Archive: Homeland Defense

SRI’s Maritime and Port Security Centers Gets $36.5M Navy Award

The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded SRI International a five-year, $36.5 million contract to develop, demonstrate and test advanced sensing and situational awareness technologies and systems to improve port security in the U.S. The work will be carried out by SRI’s National Center for Maritime and Port Security (NCMPS), which was established earlier this […]

DHS Seeks Long Range S&T Projects

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) branch is seeking proposals for long-range projects and innovative prototypes in the following areas of strategic interest: explosive countermeasures, including detection, mitigation and response to a variety of threats; chemical and biological analyses and countermeasures, including improved characterization and prioritization of threats, development and detection […]

China Orders Gemini X-Ray Systems from AS&E

American Science & Engineering [ASEI] received an order for 15 Gemini parcel inspection systems to be used to secure checkpoints at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Gemini uses dual energy transmission for metallic detection and the company’s Z Backscatter technology for enhanced organic detection for detecting weapons, explosives and contraband. The value of the order […]

Earnings Notes And News

American Science & Engineering [ASEI]   2Q08 2Q07 Sales $37.6M $29.6M Net Inc. ($4.5M, $0.48) ($4.8M, $0.49) Despite a 27% jump in sales, profits fell due to lower gross margins on product mix, new product development costs and an 81% increase in research and development spending. Part of the reason for the profit decline stems […]

DHS S&T Issues RFI for Reliable First Responder Link

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate has issued a Request for Information (RFI) related to the development of a working concept for an affordable communication system that provides first responders with resilient and durable communications after an event responsible for the loss or serious degradation of existing communications systems. Some […]

CBP Awards SAIC $33M for VACIS Systems

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded Science Applications International Corp. [SAI] a $33 million contract to supply VACIS P7500 X-Ray inspection system under the Secure Freight Initiative. The number of VACIS systems to be purchased wasn’t disclosed. CBP officers will use the VACIS systems in foreign ports to scan cargo containers destined for the […]

Navy Issues RFI for IED Detection Technologies

The Naval Surface Weapons Center in Dahlgren, Va., has issued a Request for Information for technologies and systems that can detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The desirable characteristics of the detection technologies and systems include a detection range of at least 100 meters, carried or installed on a vehicle, capable of being used in harsh […]

Alltel Wireless Offering HazMat Response Tool

Alltel [AT], which owns and operates the nation’s wireless network and has 12 million wireless customers, is offering law enforcement and public safety officials the HazMasterG3 decision support tool on select phones. Once first responders identify and even quantify a hazardous materials type of threat, HazMasterG3 tells them what to do next, Joe Johnson, staff […]

Raytheon, Invizeon Partner on Emergency Comms System

Raytheon’s [RTN] JPS Communications unit has partnered with Invizeon Corp. to market an emergency alert system to colleges, universities, and civil and military customers. The company’s say a notification message can be delivered within minutes to thousands of users regardless of device, access method or carrier. “By combining our capabilities with Invizeon, a comprehensive solution […]

Port Officials Warn That TWIC Demand Exceeds Expectations

By Calvin Biesecker Officials from seaports in the United States told Congress this week that demand for mandatory new federal worker identification credentials significantly outstrips the U.S. government’s expectations, potentially disrupting port operations during the enrollment process. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) estimates that about 30,000 workers at the Port of Houston, Texas, will need […]