Homeland Security


On Approach

South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport serves more than 1.5 million travelers each year to and from one of the most popular golfing destinations in the United States. The airport is host to six major U.S. airlines. To accommodate the growth the area has experienced, the airport replaced its legacy security system, which was no longer servicing its needs, with intelligent field hardware and smart-card readers with bidirectional encryption. Airport officials reviewed five security management systems in detail prior to making a selection for their new system. Based on scalability, ease of use and operation, along with the lower cost of maintaining the system, they chose AMAG’s Symmetry SMS. Airport officials highlighted how secure the system was from end to end and the enhanced video integration that the new system offered. They replaced their old analog video system with a digital system that is seamlessly integrated. The IP solution is one of the first all-digital security systems in the southeastern United States.

Axis Cameras Part Of Security Solution Protecting Little League World Series

Axis Communications recently announced that, as part of a comprehensive and discreet security solution put together by partner Lenel Systems International, it has contributed more than two dozen thermal, fixed dome and PTZ network cameras to this year’s Little League World Series being held in South Williamsport, Penn.

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.

FLIR To Acquire ICx Technologies

ICx Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced sensor technologies for homeland security, force protection and commercial applications, has entered into a definitive merger agreement with FLIR Systems Inc. pursuant to which ICx would be acquired through a cash tender offer, followed by a merger with a subsidiary of FLIR, for a price of $7.55 per share in cash.

TSA Announces 100 Percent Of Domestic Air Cargo On Passenger Aircraft Now Screened

The Transportation Security Administration recently announced the airline industry has met a key requirement of the 9/11 Act by screening 100 percent of air cargo on domestic passenger aircraft.

What's In Your Future?

The typical access control system in use today, in all too many cases, is installed in stages. As a result, it is comprised of different brands and disparate products, many of which do not integrate into the same system or talk with each other.

Inside and Out

While airports worldwide struggle to maintain security and regulate access to restricted areas, some facilities have found a solution by implementing the most advanced and accurate identification technology available: biometrics.

Tipping the Scales

The southern border typically receives more media attention and employs stricter security measures than the northern border. However, the United States and Canada share more than 5,000 miles of border, while the United States and Mexico share 1,900 miles. The Canadian border is a prime throughway for people and drugs.



Lurking in the Shadows

Mal-intended people operate under the cover of night, knowing that darkness makes it hard for them to be detected and identified. While it is difficult for humans to see in darkness, our eyes compensate by opening the iris. But a wide-open iris is easily blinded by sudden, direct illumination. Video cameras work in a similar way.

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 Identify Unique Terahertz ‘Fingerprints’ To ID Hidden Explosives From A Distance

A major breakthrough in remote wave sensing by a team of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers opens the way for detecting hidden explosives, chemical or biological agents, and illegal drugs from a distance of 20 meters.

New TSA Administrator Pistole Announces Top Goals For Agency

The Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) John S. Pistole recently visited Boston Logan International Airport. As Pistole begins his tenure with the agency, he announced his top goals and priorities.

Ohio City Runs IP Video System On IT Infrastructure

Milestone XProtect Enterprise Video Management Software is providing centralized management for the city of Dublin, Ohio. City management and IT staff built the installation on the unified Milestone platform with its open architecture running on an IT infrastructure.

G4S Announces Acquisition Of NSSC

G4S Secure Solutions USA enters the chemical and petrochemical arena with the acquisition of Nuclear Security Services Corp. (NSSC), a risk consulting and security solutions firm specializing in corporate and critical infrastructure applications.

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.

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.

DHS Launches 'See Something, Say Something' Campaign

"Implementing a national suspicious activity reporting partnership with Amtrak and expanding the 'See Something, Say Something' campaign strengthens our ability to guard against terrorism and crime," said Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

L-1 Identity Solutions To Develop Mobile Fingerprint Technology For DHS

L-1 Identity Solutions, a provider of identity solutions and services, was awarded a competitive contract by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Human Factors Division, to fund the development of next-generation technology for use in mobile four finger slap image capture devices.

Washington Utility District Deploys IP Video Surveillance, Access Control

Following on from a recent security review, the Northshore Utility District in Washington has deployed an IndigoVision site-wide integrated IP video surveillance system using high-definition cameras to help combat terrorism and improve public and staff safety.

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.

  • The Z-Wave Alliance Focuses on the Residential Market The Z-Wave Alliance Focuses on the Residential Market

    Mitchell Klein serves as the executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, an industry organization that drives numerous initiatives to expand and accelerate the global adoption of smart home and smart cities applications. In this Podcast, we talk about the 2022 State of the Ecosystem, and the fact that technology has brought about almost unimaginable residential security resources. The Alliance also provides education resources as well as looking at expanding technology.

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