Homeland Security Monitor - November 2009

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

1. Israeli Start-Up Develops Innovative Surveillance System 2. Nebraska Police Officers Visit Israel to Learn Security Methods 3. Israel Developing Cell Phone Alert System for Rocket Attacks 4. Israeli Police Work with U.S. Forces on Security Measures 5. Israeli Companies Develop Cell Phone Tracking Technology

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1. Israeli Start-Up Develops Innovative Surveillance System
An Israeli security start-up has developed a digital surveillance system that allows a single camera to perform the functions that only multiple cameras could previously achieve, The Jerusalem Post reported. The firm, Adaptive Imaging Technologies (AIT), says the technology will improve the surveillance of borders, urban areas, and other secure sites. In recognition of its accomplishment, AIT won the “Most Promising Startup” award at the Global Security Challenge in London on Nov. 13, and its leaders are optimistic of future success.

2. Nebraska Police Officers Visit Israel to Learn Security Methods
Police officers from the Omaha area recently spent a week in Israel as part of a training mission to learn about the Jewish state’s counterterrorism methods, the Bellevue Leader reported. The visit, sponsored by Security Solutions International, consisted largely of tours of Israeli infrastructure – including ports, train stations, power plants, shopping malls, Hebrew University and the Israeli parliament. “We were sent there by the taxpayers of this country to learn what we could from how they do business and to protect this country,” said Lt. Bill McClintick of the Bellevue Police Department.


3. Israel Developing Cell Phone Alert System for Rocket Attacks
The Israeli army is developing a new rocket alert system that can calculate the exact location of an impact zone and notify nearby Israelis on their cell phones, The Jerusalem Post reported. “The rocket sensor will create a virtual ellipse [of the predicted impact zone], and all phones in that area will receive a warning,” said Col. Dr. Chilik Soffer, head of the Population Department at the Home Front Command. The new technology, which is expected to be completed in two years, marks a powerful new means of defending Israelis from indiscriminate Palestinian rocket fire.

4. Israeli Police Work with U.S. Forces on Security Measures 
The Israeli police force continues to train its international peers at home and abroad in security procedures ranging from combating terrorism to preparing for emergencies, The Jerusalem Post reported. To date, Israel’s has worked with American agencies, including the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the New York Police Department, as well as forces from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Serbia and Germany. The LAPD, for example, received guidance for various bomb detection and disassembling techniques.

5. Israeli Companies Develop Cell Phone Tracking Technology
Israeli companies are developing new cell phone technologies that enable law enforcement agencies to track suspects more accurately, Defense Update reported. The company Verint recently acquired the Israeli company Sepiter as a subsidiary, which has offered location tracking solutions that trigger real-time alerts when a subscriber is entering or leaving a specified zone. Similarly, Nice Systems has acquired an Israeli cellular location tracking technology provider called Hexagon System Engineering, which provides the location of cellular devices at a high level of accuracy.
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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.