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Security Clogging The Works, Says Signature

The research shows that the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, have acted as a catalyst for widespread change in the industry, causing a hardening of security at all points of the supply chain. The research was conducted for Signature by AMR Interactive and involved a series of in-depth, face-to-face interviews with CEOs, Customs Branch and Financial Managers in the freight, transport and logistics industry in Australia and New Zealand. It specifically looked at perceptions of security threats along the supply chain and the measures being taken to counter them. Signature's group general manager, Chris Hay, said that while the industry fully supported the increased focus on security, the more onerous screening procedures and other measures were increasing costs and causing bottlenecks in the system.

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L-3 To Acquire Titan In Us2.6 Billion Merger

The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of each company and will now be subject to approval by Titan shareholders. Titan recently entered into memoranda of understanding to settle securities law class actions and derivative suits pending in Federal and State courts in California and Delaware. L-3 Communications specializes in access control systems and the merger will likely expand its horizons in the IT arena.

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Schneider Buys Invensys And Merges With Tac

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals. ABS EMEA, owned by Invensys plc, is a leading provider of building automation solutions and services (regulation, monitoring and control of all technical equipment in buildings) in the UK under the Satchwell brand name and has a strong presence accross the rest of Europe and in the Middle East. The company generated revenues of $168 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, with a restated operating profit of $12.3 million. The market of Automation and Control of Building utilities represents a significant growth potential for Schneider Electric since it is a market worth some $11 billion, it is growing on average by more than 6% a year and it offers substantial synergy with Schneider Electric’s existing positions. Building Automation is one of the growth platforms on which Schneider Electric has been focusing on since it announced to develop new activities, less cyclical and with high growth potential.

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CovertS Hsm Is Growing

In the nine months after its break-off from Honeywell last June, HSM reported revenues of $125.5 million, compared to $118.7 million from the nine months before. It has acquired 12,000 new customers and earned $1 million per month in new sales since becoming a standalone company according to a new profile of the firm published in the Chicago Daily Herald. Honeywell sold off its monitoring unit last June 28 to private equity firm Golder Rauner LLC. Since then, HSM has moved its headquarters from Minneapolis to the Chicago suburb of Lisle and added industry veteran James Covert as CEO. Covert was inducted in April into the SSI Hall of Fame. HSM President and COO Tim Whall told the Herald that HSM will double its workforce in its second year. “We currently have about 49 facilities in 32 states and about 900 employees. Over the next year, we plan to add one sales representative to each of our officers,” Whall said.

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Bureau For The Bureaus

PROBABLY the best way to think of the SecureNet service is as a bureau for bureau companies. Just what does this mean? It means bureau installers don’t need access to a physical monitoring station any more. The entire SecureNet application is server-based and runs online with authorized personnel able to monitor alarms or handle administration from anywhere in the world. No matter which way you look at it, the SecureNet solution is a bloody good idea. It leverages the power and flexibility of the Internet to give an unprecedented level of support to customers at 2 levels. These include individual monitored clients and bureau installers, who might have tens, hundreds or even thousands of customers. Essentially a home or business owner can get on a computer in the UK and check their account at home Australia.

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Adt Gets All Us Defence Department Rfid Readers

The Blanket Purchase Agreement runs through June 2007 and is part of the DOD's effort to standardize RFID technology pricing and compatibility for all of the department's branches. The Blanket Purchase Agreement includes ADT's Sensormatic Agile Series II readers, Sensormatic Agile Series II Omnipoint antennas and GlobeRanger's iMotion RFID software. According to Randy Dunn, National Director of RFID Sales and Marketing for ADT, the Blanket Purchase Agreement was awarded because of ADT's global capabilities and long history of working with UHF technologies and large-scale systems integration. "We are able to provide them with quality competitive products, and we have the expertise, longevity and worldwide presence to back those products," Dunn said. The DOD will use RFID technology to better track and monitor the movement of supplies and assets in a number of areas including inventory control, supply chain tracking and the tracking of shipments from DOD depots and warehouses.

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Low Cost Harbour Security Device Developed

Holmes' device - an underwater hydrophone array designed to be towed by a small, autonomous submarine - can monitor for ocean-going threats to America's waterways or for sound for ocean acoustics studies. The array combines sophisticated engineering with off-the-shelf hardware to create a relatively inexpensive but highly sensitive underwater listening device. The prototype comprises six underwater microphones, or hydrophones, spaced inside a 30-foot plastic tube filled with mineral oil. The array tube is filled with mineral oil to create neutral buoyancy, allowing the array to float behind the underwater towing vehicle. Signals from the hydrophones are captured and stored on mini-disc recorders aboard the unpiloted submarine, which is called Remus. Designed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Remus looks like a small torpedo and can navigate autonomously underwater around obstacles and through harbors using GPS sensors, sonar, and electronic maps.

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Licences Required By Installers, Consultants In Victoria

The Private Security Act 2004 also introduces changes to other private security sectors such as security guards, crowd controllers, bodyguards, investigators and security firms. The new requirements reflect the changing nature of the industry, specifically the growing responsibility the security industry has in ensuring the safety of the Victorian community. The Act was developed after extensive consultation with Victoria Police, the private security industry, the government and the community. Security advisers and security equipment installers operate as important members of the industry and have the capacity, through the nature of their work, to access and collect sensitive information about the personal and security arrangements of their clients.

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Crime And Drugs Linked: Aic

Releasing the results of the Australian Government's most recent survey of police detainees - the 2004 annual report of the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program - Senator Ellison said the survey would provide another valuable plank in the development, implementation and evaluation of policy covering the links between drug use and crime. "This demonstrates the importance of the Government's Tough on Drugs Programme. If we make progress in the war on drugs, we make great strides in the fight against crime," he said. "The DUMA program, now in its fifth year, provides us with vital information on the drugs/crime nexus and also plays a significant role in the identification of changes in local drug markets." "For example, in previous years an upward trend in methamphetamine use was observed in the DUMA sites, but the 2004 data shows that methamphetamine use has stabilised at the nine sites surveyed across the country.

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Amazing Nanotube X-Ray Devices Developed

As a result, the device can create images of objects from numerous angles and without mechanical motion, which is a distinct advantage for any machine since it increases imaging speed, can reduce the size of the device and requires less maintenance. A report on the promising invention appears in this week’s issue (May 9) of Applied Physics Letters, a science and technology journal. The physicists already have received U.S. patents on elements of the work and expect more to be granted. "This technology can lead to smaller and faster X-ray imaging systems for airport baggage screening and for tomographic medical imaging such as CT (computed tomography) scanners," said Dr. Otto Zhou, Lyle Jones distinguished professor of physics and materials sciences in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences. "We believe this is an important advance in X-ray technology, and we are extremely excited about it," Zhou said.

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