• Device allows summoning help where no cellular coverage is available

    People who work or travel in remote places often find themselves in areas where there is no cellular coverage; summoning emergency help is thus difficult, if not impossible; a Colorado company offers a solution

  • World record in fingerprint identification: 129 million records in one second

    A German biometric company says its new solution has set a world record: it correctly identified the ten fingerprints of one individual within a second from a database of more than 129,296,050 fingerprints

  • Game to improve defense, homeland security decision making

    Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded a $10.5 million multi-year contract to develop serious games that result in better decision-making by teaching participants to recognize and mitigate the effects of their own biases when analyzing information used to make decisions

  • Gartner: global security service spending to reach $35.1 billion in 2011

    Worldwide security services spending is on pace to reach $35.1 billion in 2011, up from $31.1 billion in 2010, according to Gartner, Inc.; the market is forecast to total $38.3 billion in 2012, and surpass $49.1 billion in 2015

  • Strong growth in biometrics industry projected

    Fueled by concerns about terrorism and other security concerns, the global biometrics industry is set to expand to $16.47 billion by 2017, according to a recent report by market research firm Global Industry Analysts (GIA)

  • Sprint customers first to receive wireless emergency alerts

    Thanks to Sprint, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will now be able to broadcast wireless emergency alerts to cell phones for the first time; the move allows FEMA, the president of the United States, the National Weather Service, or local and state emergency officials to broadcast warning messages and safety information through text messages

  • Europe faces rare Earth metal shortages

    The EU’s ambitious low-carbon energy production goal depends on five technologies: nuclear, solar, wind, bio-energy, and carbon capture; these technologies, in turn, depend on rare Earth metals; the EU estimates that a large-scale deployment of only one of these technologies — solar energy — will require half the current world supply of tellurium and 25 percent of the supply of indium

  • Budget cuts force military contractors to look inward for business

    With U.S. military operations overseas drawing down and the U.S. defense budget likely to shrink , contractors are increasingly looking to domestic markets for their products

  • Futuristic border gate system opens in El Paso

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has opened the first pedestrian border crossing in El Paso, Texas, that deploys a combination of gate systems, mobile handheld devices, and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology more efficiently to identify and process pedestrians crossing the border into the United States

  • Giving hardware a second life in disasters

    A software version of CharTec BDR appliance enables CharTec’s partners to provide backup and disaster recovery offerings by reusing existing hardware or BDR solutions

  • Ballistic clipboard protects police from gun fire

    Routine traffic stops, warrant calls and first responses have the potential of being some of the most dangerous moments in the field; a standard issue clipboard provides little in the way of reliable protection in the event of gunfire; a new clip board provides multi-hit protection against gun fire

  • iPhone fingerprint reader wins Cygnus award

    At the 118th International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, Fulcrum Biometrics won two awards for its mobile biometric fingerprint reader that attaches to Apple iPhones; the company’s FbFmobileOne reader received Innovation Award in the Forensics category as well as the Paramount Award for being the most innovative product of the year across all categories

  • "Printing" food with plant DNA to prevent counterfeiting

    Branded foods from the waters off Japan are becoming popular in Asia; the growing popularity has lured counterfeiters into the market, where they sell common foods as the high-value brand, in the process destroying markets and reputation of the real item

  • L-3 acquires Detector Networks International

    Last Friday L-3 Security & Detection Systems (SDS) announced that it had acquired Detector Networks International (DNI) in a move that bolsters L-3’s portfolio of radiation detection technology

  • New testing capabilities for bioterror threats

    Research presented at the 13th Medical Biodefense Conference in Munich says that Abbott’s PLEX-ID system provides reliable and rapid results for key microbial biothreat agents and should be considered as a first line analytical tool for biodefense, biosecurity, and microbial forensics programs