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Sep
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Csiro Researchers Develop Magnetometer For Needle Search

The team, based at Lindfield in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Sydney, can pick up a piece of a hypodermic needle less than one millimetre long at a distance of five centimetres.

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“Conventional hand-held metal detectors couldn’t find the whole needle at half that distance,” says project leader Dr Marcel Bick, who’s been running the proof of concept experiments.

“We can even detect needles wrapped in aluminium foil, which is something a standard metal detector has lots of difficulty with,” he adds.

The team has achieved great success, even finding fragments weighing less than a milligram, because their device is no ordinary metal detector: “It’s a SQUID magnetometer,” says Dr Cathy Foley, who heads up CSIRO’s work on SQUIDs.

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Mon
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Sep
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Voice Over Ip Is In Law EnforcementS Sights

The solution allows VOIP transmissions, which have been inaccessible to law enforcement agencies, to be logged and tapped in the same way telephone signals can be.

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PacketCable represents the cable industry's interoperable interface specifications for a wide variety of services. PacketCable networks use Internet Protocol (IP) technology to offer services such as Voice over IP, otherwise known as IP telephony.

"The latest issue of this technical specification represents a milestone in the cable industry's efforts to address law enforcement's concerns regarding VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services made available by cable companies," said Kerry Haynes, FBI Assistant Director responsible for Investigative Technologies.

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Sun
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Sep
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Siemens Building Technologies Ceo To Retire

Kunka will retire on Dec. 31 and Daryl Dulaney has been named as his replacement. Dulaney will become the COO of the company on Oct. 1 before taking over the president and CEO positions to start 2005.

Dulaney’s responsibilities as COO will entail handling day- to-day operations, overseeing the marketing strategies and growth plans of the company’s diverse portfolio of building automation, HVAC products, fire safety, security systems, and energy solutions and services.

Both Dulaney and Kunka said in a press release they are confident the company will not feel any adverse affects from the transition. Until Dulaney’s position change, he will remain in his current role as president of Siemens Building Technologies’ Building Automation division.

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Wed
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Sep
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U.S. Crime Rates At 30-Year Low

“The rates are the lowest experienced in the last 30 years,” Justice Department statistician Shannan Catalona says in the report. “Crime rates have stabilized.” The survey is based on interviews with people in 84,000 households and shows a steady decline from 1993 until 2002 in the rates of violent crime and property crimes before those numbers leveled off in 2003.

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The new survey put the rate for property crimes of burglary, theft and motor-vehicle theft in 2003 at 163 for every 1,000 people, compared with 159 the year before. The slight increase was not considered statistically significant and a decade ago, the rate was 319 property crimes per 1,000 people, the study says.

The number of victims of violent crimes for 2003 was 23 per 1,000 people, down from 50 in 1993.

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Wed
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Sep
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Tyco Slashes Us350 Debt

Tyco repurchased $US350 million of its 2.75 percent convertible bonds due 2018. The company paid $US511 million cash to repurchase the bonds, reducing the underlying common shares by 15 million.

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So far in the quarter, Tyco has used $US861 million cash under a plan to strengthen its balance sheet by reducing debt and making contributions to its defined benefit plans.

Tyco expects to maintain a cash balance of at least $US2 billion as it continues to execute its plan, which could result in additional charges. Tyco repeated its forecast, first given in August, that it will earn US41 cents to US43 cents a share in the fourth quarter.

The estimate excludes restructuring and divestiture programs and charges for the early retirement of debt. Analysts have been expecting fourth-quarter earnings of 43 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call.

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Wed
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Sep
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Next Gen Wireless Sensors From Siemens No Batteries

The company develops and commercializes a revolutionary technology that combines energy scavenging systems with ultra low power consumption radio technology – ideal for security alarm sensor applications.

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"There is a quiet revolution going on. Imagine a world where doctors can implant sensors in their patients to constantly monitor chronic conditions. A world where tires are constantly monitored from the inside to make sure their pressure is always in a safe range for the load being carried.

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Wed
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Utc Projected Profit Affirmed At Us5.50 Per Share

David made his comments to analysts and investors at a Morgan Stanley Industrials conference in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Arizona. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries, as well as its interests in the security industry.

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Tue
14
Sep
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Asis To Discuss SecurityIt Convergence

The organization plans to address the incorporation of information technology and other enterprise risk concepts and applications into educational programs offered by ASIS, association President Shirley Pierini said in a statement.

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The session will also cover the necessity “that information technology security and the traditional security function are covered in the evolving body of knowledge in security.”

Timothy Williams, ASIS board member and vice president of corporate and systems security at Nortel Networks, will host the panel discussion, also to feature security officers at companies like Motorola and Washington Mutual.

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Tue
14
Sep
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Diebold Growing Out Of Finance Business

“We’re a fairly conservative company,” Richard Baggot, vice president of Diebold’s Electronic Security and Currency Systems Group told SSN recently. “When we take steps they’re calculated and we have a plan.”

SSN reports that executives at Diebold say the acquisitions are “not just part of the company’s plans to bolster its geographic reach or customer base, but also help the company grow beyond the financial service market.”

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As a case in point, the second largest monitored customer at Diebold’s <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />EventMonitoringCenter (which monitors 30,000 customers), is a retail business.

Diebold has also just scored a contract with the United States Postal Inspection Service to maintain and replace electronic security equipment in its 11,000 sites across the U.S.

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Tue
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Sep
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Russia To Spend Us5.4 Billion On Security

Announcing the funding. Finance minister Alexi Kudrin said “The fight against terrorism requires a long-range perspective". According to reports from the TASS news agency in Moscow, Russia's main security agencies - the Federal Security Service, Interior Ministry, border guards service and Foreign Intelligence Service - will split an additional $US1.71 billion in funding.

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The Defense Ministry will receive an additional $US3.66 billion, Kudrin said. All up $US13.6 billion has been earmarked for national security and law enforcement in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Russia in 2005 – that’s a 20 per cent increase. Around $US68.5 million had already been tagged in next year's budget for a new anti-terrorism program to increase security in public places, including Moscow's subway.

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