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Powerful Performance

Diebold also achieved record second quarter revenue of $US552,043,000, 14.8 per cent higher than the second quarter of 2003. This significant increase in revenue was led by strong growth in financial self service products which was fuelled by strong demand for the company's new Opteva product solution.

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A100 Million On Ports

The new changes will give Australian ports a number one security ranking for container scanning, enabling ships outward bound to meet the strict regulations being applied by the U.S. to its trading partners. Good news for access and ID suppliers is the stipulation that all workers will have to carry photo ID cards and pass through security checkpoints of the same standard as those in the airline industry. Also appealing to industry suppliers is the news that a whopping $A17 million will be spent installing video surveillance systems at 63 customs designated ports around Australia. Making the announcement, Prime Minister Howard said it was important to be aware that "74 per cent of Australian exports and imports move by ship each year and that (trade) has a total value of $188 billion." The PM said that a total of 244 maritime security plans covering the activities of about 400 maritime industry participants were developed and approved over the last six months.

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Honeywell Acquires Vindicator Technologies

Ben Cornett, Honeywell Security president, said in a release that the Vindicator acquisition would extend Honeywell's range of offerings. "Vindicator has very specialized technology, strong expertise and products that protect many of the world's most critical assets," Cornett says. Vindicator becomes part of the Honeywell Access Systems business unit, and while Honeywell will become the main branding, the Vindicator name will remain on the product line descriptions. "It is truly one of those situations that is a triple win for us, the customers and Honeywell. It increases our global presence with our foreign language platform and additional distribution channels," Gross told SSN. "For Honeywell, Vindicator provides a high-end product platform - a platform that has priority level one approvals and a product line that can talk across any communications media."

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Nice Contract Intercepted

NiceTrack supplies law enforcement agencies, internal security and intelligence organizations to improve their telecommunication interception and analysis capabilities to aid them in the ever-more sophisticated fight against terrorism, crime and other threats to security. NICE's technology overcomes various technological and operational challenges to produce meaningful intelligence via a unified system that collects and analyzes both telephony and Internet data on a single platform. "These two new contracts indicate that NICE solutions are recognized by intelligence and security professionals across the globe as important tools with which to combat the threats to societies and economies presented by organized groups in the modern age," confirmed Yoav Zaltzman, corporate vice president and general manager of the intelligence solutions division at NICE.

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UV Photodetector Development

"Silicon is the most common semiconductor, but it has not been useful for detecting ultraviolet light until now," said Munir Nayfeh, a professor of physics at Illinois and a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. "Ultraviolet light is usually absorbed by silicon and converted into heat, but we found a way to make silicon devices that absorb ultraviolet light and produce electrical current instead." As will be reported in the August issue of the journal Photonics Technology Letters, the technique behind silicon sensing of ultraviolet light is compatible with conventional integrated circuit technology. Conveniently, both the sensor and the computer could be incorporated on the same chip.

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Great Strides In Millimetres

Not limited to metal, MMW-based systems can detect the possession of ceramic weapons, plastic explosives, drugs, and other contraband. L-3 Security & Detection Systems has embarked on an aggressive program to develop and commercialize an advanced MMW imaging portal for use indoors for airport security screening. It is based on proven missile seeker automatic target recognition technology used by the U.S. military over the last 20 years. The L-3 MMW passenger screening portal is expected to enter into trial testing at a major international airport near the end of 2004. In addition, the company is continuing to deploy its recently released Multi-View Tomography (MVT) X-ray technology for screening checked baggage. L-3's MVT is the next generation of Automated Technology (AT), the current standard for explosives detection at airports throughout Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Bad News On The Horizon

The big challenge for emergency services teams was trying to ensure victims were reached without compromising their own safety and in the end the task was too difficult. In the aftermath, West Midlands chief inspector Surjeet Manku, said there was a need to assess: “Why decontamination took so long, whether decisions were rationally made and whether there were any communication difficulties.” Meanwhile detective chief constable Chris Sims, who oversaw Horizon said: “We have got to minimise the time it takes to get this full canopy of resources deployed, and I am sure we will be talking about that…There is a real balance to be struck. It is not just protecting ourselves, it's about serving casualties." In order to simulate reality, emergency services crews had no idea exactly when the attack would come and that made marshalling forces more difficult. It was a full 15 minutes before police threw a protective cordon around the NEC.

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Team Studies Terrorism's Impact On Supply Chain

Supply chains can be thrown into disarray for many reasons. A severe storm can delay urgently needed raw materials. A major dock strike can halt the movement of goods. Then there are low-probability, high-impact incidents such as an earthquake or terrorist attack. Companies can learn to cope with crises like these and minimize the disruption to their businesses. “Often the issue is cultural—making sure that damage control is built into the very fabric of the organization," said Yossi Sheffi, professor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering systems and leader of the project. For example, a few years ago the production of computer chips was halted by a fire at a large supplier. One major customer, cell phone manufacturer Nokia, reacted quickly and found alternative sources of the chips. A competitor was much slower to react and eventually exited the cell phone business.

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Panasonic Emphasises Move To Digital Video, Security Integration

“Digital One is a progressive new approach to video security and surveillance systems operation that embodies both existing analog systems products and new digital IP-based systems products,” Panasonic Vice President Frank Abram said in a statement. “It is an all-encompassing philosophy toward product development and systems integration.” Another Digital One goal is to provide end users with cost-efficient ways to upgrade their systems. The initiative is an outgrowth of Panasonic’s Networking Initiative that works to extend the scope of networked devices to include existing analog-based systems.

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Meet The Challenge, Says Australian Pm

According to Mr. Howard, ASIO now has greater funding that any time since the Cold War and has doubled in size, while $A872 million has been allocated to improving intelligence. Mr Howard called on private industry to continue spending on improvements in security, saying there was a cost everyone must share in the fight against terrorism. “There is a cost for all of us – there is a cost for you – involved in taking counter terrorism and security measures,” said Mr Howard. “Collectively we do pay a heavy price in economic terms but over…the price that we do pay…has to be put the…disruption and dislocation to our economy…that would occur if a terrorist attack took place in this country. “It is a challenge to our society, it’s a challenge we haven’t had before – we must simultaneously not become obsessed with it but equally take all the precautions that are necessary.”

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