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Wed, 2016-06-15 11:02 AM
WILMINGTON, MA June 9, 2016 Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB:IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) solutions for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) applications,...
Wed, 2016-06-15 06:59 AM
EDGEWOOD, MD – Smiths Detection’s IONSCAN™ 600 trace detector has been enhanced to detect and identify narcotics, in addition to its existing capabilities for explosives. Extending the library of...
Wed, 2016-06-01 09:20 AM
ARLINGTON, VA, May 27, 2016 DRS Technologies Inc., a Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a leading...
Tue, 2016-05-31 07:53 AM

Dr. Robert Ledoux

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BALTIMORE, MD (PRWEB) MAY 20, 2016The recent recall by Costco and Trader Joes of 47 million pounds of meat contaminated with Listeria, as reported by Food Safety News on May 12, 2016(1), demonstrates...
Tue, 2016-04-12 10:46 PM
LOGAN, Utah, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory announced today that a suite of space-weather instruments built for NASA have entered...
Sun, 2016-01-24 09:21 PM
GSN is pleased to announce that its 2015 Digital Yearbook of Awards Winners has been released to the entire database of the company’s print, digital and newsletter subscribers. The Yearbook covers...
Wed, 2015-11-18 12:46 AM
Government Security News is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its seventh annual Homeland Security Awards. As in previous years, the awards program was divided into three basic...
Sun, 2015-11-08 10:40 PM

Robert Liscouski

By Adrian Courtenay New York, November 5 - As evidence mounted in recent days that the Russian jet which fell to the ground shortly after take-off from el-Shiekh Airport in Egypt was brought down by...
Wed, 2015-10-14 11:12 PM

2010 Keynote Speaker: Ret. 4-Star General Barry McCaffrey

GSN announced today that in response to a number of requests to stretch the closing date for entries in its 2015 Homeland Security Awards Program, the deadline has been extended to Friday, October 23...
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...

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Twenty years ago, it was unthinkable to X-ray people for security screening. This changed in the early 1990s with the development of ultra-low-dose techniques, using radiation levels that are thousands of times lower than medical X-ray examinations. The first products brought to market were full-body scanners using back-scatter X-rays. Subjects stand in front of the refrigerator-size device for a few seconds.   Almost immediately, an image appears on the security officer's monitor showing what is hidden under the person's clothing. The breakthrough in this technology is the minuscule level of X-rays that are used, less than 10 microRem.  For comparison, all persons are continually exposed to natural background radiation at around 300 microRem per day and airline passengers receive 500 microRem each hour of flight.  This ultra-low X-ray level is now widely accepted by both the medical and security communities for general purpose security screening, and is regulated under the ANSI N43-17 consensus standard.
Recently, GSN published an editorial by Peter Kant of Rapiscan Systems presenting his opinion on the universal advantages of transmission X-ray systems over backscatter X-ray systems for cargo and vehicle screening. Kant's article may have given some readers the impression that Rapiscan is an impartial supplier of both transmission and backscatter imaging systems. In fact, Rapiscan does not supply backscatter imaging systems for cargo or vehicles. In contrast, American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) supplies X-ray systems for cargo and vehicle screening which utilize transmission imaging, backscatter imaging, or a combination of both technologies. It is our belief that the best technology to use depends on the end-user's particular application. Transmission and backscatter imaging are fundamentally different from one another but both are highly effective detection technologies in the right situation.
National security issues are top priorities for governments around the world today. Terrorism threats, weapons of mass destruction, and explosives and narcotics smuggling are ubiquitous and ever-evolving. Coupled with today's flow of commerce, cargo and vehicle screening needs to happen around the clock. Such intensity requires advanced technology that readily moves goods through borders and check points, both on land and at sea. At the center of mitigating these threats are two X-ray inspection technologies: Backscatter and Transmission X-ray. While both can help address security threats, I believe, as someone who provides both technologies to the U.S. Government and appreciates the benefits of both, that transmission X-ray is clearly the better choice for screening cars, trucks and cargo containers for narcotics, weapons, contraband and other potential threats.
After blackmail, the cell phone may be the best espionage tool ever devised. By combining ever more sophisticated communication, photographic and data transmission capabilities with ubiquity, cell phones are both innocuous and dangerous. Virtually anyone who would have any business in a Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) secure area carries a cell phone. But the entrance of cell phones into secure areas immediately renders them unsecure. Classified or confidential documents, maps, blueprints, legal briefs and financial information can be discussed, downloaded or photographed. If still photos of proprietary industrial methods and processes aren't enough, they can even be 'filmed.'
During the current economic downturn, it is difficult to know how to improve your sales and position in the marketplace. One sure way to do that is to have your products and services (including IT security) SAFETY Act approved. The SAFETY Act is a provision through the Department of Homeland Security that validates the accuracy and effectiveness of security products and services to ensure that they meet homeland security standards. Therefore, should your products/services be implicated in a 'terrorist' event, you can not only cap your liability through SAFETY Act designation, but eliminate your liability through SAFETY Act certification.
 

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