1. TSA Nominee Expresses Need to Employ Methods Used by Israel
Retired Army Major General Robert Harding, President Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said that the United States should adopt Israeli practices for U.S. airports, CNN reported. During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, Harding said, "We should move even closer to an Israeli model where there's more engagement with passengers." He further addressed the U.S. need to employ Israeli methods in which the behavior patterns of passengers are monitored.
2. U.S., Israel Increase Airline Security with New Agreement
The United States and Israel this month signed an agreement to increase cooperation in aviation security, YNet reported. The agreement calls for the two countries to conduct drills reviewing procedures in case of attacks. Both countries will also share codes that send immediate alerts if passengers try to commit acts of terror. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signed the agreement with Israel’s Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Yisrael Katz, who said that it "strengthens the security cooperation between Israel and the United States ... and it guarantees full cooperation and a continuous transfer of information between the two countries."
3. Israeli Surveillance Camera Allows Security Teams to See Big Picture
The Israeli company Adaptive Imaging Technologies is in the process of developing a camera that has 100 times the resolution of a normal camera, allowing for security professionals to have a wider range of possibilities in tracking assailants in real time, Israel 21c reported. The camera not only will be able to monitor a larger area, but also will permit the administrator of the system to view clearly any specific target. The U.S. Department of Defense and other groups awarded the company a $100,000 grant at the end of last year after it received the "Most Promising Startup Award" from the Global Security Challenge.
4. 10 Best Israeli Airport Security Technologies
With rising global concerns about aviation security, Israel 21c highlighted its picks for the best airport security technologies. The following technologies — covering everything from scanning passengers to video surveillance — made the list: Trace-Safe, Suspect Detection System, BellSecure, VideoCells, Eltel, WeCU, Biometric VIP, MagShoe, Vigilant, and Briefcam. One Israeli airport security expert, Rafi Sela, described Israel’s system as focusing "on the passengers and not their luggage so we have a real edge over the rest of the world in protecting travelers."
5. American, Israeli Groups Hold Security Conference in Tel Aviv
American and Israeli organizations hosted a seminar entitled “Israel-U.S. Alliance: Business Opportunities in Homeland Security and Defense” in mid-March, The World Tribune reported. The event, held in Tel Aviv, encouraged Israeli companies to contend for U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants. With directors of more than 80 companies in attendance, the forum could yield an even deeper homeland security relationship between the two countries.