Norfolk, VA, March 21 - Defense and security company Saab showcased its Sea Giraffe 1X naval radar for the first time at the Maritime Security East Conference in Norfolk, Virginia (March 21-23). Sea Giraffe 1X offers simultaneous surface and air surveillance capabilities, a growing need in the U.S. maritime security sector.
Sea Giraffe 1X is a 3D, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The entire system weighs less than 650 pounds in total, making it suitable for smaller patrol ships. With no forced cooling requirements and a minimal number of line-replaceable units (LRUs), it requires little power or upkeep. All maintenance, including LRU repair, can be performed by low-level trained engineers.
"Sea Giraffe 1X is ideal for the small patrol vessels that are facing a growing role in U.S. national security," said Gene Bojarski, Business Development Manager of Naval Programs with Saab Defense and Security USA's Sensor Systems division. "Traditionally, smaller patrol ships have only used surface surveillance radar – but as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) become more prevalent, these ships must begin to add air surveillance capabilities as well."
To combat the growing UAV threat, Sea Giraffe 1X features Saab's Enhanced Low, Slow and Small (ELSS) surveillance function. This feature allows the radar system to detect and classify small, low-flying, slow-moving air targets – while concurrently conducting its full suite of other air and surface reconnaissance duties.
"Sea Giraffe 1X enhances situational awareness for maritime patrol, surface combat and counter-UAV operations," continued Bojarski. "Nothing else on the market offers this range of capabilities in one easy, lightweight package."
Maritime Security 2016 East is the fourth installment of the Maritime Security East program series, building upon the successes of last year’s conference in Jacksonville, FL. As the fourteenth maritime security conference hosted by Homeland Security Outlook since 2011, Maritime Security 2016 East furthers a commitment to address the needs of governments, law enforcement, and critical infrastructure to counter the challenges of securing coastlines, inland waterways, and their critical infrastructure.
Featured speakers at this year’s event included U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen P. Metruck, the commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District; Anh Duong, director of the Borders and Maritime Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security; Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, with the Office of Field Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer for Customs and Border Protection.
Saab Defense and Security USA LLC delivers advanced technologies and systems to the United States Armed Forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states. Saab Defense and Security USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saab Group.
Saab Group serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers' changing needs.
As the federal government now requires defense contractors to assess the security of their information technology systems, a New York company has come up with an innovative way to help those companies evaluate their systems and identify opportunities for improvements and enhancements.
Intelleges is a New York-based company that provides proprietary software to corporate leaders and government agencies that need to collect data and documentation for a variety of reasons. through a proprietary solution that allows its clients to develop customizable questionnaires and store the results and documents gathered in a FedRAMP certified cloud-based system.
Last fall, the Department of Defense’s Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) supplement issued new guidelines requiring contractors and their subcontractors to safeguard sensitive defense data that it stores or handles. As defense contractors began to evaluate how they were protecting that critical information, some began reaching out to Intelleges to help them. That led to the development of the company’s Stacked Information Technology Cybersecurity Assessment Maturity Model (SIT-CAMM).
John Betancourt, the company’s founder, said the company has been doing this work for its existing clients for more than 15 years, but now with the government’s new regulation regarding cybersecurity, it’s essential that all government contractors – as well as other organizations that handle sensitive personal data such as an individual’s credit cards or personal health records – get an assessment as quickly as possible.
As part of the Intelleges’ assessment system, the company created a matrix to determine a company’s strengths when it comes to IT security. The system, which is based on the Capability Maturity Model Integration scale, evaluates companies across 15 areas related to information technology. SIT-CAMM uses NIST and ISO 2700 standards in developing the questions for the assessment. Those questions are tailored specifically for each company. Among the items SIT-CAMM assesses includes: a company’s IT usage, its business process management, its regulatory compliance and its training program.
“Using our proprietary software, we can create and distribute a series of electronic questionnaires designed to determine software, hardware and network usage, compliance, mission alignment, satisfaction levels, usability, and cybersecurity compliance,” Betancourt said. “These questionnaires will provide insight into possible strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) that the IT department will need to address.”
Companies then receive a rating based on where their assessed areas stand. Companies that are just beginning to identify their needs may be assessed at a Level 1, while those who have fully optimized their departments may receive a Level 5 rating.
As part of its assessment, Intelleges will work with companies and identify ways to improve their scores in certain areas. That includes developing recommendations based on industry best practices. Those recommendations will help companies establish their own procedures, and then they can set realistic benchmarks to evaluate their performance against those standards.
Intelleges delivers the recommendations to the organization’s CIO in a report similar to an audit. The recommendations are prioritized to highlight the most critical findings that put the company in serious risk. In addition, Intelleges can bring in a partner company that provides intrusion detection consulting to give IT leaders and other decision makers greater peace of mind regarding their systems.
“These reports are specifically intended for managers responsible for the day-to-day decision making and long-term strategic planning,” Betancourt said. “It also designed to be used by corporate leaders as they seek to improve their knowledge and understanding of their internal IT departments.”
Betancourt offers more than 20 years of high-level professional IT and software development experience. He started by developing an interest rate forecasting tool for the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. He’s also worked as the chief software architect for the Federal Reserve’s New York office. He worked there until he started Intelleges 16 years ago.
It’s not just companies working with the federal government that need to consider requesting a SIT-CAMM for their organization. Betancourt said any company that handles sensitive data needs to find a way to safeguard themselves from potential attacks and the lawsuits and hefty civil fines that can come about because of them.
For more information on how Intelleges can help your company better understand its IT security needs, go to Intelleges.com.
Los Angeles - Airport perimeter breaches have become all too commonplace. According to a news investigation published in April of 2015, at the time, there had been 24 perimeter breaches at LAX since 2004. LAX has seen more perimeter breaches in the past three years than any other three year span in recent history. For example, a mentally ill man scaled the perimeter fence eight times between April 2012 and March 2013 and in two of those instances he was able to reach stairs that led to jets.
More recently, in December of 2015, vandals used bolt cutters to pass through the fence at Van Nuys airport and spray paint three private jets. A nearly identical breach occurred at Van Nuys in July 2013, after which LAAPOA immediately called for perimeter cameras and an alert system for Airport Police, as we did not have real-time access to the cameras along the fence line. To date, and multiple incidents later, our recommendations have gone unanswered by airport management. In fact, Airport Police still do not have dedicated cameras with a real-time feed of the perimeter fence or a perimeter intrusion detection system, and there has been no tangible changes instituted at LAX, Van Nuys or Ontario.
What is it going to take for airport management to address this vulnerability?!
Former Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon believes "[t]here is nothing that can't be penetrated." This defeatist position does not mean we should not take all reasonable steps possible to protect our airports, particularly when a camera and alert system for Airport Police is feasible and effective. Given the increase in airport and aircraft threat incidents, it is incumbent upon airports to take proactive steps to increase the safety of the traveling public.
"Airports continue to be high value terrorist targets," said Marshall McClain, President of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association. "Those wanting to do harm are actively looking for any way to exploit vulnerabilities within or at the perimeter of our airports. We can't just cross our fingers and hope for the best. These regular incursions are not acceptable and basic technology fixes will help better protect our airports."
The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA) represents the sworn police officers and firefighters of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department assigned to protect and serve Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
Pearl River, NY (March 17, 2016) – OnSSI, the market leader in open architecture and intelligent IP video surveillance software, has been awarded the 2015 Partner of the Year Award from Hanwha Techwin America, highlighting OnSSI’s outstanding ability to integrate with Hanwha’s product line. The award was presented during the Samsung Techwin STEP Partner Summit held in Puerto Rico from March 6-9, 2016.
“The recognition by Hanwha Techwin America as Partner of the Year is a testament to our commitment to powerful integrations between Ocularis 5 and Hanwha’s technologies,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI, “We look forward to further expanding our technology integration efforts with Hanwha Techwin America.”
“OnSSI is always one of the first of our partners to integrate with any of our newest products,” said Tom Cook, VP of Sales, North America, Hanwha Techwin America. “They provide exceptional service to support all of our efforts, both in the U.S. and in Korea.”
On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing comprehensive and intelligent IP video surveillance management software. OnSSI’s Ocularis IP security and surveillance VMS platform increases security, reduces operational costs, and helps organizations move closer to prevention. Ocularis delivers open architecture, flexibility, and scalability for a range of applications including education, gaming, government, healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, transportation, and utilities. OnSSI is headquartered in Pearl River, New York and has representation in over 100 countries. With its acquisition of Germany-based VMS company, SeeTec AG and the launch of Ocularis 5, OnSSI continues to drive global expansion and technological innovations.
About Hanwha Techwin America
Hanwha Techwin America, a division of Hanwha Techwin, is a leading supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions for IP-video, analog and hybrid systems. Building on the company’s history of innovation, Hanwha Techwin America is dedicated to providing solutions with the highest levels of performance, reliability and cost-efficiency for professional security applications, such as continuing development in advanced edge devices and video analytics.
Atlanta, GA – March 21, 2016. Superior Essex announces the launch of its EnduraLite™ Indoor/Outdoor Loose Tube optical fiber cable. Robust and flexible, the EnduraLite cable is uniquely designed to handle tough weather conditions in applications that require a transition of optical fiber between indoor and outdoor environments. EnduraLite improves on existing I/O fiber cable designs by offering increased environmental protection and dry water-blocking elements, as well as easier handling and installation. EnduraLite cables are available in plenum and riser-rated designs, and meet all ICEA 696 requirements.
The EnduraLite cable, available in plenum and riser-rated single and multi-unit designs, consists of one or several 3 mm subunits stranded around a central strength element. Each of these subunits incorporates the latest in dry water-blocking technology, which eliminates the need to clean off the traditional gel-based water-blocking compounds, and is surrounded by aramid yarns, allowing the subunit to be crimped directly onto an MTP® or MPO connector. The 3mm subunits are stranded around a central strength element that is both sturdy and flexible, and jacketed in either PVC for the riser design or PVDF for the plenum design. PVDF is naturally sunlight and moisture resistant, offering additional protection from sun exposure and water ingress. With its smooth surface and proportionately low coefficient of friction, PVDF jacketing is easier to handle and pull, reducing the time and labor required for installation. Plenum designs with PVDF jacketing are available in multiple! color options. Both the plenum and riser designs are UL Listed Sunlight Resistant.
“For customers needing small, but extremely durable, weather resistant cables for applications that run through both premises and OSP environments, these new cables fit the bill,” says Paul Neveux, Director of Global Product Management for Premises Fiber products at Superior Essex. “We built our new EnduraLite Indoor/Outdoor cables to be both easy to deploy and easy to connectorize while still meeting stringent ICEA 696 requirements.”
About Superior Essex
Superior Essex International LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Indoor and Outside Plant (OSP) copper and fiber data cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) coaxial cables and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures, fire alarm/security (FAS) cables, and low/medium voltage energy cable products and accessories.
Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch™ Mobile, has through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) been integrated in a new Chinese smartphone.
The integration will generate royalty revenue starting from the first quarter 2016. Royalty revenues are based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer and cannot be forecasted at this point.
”We are pleased that this leading vendor has chosen to integrate Precise BioMatch Mobile in a new smartphone under a new brand. Precise Biometrics fingerprint software is integrated in products from 30 smartphone vendors and has become the preferred choice to ensure a superior user experience and secure identity verification on mobile devices”, says Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics.
Precise BioMatch Mobile is the industry leading algorithm solution for convenient and secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The unique and patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Precise BioMatch Mobile offers fast, accurate, and secure verification of user’s identity, creating a convenient user experience when unlocking mobile devices or authenticating to services.
ABOUT PRECISE BIOMETRICS
Precise Biometrics is a market-leading provider of solutions that prove people's identities through smart cards and fingerprint recognition. The company´s products can be used for ID, enterprise and bank cards as well as access to mobile solutions, computers and networks. Precise Biometrics serves business and government organizations throughout the world and its products are licensed to close to 160 million users.
Runnemede, NJ, March 21 – Commitment, achievement and innovation are just a few of the attributes exhibited by winners of the Sielox 2015 Business Partners Award, announced today by Karen Evans, President and CEO, Sielox LLC. MCM Integrated Systems of Van Nuys, California was named National Business Partner of the Year, and nine others were awarded commendations in the gold and silver categories.
“We would first like to thank all of our business partners for representing our product line and OEM solutions,” said Ms. Evans. “It is also our pleasure to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the award winners, who are especially deserving of acknowledgement and our appreciation.”
Ms. Evans notes this is the twenty-first time that MCM Integrated Systems has been named National Business Partner of the Year, seventeen of which have been in consecutive order.
In acknowledging the Award, Rich McMillan, President of MCM Integrated Systems, says, “Over the years we’ve built a strong relationship with Sielox because they are receptive to business partner input and have an understanding of what the market needs. They’ve made it easy for us to offer Sielox solutions in our projects because their systems and technology can handle even our biggest customers.”
Winners of the Business Partner Gold are:
- 3D Security of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- CenturyTel Supply Group of Monroe, Louisiana
- Egan Automation of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Winners of the Business Partner Silver are:
- A1 Access Control of Tampa, Florida
- A Tech of Des Moines, Iowa
- Excel Global Security of New York, New York
- Integrated Systems & Services of Eatontown, New Jersey
- Interactive Control of Houston, Texas
- Select Security Systems of Phoenix, Arizona
Sielox offers advanced integrated solutions for professional security applications that include a wide range of access control and surveillance software, hardware and accessories. Products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. and meet or exceed any user requirement from entry level to enterprise-wide systems. Sielox delivers its access control products through a worldwide network of more than 200 certified Business Partners,
About Sielox LLC
Since 1979, Sielox has designed and marketed intuitive security management systems through select business partners to commercial, education, financial, government, utilities, retail and healthcare markets. From entry-level to enterprise-wide, Sielox scalable solutions include Pinnacle 9 Windows-based security management, 1700 controller with unmatched capabilities and serviceability, Sielox AnyWare browser-based access control and the award-winning Sielox Class Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System. Sielox provides “Made in North America” solutions that exceed today’s complex and demanding security environments.
Coppell, TX, March 21 – Advanced Technology Video (ATV) a leading provider of innovative video surveillance solutions, announces the release of its new IPVD3TI a 3MP vandal dome camera as an addition to the ATV IP Series product line.
The new 3 Mega-Pixel IPVD3TI vandal dome camera is equipped with a 2.8-12mm Vari-focal Auto-Iris Lens with a 1/2.8” Sony Exmor CMOS sensor with Xarina DSP and Starvis Technology. It provides high quality video with 3MP, 2048 x 1536 Resolution and delivers triple video streams simultaneously at 30ips using H.264 compression. The camera has 36 IR LEDs for a maximum viewing range of 105ft and 3DDNR which works to reduce noise and motion blur. Other key features of the IVD3TI include True Day/Night, Two-Way Audio, powerful video analytic functions and a new corridor / aisle view orientation function. In addition, the camera is IP66 rated and supports onboard storage with a Micro-SD card slot and powers through PoE & 12VDC.
“ATV is always excited to release new cameras and this is no exception. The new IPVD3TI is a fully featured vandal dome that our current and future customers will find at an exceptional value”, says Keith Shaver, ATV’s VP of Sales and Marketing.
As with all ATV IP cameras, ONVIF Profile S compliance is guaranteed and is complemented with ATV’s powerful ATVision IP® Remote Management Software featuring video monitoring, playback, recording, setup, PTZ control, system up-grade, MAP integration and multi-site system health monitoring.
About Advanced Technology Video: Advanced Technology Video has been a force in the security business since 1983. Since then, we’ve delivered products with unmatched reliability and value to the security industry. Today we’re stronger than ever, with a complete lineup of CCTV products that set industry standards for dependability and support. Our full line of cameras, recorders and other devices are loaded with features you won’t find anywhere else at the same price. And we back those products with the best customer service and technical support available anywhere. So take a good look at all we have to offer. It’s clear that whatever the
needs or the application, ATV offers just what you demand.
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSE MKT: RWC) today announced that Alberta Health Services (AHS) has extended the term of its contract for an additional four years. Under the contract RELM provides AHS with P25 800MHz portable and mobile radios and accessories.
The contract, which was initially announced in June 2015, established a base-term of one year that commenced on March 12, 2015, as well as four one-year options. The base term expires this month, and AHS has elected to exercise its option for all four available years. No minimum or maximum procurement is established under the contract, nor does the contract specify or guarantee purchase quantities or dates of equipment orders. In the twelve months since contract inception, AHS has purchased radios and related accessories from RELM totaling approximately $2.6 million, including a recent order on March 14, 2016 totaling approximately $568,000.
AHS provides health services throughout Alberta and is the largest provider of health care in Canada. The organization presently deploys a total of approximately 3,000 two-way radios in a range of applications such as hospitals, urgent care centers, psychiatric facilities and emergency vehicles.
RELM President and Chief Executive Officer David Storey commented, "One of our primary strategic objectives is to expand and grow internationally. The AHS contract was a key contributor toward achieving that objective last year. We are pleased and excited that AHS has extended the contract. Also, it should be emphasized that each year subsequent to the base-year was at AHS's option. That AHS extended the contract for all four available option years is a clear indication of their confidence in and satisfaction with our products, quality and customer service. We look forward to continuing our relationship with AHS and believe it's an excellent foundation from which to pursue additional business in Alberta and other regions of Canada."
About APCO Project 25 (P25)
APCO Project 25 (P25), which requires interoperability among compliant equipment regardless of the manufacturer, was established by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The shift toward interoperability gained momentum as a result of significant communications failures in critical emergency situations. RELM was one of the first manufacturers to develop P25-compliant technology.
About RELM Wireless Corporation
As an American Manufacturer for almost 70 years, RELM Wireless Corporation has produced high‑specification two‑way communications equipment of unsurpassed reliability and value for use by public safety professionals and government agencies, as well as radios for use in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. Advances include a broad new line of leading digital two‑way radios compliant with APCO Project 25 specifications. RELM's products are manufactured and distributed worldwide under BK Radio and RELM brand names.
London, March 17 - Leave.EU, made up of six British politicians across a range of parties, have written a personal appeal to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, calling on him to refrain from entering the UK's EU referendum debate when he next visits the UK.
The five MPs, Peter Bone (Conservative), Kate Hoey (Labour), Kelvin Hopkins (Labour), Tom Pursglove (Conservative) and Sammy Wilson (Democratic Unionist Party), together with MEP and UKIP leader Nigel Farage, are all active in campaigning with Grassroots Out and Leave.EU for the UK to withdraw from the European Union. Their letter joint said,
"With so much at stake, it is imperative that the question of exiting the European Union is not one answered by foreign politicians or outside interests, but rather by the British people who must ultimately live with change or the status quo.
"The British politicians declared that 'issues of national sovereignty must be decided exclusively by the people of the United Kingdom' and suggested 'even a passive diplomatic recommendation in the matter of our national decision will receive the opposite of the intended effect.'
"The referendum vote is an act of democracy in its most direct form, and the question of whether or not to leave the EU is a rare political topic that is not owned by any one political party. This is a chance for the British people to choose the path of their country. Interfering in our debate over national sovereignty would be an unfortunate milestone at the end of your term as President."
The open letter is being published in three journals that reach US politicians in Washington DC – Politico, Weekly Standard and Roll Call – with hard copies delivered to all Members of Congress in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as to the White House itself and Cabinet Offices located within the administrative Beltway.
Commenting about the letter, Kate Hoey, MP, said,
"We felt it is important the President of the United States is aware that feelings will run high in the UK if he chooses to make an intervention. We have chosen to respectfully request he recognises matters of sovereignty are best left to the citizens directly affected. We would certainly never think of visiting the United States and telling the US public how to vote in an election or the amendment of their constitution."
Peter Bone, MP, said,
"Whatever the President perceives the interests of the US to be it would be better for the relationship between our countries and his reputation with the British people if he kept his counsel to himself."
1. The full text of the letter reads:
Dear President Obama,
On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom will decide on whether or not to leave the European Union in an historic referendum.
It is a vote of profound consequence that will decide whether matters of economics, trade, and security are best handled in conjunction with the broad needs of twenty eight member states or the direct concerns of the people of the United Kingdom.
With so much at stake, it is imperative that the question of exiting the European Union is not one answered by foreign politicians or outside interests, but rather by the British people who must ultimately live with change or the status quo.
The benefits of a truly independent United Kingdom begin with the optimistic prospects of a country that can thrive without the obstacles of tariffs and trade restrictions imposed by distant and unaccountable bureaucrats; but also include the responsible and respectable handling of our country's border policy amidst the ongoing migrant crisis.
Faced with a vote of "Leave" or "Remain" the approaching referendum also puts the matter of national destiny in the hands of the citizenship: Are we better served tethered to the needs and restrictions of the European Union or would an amicable break from the EU permit a surge in industry and innovation that would further bolster the UK as an economic force?
In the coming months the British public will evaluate the merits of a "Leave" or "Remain" vote and issues of national sovereignty must be decided exclusively by the people of the United Kingdom.
While it is understandable that a sitting US president feels the obligation to speak in the interest of the United States, it must be advised that even a passive diplomatic recommendation in the matter of our national decision will receive the opposite of the intended effect.
The referendum vote is an act of democracy in its most direct form, and the question of whether or not to leave the EU is a rare political topic that is not owned by any one political party. This is a chance for the British people to choose the path of their country. Interfering in our debate over national sovereignty would be an unfortunate milestone at the end of your term as President.
As fellow elected representatives we would therefore respectfully ask that you refrain from further politicizing this debate by intervening in our approaching referendum and instead allow democracy to take its course.
- Peter Bone Member of Parliament
- Kate Hoey Member of Parliament
- Kelvin Hopkins Member of Parliament
- Tom Pursglove Member of Parliament
- Sammy Wilson Member of Parliament
- Nigel Farage Member of the European Parliament
2. The journals carrying the open letter are:
- CQ Roll Call
- Weekly Standard
- Washington Examiner
3. The letter is a joint initiative between Grassroots Out (GO) and Leave.EU – a pdf of the letter can be provided on request.