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Russian News Agency Says Airport Blast Killed 31

The early report posted by the Itar-Tass news service also says 130 people were injury by the explosion at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport at 4:32 p.m. Monday local time.

Researchers Develop Laser-Based Source Of Terahertz Radiation With Possible Security Applications

JILA researchers have developed a laser-based source of terahertz radiation that is unusually efficient and less prone to damage than similar systems. The technology might be useful in applications such as detecting trace gases or imaging weapons in security screening.

AS&E Wins $14M Contract for Non-Intrusive Air Cargo Inspection

The Department of Homeland Security R&D award provides $2.2 million for system development.

IMS Research Predicts 2011 Security Industry Trends

IMS Research recently released its prediction of hot trends in the security industry for 2011.

L-3 Earns a Place on TSA's Qualified Technologies List

Twelve of the company's X-ray screening systems meet the agency's requirements.

Smiths Detection Wins Canadian Contract for X-ray Scanners

The Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority is upgrading airport checkpoints with multi-view systems.

Morpho Detection Receives Fourth TSA Order for Trace Explosives Detection System

Morpho Detection Inc. announced the fourth delivery order of Itemiser DX to the TSA of more than 1,200 additional Itemiser DX desktop explosives trace detection systems.

They're at it Again

Seldom when the federal government speaks do I believe what I hear. Officials brought this distrust upon themselves through years of pulling our collective leg on issues that affect the American public, or when they’ve failed to issue information that concerns us, the citizenry.



Taking New Flight

There are many challenges to creating an effective security program in any airport infrastructure. Technology plays a significant role in any robust airport security initiative and, when deployed properly, can help security personnel address potential vulnerabilities in a more timely fashion, in addition to increasing effectiveness overall. With this in mind, airport officials seek out new technologies that help them meet these goals while maintaining high levels of protection for passengers and employees.

Researchers Patent Algorithm To Use Kinect Gaming Device For Surveillance

Alexandre Alahi, a Ph.D. student in the Signal Processing Lab at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)used open-source software released online just days after the Kinect’s launch to develop a new, patented algorithm that leverages multiple Kinects instead of just one to detect crowds -- even in the dark.

Magal Receives Repeat Orders Totaling $1.7 Million

Magal Security Systems Ltd. has received $1.7 million in three repeat orders in the last part of the year.

Grand Jury Indicts CBP Officer for Smuggling Cash, Guns

Devon Samuels allegedly used his clearance to move cash and guns through security at an Atlanta airport.

Hoyos to Unveil Iris-Scanning Technology for Airport Security Screenings

Hoyos Corporation will partner with Herta Security to implement iris-scanning technology in airports to deal with airline security issues and create a more-secure process from check-in to boarding.

New Orleans Airport Implements NICE Situator Technology In New Security Center

NICE Systems recently announced that the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has implemented NICE's open platform situation management solution, NICE Situator, in its new Security Operations Center.

Identity checking can be a time-consuming process at border crossings.

HID Global Fuels e-Passport and e-ID Adoption in Europe

RFID reader technology deployments expand role in the accelerating buildout of the worldwide e-Passport, e-Visa and e-ID infrastructure.

Airport Upgrades Surveillance With IP Video Technology

Cardiff Airport has replaced its surveillance capability with a new IP video system from IndigoVision. Operated by TBI Abertis Airports, Cardiff Airport is the national airport of Wales with passenger traffic reaching more than 1.6 million in 2009. It is an important business and charter airport offering flights to domestic and European destinations, as well as connecting flights onwards to worldwide destinations.

Poll: Majorities In U.S., Five Largest European Countries Say Air Travel Is Safe

A new Financial Times/Harris Poll in the United States and the five largest European countries looks at air travel safety and security and finds an overall sense of safety prevails.

BRS Labs' AISight Is Finalist in UK Technology Challenge

The behavioral analytics technology in the AISight platform is ideally suited for complex environments, including busy airports.

Invasion of the Body Scanners

The blogosphere lit up in mid-October when Michael Roberts, a pilot for Houston-based ExpressJet Airlines Inc., refused to submit to a full-body scan or a manual pat down at Memphis International Airport. At issue were the advanced imaging technology (AIT) scanners the airport had only recently installed in place of traditional metal detectors at security checkpoints, manned by employees of the Transportation Security Administration.

Experts: Proposed National Air Cargo Screening Bill Seen As Early Warning For Transportation Planners

ComSec International LLC, an independent provider of cargo screening services and consultation, recently has started advising shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and other companies involved in supply chain management to begin tentative planning for new federal air cargo screening requirements.

DHS Now Vetting 100 Percent Of Passengers On Flights Within Or Bound For U.S. Against Watchlists

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that 100 percent of passengers on flights within or bound for the United States are now being checked against government watchlists -- fulfilling a key 9/11 Commission recommendation a month ahead of schedule. The TSA reached 100 percent watch list matching for all domestic airlines on June 22.

TSA Union: TSA Must Protect Employees, Provide Public Education Regarding Pat Downs

The American Federation of Government Employees -- the union for TSA workers across the country -- has heard from its Transportation Security Officer members that while most passengers are understanding of the new TSA security procedures and recognize that TSOs are not the ones who created those procedures, there have been a few instances where passengers have become angry, belligerent and even physical with TSOs.

Oberthur Technologies To Provide Smart Cards For CLEAR Program

Oberthur Technologies has been selected to provide its ID-One PIV smart card to members of CLEAR, Alclear LLC's Trusted Traveler program.

Survey: Less Than A Third Of Travelers Disapprove Of Full-Body Scanners

Passenger John Tyner’s recent refusal to undergo x-ray scanning at airport security has led to 80,000 hits on Youtube and sparked huge debate over screening procedures. However, a skyscanner.com survey of international travelers found that less than a third of passengers disapproved of the scanners.

Frost & Sullivan Predicts $9B in APAC Airport Security Spending by 2015

Emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region, with have high infrastructure growth, flourishing trade and tourism, have surged cargo and air traffic, which also increases threats.

DHS Announces Increased Cargo Security Measures

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano outlines increased security measures taken after the thwarted terrorist attempts to being down cargo planes.

Major European Airport Integrates HTS' AirCargo Identification Technology

The system, coupled with such scanning technologies as X-ray and radiation, uses recognition technology to identify cargo.

Two Airline Union Presidents Tell Pilots to Steer Clear of Body Scanners

Mike Cleary, president of U.S. Airline Pilots Association, recently wrote a letter to members saying that TSA has not provided “credible specifications for radiation emitted by the machines.”

Hong Kong International Airport Upgrades Baggage Screening Technology

Morpho Detection Inc., part of Morpho, Safran group’s security business, recently announced it has been contracted to install four CTX 9400 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), the operator of Hong Kong International Airport.

DHS Announces Increased Security Precautions

DHS released a statement Friday regarding increased security measures due to the explosive devices found on cargo planes.

L-3 Awarded TSA Contract For Technology To Screen Passenger Carry-On Items At Checkpoints

L-3 Security & Detection Systems announced recently that it was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract with a ceiling of $325 million by the Transportation Security Administration to supply next-generation Advanced Technology (AT) X-ray systems to screen carry-on baggage at security checkpoints.

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New, Simple Sensor Sniffs out Shoe Bombs

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Advanced imaging technology is designed to bolster security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats—including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing.

Commercial Pilot Barred After Refusing Full-Body Scan

“Deploying advanced imaging technology at these airports strengthens our ability to protect the traveling public in the face of evolving threats to aviation security,” said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Munich Airport Expands Use Of Video Surveillance

Aimetis Corp., a provider intelligent IP video management software, recently announced that Munich Airport has expanded the use of Aimetis Symphony video surveillance to Terminal 2, bringing the total cameras under Aimetis management to 1,900.

Evolving Threats

Since Sept. 11, 2001, all aspects of air security have been a top priority for governments, businesses and the public. New and emerging terrorist threats now necessitate that airport detection be as adaptable, proactive and evolutionary as possible. Long gone are the days of simple metal detectors and unconcerned passengers. Airport security has become one of the most daunting technological challenges facing experts today.

Fiber Optic Intrusion Detection System Helps Protect Texas Airport

In mid-2009, a fiber optic intrusion detection system was installed on McAllen-Miller International Airport's perimeter fence. The system, known as Secure Fence, was developed by Future Fibre Technologies and, one year on, the airport's security department reports the system has performed impressively.

With 100 Percent Screening Deadline Met, Air Cargo Industry Eyes New Hurdles

Air cargo shippers and forwarders say the industry still has a long way to go in screening shipments after meeting a government mandate to screen 100 percent of all cargo on U.S. passenger aircraft by Aug. 1, according to a report in The Journal of Commerce.

TSA Announces Award To Rochester International Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced an award of $938,000 to Rochester International Airport (RST) for the construction of new in-line baggage handling systems designed to enhance TSA's efforts to strengthen security at airports.

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