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06 July 06. General Services Administration Okays Lockheed Martin Federal Agency Identity Card System. Lockheed Martin Corp. received approval from the General Services Administration to help federal agencies comply with a Homeland Security mandate to create a standard biometric identification card for all federal workers.

14 Jul 06. Thermo Electron, Raytheon Win Part of $1.16bn Homeland Security Pact for Nuclear, Radiological Detection Equipment. The Department of Homeland Security said Friday it selected three vendors for $1.16bn in contracts for equipment used to detect radiological and nuclear materials at the nation’s points of entry. Thermo Electron Corp., Raytheon Co.’s Integrated Defense Systems unit and Canberra Industries Inc. were awarded contracts under the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal program. The contracts include one base year and four one-year options. The priority for the first year is the development and testing of the fixed radiation detection portal that will become the standard installation for screening cargo containers and truck traffic. (Source: AP)

Jul 06. U.S. Coast Guard Activates Rescue 21 System In Gulf States. The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that on June 30 it began using the new Rescue 21 command, control and communications system along the Alabama, Mississippi and Florida coastlines. General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics is the prime contractor for development and deployment of the Rescue 21 system.

28 Jun 06. TRL Technology Focused on Mobile Protection at DVD 2006. TRL Technology demonstrated its Portable Radar and Optical Surveillance System and Broad Shield Force Protection Range. TRL Technology Ltd, part of the TRL Electronics plc group, showcased its fast-deployment Portable Radar and Optical Surveillance System – a comprehensive, and cost effective surveillance solution for area and perimeter protection. The uniquely designed system integrates 360-degree radar detection with day-or-night optical surveillance and a remote-monitoring mapping interface. Deployable in less than 15 minutes, TRL Technology’s Portable Radar and Optical Surveillance System represents one of the fastest means of providing advanced perimeter security for personnel operating in remote, high-risk locations. It provides 24/7 perimeter protection for personnel and critical infrastructure at exposed and unsecured sites, such as pipelines and communications networks, to give as much warning as possible of an impending terrorist attack. Detecting movement, the system locates people at 2.5km and vehicles up to 5km away, also displaying the real-time positions of friendly personnel and vehicles, while enabling continuous surveillance monitoring from a ruggedised laptop control point at up to 5km from the system’s sensors. Also on show was TRL Technology’s compact Broad Shield Force Protection Range – a proven portfolio of advanced solutions for protection against Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIEDs). The Broad Shield Force Protection Range’s modular architecture provides an impressive range of jamming, deception and spectral monitoring modes in a compact battery-powered unit that can be employed in man-portable or vehicle-mount applications. The system is the direct result of more than 20 years’ expertise in the design, development, production and deployment of EW systems to provide protection against RCIEDs. All products in the Broad Shield Force Protection Range feature software radio-based architecture, allowing future proofing product enhancement over time by firmware upgrade, as well as the ability to apply variable, scenario-dependent waveforms to combat current threats to best effect. A wide range of frequency capability is supported, as well as a range of jamming waveforms, including general purpose wideband/barrage modes, spot jamming and special purpose modes optimised for current RCIED defeat capability. The equipment includes receiver capability th

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