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Lockheed Martin recently inagurated the new CyberSecurity Center known as NextGen. The company has launched an industry association focusing on providing government and business customers with integrated cybersecurity solutions, addressing a new concern of electronic attack and intelligence collection activities, by foreign nations, state sponsored adversaries as well as criminal elements. Photo: Lockheed Martin

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Prowlers in Cyberspace

Terrorism and unlawful activities have prevailed and flourished in the modern information age, with criminal activity rapidly adapting cyberspace as safe haven for illicit activity. Israeli companies are prominent worldwide for their unique and powerful communications monitoring equipment. Deployed with government agencies as national security assets, these technologies have recently 'scaled down' to meet the requirements of emergency call- centers, such as the 911 in the U.S., to improve public safety. As part of the review of the atest developments in Israel's homeland security prepared for Milipol 2009, Defense Update sheds some light on the unique systems that commonly remain in the dark. (read the report...)

Technological Aspects of Homeland Security: Fighting IEDs

Cellphones and other wireless communications devices are providing terrorists an effective means of control. By separating the device preparation and placement from the actual activation, IEDs can be planted in different locations and be activated by remote command, in response to the target's behavior – such as speed of movement, specific target vulnerability, local situation (vis-à-vis nearby civilians) or when a specific VIP is being targeted in a convoy. (See the video, Read the article...)

Emergency Services as Information Outposts

Verint is introducing speech analytic solutions for emergency call centers, assisting operators to aggregate call data for security and service improvement, as well as crime investigation. Originally developed for the intelligence community, speech analytics automatically convert spoken conversations into textual records, which can be stored in databases, processed for identifying trends and 'hot spots' of crime and emergencies. The service utilizes Verint Impact 360 Speech Analytics system, to enable law enforcement agencies to obtain call records and events gathered by Public Safety Centers such as 911, and mine recorded emergency calls to uncover key facts for incident investigations. (read more...)

Stealth Probes Track Terrorists Online

Israeli experts of electronic surveillance will be showing advanced, stealthy probes designed to covertly monitor and tap voice and data communications without requiring an access to the central exchange or hubs operated by network service providers. Sepiter Communications has developed such stealth probes enabling intelligence agencies to covertly tap communications networks, complying with ETSI and CALEA 'lawful interception' legal standards. These probes can intercept, process and decode internet traffic at rates up to 25 Gigabit/second. Covertly monitoring broadband networks running over ADSL and VDSL lines is provided by TraceSpan Communications. TraceSpan has recently expanded its Phantom probe family, with the VDSL 'Phantom 3838', passive Lawful Interception (LI) monitoring solution for VDSL2 lines. (read more...)

Cellphones Yield Evidence for Crime Solving

In 2008 the Israeli company Cellbrite has launched a range of portable interrogation devices that can transfer, backup, and management the information stored on the phone's memory devices. Data can be extracted even when the original SIM is not available or is locked with the user’s secret PIN. These Universal Forensic Extraction Devices (UFED) have already been fielded with many law enforcement agencies and police departments, and are assisting detectives and field agents with criminal and counter terror investigations investigating, providing forensic evidence for legal prosecution. The hand-held device is designed to extract data from over 2,000 types of handsets, smartphone and PDAs. (read more...)

Analytics Improve Video Surveillance

Security personnel are faced with an overwhelming volume of video and data, making it difficult to pinpoint events of genuine importance. Automated video analytical systems can help organize the information flow, to prioritize such vast amounts of video and data, for effective decision-making and faster and timely reaction. They enable security officers to focus on deterring and managing threats, rather than scanning banks of video monitors in trying to detect these. (read the feature article)

C-True Provides Self-Service Biometric ID Kiosks

The Israeli company C-True is displaying in Milipol 2009 a family of security systems utilizing the company's face recognition biometric system. Combining image capture, display and image processing of face recognition technology, C-True has developed a family of unattended systems designed to perform check-in and boarding control at airports, handle e-passports at immigration gates and provide access control to secured areas, from high security operations areas to members-only clubs and backstage areas. (read more…)


Actimize Takes over Fortnet, Integrates a DOminant Position Fighting Money Laundering

Actimize, a subsidiary of Israeli based Nice Systems has recently acquired Fortnet, one of the leading companies in this field of Anti Money Laundering (AML) field. With this acquisition, the majority of the world’s largest banks and all top-ten global banks will be using Actimize, for compliance and financial crime prevention. Such systems are used for Anti-Money Laundering, real-time cross-channel fraud prevention; brokerage compliance and enterprise case and investigation management. (read more...)

Opgal Introduces Compact Thermal sensor

At Milipol 2009 OPGAL is introducing the 'Compact-Eye' (seen in the photo above), an ultra-compact thermal imaging engine designed for low-power applications. It is based on a state-of-the-art 384 x 288, uncooled 8-14μ microbolometer detector, with a 25 micron pitch. The miniature features make it suitable for portable IR applications and for thermal camera integrators seeking reduced space, weight and power requirements. (read more...)

Compact Eye uncooled thermal imaging engine from Opgal Photo: Opgal

Advanced Fire control, Thermal Sight Improve the Snipers' Combat Effectiveness

Two new systems, from Meprolight and Pulse Inteco are introducing advanced capabilities for snipers. Pulse Inteco has developed a fire control system that integrates with standard snipers scopes and night vision devices, while Meprolight is unveiling at Milipol 2009 the Noa, a thermal imager sight coupled with fire control and computerized map-based situational display. (read more...)

NOA thermal weapon sight from Meprolight, at Milipol 2009. Photo: Meprolight

Advanced Scanners for EOD Robots

At Milipol 09 Vidisco is introducing two new portable systems utilizing flat amorphous silicon panels – the Flat foX-17 and foX-Rayzor designed for operation with EOD robots. With these inspection systems a bomb disposal technician can analyze images on-site, identify and differentiate organic materials like explosives or drugs from inorganic substances like metals. The image below shows an IED scanned with Vidisco's FoX-Rayzor x-ray scanner.