Homeland Security Monitor - June 2009

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation
IN THIS ISSUE JUNE 2009

1. Israelis and Americans Team Up to Fight Terrorism 2. Israeli Company Develops New Video Synopsis Method 3. Robotic Snake Camera to Improve Israel’s Surveillance Abilities 4. Israeli Scientists Help in Development of Robotic Octopus 5. Emergency Notification System Tested in Israeli Security Exercise

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Israeli Sgt. Maj. Marc Kahlberg is establishing a U.S.-Israel forum on counter-terrorism. Read more...

 

 

1. Israelis and Americans Team Up to Fight Terrorism
Israeli Sgt. Maj. Marc Kahlberg and American detective Sgt. Jim Gort have established a forum to share information about responding to terrorism, Israel 21c reports. The American Israel Counter Terror Officers Organization (ICTOO), modeled after a school the two created in Israel, offers a means to train first responders to recognize and react to emergencies. In the fall, nearly 200 Americans and Israelis will likely travel to the first of an expected annual conference in Israel to share and discuss methods for preventing terrorist attacks. Kahlberg’s system for combating terrorism in Israel has already been adopted by Florida and Arizona.  
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2. Israeli Company Develops New Video Synopsis Method
Israeli experts have developed a system that allows companies and police to quickly examine and condense surveillance videos, Israel 21c reports. The company, BriefCam, summarizes complete videos by displaying footage that took place separately alongside one another, saving a considerable amount of time. The company already has customers in the United States, England and the Netherlands.

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3. Robotic Snake Camera to Improve Israel’s Surveillance Abilities
The Israel Defense Force is making arrangements to implement the use of a robotic “snake” camera in future military exercises, The Jerusalem Post reports. The robot, designed to contour its “body” to move through constricted areas like real snakes, will be supplied to combat units for surveillance, search and rescue, and removal of explosive devices.
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4. Israeli Scientists Help in Development of Robotic Octopus 
Professor Binyamin Hochner of the Octopus Group in the Life Sciences Institute at Hebrew University of Jerusalem is part of an international project to develop an octopus robot with a wide range of intended purposes, including rescue efforts, Israel 21c reports. Israel’s responsibility is to create the system to allow the robot to move in a way that duplicates the natural movement of an octopus.  Previous financial support for the Israeli researchers has come from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a U.S. Defense Department agency, and the U.S. Navy to analyze the movement of octopus tentacles.
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5. Emergency Notification System Tested in Israeli Security Exercise
Israeli company eVigilo’s public emergency alert program, MobileAlert, was initiated this month during Israel’s large scale emergency training exercise, the Government Security News reports. While siren alerts are the main notification mechanisms in the event of danger, MobileAlert offers the ability to also integrate cellular technology to ensure rapid and widespread notification in case of an emergency. This program is useful not only for national security, but also for any situation that requires the swift dissemination of information.
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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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