Homeland Security

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.

The Carbon Bootprint

It’s easy to see that some of the hottest topics of the year are climate change, the economy, energy and, of course, security. Although at times these may seem like four separate challenges, a new report asserts that they are instead symptoms of the same larger, global problem.

GE Security To Provide Safety Solutions For 25 Metro Lines In China

GE Security, a leading supplier of security and life safety technologies worldwide, announced it has won more than 25 metro lines projects across China to supply state-of-the-art metro safety solutions consisting of fire alarm systems, gas release control systems and integrated metro security systems.

IBM Partners With Axis, Genetec To Provide Intelligent Networked Video System At Chicago’s Navy Pier

IBM recently announced the creation of one of the world's most advanced, integrated network video monitoring systems for Chicago's Navy Pier. The project increases video security capabilities at Navy Pier and integrates new and existing safety resources to safeguard people and property.

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.

Driving Forces

The Cayman Islands are a popular Caribbean getaway, so it’s not surprising that Owen Roberts International Airport is extremely busy for its size. Located on the southwest end of the largest island, Grand Cayman, the airport handles approximately 1 million passengers through its five boarding gates and facilitates 30,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The airport’s current 60,000-square-foot terminal has been welcoming passengers since 1985.

South African Transportation Projects To Use March Networks IP Video Technology

March Networks, a provider of intelligent IP video and business analysis applications, announced recently that it will provide its VideoSphere Intelligent Video Management solution for two significant transportation projects in South Africa.

Senture Security Solutions, CoreStreet Announce Partnership

Senture Security Solutions LLC, a full service security solutions integrator, and CoreStreet, provider of credential validation solutions, recently announced the companies will team up to deploy national security programs for both the maritime and transportation industries, as well as the defense, homeland security and emergency management markets.

It’s In The Vault

For banks to be successful, they must be secure -- and their customers and partners must have confidence in their security. Banks face real and serious threats, especially from theft. Employee theft is a serious problem. In the United States alone, losses from employee theft total $1 billion annually, which exceeds any amount stolen by common bank robbers.

DHS Announces More Than $500 Million In Preparedness Grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released application guidance for more than $500 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preparedness grants for fire station construction, port and transit security -- funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Justice League

The next time you find yourself with nothing to do, why not go online and help fight border crime? The Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition, in collaboration with BlueServo, has deployed Virtual BorderWatch, a real-time surveillance program that allows the public to keep an eye on the U.S.-Mexico border from their home computers.

A Port in the Storm

While federal security requirements like the Transportation Workers Identification Credential program are designed with the safety of the nation in mind, adhering to them can be a costly and time-consuming task. The goal of the TWIC program is to ensure that anyone who has unescorted access to secure areas of U.S. port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a known security threat.

IndigoVision IP Security System Protects APEC Summit

IndigoVision’s complete IP security system is providing an advanced wireless surveillance solution for San Borja, Peru, which was deployed as part of the recent APEC summit. San Borja is primarily a middle-class district of the country’s capital, Lima, covering an area of 4 square miles and with a population of more than 100,000. The system was installed in advance of the annual meeting of the 21 members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which met in Lima in November.

Attention in the Terminal

JetBlue Airways' new Terminal 5 accounts for 30 percent of JFK International airport's total traffic with its 26 gates, capable of handling more than 500 flights daily. Keeping a watch on an estimated 20 million passengers per year who pass through 40 ticket counters and the central security checkpoint— the largest in the United States with 20 screening lanes—was a challenge for the JetBlue security team in planning the terminal's surveillance system.

Facial Recognition Technology Used In Driver’s License Fraud Detection

L-1 Identity Solutions Inc., a provider of identity solutions and services, recently announced that facial recognition technology is proving to be a highly effective tool in fraud detection efforts among U.S. and Canadian driver’s license issuers.

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.

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.

  • The Power of the Open Platform The Power of the Open Platform

    In this interview, sponsored by OpenEye, Eric Fullerton addresses the specific advantages of an open platform solution. He also talks how an end user can streamline operations and reduce cybersecurity risk in the cloud. Reducing the burden on IT will make it easier to manage and maintain video deployments and integrations of all sizes.

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