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Vidisco received the Platinum Award in the “Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection” category of GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards. The company has been focusing exclusively on portable X-ray systems...

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Wed, 2015-09-02 12:09 PM
Andover, MA, September 2 - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract with Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport for 30 desktop Itemiser® 4DX explosives trace...
Tue, 2015-09-01 05:01 PM

Senator Rick Ward

By Terry L. Jones  Livonia, LA - Pointe Coupee Parish is arming itself with military-grade technology that will give its local emergency response teams the ability to detect hazardous chemical...
Tue, 2015-08-11 08:56 PM
Washington, DC, August 11 - As America nears the Final Fiscal Quarter spending spree, US Federal Contractor Registration encourages businesses to become registered in System for Award Management and...
Tue, 2015-08-04 11:51 AM
Washington, DC, August 3 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced awards of nearly $110 million to help states and communities strengthen their capacity to track...
Mon, 2015-07-27 12:58 PM
Washington, July 23 – FBI officials announced a nationwide campaign geared toward educating business and industry leaders about the growing threat—and mounting losses—of economic espionage. As part...
Sun, 2015-07-26 09:53 PM
One of the great treats we have as publishers of our two awards programs is the pleasure of reading about some of the great accomplishments in the homeland security field, as they are described in...
Thu, 2015-06-25 03:14 PM
GSN is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 2015 annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which once again demonstrates the spectacular scientific achievements and...
Sun, 2015-05-10 05:29 PM
Washington, D.C., May 7 – The 2015 Joint Program Office for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (JPO C-IED)/Raven’s Challenge Interoperability Exercise will run intermittently between May 4 and...
Fri, 2015-04-24 12:01 AM

Robert Bonner

Editor’s Note: On April 21, the first day of the 9th Border Security Expo, held in Phoenix, AZ, Robert C. Bonner, as a member of the Expo’s advisory board, was prepared to present the prestigious...
Tue, 2015-04-14 07:47 PM
By Karen Ferrick-Roman and Adrian CourtenayForget the idea of “out with the old and in with the new.” New radiation detection systems that deter, detect and interdict illicit trafficking in nuclear...
Wed, 2015-04-08 10:56 PM
One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many...
Tue, 2015-03-24 11:27 PM
Following a successful launch of its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards in 2014, Government Security News has announced the opening of its second annual version of the program, which opened...

Company News

Wilmington, MA, September. 2 - Implant Sciences Corporation, a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, announced today the appointment of Robert Liscouski to the position of President. Mr. Liscouski, formerly Executive Vice President, will continue to serve on the company's Board of Directors. Dr. Bill McGann will continue to serve as Implant Sciences' CEO and as a member of the company's Board of Directors.
Clarion Events, one of the top three events companies in the United Kingdom, which recently purchased the Border Security Expo in the United States, has announced that its Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exposition will take place on September 15-18 at ExCel London. According to the company, the event will feature its strongest aerospace offering yet, comprising fixed, rotary wing, and unmanned platforms. Emphasising the importance of DSEI as a premier aerospace forum, DSEI will also host presentations by top level UK and overseas senior air officers.
Bedford, MA, August 19 - iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced it received a $4 million order for the U.S. Navy for the company's model 110 FirstLook® robots and accessories. All deliveries under the order will be completed by February 2016.
Boulder, CO, Aug. 4 - The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, developed by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., has completed its Critical Design Review, confirming the integrity of the design and its ability to meet mission requirements. The instrument began fabrication in June after an earlier set of reviews.
St. Petersburg, FL, - In a new development for the General Services Administration (GSA) government buyers have begun implementing a new way to evaluate a contractor’s performance on active contracts. The GSA has started using what they like to call “Objective Scorecards” in order to increase the speed and efficiency of the way contractors are graded for their work. Every scorecard allows each contractor to grade themselves based on a variety of criteria. This score is then incorporated to the overall evaluation conducted by the government buyer who awarded the contract.
Wilmington, MA, July 29 - Implant Sciences Corporation, a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today announced the award of its 19th patent.  Titled "Trace Chemical Particle Release Nozzle" (Patent No. 9,067,219), this patent enhances Implant Sciences' non-contact sampling capability to allow for its integration and use in a wide range of high through-put screening deployment scenarios.
Washington, DC, July 28 – Clarion Events announces today the acquisition of two events, Border Security Expo and the US/Canada Border Conference, FROM Eagle Eye Expositions, effective immediately.  
Lenexa, KS, July 23 – The Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) at Rolla, MO, will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund research on the impacts of climate change on indoor air quality and resulting health effects.

Commentary and Opinions

By Dr. Chris Petty
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
More than 640 million domestic air passengers hoped for a timely departure in 2012, and yet few ever considered a key part of the security process that makes timely departures possible: screening of baggage that goes into the “hold” of an airplane (more commonly known in the U.S. as “checked” baggage.) 
In Washington, attention has shifted from the daily grind towards a hyper-partisan presidential campaign. Battle lines are sharply cast between Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, and the incumbent, President Barack Obama. While all eyes are on the economy, national security challenges abound. Obama’s killing of Bin Laden and targeting terrorists with Predator strikes argues his prowess on terrorism. Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuits are hindered by cyber-sabotage.
High-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors are the recognized gold standard for detection and identification of characteristic gamma rays from nuclear or radiological sources. No other detector comes close to matching their extremely high resolution and sensitivity. However, until recently, their use outside the laboratory has been limited. A number of challenges had to be overcome before they could be deployed routinely in the field.
 

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Garrett Metal Detectors started in the hobby business in 1964, according to Steve Moore, but has been in security for 30 years and is now a major national and international supplier of walk-through metal detectors, ground search detectors for crime scene investigations and handheld scanners used at sporting events and other venues involving large crowds. Major clients in the U.S. and 170 other countries include governments, corporations, loss prevention, prisons, airports, mass transit and law enforcement.

Dr. Banerjee points out that the typical command and control center of an airport, seaport, mass transit hub, utility or city center is a place with input from a number of different silos. The silos must be joined together, he says, so that management can first achieve situational awareness, then move on to situation management and situation reconstruction. That is what Physical Security Information (PSIM) is all about, he says, and it is what Nice’s Situator software offers to security personnel. It’s the ability to pull the silos together and know what to do next.

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Monty Lutzker explains that Morpho Detection is Safran Industries’s detection division, offering explosives and substance detection, as part of a security group which includes detection, biometrics and documentation. His interview includes a demonstration of the ITEMISER DX, a portable explosives detection and narcotics detection tool which he describes as the “gold standard in identification at security check points”.

Randall Foster indicates that Vumii specializes in nightvision, typically used at perimeters and borders. The company offers two families of surveillance – thermal imaging and LED and Infrared laser-illuminated camera systems that are used for detection, recognition and identification.

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