17 Jan 08. Top U.S. ports to get RFID upgrades. Customs and Border Protection agency has awarded Unisys Corp. a task order worth as much as $62.2m over five years to deploy readers and other technologies to support the use of radio frequency identification tags on new identification cards at the U.S. borders. Unisys of Blue Bell, Pa., will install technology upgrades to enable border patrol agents at the 39 largest land border ports of entry to read new RFID cards as well as to read license plates, the agency said in a news release. The new identification cards include the State Department’s upcoming passport card under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, as well as for a hybrid driver’s license and border card to be produced by Washington State and possibly other states and Canadian provinces. Customs awarded the task order under the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for the Leading Edge Solutions contract program. It was competed among 16 vendors in a category covering infrastructure engineering design, development, implementation and integration services. (Source: GCN)
18 Jan 08. Saab supplies Ringhals nuclear power station with surveillance and protection. Saab has signed a contract with Ringhals AB to supply Ringhals nuclear power station with surveillance and protection that meets the Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate’s requirements. The parties have agreed not to publicly announce the order value. ”The contract is an important step in Saab’s positioning within the area of civil security”, says Michael Höglund, Vice President at Saab Communication. “Critical infrastructure for energy production and distribution, airports and harbours are some of the areas Saab will concentrate on. During 2008 Saab Communication will design and implement a surveillance system that is tailored for work in the surveillance centre of a nuclear power station. The system covers presentation systems, network, systems for intruder alarms, cameras for immediate verification of security perimeter alarms and for surveillance, access control systems and entrance telephony system.