Rail security plagued by lack of funds and training, Teamsters say 

Rail employees are inadequately trained to deal with emergency situations, and rail security funding is completely eclipsed by funds allocated for airline security -- despite rail being the more heavily used transportation mode, according to the Teamsters Union....

Lockheed Wins TWIC Contract 

The Transportation Security Administration has awarded a contract for new, secure identification cards for port workers to Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda,...

Commerce In Compliance 

Following the Sept. 11th attacks, the U.S. government looked to tighten security at its most vulnerable points, including U.S. ports and shipping. The...

Boston transit camera system pays off in crime reduction 

More than 450 security cameras watching for potential terrorists on Boston's rapid transit railways are now helping catch alleged criminals, according to a report by the Boston Globe.
Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Transit Police recently arrested a 27-year-old man accused of robbing a passenger at gunpoint at one of its stations. Such cases have often gone unsolved, officials tell the newspaper, and the arrest would have been far less likely without digital images from a surveillance camera at the station....

Port authority spending its own funds on security 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent nearly $2.7 billion on security-related expenses since the Sept. 11 attacks -- most of it from its own pocket, the authority's deputy director has told a New Jersey legislative panel.
Jamie Fox told members of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee that the bi-state authority has been forced to be self-sufficient because overall federal assistance is inadequate and because public authorities are eligible for funds only for port security...

RFID-Based Security and Tracking at Virginia Ports 

To enhance the security and efficiency of cargo container shipments at its terminals, the Virginia Port Authority has chosen Radio Frequency Identification-based...

Connectivity Is Key 

By ASHLEY ROE

How do you manage and track nearly 7,000 metric tons of dry cargo in an environment where connectivity is elusive? The U.S. Navy's Dry Cargo/Ammunition...

TSA Kicks Off Shoe Scanner Program 

Many air travelers are now being screened by a new machine aimed at letting them keep their shoes on through airport security. Although the scanners are...

Railroad security plan announced 

The release of deadly chemicals from a rail car in a densely populated city could have catastrophic consequences, whether it's caused by a terrorist attack or a derailment.
Last week, transportation and Homeland security officials proposed ways to make it harder for terrorists to attack rail cars -- and less likely that an accident would result in mass casualties....

IBM to pilot mobile transit security network in Chicago 

IBM is working with the Chicago Transit Authority on a pilot program to test a mobile security network that will improve safety and security on CTA's bus and rail system.
The pilot program will begin in mid-December and will allow CTA buses to transmit live video to Chicago Police Department Public Transportation cars and CTA supervisory vehicles. ...

Report: Airport security can be improved with better screening technology 

The best way to prevent terrorist attacks on airplanes may be to improve security screening of all travelers rather than just high-risk passengers, according to experts at Harvey Mudd College and MIT.
The report argues that a more effective way to prevent attacks might be to focus instead on improving the X-ray, metal and explosives detection technology used in airports.
Researchers at the University of Maryland are devloping technology that may be able to accomplish the improved passenger screening....

Security cameras tested aboard N.J. buses 

People on board or driving next to New Jersey Transit buses might want to be on their best behavior because they could be on the bus-cam.
NJ Transit is testing two different types of windshield-mounted cameras to determine if they help security inside the bus, help drivers avoid accidents and enable investigators to reconstruct circumstances leading to crashes, The Asbury Park Press reports.
Two tests are under way to test two types of cameras.
One test is for a conventional camera system, while others buses will test the "Drive Cam" system from San Diego-based Drive Cam....

Port act a victory for cargo chain security 

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF) are hailing President Bush's recent signing of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act as a victory for security of the cargo chain.
Congress passed the legislation on Sept. 30. It enhances the multi-layered, risk-based cargo security system the U.S. government has developed since the Sept. 11 attacks. Among other provisions, the bill establishes a $400 million annual port security grant program, codifies existing port security programs such as the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop plans for resuming trade in the event of an attack on ports....

Tight security produces seven flight security incidents in one day 

Amid new anxiety about air travel and tough new regulations covering what passengers may bring on planes, seven U.S. flights were involved in security incidents on Friday of last week. In one case, a stick of dynamite was found to have been aboard a flight.
The rash of events, safety consultants and others say, reflect heightened emotions and appropriately tightened security in the wake of an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners thwarted this month by British authorities.

Check out continuing coverage of the alleged terrorist plot against the airlines at the Web site for our sister magazine, GOVERNMENT SECURITY, at www.govtsecurity.com...

Detection of explosives residue shuts down airport 

A West Virginia airport terminal was evacuated last week after two bottles of liquid found in a woman's carry-on luggage twice tested positive for explosives residue, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said.
While chemical tests later turned up no explosives in the bottles, the airport was shut down for nearly 10 hours.
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Thefts point to potential airport security vulnerability 

A recent theft of guns from checked baggage at O'Hare International Airport points to a serious weakness in aviation security that will be difficult to pinpoint because thousands of employees ranging from pilots to airline caterers carry clearances allowing them to walk onto airplanes.
The guns stolen from the bags -- all involving passengers departing O'Hare on United Airlines -- probably are being taken out of the airport and sold or used in crimes, federal and local authorities said in response to a Chicago Tribune report on the disappearing weapons....

New restrictions actually speeding airport security 

The Transportation Security Administration banned all liquids and gels from being taken into airliner cabins on Thursday, in response to a foiled terrorist plot in London (see Breaking News from our sister magazine, GOVERNMENT SECURITY -- govtsecurity.com/news/AirlinePlot/). Surprisingly, after the first days, the new rules may have actually sped up the passenger screening process....

Train passengers subjected to infrared body scans 

Freight Trains Struggle Between Technology and Manpower 

Freight trains hauling thousands of tons of toxic materials including chlorine, ammonia and radioactive waste may be reducing their crews to just one...

Snag hits O'Hare Airport camera network 

Airports Still at Risk 

By Billie H. Vincent

THE UNITED STATES and a number of other countries are particularly vulnerable to the simultaneous use of suicide car bombs against airport terminal buildings....

Investigators Easily Slip Bomb Parts Past Airport Screeners 

PAUL ROTHMAN

Despite the multibillion-dollar ramp-up in aviation security since Sept. 11, 2001, congressional investigators were able to sneak homemade bomb components...

Pittsburgh Airport Goes With Intelligent Video 

Pittsburgh International Airport, one of the world's most modern airport terminal complexes, opened in October 1992 and services more than 20 million...

Starbucks Uses Cargo Security Devices to Ensure Supply Chain Integrity 

ERIN SEMPLE

Starbucks Corp. has installed high-tech sensors to detect tampering with its cargo containers filled with coffee beans that are shipped from Guatemala...

An Innovative Video Solution 

By Corrina Stellitano

DVTEL'S SCENETRACKER provides the user with a real-time perspective combining multiple cameras into a single integrated scene. Today's video systems are...

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