Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced that Ravi Dankanikote was named senior vice president of business development for the company’s Defense and Civilian Sector, reporting to Bob Genter, president of SAIC Defense and Civilian Sector. In his new position, Dankanikote will be responsible for all aspects of the sector’s business development life cycle activities, including demand creation, shaping, capture, proposal execution, and campaigns.
Dankanikote comes to SAIC from CACI, where he worked for 27 years. There, he most recently served as senior vice president of strategic growth and GWAC operations. In that role, he was responsible for executing an enterprise-wide business development and capture strategy that ensured DOD and Civilian customers were able to acquire complex, mission critical needs in a timely manner. Prior to that role, he served as senior vice president of business development for their Enterprise Solutions and Services Group.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ravi to SAIC and to add his experience and expertise to our newly-established Defense and Civilian Sector,” said Genter. “Ravi brings with him a strong track record of winning business and a focus on creating differentiated business development strategies. He has also demonstrated a deep understanding of the competitive government IT landscape as well as how to cultivate longstanding customer relationships.”
Dankanikote also chairs the Business Development Council for Executive Mosaic and was a former chair of the Business Council for WashingtonExec. He is a member of AFCEA and other Defense-related non-profit organizations.
Dankanikote holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Shippensburg University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from R V College of Engineering in Bangalore, India.
Evolv Technology has unveiled the Evolv Thermal Imaging Package for Evolv Express. The new optional capability allows venues to screen each visitor or employee for elevated skin temperature followed by touchless weapons screening. Optimising use of space by being physically integrated with Evolv Express, the package comprises a thermal sensor and the Evolv TempCheck™ application. This adds the elevated skin temperature detection capability to Evolv’s Cortex AI™ software platform, which allows visitors to be screened for potential signs of health risk.
Evolv’s touchless security screening is one that addresses the threat of a pandemic disease as well as concealed weapons. Evolv Express can screen up to 3,600 people per hour. Venue personnel can direct those with elevated readings to secondary screening. As a result, venues reduce the risk of their guards, visitors and employees being exposed to individuals presenting signs of virus infection. With this optional add-on package, venues can screen 800-1,300 people per dual-lane Evolv Express.
Pangea, which specialises in digital transformation of government and business services, has devised an end-to-end platform that would enable governments to issue a biometric smart card to verify that the holder is virus-free or has immunity.
Pangea’s solution involves the use of a smart card, which serves as an immunity ‘passport’ allowing the holder to enter airport terminals and airplanes and removing the fear of spreading the virus to others. The card comprises a photo of the holder, a digital signature, a chip, and a hologram. The card can be securely linked to the country’s medical database and includes up-to-date encrypted data on the holder’s COVID-19 profile.
The issuing process would be overseen by the health ministry of each country and in cooperation with local health providers and hospitals. In addition, the issuing of the card would require the close cooperation of tourism ministries, airports, airlines, and insurance companies. The issuing of this type of card will necessitate close coordination of the countries whose citizens will be travelling between them.
CASRA has announced that, since January 2020, their X-ray Tutor 4 (XRT4) is in operation at all 89 airports in Canada under the supervision of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The project for the transition from XRT3 to XRT4 started in spring 2019. XRT4 will be used by CATSA for initial and recurrent computer-based image interpretation training and testing for another three years, with the option of a five-year extension.
Astrophysics has announced the launch of their top- and side-mounted Safety Shields for X-ray security checkpoints. Astrophysics’ Safety Shields offer protection from the spread of harmful germs, including COVID-19. Designed to physically separate screening personnel from the public, the barriers safeguard normal business and security interactions.
The Safety Shields are manufactured with polycarbonate plastic and offer a blend of durability and stability. Simple to install and easy to clean, the shields can be transferred from one machine to another and are compatible with most checkpoint systems.
Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters from Airbus as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating twelve H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, the NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods transportation, disaster relief, as well as wide area support. The five new helicopters will complement the agency’s law enforcement capabilities.
Scan-X has introduced the FeverBlock thermal imaging system for screening passengers and guests at key checkpoints. This enables safe, remote screening and real-time temperature checking to identify cases of fever in response to COVID-19. Thermal and visible light imaging, combined with learning algorithms, allow for fast remote screening at airports, ports, events, and key transport hubs.
FLIR Systems, Inc. has launched the FLIR A400/A700 Thermal Smart Sensor and Thermal Image Streaming fixed camera solutions for monitoring equipment, production lines, critical infrastructure, and screening for elevated skin temperatures. These highly configurable smart camera systems provide accurate, non-contact temperature monitoring across a wide range of disciplines.
FLIR designed the A400/A700 cameras with two configurations to better meet application-specific needs. The Thermal Smart Sensor configuration, recommended for measuring elevated skin temperatures, incorporates advanced measurement tools and alarms with edge computing to enable faster critical decisions. The Image Streaming configuration provides multiple thermal streaming capabilities to help optimise process control, improve quality assurance, or identify potential failures that could shut down a production line.
Smiths Detection has announced the launch of its ultraviolet (UVC) light kits capable of destroying up to 99.9% of micro-organisms present on baggage trays at the security checkpoint. This will improve hygiene standards and will help airports to restore the confidence of travellers and staff during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Smiths’ UVC kits automatically disinfect trays as they are being transported from the reclaim area back to the divest station. The casing and other safety measures protect staff and passengers from exposure to the UVC lights and can be installed quickly and easily into existing tray handling systems.
Detection Technology has unveiled the industry’s first off-the-shelf detector subsystem for security computed tomography (CT) applications. The plug-and-play-type subsystem, branded as Aurora CT, includes ready-made multi-slice detector boards and a data acquisition system. Aurora CT speeds up time-to-market, decreases total costs of X-ray imaging systems and meets security equipment standards in aviation. The three-sided tileable detector modules easily scale from 16-slice up to 64-slice system configurations to cover a wide range of set-ups, from entry-level checkpoint carry-on baggage scanners to large hold baggage CT scanners. In addition, air cargo and other critical logistics applications can be boosted with the Aurora CT subsystem. The design also allows room for updates to meet future security standards.