HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that its HID goID solution has been extended to provide an end-to-end system for deploying and managing a mobile citizen ID program. From issuance through verification, HID goID is backed by the same high security standards for data, communication and privacy protection that are used in today’s physical electronic ID (eID) programs. “This is a major step in delivering the full value of our goID solution, as we ext...
Shaun Kennedy has been appointed as the new Country President and Managing Director of Securitas UK and will assume responsibility at some point in early 2019. Shaun will take over from current Country President, Brian Riis Nielsen, who having successfully led the transformation of Securitas UK, will move on to a new senior management position in Securitas Group. Shaun is an experienced leader with a proven track record in the security industry. After leaving the British Army in 1997 Shaun join...
In 1901 New York state made a pioneering regulation move and became the first US state to require automobile owners to register their vehicles. This marked the beginning of regulation on modern traffic, which - following decades of development - resulted in a multi-layer concept of regulation relating to vehicles and driver’s licenses, traffic signs and insurance mechanisms that we are all familiar with nowadays. While certain parallels can be drawn between the early days of cars and our...
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s premier independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Ron Panter as security and fire systems auditor, and lead auditor for ISO 9001, based in Surrey and London. Ron started his career in auditing with the London Electricity Board where he held a variety of customer service and quality management roles. He subsequently spent over 20 years as a quality manager for a NACOSS Gold and ARC ap...
Leaders in the security industry, government and technology gathered on June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., as the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted its 2018 GovSummit. Each year, SIA GovSummit offers top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. This year’s summit tackled key security and policy issues like moving security services to the cloud, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for surveillance and...
At Defexpo India 2018, the independent sensor solutions house HENSOLDT for the first time presents its newly founded Indian subsidiary HENSOLDT Pvt Ltd (“HENSOLDT India”). The new company based in Bengaluru is HENSOLDT’s local footprint and gateway to India and its surrounding region. This organisation has been setup to increase customer proximity and augment the product and technology cooperation with local public and private companies. Furthermore, the company will act as an...
COPTRZ, UK’s commercial drone solution provider, has announced the launch of a complete turnkey drone detection solution, designed to provide protection from the threat of drones. Launched in partnership with DJI and their AeroScope detection systems, the system allows an operator to track telemetry data from drones in surrounding airspace of up to 40km. (25 miles) distance. In effect, it’s a drone license plate detection system that provides security teams with the data required to be able to quickly and effectively protect against drone intrusion. Real-time identification against Drone threat By intercepting the current communications link between a DJI drone and its remote controller, AeroScope is able to broadcast real-time identification information including UAV serial code, make and model, UAV position, speed, latitude and ground controller location. This allows the operator to take mitigation action against the drone threat and at the same time despatch law enforcement/security teams to apprehend the pilot. This launch has been anticipated for some time after increased security concerns regarding the use of drones around areas of controlled airspace. Only last year, it was reported that there had been an 168% increase in drone and commercial aircraft near misses over a two-year period. This drastic trend is expected to increase year-on-year with the influx of commercial and hobbyist drones taking to the skies. COPTRZ will to continue to lead the development of the commercial drone industry" Reducing Illegal Drone Activity in Controlled Airspace DJI announced plans to develop AeroScope in October and has since chosen COPTRZ as their European partner for the development, installation and maintenance of the product going forward. Steve Coulson, Founder and Managing Director at COPTRZ explains: "We are proud to have partnered with DJI as the European turnkey provider of AeroScope. The drone industry has grown exponentially in recent years and we are now seeing them used to great effect across nearly all vertical sectors. Despite this, an increase in drones taking to the skies has caused significant safety fears, particularly in airspace surrounding high-profile events. COPTRZ will to continue to lead the development of the commercial drone industry, and in order to do this we need to identify between legal and illegal drone use. AeroScope does exactly that and we are looking forward to working with all major security businesses to help significantly reduce the threat of illegal drone activity.”
Camera modules, aka block cameras, are devices with an integrated image sensor, lens optics, video output and control electronics. With their easy integration in imaging systems, camera modules are widely used in a range of photography and video applications globally, e.g. in video surveillance and industrial automation. With the MP2030M-GS, Tamron Co. Ltd is advancing this product species to an unseen level so as to improve existing and enable new applications, featuring an industrial grade CMOS Global Shutter image sensor, Full-HD resolution at 60 fps, 30x optical zoom, and compatibility to the interface of many other camera modules in the market. Whenever a camera and its captured objects are moving relative to each other, the resulting video images are subject to motion blur. Typical scenarios are video captures of cars on a highway or recordings of cameras mounted on flying drones. This motion blur is especially severe at CMOS sensors with rolling shutter, where the pixels are read-out line by line. As automatic image processing algorithms can hardly cope with such artifacts, true machine vision applications require blur-free frames of CMOS sensors with global shutter technology, where exposures are started and stopped at the same time for all pixels of the sensor.Thanks to its high dynamic range, the video images bring out rich details of dark and bright image areas in the same scene Low-light surveillance Tamron’s 'newest eye for industry', the MP2030M-GS, is the first camera module with a CMOS Global Shutter sensor and integrated optical zoom going into series production. Its industrial grade color image sensor provides Full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 60 fps. Thanks to its high dynamic range, the video images bring out rich details of dark and bright image areas in the same scene. A low readout-noise combined with near-infrared sensitivity enable clear captures even under low-light conditions. Traffic surveillance to research Above all, the MP2030M-GS, features a Tamron signature lens with electronically controllable 30x optical zoom and a field of view between 60° and 2.5°. Comfort functions like auto-focus, auto-iris, auto-white balance, noise reduction, digital defogging, and digital vibration compensation are also included. This camera module is 56 x 61 x 124 mm small, weighs approx. 360 g, and its digital control/video-output interface is compatible with many other camera modules on the market. Thus, the MP2030M-GS is both, a value-adding drop-in replacement of discontinued camera modules in existing installations and an enabler of all-new applications in Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), manufacturing automation, airborne aerial surveillance, entertainment, and research.
HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, is developing an innovative airborne multi-mission surveillance radar that will provide the armed forces and border protection authorities with unprecedented situational awareness and extremely short reaction times. The software-defined radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor that can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircrafts. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. “HENSOLDT capitalises on decades of experience in airborne and space radar”, explains HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We are able to translate our unique radar capabilities into an innovative product which gives defence and security forces more and better information to counter threats to their citizens’ safety and well-being.” PrecISR radar Due to its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering, PrecISR can fulfil different tasks virtually at the same time. It is able to detect, track and classify thousands of objects and thus literally find the ‘needle in a haystack’. Because of its compact design and the fact that all power consuming parts are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is simplified significantly compared to other radars. PrecISR is in the full-scale development phase. A fully functional flying demonstrator is expected to exist in about one year’s time and a series product in 2020.
Frequentis AG’s current CEO, Hannes Bardach, who has been in the management board for 35 years, will join the Frequentis supervisory board in mid-April 2018. In the future, his colleagues in the executive board - Sylvia Bardach, Hermann Mattanovich, and Norbert Haslacher - will be responsible for the management of Frequentis AG. The function of the CEO will be taken over by the current executive board member for sales & marketing, Norbert Haslacher. For 35 years, Hannes Bardach has held operational responsibility at Frequentis. In 1983, he joined the company as managing director, and in 1986, he took over the company shares. At that time, Frequentis was a small Viennese company with 36 employees and a turnover of EUR 4 million. Since then, Frequentis has continuously grown and today is a globally active group of companies with more than 1,700 employees in over 50 countries. "In the future, as an active owner and chairman of the Supervisory Board, I will work closely with the Executive Board and contribute to tasks critical to success for the corporate group," Hannes Bardach says. His special focus is on strategy and New Business Development. The future three-member board has Bardach's full confidence to drive further international growth of the Frequentis Group MNC The move from the executive board to the supervisory board has been planned for some time now. Bardach looks back on a long-standing and successful cooperation with his current board colleagues. Hermann Mattanovich and Sylvia Bardach remain in their current responsibility as CTO and CFO at Frequentis AG, respectively. The future three-member board has his full confidence to drive further international growth of the Frequentis Group MNC. Frequentis Group to expand and grow Norbert Haslacher as his successor in the capacity of CEO has Bardach’s full support. Since April 2015, as a member of the Executive Board of Frequentis AG, Norbert Haslacher can refer to an impressive track record: Frequentis order intake reached a new high of EUR 288 million in 2017, and Haslacher has already provided significant impetus for the further development of the Frequentis Group, which will secure and strengthen the Group’s competitiveness in the long-term. Haslacher's many years of experience in the IT sector have a particularly positive impact. Prior to joining Frequentis, he worked about 15 years at CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), a global IT services company that specialises in software development, infrastructure, web applications, cloud, big data, and cyber security. Haslacher has been able to contribute his extensive software knowledge as well as extensive international experience to the development of the Frequentis Group. Norbert Haslacher: “I am looking forward to the new challenge and I fully appreciate the trust and recognition that Hannes Bardach has given me as the Frequentis owner. My goal is to expedite the targeted sustained growth of the Frequentis Group and to further expand the product and solution portfolio to meet the requirements of our customers in the safety-critical area. In his new function as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hannes Bardach will continue to advise and support the Frequentis Executive Board.”
Innovative laser scanning technology from OPTEX, can now be integrated with the Genetec Restricted Security Area (RSA) Surveillance module, to deliver a new era in security and detection in outdoor and indoor environments for airports and other critical infrastructure sites. Via the RSA Surveillance module, OPTEX’s award-winning REDSCAN laser sensors can now send real-time events and alarm data to the Genetec unified security platform, Security Center, alerting control room operators to any intrusion in the surveillance area. Intrusions can be tracked on site maps to enable operators to respond to threats even more quickly and accurately. The REDSCAN laser sensors provide highly customisable virtual walls and ceilings which can be used to protect a perimeter line, but also specific areas. In the case of an airport, this might include entrances to hangars, gates and other restricted areas including baggage halls. The virtual ceiling or panes can protect rooftops and open areas (to create ‘sterile zones’), as well as being able to detect objects thrown over partition walls between secured and non-secured areas, such as passports and contraband. Laser scan technology for detection precision OPTEX REDSCAN is an extremely reliable system, whatever the internal lighting or external weather conditions. The target object can be defined by its size and the speed it is moving; when used in outdoor applications, it can ignore most wildlife such as rabbits, birds, and rodents. “We are pleased to welcome OPTEX as a partner,” says Georges Tannous, Director of Strategic Alliances at Genetec. “The technology and detection precision provided by their LiDAR devices can help benefit airport, mass transit and critical infrastructure customers.” These sentiments were echoed by Ryosuke Miwa, Senior General Manager of Global Security Division from OPTEX Japan. “We are delighted with the integration of our laser detection sensor within the Genetec RSA Surveillance module. “Intrusion detection along the perimeter, or a controlled area inside a building, can play a critical role in an overall security solution, especially for airports and other high security sites that Genetec software is often specified for. The integration adds another layer of awareness and control to the system’s operator.” To add a REDSCAN laser on a Genetec RSA Surveillance module, a device licence will be required. It will be supported on any Security Center Pro or Enterprise version 5.6 SR1 and later releases.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s (BGU) top cyber security researchers will address the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) - the good, bad and the future - at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, January 23rd. They are one of only two Israeli delegations presenting at the high-profile Davos event. The BGU researchers’ session, Cyber-Forensics with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is part of the IdeasLab forum on Tuesday, January 23, in the Congress Centre. The IdeasLab connects big ideas with big thinkers in an engaging session format where discussion leaders pitch cutting-edge scientific innovations. Cyber research The BGU cyber research experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges artificial intelligence (AI) presents to both hackers and defenders, who are harnessing the power of AI through machine learning and deep learning to extend their capabilities and further their goals−both good and bad. In three sessions, each of the three BGU speakers will discuss how AI-enabled attacks are no match for current defenses. “Ben-Gurion University is honored that our world-renowned cyber security research experts will be prominently featured at this major event,” says Prof. Rivka Carmi, BGU president. “This is a significant milestone for BGU and further acknowledgement that BGU is the place to go for cutting edge cyber security research and innovation.”BGU is the place to go for cutting edge cyber security research and innovation" BGU speakers include: Prof. Yuval Elovici - Prof. Elovici will address how attackers utilise AI to make their attacks undetectable. He is director of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU, the telecommunications company’s only research and development lab outside of Germany. Elovici is also director of BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center at BGU and a member of the BGU Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering. Prof. Bracha Shapira - Prof. Shapira, the Carole Weinstein Chair in Information Systems Engineering, will discuss how defenders use AI to catch abnormalities and deviations. She is the vice dean for research, Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Prof. Shapira is a member of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU and the Cyber Security Research Center. Prof. Lior Rokach - Prof. Rokach will focus on adversarial AI, and how attackers have started an AI arms race as they seek to circumvent systems. He will also provide recommendations on how defenders can prevent such circumvention. Prof. Rokach is chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering as well as a member of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU and the Cyber Security Research Center.Cyber at BGU (CBG) serves as a shared research platform for some of the world’s most innovative and technologically challenging projects Shared research platform Cyber at BGU (CBG) serves as a shared research platform for some of the world’s most innovative and technologically challenging projects in partnership with global companies and governmental organisations. Situated in the Ben-Gurion Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva, Israel's Cyber Capital, CBG encompasses the Cyber Security Research Center, a joint initiative with the Israel National Cyber Bureau, and the Telekom Innovation Laboratories, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom. Research conducted under the Cyber at BGU umbrella includes AI-based cyber defense; IoT security; cyber for intelligent transportation and aviation; malware; fraud detection, and big data analysis for cyber security. The WEF Annual Meeting will be held January 23-26, in Davos, Switzerland. The BGU sessions will be available on the WEF YouTube channel following the session.
What effect will the attacks in Brussels have on aviation security? Screenings inpre-security airport areas have been uncommon, but may become standard practice Will the Brussels airport attack herald a new era of aviation security? Like the bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport in 2011, the Brussels attack took place “landside”, meaning that security precautions would have been low-key and limited to spot checks and the general watchfulness of police officers for unusual behaviour. Combination of security techniques Even the tabloid press has had the sense not to second-guess Belgian authorities and ask why there were no metal detectors and body scanners at the departure hall. Only airports with particularly chequered pasts in terms of terrorism and sectarian violence (Istanbul, Nairobi and Mumbai) have screening operations at pre-security areas. However, unless their aim is to undermine public confidence by evading security measures or taking control of a plane, it makes little difference to terrorists exactly where they kill aviation passengers. CCTV still images from Brussels, which flashed around the world shortly after the attacks, showed Najim Laachraoui, who blew himself up at the airport. We now know that Laachraoui not only made the Brussels bombs but probably also made the suicide vests used in Paris back in November – fragments recovered there contained his DNA. A mug shot identifying Laachraoui as a significant terrorist suspect had been distributed by Belgium Federal Police only days before the attack in their capital. Consider the imaginary scenario of a comprehensive database of possible jihadists shared by transport hubs all around Europe. Combine that with perfect facial recognition CCTV (from all angles), not just airside but in the departure hall. And assume the resulting information is actionable quickly enough to intercept attackers. Then and only then would the Belgian airport trio have been halted. Video analytics for airport security Clearly this is the stuff of fantasy, though I’m aware of current progress and invite facial recognition vendors to weigh in. But here’s a sobering statistic from London: the Metropolitan Police’s forensic imaging team has admitted that, of the 4,000 images entered onto their database after the 2011 riots in the UK, only one person has been recognised solely by facial geometry. More generalised video analytics have a definite role to play in protecting airports; there are algorithms that will alarm on unusual direction of movement and loitering when other passengers are flowing through the site. Yes, there were peculiar aspects to the bombers. Two of them were wearing a glove on one hand only (concealing links to detonation devices), and they had large suitcases but no carry-on luggage. But this is the kind of atypical behaviour that is likely to register with human rather than artificial intelligence. I concede that analytics can do much to reveal an abnormal gait that might indicate the weight of a bomb vest but would challenge any movement algorithm developer to report much about a passenger when they are pushing a trolley. Key terror suspect Mohamed Abrini open up. #BrusselsAttack #ISIS #MohamedAbrinihttps://t.co/s4onH32OeL pic.twitter.com/3Y82I1kKQE — Indiacom (@indiacom) April 9, 2016 Explosive device detection The immediate potential for improving security throughout airport premises probably lies with alerts on explosives through trace (minute particulate) detection. Military-grade explosives are a rarer commodity now than 10 years ago (the physical security sector can take some credit for this) and without sponsorship by a rogue state, the terrorist’s current explosive of choice is triacetone triperoxide (TATP). A crystalline powder, TATP is a synthesis of three commonly available materials – hydrogen peroxide and acetone (staples of the beauty industry) and mineral acid. Known to bomb-makers as “The Mother of Satan” because of its volatility, TATP is also a nightmare for security since (unlike fertiliser bombs) it contains no nitrogen that can be detected with relative ease. TATP has been used by terrorists ranging from “shoe bomber” Richard Reid to the jihadists in London on 7/7 and more recently in Paris and Brussels. One of the bombs carried into the Brussels airport remained undetonated within a suitcase, and authorities found it to be composed of metal bolts and nails with TATP as the explosive. A handheld device from Oregon-based FLIR Systems can now collect particulates from surfaces and create a noticeable change in fluorescence signal when TATP is detected. Most explosive materials tend to be sticky and will defeat attempts to prevent them from collecting on clothes and hair by all but the most determined and skilled bomber. Challenges for European security community Other detection methods include CT (computerised tomography) scanning to compare the density of items in bags and suitcases with the density values of substances known to pose a threat of explosion. Adding TATP to libraries of suspicious density values has been a logical and fairly easy step by manufacturers. As TATP detection devices become cheaper, more portable and unobtrusive it will be possible to use them extensively in transport locations. Few analysts would have failed to note that the Brussels bombings came four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, who is suspected of having masterminded the Paris attacks. Abdeslam’s lawyer has said that his client is cooperating with authorities in Belgium. The Brussels airport and Metro attacks were improvised measures by a cell who knew they were in imminent danger of capture. The bombers had another target in mind, and given more time would have mounted a more concerted operation. Speculation can of course be feverish, but there have been suggestions that the real target was one of Belgium’s seven nuclear reactors or the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship to be held in France this summer. The enormity of the two possible targets is worrying, but security professionals may be equally concerned by the fact that these are such different threats. Both concern perimeter protection but of an almost diametrically opposite kind. The range of challenges facing the European security community is dizzying.
Williams Meredith recently stepped out of his Kentucky home to see a drone hovering over his porch, videotaping his young daughters by the family pool. It wasn’t the first time one of these small flying devices had wandered over to take a look, but it had never gotten so close. So he did what any red-blooded American would do when confronted with a home invader – he blew it from the sky with a single shotgun blast. The confrontation is another example of the rising use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and a confirmation that neither laws or law enforcement have kept up. In recent months, drones have been used to smuggle drugs behind prison walls and enable paparazzi to crash celebrity weddings. Officials at power plants and other secure facilities report seeing these vehicles buzzing their perimeters, sparking concern they could be used by criminals or terrorists. Tracking drones Those fears have opened up a new market for drone detection systems like those marketed by Dedrone, whose Drone Tracker device has been installed by a variety of companies with property to protect. Williams Meredith decided to get one to protect his home. “This has happened before, and when the police come there is no evidence there was even a drone here – let alone where it was over my property,” he explains. “Now we have the capacity of being alerted when it gets here no matter where it is. We now have video and sound of it being here.” Dealing with drones has beencomplicated by laws and regulationsthat never considered the idea of small, relatively cheap unmanned remote controlled vehicles For Meredith, the issue is protecting home and family and providing evidence to law enforcement. After shooting down the drone it was he (not the drone’s owner) who was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and wanton endangerment for discharging a firearm. Drones are so new that privacy and property protection laws haven’t caught up. The Federal Aviation Administration – after prodding by Congress – has recently begun to rewrite regulations and in preparation to issue permits for the commercial use of UAVs. “They finally published [regulations] for comment at the beginning of this year, and they’ll be lucky if they get them passed and promulgated by some time in 2016,” says John Fry, a partner in the new drone practice group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP. Meredith expects the charges against him to be dropped, and some experts agree that’s likely even in the absence of new laws. University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin says it’s reasonable for a homeowner to assume that “robotic intrusions” are menacing and that you may have the right to “employ violent self-help.” That’s also the way Meredith looks at it. Growing market for drone trackers “There are very few products on the market today that are really addressing the security concerns with drones,” says Dedrone CEO Brian Edmunds. “Ours differs quite a bit from some of the others in that we have a multi-sensor approach to drone detection.” It’s equipped with microphones for audio recording, video cameras and near-infrared sensors for image detection in low light. Using multiple parameters such as noise, shape, and movement patterns, it can detect all types of drones including silent gliders. The built-in camera saves images and videos in HD quality, providing the type of evidence of the threat intrusion that Meredith lacked in his drone encounter. “Detection is really a big task because there are so many things flying in any area,” says Edmunds. “You have planes, helicopters, birds, leaves, and you have to be able to differentiate between the things that are safe and the drone that may be flying in your airspace.” Critical infrastructure such as gasand electric generation companiesand nuclear power plants are alsodeploying the system to guard theirfacilities against a threat thatoften goes undetected The system is programmed to distinguish these objects based on sound and unique flight patterns. Once confirmed, the system automatically sends a text or email alert to a smartphone or other device. It also starts recording video that is stored locally for later use. As drones have multiplied, some have garnered headlines. Early this year, when a drunken intelligence agency employee crashed his drone on the White House lawn, inquiries coming into Dedrone ratcheted up as well. “Right now we’ve been talking with prison facilities, private industry and individuals as well,” says Edmunds. “People are starting to see more and more that this is a threat and they want (Drone Tracker) for their own personal security.” Critical infrastructure such as gas and electric generation companies and nuclear power plants are also deploying the system to guard their facilities against a threat that often goes undetected, he adds. Lagging laws for UAVs Dealing with drones has been complicated by laws and regulations that never considered the idea of small, relatively cheap unmanned remote controlled vehicles. The FAA has been writing drone regulations, but only for commercial use. The FAA is issuing licenses – called 333 Exemptions – to companies such as Amazon.com, which wants to use the vehicles to deliver packages to customers. The agency has issued almost 2,000 of the exemptions so far this year. “That’s a pretty dramatic increase in the allowance rate, but we still have one of the most significant aspects of drone operation, which is the airspace management and safety, still being managed by exemption,” observes Fry. In the meantime, states are beginning to debate and pass legislation to protect privacy and property rights, according to Tony Roehl, another partner in the Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP drone group. “We found that the U.S. is behind other countries that have addressed drones much more comprehensively at the national government level,” he explains. “That’s why you’re seeing a lot of innovation in drones coming from outside the United States.” Meanwhile, business and individuals are taking matters into their own hands, deploying detection systems and even confronting drones head on.
Preventive security measures and security training of personnel in the line of fire have improved dramatically Aviation security has significantly intensified since 9-11, and we’re making it more and more difficult for terrorists to get to us on the ground and in the air. In February the FBI arrested three men in Brooklyn plotting to hijack an airliner, and in the 14 years since the terrorist attacks of 9-11, officials have foiled dozens of plots against airlines, buildings, people and events. Counter terror successes Some of these successes are very recent: Just a few days ago, for example, FBI Director James Comey told CNN that the bureau had foiled a number of terrorist plots hatched to kill U.S. citizens over the Fourth of July holiday. Comey speculated that terrorists abroad may have recruited, supported and encouraged the actors in these plots, but wouldn’t reveal additional details. For the most part, officials aren’t talking about their domestic law enforcement successes in counter terrorism, and the numbers of terrorist plots may be much higher than what the media discovers and reports. Lacking intelligence capabilities? Shortly after 9-11, Stephen Flynn, author of two books about 9-11, terrorism and security, told me that the nation’s intelligence capabilities were way behind when it came to terrorism. He also said that it would take several years to build up those capabilities. Eventually, he noted, good intelligence would make us much safer. Could his prediction be coming true? Intelligence has prevented a number of plots in recent years before they could get started. According to the TSA, currenttechnologies can even detectnon-metallic weapons, such asplastic handguns — an issueof great concern for many yearsafter 9-11. Some critics disagree. One school of thought contends that many FBI arrests of Muslim-Americans actually involve criminal activity inspired by the FBI. According to this theory, undercover FBI informants convince Muslim-Americans to undertake terrorist activities. When they get under way, the FBI arrests them. However, it makes better sense to suggest that successful intelligence operations are making us safer most of the time. Changes in airport security In addition to higher quality intelligence, preventive security measures and security training of personnel in the line of fire have improved dramatically, as well. Look at what the airline industry has done to prevent and foil attacks. Created immediately after 9-11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) immediately instituted a comprehensive aviation security program. TSA began to thoroughly screen all passengers and luggage. The agency cordoned off all airports, allowing only ticketed passengers to pass through airport security. The TSA technology centre, working with private industry, developed — and continues to develop — advanced screening technologies capable of detecting explosives, weapons and other implements of destruction. According to the TSA, current technologies can even detect non-metallic weapons, such as plastic handguns — an issue of great concern for many years after 9-11. For sure, TSA doesn’t geteverything right. They can beinvasive in their pat downs. Thescreening slows movementthrough airports so much thatmany of us have come to dislikeflying. Still, TSA appears by andlarge to be succeeding inpreventing terrorists from gettingto our airplanes. TSA has also created the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program, which trains and authorises flight crewmembers to use firearms to defend against hi-jackers. Cockpits have been secured with combination locks on Kevlar-constructed doors. Courage & crisis management For sure, TSA doesn’t get everything right. They can be invasive in their pat downs. The screening slows movement through airports so much that many of us have come to dislike flying. Still, TSA appears by and large to be succeeding in preventing terrorists from getting to our airplanes. Everyday people are on the alert, too. In March of this year, a passenger on a United Airlines plane rushed the cockpit screaming “jihad, jihad.” Passengers jumped the man and restrained him while the pilot turned the plane around and returned to the airport. The incident brings to mind the inspiring courage of the passengers on Flight 93 who rose up against the terrorists in their cockpit and sacrificed their lives preventing the plane from crashing into the White House or Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on 9-11. In the end, we’re all everyday people, people who often fail to deal adequately with large threats to society. Our collective response to terrorism over the past 14 years suggests that we can succeed in taking on big challenges and crises — once we see clearly what needs to be done.
Could drones be used for civilian/commercial surveillance within five years? Drone strikes in war zones are reported routinely now in the news, but unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are still not common in commercial and civilian applications. Commercial uses may still be several years away, but is it too soon to start thinking about the possible security applications? Currently in the United States, Congress has directed the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with a plan by September 2015 to “integrate” unmanned aircraft safely into U.S. airspace. After that, presumably, the FAA will grant licenses to fly the vehicles for various civilian and commercial uses. The agency projects that five years after it issues regulations for drones weighing 55 pounds or less, there will be 7,500 such devices in the air. Meanwhile, technology advances are making the process of flying the drones both more precise and more automated. By the time drones are widely used in the commercial world, it will be a mature technology that has performed many years in military applications. The effective wartime use of drones has encouraged greater consideration of how the devices can be used in commercial applications such as security. Enhancing video surveillance for large perimeters The most obvious security application is the ability to add new bird’s-eye views to video surveillance systems. Drones programmed to “patrol” a perimeter could expand current capabilities of security to provide an early warning, or could even be programmed to follow a target as it approaches a protected facility. Drones could be used to view very large areas, such as along petroleum pipelines which may now be unprotected. Use of a variety of sensors and other electronic components makes the potential benefits of drones for security applications almost limitless. Even as the U.S. regulatory issues are being settled, it is likely commercial uses will continue to be developed in other places in the world, ready to deploy domestically as soon as they are allowed. Other civilian applications include policing and firefighting or other work that is dangerous or unpleasant. How might the interaction of such uses with existing security systems promote greater protection and faster emergency response? How should the security industry be preparing for civilian uses of drones? (For that matter, what new vulnerabilities and threats does the technology represent and how should the industry prepare?) Drones are already being used for surveillance at the U.S.-Mexican border, and the Washington Post reported earlier this year that various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies often borrow the drones for missions such as disaster relief and searching for marijuana crops. We have all watched how fast technology can change our market. It may not be too soon to be thinking about how drones could become a valuable new tool for the security market. Five years isn’t very long.
Apstec Systems announces that its Human Security Radar (HSR), the first fully automatic real-time mass people screening solution, has been selected by Esenboga Airport, Ankara, to significantly boost security in land side areas. Chosen following a rigorous selection process, including a pilot installation, HSR will be installed at the terminal entrances as part of ongoing security enhancement measures by the Turkish State Airports Authority. It will enable people screening without slowing down the flow of traffic, with each system capable of scanning up to 10,000 individuals per hour. The technology was deployed in partnership with local distributer AKBA. Cost-effective solution The devastating attacks on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and Brussels Airport highlighted the vulnerability of the land side of airports to terrorism The devastating attacks on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and Brussels Airport highlighted the vulnerability of the land side of airports to terrorism. Since these events there has been global interest in securing the land side of airports, but traditional aviation style security checkpoints or manual searches, which scan one individual at a time, are not suited to purpose and result in large queues of passengers, which are vulnerable to attack in their own right. With existing approaches to security screening providing impractical, inconvenient and expensive to operate, terminals have remained susceptible to attack, or are subject to intrusive and disruptive security screening regimes. HSR was designed to address this challenge, and offers a practical and cost-effective solution to security screening in such high footfall scenarios. Enhanced security measures The first fully automated, real-time mass screening solution, HSR provides seamless security to protect public places from terrorist attacks. The walkthrough system uniquely combines unparalleled high throughput, speed and accuracy, simultaneously screening multiple subjects in real-time for threats, without the need for an operator to inspect suspect materials. With 40,000 passengers traveling through Esenboga Airport every day, the deployment of HSR will be instrumental in improving security for millions of people. Through deploying HSR as part of its commitment to terminal safety and enhanced security measures" “HSR constitutes a major breakthrough in the way airports protect the land side of terminals,” commented Osman Aksoy & Sirzat Balin,Co-Founders, AKBA. “Through deploying HSR as part of its commitment to terminal safety and enhanced security measures, the Turkish Airport Authority has taken a major step to prevent the reoccurrence of terrorist attacks.” Mass transport hubs Esenboga Airport’s uptake of HSR is the latest major deployment of the technology, which is currently utilised by some of the world’s largest airports, as well as sports stadiums, entertainment venues, mass transport hubs and networks, places of worship, hotels and high-end retail and entertainment centres. “HSR is proven to dramatically improve safety in crowded public spaces, and enables venue owners to close a critical security capability gap,” added Gregory Labzovsky, CEO, Apstec. “We’re therefore delighted to be working with Esenboga Airport to enhance safety for millions of travellers. AKBA, our distributor in Turkey, were instrumental in helping the Turkish Authorities understand the potential of HSR.”
Hoverfly Technologies Inc., global supplier of tether-powered aerial drone systems, is pleased to announce it has engaged retired Deputy Chief of Los Angeles Police Department Mike Hillmann to consult and provide expertise to Hoverfly and public safety officials of cities, counties and special law enforcement agencies who are considering the use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to assist in keeping their cities safe. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) When incidents and/or events happen, having ‘real-time, situational awareness’ from above the scene is critical to managing risk and upholding public safety “With 24-hour news cycles, a never-ending stream of social media posts, mid-term elections and potential threats to the public at large, getting fast, accurate situational awareness from the air during an incident has never been more important when it comes to keeping the public safe. We are thrilled to have Chief Hillmann advising on use cases and how best to implement and integrate this new technology,” says Hoverfly SVP of Systems, Lew Pincus. When incidents and/or events happen, having ‘real-time, situational awareness’ from above the scene is critical to managing risk and upholding public safety and the safety of those who serve our communities. Aerial/Drone surveillance He adds, “We typically have relied on manned aircraft to provide aerial coverage over a variety of incidents. On occasion, those assets have not always been available, deemed too disruptive or too expensive to deploy in certain situations where an aerial view clearly could have helped an incident commander better understand the situation. Deploying small tether-powered, highly portable, unobtrusive persistent cameras positioned high above the scene can now be used as either a standalone capability or integrated system with existing networks, security infrastructure and even manned aircraft.” Hoverfly tether-powered sUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems solve short battery-life problems associated with free-flying drones Today, Mr. Hillmann is helping chiefs of police, local city and county officials and other public safety personnel understand how Hoverfly’s tether-powered LiveSky systems can be deployed from police or EMS vehicles providing incident commanders with actionable intelligence from high above the scene within minutes of arrival. “Tactically, having the ability to stay in the air monitoring the situation from above for hours, days, even weeks at a time represents an amazing capability we never had before. During my career, I can think of hundreds of situations where having a drone in the air to provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance would have helped keep my officers and the community much safer. It’s a force multiplier that should be exploited by public safety,” says Hillmann. Hoverfly’s LiveSky systems Hoverfly tether-powered sUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems solve short battery-life problems associated with free-flying drones because they operate using a standard 120VAC power source or vehicle inverter. The power, command and control information and video are transmitted over the tether making the entire system completely secure from jamming, hacking or spoofing, ensuring the privacy of the data and improving safety. Perhaps the biggest benefit of Hoverfly systems is they are autonomous and require no piloting skills. The CEO of Hoverfly likes to say, “if you can operate an elevator, you can operate our LiveSky system.”
Government regulations continue to step up security demands at federal agencies, requiring identity cards to support multiple identity assurance factors and be validated at entries into a building or location. Because of the cost and infrastructure that goes along with many security upgrades, federal agencies must wait months or, in many cases, years to implement changes. The Federal Aviation Administration—an operating mode of the U.S. Department of Transportation—is no different. The FAA is tasked with the colossal mission of regulating and overseeing all aspects of civil aviation in the United States. With offices around the world, including its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the FAA has a large number of employees and buildings to oversee. With so many people coming into and out of the buildings each day, it is particularly important that security personnel have reliable tools to validate employee credentials Need of tools for validating employee credentials As part of its security requirements, the FAA must validate Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards at checkpoints within its facilities. With so many people coming into and out of the buildings each day, it is particularly important that security personnel have reliable tools to validate employee credentials. As recently as a year ago, FAA security personnel were conducting visual inspection of PIV cards at the gates into facilities that did not have PIV card readers. They had no way of telling if the card was authentic, revoked, or if the employee had access rights to a checkpoint at a particular time. At the FAA headquarters, which employs just under 6,000 permanent employees, and another FAA facility, the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center, which is the organisation’s 11th busiest airport traffic control tower, visual verification just wasn’t enough. Automating the verification process In order to comply with HSPD-12 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum 11-11, the FAA needed a process beyond visual verification that allowed security personnel to quickly check the authenticity and revocation status of a card, as well as access rights to a particular area of the facility. With as many as 5,000 people coming into the FAA headquarters facility daily, the organisation’s primary goal was to automate the verification process. “The project needed to provide guards the ability to validate PIV cards at FAA facilities where the gates did not have PIV card readers,” said Craig Auguston, HSPD-12 Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration. “We also wanted a mobile solution for backup and for roaming guards to be able to validate secure areas, such as parking garages.” Codebench’s OMNICheck Plus software OMNICheck Plus was ultimately decided upon because it is integrated with many physical access control systems including the P2000 The FAA began looking at products that could not only meet its requirements for mobile validation, but also integrate seamlessly with its P2000 security management database from Johnson Controls (JCI), according to Auguston. “This upgrade was important to meet the FAA’s requirement to validate PIV cards at all check points,” Auguston said. The FAA’s former process of visual verification was not allowing security guards to check the status of a PIV card, such as revocation status and specific access rights, both of which the organisation needed to meet its security goals. After testing a couple of mobile software validation programs, the organisation chose OMNICheck Plus software from Codebench, a HID Global Company. OMNICheck Plus was ultimately decided upon because it is integrated with many physical access control systems including the P2000, and it is listed on the GSA’s FIPS 201 Approved Products List as a CAK authentication system when running on an ARM-based mobile device such as the DAP CE3240B, which both FAA facilities use. Giving mobile access to the security guards “They really needed something that was going to allow their security guards to be mobile in certain parts of a facility,” said Botio Mandov of Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls, the integrator for the project, helped the FAA implement a larger security upgrade, which included the security management database and mobile validation software. Together, the FAA’s mobile DAP devices and OMNICheck Plus software enabled roaming security guards to use the mobile handheld devices in FAA parking garages and other entry points that needed to be secured, but do not have stationary PIV card readers. One of the most important aspects of authentication software for the FAA was the ability to check an employee’s access rights directly on the mobile card readers Checking access rights on mobile card readers In addition to mobility, one of the most important aspects of authentication software for the FAA was the ability to check an employee’s access rights directly on the mobile card readers—something only their organisation’s P2000 physical access control system could do previously. With an OMNICheck module called Data Import, certain cardholder information housed in the FAA’s P2000 database, such as access rights, was pushed down into the DAP mobile devices used by security personnel. “Access rights allow FAA security guards to make sure employees’ cards are not only valid, but that they are allowed to be in a certain area at a certain time,” Mandov said. In addition, FAA security administrators can run audit reports that show which cards were checked and when. The implementation took about five months, including testing the interface with the access control system and coming up with a training guide for the security guards, according to Auguston. The FAA is currently using 31 DAP CE3240B mobile readers with OMNICheck Plus. Saving money by eliminating physical parking passes Prior to the OMNICheck Plus installation, FAA security personnel had an unreliable way of authenticating PIV cards and access rights. Now, security personnel are able to verify digital certificates, revocation status and access rights, all while having an audit trail of the cards checked in the system. An additional, unexpected benefit for the FAA has been the cost savings of eliminating physical parking passes at its two facilities. “We are able to positively identify cardholders’ status when they try to enter the facility. We were able to save money by eliminating the physical parking pass by using OMNICheck to validate cardholder’s status for parking in FAA-controlled facilities,” Auguston explained.
Johnson Controls announces that the aviation specific CEM Systems AC2000 Airport access control system has been selected to secure Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport, Oman. AC2000 Airport access control solution with intelligent CEM Systems, IP card readers and CEM Systems S3040 portable hand-held readers will ensure the highest levels of integrated security, and provide a solution that goes beyond security by helping in airport operations. Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) is the government company responsible for the management and operation of Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport. Muscat International Airport is the largest airport in Oman. Currently undergoing an expansion phase, Muscat International Airport will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually. Salalah International Airport currently handles more than one million passengers annually. Aviation specific access control “Johnson Controls is delighted to be supplying the CEM Systems AC2000 Airport access control system for these two important projects in Oman’s infrastructure development,” said Philip Verner, regional sales director, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “The team behind the CEM Systems AC2000 Airport system has a proven history of understanding the dynamics and needs of airports, and the industry leading AC2000 Airport system has been used to secure airports around the world for over 25 years. This contract to secure Muscat and Salalah Airports represents another significant win for Johnson Controls in the growing aviation sector in the Middle East region.” The powerful AC2000 Airport system has a proven record as one of the most reliable and resilient aviation specific access control and security management solutions available. It not only provides the airports with advanced access control throughout terminal buildings, airside and landside boundaries, but it also provides a range of software applications to enhance the airport’s onsite operations and increase business efficiency. Using the CEM Systems AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging Pass Production) application, ID cards can then be personalised and printed allowing the airport to produce card passes that include logos, staff signatures, and images. Integrated passenger control system AC2000 Airport paired with CEM Systems intelligent IP card readers and integrated controllers also provide the airports with aviation specific modes such as ‘Passenger mode’ which allow efficient management of gate rooms for departing and arriving passengers. Passenger mode controls door open times, and via interlocking, ensures Gate Room doors are opened or closed depending on the configuration set for the specific flight on the stand. The user-friendly LCD display on the CEM Systems intelligent card readers also allow staff to easily manage the process and see current status of the door mode at the gate. Additionally the CEM Systems S610f fully integrated intelligent fingerprint card reader and controller combined can be used in high security areas where there are requirements for three stage verification (card, PIN, and fingerprint). The CEM Systems S3040 lightweight and rugged hand-held portable card reader will provide Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport security staff with the ability to conduct random checks on airside and landside personnel as well as providing ID card validation at temporary entrances or remote sites which have no power.
One of the main challenges was to find an access control solution that is completely integrated with all other airport systems Operational since 1974, the Cataratas International Airport in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, is located in a strategic area for the Mercosur, near Paraguay and Argentina, in addition to being located in the city of Foz do Iguaçu where tourism is the main activity. This entails a large circulation of people in the region; and according to data from INFRAERO, a total of 1,677,460 passengers and 5,981 airplanes were recorded there in the first half of 2013 alone. It is in that context that the new Foz do Iguaçu airport security system was devised. For this, HID Global, a company specialising in secure identification solutions, and Augeo Engenharia, which works in Electric and Electronic Engineering projects, teamed up to implement the project, along with partners from other sectors. HID provides the access control solution, while the other systems are developed by the partners involved in the project, among which are Honeywell, with access control and integration systems, CCTV systems, automation systems, sensors, and air-conditioning valves; Securiton with fire detection and alarm systems; and Augeo Engenharia as an integrator. Challenges Given the intense flow of people in 2013, the airport highlighted several points of attention, since its proximity to Paraguay makes the place prone to contraband activities. In addition, circulation tends to keep increasing, especially due to the major events to be hosted by Brazil in the coming years. In this scenario, the development of a strong security systems project was necessary to ensure protection, mainly in the restricted areas. The project also had to comply with the integration specifications required by INFRAERO. “For us at HID Global Brazil, this project stands out due to the access control through iCLASS readers and cards. These cards have mutual authentication technology, providing end customers and all system users more security in the use of smart cards,” says Gustavo Gassmann, HID Global sales director. A total of 123 card readers were implemented; 36 had one authentication factor, 41 had two factors, and 46 had three factors One of the main challenges was to find an access control solution that is completely integrated with all other airport systems, such as fire prevention/ detection, flight schedules, database, and others. HID Global’s technology supports this requirement, since it allows for integration with other interfaces. That makes the airport a pioneer in integrated systems. Solutions A total of 123 card readers were implemented; 36 had one authentication factor, 41 had two factors, and 46 had three factors. Authentication factors represent the levels of security in restricted areas. The first one refers only to proximity, the second factor to proximity and password, and the third to proximity, password, and biometrics, in order to provide non transferrable and exclusive access to the authorised person. That three-level authentication strategy was chosen precisely to make access control stronger and avoid possible falsification and unauthorised entry. “In addition to complying with the technical requirements of the project, HID Global’s solution is the most suitable in terms of security, since iCLASS technology provides more protection against fraud, considering that other technologies are more easily circumvented,” says Marcelo Stege, commercial director of Augeo Engenharia, the company responsible for integrating the systems. Results Cataratas International Airport has already reinforced security in its restricted areas and it will be the first airport to operate with all systems integrated, in compliance with INFRAERO’s requirements. HID Global’s iCLASS technology and the use of smart cards provide more security and modernisation to users, minimising the risks of unauthorised access and contraband, as well as making falsification more difficult. The project was designed to support a possible expansion; that is, if it is necessary to install more readers and cards, Augeo and HID are prepared to meet that demand. The solution addresses the need to expand infrastructure and security challenges arising from the major events to be held in Brazil in the coming years. In addition to Foz do Iguaçu Airport, HID Global is involved in the access control projects of several airports and stadiums in Brazil, expanding its portfolio and experience in security for major events.
Biometric technology from Iris ID is helping passengers at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to pass through self-service security e-gates in as little as 10 seconds. More than 865,000 passengers used the gates in 2017’s first quarter. Two-step process The two-step process is available to all Qatar residents free of charge. Passengers place their ID cards or passports on a reader which opens a gate to a second portal. Iris scans or fingerprint readers are used to authenticate identify before opening the last barrier before the boarding gates. The process is repeated for passengers returning from trips outside Qatar. Mohammad Murad, vice president of global sales and business development for Iris ID, said iris recognition is ideal for secure border application as it is the fastest and most accurate of available biometric technologies. “In addition to providing the highest performance levels, iris recognition can be used by people wearing glasses of contact lenses,” he said. “Also, an iris system doesn’t require any contact with the reader, making it hygienically safe and non-intrusive.” The International Civil Aviation Organisation has praised the Hamad International programme as a model system that can be applied by other countries. Process simplicity Col. Mohammed Rashid Al Mazrouei, director of the Qatar Airport Passports Department, told MOI News the simplicity of the process has made it increasingly popular with passengers. “This system allows passengers to complete the security check without involvement of airport employees,” he said. “Passengers save time and avoid long queues in front of airport immigration counters. And the system meets all required security standards.” "This system allows passengers to complete the security check without involvement of airport employees" Al Mizrouei said more than 1 million people registered for the program in 2016 and he expects the gates will be used more than 3.5 million times by the end of 2017. The airport currently has 21 e-gates for departures and 20 more for arrivals. The department plans increase the number of gates to 40 in each section due to the growing demand. Airport Passports Department personnel operate a counter located near the gates to assist passengers unfamiliar with the use of the system. An onsite department office allows Qatar citizens and residents to link their biometrics to their ID cards. Hamad International airport Hamad International is the major airport serving Qatar’s capital city of Doha. Construction continues at the 22-square-kilometer (8.5 square miles) airport opened in 2104. It is the sixth airport in the world — the first in the Middle East — to receive a 5-Star designation from Skytrax, a U.K.-based consultancy providing annual rankings of international airlines and airports In addition to Hamad International, Iris ID identification systems are being used at airports and border crossings throughout the world, as well as for national ID programs, voter registration and access control and time-and-attendance applications.