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Monitoring Matters

TSA's quest to merge cybersecurity and information technology

January 15, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

We're about two weeks into the new year, and suffice to say, gearing up for travel is top of mind for security professionals. The “big” industry shows always seem so far away at this point, but before we know it, ISC West will be here in March, followed by ESX in June; GSX in September; ISC East in partnership with ASIS NYC in November; and more. In addition to these, are the smaller, boutique-type events, such as our SecurityNext conference in February (It's not too late to register,...

access control, Cybersecurity, information technology, security equipment, SecurityNext, SecurityNext conference, TSA


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Monitoring Matters

Why seeing a star on your driver's license is a good thing

August 23, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

I remember in elementary school those little gold, silver, red, green and blue foil star stickers the teacher would put at the top of my paper, each color reflecting my grade: gold for the perfect score of 100; silver for 90s; blue for 80s; and green for 70s. If I saw a red star, just forget it, because that meant redoing the whole assignment, usually DURING recess, or when I got home from school DURING my favorite TV shows — Woody Wood Pecker, Tom & Jerry and Heathcliff. Let's see if you pass...

airport security, Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV, passport, Real ID, TSA


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General News

Disaster recovery within 15 minutes at Delta

May 28, 2014Amy Canfield

ATLANTA—If Delta Air Lines' Operations Control Center is incapacitated due to a fire, extreme weather or bomb, it can set up within 15 minutes at a duplicate facility already in place nearby. That's been proven during yearly drills.Tasked with monitoring the safety and security of 4,900 daily flights, even that 15 minutes can be vital for the OCC. You can't be out of touch with aircraft for much longer, Damon Cox, supervisor, domestic operations, flight control, said during the ASIS 2014 Media...

access control, Allied Barton, Andover Continuum, Convergint Technologies, Delta, FBI, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, physical security, SSN, TSA


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Also Noted

Lawmaker calls for tougher security at airports

May 7, 2014SSN Staff

*/ SAN JOSE, Calif.—A Bay Area congressman on Friday called for tougher security standards and a technology study after an incident two weeks ago in which a teenager managed to scale a fence at Mineta San Jose International Airport and stow himself away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound airliner, according to an article from the San Jose Mercury News. The lawmaker, Eric Swalwell, D-Hayward, said the problem was not the barrier but the lack of intrusion detection technology that allowed the...

Eric Swalwell, John Pistole, Lawrence Livermore National Library, Mineta San Jose International Airport, physical security, SSN, TSA


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Commercial

TycoIS secures exit at Maine airport

September 18, 2013Amy Canfield

PORTLAND, Maine—Passengers deplaning at the Portland International Jetport here now must make their way through a special security exit portal, one of only two of its kind in the country.The L-shaped, two-lane exit from the secure concourse has been in use for about three weeks. Using real-time video analytics sent to the airport's monitoring center, it detects “reverse flow” of people and objects from the non-secure areas of the airport to the secured area, said Paul Bradbury,...

CheckVideo, exit portal, paul bradbury, portland international jetport, TSA, TycoIS


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General News

SIA: Biometric ID cards 'sound policy' for immigration

June 12, 2013Rich Miller

WASHINGTON—With immigration reform gaining momentum in Congress, the Security Industry Association is calling on lawmakers to approve biometrics on identity cards to ensure the highest level of security at U.S. entry points.A hearing on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, was scheduled this week in the Senate. If the bill passes it would then go to the House, where the debate over immigration reform has been more fractious.Marcus Dunn, director...

access control, Barbara Boxer, biometrics, Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, GAO, SIA, SSN, TSA, TWIC


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MorphoTrust general counsel discusses legal implications of facial recognition technologies

January 10, 2013SSN Staff

LAS VEGAS—Facial recognition technology is a powerful tool, but there are concerns the technology could be misused, according to Scott Boylan, general counsel of MorphoTrust USA, a biometrics provider based in Billerica, Mass. “While MorphoTrust's place is not in those policy debates, we can help inform the conversation,” Boylan said. “Whatever the opinions are, they should be decided with facts, not rumor or emotion.” Boylan discussed the legal, commercial and societal...

FBI, MorphoTrust USA, Scott Boylan, TSA, U.S. Department of Defense


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Accenture receives TSA contract

November 26, 2012SSN Staff

ARLINGTON, Va.—Accenture Federal Services, a consulting and technology services company, received a five-year contract from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to create identity management and credentialing system processes for those working at secure areas throughout the TSA system, according to a company statement. The new credentialing process will consolidate identities into one system over time, which will increase consistency of information across multiple programs and provide...

Accenture Federal Services, Ken Lawhorn, TSA, TWIC


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Fire Systems Installation

Good service leads to good contract

January 31, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

COLCHESTER, Vt.—Good customer service has not only given Safety Systems of Vermont steady growth since it started eight years ago, but led to a quarter-million-dollar project retrofitting the Burlington International Airport's fire alarm system, said co-owner Scott Carroll. “Customer service is what got us where we are,” said Carroll of the five-employee company, based here. Now the Gamewell-FCI distributor for northern Vermont, Carroll said the company, of which Tracie Cole is...

Gamewell-FCI, Safety Systems of Vermont, Scott Carroll, TSA


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General News

An inside look at Logan Airport's security operations

November 23, 2010Leischen Stelter

BOSTON— On the morning of Nov. 17, two security officers used extended mirrors to sweep under his Massport vehicle, checking for bombs, and they carefully verified our identification credentials before the tilt gate opened and my host, Tom Domenico, director of IT operations at the Massachusetts Port Authority, could drive us onto the airfield at Boston Logan International Airport. As the radio cackled with directions to arriving and departing planes, Domenico explained some of the limitations...

BOS, Boston Logan International Airport, Massachusetts Port Authority, Massport, Schneider Electric, Tom Domenico, Transportation Security Administration, TSA


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