. The key that Alert Enterprise discovered to dealing with the threats and vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, according to Kamal, arose from streamlining products and coming up with the “Security Convergence Platform”, which is encompassed in the company’s “Enterprise Guardian”, which was designed for power plants, refineries, utilities, and “Enterprise Sentry”, which was developed for Airports and other transportation facilities. These products involve a laser focus on access and identity management, as Kamal explains, comprehensive background checks and scrupulous attention to badge management. Otherwise, utility employees could make changes to SCADA settings or production line, while disgruntled employees in food, healthcare or pharmaceutical companies could change formulas or otherwise cause contamination, loss of reputation or harm to the public. These are the dangers that Alert Enterprise’s “Security Convergence Platform” can mitigate and prevent.
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. Aluma as the “best portable imaging system in the world”. All systems built for the field, he adds, can withstand the most rugged environmental conditions. In Customs and Border Protection, including airports and seaports, the major threats to be dealt with relate to smuggling in trucks, cars and cargo shipments, and in these situations, the mobility of Vidisco’s portable systems is very useful. Mr Aluma further provides detailed descriptions of a number of Vidisco products, including its slider automatic platform that can take 4 images in less than a minute without the operator’s having to move a panel.
Further information on Vidisco’s portable X-ray systems is available at www.vidisco.com.
Border Security Awards 2013: Joe Valenzuela, Director of Border Security Solutions, EADS North America
EADS North America, recipient of GSN’s 2013 Platinum Award for “Best Wide Area Persistent Surveillance”, is one of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the world, as Joe Venezuela points out. Having been involved in border security and maritime security for over 20 years, the company has developed software and hardware solutions that run the gamut from turn-key solutions to individual sensors and custom-tailored solutions for clients in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Asia. EAD’s Spexer 1500 radar system, used in border security, has the ability to pick up and self-declare items of interest so that the operator only has to look at things that are out of the ordinary, and then cameras can be slewed from multiple towers to investigate, identify and classify what has been picked up. Mr. Venezuela indicates that EADS is currently competing for the Integrated Fixed Towers program, and he adds in conclusion that the EADS radar and border security solution is the only one in the world that can offer multiple applications, multiple integrations and multiple sensors from multiple OEMs.
Further information about EADS’ Spexer 1500-2000 radar or border security solutions is available at:
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. Lebaschi introduces the E-Seek Model M-500 desktop reader, a breakthrough product that the company has been working on for five years that can not only read the barcode on a drivers’ license, but can also authenticate the ID card itself. Lebaschi provides a detailed demonstration of how the M-500 scans each card in three different types of light, enabling it to read the hidden features, colors and patterns that are imbedded in the cards and deliver results in 3 seconds. He also discusses the Model M-500’s 3rd party software that has a library of 2500 different card templates that can be identified and verified by the Model-500.
Further information about E-Seek and its Model-500 motorized duplex scanner can be obtained at:
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. It’s a compact and highly automated system, says Ms Shaffner, with ease of use, high mission life, low false alarm rate, highly covert nature and an ability to adapt to different weather conditions while still being able to detect, classify and track people and vehicles -- and reject animals. Based on its many improvements over existing technologies, the company is now also targeting base protection, law enforcement and other related markets.
Border Security Awards 2013: John Procacci, Business Development Manager, Integrated Microwave Technologies
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. Procaccio for use in covert surveillance taken by aerial surveillance, robots, body-worn cameras or tiny products that can be concealed in clock radios, smoke detectors or other “hides”.
Further information on IMT’s mission critical transmitters and receivers used for border security, federal, state, local law enforcement or the military can be obtained at: www.imt-government.com
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. Based on this success, Telephonics and CBP created the Mobile Surveillance Capability system that includes “Threat Stalker” cameras that slew toward and track an object and can enable operators to observe objects 12 kilometers away at 3 in the morning. Mark Markiewicz of Telephonics concludes the interview with a demonstration of how an operator of the MSC communicates with field agents to track suspects and make the interdiction.
Further information on the Mobile Surveillance System and Mobile Surveillance Capability Systems can be obtained at:
Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S. President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He also points out that the 2014 Border Security Expo will take place in Phoenix on March 18 and 19, 2014.
Full information on the 2013 U.S./Canada Border Conference can be obtained at: www.beyond-border.com
Further information on the 2014 Border Security Expo can be obtained at: www.bordersecurityexpo.com
Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management. But it is in this business in a big way, with 50% of the U.S. federal government using the AtHoc System, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, both on an enterprise level, the U.S. Patent Office and TSA. She adds that by using AtHoc’s Alert Warning System 2.0, all 65,000 of Customs and Border Protection employees can receive emergency notifications immediately from emergency operations or headquarters, as can all 80,000 persons affiliated with the U.S. Coast Guard plus port employees. The AtHoc enterprise software is based in the cloud and offers a fully hosted solution utilizing text messaging, email and desktop notification, all put together in one solution. There is a huge demand for AtHoc technology in private sectors, but Beinhorn believes the company’s next move will be into digital 9-1-1, leveraging its technology and incorporating smart phones into its product suite.
Covia Labs received the award for “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications” in the 2012 Awards Program for its “Alert & Respond” software platform and application that provides voice/data interoperability across a variety of platforms ranging from smart phones to police and fire department radios, embedded devices and drones. The top two markets for the company, according to CEO David Kahn, are the military and public safety. The original company was funded by Motorola, but when it became quite clear to Kahn that there was a need to move beyond voice and data communications in public safety in order to manage large events, he and a partner bought the technology from Motorola and proceeded to take the interoperable platform and create the application that is now called Alert & Respond, which provides Blue Force tracking of where police and other resources are and also includes text messaging, sharing of images, GPS and other features. Kahn discusses potential encryption applications that have been recommended to the DoD as well as a successful deployment at a U.S. college where former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was speaking and Alert & Respond provided an interoperable platform that was used by Interpol, local police, the FBI, DHS and other agencies.