• EPA to help ports become greener

    Ports are vital to the U.S. economy; port-related activities also pose major environmental challenges, and the EPA wants to help ports and their transportation network in reducing air emissions, improving water quality, and protecting the health of communities near port facilities

  • Fear of dirty bomb threat as U.K. ships plutonium to France

    Sellafield had an ambitious, £473 million plan: Make new nuclear fuel out of mixture of plutonium and uranium oxides recovered from used fuel; the plan flopped, and the company had to turn to its chief competitor, French firm Cogema, to fulfill its orders for the fuel material; trouble is, shipping the material to France on an unarmed ferry is dangerous, as the material could easily be used to make a dirty bomb

  • Vidsys, Objectvideo partner to offer security information solution

    Integration of ObjectVideo’s intelligent analytics with VidSys’ Physical Security Situation Management software would improve response by connecting intelligent monitoring to quick investigation

  • Uniloc offers StrongPoint to protect critical infrastructure

    U.S. critical infrastructure is controlled by Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) networks; in the innocent pre-9/11 years, emphasis had been placed on performance, reliability, and safety, leaving these networks prone to attack; Uniloc shows physical device “fingerprint”-based solution to make SCADA networks more secure

  • Maryland leaders worry about shift in DHS priorities after elections

    Because of its proximity to the nation’s capital, the Baltimore metro area and Washington suburbs are particularly vulnerable to terrorist activity, Maryland leaders say; they want attention to security increased, not decreased

  • BlastGard shows new airport security tool

    A mobile suspect package removal unit with blast-mitigating bomb receptacle will help hold and remove suspected explosive packages until the bomb squad arrives; new system would make it unnecessary to shut down an airport for long periods, which is a good thing, since it is estimated that an airport incurs losses of approximately $150,000 for every minute it is shut down

  • Maintaining security at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport

    In 2006, Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport handled 9 million international passengers and 405,000 domestic passengers; it did so while being among the world’s most secure — if not the most secure — airports; two Israeli companies, Hi-Tech Solutions and Rontal, made their own contributions to achieving that level of security

  • Astrium’s Spanish expansion

    With growing interest in exploiting space-based assets for observation and monitoring, Astrium collaborates with Catalan, Spanish companies to create Infoterra SGSA; new venture will be exclusive distributor of TerraSAR-X high-resolution radar data for the Spanish market

  • Major security vulnerabilities in proposed World Trade Center complex

    Security experts say that the proposed World Trade Center complex has major security flaws: Towers contain too much glass; they are too close to the street where thousands of uninspected trucks and cars will drive daily; and the buildings do not meet Department of Defense or DHS blast standards

  • U.K., U.S. in tighter collaboration on nuclear threats

    United Kingdom invests an initial £2 million to secure high-risk nuclear and other radioactive materials and combat their illegal trafficking

  • Uranium smugglers caught on India-Nepal border

    Indian police arrests six individuals trying to smuggle low-grade uranium from India to Nepal;

  • No barriers to purchasing deadly chlorine

    A 2007 UN report found that at least ten mass-casualty suicide attacks in Iraq involved explosives attached to chlorine canisters; undercover operation shows the ease with which terrorists can buy large quantities of chlorine in the United States

  • Large mining concerns buys Verint solution

    A major Latin American mining conglomerate buys a critical infrastructure monitoring solution from Verint; solution will enable security personnel to react more quickly to security breaches, unauthorized personnel or vehicles, or suspicious activity across their expansive mining infrastructure

  • Delta Scientific shows new truck barrier solution

    As risk of suicide bombers driving explosive-laden trucks increase, interest in systems to stop such truck from reaching their target increases; Delta Scientific shows a new solution

  • Airport security challenges // by Lynn Welch

    TSA needs to formulate – and enforce — standards for perimeter defense