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Advances & Applications

AS&E Receives U.S. Government Order for Van-Based X-ray Systems
American Science and Engineering announces the receipt of a $42.4 million order from the U.S. government for 36 Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) X-ray screening systems. The order includes operator training, service, and labor warranty.

AS&E’s Z Backscatter Van is designed to be a low-cost, highly maneuverable screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV employs AS&E’s Z Backscatter technology, which is engineered to reveal contraband that transmission X-rays miss—such as explosives and plastic weapons—and provide photo-like imaging for rapid analysis.

The ZBV is designed for immediate deployment in response to security threats and to make rapid inspections possible. The system’s drive-by capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects as the ZBV drives past.

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Regional Counterterrorism Task Force Partners with GeoDecisions
GeoDecisions, a leader in the information technology industry, and subconsultant Diverse Technologies Corporation announce that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Counterterrorism Task Force (PA-SERCTTF) has renewed its contract with the companies to provide program management for the task force’s Law Enforcement Justice Information System (LEJIS). The PASERCTFF is responsible for homeland security and emergency management initiatives to protect the 3.9 million residents of Pennsylvania’s Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

An innovative communications strategy, LEJIS is designed to enhance the ability of law enforcement officials in southeastern Pennsylvania to prevent crimes and respond to incidents. This information sharing network is designed to give participating law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania real-time access to local, state, and federal public safety records to dramatically improve officer safety and the region’s neighborhood security.

During phase 1 of the LEJIS project, GeoDecisions held interactive workshops with local law enforcement and justice representatives to refine the conceptual project strategy developed by the PA-SERCTTF’s LEJIS committee. GeoDecisions incorporated these findings into the development of the project’s strategic architectural plan. In phase 2, the GeoDecisions team will transition to a program management role, facilitating the review and acceptance of LEJIS by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and managing the prime integrator contracting team.

When complete, the LEJIS project will create interoperability and integration between local police department crime records management systems; county court records; state-level probation, parolee, and homeland security systems; and federal-level law enforcement systems. LEJIS will leverage the Pennsylvania Justice Network’s (JNET) secure communications infrastructure and connect with the Middle Atlantic–Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN).

The initial deployment of LEJIS is being funded by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Counterterrorism Task Force through a Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative grant administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.

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Broadband Consortium Stages Demonstration of Video Surveillance System
The Public Safety Broadband Consortium Public Safety announces that public safety communications officials attending a conference in Riverside, California, recently witnessed a mock robbery at a local restaurant that was subsequently thwarted with the aid of a live, streaming video surveillance system that alerted security officials to the crime in progress. The security patrol’s timely discovery of the crime allowed an immediate response and apprehension of the would-be robbers.

The Public Safety Broadband Consortium—a group that includes InfiNet Wireless, Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Public Safety Broadband, Radio IP Software, and WiFi-CityWide—staged the event at the Broadband Wireless Conference for Public Safety and Public Access in Riverside as a practical capabilities demonstration of an integrated public safety (Wi-Fi) network. The event was attended by nearly 200 public safety officials, municipal IT professionals, technology end-users, wireless service providers, system integrators, dealers, and consultants.

Conference attendees gathered in a local movie theater were able to view live, streaming video from inside the restaurant, using the restaurant’s existing surveillance system. Those same images were simultaneously distributed to patrol cars, locations near the restaurant, and even to a computer screen that was set up inside one of the city’s fire trucks. After the demonstration, attendees were invited to ride-along in the video-equipped vehicles for an officer’s-eye view of the mobile wireless system.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 1, January 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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