Homeland Security

Threat Detection and Communication

June 1, 2006 By: Barbara G. Goode, Sensors Sensors

Unprecedented biochem sensing, discreet concealed weapons detection, and impervious communications are new developments for homeland security applications.

"Sionex has developed a revolutionary biological and chemical sensing platform that is highly applicable to a wide range of commercial and government markets," says Amit Yoran, President and CEO of In-Q-Tel, a private venture group funded by the CIA and the U.S. intelligence community, that recently made a new investment in the company. "Sionex's unique capabilities have the potential to bring about a paradigm shift in detection systems, enabling the sensing of compounds on an unparalleled scale with unprecedented sensitivity and selectivity," Yoran adds. (http:// tinyurl.com/mtwtm)


Brijot Imaging Systems likewise claims unparalleled achievement: The company says its full-motion security system, BIS-WDS Prime, is the first to detect concealed weapons quickly and discreetly in real-time while the person carrying them walks through the camera's view. Definable minimum-size thresholds eliminate the need for persons to empty pockets; the system simultaneously identifies an unlimited number of objects and superimposes indicator boxes over a video to help operators locate the objects. BIS-WDS Prime can integrate with other security devices to automatically lock out individuals on whom the system detects suspicious objects. Sandia National Laboratories is testing the product for the Rail Security Pilot Project, a Department of Homeland Security project. (http:// tinyurl.com/s2vpg)

And InfrAegis Inc. says its new national security and public safety communication system, iaMedium, is designed to work continuously through natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other crises to deliver public and emergency messages concerning everything from crowd control to evacuation routes. It incorporates four systems:

  • 1. Nuclear/Radioactive Isotope Detection System, which, the company says, statistically eliminates false positive alarms
  • 2. Computer-Aided Trace Detection System, which determines the presence of WMD, explosives, firearms, opiates, vehicle-smuggled humans, and other contraband
  • 3. Incident Video Synchronization System (IVSS), which records multiple streams of digital video in both day and night formats to positively identify a vehicle, cargo container, or person detected via remote monitoring
  • 4. Global Operations Monitoring and Analysis Center (GOMAC), which monitors, records, analyzes, and then enacts preapproved countermeasures when a threat is detected (http://tinyurl.com/mm84e|~tinyurl.com/mm84e)


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