Homeland Security Monitor - March 2008

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE March 2008
1. There's More to Stopping Hamas Terrorists than Meets the Eye 2. Urban Wars Fuel Demand for More Accurate Sensors 3. Israeli Expert Helps Keep Terrorists Out of Your Backyard 4. Maintaining Security at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport 5. Israeli Video Security Firms Announce Partnership FPO photo

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1. There's More to Stopping Hamas Terrorists than Meets the Eye
Anthony L. Kimery, from HSToday, writes about his counterterror fact-finding trip to Israel in February 2008, and his experiences as tensions escalated between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Kimery discusses the difficulties Israeli intelligence and military forces face in identifying and dealing with Hamas' Qassam launching sites.
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2. Urban Wars Fuel Demand for More Accurate Sensors
As long as militaries continue facing difficulties finding enemy combatants inside buildings, suppliers of high-tech military hardware will continue developing sensors that help troops "see" through walls, National Defense magazine reports. ODF Optronics, a technology firm in Tel Aviv is one such company, best known for its eyeball R1 surveillance system, which can be thrown over walls or into tunnels to establish a 360-degree video image of the area. ODF Optronics has currently has contracts with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), United States (U.S.) law enforcement agencies and the Defense Department, among others and is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop new sensors.
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3. Israeli Expert Helps Keep Terrorists Out of Your Backyard
Tal Hanan, CEO of Israeli security firm Demoman International, is a security professional teaching security officials in Germany, Italy, Turkey, as well as Washington D.C., Texas, Virginia, and other states effective terror prevention techniques, Israel21c reports. Hanan and the Demoman team have lent their experience and Israel's "lessons learned" to protect schools, oil fields, and other potential targets. "The only way to beat them [terrorists] is through vigilance," Hanan says.
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4. Maintaining Security at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport
HSToday highlights two Israeli companies, Hi-Tech Solutions and Rontal, which are part of Ben Gurion's security apparatus, contributing to it's reputations as one of the world's most secure airports. Hi-Tech Solutions has installed its vision-based License Plate Recognition (LPR) system which identifies vehicles entering the airport and checks their license plate number against different databases. Rontal Applications helps Ben Gurion security managers assess threats and take the necessary measures to meet them through its SimGuard 3000 simulation program.
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5. Israeli Video Security Firms Announce Partnership
Israeli companies, ioimage, and EVT, recently announced integration of their video security solutions, sourcesecurity.com reports. "The joint offering will dramatically reduce the efforts required by security officers in event detection, analysis and video management processes," says Oren Feldmann, VP Marketing and Sales, EVT. EVT is best known for Vertex, a video and network recording solution, is widely installed in large enterprises and government facilities in the U.S. and worldwide.
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AIPAC's Homeland Security Monitor is a monthly summary of key articles highlighting the cooperative homeland security programs central to the strong and mutually beneficial strategic relationship between the United States and Israel. For more information on these issues, please write to homelandsecurity@aipac.org.

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