Homeland Security


FBI: Violent Crime Drops 5.5 Percent In 2010

According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released today, the nation experienced a 5.5 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 2.8 percent decline in the number of property crimes in 2010 when compared with data from 2009. The report is based on information the FBI gathered from 13,007 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data for both 2009 and 2010.

Smiths Detection Wins $30 Million Order for Enhanced Joint Chemical Agent Detectors

The latest order takes the JCAD program total to more than $350 million.

Research: 10 Years After 9/11, Still Widespread Concerns About Terrorist Attacks

Nearly 10 years after 9/11, a majority of citizens surveyed in the U.S., Europe and Latin America report that they are "extremely" or "very" concerned about malicious or terrorist attacks on airports, airplanes, railroads, buses, subways or large gatherings of people at office buildings, sporting events or other locations, according to new research conducted by Unisys Corp.

DHS Announces Guidance For FY 2011 Preparedness Grants

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano recently announced the release of FY 2011 grant guidance and application kits for 12 DHS grant programs totaling $2.1 billion to assist states, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening the nation's ability to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.

New Sensor Developed By Researchers Can Detect Tiny Traces Of Explosives

To create the sensors, chemical engineers led by Michael Strano coated carbon nanotubes -- hollow, one-atom-thick cylinders made of pure carbon -- with protein fragments normally found in bee venom. This is the first time those proteins have been shown to react to explosives, specifically a class known as nitro-aromatic compounds that includes TNT.

FEMA, NYC Launch New Emergency Alert System

Mayor Bloomberg joined FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Tuesday to announce the Personal Localized Alerting Network, to be available in New York City later this year.

Bin Laden’s Death Comes at Fortuitous Time for U.S. Security

Osama bin Laden's death in a mansion-like compound in Pakistan last week came at a time when much of the Middle East is in turmoil amid democratic protests against long-seated monarchies. Two Hudson Institute senior fellows say his death not only makes the United States more secure, but also underscores the importance of these protests.

NRPA Announces Support For Current CFATS Program

Charles T. Drevna, president of NPRA, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, issued the following statement on the recent markup hearing of the Full Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act (H.R. 908) by the Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.



Smiths Detection Launches New Handheld Radiation Detector and Identifier

The RadSeeker increases accuracy, identifying masked or shielded rad-nuc threats faster and at greater distances.

Americans' Security Concerns Jump on Internet and National Security Worries

U.S. Unisys Security Index finds concern rises to highest levels ever following WikiLeaks incident, new unrest in the Middle East and national and financial security threats.

Anti-terrorism Vigilance Heightened Following Osama bin Laden Death

Security experts in the Middle East, Europe and the United States are pointing to new technologies that can detect person-borne concealed objects, such as “suicide bomb vests,” from safe distances, as a needed measure of protection.

Helios

Invisible Border Monitoring System Uses Fiber Optic Cables for Detection

The Helios system is sensitive enough to detect a dog and can discriminate between people, horses and trucks.

Gamma Rays Search For Concealed Nuclear Threats

Gamma rays are the most energetic type of light wave and can penetrate through lead and other thick containers. A powerful new source of gamma rays will allow officials to search for hidden reactor fuel/nuclear bomb material.

USIS Signs Teaming Agreement with University of Arizona for Development of New Investigative Tools

The tools will enable agencies to conduct comprehensive interviews and inquiries of current and prospective employees.

Augusta Systems Software Aids Homeland Security Initiative in the Kingdom of Jordan

EdgeFrontier middleware is part of the country’s emergency response and anti-terrorism efforts.

Inovonics, Optex Provide Perimeter Security Solution For Water Treatment Facility

Inovonics together with Optex recently announced the implementation of a wireless security system for a water treatment facility in Bastrop, Texas. The facility is owned by Aqua Water Supply, a non-profit water provider.

Morpho Detection To Acquire Syagen Technology

Morpho Detection Inc., part of Morpho, Safran group’s security business, recently announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Syagen Technology Inc. of Tustin, Calif. Syagen is a leading mass spectrometry technology development company for security applications.

Port of Boston

Port of Boston Not Playing Games with Its Security

The Port of Boston is working with the University of Southern California on a pilot program that uses computer modeling to randomize the Coast Guard's patrol schedule, essentially optimizing its use of the port's limited resources to protect critical infrastructure.

Pennsylvania City Uses Sony Technology To Reduce, Prevent Crime

Allentown, Pa. strives to be a safe place to live, work and play. That’s why the city’s administration and police department decided to deploy surveillance cameras to assist the police department in reducing and preventing crime throughout the city.

Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems Achieves CMMI-DEV Level 5 Rating

The CMMI model measures business process maturity levels and provides Raytheon customers with a way to assess risks and determine the level of process maturity a company has achieved.

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    One thing entertainment venues, sports stadiums and theme park officials want to accomplish is getting people back into their seats. That is happening today—but not without understanding and technology. In this episode, AJ DeRosa shares his insight on how COVID-impacted businesses are able to face safety and security issues with confidence and technology. We also discuss visitor expectations and how venue officials can ensure their space is secure as they welcome visitors back.

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