Author Archives: Calvin Biesecker

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Business Opportunities

DHS S&T Silicon Valley Program Issues Call for Object Recognition Algorithms The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program has issued a topic call for Object Recognition and Adaptive Algorithms in Passenger Property Screening. DHS says that the Transportation Security Administration is interested in solutions that facilitate adaptive image interpretation […]

Contract Awards

AGMA Gets $20M Contract for Armed Guard Services in Puerto Rico The Department of Homeland Security has awarded AGMA Security Services a $20.4 million contract to provide armed security guard services in Puerto Rico. The award is for armed guards for current and future disaster recovery centers and inspected sites for Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

Tech Developments

Smiths Detection CT Checkpoint Scanner Receives European Approval for C2 Standard Smiths Detection says it’s computed tomography-based HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX scanning system has demonstrated it meets the European Civil Aviation Conference requirements for automatically detecting explosives in checked bags for portable computers and other large electrical items. This beans the 6040 CTiX system can be […]

Court Denies GD’s Protest of TSA Award to Unisys for Integration Contract

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has denied a motion by General Dynamics [GD] challenging an award by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last November to Unisys [UIS] to integrate transportation security equipment that is deployed to airports across the U.S. In her ruling, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge Susan Braden said that […]

Coast Guard Plans Tech Demo of Long Range UAS

The Coast Guard has issued a draft solicitation related to a forthcoming technology demonstration of long-range, ultra-endurance unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for potential use finding and tracking illegal drug and migrant activities in the transit zone. The technology demonstration will help the Coast Guard determine the operational utility of long-range, ultra-endurance UAS for patrolling the […]

Pekoske Will Seek More Checkpoint Scanners if Initial Deployment Beats Schedule

If the initial deployment of new scanners for screening carry-on bags at airport checkpoints occurs faster than expected, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will seek approval from the Department of Homeland Security to ask Congress to reprogram funds in fiscal year 2019 to buy more of the systems to add to the first wave of […]


The Port of Seattle says that three Automated Screening Lanes have been installed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s security checkpoint 5. The ASLs were provided by Vanderlande. Key features of the ASLs include multiple divestment stations, mechanized conveyor belts, automated bin return, larger bins, automated diversion of alerted carry-on bags, RFID tags attached to each bin, […]

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NIST Releases Updated Version Of Cybersecurity Framework

Four years after the releasing a voluntary guide to best practices and standards for strengthening the cyber security posture of public and private organizations, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Monday released an updated version of the Cybersecurity Framework that includes updates related to authentication, supply chain security,  self-assessment and vulnerability disclosure. […]


Polaris Alpha Acquires Fourth Dimension Engineering To Bolster Cyber Capabilities

Polaris Alpha, a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners, has acquired Fourth Dimension Engineering, adding expertise in hardware design and custom electronic solutions in the cyber arena. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fourth Dimension is located in Columbia, Md., near the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. The company has 79 employees. […]