Archive: Homeland Defense

Coast Guard Expands Biometric Trial into South Florida

Based on its apparent success reducing illegal migrant traffic in the Mona Passage, the Coast Guard soon will expand a biometric pilot project to a dozen of its cutters operating out of South Florida in an attempt to deter illegal migration to the U.S. from Cuba. Cutters operating from Sectors Miami and Key West that […]

Cogent Wins $11M APFIS Award from Spain

Cogent Systems [COGT] won an initial $11 million contract from the Spain’s Ministry of Interior, General Directorate of the Police and Civil Guard, for a national criminal automated fingerprint and palm print identification system (APFIS). Under the contract Cogent will also supply livescan and mobile identification units. The new APFIS system will allow for closer […]

DHS Postpones Certification of ASPs; Basham Says CSDs Still Not Ready

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has postponed a decision on certifying the cost benefits of new radiation detection portal monitors based on the concerns of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency that would be the primary user of the Advanced Spectroscopic Portals (ASPs). CBP doesn’t have any concerns with the next-generation ASPs but believes […]

DoD Readying to Establish Biometrics Center of Excellence

To better coordinate the various biometric development efforts and databases throughout the Defense Department, the Pentagon soon plans to establish a DoD Biometrics Center of Excellence within the Army. Creation of the new center will develop a “critical mass for biometrics” within DoD to achieve commonality where its needed and prevent duplication, Thomas Dee, director […]

VSE’s Energetics Subsidiary Gets Potential $21M in DHS Work

VSE Corp.’s [VSEC] Energetics Inc. subsidiary won a potential five-year, $11.8 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide technical, management, and program support to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) for the Office of Infrastructure Protection, Partnership and Outreach Division. Energetics will conduct research and analytical studies, develop requirements and implementation […]

DHS Touts Success of Coast Guard’s At-Sea Biometrics Pilot

A limited trial by the Coast Guard of fingerprint capture and identification technology has helped reduce the flow of illegal immigration by nearly 50 percent in the Mona Passage, which separates Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic. The pilot project was begun a year ago aboard Coast Guard cutters operating in the Mona Passage, a […]

Earnings Notes And News

ImageWare Systems [IW] 3Q07 3Q06 Sales $3.5M $2.2M Net Inc. ($130K, $0.01) ($1.5M, $0.13) Sales increased 59% largely due to multi-biometric enrollment and management and identity proofing the company is doing for the Department of Veterans Affairs in support of HSPD-12. ImageWare announced a $1.7M contract with the VA in August. Success on this contract […]

DHS Awards CSC Potential $34M under EAGLE

Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC] received a potential $34 million task order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the Information and Customer Service Division (ICSD) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The contract, made under the DHS EAGLE program, has a six-month base period and four one-year options. It’s the second […]

Coda Octopus Delivers First of Three UIS to Coast Guard

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. [CDOC] has delivered the first of three Underwater Inspection Systems (UIS) to the Coast Guard under a $2.6 million contract signed with the Technical Support Working Group in July. Delivery of the second system is slated for next month. The contract includes options that would expand the value to $8.3 million […]

Ahura Nabs National Guard Contract

Ahura Scientific received a $2.6 million contract from the National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams to supply its FirstDefender handheld chemical identification system, which also meets military specifications for ruggedness. Under the contract 65 instruments and fiber optic extension probes will be delivered to each of the 55 Civil Support Teams and […]