Homeland Security Monitor - December 2008-January 2009

AIPAC Homeland Security Monitor
A Summary of Key Articles Highlighting U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation

1. Israeli UAVs to Fly in Afghanistan 2. Terrorism Spurs Interest in Israeli Tech3. Whitewater Security Completes First Phase in Water Security4. Israel Develops Face Recognition Authentication for Airport Security5. Israel Using Behavioral Screening to Help Airport Security

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1. Israeli UAVs to Fly in Afghanistan
Canadian forces in Afghanistan will begin using Israel’s Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as the main surveillance drone in the U.S.-led campaign, The Jerusalem Post reported.  Based on the agreement, Israel will supply an upgraded version of the UAV to Canadathe Heron TP.  The Heron TP is the largest Israeli UAV, with a 26-meter long wingspan.  It weighs 4,650 kilograms, can fly at an altitude of up to 45,000 feet and according to reports in the Canadian press, the Heron TP possesses a lethal-strike capability.


2. Terrorism Spurs Interest in Israeli Tech
Since the recent terror attacks in India, Israel’s Defense Ministry and Israeli security companies have received a growing number of requests for homeland security technologies, leading to growing speculation that Israel’s defense exports will increase in 2009, The Jerusalem Post reported.  For example, a high-level delegation from the U.S. state of Georgia recently visited Israel to learn about an evacuation platform that can be used to rescue hostages.

3. Whitewater Security Completes First Phase in Water Security 
Whitewater Security, a subsidiary of the Whitewater Technology Group located in Tel Aviv, has announced the successful completion of the first phase of a three-phase program to safeguard the drinking water of a major city in Israel, HSToday.us reported. Aimed at protecting against both deliberate and accidental contamination, the program will cover all areas of water crisis management in order to minimize infrastructure vulnerability and ensure a continuous supply of safe water.

4. Israel Develops Face Recognition Authentication for Airport Security
C-True Imaging Ltd., a developer of real-time face recognition based in Rehovot, Israel, has announced that it is introducing the C-Gate system, a boarding pass authentication solution using face recognition technology, HSToday.us reported. The C-Gate offers a solution for a dangerous loophole in airport security, assisting airlines in meeting International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements, by assuring that ticketed passengers will be allowed to board only their proper flight.

5. Israel Using Behavioral Screening to Help Airport Security
As airport security screeners' focus shifts towards studying passenger intentions, Israeli companies have become leaders in developing security technologies to meet their needs, CNN reported.  Several Israeli-based technology companies are developing detection systems that pick up signs of emotional strain, a psychological red flag that a passenger may intend to commit an act of terror. These systems are speedier and less intrusive than metal detectors and could eliminate the long lines at airports.


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.