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Smile, you're on candid camera: Jetblue passenger blows lid on DHS facial recognition program

April 24, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

I know I am aging myself here, but after reading about the JetBlue passenger who was none-too-happy to find out that her face would be used as ID for boarding, I thought back to the TV show of my youth called Candid Camera. Now if you are younger than 50 (yes, I am less than a month away from a half century old), you probably won't remember this show that featured a hidden camera with lovable host Allen Funt (and later with son Peter), who at the end of each skit would tell the person they are on...

biometric access control, candid camera, CBP, DHS, JetBlue passenger


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SIA questions GSA pricing policy

October 8, 2014Amy Canfield

WASHINGTON—Uncertainties surrounding the General Service Administration's new schedule pricing policies for products and services need to be further examined, according to Jake Parker, government relations director at the Security Industry Association.SIA's procurement policy working group discussed the significant change for federal contractors at the recent ASIS show in Atlanta, Parker told Security Systems News.With this year's “Fair and Reasonable Pricing” policy, the GSA says...

CFATS, DHS, ESA, Fair and Reasonable Pricing Policy, GSA, Jake Parker, Most Favored Customer Pricing, school security, Security Systems News, SIA


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Senate tweaks House-passed CFATS bill

August 13, 2014Leif Kothe

WASHINGTON—Bipartisan cooperation and security industry feedback could help secure the passage of a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards authorization bill before the end of 2014.At the beginning of 2014, the passage of a CFATS bill in the House seemed a long shot, Jake Parker, government relations director at the Security Industry Association, told Security Systems News. But he credits the increased cooperation among lawmakers across the aisles with bringing about a turning point.“[Lawmakers]...

CFATS, DHS, Jake Parker, physical security, security integration, SIA, SSN


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SIA: DHS acquisitions process needs more 'predictability'

November 20, 2013Leif Kothe

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association has drafted a bill that would provide security integrators who contract with the Department of Homeland Security a more comprehensive and long-term picture of what DHS agencies need, Don Erickson, CEO of SIA, told Security Systems News. The draft includes a provision asking that a multiyear acquisition plan be “better defined” throughout all nine agencies of the DHS, Erickson said.“The more information the government can provide...

DHS, Don Erickson, SIA


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Three security companies land FPS contracts

April 25, 2013SSN Staff

WASHINGTON –Three area security companies in the nation's capitol region received contracts from the Federal Protective Services to install alarm systems, closed circuit television systems and intrusion detection systems, according to a Department of Homeland Security statement. Contract recipients include Severna Park, Md.-based Affiliated Services Inc., Chantilly, Va.-based Energy Technologies Corp., and Lorton, Va.-based eVigilant.com. In its solicitation, the DHS said the security requirements...

Affiliated Services, CCTV, DHS, Energy Technologies, eVilgilant.com, Federal Protective Services, intrusion detection


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Identive selected access control standard for U.S. Homeland Security agency

November 20, 2012SSN Staff

SANTA ANA, Calif. and ISMANING, Germany—Identive Group, a provider of solutions and services for the identification, security and RFID industries, has been selected by a U.S. federal agency within the Department of Homeland Security to implement its Hirsch-branded access control and security management systems, according to a company statement. The solution will be implemented at the agency's more than 200 locations nationwide. “We have collaborated with the DHS agency over the last several...

DHS, Identive Group, RFID


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FEMA, DHS grant for smoke detectors for hearing-impaired residents

October 3, 2012SSN Staff

HOUSTON - The Houston Fire Department was awarded a $168,000 grant to purchase and install 2,000 smoke detectors for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, according to a report in yourhoustonnews.com. At the Center for Hearing and Speech, Mayor Annise Parker, the Houston Fire Department and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities announced the award, which was granted by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. The grant was one of the largest ever awarded by FEMA and DHS for...

DHS, FEMA, Houston Fire Department, monitoring


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Report: Securing critical infrastructure not receiving support it should

March 6, 2012Whit Richardson

YARMOUTH, Maine—The federal government's intelligence community needs to do a better job of sharing intelligence information with the country's critical infrastructure sector, according to a recent report from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.The council's 227-page report “Intelligence Information Sharing” is a follow-up to a similar study it conducted in 2006. While information sharing between the federal government and private critical infrastructure sector has improved...

Department of Homeland Security, DHS, National Infrastructure Advisory Council


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SCTNow raises awareness, funds, at ESX

June 24, 2011Martha Entwistle

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Representatives from Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) had a booth on the show floor of ESX to raise awareness and funds for their non-profit organization. “Our strategy is to go after the demand,” said Jason Weis, national sponsorship director, SCTNow. And the demand, sadly, is great, he told Security Systems News. Child sex trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind drug trafficking, and 25 percent of the demand comes from the...

DHS, ESX, George De Marco, Jason Weis, SCTNow, Stop Child Trafficking Now


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