Government Security


ManTech Corp. Acquires MTCSC for $75M

The completed acquisition adds additional command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems integration and cyber-capabilities to ManTech’s services portfolio.

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.

AOptix Technologies Appoints Earl Charles as CFO

Charles' responsibilities will include corporate finance, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure planning to see AOptix through the company’s fastest and most exciting growth phase to date.

IBM Implements Cloud-Computing Model for NATO

NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) has selected IBM for a strategic technology project to gain experience with emerging information technologies to improve data center efficiency and increase data sharing by its 28 member nations.

OSI Systems' Rapiscan Wins $7M in U.S. Government Orders

The security division will service and maintain inspection platforms related to transportation.

Chicago PD Continues To Expand Video Surveillance Network

Mountain Secure Systems, a provider of ruggedized electronics and wireless network solutions, shipped additional SpeedLAN 9200 outdoor wireless routers this month to Avrio RMS Group, who will use them to expand coverage for the Chicago Police Department’s video surveillance system in the 4.9 GHz public safety band.

Financial Services Sector Signs Cybersecurity Research Agreement With NIST, DHS

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has joined in a new public-private partnership to spur cybersecurity innovation in the financial services sector.

Hikvision Named General Contractor for $800M Program in Chongqing

The company expects to set up more than half a million video surveillance points in the city.



State Government Of Ohio Expands Encrypted E-Mail

Zix Corp. recently announced that it will offer secure e-mail to an additional 10,000 state government employees in a new contract with Ohio.

DARPA Awards $4.3 Million To Develop Biological, Chemical Threat Detector

A new class of sensors able to detect multiple biological and chemical threats simultaneously with unprecedented performance may soon be within reach thanks to the establishment of a multi-million dollar research center led by Georgia Institute of Technology engineers.

Research: Increasing Threats, Federal Resource Shortages Drive $13 Billion Investment In Cybersecurity

Driven by a 445 percent increase in cybersecurity incidents since 2006, the shortage of qualified security professionals, and an increasingly complex and interconnected technology environment, INPUT forecasts federal investment in information security to increase to $13.3 billion by 2015 at a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent, nearly twice the rate of overall federal IT spending.

New Guidance Released For First Responders Collecting Suspected Biothreat Agents

Suspicious packages and powders have triggered more than 30,000 responses by U.S. law enforcement agencies across the country since 2001. These events are expensive, time-consuming and potentially dangerous. To help first responders at all levels of government deal safely and more effectively with suspected biothreat agents, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and a broad team of federal, state and local agencies and other organizations worked together to update an existing standard for sample collection and develop overall guidance for when to collect a sample and how to coordinate with other agencies and organizations.

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.

School Security Expert Details Benefits of District-level Management

Pairing IP video technology and school-to-school video network is essential for administrators to reap operational as well as security benefits.

Chemical Security Through Streamlined System Communication

Since 2007, chemical facilities across the country have been regulated by federal rules developed by the Department of Homeland Security. Although the value of these regulations is debated, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this year unanimously approved bipartisan legislation offered by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that government officials say is critical to securing chemical facilities across the country.

SteelCloud Expands Support to the Department of Defense

New STIG360 support offering is designed to keep agencies in compliance with DISA mandates.

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.”

Cleanup Site Gets Tagged

Over the last four years, Axcess International has been providing Washington Closure Hanford with a MicroWireless tagging system that continues to increase worker safety and efficiency while reducing time on task and the cost of operations.

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Japan to Test Hitachi Explosive-sensing Device at Train Station

In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the government is further testing the bomb detector and checking for false positives.

Unisys to Help Secure US Borders Under Integration Project

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection contract, worth up to an estimated $129 million, builds upon successful Unisys work on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Dallas Police Department Uses Wireless Video Surveillance Network To Help Reduce Crime

In addition to serving as host city for ASIS 2010, Dallas also provides a great testament to how security technologies can help law enforcement improve public safety and enhance emergency preparedness. A wireless surveillance system in Dallas watches over various parts of the ASIS host city, supplying the Dallas Police Department real-time video from many areas throughout throughout the city.

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Boston Police and Orange County, Calif., Form COPLINK Network

i2's COPLINK makes information sharing possible across 3,000 miles.

Motorola Solutions Gets $30M Customs and Border Protection Contract

The company will provide critical voice and data communications upgrades to strengthen security along world's largest open access point.

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.

Vector Security Appoints Petrow President and CEO

During her career, Pamela J. Petrow has been responsible for overseeing the company's three UL-Listed Central Stations, the Insurance and Human Resources groups, and has volunteered her time with CSSA and APCO.

NIST Sponsors Second Cloud Computing Forum, Workshop In November

On November 4 and 5, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host the Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop II to give government and industry stakeholders opportunity to comment on the next steps in developing cloud computing standards.

Survey: Federal Executives Believe Cybersecurity Measures Hurting Agency Productivity

Citrix Systems Inc. recently announced key findings from a recently conducted survey on the impact of government cybersecurity measures on federal managers.

Senate Bill Maps Reform Of Federal Protective Service

Four members of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced S. 3806 on Monday to reform the Federal Protective Service, a DHS agency that provides security for 9,000 federal buildings across the country. FPS says it employs 900 law enforcement security officers and 15,000 contract guards; the bill would provide funding for FPS to hire 500 additional full-time employees (it has 1,225 currently) during the next four years.

Pennsylvania City Develops Safe City Initiative With DVTel Technology

DVTel Inc. recently announced that the City of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. is protecting the city’s square, downtown and other high risk areas in the city with DVTel’s intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) platform and its Altitude family of PTZ and fixed IP cameras.

Safran To Acquire L-1 Identity Solutions For $1.09 Billion

Safran announced recently that it has entered into a definitive agreement with L-1 Identity Solutions, a identity management provider in the United States, for Safran to acquire the operating and holding company of L-1 and its biometric and enterprise access solutions, secure credentialing solutions and enrollment services businesses, for a total cash amount of $1.09 billion.

RSA Provides Technology To Canon U.S.A. For Government Smart Card Solution

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, recently announced that RSA Professional Services has worked with Canon U.S.A. Inc. to provide U.S. government standard encryption for its embedded platform used to validate smartcards in Canon printers, copiers and multifunction products (MFP). RSA's technology has enabled the company to sell equipment that achieves the security requirements for smart card authentication to the U.S. public sector, such as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Smiths Detection Wins Contract To Provide Chemical Threat Detection, Video Management System For Washington, D.C. Metro

Smiths Detection recently announced the award of an additional five-year contract by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to upgrade and maintain the company’s PROTECT and FirstView anti-terrorism detection and software systems.

New Product Of The Year Award Winners Announced

Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award at the publication’s premiere Virtual Event today.

Delta Scientific To Provide Counter-Terrorist Vehicle Barricades For Afghanistan

Delta Scientific, a manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that its MP5000 and DSC7000 quick-deploy vehicle barricades will soon be used to defend forward operating bases (FOB) in Afghanistan.

A screen capture of the FirstView chemical threat video management system being installed at the Port of Providence, R.I.

Providence Port to Receive Chemical Threat Warning Installation

"By integrating live video, data management and immediate warning capabilities with fixed sensors in critical areas, FirstView and Athena will help protect against intentional or accidental chemical incidents,” said Smiths Detection Vice President Jamie Edgar.

Government Agency Uses Biometric Software For PIV Credentialing System

Aware Inc. recently announced that it has supplied client- and server-based software products for the PIV employee credentialing system of a large U.S. federal government agency.

RFID System To Track, Manage Assets For Marine Corps In Afghanistan

Lockheed Martin's Savi Technology has received a Marine Corps order for 50 Portable Deployment Kits (PDKs) to locate, track and manage RFID-tagged supplies anywhere, anytime in support of expeditionary force surges in Afghanistan.

Salient Stills Adds Video Forensic Subscription Option

"The VideoFOCUS Pro v3.1 annual subscription system is exactly the same as the existing version, which is in use by hundreds of investigative agencies in over 20 countries and throughout the United States," said Laura Teodosio, president and CEO of Salient Stills.

Melbourne, Australia Expands Video System With Wireless Mesh Network

When the Melbourne City Council realized that there was no cabling infrastructure to support the expansion of its complex network of security video cameras in downtown Melbourne, they asked their security system integrator, SNP Security, to come up with a solution. After investigating several wireless vendors, SNP selected Firetide Inc., conducted a three month trial of their wireless infrastructure mesh network to demonstrate the reliability of the wireless solution to MCC and just recently completed the $2 million deployment. Anixter Australia acted as the project supplier.

City Of Albuquerque Standardizes With DVTel IP Video Solution

DVTel Inc. recently announced that the City of Albuquerque has standardized on the DVTel intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) to manage its growing, city-wide IP video surveillance project.

HID Global Surpasses 100 Million Milestone For E-Government Inlays, Prelaminiate Shipments Worldwide

HID Global recently announced that it surpassed its 100 millionth product shipment of e-government inlays and prelaminates to 28 countries worldwide this month.

Security Money Goes Missing

I’m no fan of the current administration in Washington, D.C., especially when it comes to spending money. The White House, it would seem, pays its bills by printing more money and borrowing from a creditor that has no interest in democracy.

Calgary, Canada Uses IP Video Technology In Centralized Surveillance System

IndigoVision’s IP video technology is at the heart of a ground breaking ‘Data Warehousing’ and surveillance system for the City of Calgary, Canada.

Researchers Looking To Commercialize Eye-Tracking Technology As Polygraph Alternative

Shifty eyes long have been thought to signify a person’s problem telling the truth. Now a group of University of Utah researchers are taking that old adage to a new level.

United States Army Garrison Walter Reed, Walter Reed Army Medical Center To Deploy Network-Centric Mass Notification Solution

AtHoc Inc., provider of network-centric emergency mass notification systems, recently announced that the United States Army Garrison Walter Reed and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) will deploy its AtHoc IWSAlerts system to help alert personnel in the event of an emergency and to rapidly communicate mission-critical information.

Napolitano Highlights Efforts Of Department’s CFATS Efforts At Chemical Sector Security Summit

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently delivered remarks highlighting the department’s ongoing efforts to bolster security and increase resiliency at high-risk chemical facilities through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program at the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit.

Securing the Homeland

Homeland Security never sleeps. It is a 24/7 operation that can’t afford downtime or periods of reduced readiness. Thermal security cameras have become the visual surveillance sensor of choice for these demanding, high-security missions. For many years, thermal cameras have proven themselves to be the best 24-hour visual surveillance imaging solutions available, and today they are a vital component in our country’s vital homeland security mission, helping to secure our borders, airports, sea ports, nuclear facilities and other critical infrastructure installations.

ASIS International Receives GSA Federal Supply Schedule Contract

ASIS International, the world’s largest organization for security management professionals, is now an authorized General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule vendor of educational programs, materials and exhibits and seminars for security professionals.

NIST To Help Accelerate Federal Government’s Adoption Of Secure Cloud Computing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been designated by Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to accelerate the federal government’s secure adoption of cloud computing by leading efforts to develop standards and guidelines in close consultation and collaboration with standards bodies, the private sector and other stakeholders

DHS-Designed Camera Employs Image Stitching Technology To Provide 100 Megapixel Resolution

A new video surveillance system currently being developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) may soon give law enforcement an extra set of eyes. The Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (or ISIS) takes new video camera and image-stitching technology and bolts it to a ceiling, mounts it on a roof, or fastens it to a truck-mounted telescoping mast.

Research: North American Biometrics Market To Experience Steady Growth

The North American biometrics market is likely to experience a steady growth rate, with national ID projects, e-Passports, and other security projects spearheading market growth according to new research from Frost & Sullivan.

Mumbai Metro To Deploy Wireless Mesh Video Surveillance Network

Firetide Inc., a provider of wireless infrastructure mesh networks, recently announced a partnership agreement with Thales Portugal S.A., a leading global technology systems integrator, to deploy a real-time, wireless mesh video surveillance network in Mumbai, for MMOPL. The network will be deployed to provide onboard video surveillance and broadcast of text message to onboard display.

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Pulling the Plug

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has halted funding for the Secure Border Initiative-Net, a system of towers, cameras, radar and sensors initially hailed as "the most comprehensive effort in the nation's history" to assist northern and southern border agents with curtailing illegal immigration.

New York Jail Upgrades To Hybrid System Using OnSSI Technology

Facing the need for a scalable system with video recording and archiving, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in New York has updated its county jail’s video surveillance system with a hybrid analog/IP system that includes Ocularis Recorder NetDVMS and Ocularis Client software from OnSSI.

Keeping Pace with Regulations

The events of Sept. 11 heightened the federal government’s attention to security procedures at chemical/petrochemical facilities and required officials at LyondellBasell to take a fresh look at methods used to secure their facilities.

DHS Announces New Enhancements To Protect Federal Facilities

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced two enhancements to federal facility security -- initiatives that further strengthen the Department’s ability to protect thousands of government buildings across the United States one week prior to the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Overcoming Challenges, Finding Unexpected Benefits In CFATS

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards are complex and fairly disruptive. Few would argue that. The risk-based performance standards guidance alone is nearly 200 pages long, and many companies have had to re-allocate or hire staff, facilitate training and certification, and contemplate ways to re-imagine corporate processes in order to control access to chemicals of interest.

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Laying Down the Law

In response to the failed Christmas Day bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Transportation Security Administration has mandated enhanced screening measures at airports nationwide for U.S.-bound passengers traveling from or through state sponsors of terrorism and other countries of interest.

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An Extra Pair of Eyes

The biggest challenge in outdoor live surveillance for border patrol, Coast Guard and traffic control applications is atmospheric interference from fog, snow or haze. Existing fog cancellation devices are expensive and often require multiple cameras with individual adjustment to each camera.

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The New Detectives

Customs officials used to have to rely on traditional screening technologies that are ill-suited for the customs mission and have produced mixed results. Today, advanced imaging technology in the form of millimeter wave imagers and other devices are emerging as the newest tools in a customs officer's toolkit.

  • Fresh Security Perspective from AMAG’s New Sales Director A Fresh Perspective on Security

    Fred Nelson may be new to the security industry but his sales and leadership methods are time tested, and true. Fred joined AMAG only a few months ago, but brings with him a wealth of experience in sales and life balance solutions. This year is off to a good start for AMAG with new solutions on the horizon.

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