At the tsa
Pilot programs, screeners, etc.
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded a contract to McLean, VA-based Unisys Corporation for pilot technologies designed to strengthen access control at no fewer than 20 airports. Under the 20-month contract for the Airport Access Control Pilot Program, Unisys will serve as the systems integrator.
TSA will select airport and technologies for the program. Biometric technologies, possibly including fingerprints, retinal scans, and facial recognition, are expected to be part of the mix, according to a TSA statement. Additionally, next-generation surveillance cameras that could be used at access points for secure areas to guard against piggybacking, where a second person slips in behind an approved person.
- TSA continues recruitment of part-time federal security screeners at 107 airports; more than 650 have been hired since August.
- TSA awards a $4.8 million contract to Kroll Government Service to assist in providing Phase I background checks for TSA screeners and other employees.
- The TSA's Office of Security Technology purchases 43 of L-3 Communications Corporation's eXaminer 6000 Explosives Detection System machines (EDS). The L-3 Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity contract has a three-year ordering period for EDS machines, spare parts, and related engineering services. The task order for these 43 machines is valued at $37.84 million. Under contract, the EDS machines must be available for installation by December 31, 2003.
Gated Entry, 24/7
Jet Aviation at TEB
Jet Aviation recently installed an automated security gate at its Teterboro Airport facility. Located at the main entrance, the new gate will include a permanent guardhouse, manned 24 hours, and two incoming lanes, one of which will be used by customers and the other by employees.
DFW enhances emergency system
Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport signs a $1.15 million contract with Fremont, CA-based Tiburon Inc., a division of CompuDyne Corpora-tion, to upgrade the emergency services software systems at the airport. The purchase is part of DFW's continual upgrades, and in response to security improvements since 9/11. The contract includes upgrades to the Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management Systems for police and fire/EMS services, and includes integrated mapping and WebQuery.
DHs unveils 'US-Visit'
New Visa processing program
The Department of Homeland Security unveils U.S. Visitor and Immi-grant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT), described as a "cornerstone of the Department's goals to improve border management at our ports of entry." It uses scanning equipment to collect biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints (in an inkless process), along with a digital photograph of the visitor, and is expected to be in place by year's end.
All data obtained from a visitor is securely stored as part of his/her travel record and is made available only to authorized officials and select law enforcement agencies.
At exit points, visitors check out at kiosks by scanning the visa or passport and repeating the inkless fingerprinting process. The exit confirmation is added to the visitor's travel records to demonstrate compliance. Land border processing will be introduced in phases in 2005 and 2006.
The law requires that an automated entry/exit system be implemented at air and seaports by December 31, 2003; the 50 most highly trafficked land ports of entry by December 31, 2004; and all ports of entry by December 31, 2005. The program gets $380 million in FY03 and was appropriated $330 million for FY04.