Archive: Homeland Defense

ICx Unveils SafeAir Biodetection System

LAS VEGAS–ICx Technologies last month unveiled a new biodetection system it is developing that combines several existing systems into a more capable product for monitoring and protecting buildings and facilities from biological threats. Called SafeAir, the new system integrates ICx’ Air Sentinel indoor air monitor, Cepheid’s [CPHD] GeneXpert, and ICx’ air sampler called BioXC, to […]

DHS S&T Revises BAA for Home Made Explosives Detector

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has revised a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) issued last September for Home Made Explosives (HME) Detection System Capability Development. S&T is using a two phased approach to development, with white papers for both phases due Oct. 12 and full proposals due by Dec. 10. […]

TSA Seeks Help Finding Gaps in Public’s Anti-Terror Awareness

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Request for Information seeking comment and potential bidders related to a comprehensive examination of anti- terrorism awareness campaigns currently in place for the passenger rail and intra-city bus industries to understand where there are gaps. TSA wants to identify ways to mitigate these gaps to improve passenger […]

AC Airport Using Under Vehicle Cameras

Atlantic City International Airport has deployed Under Vehicle Inspection Systems supplied by Law Enforcement Associates [AID] to screen the undercarriage of cars, trucks and buses for explosives or contraband as they enter airport property. The purchase and deployment of the UVIS systems was funded by a $22,500 grant from the New Jersey Office of Homeland […]

Briefing

*Emergent BioSolutions [EBS] received a $400 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide 18.75 million doses of the anthrax vaccine BioThrax through Sept. 2010 for the strategic national stockpile. Contract terms also include an additional $34 million if the Food and Drug Administration approves the company’s pending supplement to […]

DTRA, DHS Want to Test Decontaminants and Application Devices

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Seattle Urban Area Security Initiative have begun the Interagency Biological Restoration Initiative (IBRD) to develop policies, methods, plans and applied technologies to restore large urban areas, military installations, and critical infrastructures following the release of a biological agent. To meet program […]

DoD Awards Morphotek $2.3M to Develop Biowarfare Therapies

Morphotek, Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai Co., received $2.3 million in funding from the Department of Defense to support the development of biologic- based monoclonal antibody therapies against biowarfare agents. Under the nine-month contract Morphotek will continue developing the therapies to treat Botulinum neurotoxins. “The further development of these compounds will enable […]

Catcher to Acquire Wireless Network Infrastructure Provider

Catcher Holdings, Inc. [CTHH] has agreed to acquire Vivato Networks, Inc., a provider of indoor and outdoor extended-range wireless network infrastructure equipment and services. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007, will allow Catcher to provide more complete solutions for its customers who acquire the company’s CATCHER mobile computing […]

Cross Match Receives $4.4M for Guardian Scanners for UKvisas

Cross Match Technologies received a $4.4 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Home Office for 1,385 livescan Guardian L SCAN fingerprint scanning systems in support of the UKvisas visa program. The fingerprint scanners will be installed and operational by the end of 2007 in U.K. overseas missions, including embassies and consulates. Fingerprints taken as part […]

Aion Seeking U.S. Distributor for Vein Recognition Reader

Aion Technologies, a subsidiary of Taiwan Secom Co., Ltd., has begun to market its vein recognition reader, company officials tell TR2 at the recent ASIS security conference in Las Vegas. Aion is seeking a U.S. distributor for INVERAS, which combines the reader, controller and access control device into one unit. The device can identify the […]