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AMAG Technology Welcomes Matica Technologies to the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program

Compact, powerful printer delivers crisp, secure access cards to Symmetry users

August 14, 2017, Torrance, CA – AMAG Technology, a security solution provider specializing in access control, video management, policy-based identity solutions and visitor management, is proud to announce that Matica Technologies is a new member of the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program.  Matica’s EDIsecure XID8300 Retransfer ID Card Printer integrates with AMAG’s latest Symmetry™ Access Control software to provide Symmetry users with an affordable, high quality printer to print access cards.  AMAG Technology and Matica Technologies cooperatively tested and approved this integration.

“We are proud about this new partnership with AMAG Technology,” said Ricard Ferrer, Head of Global Marketing for Matica Technologies Group. “Built from our industry proven and extremely reliable XID retransfer engine, the XID8300 offers a solution to the most challenging card projects. The certification and integration with Symmetry, the leading access control and video management platform, is a recognition which expands opportunities for both parties.”

“The integration between Symmetry and Matica card printers provides a high quality, versatile solution for security teams to print their own cards onsite,” said AMAG Technology, Vice President of Products and Partner Program, Dave Ella. “It prints at 300 and 600dpi which allows Symmetry customers to print complex fine lines and patterns for increased visual security and improved corporate identity.”

With its compact size, the printer delivers the right combination of reliability, performance and affordability for printing durable and secure cards.  The Matica XID8300 prints on a variety of card materials including long-lasting, durable non-PVC cards such as ABS, PET, and Polycarbonate. The printer can be equipped with a number of encoding options such as magnetic encoding, contact and contactless chip encoding to provide Symmetry Access Control users with several choices.

Its 300dpi resolution printing achieves offset printing quality, even on uneven surface of smart cards. Diverse security features such as dye-sublimation UV ink ribbon for invisible security printing, IPSEC for encrypted data transfer through networks, and security erase of black data on used supplies, help to secure the environment and cards from counterfeiting and to avoid misuse of personal information.

Matica Technologies manufactures and markets solutions to issue financial cards, ID cards and passports for secure ID and secure payments applications.

For more information about the Symmetry Access Control integration with the Matica EDIsecure XID8300 card printer, contact your Regional Sales Manager, call 310.518.2380 or visit www.amag.com

About AMAG Technology
AMAG Technology’s Symmetry™ Security Management Solutions are deployed across a wide variety of market segments from commercial to government, education, healthcare, banking, transportation, utilities, plus many more. Headquartered in Torrance, California with sales and support located throughout the Americas, EMEA, APAC and LATAM, AMAG provides customers with industry leading unified security solutions. AMAG Technology is part of G4S plc, the world’s leading global integrated security company which has operations on six continents and 585,000 employees. As the industry leader, AMAG focuses on delivering the latest technology to meet market needs. Its next generation of Symmetry security solutions help organizations operationalize their business to mitigate risk, meet compliance requirements and save money.

About Matica Technologies Group 
Matica Technologies Group is a fast-growing and innovative global company with a strong international network. Matica develops, manufactures and markets solutions to issue financial cards, ID cards and passports for secure ID and secure payments applications. The company offers a comprehensive hardware and software product portfolio, from centralized systems and mailers to ID printers, laser desktop systems and instant issuance solutions.

The Group is worldwide represented with offices in Italy, Germany, France, Singapore, China, the US, the UAE, and India.

For further information, visit our website under www.maticatech.com

Northrop Grumman showcases Maritime Battlepace Capabilities of Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Aug. 14, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and other industry leaders will partner to demonstrate advanced autonomous technologies in a multi-domain contested maritime environment during this year’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Florida, August 14-18.

The demonstration will showcase Northrop Grumman’s advanced mission management and control system aligned with the Navy Common Control System vision, highlighting the benefits of an open architecture approach and demonstrating the ability to rapidly integrate multiple capabilities into a relevant mission scenario.

 “Northrop Grumman is the leader in autonomous systems and development of innovative technologies,” said Jeff Hoyle, director, undersea warfare, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “Executing undersea strike with existing technology using multi-domain autonomous platforms equipped with networked sensors and advanced mission management for command and control provides significant offensive and defensive capability in the maritime environment.”

Multiple unmanned undersea vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles and a surrogate unmanned aerial vehicle will collaboratively conduct seabed warfare in a contested environment. Autonomous systems will collect, analyze and synthesize data from numerous sensors to develop real-time targeting solutions that enable an unmanned undersea vehicle to engage an adversary’s seabed infrastructure.

“Emerging threats are changing the undersea battlespace in complex ways and at an increasing pace,” said Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems business unit Northrop Grumman. “Integration of our proven system of systems capabilities optimizes the deployment of our naval forces and provides commanders with a decisive advantage.”

The three day annual exercise was developed to demonstrate future Navy technologies in a collaborative, low risk environment. Government, academia and industry participants gather to showcase new capabilities to push the boundaries of what is possible in a complex environment.

Northrop Grumman demonstrated autonomous maritime domain awareness and anti-submarine warfare capabilities at last year’s ANTX exercise at Naval Undersea Warfare Command in Newport, Rhode Island, validating a range of sensors and systems using autonomous sub, surface, and air vehicles. The autonomous surface and subsurface vehicles collected data, validated contacts and processed real time data transmission to ground operators via surrogate autonomous aircraft and satellites for exploitation.  Submerged targets were then engaged with air-dropped weapons demonstrating a complete detect-to-engage autonomous anti-submarine warfare capability.  

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

Taking First Steps to Compliance with the New Cyber Executive Order

By Shawn Campbell
It’s going to be a busy summer for federal IT and cybersecurity employees. On May 11, 2017 President Trump issued the Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The earliest milestones for compliance are already looming on the horizon, with initial reports and plans due back to the President in the next couple months.


Specifically, the Executive Order (EO) addresses three areas:


1. Cybersecurity of Federal Networks, particularly cybersecurity risk management and IT modernization;

2. Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure, focusing on federal support for owners and operators of critical infrastructure (an additional goal in this area is to promote market transparency of cybersecurity risk management practices); and
3. Cybersecurity for the Nation, emphasizing consumer cybersecurity and the growth of a cybersecurity-trained workforce.


Among the compliance measures expressed in the EO, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to review agency-wide self-assessments on risk management. Sixty days later, these two organizations, with input from the Commerce Department and the General Services Administration, must submit a plan to the President to strengthen security – including reviewing budget needs and reassessing those budget needs on a regular basis.


By this fall, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to provide recommendations on “how to support the growth and sustainment of the Nation's cybersecurity workforce in both the public and private sectors.”
Of course, providing advice on how to comply fully with such a far-reaching order would take more than just one column like this. Instead, let’s spend some time understanding what it will take to reach a basic level of compliance with the first goal of the EO – namely the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks.


As a starting point, agencies will need to assess their enterprise IT based on the NIST Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (commonly referred to as the “Cybersecurity Framework”). 
Part of those assessments requires identifying “target profiles” based on NIST 800-53 (a catalog of security controls for all U.S. federal information systems, except those related to national security). Agencies also will use other related security control requirements and guidance to determine any insufficiencies or gaps in their enterprise.

  
After identifying any such gaps and insufficiencies, especially those related to information systems, agencies will have to work with their Information Technology and Operations Technology partners – as well as suppliers – to address their self-assessments and to identify mitigating security solutions.  


Ultimately, the actions taken in response to this EO will lead all agencies, or a subset of agencies, to transition to one or more consolidated network architectures, and to employ more shared IT services, including email, cloud, and cybersecurity services (where those are not already in place).
Agencies transitioning to consolidated network architectures and shared IT services will need several technologies to ensure success, to include:


1. Cryptographic key management. These solutions enable agencies to securely partition shared infrastructures and provide access controls through encryption

2. High assurance authentication. Authentication solutions provide common assured (certificate-based) identities to access converged network and IT. 
3. Cross-domain security. Cross domain solutions facilitate information sharing across shared services and infrastructure.


The goal of this EO is laudable: To build and maintain a modern, secure, and more resilient IT architecture, Internet, and communications ecosystem. That will protect both data and IT hardware and software from unauthorized access and other cyber threats, and greatly reduce threats from bad actors using automated and distributed attacks.


But it’s no small job. Agencies are still assessing their compliance annually with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which to this point has shown halting progress among agencies in identifying and consolidating IT assets across departments. It’s easy to see how a lack of understanding in these areas could affect assessment of cybersecurity vulnerabilities in general.


Let’s hope that the agencies that have charted progress in FITARA will be able to channel that success into the assessments required by the EO. As we said, it’s going to be a busy summer.


BIO Shawn Campbell is Director of Product Management, SafeNet Assured Technologies, a provider of cybersecurity solutions to the government. He can be reached at [email protected]Additional information can be found at www.safenetat.com

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $162.4 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 72 Airports in 31 States

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $162.4 million in airport infrastructure grants to 72 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said Secretary Chao.  “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.”

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.

To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,351 new grants to nearly 1,205 airports for a total of $2.1 billion.  These grants will provide funds for 564 runway projects and 475 taxiway projects that are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP funding each year, based on passenger volume. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, then the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding. 

Those airports receiving discretionary grants are listed here, while the entitlement grant recipients can be found on our website.

Pago Pago International Airport in the American Samoa, $3 million – funds will be used to repair runway 05/23.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, CA, 3.2 million – funds will be used to purchase six zero emissions vehicles and to build the infrastructure for charging stations.

Miami Executive Airport in Miami FL, $3.1 million – the grant will be used to construct a new taxiway.

Miami International Airport in Miami, FL, $23.5 million – funds will be used to reconstruct Taxiway R.

McCall Municipal Airport in McCall, ID, $ 1.1 million – funds will be used to construct an airport apron the area where aircraft park.

Owensboro-Daviess-County Airport in Owensboro, KY, $.4.1 million  funds will be used to construct an aircraft rescue and firefighting building.

Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, MD, $2.3 million – grant funds will be used to repair the airport taxiway.

Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford, WV, $5.4 million – funds will be used to repair Runway 05/23.

Freemont Municipal Airport in Freemont, MI, $1 million – grant funds will be used for the rehabilitation of Runway 18/36. As a participant in the State Block Grant Program, the state of Michigan administers AIP funds for general aviation airports, including Freemont Municipal Airport, in the state.

Detroit Lakes-Wething Field in Detroit lakes, MN, $2 million – funds will be used to construct a runway safety area at the end of the runway.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Raleigh, NC, $1.6 million – grant funds will be used to purchase four zero emissions vehicles and to build the infrastructure for charging stations.

Dickinson-Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport in Dickinson, ND, $2 million – funds will be used to widen the taxiway.

Hector International Airport in Fargo, ND, $4.4 million – the project will fund the repair of a taxiway.

Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, NJ, $1 million – the grant will fund the repair of Runway 05/23.

Trenton Mercer Airport in Trenton, NJ, $3 million – grants funds will be used to repair the taxiway.

Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, OH, $7.3 million – funds will be used to purchase snow removal equipment.

Cuyahoga County Airport in Cleveland, OH, $11.3 million – grant funds will be used to repair and extend Runway 06/24.

Claremore Regional Airport in Claremore, OK, $1.9 million – the project will fund the repair of Runway 17/35. 

Grants Pass Airport in Grants Pass, OR, $1.1 million – funds will be used to construct a taxiway.

Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh, PA, $ 12.3 million – grant funds will be used to construct a deicing pad on the airport.

Donaldson Field in Greenville, SC, $ 5.1 million – funds will be used to repair a taxiway.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, TX, $1.5 million – grants funds will be used to extend Runway 16L/34R.

Waukesha Airport in Waukesha, WI, $1.8 million – grant funds will be used for the expansion of the apron. As a participant in the State Block Grant Program, the state of Wisconsin administers AIP funds for general aviation airports, including Waukesha Airport, in the state.

The FAA will issue AIP grants to the airports over the next several weeks in time to take advantage of the summer construction season. The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season.

CASE STUDY: How WestJet Airlines realized improved efficiency and streamlined communication by partnering with Send Word Now

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, WestJet Airlines, Ltd., launched its business operations in 1996 in response to increased demand for airline options outside of traditional, high-priced carriers. Today, the public organization has passenger revenues totaling over $4 billion (CAD) and employs over 10,000 workers. It is the second largest Canadian air carrier, transporting over 45,000 passengers a day.

Due to the rapid company expansion, the emergency communication system in place since the company’s inception was unable to handle the increased growth. The leadership team made it a priority to find a better solution.

Priority Project #1

When Troy Herman started as a Flight Operations Project Manager in 2014, little did he know that he would hit the ground running with what was considered priority project #1 around the WestJet offices. “The company had an old emergency response system that was used by the Operations team. It was a proprietary system and it was at the end of its lifecycle. I was immediately challenged with finding a replacement. We needed something that was more efficient. I was introduced to Send Word Now and began researching the platform’s capabilities.”

WestJet, first and foremost, needed a system that could address emergencies and communicate information to the right internal parties. “If a bird hits a plane, for example, an update must go to the technical groups on the ground ASAP so they know that a special review of the equipment is needed when the plane lands,” explains Mr. Herman. Following an extensive vendor review, leadership agreed that Send Word Now would meet (and in some cases, exceed) their needs and would be a great fit technically.

High-Flying Features and Benefits

WestJet notes that because they intended to add over 900 employees as potential alert recipients, they were concerned about how to collect accurate contact data for each individual.

The onboarding was handled quite well, and Mr. Herman very much appreciated the assistance provided by his Send Word Now Account Managers. “We received such responsive service. No matter if we had questions or needed help with training and setup, someone was there to help us and assist. We had positive feedback internally across the board. The features and benefits are very clear.”

To learn more about WestJet’s implementation of Send Word Now, download the full case study here.

Hikvision and Alarme Sentinelle Secure Daycare

Integrator Alarme Sentinelle turns to Hikvision to upgrade aging cameras at nonprofit daycare in Montreal

MONTREAL—August 10, 2017— Hikvision Canada Inc., a North American leader in award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, provided cameras for the JPPS Children’s Centre (CPE) in Montreal installed by integrator Alarme Sentinelle.

CPE-JPPS is a children’s center supported by the Quebec government, housed in a two-story building that holds about 80 children and 18 staff members. Installed security cameras stopped working after its relocation in 2014, and CPE-JPPS had to manually monitor the front entrance. After some research, it was discovered the cameras had not been registered and were not under warranty. The previous installer had since gone out of business.

“Hikvision cameras will make a big difference for us,” said Randy Zucker, director of the CPE-JPPS. “Being able to observe the children, especially those with special needs, will help us improve our programs without causing any distress for the children.”

CPE-JPPS sought out Montreal-based integrator, Alarme Sentinelle, a company with a 39-year history in the security space. Frank Martinez, installation and project manager, recommended Hikvision DS-2CD2512F-I cameras for the center because “they are, by far, the best product available in this price range and the recording quality and features are perfect for these types of applications.” Martinez added that Alarme Sentinelle’s goal is to provide clients with peace of mind and a professional security system that operates around the clock. 

Alarm Sentinelle recommends that education institutions in Canada actively seek out security installers that are licensed with Quebec’s BSP (Bureau de la sécurité privée), the RBQ and are members of CANASA.  

“Ultimately, this is a great example of how Hikvision works hand in hand with its integrators to support nonprofits and educational institutions,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision Canada Inc. and Hikvision USA Inc. “Having reliable partners helps the end users and allows us to maintain our leadership position in the industry.” 

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use. Committed to the utmost quality and safety of its products, Hikvision encourages partners to take advantage of the many cybersecurity resources Hikvision offers, including the Hikvision Security Center. 

Neal Introduces Generation IV Sealcoating Pumps for Asphalt Trucks

ANNISTON, Ala. (Aug. 14, 2017) – Neal Manufacturing, a division of Blastcrete Equipment Company and a leader in asphalt pavement maintenance equipment, has launched its new Generation IV pumps. The pumps offer improved durability as well as enhanced spraybars and require less frequent routine maintenance than their predecessor, resulting in greater uptime and productivity. Road pavement maintenance contractors also save money since they can retrofit their existing asphalt trucks with the new Neal pumps Gen IV rather than purchase a new truck.

“Customers are continually seeking ways to increase productivity, and once again we listened,” said Jim Farrell, Blastcrete CEO. “Our Generation IV pumps not only check all the boxes on our customers’ wish lists, but they also set the bar on aggregate load. No other pump handles more aggregates and larger aggregates than the Neal Generation IV pump.” 

Neal Manufacturing designed the Generation IV pumps with heavy-duty features, including robotically welded pump housings and industrial-grade hydraulic cylinders for extreme durability and longevity. These components offer enhanced reliability and last 50 percent longer than parts on the previous model, which means less downtime associated with rebuilds.

“Most pumps in this industry last around 30,000 gallons before a rebuild is needed,” Farrell said. “We’ve had our first customer hit 300,000 gallons on our Generation IV pump and it’s still going strong.”

The Generation IV pump also comes with Neal’s new filtration system, which is 60 percent more compact than the previous system, more efficient and easier to maintain. The system’s compact filters weigh 98 percent less than the previous filters when full, eliminating the need for a crane during filter changes. Neal also designed the filtration system to give contractors fast and easy access to the filters, making routine cleanings more manageable.

Neal installs the system with dual spraybars rather than one. Each spraybar is synchronized with one 100-gpm Generation IV pump. The pumps and spraybars work together to provide optimal efficiency and output on road pavement maintenance projects. Gen IV pumps also offer enough volume for larger orifice tips to all but eliminate tip plugging with aggregates.

To ensure its customers know how to properly operate and maintain the machines, Neal offers free training seminars at its Anniston, Alabama, location. All machines are tested under load before being shipped to customers. 

About Neal Manufacturing

The Neal Manufacturing Division of Blastcrete Equipment Company is an industry leader in the manufacture of pavement maintenance and sealcoat production equipment. The company pioneered the development of ride-on squeegee machines as well the heavy-duty aggregate piston pump. Blastcrete Equipment Company manufactures mixing, pumping and spraying equipment for the refractory, shotcrete, concrete construction and repair, underground mining and tunneling, and power generation industries worldwide. For more information: Neal Manufacturing Division of Blastcrete Equipment Company, 2000 Cobb Ave., Anniston, AL 36201 770-830-1282; fax 256-236-9824; [email protected]; or www.nealequip.com.

Aruba Airport Authority and Vision-Box sign an exclusive partnership for the further evolution of the Aruba Happy Flow

Committed to innovation and change of the travel paradigm

Oranjestad, August 14, 2017 - James Fazio, the CEO of Aruba Airport Authority, and Miguel Leitmann, the CEO of Vision-Box, announced a new partnership between both organizations. Aruba Airport Authority and Vision-Box have decided to sign an exclusive partnership for the further evolution of the Aruba Happy Flow. The goal of the partnership is to:

  • Sustain the leading position of the Aruba Happy Flow in the global aviation industry
  • Ensure the usage of leading edge Vision-Box technology at Aruba Airport enabling unique value propositions for the airport and high-profile recognition and showcasing for Vision-Box
  • Creating a knowledge and experience center on Seamless travel

“The Aruba Happy Flow Proof of Concept has exceeded our expectations during these 2 years, paving the way for a new direction for the airport,” said James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority. “On the other hand, with this new partnership with Vision-Box, we are now very excited to get the opportunity to establish a pioneering Centre of Excellence, where we aim to understand tendencies, develop new products and technologies in a real-life environment and support local economy. This combined effort will surely mark another milestone in the development of the future airport. “

The partnership will profile Aruba Airport as an airport that drives change with passenger centric focus, creating value for their stakeholders and an excellent passenger experience. Furthermore, the partnership should provide skills development for Aruban and international students through the Vision-Box Centre of Excellence, while building a strong foundation for sustainable airport solutions.

Miguel Leitmann, Vision-Box™ CEO highlights that “This is indeed a great partnership. Aruba airport has already embraced the new era of the digital airport concept and it will soon benefit further from our game-changing technology for the Gateway 2030 project. We are convinced that this partnership will be the ground base for the next generation of Happy Flow, reaffirming Aruba Airport as an innovation center for passenger facilitation and projecting Aruba with a highly recognizable worldwide airport”. 

The Strategic Partnership is built on four pillars:

  • Innovation

Both partners are committed to invest in evolving the Aruba Happy Flow platform. New functional solutions will be (co-)created and assessed at Aruba Airport.

  • Gateway 2030, first airport designed for Happy Flow

Aruba Airport and Vision-Box share the vision that the design of the Gateway 2030 project, should fully harvest the benefits of the Aruba Happy Flow platform as a terminal-wide solution.

  • Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) at Aruba Airport is designed to combine the strength of Aruba Airport as a facilitator for innovation with the strength of Vision-Box as a technology innovator.

  • Showcase

Aruba Airport and Vision-Box will realize a high quality and continuous showcase for the Happy Flow solution.

Aruba Happy Flow is the result of a cooperative consortium composed of the governments of Aruba and the Netherlands, Schiphol Group, KLM, Aruba Airport Authority and Vision-Box™.

About Vision-Box™

Founded in 2001, Vision-Box™ is the leading provider of digital and biometric solutions for Automated Border Control, seamless passenger handling, electronic identity management and intelligent security solutions that use ICAO-compliant standards.

The solution portfolio aimed for airports, airlines and immigration authorities, includes passenger touchpoints addressing workflows for biometric check-in, entry-exit checks, API/PNR checks, baggage drop, security check, automated border control and self-boarding.

Within the correlated ID-management segment, Vision-Box™ also delivers to governments and issuing authorities, many solutions ranging from live biometric enrolment stations, document verification kiosks and digital document dispensers as well as the underlying life-cycle management platform.

In general, Vision-Box’s scope of intervention reaches out to all citizens who have to proof their identity to transact within any process with authorities or related stakeholders, extending the use of biometrics beyond the aviation segment, towards modern environments like smart cities or smart offices. Starting with the process of identity enrolment and covering the life cycle of a biometric identity throughout the citizen’s trusted journey, assuring its verification or identification at any time, Vision-Box’s product portfolio operates on top of a powerful and commonly used service platform, which orchestrates the trusted chain of identity of the citizen.

Every year, hundreds of millions of passengers are processed by Vision-Box™ digital systems, installed right at the heart of the most prestigious and critical governmental organizations, who trust our biometric identity and security management solutions to provide their citizens a safer world.

Vision-Box™ operates over 2000 Automated Border Control solutions in more than 80 international airports, ports and land borders and has over 4000 electronic identity systems deployed across the globe.

GSN ASB Winner Profile: PureTech Systems

Beginning this July 17, GSN will publish detailed descriptions by Winners and Finalists of the reasons their entries were selected by the Judges; Don’t miss these in-depth descriptions , which will be available every day in the GSN Airport, Searport, Border Security Weekly; the Daily Insider and Cybersecurity Weekly newsletters!

We would like to nominate the PureTech Systems’ geospatial (map-based) video management command and control, combined with the PureActiv® long range patented video analytics for the GSN Border Security and Immigration“Best Long Range Surveillance Solution” award.

The solution has been selected, deployed, thoroughly tested and fully accepted through a rigorous multi-year process by the Department of Homeland Security’s Custom’s and Border Protection to provide long range border surveillance along the southern border of the United States and Mexico. It is now being considered by the CBP for its mobile deployment solution along the same border.

Most Video Management Systems manage cameras that extend to a few hundred yards at most. As such, the capabilities of the user interface reflect this relatively short distance. However, for border situation, cameras must utilize higher resolutions and larger lenses, and the VMS must include additional technologies to manage these greater distances and larger view volumes.In addition to its capability as a robust VMS system with video analytics, for border applications, several capabilities set it apart from other solutions:

a. Detection and Classification – The ability to detect and classify IOIs (Items of Interest) at extreme ranges and under difficult environmental conditions sets the PureActiv analytics part from others. The ability to not only accurately detect, but also track actual map locations (latitude, longitude and elevation) of IOIs in real time, using only video, provides the CBP officers critical information to monitor and apprehend targets.

b.Advanced camera control algorithms. Providing the user the ability to control a camera with precision at zoom ranges of 5 miles and beyond. This includes pointing accuracies of a few meters at extreme ranges. This feature also extends to camera auto follow, which locks onto the video image of the target and automatically controls the camera to retain lock, allowing the operator to take other response actions.

c.Map-Based sensor control. Manually steering a camera to a target at a range of 5 miles is an almost insurmountable task. The PureActiv map based control, allows a user to steer a camera to a specific map location by clicking on a map, by receiving coordinates from another sensor system or by manually entering target information given by a field officer.

d. The ability to add user landmarks. This provides the ability to direct responders to a geo-location and quicklyre-aim cameras to a location of interest, which can be time consuming when securing a vast area such as a country’s border.

e. Viewshed capability: As viewing distances become greater, more potential obstructions and terrain can block thecamera’s view. Having a map-based visual guide to indicate what the camera can view, and what the camera cannot view, based on these obstructions, can save valuable time in selecting the proper viewing camera.

Michigan city picks Leidos to manage its smart grid initiative

RESTON, VA July 19, 2017 Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, will implement the Lansing Board of Water and Light's new smart grid initiative using its new Smart Grid Select™ offering. Through this contract, Leidos will manage the installation of the municipal utility's advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), as well as provide meter data management (MDM), customer support portals and advanced grid and business analytics.

Leidos will deliver a state-of-the-art solution crafted to meet Lansing's specific needs with an expected completion by 2020.  The Smart Grid Select™ solution leverages information from Honeywell's Elster business for electric metering technology, Mueller Systems for water metering technology, and Corix Utility Services for metering installation services. This advanced metering system solution will deliver cutting-edge analytics and insights, which will improve system capacity and transmission and distribution infrastructure, efficiently manage outages, and provide the ability to develop new rates based on customer usage patterns.

"As smart grid technologies become more sophisticated, Leidos has expanded its service offerings to meet the complex needs of today's utilities. We will provide Lansing with future-ready solutions that will optimize their smart grid approach," said Jim Baxter, senior vice president for Leidos' energy and systems solutions business. "We want to ensure the best value and solution for Lansing's rate payers, while reducing risk and lowering costs for the utility."

The Lansing Board of Water and Light was founded in 1885 and is the largest municipally owned electric utility in Michigan. The utility provides electric service and street lighting to approximately 95,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the greater Lansing, Michigan area, and serves potable water to approximately 55,000 customers.

Leidos' Smart Grid Select™ solution is a suite of smart grid technology and service products for the utility market. Whether implementing the entire suite or choosing one component, like the Next-Level Analytics product, Leidos has the answer for utilities' smart grid needs during any phase of implementation or operation—whether a full, managed service or turnkey solution.

About Leidos

Leidos is a FORTUNE 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.  

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