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HID GLOBAL to serve as Lead Sponsor of GSN’s 2016 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, opening for entries on April 4

Government Security News is very pleased to announce that HID Global, the worldwide trusted provider of secure identity solutions, has agreed to serve as Lead Sponsor of the GSN 2016 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which will open for entries on Monday, April 4.

The HID Global portfolio, which ranges from banking, financial, education, enterprise and corporate to government and healthcare, offers many solutions in access control, asset tracking, border protection, identity management and secure transactions. The company was a Winner in the SIA New Product Showcase in 2015 and was hailed by Government Security News as one of the six “most uplifting winning entries in the GSN 2015 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards” for the National ID Card it created for the war-torn government of Angola, which was desperately in need of ways to account for its geographically dispersed population. 

The National ID Card Program was created with partner company DGM Sistemas of Luanda (DGM), and by the end of 2015 had expanded enrollment, issuance and delivery infrastructure to more than 6.5 million citizens of Angola.

In another piece of good news, GSN has learned Chuck Brooks, prominent Homeland Security thought leader and founder of the two largest LinkedIn discussion groups in the field of Homeland Security, has again agreed to serve once again as Lead Judge of entries in the 2015 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards. Mr. Brooks was recently honored as Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year in the 2016 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.

In keeping with the company’s policy of updating its awards programs to reflect the latest steps being taken to mitigate or eliminate new threats and dangers, new topics in the 2016 Awards program new topics will include coverage of the broad field of “Rail Yard and Critical Infrastructure Hazmat Monitoring and Detection”, which will put a spotlight on the need for better monitoring and safety measures relating to rail transportation of hazardous cargo, such as the Bakken Crude shipments that have been involved in multiple catastrophic accidents in the U.S. and Canada in recent years. The four categories in this area, according to GSN CEO Adrian Courtenay, will be:

  •  Best Detection of Chemical Releases Within or Outside Rail Yard
  •  Best 911 Rail Yard Communications and Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Best Separation of Explosive Bakken Crude Light Ends in Rail Transport
  • Best Integration of Cameras, Sensors, Communications for Rail-Related Public Safety

Other broad categories featuring new entries in 2016 will include Access Control/Identification, Detection Solutions, Communications Solutions, Surveillance Solutions, Best Perimeter Protection, Best Integrated Security Programs and Most Notable Security Programs, Projects and Upgrades.

All Winners and Finalists will receive emblems that can be posted in websites or promotional efforts, and Winners will receive a handsome plaque describing the company, event and award received.


Good luck to all who enter this year’s program, and many thanks to HID Global and Chuck Brooks for helping to salute the technology vendors, government agencies and all the men and women in Homeland Security who keep us safe and secure every day of the year!


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