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Detective Bob Shilling describes the Seattle PD’s winning entry in the category of “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program” for its “Common Operating Program (COP)” that took five different CAD programs and put them into one system that could be used by the Seattle Police and Fire Departments, Public Utilities, City Lights and Seattle Department of Transportation. The project was financed by an $800,000 Urban Area Grant, but after looking at various large vendors’ solutions, the Seattle PD decided to build the program on its own. Detective Shilling gives credit for the program’s regional success to Seattle PD Lieutenant Greg Sackman, a reserve colonel in the U.S. Army, who worked with the “Command Post of the Future” when stationed in Afghanistan, and to Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh, who is in charge of homeland security for Seattle PD. The detective also thanks vendor company 4QTRS, LLC , [www.4qtrs.net] of Union Gap, WA, which he says was a great partner in the project.
GSN 2012 Award Winners/Finalists/Sponsors: David Luber, Deputy Divison Director, Persistent Surveillance, Logos Technologies, Inc
In the GSN awards category of “Most Notable Federal Government Security Program, Project or Initiative”, the 2012 plaque went to the Naval Air Systems Command for its successful deployment of Logos Technologies’ Kestrel wide area persistent surveillance system in Afghanistan and on the Southern border of the U.S. GSN spoke with David Luber, Deputy Division Director of Persistent Surveillance for Logos, who explained that the 360-degree city-size of the Kestrel surveillance was ideal for use at U.S. bases in Afghanistan, which are often surrounded on all sides by enemies, and also proved very useful to CBP in Nogales, AZ after 16 aerostats were delivered for a test and the Kestrel technological facilitated the tracking and arrest of 39 drug smugglers on the first day, and 100 criminals by the end of the week.
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. Moore says it’s been a banner year for sales and the company is looking for more of the same in 2013. He closes the interview with a demonstration of the Garrett’s new, state of the art, all-terrain CSI probe for crime scene investigations.
ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago. Other important applications include emergency response and law enforcement, which also rely on analytics, data mining, understanding relationships in data and sharing information between agencies. ESRI calls its vision ArcGIS and is moving its technology into the Cloud, which it believes is the future of workflows in national security.
John Bartolac relates that Axis invented the first IP Video camera in 1996 and is now the world’s largest provider of IP Video products, releasing about 30 products per year. In the government world, there is a higher threat level, requiring a very high frame rate with IP Video cameras, which led Axis to produce its Q 60 model that offers up to 1.5 kilometers of viewing. The H.264 compression method used by Axis also enables government clients to use the least bandwidth in passing video to the data centers, and its installation of additional security devices such as PKI encryption and certificates meets government standards in mitigating the ever-present cyber threats. Axis is also developing products which qualify for the DIACP certificate (Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process).
Ameristar Security Products produces perimeter protection fencing systems, along with a line of vehicular barriers that includes bollards, wedges and crash beams, according to Adam Hall. The recent acquisition of the ATG Access company has enabled Ameristar to further expand its security product offerings with additional bollards, wedges and crash-rated vehicular barriers. The company’s highest security government product line is its Impasse II fully-integratable steel palisades fence system. With its greater focus on vehicular access control, Hall indicates that Ameristar now offers eight different crash ratings and can stop any vehicle from a family sedan to a 15,000 truck traveling at 50 miles per hour.
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. The security management process is enhanced when best practices have been put into the Situator software. And with security reconstruction, you can see what happened in real-time and upgrade the software accordingly.
Categories: Military/Force Protection, Border Security, Infrastructure Protection, Access Control, CBRNE/Detection, Perimeter Protection, Education/Training, Security Services
John Terlizzi explains that American K-9 Interdiction offers turnkey solutions for training dogs and handlers or training dogs separately. The company’s clients include the military, law enforcement and personal protection, and the top three typical uses for trained canines are for protection, patrol or detection. Of these, detection is the most common, particularly in assignments from the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, in which American K-9 dogs cleared roadways and field and detected IEDs. The company has developed an off-leash capability for IED detection, in which the dogs lay down when an IED is found, enabling the engineers to come in and remove the hazard. Terlizzi believes that this off-leash capability is also ideal for border security assignments to detect narcotics or stashed currency.
Sony has recently announced a hybrid line of cameras, according to Mark Collett, which allows customers to use or replace their analog cameras with a hybrid camera that simultaneously streams HD video along with traditional analog, enabling customers to integrate HP quality video into existing infrastructure without changing the control room or any of existing procedures. He also describes the company’s new line of IPELA engine products that offer a common integration platform. Collett concludes by announcing the imminent release of a Cloud-based storage systems in which customers can make use of live or stored video as much or as often as they want, with no bandwidth restrictions and a low monthly fee.
Dr. James Gunderson, Chief Technical Officer of Vigilant Robots, the sales arm of GammaTwo Robots, describes the company’s new product, a robotic Mobile Camera Platform that received one of the “Best in Show” Accolabe Awards at the 2012 ASIS conference. He says the robot was designed to patrol empty customs warehouses, event centers, transportation hubs and other facilities at night when it is hard to get qualified, bonded and reliable security employees at $8 – $12 per hour. He points out that robots do not get bored, they cannot be bribe or extorted, don’t call in sick and are a very good solution to the problem in the security field of how to find qualified employees for night shifts.