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False Alarms at the UK’s Some National Infrastructure Sites set to be Reduced with New Technology

Experts in human, vehicle and object detection, Business Insight 3, has built on its sole UK partnership with Barcelona-headquartered technology provider, Davantis.

Working together, the two organizations have released a ground-breaking product which is set to drastically improve intruder detection while reducing the number of false alarms from security systems at some of the UK’s most important national infrastructure sites.

The product, called DFUSION, is exclusively available in the UK via Bi3 and uses AI to enhance Davantis’ proven machine learning algorithm. In fact, during tests it has been shown to reduce the number of false alarms by as much as 90%.

And now, the exciting technology has secured the prestigious mark of approval from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). This means that it can be used as the only form of perimeter detection for everything from private land to industrial sites and critical infrastructures.

To add to its merits, it has also received the UK police’s Secure by Design (SBD) Accreditation.

“This goes far beyond simple CCTV detection, which is why it will prove so crucial for the UK’s most critical sites such as Government and public utility locations. It is exceptionally precise, meaning it will improve overall performance and the accuracy of detections while reducing the rate of false alarms,” Glen Higson, Managing Director at Bi3, said.

“At the UK’s most nationally important sites, the potential consequences of missing a detection could be huge. Added to that, false alarms reduce operator efficiency and impacts time and resources. In these situations, nothing can be left to chance which is why we believe this product is going to be very well-received by both integrators and end-users alike.

“Plus, it might just be a matter of time before more public sites need to increase their security to the same levels as the Government and other key locations. For example, Martyn’s Law, a campaign by the mother of Martyn Hett who died in the Manchester Arena attacks, has led to the Government consulting on Protect Duty which puts much more obligation on venue owners to follow the advice they are given by counter terrorism experts and improve security.”

Specific benefits of the new technology include:
• As proprietary technology, it is compatible with all hardware brands and camera models
• It analyses the video stream constantly and instantly makes a decision, using a combined machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithm, on whether the movement is a person, vehicle or false alarm
• It can work in the most challenging of environments with unprecedented reduction in false activations
• It is powerful at detecting small moving objects which could be obscured at short, medium, and long distances
• Based on detection with fixed cameras, it can instruct the Smart PTZ feature enabling directional pan, tilt and zoom to the detection area so as to provide better identification of the intruder
Another big advantage of the new system is that it can be added to existing CCTV cameras and can be rented from Bi3, meaning costs are relatively low given the system’s sophistication.

For more information about the new product and its applications, please visit: https://www.davantis.com/en/dfusion or contact Bi3 on info@bi3.co.uk.

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Milton Security Opens New Washington D.C. Office

Milton Security, a provider of Threat Hunting as a Service, XDR & MDR (MxDR) SOC Services, announced plans to further expand its U.S. presence with the opening of an office in the Capitol, Washington, D.C. The company will initially open its doors at Servcorp, a shared workspace located at 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1025, with the intention of further expanding and taking a permanent location in 2022.

“Adding a third location in the U.S. was intentional and instrumental for our continuing growth,” said James McMurry, CEO and founder of Milton Security. “With the rapid growth of Federal Cyber Regulations, and the signing of the infrastructure bill by President Biden last week, which allocates $2 billion for Cybersecurity over 4 years, this location will become a major hub for Milton Security.”

“We are very excited about the new location in D.C.,” commented Eric Cowperthwaite, COO of Milton Security. “Expanding into our nation’s Capitol city, will allow us to better engage our federal government customers, and recruit from a diverse talent pool, that includes a large veteran population. It also allows us to better connect with prospective customers.”

Milton Security now has three locations: Brea, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Washington, D.C.

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Incheon Airport Selects Smiths Detection in Phase 4 Expansion

Smiths Detection has been selected by Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) to deploy its high-speed explosives detection system (EDS) HI-SCAN 10080 XCT for hold baggage screening at Incheon International Airport (ICN) Terminal 2 as part of its Phase 4 Expansion Construction Project. The contract includes an equipment service agreement.

The expansion is projected to increase ICN’s capacity to allow 29 million more passengers and create 60,000 new jobs. This will make Incheon International Airport the third-largest airport globally.

“The expansion will help Incheon International Airport maintain its competitiveness as a world class aviation hub while establishing an airport-centered economic zone where major industries converge, boosting areas of the airport industry,” said H. S. Kim, director, BHS Engineering and Construction Team, IIAC. “A safe and secure airport environment is vital for such growth, IIAC is glad to have the trusted expertise and support of Smiths Detection in meeting our unique needs and future-proofing ICN’s security capabilities and resilience.”

The hold baggage screening system, HI-SCAN 10080 XCT features a dual-view dual-energy X-ray line scanner with full 3D volumetric computed tomography (CT) imaging and reconstruction for more accurate analysis, delivering a low false alarm rate. The system offers a high throughput of up to 1,800 bags per hour for a faster and more efficient screening process. Deployed in major airports like Heathrow Airport and Frankfurt Airport, the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is both ECAC EDS Standard 3 and 3.1 approved and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certified, the highest defined industry security standards.

“As air travel gradually resumes, there is no better time to introduce new security technology,” said Aurelien Guilbert, managing director, North Asia, Smiths Detection “Incheon International Airport’s expansion bodes well for the region and Smiths Detection is proud to support the region’s recovery journey by providing security of the highest standard.”

Installation is expected to be completed by October 2024. IIAC is keen on exploring adoption of Smiths Detection’s iCMORE capabilities using Artificial Intelligence algorithms and advanced material discrimination to automatically detect an ever-expanding list of dangerous goods and lithium batteries to achieve maximum detection performance.

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Paris Street Closed After Car Slams into Cafe

A Paris street was closed off Thursday, July 29, 2021, after a car slammed into a cafe and the driver of the vehicle ran away. Several people were injured.

The street was closed out of an abundance of caution to determine what occurred. Police said the incident is most likely an accident but they are investigating.

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InfoSec Global and Airbus Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance Cybersecurity Through Cryptographic Agility Management

InfoSec Global Schweiz, a provider of cryptographic agility management solutions, and Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Cybersecurity, have announced they will join forces for the development of cybersecurity and cryptographic agility management solutions.

Formalized by a Framework Cooperation Agreement, the companies have shown their firm commitment to advance a strategic partnership to deliver enhanced solutions to customers who are operating under particularly demanding security requirements. The two companies will jointly develop and deliver innovative solutions to identify and remediate cryptographic vulnerabilities while protecting critical digital ecosystems. 

“InfoSec Global has unique subject-matter expertise and technology in the field of cryptographic agility management,” stated Julien Probst, global head of product, InfoSec Global. “Through this collaboration we will reinforce Switzerland’s national cyber resilience and ensure long-term data privacy and sovereignty. We look forward to leveraging our joint capabilities to help Switzerland better control its critical cryptographic technologies, and use it as a model for helping other governments and nations do the same.”

Dr. Bernhard Brenner, Airbus Defence and Space executive vice-president marketing and sales, said: “Airbus Defence and Space is committed to the highest standards in our cyber security applications. Through this cooperation with InfoSec Global, we will further strengthen our solutions to protect governments, defence, critical infrastructure and enterprises from increasingly complex cyber threats. This cooperation is another example of Airbus’ cooperation with Swiss partners, especially in the security-relevant technology and industry base.”

The two companies say they will continue to collaborate on strategic projects currently underway in Switzerland while scaling the partnership and broadening its reach across additional countries around the world.

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Sarcos Robotics Selected as Finalist for Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

Sarcos Robotics, a developer of robots that augment humans to enhance productivity and safety, announced that its Guardian XO full-body, battery-powered industrial exoskeleton has been selected as a finalist by Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing IdeasAwards. The Guardian XO robot was named a Finalist in the Best Changing Idea North America and General Excellence categories with award selection to be named on May 10, 2021. Sarcos Robotics announced that it will become publicly listed through a merger transaction with Rotor Acquisition Corp., a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.

Now in its fifth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcases winners across a wide variety of categories, highlighting businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged in and deeply committed to pursuing innovation when it comes to solving health and climate crises, social injustice, or economic inequality. The award winners will be featured in the Summer 2021 issue of Fast Company, on newsstands May 10, 2021. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected the winners and finalists from a pool of more than 4,000 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more.

The Guardian XOfull-body, battery-powered industrial exoskeleton is designed to allow a worker to safely lift up to 200 pounds and improve productivity by at least three times. Sarcos is targeting a variety of industries such as manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, construction, oil and gas, aviation, defense, and others, and expects to commercially release the Guardian XO exoskeleton in mid-2022 with beta units being launched in the second half of 2021.

“We are proud to be recognized yet again by Fast Company, this time for the prestigious World Changing Ideas Awards,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO of Sarcos Robotics. “Our Guardian XO industrial exoskeleton was created to address the high economic and social costs of occupational injuries, as well as the significant skilled labor shortages that are being experienced globally. We believe it has significant potential to transform a wide variety of industries by increasing productivity, decreasing work-related injuries, and broadening the number of workers able to perform physically demanding labor.”

“There is no question our society and planet are facing deeply troubling times,” said Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company. “So, it’s important to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, impact, design, scalability, and passion to solve these problems. Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have discovered some of the most groundbreaking projects that have launched since the start of 2020.”

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South Korea to Launch Vaccine Passport App Using Blockchain

South Korea’s Prime Minister, Chung Sye-kyun, announced the country will begin using vaccine passport app that is secured with Blockchain. The Prime Minister said the mobile app will allow international travelers to show proof of vaccination digitally. The app is scheduled to be launched in April.

“The introduction of a vaccine passport or ‘Green Pass’ will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery to their daily lives,” the Prime Ministrer said in a meeting. Blockchain in the app will help to prevent fakes.

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Veridos and idpeople Win ePassport Tender in Denmark

The Kingdom of Denmark, represented by the Danish National Police, has enlisted Veridos, a provider of integrated identity solutions, and the Danish ID specialist idpeople to design, produce and personalize new electronic passports. The integration of Veridos high-end security features will enhance the security of the new travel documents. The first passports will be issued in October 2021.

Following a public tender, the National Police of Denmark has awarded the contract for ePassport production to a consortium of Veridos and its Danish partner idpeople. The two companies are starting to develop the new Danish passports immediately, and will be responsible for their production for a period of seven years. Veridos will design and manufacture the new security-optimized passports for Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The personalization and distribution of standard, express and fast track passports will take place at idpeople in Skovlunde, near Copenhagen. idpeople will also manage customer service with the authorities in Denmark.

The new electronic passports are produced in accordance with the highest security standards of the EU and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The document consists of 32 pages including a polycarbonate data page, which contains the electronic chip. A total of seven different passport types will be available: a standard Danish national passport, a diplomatic passport, a service passport, an alien’s passport, a travel document for refugees, and national passports for citizens of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, and a paper-based emergency passport.

As with the current Danish passport series, the design of the new ePassport features the Jelling stones as a recognition motif. These 10th-century rune stones are strongly associated with the founding of Denmark as a nation state. 

“This project is a confirmation of our previous success in providing state-of-the-art passport solutions to governments worldwide,” explains Veridos CEO Andreas Räschmeier. “The new Danish ePassport is in line with all the requirements of a modern travel document. It is secure and forgery-proof, and its electronic components meet all citizens’ expectations of being able to cross borders easily and efficiently. The document will thus become a flagship of the modern Nordic country.”

“We are looking forward to this task and to utilizing our expertise of governmental ID security documentation and our platform as a high-security service bureau,” adds Jesper Mikkelsen, owner and CEO of idpeople. “idpeople has a long history of delivering high-end ID security solutions to governments and private companies, and this contract emphasizes idpeople’s position as the leading personalization center for ID documents in Denmark.”

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Dankanikote Named SVP of Business Development for Defense and Civilian Sector at SAIC

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 Unveils Thermal Imaging Package
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Evolv Technology Unveils Thermal Imaging Package

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.