ICx Technologies: comprehensive, layered approach to security

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Stand alone, mobile surveillance

Outside its CBRNE product line, ICx manufactures SkyWatch, a stand alone, mobile surveillance tower that can be deployed as a security solution at special events, for port security, flight line protection, parking lot surveillance, force protection and perimeter and border surveillance. For the past four years, the U.S. Park Police has used their SkyWatch towers, as well as various detection devices from ICx, to assist with crowd management and surveillance at the Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall.


“Over the years, we have developed a strong relationship with the U.S. Park Police and National Park Service,” said Adam Strange, who heads up the Integrated Surveillance Solutions group at ICx.

A merger of technologies

With a broad range of detection and surveillance technologies, ICx is a leading provider of integrated advanced sensing technologies for homeland security, force protection and critical infrastructure applications. On October 4, the company was acquired by FLIR Systems, Inc., a thermal imaging and stabilized camera systems manufacturer for thermography and imaging applications. The acquisition expands FLIR’s capabilities into advanced sensors for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) detection for defense and homeland security markets. The acquisition also enhances FLIR’s existing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance product suite through the addition of ICx’s advanced radars and integrated platforms. ICx operations will be integrated into FLIR’s Government Systems Division. Earl R. Lewis, president and CEO of FLIR, described the merger as an “opportunity to expand our business into several attractive adjacent technologies, products and markets.”


At the recent ASIS exhibition and seminar, Homeland Security Newswire took the time to walk through the ICx Technologies booth. ICx develops and integrates advanced sensor technologies for homeland security, force protection and commercial applications. The company’s proprietary sensor technology detects and identifies chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) threats. On top of its broad CBRNE product line, ICx also manufactures ground-surveillance radars, thermal imaging cameras and command and control products for wide area surveillance and perimeter intrusion detection.

Comprehensive layered approach to CBRN security

One of the company’s products on display at ASIS was ThreatSense, a system which provides a comprehensive, layered approach to CBRN security. ThreatSense uses a variety of ICx products and technologies in concert to protect a facility’s critical infrastructure. The system monitors the air for aerosolized anomalies as