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North Korea Border Closure Made for Challenging Trip Home

North Korea Border Closure Made for Challenging Trip Home

Joy Finnegan

Employees of the Russian Embassy in North Korea were left with a difficult choice when North Korea closed their borders at the start of the coronavirus outbreak a year ago: stay out the pandemic in North Korea or find a way home on their own. The employees and their families decided to get creative and…

Camero-Tech Launches Xaver Long Range system

Joy Finnegan

Camero-Tech is launching the Xaver LR80 (XLR80) system, which enables detection of live objects behind walls, at distances of more than 100 meters. This new capability provides a breakthrough operational advantage in a hostile environment. Special forces and law enforcement teams conducting urban and rural operations require reliable information regarding hidden live objects to determine…

DHS Stops Counterfeit N95 Masks from Reaching Hospital Workers

Joy Finnegan

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) federal agents report they have seized approximately 11 million counterfeit 3M N95 respirator masks in recent weeks, the result of ongoing collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and manufacturer 3M to prevent counterfeit masks from reaching hospital workers and first responders. “These seizures illustrate the ongoing efforts of HSI,…

IAI Introduces a New Electro-Optical Surveillance System- MegaPOP

Joy Finnegan

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is expanding its family of electro-optical/IR payloads with the introduction of MegaPOP. The electro-optical payload, which was developed by TAMAM, IAI’s electro-optical and navigation system house.  The new payload is designed for land applications such as marine or land border control, surveillance of sensitive facilities, or any other operational mission that…

Vehicle Scanning at Border Made Mandatory by New U. S. Law

Joy Finnegan

On January 5, 2021 a new act, The Securing America’s Ports Act, was signed into existence requiring “a plan to expeditiously scan all commercial and passenger vehicles entering the United States at a land port of entry using large-scale non-intrusive inspection systems, such as X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems, or similar technology,” the summary says….

Parsons’ RailPulse Reduces Reporting Time, Improves Diagnostics

Joy Finnegan

Parsons Corporation announced the company’s new RailPulse solution, a software product that unlocks data generated by Positive Train Control (PTC) systems to allow more efficient troubleshooting, reporting and diagnostics. Providing an automated solution to reporting and diagnostics, including required Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reporting, Parsons says RailPulse can significantly reduce the time and cost required…

Amtrak CEO Calls for Expanding “No Fly List” To Rail Service

Joy Finnegan

After the violent attack on the U. S. Capitol in January, the Amtrak Rail CEO Bill Flynn released a statement urging the Transportation Security Administration to expand the “No Fly List” to the rail system. Here is his statement in full: “There is nothing more important than the safety of our employees. Since the start…

Siemens Mobility Signs Landmark MoU to Install Egypt’s First Ever High-Speed Rail System

Joy Finnegan

The National Authority for Tunnels, a governmental authority under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport of Egypt, and Siemens Mobility have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – together with the local companies Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.) – to design, install and commission Egypt’s first ever high-speed…

Bombardier to Supply 33 OMNEO Regio 2N Trains to SNCF for the Hauts-de-France Region

Joy Finnegan

Bombardier Transportation received an order for 33 BOMBARDIER OMNEO Regio 2N trains, from SNCF on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region. This new order amounts to approximately $688 million (565 million euro) and is part of the framework agreement signed with SNCF in 2010 to provide a maximum of 860 OMNEO Regio 2N trains to the…