From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: GSN agrees to extend Awards entry deadline to October 10
Date: Fri Sep 26 12:27:00 MDT 2014
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September 26, 2014

 

GSN agrees to extend Awards entry deadline to October 10

    

In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards program to October 10.

"There's been a big spike of entries in the last few days," according to Chris Minnick, builder of the GSN website who now serves as webmaster, "but apparently not big enough to accommodate everyone who wanted to enter." Minnick recalled that in 2013, nominations by vendors of IT security solutions outnumbered entries by vendors of physical security products and solutions in 2013, for the first time in the program's history. The entries to date in the 2914 program, he said, are trending in the same direction.  More 

 

LAX unveils automated passport control kiosks to expedite travelers' entry into the US

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has unveiled 40 new Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at the airport's Tom Bradley International Terminal. APC expedites the entry process for U.S. and Canadian citizens and eligible Visa Waiver Program travelers by allowing passengers to submit their customs declaration and biographic information electronically at self-service kiosks.

"These kiosks will allow passengers to avoid long lines and reduce wait times at Customs, so they can be out the door faster and on their way to exploring the greatest city in the world," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "This important improvement to the passenger experience is all part of our work to overhaul nearly every terminal and bring rail to LAX, because Los Angeles deserves a world-class airport."  More 



Sergeant Christopher Ciampa, 32, of Lillington, NC has pled guilty to bribery and conspiracy in the Eastern District of North Carolina for his involvement in an oil scheme that cost the United States Army millions of dollars, according to the Department of Justice.

During his service at Camp Brown at Kandahar Air Field between February 2011 and January 2012, Ciampa "took bribes to help steal millions of dollars worth of fuel" according to Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. During his deployment Ciampa was in charge of managing Transportation Movement Requests (TMRs) for various resources across Afghanistan that were paid for by the U.S. military.  More


Héctor Leonardo López

A third Colombian national has pled guilty for his involvement in the kidnapping and death of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Special Agent Terry Watson, The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. Héctor Leonardo López, 34, pleaded guilty to "aiding and abetting the murder of an internationally protected person and conspiracy to kidnap an internationally protected person" in the Eastern District Court of Virginia, in relation to the June 20, 2013 death.

Facts from the plea agreement state that López and the other defendants were participating in a "paseo milionario" or "millionaire's ride" where wealthy individuals are targeted, lured into taxicabs, kidnapped, and then robbed. Special Agent Watson was picked up by two individuals outside of a restaurant in the Colombian capital of Bogota, and then was stabbed and shot with a stun gun.  More 

 

ASIS International (ASIS) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have launched my Global Portal for Security (myGPS), a platform for security professionals.

myGPS is a development tool for security professionals as well as an information resource for those considering a career in the industry, offering a compilation of classroom and online training options for those seeking to close knowledge and performance gaps through education and training. Now that the foundation is in place, the system will evolve over time to include career tracking and management of SIA and ASIS certifications. In addition, ASIS and SIA plan to add a host of new courses, educational materials, and career planning tools to further support security professionals in attaining their career potential.  More    

At the 2014 ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits, ASSA ABLOY will announce the introduction of 75 new products, underscoring the company's commitment to innovation in the global access control and door opening markets. Founded in 1994, ASSA ABLOY includes 82 brands serving the international commercial buildings marketplace with strong deployment rates in government, education, hospitality and healthcare.

At ASIS International in Atlanta next week, the company is poised to introduce new products in critical areas, including high security doors and hardware, e-cylinders for electronic access control plus advanced lock technologies for institutional, commercial and home control applications. In addition, the group will also provide a comprehensive update on sustainable access control and will host a seminar with U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Council founder, David Gottfried.  More 

 

San Juan Capistrano, CA-based IQinVision, a provider of high-performance HD megapixel IP cameras, has announced that the company will preview its new Milestone Arcus on-camera VMS functionality during the ASIS tradeshow in Atlanta, GA.

This simple, seamless solution offers unlimited scalability and replaces the traditional server and storage devices with a single IQeye on-camera VMS designed for small system installations. The Milestone Arcus solution is ideal for simple stand-alone installations, remote recording applications, or for systems that require minimum network bandwidth utilization.  More    

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