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September 2010 Issue

Homeland Security Research Corp. Publishes Report
Homeland Security Research Corp.'s (Washington, D.C.) latest study, "U.S. Intelligence, Homeland Security & Homeland Defense Markets: 2010-2014," was released on July 26.

The 920-page report covers more than 460 submarkets and is based on thousands of government and private sector documents, as well as hundreds of interviews, the company said.

Highlights from the report include breakdowns of spending budgets and the relative size of various sectors. For example, the report states that in 2009, the U.S. intelligence community spent more than $14.5 billion on homeland-security-related intelligence activities, and the U.S. private sector demand for homeland security systems and services totaled $10.5 billion. Additionally, while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a key role in the industry, it does not dominate the market—the combined fiscal year (FY) 2009 state and local market share of 23.7 percent leads the field, with the Department of Defense (22.5 percent) and the DHS (18.3 percent) a close second and third, according to the report.

The report also sheds light on some common misconceptions, the company said; for example, in FY 2009, aviation security represented only 4.7 percent of the market, equal to that of California's homeland security market. The information technology industry, which is 450 percent larger than the aviation security market and totals more than $17 billion, leads the market, the report says. It also explained that state and local first responders procured homeland security products totaling $9 billion, of which more than 94 percent was funded at the state, county and city level.

For more information, visit www.homelandsecurityresearch.com.

APS Partners With ZES For Port Development Project

APS Technology Group Inc. (San Diego, California) recently announced that it is partnering with Oakland, California-based Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES) to integrate APS's optical character recognition (OCR) and automation technology solutions with ZES's SPARCS N4 terminal operating system (TOS) and Autogate System. The ZES TOS uses OCR technology to automatically identify marine containers as they enter and exit a facility, increasing velocity at the gate and security within the terminal.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Co. (GSCCO) will implement the APS OCR Portal and driver kiosks to automate container identification, remote damage inspection and truck processing at its Jeddah and Jubail, Saudi Arabia, terminals.

GSCCO is operating three of the largest ports in Saudi Arabia and is in the process of developing the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah Islamic Port, which is the country's busiest port. The company will implement APS Technology OCR Portals and driver kiosks over 10 lanes in Jeddah and five lanes in Jubail Container Terminal to eliminate gate congestion, increase throughput and reduce the chance of container theft, APS said. The ability to more fully automate gate operations will support the anticipated doubling of terminal volumes, the company continued.

"We decided to add gate automation to provide a more systematic process to decrease truck dwell time and improve the quality of the gate process for our customers," said Saud Al Onani, terminals manager for GSCCO. "We pride ourselves in using the latest methods of management and the most state of the art technology in all aspects of our operations. Our gate automation with APS and Zebra Enterprise Solutions will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

"We are very pleased to work with Zebra Enterprise Solutions on the GSCCO project," Allen Thomas, APS Technology chief operating officer, said. "The close integration between our systems provides a seamless flow of data for customers and enhanced visibility into operations."

For more information, visit www.aps-technology.com.

100 Percent Maritime Scanning Mandate Remains Elusive

On August 3, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano regarding the department's lack of progress in implementing the 100 percent maritime cargo scanning requirement, as mandated by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-53), which was enacted into law three years ago.

"When Congress approved the 100 percent scanning mandate, the potential loss of life and economic disruption that would result from the detonation of a dirty bomb at a busy U.S. port was foremost in our minds," Thompson said. "Three years later, the agency charged with implementing this important security provision has made no measurable progress."

"As many security experts have noted, the most likely way that Al Qaeda would target the United States with a nuclear weapon would be to smuggle it into the country," Markey said. "The millions of unscreened maritime cargo containers that enter our ports daily are a glaring vulnerability and a potential delivery device. The 9/11 law requires that these containers are to be scanned before they cross the ocean headed for our shores, and it is vital that this law be carried out as Congress intended it."

"I am extremely concerned that the Department of Homeland Security is dragging its feet and making insufficient efforts to meet the 2012 deadline for 100 percent cargo scanning, as mandated by Congress," Nadler said. "If the mandate is postponed or, God forbid, ignored altogether, we are faced with the ongoing threat of a catastrophic breach of security in American ports. Despite the possibility that terrorists could smuggle nuclear, chemical or biological weapons into the country, we currently scan only a pittance of the millions of shipping containers entering our ports each year. Chairman Thompson, Congressman Markey and I have worked hard to ensure that we are protected from such unacceptable dangers, and now the administration must do its part."



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