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05 Feb 07. Raytheon Company has developed a high tech, first- of-its-kind personal ID system to significantly protect and facilitate entry and exits at the nation’s key checkpoints. The Personal Authentication Device, or PAD, incorporates two-way, ultra high radio frequency and biometrics to facilitate automatic identification into a credit card-sized ID and relay system that can identify and track quickly and efficiently. The card can be read up to 30 feet away as well as in a moving vehicle up to 60 miles per hour. It can be set up away from a border to allow agents of ports of entry to review information from multiple users simultaneously. The PAD uses a secure, biometric fingerprint technology on a simple ID card. When pressed, the card validates (or invalidates) the fingerprint and transmits the information by radio wave in a secure code to a server.

01 Feb 07. The Federal Government says the new rapid response helicopter that will patrol the Northern Territory’s northern coastline could be used further
west. The Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, is in Darwin today to announce Helicopters Australia has been awarded the $25m tender and the aircraft is expected to be in the air by early next year. Senator Ellison says it will be based mainly out of Darwin, not Gove as previously thought. The Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, is in Darwin to announce Helicopters Australia has been awarded the $25m tender and the aircraft is expected to be in the air by early next year. Senator Ellison says it will be based mainly out of Darwin, not Gove as previously thought. (Source: Shephard)

07 Feb 07. Elbit Systems’ subsidiary Ortek Ltd. – Security Systems (Ortek) has been selected to supply surveillance vehicles for the Ukraine Border Security Project. Ortek has been awarded a contract valued at over $4 million for the first phase of the project. The vehicles will include a command and control station, monitoring sensors and additional security measures, allowing operation even in severe weather conditions. The vehicles can accommodate three operators simultaneously. (Source: ASD Network)

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