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Penalties could increase for going even slightly ‘postal’

Going even slightly ‘postal’ on the property of the U.S. Postal Service can now cost you more than the traditional maximum fine of $50, beginning today.

The postal service has issued a new rule, effective January 27, which says that anyone who violates a long lists of do’s and don’ts on postal property, as spelled out in the Code of Federal Regulations, is subject to a maximum penalty of “not more than that allowed under Title 18 of the United States Code” -- rather than a measly $50 -- or imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both.

The long-standing rules prohibit such behavior on post office property as disturbances, gambling, drinking alcoholic beverages, drugs or smoking, taking dogs inside, carrying weapons and explosives, posting handbills, etc.

“The current regulations have not been changed for over 30 years,” says the postal service’s final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 27. “The current maximum fine does not reflect either the seriousness of some of the infractions, nor the effect that inflation has had over the past 30 years.”

Changing the allowable fine from a maximum of $50 to whatever Title 18 of the U.S. Code allows for a particular infraction will give federal judges more “flexibility” in determining the appropriate penalties, said the postal service notice.

 

Tyco takes the majority slice in the residential alarm monitoring market

Just one company -- Tyco International, and its security business ADT -- will now account for over half of the residential alarm monitoring services market in North America, according to Wellingborough, UK-based IMS Research

Tyco amasses that majority slice of the residential-alarm-monitoring pie as a result of its acquisition of Broadview Security.
 
The Broadview deal is worth $1.9 billion, according to IMS.

Furthermore, IMS Research estimates that ADT now will command a market share more than ten times the size of its nearest competitor in the North American market.

John Bray, Jr. named VP of Concentric Security

Sykesville, MD-based Concentric Security, LLC, has named John Bray, Jr. vice president of its security service division.

Concentric Security Service holds between 30 and 40 accounts, maintaining more than 200 barrier units throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, according to the company.

Most recently, Bray served as general manager of Blue Ember Technologies, a sister company.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Bray will maintain Blue Ember post, according to the Concentric statement.

Bray is an 11 year veteran at the company and has served in various capacities, including IT Director.

ManTech names SVP for space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services

Fairfax, VA-based ManTech International Corp. has named Gregory Roman as its senior vice president for space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services, part of its Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology group.


He will oversee support to NASA, Air Force systems engineering and technical analysis programs, the National Reconnaissance Office, ISR services and space situational awareness contracts.


Before joining ManTech, Roman was a vice president at SRA International, localted in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was responsible for growing business with U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Space Command and the Army Space and Missile Defense Command.


His organization there focused on enterprise architecture; missile defense; intelligence; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, according to a ManTech statement.


Roman also is veteran of 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as the commander of the 544th Information Operations Group at Pederson AFB, CO.


During his Air Force career he also served as the chief, Intelligence Operations Division, North American Defense Command and United States Space Command; as  ommander, 390th Intelligence Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan; and the Air Force legislative liaison to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Armed Services Committees.

Decision Sciences joins with Battelle Memorial to develop passive nuclear material detector

San Diego, CA-based Decision Sciences and Columbus, OH-based Battelle Memorial Institute, a research and deveopment organization, are teaming to pursue a possible DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) procurement opportunity


That opportunity, Decision Sciences says, relates to trans-shipment and direct-to-rail radiation detection equipment and operations, and to further develop Decision Sciences' multi-mode passive detection system, MMPDS(TM), into an operational and deployable system.


Decision and Battelle will build on work by Decision Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory on muon tomography and gamma ray detection applications, according to the company.


Decision Sciences and Battelle now  plan to collaborate to produce a multi-mode system capable of detecting nuclear materials across the complete threat spectrum, including shielded and unshielded nuclear materials.


"Our completely passive multi-mode system provides 'Defense in Depth' for cargo and passenger vehicle security," Robert Whalen, president and CEO of Decision Sciences, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to team with a world-class institute such as Battelle to advance our homeland's security."

Lockheed Martin delivers first advanced tech workstations for FBI program

Bethesda, MD-based Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Advanced Technology Workstations (ATWs) as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new biometrics system. 

The Next Generation Identification (NGI) workstations replace aging Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) service provider workstations, bringing improved capabilities for the FBI’s service providers and analysts, according to a Lockheed Martin statement.
 
“The current IAFIS receives an average of 160,000 fingerprint transactions per day, and on several occasions it has processed more than 200,000 transactions in a 24-hour period,” FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Deputy Assistant Director Jerome Pender said in the statement. “These ATWs will greatly improve the FBI’s ability to assess fingerprint matches.”
 
The NGI program’s ATWs offer service providers and analysts significantly larger display screens with higher resolution and true color support, allowing them to see more detailed attributes of biometric data for more efficient decision-making, the company notes.

In addition to enhanced display and processing capabilities, the workstations have an improved system infrastructure featuring commodity hardware architecture to allow for easy, affordable upgrades as technology evolves. The entire NGI system is being designed with a significant degree of flexibility to accommodate new technologies and other biometric modalities that may mature and become important to law enforcement efforts in the future.

The Lockheed Martin-led NGI team includes Accenture, BAE Systems Information Technology Inc., Global Science & Technology (GST), IBM and Innovative Management & Technology Services (IMTS).

Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire Ahura Scientific in $145 million cash deal

Walltham, MA-based Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. reports that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wilmington, MA-based Ahura Scientific for $145 million in cash.


The deal also includes a potential for an additional earn-out payment, based the “achievement of certain 2010 financial targets,” Thermo Fisher says.


Ahura Scientific specializes in the identification of chemicals for safety, security and pharmaceutical applications. The company’s Raman and FT-IR (Fourier-transform infrared) spectroscopy instruments are used by military and civilian first responders, pharmaceutical manufacturers and consumer health organizations.


Ahura’s products expand Thermo Fisher’s portfolio of portable analytical devices designed to identify and authenticate a range of molecular and elemental substances in the field, according to the companies.


The Ahura products also complement the Thermo Scientific line of portable XRF (X-ray fluorescence) elemental analyzers, designed for on-site testing of materials for such applications as metal and alloy analysis, quality assurance and control, consumer product safety and environmental analysis, the companies add.


Ahura Scientific has approximately 120 employees and generated full-year revenue of approximately $45 million in 2009. It will be integrated into Thermo Fisher’s Analytical Technologies segment.


“The acquisition of Ahura Scientific further enhances our position in handheld analyzers and strengthens our Thermo Scientific brand by expanding the breadth of our portfolio with complementary technologies,” Marc Casper, president and CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific, said in a statement. “It also provides the ability to leverage our commercial channel, product development expertise, and software over multiple laboratory and portable instrument platforms. This combination brings together both companies’ leading technologies for portable chemical and elemental analysis, allowing us to create a powerful tool set for our customers that enables laboratory-quality analysis in the field.”


The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2010.

Grants available to states for criminal history improvement program

Up to 35 grants are available to state governments from the Bureau of Justice Statistics for the national criminal history improvement program (NCHIP).


The NCHIP grants are intended to further the crime fighting and criminal justice capabilities of state governments by improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records.


That mission specifically includes enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems and other state systems supporting national records systems and their use for criminal history background checks.


Grant amounts were not specified in the program funding opportunity, number 2010-BJS-2475.


The closing date for applications is March 1, 2010.

For additional information, contact Lisa Price-Grear, program analyst, at 202-616-3561.

ASIS sets convention keynoters

“Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley Sullenberger and former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf (2001-2008) have been announced as the featured keynote speakers for ASIS 2010 in Dallas.


The annual convention, to be held October 12-15 this year, is organized by ASIS International, the well-known trade group for security professionals.


The convention is expected to bring together more than 20,000 security, business and government professionals from more than 90 countries, according to ASIS.  The convention’s education program is expected to offer more than 180 sessions.
 
According to ASIS, the convention exhibit floor, more than 240,000 net square feet, will showcase approximately 700 companies there to demonstrate products and services.

Bosch GVS1000 sees far in the dark

Fairport, NY-based Bosch Security Systems, Inc. has introduced the GVS1000, which the company describes as the industry's longest active infrared imaging system for high-security applications.

The GVS1000 system provides full DCRI [i.e., detection, classification, recognition and identification) capabilities in total darkness, meeting the highest level of performance for nighttime surveillance, Bosch says.

With 3,280 feet (1 kilometer) of recognition-level imaging and 3,937 feet (1,200 meters) of classification-level imaging, the GVS1000 delivers such details as clothing or letters, necessary for determining whether an object or person is friend or foe, the company adds.

This level of long-range imaging is often required for critical applications, such as maritime monitoring, transportation surveillance and extended perimeter security, Bosch also notes.

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