Homeland Security


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).

Gunshot Location System Helps Provide Evidence For First-Degree Murder Convictions In Los Angeles

ShotSpotter Inc. recently announced that acoustic and geolocation evidence gathered from the ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System (GLS) was used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. This evidence assisted in the successful first-degree murder conviction of two known gang members.

New York Stock Exchange Strengthens Security

American Defense Systems Inc., a provider of advanced transparent and opaque armor, architectural hardening and security products for defense and homeland security, has added additional ADSI enhancements to the physical security at the New York Stock Exchange operated by NYSE Euronext.

Sophisticated Screening

Traditionally, aviation security checkpoints have focused on searching for metallic items and explosives using walk-through metal detectors and X-ray technology. However, as terrorists become more sophisticated, the need for better explosive-detection technologies that can detect an increasing variety of threats, including improvised explosives materials such as triacetonetriperoxide, is emerging.

Turkish City Uses WiMAX-Powered Backhaul For Country’s Largest Video Surveillance Network

Proxim Wireless Corp., a provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems recently announced that it has provided the wireless backhaul for Turkey's largest video surveillance network in the port city of Bodrum.

All Eyes on the Border

Spread throughout the United States are 325 ports of entry that require surveillance and protection. Every year, Customs and Border Protection processes nearly a half billion people, along with 130 million vehicles and another 20 million cargo containers. Based on a five-year plan developed by CBP, the organization is working with federal, state, local, tribal and other entities to secure borders.

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.

GovSec IP Summit Examines Application Of Convergent Strategies

Security Products and Network-Centric Security magazines are sponsoring the IP Summit March 11 during GovSec in Washington, D.C.

Defentect Teams With San Diego State University, Axis Communications, OnSSI For Radiation Detection System

Defentect recently announced that it has entered a joint operational agreement with San Diego State University's Homeland Security Program and its Immersive Visualization Center (SDSU Viz Center) to establish a permanent gamma radiation detection perimeter system.

South Africa Residential Community Deploys Wireless Mesh Network

Burgundy Estate, a new and exclusive community in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa, has deployed a wireless mesh network to ensure the safety of the private community while maintaining an open and public atmosphere. The Firetide mesh network, designed and deployed by Satinlink Wireless, also provides a level of public wireless Internet broadband access and VoIP for residents never achieved in South Africa with such technology.

BridgeWave Technology Powers Wireless Video Surveillance During Inauguration

BridgeWave Communications recently announced that its gigabit wireless products provided the network backbone to support mission-critical video surveillance traffic run by local and national security agencies during the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration.

Live Experiments Examine Impact Of Changes In Firefighting Resources

Minutes after a two-story townhouse caught fire on February 5, engines and crews raced to the townhouse to extinguish the fire and search for victims. No one was injured, however, because this was one of many fire experiments performed this winter by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other organizations. The tests with real fires and real firefighters are part of a landmark study examining the effect of firefighter crew sizes and equipment arrival times on fire growth rates and an occupant’s ability to survive a building fire.

MATE's Analytics Integrate With Hirsch Security Systems

MATE Intelligent Video and Hirsch Electronics recently announced the completion and availability of the companies’ integration, empowering the Velocity Security Management System with MATE's Behavior Watch video content analysis capabilities.

Ferry Operator Chooses ACTi Network Video Surveillance Solution

With three ferries to secure and terminals to monitor, the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. based in Long Island, N.Y. recently chose network video surveillance solutions from ACTi.

Smart Card Alliance Calls For Review Of EPC Gen 2 RFID In Identity Documents

Recent headlines have confused U.S. electronic passports -- the passport books with the blue cover and the small gold e-passport icon -- with the new U.S. Passport Cards and Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDL) already being issued as border crossing credentials by some states.

Insight Video Net, Mango DSP Form Partnership

Insight Video Net and Mango DSP recently announced that the two companies have developed a strategic partnership.

South Africa Cargo Terminals Expand IP Video Surveillance

NICE Systems recently announced that Transnet Port Terminals, the largest cargo terminal operator in South Africa, is expanding NICE’s IP video surveillance environment at Durban Car Terminal and Ngqura, for a total of five port terminals.

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    In this episode, Security Today editor-in-chief Ralph Jensen chats with Chris Hugman of System Surveyor about the customer journey. As the company’s chief executive officer, Hugman continues to work toward his vision of seamless systems management from concept to system end-of-life. He also addresses what it takes to be a guide in the security industry and why it is different from the traditional sales process. Originally a systems integrator, Hugman reveals his thoughts on technology and the prospects of the customer journey over the next few years, as well as the direction of technology.

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