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Sensofusion Ramping Up Manufacturing of AIRFENCE 5.0 in 2018

NEW YORK, March 1, 2018 -- The global anti-drone market is growing at a breakneck pace. What is currently around a $400 million market in the U.S. alone, is anticipated to reach nearly $2 billion just over five years from now.

Pioneering drone defense company Sensofusion, manufacturer of AIRFENCE — a UAS countermeasure technology used by militaries, police, airports, as well as a variety of companies within the private sector — is witnessing the boom of this new industry first-hand. With a recent influx of production orders, they are now taking the necessary steps to prepare for a surging year with high expectations.

"Based on our current customers, we have strong reason to believe Sensofusion has the largest network of active counter-UAS sites across the globe," said Sensofusion Vice President Kaveh Mahdavi. "This is particularly interesting because not only does it demonstrate healthy growth, but we're learning a lot in the process. At its' core, AIRFENCE is always improving, but how we improve the customer experience depends a lot on direct feedback from the customer using the technology in their day to day. With a rapidly growing user base in a variety of industries, including military, private security, and protecting government assets such as utility centers, we've been able to focus on the right adjustments that yield the biggest improvements for our end customers."

Sensofusion is uniquely positioned in the marketplace: It is an international company with headquarters in Finlandand an office in the U.S., positioning it to reach the European, Middle Eastern, and U.S. markets. It is a pioneer in counter-UAS technology, creating one of the most innovative RF detection systems used in defending against rogue UASs. And, despite their competitors, it is a fully self-funded drone defense company, owned and operated by its founding partners.

"In order to meet the demand from the influx of orders, which came in at the beginning of 2018 for our latest version, AIRFENCE 5.0, we've had to double the size of our manufacturing capacity," added Mahdavi. "Overall, we have high expectations, and after a record high in revenue for 2017, we are forecasting 5x growth in revenue for 2018 as the industry matures. We've already hit our Q1 target, and there's still time in the quarter to bring in a few extra deals."

In November, the company unveiled its newest defense technology with AIRFENCE 5.0, a platform with:

 

  • New directional finding: With AIRFENCE 5.0, Sensofusion has developed the next evolution in detection and tracking
  • Improved back-end detection pipeline allows for faster, more accurate detections
  • Customer antennas enabling for longer-distance jamming capabilities, while minimizing RF fingerprint (which is of particular interest to their military customers)
  • IP67 ruggedization
  • Compact out-of-the box setup and installation
  • Updated User Interface

In addition, AIRFENCE technology is currently in place to patrol various urban environments, specifically by law enforcement in protecting crowded public events and government VIPs, including presidents and prime ministers of foreign governments. AIRFENCE is also being used at active sites including; international airports, military bases, high profile government buildings and recently, utility sites including oil and gas. Additionally, AIRFENCE secures prisons from individuals who want to smuggle contraband and is being deployed for various military applications in battlefield environments overseas.

About Sensofusion
Sensofusion is the creator of AIRFENCE, a countermeasure technology designed to automatically detect, locate, track, and take over unmanned aircraft system (UAS) controls, all automatically, as well as locate operators. With U.S. headquarters in New York City and international headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, Sensofusion currently partners with the European Union, U.S. Marine Corps., NATO, the FAA, and the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems, and works with private companies and governments around the world to make environments safer.

For more information, visit Sensofusion.com, email [email protected] or call +1 (570) 239-4912 in the U.S. and +359 9 8561 9420 in Europe.

Media Contact
Bob Spoerl
773.453.2444
[email protected]  

SOURCE Sensofusion

DroneShield Welcomes the Turnbull / Pyne Defence Export Strategy

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Australian Minister for Defence Industry, announced the new Defence Export Strategy (the Strategy) of the Turnbull Government.

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The Australian developer and manufacturer of cutting-edge high technology counter-drone products DroneShield Ltd (DroneShield or the Company) has now had an opportunity to review and consider the extensive Strategy in detail.

DroneShield's Statement on The Defence Export Strategy

As an active participant in the Australian Defence export industry, DroneShield welcomes the Strategy. DroneShield's analysis is that the Strategy is not an aspirational theoretical policy, but rather is a carefully thought-through and practical roadmap to attaining ambitious but perfectly achievable goals that will benefit Australia.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield's Chief Executive Officer, said "We are heartened by the considered and focused approach of the Turnbull Government and Minister Pyne to maximising the economic and social benefits of Australia'sgrowing Defence export industry, for Australia. The Defence export industry contributes $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion a year to Australia's economy today but it lags compared to its counterparts in other major economies. The Government has recognised that, with some help from the Government, this status quo can be disrupted. The Australian economy and standing in the world will benefit substantially from this disruption. We believe that the Government has come up with a set of measures that will quickly produce tangible results."

The Strategy focuses on several key objectives:

  • job creation in, and economic prosperity for, Australia;
  • growing Australia's Defence industry domestic capability in order for Australia to become a top ten global Defence exporter;
  • achieving broader international engagement by Australia;
  • maintaining the Australian Defence Force edge; and
  • enabling greater innovation and productivity.

"Whole of Government" Approach

Since late 2017, DroneShield has been a member of Team Defence Australia, a join initiative with Austrade and the Department of Defence. Participation in Team Defence Australia, which lends the weight and credibility of Australian governmental assistance to a small company like DroneShield, has been invaluable for the Company. This new Government Strategy takes this collaborative approach much further, as it employs a "whole of government" approach whereby the government has established the Australian Defence Export Office and the office of the Australian Defence Export Advocate. This is an efficient approach, which will focus the governmental assistance available to Australian defence exporters on areas that will likely make a substantial difference:

  • providing local Defence industry experts who are able to provide exporters with advice and support in foreign markets;
  • interfacing industry with Australian Defence Attaches;
  • sharing Defence industry intelligence with a broad range of industry stakeholders; and
  • supporting exporters with trade missions.

Funding Assistance to Industry

To date, DroneShield has been able to develop and commence the sales of its high-tech products with the most minimal financial assistance from the government. But governmental procurement processes around the world are long, and there exists a time gap between development and broad adoption of cutting-edge technologies by governmental end-users. The Strategy's focus on the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) recognizes the reality of Australian and global Defence procurement, and the critical importance of governmental grants in developing "bleeding-edge" Defence technologies and bridging this gap.

DroneShield, like most Australian Defence exporters, is generally necessarily smaller than its foreign competitors. The integration of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) into the Strategy will enable Australian Defence exporters to accommodate large orders for which they would not have otherwise had working capital. Further, the ability of EFIC to provide Defence export finance will provide comfort to foreign governmental customers that Australian Defence exporters, albeit smaller than their foreign competitors, can deliver.

Focus on Levelling the Global Playing Field for Australian SMEs

In addition to the use of EFIC, the Strategy specifically singles out Australian small and medium sized enterprises for support, in order to help them compete internationally.

Importantly, the Strategy expressly focuses on helping Australian small and medium sized enterprises access the supply chains of the global primes (the largest global Defence companies). The primes hold a substantial amount of negotiating and purchasing power in dealings with Australian SMEs. However, the primes are also dependent on the Australian Government, a major customer for many of them, for orders. The Government's willingness to throw its weight behind smaller Aussie companies is a testament to its understanding of the market, and its willingness to use its reputational capital to help small Australian businesses who would otherwise have been disadvantaged due to their size.

The Strategy is Already Making a Difference

Peter James, DroneShield's Chairman, commented, "The Strategy commits public resources and efforts to an area where they are likely to be most effective. These resources will provide the public with a multiplier effect in employment, domestic manufacturing, cash in-flows for the economy, innovation, and our domestic ability to defend Australia without relying on others. The Strategy does not appear to have received appropriate levels of media attention. However, it is a major economic, productivity and Defence step for Australia. We have spent the recent weeks considering the Strategy and its effect and are convinced that the Government got it right.

With the initial orders for DroneShield's cutting-edge anti-drone products DroneGun, DroneSentinel and DroneSentry now coming in, DroneShield is in the process of determining the most effective location for larger-scale manufacture for its products. We have a wide range of options on the table, including the United States and Asia, some seemingly more cost-effective than the option of manufacturing our products in Australia would provide. The Strategy gives us the comfort that if we were to bring the manufacture of our products and the associated employment to Australia, we will be making the right decision."

About DroneShield Limited

DroneShield is a worldwide leader in drone security technology. The Company has developed the pre-eminent drone security solution that protects people, organizations and critical infrastructure from intrusion from drones. Its leadership brings world-class expertise in engineering and physics, combined with deep experience in defence, intelligence, and aerospace. 

SOURCE DroneShield Limited

Crystal Group showcases critical mission technology for counter-networking support at SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition

HIAWATHA, Iowa, Feb. 22, 2018 -- Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer and electronic hardware, will showcase how its comprehensive suite of field proven rugged products can leverage emerging technologies to unify interagency operations at the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Symposium & Exhibition 2018, February 28March 2 in Arlington, Virginia.

 

Mission critical success of Special Operations Forces count on technology that is rugged, flexible, easy to set up and cyber protected. Crystal Group rugged products are designed to provide robust and reliable technology to keep warfighters, security agencies and allied coalitions connected and informed in the face of extreme elements, such as temperature extremes, high shock and vibration, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and humidity.

At SO/LIC Booth #313 Crystal Group's subject matter experts will demonstrate the company's portfolio of rugged solutions, including:

Crystal Group's new RS1.533S18G Rugged 1.5U Server is rack-mounted, 18 inches deep and weighs 25-30 lbs. The all-aluminum chassis with internal cross-braces and stabilized components withstand intense shock and vibration. An immediate drop-in replacement for currently fielded systems, the RS1.533S18G features dual Intel processors, up to 512GB of DDR4 memory, up to nine removable SSDs, and USB 3.0, audio, and Gigabit LAN interfaces.

Recently released Crystal Group FORCE™ (Fully Optimized Rugged Computer Equipment) 1U, 2U, and 3U Rugged Servers are high-bandwidth, low-latency, high-performance computing (HPC) systems optimized for size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C). Crystal Group FORCE Rugged Servers with Intel Xeon® Scalable processors and state-of-the-art liquid cooling (2U dissipates 280W of CPU power), offer superior compute and greater reliability in harsh elements, such as shock and vibration, temperature extremes, and humidity.

The RS114PS18 Rugged Carbon Fiber Server delivers high-end computing performance in a 1U carbon fiber chassis that offers leading edge Intel® Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, or Haswell options. The unit measures 17.5" wide, 1.75" in height and 18" in depth, weighing 12-14 lbs. The RS114PS18 offers up to 512 GB memory, up to six removeable 2.5" drive bays and is expandable with one slot.

The RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer features a compact carbon fiber composition construction for low SWaP and powerful Dual or Quad Core i7 CPU options or 6 cores Xeon– D. The RE1312 Rugged Embedded Computer operates over a wide temperature range from -40°C to 60°C and with 18V to 36V DC input. A tough carbon fiber composite frame serves simultaneously as the entire system's structural backbone and EMI shield.

Crystal Group RCS7450-24 Rugged Switch combines enterprise-class functionality and MIL-SPEC environmental performance to provide reliable, high-throughput connectivity and data handling in deployed environments. Crystal Group scalable, rugged network switches bring Ruckus® ICX® enterprise-level, stackable switch technology to the tactical edge in rugged, lightweight, and compact enclosures – a choice of transit case or 19-inch rack with strain-hardened, aircraft-grade aluminum – designed to keep critical electronics connected.

Visit Crystal Group in Booth #313 at SO/LIC to learn how the company's rugged servers, switches, and embedded computers can meet specific program requirements.

SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition is sponsored by National Defense Industrial Association and takes place February 28March 2 in Arlington, Virginia.

About Crystal Group Inc.
Crystal Group Inc., a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializes in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. An employee-owned small business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides the defense, government and industrial markets with in-house customization, engineering, integration, configuration management, product lifecycle planning, warranty, and support services.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards (MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901); are backed by warranty (5+ year) with in-house support; and are manufactured in the company's Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, facility certified to AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards. crystalrugged.com

© 2018 Crystal Group Inc. All rights reserved. All marks are property of their respective owners. Design and specifications are subject to change.

 

SOURCE Crystal Group Inc.

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RISE 4290HD Wins Government Security News (GSN) Homeland Security Award

CohuHD Costar's Day/Night Camera System Recognized for Excellence in Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Applications
 
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) -- CohuHD Costar, a pioneer in advanced video camera systems for over 70 years, has been selected as the gold winner of the 2017 Government Security News Homeland Security Award in the category of Best Thermal, Night Vision, Infrared Camera. This is the second Government Security News Award of 2017 for the RISE 4290HD camera system, also winning Best Long Range/High Res Camera in the Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program earlier in the year.

Now in its 9th year, the GSN Homeland Security Awards program hosted by Government Security News (GSN) recognizes excellence and leadership in the Cyber Security and Homeland Security sectors. Winners were selected based on a combination of technological innovation, ability to address a recognized government IT security need, and flexibility to meet both current and future needs.

"We are very proud to have won awards in two categories in this year's prestigious GSN Awards Programs," said Doug Means, SVP and General Manager. "In just a few months since its introduction, the RISE 4290HD day/night camera system has captured a tremendous amount of attention in the outdoor surveillance market. We see the RISE 4290HD as the ideal product for many homeland security, border surveillance and critical infrastructure monitoring applications."

The dual-head design of the RISE 4290HD features a visible spectrum camera providing full 1080p imaging with 30x optical zoom, delivering full frame rate HD images over the entire zoom range and is a very cost-effective, long-range surveillance solution.

Additionally, a second camera head contains a thermal night vision camera which offers a choice of uncooled VOx 640x480 LWIR FPA detector with continuous zoom or fixed focal length hard carbon coated lenses. The RISE 4290HD thermal imaging delivers high-quality video, even in extreme conditions such as total darkness, smoke, atmospheric haze or dust, rain, light foliage, and most types of fog.

All CohuHD Costar camera systems are designed to operate in harsh weather with purged and pressurized IP67 enclosure protection to eliminate the effects of water intrusion, pollutants and corrosives. The ultra-rugged design of all CohuHD RISE products allows the company to offer a lifetime warranty against water ingress.

About CohuHD Costar 
CohuHD Costar, a division of Costar Video, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of video surveillance camera systems for use in mission-critical, sensitive environments. For more information on CohuHD Costar's products, please visit CohuHD.com.

For product inquiries please contact - CohuHD Costar (858) 391-1800, [email protected]

Fortem Technologies, Inc., Announces DroneHunter: First Fully Autonomous Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 15, 2018 -- Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely discard to a predefined safe zone.

"Drones are accessible to everyone now and are beginning to proliferate to enable many new services," said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. "However, to fully embrace these  benefits, we must monitor the airspace and secure no-fly zones. Fortem's safe, low-cost detection and mitigation systems like DroneHunter are game-changing, enabling the benefits of a drone world to be realized."

Equipped with Fortem TrueView radar, DroneHunter includes an autonomous guidance system and an open command and control platform to detect, identify and tow away hostile drones within a secured geo-fenced perimeter. DroneHunter notifies authorized personnel of potential aerial threats in real time. The command center ground station provides monitoring and manual intervention override options to meet situational requirements.

The Fortem DroneHunter Platform
DroneHunter is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that operates autonomously and provides an onboard autopilot and navigation system, and optional 4K camera for real-time video. DroneHunter operates on multiple UAV platforms. The most popular models are light (under 16 lbs.), compact and easy to transport.

The Fortem Netgun effectively captures its target and can be configured for single or multiple shots. For higher speed targets, the Fortem Drape Net autonomously blocks fast-moving drones before they reach restricted areas or no fly zones.

Fortem TrueView Radar
Fortem TrueView Radar is at the heart of DroneHunter, and provides advanced detection, classification and monitoring, day and night and in all ground and weather conditions including smoke, clouds, fog and smog.

The DroneHunter system is available today for defense and federal government customers.

About Fortem Technologies
Fortem Technologies is an innovator in AI-enabled airspace security and safety. Fortem delivers military-tested, commercially available solutions that alert, identify and classify drones and other unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) in real time. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, the company is privately held and backed by Signia Venture Partners and Data Collective. More at www.fortemtech.com

Media Contact:
Jen Colton
[email protected]
415-420-5516

 

SOURCE Fortem Technologies, Inc.

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Matrox Unveils Monarch LCS Radar Centralized Monitoring Application at ISE 2018

Powerful, easy-to-use web application allows IT administrators to centrally monitor multiple, campus-wide-deployed Monarch LCS lecture capture appliances from one intuitive dashboard

MONTREAL, Quebec — 6 February 2018 — Matrox® Video today announced Matrox Monarch LCS Radar, a centralized monitoring application that provides a streamlined overview of multiple Monarch LCS lecture capture appliances. The easy-to-use web application allows IT administrators to monitor the status, health, and activity of all encoders from a single dashboard. Overseeing the critical functions of every single encoder simplifies the maintenance and upkeep of the Monarch LCS devices, ensuring smooth day-to-day operations, whether for installations of one or more departments or deployments spread across multiple campuses.

The new Monarch LCS Radar application will be making its debut at Integrated Systems Europe 2018, at Matrox stand #11-D120.

Accessible via any web-browser-enabled device on the same network environment, Monarch LCS Radar features a color-coded dashboard for simple, at-a-glance monitoring. Administrators can easily identify anomalies, while also allowing the user to access the current status of video and audio inputs, schedules, events, and production modes for individual Monarch LCS appliances. An integrated pane provides a confidence preview of audio and video inputs before or during encoding. Administrators can also automate email notifications should a problem occur. In larger installations where many appliances are deployed across the network—such as dentistry, business, and medicine departments—administrators can categorize units into distinct groups for streamlined management of one or more groupings. To access a particular Monarch LCS unit, administrators can always launch the Monarch Command Center web user interface (UI) to adjust settings, initiate ad-hoc recordings, and much more.

“We’ve been working closely with a number of universities to address all the most important features and requirements when it comes to monitoring multi-unit, campus-wide installations,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager, Matrox Video. “Administrators are now equipped with a single, comprehensive platform to monitor and maintain all units for smooth, simple, streamlined operations across the entire network.”

The Matrox Monarch LCS Radar centralized monitoring application will be available to registered customers as a free download from the Matrox site. Visit stand #11-D120 at ISE 2018 to see the application in action alongside the Monarch LCS lecture capture appliance.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD, and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers, and A/V professionals worldwide. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Media Contacts:
Matrox Media Relations
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Email: [email protected]

Deloitte and DataStax Announce Alliance to Help Organizations Create Value from Data Through Graph Technology

NEW YORK and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 29, 2017Deloitte Consulting LLP today announced an alliance with DataStax, the leader in data management for cloud applications, to help organizations analyze and visualize their vast amounts of operational data.

 

The first go-to-market solution from the Deloitte alliance with DataStax is MissionGraph, an interactive, cloud-based tool that illuminates connections across large, disparate data sets to enable clients to uncover valuable real-time, actionable insights.

 

MissionGraph enables organizations to fuse innovative data, analytics and technologies to improve fraud detection, risk analysis, link analysis and business operations. MissionGraph has already been deployed for use by the federal government and is under implementation in a state government. It is now available for commercial application.

 

Deloitte developed MissionGraph on DataStax Enterprise (DSE) and DSE Graph. DSE Graph handles large, complex, relationship-heavy data sets at enterprise scale.

 

"Most of the problems facing our clients today involve a complex web of people, places and events," said Mark White, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP. "MissionGraph helps discover the contextual relationships among these entities, and it enables users to explore and understand these relationships through an intuitive interface to evaluate their data and take action based on the results."

 

"DSE Graph is the first graph database powerful enough to scale to massive datasets, while offering advanced integrated tools capable of deep analytical queries," said Steve Rowland, president at DataStax. "We are thrilled to work with Deloitte to help organizations better understand and interpret their mission-critical data through our graph technology."

 

Deloitte and DataStax will showcase the power of Graph data analytics live Nov. 30 at the CEB Waterview Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia. The "Graph4Gov" summit will demonstrate recent advances in graph technology and the applications of the technology. The speakers and moderators include:

 

-       Matthias Broecheler, inventor of the Titan graph database and founder of Aurelius, now chief technologist with DataStax

-       Tom Mills, chief systems engineer, Office of Information and Technology (OIT), Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

-       Arun Majumdar, chief technology officer, Kyndi

-       David Waugh, SVP of market development, DataStax

-       Mark White, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and innovation office chief technologist

-       Frank Strickland, managing director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and federal S&O mission analytics leader

 

For more information, visit the event page.

 

To learn more about the Deloitte and DataStax alliance, please visit: https://www.datastax.com/partners/deloitte-and-datastax

 

About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to make an impact that matters — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities  to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. 

 

About DataStax

It starts with a human desire, and when a universe of technology, devices and data aligns, it ends in a moment of fulfillment and insight. Billions of these moments occur each second around the globe. They are moments that can define an era, launch an innovation, and forever alter for the better how we relate to our environment. DataStax is the power behind the moment. Built on the unique architecture of Apache Cassandra™, DataStax Enterprise is the always-on data platform and has been battle-tested for the world's most innovative, global applications.

 

With more than 400 customers in over 50 countries, DataStax provides data management to the world's most innovative companies, such as Netflix, Safeway, ING, Adobe, Intuit and eBay. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., DataStax is backed by industry-leading investors including Comcast Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Meritech Capital, Premji Invest and Scale Venture Partners. For more information, visit DataStax.com/customers or follow us on @DataStax.

 

REVOLUTIONARY UK SECURITY PRODUCT SET TO MAKE STREETS SAFER FOLLOWING TERRORIST ATTACKS

A British-designed road block system, which can withstand the force of a 5,500lbs vehicle travelling at 30mph, is headed to the United States in response to last week’s New York City terrorist attack in Manhattan.

Surface Guard has been developed by ATG Access, the world’s leading innovator of bollard and vehicle barrier systems. Surface Guard is the first system of its kind designed to protect pedestrians from targeted vehicle attacks, and meets the latest international standards along with a full suite of independent testing.

With the holiday season approaching and more events likely taking place, hundreds of Surface Guard units will be dispatched to the US by the end of November to deter possible attackers from targeting crowded locations.

Unlike many traditional barriers, no heavy machinery is required to install the Surface Guard system.  Four men can close off a roadway in under an hour.  Designed to allow pedestrians and cyclists to flow freely through the system, Surface Guard has also been developed to allow emergency vehicles to pass through access points if necessary.

Surface Guard has already successfully protected cycle lanes and roads at Europe’s largest fireworks display in Stockton-On-Tees on Bonfire night 2017, and received positive reviews from security forces and the general public in the UK, after multiple deployments in crowded places.

Later this month, the Surface Guard system will be demonstrated at the US’s largest annual security convention ISC East, in New York City.  ATG’s American partner, Ameristar Security Products, will be exhibiting and showcasing the product.

Gary Hart, Ameristar Perimeter Security Director of Vehicle Barriers, notes: “We’ve seen first-hand the devastating trail of destruction and loss these attacks leave behind, but they keep happening time and time again. In the wake of the Manhattan attack, there have been calls to install old style physical protections around pedestrian areas and crowded places, but installing these types of permanent bollards and barriers will take several weeks or months to deploy.

“There is no need for municipalities to wait and leave popular, crowded areas unprotected. We can’t wait for another attack to happen. We have to put a stop to them now, and ATG Access ‘Surface Guard can do just that.”

For more information, please visit: www.atgaccess.com or watch the video of Surface Guard’s deployment here https://vimeo.com/223255295

NEC Announces Expanded Footprint in Washington, D.C. Opening of Government Relations Office Adds Focus and Support to Global Technology Leader's Safety and Security Customers

Tokyo, Japan & Irving, Texas – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and NEC Corporation of America (NECAM), an industry leading provider of biometrics and communications technology and integrator of IT solutions, today announced the expansion of its offices in Washington, D.C., to include a new government relations function.    

The office will be responsible for understanding U.S. government requirements for areas such as effective border management and counterterrorism as part of assuring NEC innovation and R&D are aligned to the needs of the United States. The office will also seek to improve NEC's brand awareness throughout the D.C. area.

The new government relations office will be led by Shinsuke (Shin) Takahashi, current Chairman and former President and CEO of NECAM.  In this role, Mr. Takahashi will further strengthen NEC's relationships with government agencies by aligning NEC's strategic initiatives with the goals of the U.S. government. Specific areas of collaboration will focus on security policy, international trade and other matters that affect national safety and security.

NECAM first opened its sales office in Washington, D.C., in May 2016 with a focus on providing biometric security solutions to the U.S. government.  In a short time, NEC has expanded its federal government business, where NEC was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Biometric Exit pilot program using NEC's NeoFace® Express face recognition rapid matching technology.

"In my previous role as President and CEO of NECAM over the past five years, it was exciting to be part of our growth in the U.S. government," said Mr. Takahashi. "My aim as Head of Government Relations is not only to advance our business, but to collaborate and build relationships in Washington so that we can contribute to a safer, more secure society."

In addition to the office's focus on U.S. government issues, Mr. Takahashi will also be responsible for developing relationships with international organizations like World Bank, IDB, and the United Nations. NEC's expansion in Washington D.C. will become effective in early December.  

New Cybersecurity Regulations Adopted to Protect Financial Systems & Information

In 2016 almost 1.1 billion identities were stolen globally.  This number is up dramatically from a reported 563.8 million identities stolen in 2015.   In addition, the same Symantec Internet Security Threat Report placed the United States at the top of the list for both the number of breaches by country (1,023) and the number of identities stolen by country.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security and other government entities around the globe have been monitoring this increased cybercriminal threat and determining means to help protect the private information of individuals as well as the information technology systems of regulated organizations.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security released new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500), directly affecting the way that financial data is managed going forward. Applicable to financial services companies operating in New York State, these regulations declare that, on an annual basis, financial firms are required to prepare and submit a Certification of Compliance with the NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations to the superintendent, commencing on February 15, 2018.

The scope of this legislation describes measures related to: cybersecurity programs and policy, personnel, resources and training, penetration testing and assessments, audit trails, access privileges, application security, third parties, NPI (Non Public Information) encryption, data retention, incident response and notification.

Among other requirements, this regulation dictates that companies declare any cyberattack to the superintendent within 72 hours. In the past, many companies chose to not disclose information related to these hacking exposures because much of their cost stems from damage to brand reputation and the necessary steps required to rebuild the trust of their clients post-attack.

Similar to the NY DFS proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FSD), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the FDIC issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on enhanced cyber risk management and resilience standards for large banking organizations.  Additionally, the states of Vermont and Colorado have released laws pertaining to cybersecurity and the improved protection and monitoring of data. 

Two technologies specifically called out in the new NYS DFS Cybersecurity requirements, Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Risk Based Authentication (RBA), are key methods of complying with regulation and defending against attacks. 

Multi-factor authentication is defined as using at least two factors to authenticate a person, generally a combination of:

  • “Something I Have” — this could be a hardware token, a mobile soft token, etc.
  • “Something I Know” — like a PIN code, a password, and
  • “Something I Am” — such as a fingerprint or face recognition.

With MFA, the two factors are fully independent from each other (i.e. the failure of one factor would not compromise the other one).

Risk based authentication is the capacity to detect anomalies or changes in the normal use patterns of a person as part of the authentication process, require additional verification if an anomaly is detected to avoid any breach.

It is more efficient to avoid hacking and cyber-attacks in the first place by focusing attention on the security of the applications being accessed, both externally and internally.  To learn more about these regulations and how similar standards will impact you, visit www.hidglobal.com/iam.

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