Archive: Homeland Defense

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 […]

Northrop Grumman Announces Team For Coast Guard NAIS

Northrop Grumman [NOC] recently said it will be competing to design and install the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS), a two-way maritime digital communication system that will improve safety and security along the nation’s littorals. A Request for Proposals for NAIS Increment 2 is expected to be released next month although this date […]

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 […]

Wackenhut Revamping Nuke Plant Security Operations

By George Lobsenz Wackenhut Corp., saying the company has failed to keep up with major new security demands in the nuclear industry, last week announced "a new strategic direction" under which it will seek to work more closely with nuclear plant operators to provide more effective protection for commercial reactors. At the same time, the […]

Navy Plans Counter RCIED Industry Day

The Navy will host an Industry Day on Dec. 4 for Counter-Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) electronic warfare regarding the acquisition strategy, high level system requirements and future technology requirements. The acquisition strategy is to maintain competition through the development phase by awarding one or more development contracts. The Navy plans to award on […]

Vidiation gets SBIR Grant from DNDO

Vidiation, the small company developing video analytics that enable the use of video for radiation detection, has received a six-month, $150,000 phase one Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to adapt its technology to the MPEG-4 video format. “This grant allows us to adapt V-RADS (Vidiation-Radiation Analytics Detection […]

Cross Match Introduces New Document Scanner

Cross Match Technologies has introduced a new document reader that can do high speed data capture from radio frequency identification memory chips used in e-passports and ID cards. The D SCAN Authenticator CF automatically completes a full page scan in two seconds. The Authenticator CF connects easily to a PC. “The Authenticator CF is a […]

Northrop Grumman, Cogent Settle Lawsuit

Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Cogent Systems [COGT] have reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by Cogent against Northrop Grumman in 2005 alleging that Northrop Grumman misappropriated its technology and trade secrets for use in a British law enforcement fingerprint database program. Term of the settlement, which must still be finalized, include Northrop Grumman […]

Lumidigm Developing Multispectral, Multi-Biometric Hand Sensor

Lumidigm Inc., received a $730,000 contract from the Army to continue development of a multimodal whole-hand sensor based on multispectral imaging technology. The award is through the Small Business Innovation Research Program. In Phase I Lumidigm developed an early prototype model and proved out its concept. In Phase II the company will deliver a whole […]

DHS Selects NC4 to Provide Info Sharing Capabilities

The National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination (NC4) has received a potential three-year, $6.1 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide Extranet Secure Portal service as the platform for the DHS Homeland Security Information Network Intelligence Portal via its secure application service provider model. NC4 received $2.3 million for the […]