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ISIS Video Camera

Traditional surveillance cameras can be a great help to law enforcement officers for a range of missions, including canvassing a crowd for criminal activity, or trailing a terrorist. But there are shortfalls, like a loss of visual contact with the rest of the scene when zooming in on a specific point of interest. A new video surveillance system being developed now by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate called the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (or ISIS) takes new camera technology - and real-time image-stitching - and bolts it to a ceiling, mounts it on a roof, or fastens it to a truck-mounted mast. A unique interface then allows the user to maintain a full field of view, while a focal point of choice can be magnified. Like a fisheye lens, ISIS sees v-e-r-y wide. But, whereas a typical fisheye lens distorts an image and can only provide limited resolution, video from ISIS is perfectly detailed, from edge-to-edge.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , Scott Carr

Monday - 08/30/2010, 07:36pm EDT

Advanced Container Security Device Project

The Department of Homeland Security has embarked on a project to develop an advanced sensor system for monitoring shipping containers from their point-of-storage to release in the maritime supply chain. The Advanced Container Security Device (or ACSD) is a small unit that attaches to the inside of a container and monitors all six sides for any intrusion or the presence of human cargo. If the device detects such an intrusion or presence it transmits alarm information through the Marine Asset Tag Tracking System to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ACSD will also build in a standard plug-and-play interface so that other security or commercial sensors (such as those measuring radiological, chemical, or biological factors) can be easily integrated through a standard interface. 40 prototype systems have been delivered, tested and evaluated. This fiscal year, the project plans to remedy shortfalls discovered during prototype testing and put improvements in place.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , Marine , Customs , Scott Carr

Monday - 08/30/2010, 07:35pm EDT

VA IT specialist creates cyber awareness site

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Melissa Short , VA , DorobekInsider

Wednesday - 08/25/2010, 03:57pm EDT

GSA finalizing requirements for FedRAMP

Agencies and vendors soon will be able to submit cloud-based products and services to be certified and accredited once and be available for use by all of government. Version 2 of the FedRAMP security controls should be ready in the next few weeks. Cloud working group still must address several questions about the approval process.

Tags: technology , Katie Lewin , Kurt Garbars , Dawn Leaf , GSA , NIST , OMB , DoD , ISPAB , cloud computing , FedRAMP , privacy , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 08/25/2010, 07:26am EDT

New campaign: 'Cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility'

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , 2010 Cyber Challenge , Kevin Parra , cisco , DorobekInsider

Tuesday - 08/24/2010, 04:58pm EDT

Mission and merit systems collide in HR

A recent survey of chief human capital officers reveals some shortcomings and frustrations in the relationship between CHCOs and the Office of Personnel Management. But two veteran federal HR experts said such a tension is natural and even healthy. And a top OPM leader talks about an initiative to resolve concerns over the shortcomings of training on the part of the HR workforce and their ability to assist in hiring reforms.

Tags: management , human resource management , CHCO Council , OPM , Kathryn Medina , Jeff Neal , John Salamone , FMP , Ron Sanders , Booz Allen Hamilton , Partnership for Public Service , Grant Thornton , hiring reforms , Max Cacas

Friday - 08/20/2010, 06:39am EDT

DHS works to block underground threats

DHS is releasing gases and fluorescent particles into Boston's subway tunnels today to study how toxic chemicals and lethal biological agents could spread through the nation's oldest subway system in a terrorist attack. Details from program manager, Teresa Lustig

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , security , management , Science and Technology Directorate , Teresa Lustig , Suzanne Kubota , subway , critical infrastructure

Friday - 08/20/2010, 09:40am EDT

Maine develops 'neighborhood watch' approach to cyber

Learn more in today's cybersecurity update.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Maine , 2010 Cyber Challenge , DorobekInsider

Wednesday - 08/18/2010, 04:45pm EDT
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