Pulling it together was a Herculean task that took some five years to complete, but now a massive training curriculum designed by Florida State University researchers to ensure the security of the nation’s 350 commercial ports is about to enter the marketplace.
During today's morning and evening commutes, Amtrak Police, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel and law enforcement officers from federal, state, local, rail and transit police agencies are being deployed at passenger rail and transit stations to exercise counterterrorism and incident response capabilities.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, all aspects of air security have been a top priority for governments, businesses and the public. New and emerging terrorist threats now necessitate that airport detection be as adaptable, proactive and evolutionary as possible. Long gone are the days of simple metal detectors and unconcerned passengers. Airport security has become one of the most daunting technological challenges facing experts today.
- By Susan Cooper-Curcio
- Oct 01, 2010
Intellicheck Mobilisa Inc., provider of access control and wireless security systems announced recently that the Port of Houston, Texas purchased the company’s TWIC readers and began an official pilot test using this new technology.
Air cargo shippers and forwarders say the industry still has a long way to go in screening shipments after meeting a government mandate to screen 100 percent of all cargo on U.S. passenger aircraft by Aug. 1, according to a report in The Journal of Commerce.
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.
The Port of Wilmington, which opened in 1923, is the busiest port on the Delaware River and the leading North American importation site for fresh fruit, bananas and juice concentrate. It also was the first seaport to use the TWIC card, beginning with the TWIC Technology Phase pilot program in October 2003. TWIC is designed to add a layer of security at ports by ensuring that workers in secure areas have received a background check and do not pose a national security threat.
- By Geri B. Castaldo
- Sep 01, 2010
"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.
Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software is being used by Fraport AG to improve both security and operational excellence at Varna and Burgas Airports in Bulgaria.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
People who are new to the Dallas- Fort Worth area may be surprised to hear about its burgeoning art scene. It’s true: Dallas is a lot more cultured than one might expect. And the Dallas Museum of Art has been a cornerstone of the city’s rebirth since it opened in the early 1900s.
- By Megan Weadock
- Jul 01, 2010
Transportation security is a loaded term. There are so many different facets and subsets to transportation security -- such as mass transit, Department of Transportation surveillance and airport security -- and they all present their own challenges. Transportation security is a loaded term. There are so many different facets and subsets to transportation security -- such as mass transit, Department of Transportation surveillance and airport security -- and they all present their own challenges.
- By Fredrik Nilsson
- Jul 01, 2010
With summer travel season hard upon us, specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new standards designed to increase safety as we rush from gate to gate in crowded mass transit centers. Their efforts will help to fortify against potential bomb threats in the nation's transportation centers.
On Wednesday the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) awarded its Maximum Impact Award Recipients on its largest exhibit show floor ever.
ADT Security Services recently announced that it has completed work on new digital networks allowing the two major international airports serving the Washington, D.C. area to migrate to the latest generation of video surveillance cameras.
Unisys recently announced a contract with the Brazil Special Secretariat of Port Development and Modernization (SEP) to assist the agency in a key initiative aimed at enhancing operations, security and information exchange across the country's logistics operations and maritime ports.
Honeywell recently announced an enhancement for its used Pro-Watch security management system that will help organizations more easily comply with stringent U.S. government regulations.