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Brinks Buys Into Uk And Belgium

The Brink's Company has announced the completion on March 4, 2005 of the previously disclosed purchase of certain security services operations from affiliates of Group 4 Securicor by subsidiaries of Brink's, Incorporated. The purchase includes two entities, Securicor Luxembourg S.A. and Group 4 Falck Cash Services UK Limited, for an aggregate price of approximately $39 million.

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Systems Provider Buys Inovonics

Inovonics is a manufacturer and marketer of monitoring and control wireless products with electronic security applications Inovonics President Andy Drenick said in a statement that his company sought the acquisition to reach new customers. “Being part of Roper allows us greater access to global markets, creates opportunities for synergies with existing Roper businesses and provides us the management tools and resources of a NYSE-traded company with a total capitalization of $US3.5 billion,” Drenick says.

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Anti-Terror Software

"The software, developed for and beta tested by the U.S. Marine Corps, prioritizes resources using objective criteria and provides a cost-benefit analysis for various mitigations. Based on these results, the software can help determine resource allocations across competing anti-terrorism projects. "Organizations have limited budgets to protect their assets from terrorist attacks," said Dr. Steven Haynes, assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and lead researcher. "People need help in deciding which proposed projects to fund when each responds to a need and has its own benefits." The cognitive-support system makes those decisions less subjective and helps more people understand how and on what basis resource allocation decisions were made, Haynes said. The software is described in a paper titled "Optimizing Anti-Terrorism Resource Allocation" that appears in a special issue (Vol.

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Argus Australia Expands Into Asia

Argus Solutions CEO, Bruce Lyman said the acquisition of 100% of the shares in the Asian subsidiary company of ImageWare Systems Inc (IWS) was highly complementary to Argus’ existing business and gave the company a larger presence in the key markets of Asia and the US. The deal includes a small equity exchange whereby IWS will acquire new capital in Argus at a premium of 8% to the market, while Argus will acquire equity in IWS Inc. Jim Miller President and CEO of IWS, plans to join the Argus Board, and it is intended that Argus will provide a representative on the IWS Board following a planned vacancy later in the year. Under the arrangement, IWS will resell Argus products into the continental American market through its 5 domestic sales offices in the USA, Canada and South America, allowing Argus to target the large US law enforcement and health markets. It will also allow Argus to deliver a combined biometric and identity card solution to clients.

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Smiths Flies Into Las Vegas

Both trace portals, used to screen passengers for traces of explosives, have been installed at Terminal One. The deployments of the Sentinel IIs are part of the TSA's Phase II pilot program to test and evaluate trace portals and their impact on airport security checkpoints. The Sentinel II is a non-invasive walk-through scanner that operates automatically, passing air gently over the body to release particles that are naturally absorbed by or cling to a person's clothing or body. These particles are then drawn into the instrument for analysis. Detection of these particles or vapors can indicate that a person is either carrying an explosive device or has come into contact with explosives substances. "We are pleased to participate in the first deployment of two trace portals at a single airport," said Bill Mawer, Director of Business Development, Smiths Detection.

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Honeywell To Create Huge Security Wholesaling Business In Europe

ADI will begin the international expansion by establishing 31 offices in 11 countries. The initial countries served will be: The Netherlands, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic, and South Africa. “We want to be the partner of choice for security dealers and installers throughout Europe,” said Ben Cornett, president of Honeywell Security. “Our strategy is to help our customers grow with the products they need, and also provide the best possible service and support. ADI International will answer these needs by allowing customers easy access to a wide range of products throughout Europe, with enhanced delivery service and outstanding support.” ADI is already a successful distributor in North America. According to Tom Polson, president of ADI: “ADI offers customers its own unique blend of convenience and service.

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Bosch Appoints New Staff In Qld And Nsw

Greg Conran has joined Bosch QLD in the role of QLD and NT CCTV Specialist. Greg has worked in many senior management positions and has an extensive knowledge of PC based and standalone DVR systems, networking procedures and Cameras. His experience in large scale projects, integrating CCTV control rooms and WAN network solutions both in Australia and Overseas will add to our Bosch knowledge pool and assist your next project. Meanwhile Todd Wainwright joins the company’s National Technical Support Team As Team Leader of the newly centralised National Technical Support Team. According to Bosch, Todd recognises the need for strong and efficient delivery of technical support on the company’s complete range of products and with the introduction of the 1-3000-BOSCH hotline, his department aim to provide consistent and effective services.

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Explosive Destruction System Works: Sandia Labs

Such a system could give homeland security personnel a tool for safely neutralizing a dormant terrorist device, or it could be used by the military to remove a land mine or canister shell without having to set off an open-air explosion. A just-released study at Sandia confirms EDS’s effectiveness against biological agents, bio-contaminated containers, and improvised biological devices. Sandia sponsored the study itself, spending $60K in Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funds over the past year to confirm the capability. The report, says Sandia researchers, augments the system’s already established capability to destroy explosively configured munitions containing chemical agents. “There’s high value in extending the EDS’ successful track record into other areas — and bio came to mind right away,” said Mary Clare Stoddard, a Sandia manager overseeing the research activity in Livermore.

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Metal Detector In A Suitcase

Gatescan-P has zone specific detection of weapons, zone specific sensitivity adjustments and is designed for use in demanding environments. When broken down, the unit is small enough to pull along on wheels and fits in the boot of an ordinary car. The unit operates from a mains rechargeable battery and provides up to 40 hours mobile operation making it ideal for outdoor events. It is remarkably user-friendly and simple to operate with little operator training required. Gatescan-P is ideal for sporting events, concerts, nightclubs, visitor centres, conferences, schools, VIP security or for any event or location requiring high discrimination metal detection combined with ease of use and total portability or for businesses that want to employ occasional or random security checks. Gatescan-P is already in use with Police Forces and schools in London and was recently featured on a school security program on Teachers TV.

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Ji Will Always Threaten Australia

The recent bombing in front of the Australian embassy in September 2004 shows the importance of looking beyond Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) to understand its extended family -- the splinters and offshoots of the 55-year-old Darul Islam (DI) movement. Virtually all jihadist groups in Indonesia have DI origins, including a small group from Banten, West Java, that worked with JI on the September bombing. Recycling Militants in Indonesia: Darul Islam and the Australian Embassy Bombing, the latest background report from the International Crisis Group, examines the DI network and shows how its evolution helps explain the recruiting base, support network, and potential partners for jihadists in Indonesia. It also offers important clues as to how JI, itself a DI offshoot, will adapt to changing conditions.

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