Government Security

DOD Opens Some Classified Information To Non-Federal Officials Working At Fusion Centers

Some officials working at state and local intelligence fusion centers will have limited access to data on the Defense Department's classified network.

Defense Contractor Chooses Surveillance System From GVI Security

GVI Security Solutions Inc., a provider of video security surveillance solutions featuring the complete Samsung Electronics line of products, announced recently that the company had been selected to provide a Samsung DVR based video surveillance solution for a defense contractor operating multiple manufacturing plants in the United States.

On The Bleeding Edge

While both public- and private-sector organizations continually grapple with the dual responsibility to bolster information security while using IT to cut costs and improve efficiency, the federal government is leading investment in biometric technologies to further these goals. The private sector is following.

North Carolina Police Department Uses Brivo Technology To Improve Security

Brivo Systems LLC, provider of Web applications for access control and security systems, recently announced that the Raleigh, N.C., Police Department (RPD) has deployed Brivo ACS WebService at its headquarters building and a growing number of police substations and other locations.

Key Design Milestone Reached On FBI Identification Program

The Lockheed Martin-led Next Generation Identification (NGI) team has successfully completed Critical Design Review (CDR) for the system's fingerprint identification capability, clearing the way for further progress on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) new multi-modal, state-of-the-art biometrics system.

Adesta Selects Firetide As Wireless Mesh Provider

Firetide Inc., a provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks, announced recently that Adesta will include Firetide as part of their solution-based vendor set to address the growing needs of government, transportation and telecommunication service provider customers for reliable, high-performing wireless infrastructure.

United States, Mexico Announce Agreement For Cross-Border Public Security Communications Network

The Departments of Homeland Security and State announced recently that senior officials on the United States-Mexico High-Level Consultative Commission on Telecommunications (HLCC) have signed a bilateral telecommunications agreement to support a new cross border communications network for public safety and law enforcement organizations focused on strengthening border security.

ADT Continuing Expansion Into Public Sector

Security system integration is a key component for ADT, as the company focuses on expanding more of its services to the public sector. ADT emphasized its growing presence in the public sector during a media summit August 24-26. Additionally, the company showcased technology and emerging trends during a tour of its IP technology lab and demo room, and discussed business goals with a diverse panel of security experts.

Order In The Court

When the Middlesex County Superior Court in Massachusetts wanted to improve security, county officials went all out by installing state-of-the-art equipment in the new facility. The solution keeps everyone in mind when monitoring numerous locations, including jury members, people in holding cells, victims, witnesses and bar advocates. Judges and court staff also benefit from the long reach of security.

Universal Safety Response Begins Additional Security Upgrades At Florida State Capitol Complex

Universal Safety Response (USR), a Smith and Wesson Company, and a provider of perimeter security systems, recently that it has commenced Phase II security upgrades for the Florida State Capitol Complex in Tallahassee. USR provided original Phase I upgrades to the facility in late 2007.

Milestone IP Video Software Helps Protect Polish City

Milestone Systems recently announced the police of Osweicim, the Polish town that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, has chosen its IP video management software

Anti-Dumping Program Deploys IQeye Technology In Boston, Surrounding Towns

In just over three years, operating on a limited budget, and managing the project on a very part-time basis, Dame and his team have successfully caught and prosecuted 34 illegal dumpers, resulting in many tens of thousands of dollars in fines and a substantial deterrent effect.

FBI Releases Bank Crime Statistics For Second Quarter Of 2009

During the second quarter of 2009, there were 1,304 reported violations of the Federal Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes Statue, a decrease from the 1,444 reported violations in the same quarter of 2008. According to statistics released today by the FBI, there were 1,278 robberies of financial institutions, 19 burglaries, and seven larcenies reported between April 1, 2009 and June 30, 2009. No extortions were reported during the quarter.

Tennessee Department Of Corrections Awards Contract To Vicon Industries

Vicon Industries Inc., a designer and producer of integrated IP video surveillance and access control systems, has been awarded the contract to provide the Tennessee Department of Corrections with additions and upgrades to the surveillance and security systems installed throughout its state-run correctional facilities.

NEMA Announces DHS Award To Write Airport Security Standard

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to write a new standard for airport security. Called Digital Communication in Security (DICOS), the standard will enable the prevention, detection, and response to explosive attacks by standardizing the screening of checked bags and other threat risk detection attributes at airports and other security areas.

Michigan Town Uses IQinVision Megapixel Cameras To Protect Water Resources

IQinVision recently announced that Waterford Township, Mich. is using IQeye megapixel cameras as part of a comprehensive IP video solution to better protect its valuable water resources.

Lockheed Martin Develops Mission Maker Cyber Security Solutions for Warfighters

Military operations threatened by persistent cyber attacks will benefit from mission assurance and resilience through cyber security solutions being developed by Lockheed Martin.

LaserCard To Provide Additional U.S. Permanent Resident Cards

LaserCard Corp., a provider of secure ID solutions, recently announced receipt of a purchase order of approximately $3.1 million for the supply of additional U.S. Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards).

Army Corps Of Engineers Select TAC As Approved Vendor

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Huntsville, Ala., has selected TAC by Schneider Electric, the building management and energy services business of Schneider Electric, as an approved vendor.

Bryan, Texas Works With ADT Security Services To Install Public Safety Cameras

The eastern Texas town of Bryan has joined a growing list of U.S. cities installing public safety cameras in downtown public areas to increase security and help protect citizens. Working with ADT Security Services, a preferred security provider for the state of Texas, the city has completed installation of the first phase of a multi-phase camera system to cover its recently revitalized downtown.

Report: Mobile Video Surveillance Market For Police Cars To Grow 6.5 Percent Per Year To 2013

Law enforcement agencies across the United States are increasingly installing video surveillance equipment in police cars. Despite cuts in federal and state funding over 2009 and 2010, the market for mobile video surveillance equipment in police cars is forecast to grow at an average of 6.5 percent a year to 2013, according to a new report from IMS Research.

Wireless Video Surveillance System Funded By Seized Narcotics Cash Goes Live In Texas City

The city of Mission, Texas is now live with a state-of-the-art wireless mesh video security network providing this border town’s police department with extra “eyes in the sky” to help keep the community safe.

BridgeWave’s Wireless Links Help Power Video Surveillance System For Texas Town

BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of gigabit wireless solutions, today announced that its FE60U gigabit upgradeable wireless products power the backbone of the wireless video surveillance network for the City of Highland Village in Texas.

Future Fibre Technologies Receives CVI Certification From DHS

The entire team at Future Fibre Technologies Inc (FFT), composed of developers, manufacturers and installers of fiber-optic intrusion detection systems, has completed the US Department of Homeland Security's Counter-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) Certification process.

New Jersey City Selects Video Surveillance Solution From GVI Security

GVI Security Solutions Inc. recently announced the company has been selected to provide a Samsung Electronics comprehensive video surveillance solution to the police and fire departments of a large New Jersey city.

Kansas Army Installation Expands Use Of AtHoc Network-Centric Emergency Notification Systems

AtHoc Inc., provider of network-centric emergency notification systems, recently announced a deal with the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Kan. to expand its use of AtHoc IWSAlerts enterprise wide.

Bring Forth Fair Winds

Modern-day pirates have laid down their swords in exchange for GPS systems, assault rifles, rocket launchers and semiautomatic pistols. Their objective has changed from plundering to demanding ransoms in excess of $1 million in exchange for the safe release of hostages.

SIA Endorses Bill To Boost Security At Wastewater Treatment Plants

The Security Industry Association has endorsed a new bill that would improve security at wastewater treatment plants. The “Wastewater Treatment Works Security Act of 2009” (H.R. 2883), introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, on June 16, would authorize $200 million in annual Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants through 2014 for certain security enhancements and would require security assessments of wastewater treatment plants that include a site security plan.

So Long, Security

From nearly the beginning of his term as governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford has tried to ditch is his security detail, and even talked about cutting them completely out of the state budget.

Honeywell To Help Secure Vancouver 2010 Olympic, Paralympic Winter Games

Honeywell recently announced that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has selected the company to provide a perimeter intrusion detection system for 18 of the major venues that will be used during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Florida Department Of Transportation To Deploy SUV-Based Radiation Detection System

Raytheon Co. recently received an order for its Mobile Nuclear Radiation Detection System from Florida's Department of Transportation. The system detects and identifies nuclear radiation in mobile and stationary operations, using advanced spectroscopic technology.

New Network Video Surveillance System Helping To Prevent, Solve Crimes In Chicago Suburb

The city of Burbank, Ill., which neighbors Chicago and has a population of more than 28,000, has installed a new video surveillance system using 22 Sony SNC-RX Series IP network security cameras to aid the police department in preventing and solving crimes.

Minnesota Counties Deploy Biometric-Based Criminal Charging System

BIO-key International Inc. recently announced that Minnesota counties are deploying BIO-key's WEB-key biometric identification software as part of a new paperless criminal charging, or eCharging system.

Highest Crime Areas Unwatched

Metrorail, better known as Metro Washington, D.C. has installed 20 exterior surveillance cameras at 12 stations in the District of Columbia and Fairfax County, Va. Sounds like a pretty good idea, and I suppose riders of the public transit system can feel a bit safer. After all, cameras help deter and prevent crime.

California Sheriff’s Department Uses Pivot3 Storage Platform To Support In-Car Video Surveillance Infrastructure

Pivot3 Inc. recently announced that the Placer County Sheriff’s department in California is using the Pivot3 storage platform to support its mobile in-car video surveillance infrastructure. The decision to choose the Pivot3 open-system platform was based on three factors: scalability, ease-of-use and total cost of ownership.

Jailhouse Rocks

Technology in the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey is state-of-the-art, featuring computer control of all inmate housing areas, an integrated perimeter security system, a site-wide duress/panic alarm system and a computerized control center. However, the Bergen County courthouse and jail had some particular challenges that the coaxial (analog) cameras simply could not meet.

Call of Duty

The Field of Flags, a traveling war memorial dedicated by the Somers Congregational Church in Somers, Conn., began in October 2005 with 2,231 American flags, one for each American solider who died serving his or her country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The idea for the memorial came about as members of the church considered what they could do to show support for the troops. Each casualty reminded them of the dangers the soldiers face every day. The flags honor those who have given their lives as well as their families, whose lives have been forever changed.

An AES in the Hole

It's no secret that government facilities must have airtight security systems and protocols in place for protecting communications.

Mexico Mayor Receives Video Surveillance Deployment Award at ISC West

DVTel and MATE Intelligent Video presented the award "Best Intelligent Metropolitan Video Surveillance Deployment" to Mayor Fernando Margaín Berlanga from the City of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico on April 1, 2009, at the ISC West show in Las Vegas.

IP Video Rollout Helps Improve Security For Texas Police Department

The Grand Prairie Police Department in Texas has transformed the way it uses CCTV after installing a complete integrated IP video solution from IndigoVision.

American Science And Engineering Demonstrates New Parcel Inspection Systems

American Science and Engineering Inc. recently announced the introduction of two new Gemini Parcel Inspection Systems: Gemini 7555 and Gemini 100100. These systems along with the Gemini 6040 provide customers with a selection of systems to inspect everything from mail, baggage and break-bulk cargo within mailrooms, lobbies, checkpoints, airports, high threat facilities and other security-sensitive areas.

VidSys, ShotSpotter Partner To Improve Real-Time Situation Management, Response

VidSys, provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software that allows organizations to resolve business and security situations in real time, recently announced that it has partnered with ShotSpotter Inc., provider of acoustic surveillance systems used for gunshot and explosion location and detection that achieves proven results for law enforcement, homeland security and military agencies.

Alvarion Showcases Video Surveillance Solutions

Alvarion Ltd., provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions, will be showcasing its end-to-end video surveillance solutions for enhanced public safety and security at ISC West Booth 39038.

Keeping Watch

With biometric technology, payroll administrators can eliminate the headaches and costs of accurately tracking employee time and attendance.

Orlando’s IP-Based Video Surveillance System Enhanced With OnSSI Video Management Solution

In talking with officials from the Orlando Police Department about IRIS (Innovative Response to Improve Safety), the city’s new IP-based video surveillance system, enthusiasm for the project is clearly evident.

Countering a Calamity

In today’s world, any manufacturing or critical infrastructure facility is at risk of a terrorist attack.

Arizona Police Department Uses Mobile Technology To Improve Communications

In Motion Technology recently announced that its solutions have been deployed by the Tempe (Ariz.) Police Department to put reliable, secure, real-time information at the fingertips of its officers in the field, enhance the department’s ability to manage assets in the field, and strengthen law enforcement efforts.

Mexico City Suburb Turns To SAMSUNG | GVI Security Camera Technology

SAMSUNG | GVI Security recently announced that Naucalpan de Juarez, a city of more than 1 million people on the outskirts of Mexico City, is using SAMSUNG | GVI Security cameras to help better police the city, one of Mexico’s most industrialized municipalities. Because of the accelerated development of its industry, today Naucalpan is considered one of the most important municipalities in Mexico but is also in the country’s Top 5 for number of police reports. The city has been averaging 170 reported thefts a month.

EVT Video Surveillance Management System Protects Israeli Border

EVT, a developer of networked video management and recording software, recently announced that ElbitSec, a subsidiary of Elbit group, has deployed the Vertex Video management and NVR software suite for its border protection project around the city of Jerusalem. The installation marks the first defense deployment of EVT’s software.

California County Uses Wi-Fi Arrays For Disaster Response

Xirrus Inc. recently announced that the county of San Bernardino in California chose the company’s 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays as part of the county’s Disaster Response Mobile Connectivity Solution.

IP Summit A Success At GovSec

All in all, GovSec 2009 was a smashing success. Tradeshow organizers from the 1105 Government Information Group put together an incredible show for both GovSec and FOSE. Security Products magazine was equally successful in planning and coordinating our first ever IP Summit. We look forward to hosting another event in 2010.

Lockheed Martin Named Biometrics Systems Integrator Company Of The Year

Lockheed Martin has been named the Biometrics Systems integrator “Company of the Year” by Frost and Sullivan, recognizing the company’s leadership in developing innovative biometrics solutions for a wide range of customers.

SightLogix Ships Surveillance Package For Rapid-Response Scene Monitoring

SightLogix Inc., maker of automated outdoor surveillance products for high-value/high-consequence infrastructure protection, has delivered a $1.66 million Department of Homeland Security contract for the 2008 DHS Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP).

Diebold Wins Frost & Sullivan Award

Based on its recent analysis of the physical security solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Diebold Security (Diebold) with the 2009 Global Frost & Sullivan Physical Security Systems Integration Company of the Year Award for its excellence in developing physical security solutions with a focus to increase productivity, improve customer service, reduce costs and enhance security for assets and people.

Department Of Defense Chooses Sony IP Cameras

The Department of Defense is rolling out more than 350 of Sony’s latest-generation 1.3 megapixel high-resolution network security cameras to its facilities worldwide. According to Strategic Solutions Unlimited (SSU), a security systems integrator based in Fayetteville, N.C., the Department of Defense is in the second phase of its camera deployment, adding 300 units to the 50 cameras initially installed in 2008.

Hazards and Hoaxes

Less than eight years ago, anthrax letters killed five people, sickened many others and disrupted mail operations nationwide. Despite large investments in time and treasure, suspicious white powder continues to bedevil security executives and mail center managers worldwide.

IP Video, Access Control System Helping To Secure Texas Police Station

911SecurityCamera Inc. recently announced the completion of an integrated IP surveillance system for the Deer Park Police Station in Texas. The IP video surveillance solution gives the department centralized control over all aspects of security. The surveillance system provides 24 hour monitoring of all areas of the department's operations including booking areas, holding cells, interview rooms, parking lots and the entrances.

GovSec Summit Looks At Role Of IP-Based Security

We are receiving a phenomenal response to our IP Summit, scheduled for March 11, at GovSec. The interest generated and number of registrants has been impressive but also anticipated.

DNSSEC Deployment Coordination Initiative, DHS To Present Program

Focusing on deploying domain name system security extensions, "The Keys to Deploying Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC): Managing and Meeting Your OMB Domain Name System Requirements," will be presented by the DNSSEC Deployment Coordination Initiative, and supported by the Department of Homeland Security during GovSec and U.S. Law March 11-12

Former FBI Director To Keynote GovSec, U.S. Law

A keynote speech from former FBI director Louis Freeh will highlight the 2009 GovSec and U.S. Law show running March 11-12 in Washington, D.C.

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