Archive: Homeland Defense

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 […]

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 […]

Cubic Corp. Establishes Maritime Security Service Program

Cubic Corp. [CUB] said yesterday it has established a new business initiative to assist federal regulators and the international port and shipping community in achieving compliance with new seaport security laws. "Hundreds of ports around the globe are trying to meet the new United States standards by 2012, along with the International Ship and Port […]

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 […]

TSA Agrees With GAO’s Suggestions For Improving Airport Security

Transportation Security Administrator Kip Hawley last week told a House panel that his agency concurs with new suggestions put forth by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to tighten airport security following GAO testimony that its investigators successfully smuggled various bomb making components and liquids through checkpoints at 19 airports earlier this year. GAO officials told […]

DHS Postpones Certification of Next Generation Radiation Portal Monitors

By Calvin Biesecker 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 (ASP). CBP doesn’t have any concerns with the next-generation […]

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 […]