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SrNo. Description Deadline Date
1 RFI SRT-470/L HF Radio System 14/02/2019
2 Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is conducting a Request for Information (RFI) regarding an acquisition of 130MM Naval Countermeasure Rounds/Decoy Cartridges 27/12/2018
3 Ballistic Personal Armour. (Helmets, plates) 06/12/2018
4 Provision of development, operation, maintenance, support and further development of a national Identity and Authentication (MitID) solution. 16/10/2018
5 Supply of vehicles and equipment. 14/07/2018
6 Small Arms Indoor Training System (SAITS). 27/06/2018
7 Delivery of Gloves to the Danish Defence 04/04/2018
8 Mobile fire extinguishers 27/03/2018
9 Production and delivery of Health Insurance Cards 20/03/2018
10 Offer of framework agreement on advice on traffic-related operation of traffic signal systems on the state road network 19/03/2018
11 The contract includes 9 mobile passenger boarding bridges (PBB) with docking guidance system (DGS), with communication interface to existing gate operation and management system 19/03/2018
12 Provision of Ku-band satellite cappacity for Europe and East Greenland or the North Atlantic Region 16/03/2018
13 Framework agreement on battery packs for power supply of liquid marking 02/03/2018
14 CBRN-protection for ISO-containers. 01/03/2018
15 Delivery of rubber wheel loader to AFLD Fasterholt 01/03/2018
16 DNU - Establishment of solar systems in total contract 01/03/2018
17 Installation of a Solar System at MAISSADE Maternity Clinic 27/02/2018
18 Open procedure of a contract for the purchase of services concerning a Ticketing System 27/02/2018
19 Stand-alone shot detection systems 22/02/2018
20 Operation and maintenance of road lighting and signaling facilities in Skanderborg Municipality. 22/02/2018
21 Tender for delivery of containers and mobile compactors 19/02/2018
22 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is implementing the Army Tactical Communication Network (ATCN) into a range of vehicles and platforms operated by the Danish Army. This tender pertains to a framework agreement regarding engineering and technical support for implementing the ATCN in the form of gathering end-user experiences, evaluating methods of integration (including estimating the necessary cable work), coding and implementation of software, drawing cables, testing solution viability, and documenting the work performed in a format which can be used for both maintenance and training purposes 16/02/2018
23 Provision of identity governance and administration solution 15/02/2018
24 Control system for parking charges 13/02/2018
25 Payment solution for the club area, Copenhagen Municipality 13/02/2018
26 LiDAR acquisition of Denmark 2018-19 (LAD18-19) 12/02/2018
27 Spectacle Type Ballistic Eye Protection (BEPS) / Military Combat Eye Protection System (MCEPS) 06/02/2018
28 Acquisition of Binoculars and Laser Range Finders 04/02/2018
29 Development and the Possible Purchase of 3 New Innovative All Weather Rescue Boats for the Danish Coastal Rescue Service 02/02/2018
30 2 Piece Flight Uniform to the Royal Danish Airforce 31/01/2018
31 Procurement of Handheld dual sensor mine detector 31/01/2018
32 Procurement for the supply of EOD Bomb Suits 31/01/2018
33 Supplies in KCS, EU supply of WEB-GIS / Mobile GIS and / or wire registration systems 23/01/2018
34 Purchase of 3 renovation cars (chassis) with compactors. 23/01/2018
35 Supply of Mobile Rapid Security Barrier System to the Danish Defense. 22/01/2018
36 Provas - Remote Flow Meters 19/01/2018
37 Acquisition of an electronic lock system to the City of Copenhagen. 19/01/2018
38 Provision of development, operation, maintenance, support and further development of a national identity and authentication solution. 17/01/2018
39 Purchase of 1 piece. 2-axle rubbish car with 2-chamber compressor box for collecting sorted household waste 15/01/2018
40 Procurement of Explosive Detection Kit 11/01/2018
41 Supply of 4 manual compactors 10/01/2018
42 Supply of contract for delivery and installation of new ILS plant for lane 29 at Bornholm Airport. 10/01/2018
43 Acquisition of 76 mm TP Ammunition and clearing charges for Oto Melara Super Rapido Gun Mount (SRGM). 09/01/2018
44 HBS Standard 3 Upgrade - Baggage Handling System (BHS). 04/01/2018
45 Delivery of the fire engine 03/01/2018
46 Acquistion of six (6) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) including an option for the acquistion of two (2) additional Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB). 03/01/2018
47 EU supply of ramps / doorstyles, road signs, split railways and stationary ramps for Jysk Joint Purchase. 21/12/2017
48 The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) intends to conclude a framework agreement for the purchase of 3 Airborne Systems Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery Systems (MCADS) and spare parts incl. documentation, training and equipment for the training of Heavy Drop.
MCADS is a platform by means of a parachute system allows dropping a 11m Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) from the air to water globally, primarily from the Danish C-130J Hercules alternatively from foreign transport aircraft operated by the Danish Defense's strategic partners.
MCADS shall be considered as a system that includes:
— MCADS platform
— Parachute Release System
— Cargo parachutes and lashing
— Training of technical and operational personnel
— Logistics.
49 Provision of ad hoc advisory services. 18/12/2017
50 AU FOOD Construction of a building with laboratories and offices and a greenhouse. The project is offered in a professional contract with prequalification. 15/12/2017
51 Delivery of High Mobile Light Armoured Back Hoe. 15/12/2017
53 Framework agreement for delivery of vehicles and vehicles to Danish police. 15/12/2017
54 Provision of Explosive Detection Kit 17-0691 14/12/2017
55 Provision of Explosive Detection Kit 17-0691 14/12/2017
56 Provision of Financial Management Software 12/12/2017
57 Open procedure of a contract for the purchase of services concerning a Ticketing System. 12/12/2017
58 Delivery of services advertisement drawing, printing, addressing and distribution of the magazine Vital. 08/12/2017
59 Delivery of Lane Management and Passenger Information at Vejle Traffic Center. 06/12/2017
60 Provision of development, operation, maintenance, support and further development of a national Identity and Authentication (MitID) solution. 06/12/2017
61 Custom clearance services 06/12/2017
62 Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the supply of Boat Ambulance and related services 05/12/2017
63 Acquisition of handheld Binoculars and Laser Range Finders. 04/12/2017
64 Medium and Short Range Precision Rifles. 04/12/2017
66 Purchase of 4 low floor 12 meters electric buses. 30/11/2017
67 Public supply of motorcycle suits, motorcycle gloves and vests for Danish police. 28/11/2017
68 DALO needs to lease two 5kHz dedicated UHF TACSAT channels. The 2 channels shall support mobile Beyond Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) voice and data communication in the Middle East Area. The 2 channels shall be in 1 or 2 geostationary UHF satellites. At least one of the satellites shall cover both Denmark and The Middle East region. 28/11/2017
69 ITB 600537 for the Establishment of Multiple Long Term Agreements for Solar Systems (Solar PV Plant,Solar PV Street Lamps and Solar Water Heaters) Related to Solar for Health (S4H) Projects 24/11/2017
70 Purchase of vacuum cleaners. 23/11/2017
71 Acquisition of four (4) fixed Tactical Air Navigation stations (TACAN Stations) and one (1) Tactical Air Navigation Flight Inspection System (TACAN FIS). 21/11/2017
72 Acquisition of a new Side Scan Sonar system to the Royal Danish Navy MCM. 17/11/2017
73 Fourier Transform Infra-Red & Raman Spectrometer Chemical Identification Instrument 16/11/2017
74 Delivery of 5 pcs. wheel loaders. 14/11/2017
75 EU Tender 2017: Delivery of Machine Street Sweeping. 13/11/2017
76 GPS trrackers and loggers for the Danish Defences car pool. 06/11/2017
77 Tøndermarsken - total advisory service. 03/11/2017
78 Weapon Brackets and Weapon Bags. 03/11/2017
79 02 Portable Metal Detectors 30/10/2017
80 Supply of distribution transformers with option for storage and service function. 30/10/2017
81 Provision of audit services. 27/10/2017
82 Installations for pre-treatment of source-sorted organic waste water treatment. 24/10/2017
83 Provision and installation of Battery backup systems, two Cisco UCCX call agent licences, etc. 24/10/2017
84 Aluminum slices for shooting training. 24/10/2017
85 Purchase of 1 piece. 4-axle large-scale car with crane and hook lift for collecting unpacked large-scale waste. 23/10/2017
86 Framework agreement regarding supply of SATCOM-on-the-move terminals and related services. 23/10/2017
87 Acquisition, implementation and maintenance of toll collecting system at Great Belt Bridge. 17/10/2017
88 Purchase of 6 pieces. refuse trucks with compressor crates. 16/10/2017
89 Operation and maintenance of road lighting installations 2018-2022. 09/10/2017
90 Provision of protective vests for Danish police. 09/10/2017
91 Contract for delivery of pallet scanner. 09/10/2017
92 Purchase and Installation of Two (02) Metal Detectors 06/10/2017
93 Supply and delivery of Solar Panel with battery back up and 12V battery 02/10/2017
94 Screen and safety glasses. 02/10/2017
95 Supply of framework agreement on electricity and forging works, exchange centers District heating plan Horsens. 29/09/2017
96 Supply of panel for Generator (17-0414 & 17-0457) 28/09/2017
97 RFP for the Provision of Improvised Explosive Device - Threat Mitigation (IED - TM) Course 25/09/2017
98 Provision of Document Digitization Services 25/09/2017
99 Consultancy to improve the reconciliation process between UNOPS ERP system and Stop TBs OMS system 24/09/2017
100 Establishment of regional stocks and purchase of logistics services. 22/09/2017
101 Acquisition of breacherdoors for training. 22/09/2017
102 Offer of citizens payment solution to the City of Copenhagen. 19/09/2017
103 Mobile Satellite Services. 19/09/2017
104 De-icing agents for runways and taxiways. 19/09/2017
105 Supply of Light Over Snow Vehicles Toboggans 17/09/2017
106 Supply of vehicles and equipment. 15/09/2017
107 Holding of shotgun tests and rifle samples. 13/09/2017
108 Winter service 2017-2021 to Esbjerg Municipality. 13/09/2017
109 Framework agreement concerning Delivery and installation of indoor LED lighting. 13/09/2017
110 Reissue of supply of buildings for fire and rescue vehicles. 12/09/2017
111 Blanket Purchase Agreement for Laser Rangefinders and Binoculars 11/09/2017
112 Operation and maintenance of street lighting systems and new construction of street lighting systems in Vejen Municipality, new round. 11/09/2017
113 Public offering of the framework for the supply of Heckler & Koch USP Compact DK 9mm parts or the like. 08/09/2017
114 Supply of winter service by truck and tractor 2017-2021. 08/09/2017
115 Contract of the parking system and operation thereof. 01/09/2017
116 SUPPLY OF Irrigation Canals 31/08/2017
117 Printing Household Cards (HHC) 31/08/2017
118 Delivery of Gloves to the Danish Defence. 31/08/2017
119 Supply, delivery and installation of new electrical sub-station including accessories at Polio Emergency Centre (MoPH) 29/08/2017
120 Contract for delivery of pallet scanner. 29/08/2017
121 Supply of winter service. 25/08/2017
122 Contract for delivery of luggage scanners. 24/08/2017
123 Framework agreement regarding acquisition of pyrotechnics. 23/08/2017
124 Supply and Delivery of Training Aid Products on Mines-UXO-Ammunition-IEDs 22/08/2017
125 EOD Suit and Helmet 21/08/2017
126 Supply of Road signs. 20/08/2017
127 Delivery and installation of X-ray equipment for spinal surgery (spondylodese surgery) from the skull to the pelvis with 3D navigation facility for back surgery and for post and post operative implant location testing. 18/08/2017
128 Collection of household waste and resources with gas-powered vehicles. 18/08/2017
129 Supply of structures for fire and rescue vehicles. 16/08/2017
130 Supply of Medical Furniture 15/08/2017
131 Frame Agreement — Electrical Meters. 14/08/2017
132 Acquisition and sustainment of thermographic cameras. 11/08/2017
133 Acquisition of two identical high resolution true multibeam sonars, and two options for an additional similar sonar each. 11/08/2017
134 Negotiated procedure of speech recognition system for the North Denmark Region. 10/08/2017
135 Framework Agreement for 165/67 kV and 132/55 kV Transformers. 08/08/2017
136 Frame Agreement — Electrical Meters. 04/08/2017
137 Mine Protected Vehicles 04/08/2017
138 Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is putting the acquisition of parade uniforms for the Danish Defence 01/08/2017
139 Contract on the fire vehicle with built turntable ladder. 27/07/2017
140 Purchase of one paragraph. 4-axle garbage truck by crane to the collection of sorted household waste from underground waste containers. 24/07/2017
141 Cash handling equipment and service for toll road 2. 24/07/2017
142 Contract for fire vehicle with turntable ladder. 20/07/2017
143 The scope of the contract covers the supply of 76 mm Smoke Grenade Launcher Systems (GLS) 20/07/2017
144 Acquisition of Underwater Sound Signals with explosive charge. 19/07/2017
145 Provision of contract for the supply and installation of new ILS system for runway 29 at Bornholm Airport. 14/07/2017
146 Supply of bone-anchored hearing aids and accessories. 14/07/2017
147 Contract for the supply of luggage scanners. 11/07/2017
148 CVC Helmets and Headsets for mounted and dismounted soldiers. 07/07/2017
149 Road salt for winter road maintenance in Kalundborg Municipality. 07/07/2017
150 Acquisition of 2 identical high resolution true multi-beam sonars, and 2 options for an additional similar sonar each. 04/07/2017
151 Replacing meters - Danish Gas Distribution. 04/07/2017
152 Tender for Supply of winter service in municipal property. 03/07/2017
153 Request for Information for Leopard2-based: — Armoured Engineering Vehicles (AEV), — Armoured Vehicle Lancher Bridge (AVLB), — Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARV). 03/07/2017
154 Delivery of the excavator to AFLD Tarm. 03/07/2017
155 Delivery of the excavator to AFLD Fasterholt. 03/07/2017
156 Contract regarding the acquisition of shirts for the Danish Defence. 03/07/2017
157 The motivation for this acquisition is to purchase a pistol 03/07/2017
158 Winter service with tractor. 30/06/2017
159 Supply of Portable Digital X-Ray machine 30/06/2017
160 Purchase of one paragraph. gas powered refuse collection to Aalborg Renovation. 29/06/2017
161 New tender of road lights. 26/06/2017
162 VHF TETRA Mobile Radio (17-0419) 22/06/2017
163 Provision of Mobile Treatment Area. 21/06/2017
164 Purchase of new 4WD tractors 160-180 hp. 16/06/2017
165 Framework agreement on the supply of banknotes to Danmarks Nationalbank. 15/06/2017
166 Tender for the supply of trucks. 14/06/2017
167 Hosting of IP telephony platform. 13/06/2017
168 Winter road maintenance and snow for Roskilde Municipality. 13/06/2017
169 Invitation to Bid to Establish Long Term Agreement for Supply of Various Energy Efficient Solar Appliances for UN Web Buy Plus 11/06/2017
170 EU tender - Purchase of new 4WD tractors 160-180 hp. 09/06/2017
171 Framework agreement on the supply of banknotes to Danmarks Nationalbank. 09/06/2017
172 Provision of Containers to Transport Explosives and Detonators - Bangui-CAR 07/06/2017
173 Replacing meters - Danish Gas Distribution. 07/06/2017
174 Negotiated procedure ballistic protective vests. 06/06/2017
175 Mobile Satellite Services. 06/06/2017
176 Danske Lotteri Spil wishes to conclude two framework agreements on printing and delivery of instant tickets including related services 06/06/2017
177 Service, maintenance and supply of multi function printers. 05/06/2017
178 Prequalification for the supply of 44 000 pieces. Electricity meter. 26/05/2017
179 Agreement on medium sweepers. 25/05/2017
180 Cash handling equipment and service for toll road. 19/05/2017
181 Fire alarm system of exchange. 18/05/2017
182 Provision of security printing and cards production 17/05/2017
183 Offer of provision and servicing of M1 and M2 buses with and without linkage, as well as with and without the flexible device. 17/05/2017
184 Framework supply of cold water meters. 12/05/2017
185 Acquisition of variable message signs VMS, Road Signage. 11/05/2017
186 Participation in relevant stages of procurement process providing technical expertise and inputs on Security Printing and Cards Production, in relation to the establishment of Long Term Agreements for Security Printing and Cards Production 08/05/2017
187 This notice concerns the establishment of a framework agreement regarding the acquisition of Nano Unmanned Aerial Systems (NUAS). 08/05/2017
188 Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) plans to tender an update of the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) CL-604 fleet. The fleet consists of four CL-604 S/N 5380, 5468, 5472 and 5515. 06/05/2017
189 University / SDU) in Odense, want to establish a number of solar power plant, located on existing buildings roofs. Solar is offered as a turnkey reverse tender, with the the developer most economically advantageous as award criteria. 05/05/2017
190 Development, maintenance and support of a mobile solution to Rejsekort A/S enabling validation of transport tickets (rejsekort inspection). 03/05/2017
191 Delivery, maintenance and further development of a radio dispatch; one solution for safeguarding of all voice communications via radio between the control center and the police operating units. 01/05/2017
192 The Royal Danish Navy wants to acquire a replacement for its current Side Scan Sonar (SSS) system, which is the primary sensor for the Danish mine hunting division. 30/04/2017
193 Framework agreement for the production, management, storage, distribution and shipping of control marks for tobacco products and cigarette paper. 28/04/2017
194 Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (‘DALO’) is looking at tendering for High-Mobility Light-Armoured Back Hoes (‘HM LA BH’). For that reason DALO is now conducting this Request For Information (‘RFI’) in order to obtain deeper knowledge and understanding of the market-possibilities. 27/04/2017
195 Request for EoI for PV Solar System Design or Design, Supply and Installation Services 21/04/2017
196 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is looking for information on how to structure a possible future tender on Ballistic Eyewear including both glasses and goggles. The purpose of this RFI is to understand how the best possible tender can be arranged for both DALO and the supplier. 18/04/2017
197 Vehicle and fuel management tracking system 13/04/2017
198 Market Dialogue: Civil Payment Solution to Copenhagen. 12/04/2017
199 Weighing Slings to be used with Spring type Scale 11/04/2017
200 Weighing Slings to be used with Spring type Scale 11/04/2017
201 ID Bracelets 11/04/2017
202 Framework agreements regarding modems for satellite earth stations for ships (SATCOM). 04/04/2017
203 Tactical Air Navigation Stations (TACAN stations) and TACAN Flight Inspection System (TACAN FIS). 31/03/2017
204 This tender concerns a framework agreement regarding Label Printers and appertaining Spare Parts. 27/03/2017
205 Unfortunately is it not possible to choose a more appropriate CPV-code than the above mentioned, but this purchase contains parts/accesories for a non-pioleted aircraft (drone) and not the non-pioleted aircraft itself. More specific intends Aarhus University to purchase a survey-grade UAS LiDAR solution. 22/03/2017
206 The tender on procurement of public address systems / PA systems for Bastion, Nyborg Municipality. 21/03/2017
207 Long Term Agreement (LTA) for Supply of Metal Detectors - copy 16/03/2017
208 Purchase of 1 pc. 2-chamber komprimatorkasse for mounting on electric garbage truck for the collection of sorted household waste in Odense Municipality. 13/03/2017
209 Public offering of CNC milling machine. 08/03/2017
210 Tender for the supply and servicing of M1 and M2 buses with and without lift and with and without flexible layout. 06/03/2017
211 Printing of instant tickets. 28/02/2017
212 Long Term Agreement (LTA) for Supply of Metal Detectors 27/02/2017
213 Procurement of one State-of-The-Art S-Band Primary Surveillance Radar and one on-mounted MODE S Secondary Surveillance Radar, to be established at Billund Airport (EKBI). 27/02/2017
214 EU Provision of a framework agreement for the supply and service of multifunction devices and printers. 27/02/2017
215 Procurement of vehicles for stretcher patients. 25/02/2017
216 Acquisition of VoIP VHF Radios for Ground-Air-Ground Communication. 20/02/2017
217 Framework agreement for Gas Flow Meters. 20/02/2017
218 60/10 kV transformer station Margrethe Lund. 17/02/2017
219 Acquisition of one (1) Multibeam Sonar System including an option for the acquisition of two (2) additional Multibeam Sonar Systems. 14/02/2017
220 60/10 kV transformer station Margrethe Lund. 14/02/2017
221 Tender for the supply and servicing of M1 and M2 buses with and without lift and flexible layout. 13/02/2017
222 Various EOD/IEDD Equipment 06/02/2017
223 1052.450 Hire of mobile traffic protection and operation. 25/01/2017
224 Building brand vehicles to Southeast Jutland Fire Department. 23/01/2017
225 The tender covers the supply of a complete supply from Radius substation and CTR building Hagedornsvej 2, 2820 Gentofte. This involves presentation (drawings, settings, protection, cable, transformer, foundation of transformer, relays, 10.5 kV switchgear, programming the protective relays and the purchase of these) so everything from start to finish of the project. 23/01/2017
226 12 kV switchgear station Margrethe Lund. 20/01/2017
227 Building brand vehicles to Southeast Jutland Fire Department. 20/01/2017
228 Provision of training sessions on weapons and ammunition 20/01/2017
229 Nano Unmanned Aerial Systems. 19/01/2017
230 Provision of Chemical and Explosive Detector Equipment 19/01/2017
231 Provision of deicers. 16/01/2017
232 Operation and maintenance of safety barriers and associated equipment, including road restraint systems and railings (part of the Directorate's "Contract 2017"). 13/01/2017
233 Operation and maintenance of traffic signs and equipment (part of the Directorate's "Contract 2017"). 13/01/2017
234 Næstved - the purchase of 1 piece. minibus. 09/01/2017
235 Danish Defence and Logistic Organization (DALO) are putting the acquisition of Headlamp and Tactical Light System up for tender. This tender procedure concerns the award of framework agreement of a (1)Tactical Light System and a (2) Simple Headlamp for the Danish Defence. DALO will award 1 framework agreement to the tenderer who offer the ‘best price-quality ratio’.

1) Tactical Light System;
2) Simple Headlamp;
3) Assortment of lamps in same 2 categories (Optional).
236 SM V1 is intended for use on the different types of armored vehicles within the Danish Defence in order to offer ballistic protection for the gunner, and shall be able to fit the existing mounting interface RM M/07-M/08 (further described in the tender material) through a standard interface 06/01/2017
237 Supply of remote reading of water meters. 06/01/2017
238 Delivery of remotely read electricity, water and heat meters. 03/01/2017
239 Aalborg Municipality wants to conclude a comprehensive agreement on operation, maintenance and delivery of traffic signals. The aim is to ensure high reliability of the equipment, a high traffic standard 03/01/2017
240 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (hereinafter referred to as DALO) plans to tender a contract (Framework Agreement) regarding acquisition of a Smoke Grenade Launcher System (GLS) including sustainment agreement covering spare parts and technical support. 28/12/2016
241 The Danish Defence Acquistion and Logistics Organization (hereinafter referred to as DALO) plans to invite tenders for a Framework Agreement regarding acquisition of Unmanned Grounds Vehicles (UGV). By an UGV, DALO understands a system which consists of a moving platform with one or multiple sensors controlled by an HMI (Human Machine Interface). It shall be a small unit with a total weight less than 4 kilos that can withstand to be thrown and dropped multiple times, and can perform reconnaissance within short distances. It shall be portable by one dismounted soldier. 23/12/2016
242 Acquisition of variable message signs VMS, Road Signage. 23/12/2016
243 Military Rain Gear 22/12/2016
244 TitleITB Goods/Services - Three Buses 21/12/2016
245 The contract concerns the supply and installation of new tandklinikunits dental clinics in Grønnemose school Skovbrynet school and regulation clinic at Stengård School in Gladsaxe. In addition, old tandklinikunits dismantled, partially disposed, partially storing and partly reinstalled at senior centers Hare Skovbo, Rosenlund, Møllegården, Egegården and Bakkegården. 20/12/2016
246 TitlePhotovoltaic solar panel and sealed valve regulated lead acid batteries 19/12/2016
247 Ballistic head protection and headsets. 19/12/2016
248 Prequalification distribution transformer. 16/12/2016
249 This notice concerns the establishment of a framework agreement regarding the acquisition of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV). 16/12/2016
250 Contract on the bus. 15/12/2016
251 An agreement for the purchase of two book cradle scanners and an option to purchase a third book cradle scanner within a 2-year period after signing the contract.

252 Provision of operation and maintenance of signaling systems. 07/12/2016
253 Collection of glass / plastic / metal and paper / cardboard (recyclable fractions) of 2 and 4 wheeled bins in Aarhus 29/11/2016
254 Electronic key system / access control (New tender). 28/11/2016
255 Purchase of two remotely Piloted Aircraft System (drones). 22/11/2016
256 Supply of Metal Detectors 20/11/2016
257 Kalundborg Municipality is preparing a future offering of purchase of an electronic key system for use in home and associated installation of locking devices.
For this purpose, Kalundborg Municipality draft the tender documents for consultation. As in the case of a draft drawn attention to the fact that there are some points that have not been definitively clarified.
258 Title: Explosive Detection Kit 10/11/2016
259 Explosive Detection Kit 10/11/2016
260 Supply of SolarWinds Additional Polling Engine 10/11/2016
261 Based on a modified threat, the Danish Police needed a number of armored vehicles to the security of the individual police official safety at solving specific tasks. The defense wants similar option to buy armored vehicles, but does not have a current need. Against this background offered hereby Framework agreement for the supply of armored vehicles. 09/11/2016
262 This tender concerns the award of the framework agreement of Military Boots. The system will be used across all the armed services, and will be the soldier's primary work footwear, both during daily work and during extended combat operations.
Lot No 1 Combat boot with five assortment categories — will be awarded to 3 suppliers.
Lot No 2 Patrol boot with four assortment categories — will be awarded to 3 suppliers.
Lot No 3 Desert boot and Jungle boot with no assortment — will be awarded to 1 supplier.
263 This contract notice concerns The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) award of a framework agreement that covers DALO's need for external assistance in the series production related to the installed equipment / modifications of DALO's operational vehicles and containers. The series production will be based on documented prototypes / documented installation instructions, which typically will be developed by the relevant system house under applicable system agreement. Series production could for example cover installation of communication systems in defence vehicles.
The combat vehicles of the Danish Defence fleet are various types, brands and functionality with different GFE installations and weapon systems. Some of the vehicles are armoured whereas others are not. The vehicles are including but not limited to the following: Leopard 1, Leopard 2, APC M113, CV-9035 DK combat vehicle, Durable Robust, Eagle IV, MAN trucks and containers.
264 Finger E - Facades and roofing. 03/11/2016
265 Energinet.dk wants to establish a framework agreement for the supply of fiber cables. The framework agreement consists of the following cables: Hybrid cable: fiber 4*12SM + 1*6MM, OM3 50/125 PD cable: fiber 1*8MM, OM1 62,5/125. 02/11/2016
266 AURA - framework agreement on 60/10 kV transformers 31/10/2016
267 This contract notice concerns The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) tender for a framework agreement that covers DALO's need for ammunition within the category: Precision Ammunition, calibers up to and including 12.7mm. 27/10/2016
269 Supply of 10.5 / 0.42 kV - 15.75 / 0.42 kV and 21 / 0.42 kV distribution transformers. 24/10/2016
270 Public offering of 5 Axis 3 meters milling systems m / B-axis and rotary table integrated in the plan. 24/10/2016
271 Airside Terminal Expansion - CASC 21/10/2016
272 Personal Safety and Protection Equipment 20/10/2016
273 NVG Binocular with Helmet mount kit 19/10/2016
274 Provision of electronic key system for Helsngør Municipality. 13/10/2016
275 New tender of framework procurement of Baggage Scanners and pallet scanners. 10/10/2016
276 Request For Quotation (RFQ) for Blanket Agreement for EOD Tool Kits 07/10/2016
277 Provision of paid parking in Køge center. 06/10/2016
278 Next generation national digital identity and signature solution for business users in Denmark. 06/10/2016
279 Next-generation national digital identity and signature solution in Denmark (NDIS). 06/10/2016
280 Next Generation of National Digital Identity and Signing for Businesses. 06/10/2016
281 Next Generation of National Digital Identity and Signing (NDIS). 06/10/2016
282 Electronic locking / access system for Aalborg Municipality. 04/10/2016
283 Electronic key system / access control. 04/10/2016
284 New tender: EU-range of millimeter wave body scanners and related service to the Prison and Probation Service. 03/10/2016
285 Framework agreement regarding Rugged Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Material. 29/09/2016
286 Supply of Medical Equipment & Furniture 27/09/2016
287 Laser Target Designators.

288 This contract notice concerns The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) tender for a framework agreement that covers DALO's need for 5,56mm training ammunition with colour marking and bolt carrier. 27/09/2016
289 CCTV equipment 26/09/2016
290 CCTV equipment second 26/09/2016
291 Development and delivery of DVFA launch kits and marketing campaigns and materials for animal welfare label in Denmark from 2017 and forward to 2019. 26/09/2016
292 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) is planning to acquire inhibitory measures for further security of weapons, stored at home by the Danish Home Guard. Gunlock is a mechanical or a combination of a mechanical and electronic device (BHF), which is inserted in the magazine well, chamber, barrel or a combination hereof, into the weapon. This will make the weapon possible to lock (secure), thus the weapon will be more difficult to use directly, in connection with theft. The Initial acquisition is 8 000 pieces, however DALO is not obliged under any circumstances to fulfill this or any purchase under the Framework Agreement. 16/09/2016
293 EU tender of the contract for electronic door locks for Skanderborg Municipality. 15/09/2016
294 This tender procedure concerns the award of a Framework Agreement for the procurement of All Terrain Vehicles and Trailers (ATV) and Utility Terrain Vehicles and Trailers (UTV) including service, spare parts, pick up and return of the Vehicles and Trailers,modification of the Vehicles and Trailers and training in maintenance and use of the Vehicles and Trailers. 13/09/2016
295 Collection of Collections and resources performed with compactor. 09/09/2016
296 Provision of Chemical and Explosive Detector Equipment 08/09/2016
297 Acquisition of All Weather Rescue Boats 08/09/2016
298 The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to be procured is to be used to support scientific research in remote locations, primarily in Greenland and other Arctic areas. 06/09/2016
299 Contract on replacement of existing water meters with new remotely read water meters with associated antennas. 02/09/2016
300 Framework agreement include ongoing repair and maintenance work on the Danish Maritime Authority inspection vessels as detailed in the tender documents. 01/09/2016
301 EU tender of the framework agreement on the purchase of X-ray body scanner and associated service to the Prison and Probation Service. 01/09/2016
302 EU tender of the framework agreement on the acquisition of millimeter wave body scanners and related service to the Prison and Probation Service. 01/09/2016
303 Supply and Installation of Solar Panels at the center of health Banankoro 29/08/2016
304 Supply and Installation of Solar Panels at the center of health GOUECKE 29/08/2016
305 Supply and Installation of Solar Panels at the center of health Maferenyah 29/08/2016
306 Supply and Installation of Solar Panels at the center of health Matoto 29/08/2016
307 Contract on Establishment of Solar Energy at Karup Air Base and Subsequent Service. 26/08/2016
308 Framework agreement for IT specialist consultancy support and further development of public IT infrastructure solutions. 24/08/2016
309 Purchase of 1 pc. 4-axle garbage truck, 400-440 HK, Euro 6, with my 20 m³ komprimatorkasse of household waste collection in the municipality of Odense. Emptying of both cans and dumpsters and tilting containers.

310 The engineering, supply and install of the MV-system (using Employer provided components), incl. supply of the telecommunication equipment, cables and accessories on the Offshore Substations (OSS's) of the Offshore windfarm Kriegers Flak 22/08/2016
311 Acquisition of protective gloves to protect the workers and prevent injuries to the hands from exposure to hazardous substances. 22/08/2016
312 CT-bagagescanner. 18/08/2016
313 Supply of flatbed trucks with crane / trucks with bucket lift 18/08/2016
314 AURA - 10 kV koblingsanlæg,Switchgear. 17/08/2016
315 Bodyscanner car. 16/08/2016
316 Delivery of 12kV, 17,5kV and 24kV medium voltage switchgear-switchgear. 16/08/2016
317 Purchase of 5 komprimatorkasser to 26 tonnes of refuse trucks. 15/08/2016
318 The framework agreement will cover acquisition of new handheld thermographic cameras and sustainment of these. The cameras will be used for locating fire, search for persons, search and rescue at sea and monitor temperatures for preventive maintenance and monitoring of electrical and technical equipment. 12/08/2016
319 Contract for the purchase of two non-hull boats 10/08/2016
320 Acquisition of 1 Fire engine vehicle and 1 Water carrier vehicle. 08/08/2016
321 Driving license production. 06/08/2016
322 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) wishes to procure 29 ea. Variable Message Format Data Modems including Special Tools, Test Equipment, Test Software, and Training with an option to procure additional 8 ea. Variable Message Format Data Modems and options for additional Support and Integration for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) F-16 fighter aircraft in S1.1 avionics configuration 05/08/2016
323 Provision of Night Vision Monocular 04/08/2016
324 Delivery of approximately 11 500 remote reading water meters for drinking water for private households and small businesses with unloading system by drive-by-function to be prepared for future developments 04/08/2016
325 Purchase of 2 vehicles for Home Care in Fredensborg Municipality and a minibus to the Center for Child and Family in Fredensborg Municipality 03/08/2016
326 The Nordic Combat Uniform System is meant as an all service (army, navy, air force, home guard and special forces) combat uniform system for male and female soldiers. It is an inner to outer combat uniform system (from top to toe), which is functional in worldwide operations 25/07/2016
327 The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) hereby procures an acquisition contract concerning the delivery, installation and commissioning of three (3) dual-pol C-band radars including a radome for each radar.
The acquisition furthermore includes an obligation to deliver spare parts and services, both on site services and a service hotline on a hourly basis. The opportunity of buying spare parts and services is determined to a period of 4 years.
328 Acquisition of control devices for traffic signals with associated service agreement. 07/07/2016
329 Framework Agreement regarding acquisition of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), and is therefore looking for information on how to structure a possible future tender. 01/07/2016
330 The X-Ray Photo-electron Spectroscopy (XPS) system will be used for high-resolution chemical imaging, non-damaging depth profiling, sub-monolayer analysis and band gap measurements on energy conversion devices and model systems 30/06/2016
331 Limited supply of vehicles to the Danish police roll second 29/06/2016
332 A Traffic Control System using Variable Message Signs (VMS) to present information to drivers regarding the traffic situation at the Øresund Bridge. The Agreement includes all work related to reinvestment of VMS and installation of new gantries. In conjunction with their investment of signs the principles for displaying traffic messages on the Øresund Bridge will be changed. In some areas a few larger information signs will be used, instead of the existing way of using a larger amount of small signs, to present the information. 291 pieces of signs are to be dismantled and 139 pieces of signs are to be installed 22/06/2016
333 Delivery of fire hydrants to Østjyllands Firefighter I / S. 21/06/2016
334 This contract notice concerns the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistic Organization (DALO) award of three (3) framework agreements, one containing Guidance Kits for 500 lsb. Precision Guided Munition (PGM), 1 containing 2000 lbs. Precision Guided Munition (PGM) and 1 containing Guidance kits for Long Range Precision Guided Munition (LRPGM). 20/06/2016
335 Four (4) new patrol vessels, including initial spare part packages and training and an option to procure one (1) more new patrol vessel including initial spare part packages and training. 17/06/2016
336 Delivery of sign work and road marking etc. 16/06/2016
337 This contract notice concerns Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) acquisition of 2500 EA electronic locks. The 2500 electronic looks are divided into 800 EA Electronic combination locks, of the type: Spartan, S&G ‘Complete Spartan’ (Spartan) and 1700 EA Code locks, electronic Spartan Pivot Bolt, 1006 Series (Pivot Bolt). 15/06/2016
338 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (hereinafter referred to as DALO) plans to invite tenders for a framework agreement regarding the acquisition of Remote Controlled Weapon Stations (hereinafter referred to as RCWS) and is therefore looking for information on how to structure a possible future tender. 08/06/2016
339 Joint Offer of remote reading of water meters. 03/06/2016
340 Servicing and maintenance - automatic burglar alarm + automatic door control (AIA and ADK plant). 03/06/2016
341 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (hereinafter referred to as DALO) plans to invite tenders for a Framework Agreement regarding acquisition of a laser warning system for army vehicles, and is therefore looking for information on how to structure a possible future tender 02/06/2016
342 AURA - 72.5 kV GIS system. 25/05/2016
343 Route based bus on closed trails - Children and Young People in Aarhus municipality. 23/05/2016
344 Prequalification - EU tenders - renovation of overhead lines and omgalvanisering. 20/05/2016
345 Delivery of sign work and road marking, etc.
Reference number: 16/015878
346 EU tender of copy, print and multifunction machines (MFP). 19/05/2016
347 Magnetrons to radar systems 16/05/2016
349 Road lights 09/05/2016
350 On-board 5 major naval ships The Royal Danish Navy has installed and is currently using HF radio communication equipment consisting of THALES Series 6000 HF Transmitter and Receiver equipment. 09/05/2016
351 Road signs and road material. 09/05/2016
352 Development of Long Term Agreements (LTAs) for the supply of data-loggers to monitor transportation and storage conditions of health items.
353 "Replacing the financial system, as well as acquisition and implementation of integrated systems for project management '.
354 Operation, support and maintenance of the Danish Rail network systems and technical IT systems. 19/04/2016
355 This tender concerns the acquisition of 15 autonomous floor mounted Heavy Mortar Systems (120mm Mortar Systems). The acquisition also includes a fire control system, ammunition racks and the necessary technical support to integrate the weapon system on the platform (Piranha 5 from MOWAG). The integration of the Mortar System (and the ammunition racks) is handled by MOWAG, and MOWAG has the overall responsibility for the integration, but the provider of the Mortar System must participate in the integration on the platform in cooperation with MOWAG and relevant parts of the Danish Defence. 15/04/2016
356 EU tender on the supply of road signs to Jysk Fællesindkøb 11/04/2016
357 FF A / S wants to establish a photovoltaic system on the roof of the warehouse. There is a complete establishment of photovoltaic plants, including the supply of solar panels, inverters, inverters as well as assembly and installation. 11/04/2016
358 Prequalification for the purchase of distribution transformers 05/04/2016
359 The scope of work include in particular design, fabrication, delivery, installation, inspection, testing and commissioning of one 170 kV, 50 Hz, gas insulated switchgear (GIS) for an offshore substation. 18/03/2016
360 Supply of 235/155 kV 450 MVA autotransformer for KFE offshore substation and 60-120 Mvar, 235 kV variable shunt reactor for onshore substation Tolstrup Gaarde 18/03/2016
361 Purchase of remote-read water meters - prequalification. 07/03/2016
362 Purchase of remote-read water meters - prequalification. 07/03/2016
363 Delivery of approximately 11 500 remote reading water meters for drinking water for private households and small businesses with reading system with direct remote reading. 07/03/2016
364 Delivery of approximately 11 500 remote reading water meters for drinking water for private households and small businesses with reading system with direct remote reading. 07/03/2016
365 Contract for the upgrade and consolidation of existing telephony solution in Copenhagen. 22/02/2016
366 The National Police shall provide each of the country's police buy new command stage vehicles (abbreviated: KST vehicles). The function of these vehicles is that they be placed in police tasks with coordination of larger bets. 18/02/2016
367 Prior Information Notice For The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (hereinafter referred to as DALO) plans to invite tenders for a Framework Agreement regarding Ringmounts with armoured protection, including Softmounts (hereinafter referred to as RM), accessories and spare parts, and therefore looking for information how to structure a possible future tender. The purpose of this request is to understand how the best possible tender can be arranged both for DALO and the suppliers according to the EC regulation. 12/02/2016
368 Aarhus wants to simplify and optimize the operation and maintenance of municipal intelligent
transport systems (ITS) systems, including traffic signaling, compared to today's situation. Aarhus wishes to enter into a contract with one supplier that will perform a number of system technical operation and maintenance tasks associated with local ITS systems
369 EU tender for the supply of electronic locking system for Viborg Municipality. 08/02/2016
370 Prior information notice for Full face protective masks and filter systems.
371 Invitation to tender (in Part 1 also referred to as the Material). 14/01/2016
372 Operation and maintenance of Street, Park and Traffic Operations in Västerås, Area East. 12/01/2016
373 Frederiksberg provider implementation, maintenance, support, operation and further development of a financial management incl. e-commerce solution due to contract expiry on current solution per 17/12/2015
374 Frederiksberg provider implementation, maintenance, support, operation and development of the Wage and Personnel System due to contract expiry on current solution per. 31/12/2016. Unlike current consolidated Solution offered ERP and Wage and Personnel System separately, so this contract should be seen in close connection with the offering of ERP, offered concurrently. 17/12/2015
375 Lot 1 : Demining Vest / PPE backside protected
Lot 2 : Demining Vest / PPE backside open
Lot 3 : Demining Helmet including Visor

376 SKI intends to provide framework 02.12 on multifunction printers and printers attached to service and accessories, and software systems in the fields of follow-me solutions, payment and administration systems in the area of MFPs and printers. 11/12/2015
377 Overhaul of søopmålingsfartøjet A542 Fyrholm 04/12/2015
378 Procurement of Military electronic systems 04/12/2015
379 Offering includes printing and delivery of receipt rolls for Danish Lottery Games A / S and Danish license Spil A / S games, including The odds, Lotto and Dantoto to be used for printing receipts, which must be read in a terminal.
There will be no acknowledgment rolls:
- Danish Lottery games Altura terminals (Altura GT 604) with printer (Transact against 280-02L)
- Danish Lottery Ventspils Dantoto terminals (SGI MAX 3000), and handheld terminals with printer (Symbol QL 420)
- Danish Lottery Ventspils Trackside terminals (Printer: Cyberview model CST 7000 to 00002).
380 Ministry of Defence in hardware and Procurement Agency (FMI) provides a framework for service and maintenance of approximately 4 000. Civilian cars and vans under 3,500 kg, cars of different brands, types and age. This subset of Defence vehicles referred to as 'legacy' and made up of all vehicles not covered by an existing service agreement. The stated number of vehicles is a snapshot, as vehicles continually sold or scrapped, and it is expected that a number of already purchased vehicles during the contract will be involved in this service. Number and expected period of transition for this service, in tender documentation.
The task includes the following services:
- Repairs incl. incurred spare parts
- Service in accordance with the Service Booklet or according Checkout
- Download - bring the system
- Corrosion
- Replacing windows and window repair
- Roadside Assistance
- Preparation for vision incl. survey report.
All services performed by specific order, which the supplier a number of cases to draw up a concrete offer, before the job is started.
All services must be performed for all vehicles
381 Helicopter Services related to GEUS fieldwork in Greenland 2015-2019. 25/11/2015
382 The announcement concerns the pre-qualification to tender extensive supply, commissioning and installation of remote reading, electronic meters for electricity (about 40 500 pcs.), Water (about 11 000 pcs.) And hot (about 12 500 pcs.) And delivery , construction and commissioning of the associated communication network and metering system. Additionally phased commissioning and commissioning stage of the overall system. Finally, the delivery establishment, service / support for communications networks and metering system. 24/11/2015
383 Rudersdal hereby offers electronic key system for home care in Rudersdal. The electronic key system to be used by the citizens in their own home, which is now the subject of a key system (physical keys). With the electronic key system is to increase safety for citizens and improved workflow for home care. The electronic key system to contain the locking devices and qualifying devices and associated software for managing locks and qualifying devices.
Offering therefore includes both the supply of locking devices and qualifying units, initial installation aflåseenheder
384 Kriegers Flak Combined Grid Solution (KF CGS) 150 kV 3 core submarine cable including transport, laying and installation. 18/11/2015
385 Technical dialogue Orthopaedic footwear for LAB (protective footwear).
386 AC Off Shore Substation (OSS) topsides for Kriegers Flak. 17/11/2015
387 Supply of Parts of light firearms. 13/11/2015
388 Purchase of cable types of low and medium voltage and high voltage grid. 13/11/2015
389 Provision of web application and database dedicated to approximately 100 cash registers (POS) in the Ministry of Defence Ejendomsstyrelses canteens. 10/11/2015
390 Armoured Patrol Vehicles (APV).
391 Supply of 132 kV and 150 kV cables, installation of joints, link-boxes and terminations 06/11/2015
392 Acquisition remote meters for water, district heating and electricity. 03/11/2015
393 Mounting remote meters and communications equipment for water, district heating and electricity 03/11/2015
394 RTU, HMI and metering equipment for HV and EHV installation (132-400 kV).
The framework agreement must facilitate purchase of:
— RTU units,
— Bay controllers,
— Local HMI controlsystem,
— Mini RTU units,
— Star couplers (Fiber optic),
— GPS receivers,
— PQ quality measurement units,
— POW synchronization units,
— Measuring transducers.
395 National Grid Interconnector Holdings Limited and Energinet.dk jointly refered to as the Contracting Entity are developing a new HVDC power cable between Great Britain and Denmark known as VIKING Link. The Contracting Entity is currently tendering a cable route survey extending across the North Sea between the 2 countries.
The cable route survey will include geophysical survey, geotechnical investigations, cable-crossing investigations with ROV and Benthic investigations.
The Contracting Entity hereby invites Tenderers to submit a response to pre-qualify for the Client Representative Services related to the cable route survey. The Client Representative Services will include offshore representation on marine vessels as well as onshore support with logistic management and technical consultancy related to the marine operations. The objectives of the tendered Client Representative Services are to provide offshore representation on the marine vessels on behalf of the Contracting Entity to monitor progress and performance of the surveyor in terms of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, breakdown of time, accept/disagree on standby for weather/break-down, technical performance of vessel and measurement systems as well as performance of the crew.
The Contracting Entity intends to award the work to maximum 2 Tenderer(s).
396 Production, transport and distribution of gas and heat 08/10/2015
397 IT solution for the administration and payment of Housing supplements.
398 The framework agreement covers the purchase of civil (non-military) spare parts for military vehicles from the following manufacturers:
— Hägglunds Bandvagn 208 (Bv 208)
— MOWAG Durable Robust (DURO)
— MOWAG Eagle IV (Eagle IV)
— CV-9035 DK combat vehicle (IFV)
— Leopard 1 (LEO 1)
— Leopard 2 (LEO 2)
— Rheinmetall Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg HX (MAN HX)
— Rheinmetall Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg SX (MAN SX)
399 Military spare parts for the fleet of military vehicles and military components for SAAB training system BT46 of the Danish Defence.
400 Prior information notice for Replacement of the Gas SCADA system. 02/10/2015
401 Delivery of workwear, safety, personal protection.
402 Printing of coupons 28/09/2015
403 The scope of the Security Printing Services shall include among others: printing of various electoral documents with or without security features, binding, finishing, sorting, labelling, packing, palletizing and shipping to destinations. Electoral printed materials that will be covered under this LTA include:
• Ballot papers,
• Envelopes (tamper evident paper and plastic envelopes as well as standard paper envelopes),
• Forms, various types including OMR, NCR and standard forms
• Paper/plastic voter cards
• Other related printing items such as voters lists, booklets, posters, etc.
404 Delivery of approximately 26 000 electricity meters for direct measurement (no dinskinnemålere). Installation of approximately 26 000 new electric meters in the consumer, incl.Booking and follow up with the customer, and disposal of existing electric meters after registration acc 22/09/2015
405 Prior information notice for Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment 21/09/2015
406 Pre-Qualification Exercise for LTA Security Printing Services for
Electoral Projects
407 Framework agreement for the purchase of water meters for electronic consumption registration and repatriation system.
408 Insurance coverage for Taarnby Municipality 31/08/2015
409 Prior information notice for Delivery of type approved composite water meters and accessories for cold water, for use in the measurement of water consumption by primary Esbjerg Water A / S (Ribe and Bramming) and secondary Varde Water Supply A / S's supply area customers. Meter Dimensions is located in the following sizes Qn1,5 + Qn2,5 + Qn5 + Qn6 + QN10 + Qn15.
Meters must be designed for horizontal mounting.
410 Servicing of lifejackets. 26/08/2015
411 Supply of footwear to Danish police. 25/08/2015
412 Insurance in the following areas (but not limited to): 1. building, contracting and contents insurance 2. workers, disaster coverage 3. motor insurance 4. municipal management liability 5. crime insurance 6. Travel Insurance 7. collective accident 8. business insurance, all-risk (Art) 9. business insurance, all-risk (Mayor chain). Selling to cooperate with the municipality of Herlev insurance. 17/08/2015
413 This notice concerns the establishment of a framework agreement regarding the acquisition of chemical detectors. The framework agreement will have a duration of 4 (four) years, with the possibility of renewal for a duration of 1 (one) year. DALO is procuring chemical detectors to secure that the Danish forces are able to detect Chemical War Agents (CWA) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC) when they are deployed in missions. Further, the chemical detectors are used for training for such operations. The chemical detectors will function as the units’ primary detector for surveying the environment for chemical threats. By rapid and reliable point detection of vaporized CWA and TIC, 11/08/2015
414 This Framework agreement is covering the acquisition and ongoing service/repair/calibration of non-vehicle specific diagnostic testers for wheeled vehicles in the Danish Defence, including diagnostics subscription services. The Danish Defence's wheeled vehicles include passenger vehicles and trucks, trailers and semi-trailers/flatbed trucks as well as terrain vehicles, armoured and other special vehicles including lorries. 10/08/2015
415 Pre-qualification of suppliers for delivery of power transformers. 04/08/2015
416 Prior Information Notice for MV and HV Gas Insulated Switchgear for Borkum Riffgrund 02 Offshore Wind Farm. 30/07/2015
417 Insurance coverage for buildings, contents, all risks, responsibilities, municipal managerial, professional liability, auto, workers' compensation, accident, crime, lake vessels, passenger liability and Annual Travel. 14/07/2015
418 Combat swimmer dry suit. 09/07/2015
419 Supply of Combat uniforms 01/07/2015
420 Military combat uniform, other military uniform units and fabric for these. 01/07/2015
421 Equipment for parking control. 29/06/2015
422 Provision of project liability connection. renewal and transformation of Elsinore CHP A / S. 26/06/2015
423 Copenhagen wishes with this offering to acquire occupancy and migrate to new employment and EDM systems that are primary IT systems in the employment activities in Copenhagen. The systems are used for example. to follow up on people's unemployment period and documenting agreements with citizens 26/06/2015
424 Insurance coverage for Haderslev Municipality 26/06/2015
425 Qualification system with call for competition for Purchase of steel rails of UIC60, DSB4 and head hardened rails. 25/06/2015
426 Insurance Services (insurance) for Rødovre Municipality. 19/06/2015
427 Electricity meters are estimated to have a total cost of about 3 million DKK over a two-year period. 17/06/2015
428 Acquisition of four fire engines to the following 5 municipalities: Ballerup, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Herlev and Lyngby-Taarbæk. 16/06/2015
429 Insurance coverage for Building, Personal property, Entreprise, All risks, Liability, Municipal Management responsibility, professional responsibility, Auto, Industrial, Accident, Crime, Maritime vessels, Patient Injury and Annual Travel 15/06/2015
430 Insurance Services. EU offer of statutory workers' compensation insurance and accident insurance for employees in the Danish part of PostNord Group. 10/06/2015
431 Insurance contracts. 1. Building Insurance, 2. Personal property insurance, 3. Construction Insurance, 4. Motor vehicle insurance, 5. Professional and product liability, etc. 09/06/2015
432 Framework agreement regarding performance of Ship Helicopter Operating Limits (SHOL) trials. 08/06/2015
433 Insurance contracts. Residential farm wants the insurance contract shall enter into force on 1 January 2016. Policies are to be established for a 3-year period, with the right to extend for up to two years. For Industrial insurance, it is acceptable for 1- year period, if there is a possibility of 3-year subscription. 08/06/2015
434 Railway Technical maintenance tasks. 08/06/2015
435 Ballistic Vests and Ballistic Helmets 03/06/2015
436 Insurance contracts 02/06/2015
437 Pyrotechnic — Visual Life-Saving Appliances plus Signals, Poly Bottles and Mini Flares (Supplier optional). 02/06/2015
438 Supply of Explosives 01/06/2015
439 Insurance Consultancy/Broker Services related to construction, operation and maintenance of Ring 3 Lightrail and Cityringen - branch off to Ny Ellebjerg via Sydhavnen. 01/06/2015
440 Purchase of MID approved district heating meters for billing and associated components. 29/05/2015
441 Insurance coverage for Building, Personal property, Entreprise, All Risk for mayor chain, Responsibility, Municipal Team Management, Auto, Disaster Coverage of accidents 20/05/2015
442 Establishment of a mandatory pension scheme for Danish Spil A / S and Danish Teamwork 100% owned subsidiaries Elite Gaming A / S, Danish Lotto Games A / S and Danish Licence Games A / S. 12/05/2015
443 Insurance Services 12/05/2015
444 Insurance contract shall enter into force on 01.01.2016. Policies are to be established for a 3-year period, with right of renewal for up to 2 years. For Industrial insurance, it is acceptable for one-year period, if there is no possibility of 3-year subscription. 11/05/2015
445 Insurance contract shall enter into force on 01.01.2016. Policies are to be established for a 3-year period, with right of renewal for up to 2 years. The insurance contract shall contain the following areas:
a) online banking burglary insurance
446 Lot M4: Steam turbine, Generator and District Heating Systems. 08/05/2015
447 Insurance coverage for Morsø Municipality 04/05/2015
448 AAB want the insurance contract shall enter into force on 01.01.2016. Policies are to be established for a 3-year period, with right of renewal for up to 2 years. For Motor Vehicle assurances and Workmen, it is acceptable for 1- year period, if there is no possibility of 3-year subscription. 01/05/2015
449 Qualification system without call for competition for DONG Energy Thermal Power's biomass conversion of primarily — but not exclusively — Avedøre Power Station unit 1 and Studstrup Power Station unit 3 from coal firing to 100 % wood pellet operation, while keeping the option of burning coal when this is found appropriate. 30/04/2015
450 Provision of Fredensborg municipality insurance 30/04/2015
451 Test of GNSS Tolling Systems. 27/04/2015
452 FF facing a replacement of existing water meters for water meters that can be read remotely. 27/04/2015
453 New management system imposed parking fees in both Danish and foreign vehicles and citizens. Contract for new management system imposed parking fees in both Danish and foreign vehicles and citizens. 27/04/2015
454 Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Armoured Vehicles 27/04/2015
455 Pre-qualification to tender concerning. supply of approximately 10 000 remotely read with metering system to Greve Waterworks supply area. Delivery divided by appointment in a number of geographic areas. Requirements for meters will be based on the standards that are normal for the industry and the requirement that authorities make utilities including water - be it national and international requirements, including EU requirements. 22/04/2015
456 Contract concerning replacing and disposing of the battery in water and district heating meters with an option for reprogramming of water meters 21/04/2015
457 Insurance brokerage services 20/04/2015
458 Satellite communications equipment 17/04/2015
459 Framework agreements regarding SATCOM — satellite earth stations for ships and modems 17/04/2015
460 Supply of low-dose X-ray equipment for scanning people when traveling to Denmark and Greenland. 15/04/2015
461 Purchase of insurance contracts. 14/04/2015
462 X-ray inspection equipment 14/04/2015
463 Supply of Armored Military Vehicles 10/04/2015
464 Purchase of tingskade-, consequential loss insurance, liability and terrorism insurance. 09/04/2015
465 Urban railway track construction works. Nordhavn Metro (in short form CRNH) is one two track branch to the City Ring, which starts after a afgreningskammer 'Baltic Street', ESE, which is provided as part of the City Circle and is located below Sortedams Lake. 08/04/2015
466 Insurance Agreement on Purchase. general insurance 06/04/2015
467 Procurement of Insurance Services 01/04/2015
468 Silkeborg motorway. Entreprise 6620.720 ITS Funder - Hårup 26/03/2015
469 9,500 remote-read water meters for drinking water for private households and small businesses as well as related reading system. 23/03/2015
470 Purchase Of Insurance 03/03/2015
471 The next generation of national digital identity and signing in Denmark (NDIS) is to be used in the public as well as the private sector. It is expected to consist of the following major areas of functionality: 1. Identity and Authentication. Managing the life-cycle of identities and their related credentials. 2. Advanced Electronic Signature. Securely handling the electronic signing of documents. 3. Client functionality. The user-facing parts of the log-in and signing processes. 4. Business-related functionality. Functionality aimed specifically at businesses needs and the need for associating employee IDs with organizations. 5. Certificate Authority functionality. The Public Key Infrastructure part of the solution. 6 System integration functionality. Adapting the other functionality areas to the existing systems landscape. Along with the functionality areas described above, the solution will integrate closely with its sister platform, ‘NemLog-in’, which is a separate project outside the core NDIS project. NemLog-in serves the role as login broker system for the public sector — the public-facing login solution built on top of the NDIS projects described here. The Danish Agency for Digitisation is currently planning for 1 or more public procurements for the provision of such a national identity and signing solution. 01/01/1900
472 Armoured patrol vehicle (APV) system: 00/00/0000
473 Advertising related to prequalification for the submission of tenders relating to the delivery of about 17 000 remote reading electronic meters for water (exclusive Assembly), as well as the supply, design, construction and commissioning of associated communications networks and withdrawal system. Delivery of the remote reading gauges must take place over a period of approximately two years with completion in mid-2018. Similarly, delivery and construction of communication network take place over a period of approximately two years with completion in mid-2018. 00/00/0000
474 This procurement procedure is conducted according to the rules for competitive procedure with negotiation and concerns acquisition of 2 harsh weather pilot boats. 1 of the pilot boats are intended for operation in harsh weather in the North Sea and Skagerak up to 60 nautical mile (nm) offshore of the pilot station in port of Skagen, Denmark, and 1 of the pilot boats are intended for operation in harsh weather in the Baltic Sea up to 60 nm offshore from the pilot station in port of Gedser, Denmark. 00/00/0000
475 The objective of this Framework Agreement is to ensure that DALO will be able to provide Mono Night Vision Goggles (MNVGs) for use by the individual Danish Soldier under low light level conditions both in real combat situations as well as training situations. 00/00/0000
476 Aalborg Municipality wants to conclude a comprehensive agreement on operation, maintenance and delivery of traffic signals. The aim is to ensure a high reliability of the equipment, a high-traffic standard, a technological update and a flexibility in relation to future demands (+ BUS, Aalborg Smart City, etc.). 00/00/0000
477 As part of a project plan Energinet.dk plans to procure a new Gas SCADA system including planning, implementation, design, development, commissioning, support and maintenance of the future GAS SCADA platform. 00/00/0000
478 The purchase of approximately 9 500 PCs. heat meters 00/00/0000
479 Health data Agency (SDS) has today responsible for operation and maintenance of the it solutions used by SSI, including, inter alia, solutions for the organizational units DIA and VPB. SDS has as part of the divestment stood for foranalyser of how the it-related separation of DIA and VPB can be carried out in relation to the remainder of the SSI. 00/00/0000
480 Aalborg Municipality, which has about 120 traffic signals, as well as a number of other ITS-plant, wants to conclude a comprehensive agreement on operation, maintenance and delivery of traffic signals and ITS. The aim is to ensure a high reliability of the equipment, a high-traffic standard, a technological update and a flexibility in relation to future demands (light rail, Aalborg Smart City, etc.). 00/00/0000
481 The objective of this Framework Agreement is to ensure that DALO for the next 7 years will be able to provide Mono Night Vision Goggles (MNVGs) for use by the individual Danish Soldier under low light level conditions, both in real combat situations as well as training situations. 00/00/0000
482 This procurement procedure is conducted according to the rules for competitive procedure with negotiation and concerns acquisition of 2 harsh weather pilot boats. 1 of the pilot boats are intended for operation in harsh weather in the North Sea and Skagerak up to 60 nautical mile (nm) offshore of the pilot station in port of Skagen, Denmark, and 1 of the pilot boats are intended for operation in harsh weather in the Baltic Sea up to 60 nm offshore from the pilot station in port of Gedser, Denmark. 00/00/0000
483 Nationalbanken has decided to discontinue internal minting of Danish coins by the end of 2016. Like a number of other central banks, Nationalbanken will outsource this function to an external supplier. 00/00/0000
484 The scope of work includes in particular: installation of 3 AC offshore substation topsides for two projects called Kriegers Flak AC and Kriegers Flak CGS scheduled for 2018, subject to change of time plan. 00/00/0000
485 The Danish Defence has a need for a small compact and light combat swimmer weapon (CSW) which can be hidden underneath a coat or similar when low conspicuousness is needed. The CSW should be a gun in the category of a personnel defence weapon (PDW) and be able to fire with the barrel full of water, without being drained. The CSW shall have a longer firing range and a higher penetration than a 9 mm hand gun. The CSW shall have a high accuracy and enough firepower and accuracy to defeat targets up to 200 meters. Furthermore the CSW shall give the shooter the opportunity to fire semi or full automatic from the surface without draining the barrel first in a maritime environment. 00/00/0000
486 The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) intend to buy a number of new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) certified SATCOM-at-the-halt (SATH) terminals, designed for mounting on vehicles. 00/00/0000
487 The Danish Defence Aquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) intends to buy fabric for military heavy-duty and lightweight combat uniforms and military rain suits for the Danish Defence. More specifically, DALO intends to buy 77 500 meters of fabric for the military heavy-duty combat uniforms, 44.100 meters of fabric for the military lightweight combat uniforms and 51.450 meters of fabric for the rain suits (in total a value of approximately DKK 16 000 000). 00/00/0000
488 Delivery of approximately 36 000 new district heating meters, establishment of remote reading network for readmission by time values and the establishment of data management system for use by reading data. 00/00/0000
489 Nrgi Net a/s wishes with this tender to award a contract for the procurement, delivery, Assembly, installation and commissioning of 1 paragraph 5 field 60 kV GIS — works. 00/00/0000
490 Nrgi Net a/s wishes with this tender to award a contract for the procurement, delivery, Assembly, installation and commissioning of 1 paragraph 5 field 60 kV GIS — works. 00/00/0000
491 The following 7 communes (hereinafter collectively, the municipalities) have joined forces to offer framework agreement on provision of signs equipment, including road signs, gantries, stands, brackets, etc.: 00/00/0000
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  •  This provides for control of surface transportation and better utilization of roads and networks. NextTraffic
  •  The statement quoted Mr Robert Dickerman, the Chief Executive Officer of EEDC, as expressing hope that the use of meters would boost revenue collection and reduce lost of energy.
  •  Speed Identity has supplied 35 biometric data capture stations and 200 fingerprint readers to Moldova as a result of an EU-supervised tender aiming to increase security and quality of the country’s passports.

    According to Speed Identity, as part of the EU programme, countries with high volumes of people entering the EU, receive support in project management, know-how and financing by the EU in establishing reliable, high-security ID documents for travel. Moldova’s new ePassports now include digital, ICAO-compliant facial photos and fingerprints, as well as a number of other document security features to prevent forgery and the creation of false identities.
    Speed Identity says its Speed Identity SCL1000 (Speed Capture Light station), is a proven all integrated solution for instant live capture of facial photos, fingerprints and digital signatures. It has been in use with national authorities in Luxembourg and Sweden since 2008, in both mobile and fix-mount applications. The Speed Capture API has enabled the systems integrator to easily develop a customized enrolment workflow application controlling all features of the capture system, from data acquisition and photographic illumination, to data quality control and file output.
    “This is an important project where Speed Identity, being the expert partner, contributes in upgrading a non-EU country to comply with EU and ICAO regulations for travel document security. Normally such projects require a period of fine-tuning the system after implementation, but we have confirmations from the end user that the deployment phase went very smoothly,” says Magnus Löfgren, CEO at Speed Identity.

    Source: http://www.securitydocumentworld.com

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  •  Regulating body armour won’t stick, said retailers.

    Starting June 15, Albertans who own or want body armour need a legitimate reason under the Body Armour Control Act, or a permit from the Solicitor General and Public Security office.

    Officers will soon be able to charge people wearing bullet or stab-resistant vests, along with seizing the armour if they don’t have a permit. And those people can expect to pay a fine up to $10,000, along with serving six months in the clink.

    “Police now have another resource in their fight against gangs in our communities,” said Jonathan Denis, Alberta’s Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety.

    “This initiative doesn’t penalize those with a legitimate reason to wear body armour, such as police or security personnel.”

    Albertans with professions in policing, security or safety are exempt from the act, while everyone else needs to explain themselves to the solicitor general and public security office.

    A body armour permit costs $50 per year and takes five days to process. Citizens have to pass a criminal background check in order to get a permit.

    Gordon McGowan, president of rearmament distributor MilArm in downtown Edmonton, thinks the act is “a knee-jerk reaction to a nonexistent problem.”

    Body armour vests are just an Internet search away from anyone who wishes to hide their purchase from the government, McGowan said.

    “If I have a reason to own body armour and I want it, why is it up to the government to determine if my reason is legitimate or not?” McGowan asked.

    Milarms carries around a dozen VestFriend stab-resistant vests and McGowan said they sell only a few each month. Their most common body armour buying customers are nightclub owners looking to equip their bouncers and doormen.

    He has a strict store policy not to sell body armour to civilians, which keeps the gang-bangers from inquiring said McGowan.

    Source: BY MATT DYKSTRA, http://www.edmontonsun.com

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  •  AMMAN -- An armoured vehicles manufacturing plant was inaugurated at the Zarqa Free Zone on Tuesday. The JD2 million Jordanian and Russian investment will provide regional countries, particularly the Iraqi market, with bullet resistant cars, generating around JD24 million in production annually, according to plant Executive Director Ahmad Suleiman.

    Built on a 3,200 dunums of land, the factory will employ 100 workers from the local community and exploit 80 per cent of the national resources, said Nasser Shreidah, chairman of the Jordanian Free Zones Corporation. He added that the plant, the first of its kind in the region, will provide the regional market with highly developed bulletproof vehicles according to European standards.

    Source: http://www.zawya.com

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  •  New legislation to guard against the use of body armour and fortified vehicles by gang members goes into affect this weekend. People who either have or sell the armour must now have proper licenses or permits. However licensed security guards, and corrections officers are exempt. Anyone driving or owning a vehicle that has been adapted to resist bullets or explosives must also have a special permit. All armoured vehicles must also be inspected. Failure to comply results in fines in the thousands of dollars, and possible incarceration.

    Source: http://www.cjob.com,

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  •  Visiongain’s analysis indicates that the global military body armour and personal protective gear market will be worth $1.07bn in 2012. The Military Body Armour & Personal Protective Gear Market 2012-2022 report finds that spending on military protective gear and body armour, despite pressure in the form of defence cuts from many predominant military nations, will remain central to defence budgets worldwide.

    The visiongain author of The Military Body Armour & Personal Protective Gear Market 2012-2022 report commented that: “Spending by militaries worldwide on body armour will remain a fundamental aspect of defence budgets for years to come, as despite budgetary pressures affecting many Western nations at present, an underlying desire and responsibility to provide the best protection to military personnel will spur demand for new and advanced equipment”.

    The report contains 100 tables, charts and figures that quantify and forecast the military body armour & personal protective gear market. Visiongain provides forecasts for the period 2012-2022 in terms of value (US$) for the military body armour & personal protective gear market 2012-2022, as well as for 3 submarkets and 12 leading national military body armour & personal protective gear markets. The report provides profiles of 20 leading companies operating within the market, and includes 3 interviews with experts in the field military body armour, providing specialist insight alongside visiongain analysis.

    The Military Body Armour & Personal Protective Gear Market 2012-2022 report will be of value to current and future potential investors in the field of body armour, as well as companies and research centres who wish to broaden their knowledge of the military body armour & personal protective gear market.

    For sample pages and further information concerning the visiongain report The Military Body Armour & Personal Protective Gear Market 2012-2022 please visit: www.visiongain.com/Report/794/The-Military-Body-Armour-Pe...

    For an executive summary of this report or to order it today please email:
    Sara Peerun at sara.peerun@visiongainglobal.com
    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7336 6100

    Source: http://www.openpr.com

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  •  OSWEGO — Aging police vehicles are slated for discussion during tonight’s Administrative Services Committee meeting, as Oswego’s police chief submitted five requests to bolster the department’s fleet, which would include the addition of an armored surplus military vehicle.

    Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire is asking councilors to approve the purchase of a 2012 Chevy Tahoe and a 2012 Chevy Impala. The vehicles would be purchased at or below New York state contract pricing and the funds would come from the police department’s existing budget allotment for vehicles and equipment.

    Also up for discussion is the additional purchase of a 2012 Chevy Tahoe as part of the “Operation Stonegarden” grant administered through the U.S. Border Patrol. According to the Department of Homeland Security website, Operation Stonegarden accepted competitive proposals for $46.6 million available in 2012. The purpose of the grant money is to enhance “cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure U.S. borders along routes of ingress from international borders,” including Canada and Mexico as well as international water borders.

    Along with the updated traditional fleet vehicles, DeCaire is also seeking to acquire a used “up-armored” surplus military vehicle. Administrative Services Committee Chairman Ron Kaplewicz, R-7th Ward, said he looked forward to hearing about this unusual vehicle. “I’m sure the chief will tell us what it’s all about,” the chairman said.

    DeCaire noted in his request that there is no cost for the surplus military vehicle, as it will remain the property of the U.S. Department of Defense. He noted there would, however, be some cost associated with shipping the vehicle. The committee agenda described the “up-armored” addition to the fleet as useful to the police department in quality-of-life enforcement and outreach programs, as well as being available for use in the event of an armed emergency situation.

    Rounding out the department’s vehicle requests, the police chief would also like to accept a used 1998 Ford pickup truck as a result of a civil forfeiture. If the department of public works deems the vehicle safe, police plan to use it during investigative work. If the vehicle is deemed unsafe, it will be turned over to the DPW for disposal at auction or other approved means.

    During last year’s budget negotiations on Aug. 2, DeCaire informed council members that his request of $84,000 for equipment, which included three new police vehicles, had been reduced to $32,000 in the mayor’s proposed 2012 budget. That would be enough to buy only one new fully equipped police vehicle. The police chief noted that his department used to have a car replacement policy, with two new vehicles included in the budget each year to replace those in the fleet that had acquired high mileage and other maintenance problems from constant use.

    “Then we were told, ‘No cars,’ and we got behind the eight ball,” he told councilors at the time. “To maintain our cycle, we need two vehicles.”

    Councilors Mike Myers, R-2nd Ward, and Shawn Walker, R-4th Ward, looked for ways the city budget could accommodate the police department’s needs. City Chamberlain Deb Coad noted before the finalized budget that there were a few key items that had changed since she and former Mayor Randy Bateman had put the initial proposal together and she re-examined it to see if there was possible funding for an additional vehicle. As a result, additional funds were delegated to the police department, increasing the equipment line to $58,000 in the final adopted budget.

    Even though Crown Victorias would no longer be produced, DeCaire believed at the time that there should be enough of these police vehicles to supply his department through 2012.
    Other committee matters up for discussion will include the request to forward a zone change request at 253 W. Utica St. from an R-2 residential to a B-1 neighborhood business district; a request from the city’s purchasing agent to forward to the Common Council a resolution to accept the lowest bid submitted by WD Malone Trucking & Excavating Inc. in the amount of $1,341,736.00, for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation project, Area 1-Turrill Street Basin; a discussion by the city’s fire chief regarding “special details” for the city’s ambulance service; and a proposal from the DPW commissioner for a life jacket loaner program.

    Committee meetings are held in the council chambers on the second floor of City Hall and begin at 7 p.m.

    Source: By JANET REBEOR-DEXTER, http://palltimes.com

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  •  RR Donnelley isn’t a name you see very often in TechCrunch, but companies don’t survive for nearly 150 years without having one eye trained on the future. With 2011 revenues at an estimated $10.6 billion, the company is one of the world’s largest commercial printers. The printing giant has been stepping up its digital investments of late, and today announced that it has invested $2.5 million in Real Value Corporation, the makers of iPad shopping app, CoffeeTable.

    The Series A investment is the first tranche of a larger investment by RR Donnelley and includes an exclusive marketing relationship between the two companies. CoffeeTable will be using the infusion of institutional capital to launch new personalization and engagement features and hire developers.

    For those unfamiliar, CoffeeTable is a free shopping app for the iPad that aggregates hundreds of retail catalogs to allow users to browse their products on the go, online or offline. CoffeeTable gives shoppers the ability to make purchases from their iPad through secure in-app checkout, while in turn giving retailers a suite of benchmark data and catalog analytics tools that they can use to boost their multi-channel marketing efforts.

    As RR Donnelley is one of the largest printers of retail catalogs in the world, it can now leverage its existing relationship with retailers to help bring CoffeeTable access to a wide range of content from the companies whose products it aggregates, while, in turn, giving those major retailers an additional point of access into the tablet market.

    CoffeeTable’s app allows users to browse full-screen images of products, with zoom functionality, adding products to a shopping cart, both online and offline. Users can subscribe to their favorite brands and have the latest catalogs delivered to their iPad from retailers that include Crate & Barrel, Lands’ End, West Elm, etc. Beyond offering quick checkout across all catalogs through its “Express Checkout,” CoffeeTable also offers giveaways, seasonal pop-up shops, and flash deals which are applied at check out.

    Catalogs are collectively a $270 billion industry, and while individual retailers may offer their own tablet shopping apps, CoffeeTable brings them all together in one place, presumably offering a better shopping experience for the end user. Together, the two companies seem to be looking to establish an Amazon for retail catalogs, and with further development of analytics tools, retailers will be able to get a better sense of the mobile purchasing behavior of consumers — something many of them are lacking.

    Source: http://techcrunch.com

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  •  A new blast defence mechanism could double vehicle protection against mine explosions without additional armour, according to its inventor.

    The active belly plate system developed by Advanced Blast & Ballistic Systems (ABBS) exerts a force against the floor of the vehicle to reduce floor deformation and help stop the vehicle from being thrown into the air.

    The technology, which has been taken to proof-of-concept stage, works by exploiting the short delay between a mine going off and the explosion hitting the underside of the vehicle, using this time to counteract the force of the mine.

    ‘Originally I was dealing with the global acceleration, which is the vehicle jumping in the air, and that on its own can kill you,’ Roger Sloman, managing director of ABBS and inventor of the system, told The Engineer.

    ‘And then I thought that if you put the force down a column in the vehicle onto the belly plate, you can keep the floor down as well, which is even more important. So it’s a very simple concept of actively opposing the force of the mine.’

    Because it deals with global acceleration, the technology should protect lighter cars as well as armoured vehicles. ‘You don’t carry around huge amounts of mass to counteract the blast,’ said Sloman. ‘You can double the mine blast capability of a system, at least.’

    The system detects the shockwaves of a blast, which travel at the speed of sound and arrive around 20 milliseconds before the mass of the explosion, providing enough time for the belly plate to react.

    ABBS received £116,000 from the Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise to develop the technology and is now seeking funding to build a commercial prototype of the device.

    Sloman said it could be further developed to provide specific forces to match each explosion. ‘Either you can set everything off or you can analyse the strength of the shockwave and get an estimate of the size of the mine and where it is and therefore you can tune the response.’

    Source: By Stephen Harris, http://www.theengineer.co.uk

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  •  A liquid body armour is being developed by BAE Systems (a global defence company) that hardens on impact. The liquid is made up of "freely suspended" particles that "lock" together when disturbed. The benefits include its lightness, flexibility and a reduced injury risk compared to alternatives such as Kevlar.

    Self-sculpting smart sand

    Researchers at the Distributed Robotics Laboratory of MIT are developing robotic cubes that will work like smart self-sculpting sand. In one experiment, one-centimetre-squared cubes contained a microprocessor cabable of storing 32 kilobytes with tiny magnets on the edges that could enable the formation of complex 3D shapes.
    Via BBC.

    Make your own robot

    Another MIT initiative may allow people with no specialised training to become robotics engineers thanks to the ubiquitous technology of 3D printing. If a bespoke robot is required, any individual could download a blueprint, tweak it to suit their need and print a rudimentary robot that will be fully functional within 24 hours.

    Source: http://www.nzherald.co.nz

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  •  MEPs in Strasbourg have questioned the European Commission (EC) about the security of biometric passports following reports of problems with the documents in a number of countries including France and the Netherlands.
    Back in 2008, the European Parliament (EP) identified weak points in the system including problems with the reliability of fingerprints taken from children and the elderly; error rates; lack of experience of the technologies being used; and the risk of fraud at various stages of document deployment. As a result, the EP asked the EC to commission studies into these areas, which are expected to conclude later this year.
    According to the EP, between 500,000 and 1 million of France’s 6.5 million biometric passports in circulation are estimated to be false, having been obtained using counterfeit documents.
    In the Netherlands, an examination of 448 cases by local the authorities in Roermund found that 21% of the fingerprints were non-verifiable and therefore useless.
    As a result, MEPs invited EC representatives to a plenary session on 19 April 2012 to respond to their questions about the effectiveness of biometric passports. They have also asked if it will now consider re-evaluating the rules governing the issue of ePassports in the EU.

    Source: http://www.securitydocumentworld.com

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  •  The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has produced 75 million electronic passports at its secure production facilities in Washington, D.C. and Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

    The electronic, or e-passport program, launched in 2005 and includes an integrated, secure chip and antenna incorporating numerous security features. GPO and the Department of State developed the U.S. e-passport in response to the requirements for Visa Waiver Program countries in the 2002 Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act.

    The Department of State loads personal information, including the traveler’s photograph, digitally onto the chip in each passport. This is the same data that is visually displayed on the photo page of the e-Passport. No personal data is handled by GPO or its suppliers.

    “We appreciate GPO’s continued support of the Department and our efforts to modernize the U.S. passport. Passport issuance, a function of the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, is our most visible domestic public service program,” said Michael D. Kirby, principal deputy assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs.

    Source: http://www.contactlessnews.com

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  •  China’s Ministry of Public Security announced that after three years of preparations, the authorities countrywide will start issuing electronic ordinary passports from May 15 onwards.

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    The e-passport will contain an electronic chip, which stores personal information of the holder, including name, data of birth, photo, fingerprint and signature.

    The Ministry says that the e-passports are compliant with standards released by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), ensuring security and privacy of the personal information of holders.

    The application process will largely remain the same, with two additional steps to collect the applicant’s fingerprint information and signature. Citizens who are under 16 years old or whose fingerprints are missing are exempted from the fingerprint collection process, according the Ministry.

    The new e-passports will have a refined design, with images representing the 31 provincial level jurisdictions, Hong Kong & Macau Special Administrative Regions, as well as Tiananmen, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven.

    The Ministry says that more than 10 million passports were issued countrywide last year. And this figure is expected to rise by 20 per cent this year.

    Since 2004, more than 90 countries and territories have started issuing e-passports. And China started issuing electronic official & diplomatic passports last year.

    Source: FutureGov- Asia
  •  MONEY printer De La Rue has cashed in on strong demand for banknotes and passports but stayed quiet over talk it was stockpiling new Greek drachmas.
    The group, which produces more than 150 national currencies, stamps, driving licences and cash sorting equipment, printed 6.4 billion banknotes last year, 8 per cent more than the previous year.
    The start of production on a UK Government deal to produce passports also contributed to a 73 per cent rise in annual profits to £57.7million on revenues up 14 per cent to £528million.
    The firm has won contracts from countries such as South Sudan, which introduced a new currency following independence.
    But it stayed tight-lipped on talk that it had drawn up draft plans to print a new Greek currency should Athens quit the euro.
    De La Rue said last year that the eurozone’s problems could create opportunities.
    Chief ­executive Tim Cobbold said: “It’s always our policy not to comment on matters like that.”
    The group, the profits of which in 2011 tumbled after paper production issues with major ­customer the Reserve Bank of India, has begun a shake-up to boost ­profits to more than £100million next year.
    It said it made good progress, achieving efficiency improvements that contributed about £8million to operating profit.
    A new banknote sorter, which can handle up to 2,000 notes a minute, drove a 14 per cent rise in revenue in the cash processing gear arm.
    But lower customer demand led to falling profits and flat revenues at its security product division, which makes holograms for sports tickets and other valuable printed items.
    De La Rue said orders rose 14 per cent to £248million and it was on track to hit annual hopes. Cobbold said: “The face value of cash in ­circulation is growing, particularly in countries where populations and affluence are rising.”
    The shares fell 32½p to 976½p.

    Source: By Philip Waller, http://www.express.co.uk

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  •  India’s electronic passport project has hit a roadblock as the Amsterdam-based company Gelmalto, selected for supplying chips came under scanner for its alleged role in smart card rollout in Pakistan.

    The Ministry of External Affairs has sought a fresh security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs for Gemalto, which was selected to supply chips for the pilot project in 2008. The MNC was reported to be impementing smart card project in Pakistan.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs asked the Department of Economic Affairs under the Ministry of Finance to obtain a self-disclosure report from Gemalto, detailing its businesses in Pakistan. It is also understood to have engaged intelligence agencies to assess if Gemalto’s business in Pakistan could pose a security threat to India in case it is allowed to continue supplying chips for the project.

    Gemalto, however, claimed that the company had never participated in any government project in Pakistan. “We have never had any government projects with Pakistan,” a spokesperson of the company stated in response to queries from Deccan Herald.
    The Gemalto spokesperson said the company did serve governments of over 50 countries with its secure document and e-government solutions.

    Gemalto was known as Axalto before the latter merged with Gemplus on June 2, 2006. Axalto, however, had in August 2005 announced to have supplied high-end EMV (Europay-Mastercard-Visa) chip to Pakistan’s United Bank Limited.

    As the UBL had pioneered EMV rollout in Pakistan, Axalto had provided the bank with a package that included data preparation, cards supply and personalisation solution.

    Gemalto was in September 2008 selected to supply its “Sealys eTravel” solution to India Security Press for the e-passport pilot project, aimed at issuing tamper-proof and secure travel documents to diplomats and officials. The Sealys eTravel package included contact-less communications component of the electronic passports made by the India Security Press. It also included advanced secure operating system and microprocessor that stores and protects the holder’s digital identity as well as the communications antenna.

    The MEA had plans to start issuing e-passports to ordinary citizens in the second phase. But it recently said that the project had to be deferred as it had to seek “fresh security clearance from the MHA in respect of a technically qualified bidder (Gemalto)”.

    Gemalto did not give a specific reply to a query from Deccan Herald on whether the company had submitted the self-disclosure report to the Indian Government. However, in a consolidated response to a set of queries, its spokesperson said the company maintained the policy of customer confidentiality and did not comment on the details of its customers’ operations and processes.

    Notably, in a recent report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs had expressed “concern over the doubtful background” of Gemalto.

    Source: http://www.deccanherald.com

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  •  With big government contracts up for grabs, we take a look at six of the vehicles vying for military money.
    In service since 1984, the Humvee isn’t getting any younger. Right now the United States military is in possession of nearly 18,500 of them, all of which are set to be replaced by an as-of-yet-to-be-determined successor in 2015. Enter the suppliers and contractors who are all vying for a piece of the government pie. And who can blame them? With $5 billion being awarded across three winning companies – each liable to receive up to $65 million for preproduction engineering, manufacturing, and development – the race to supply the military with its next Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is underway.
    Of course, whenever government contract money is at stake rest assured there are multiple players in line gunning for it. And with the United States government preparing to dish out billions in contract cash in order to replace the iconic military Humvee, competition is fierce.
    Last month, AM General, makers of the original Humvee, unveiled its Blast-Resistant Vehicle-Off Road (BRV-O) in Detroit, but they aren’t the only ones aiming to win those government greenbacks. Stiff opposition from Oshkosh Defense, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems, among others, all of which are vying for one of three contracts on the line.
    Given that these hardcore military machines are truly a sight to behold, here is a quick rundown of the six vehicles battling it out.

    Makers of the original Humvee, AM General’s BRV-O is somewhat of a latecomer to the party. Shown for the first time last month in Detroit, the BRV-O features a six-cylinder, 3.2-liter turbocharged engine which is said to churn out 300 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
    Inside, the BRV-O ‘s crew capsule features energy-absorbing seats, shaped underbody, and modular armor for maximum protection. Of course, added armor can quickly pack on the pounds, reducing overall vehicular mobility. AM General seems to have addressed these issues thanks in large part to an increased payload that provides a margin for added armor, as well as a unique self-leveling suspension aimed at increasing the BRV-O’s tactical maneuverability.

    A joint effort between General Dynamics Land Systems and AM General, The Eagle may not appear as shiny and bleeding edge as some of its counterparts, but that may just provide it with the advantage it needs to allow the Eagle to soar over the competition. In fact, military buffs will no doubt already be familiar with the Eagle, seeing as how it’s a repurposed version of the Eagle IV, which General Dynamics European Land systems has supplied to the German military since 2008.
    The Eagle isn’t as new, but it is tried and tested; and, perhaps more importantly, it’s relatively cheap at less than $260,000 a pop.

    Lockheed JLTV:
    With utility in mind, the JLVT — a collaborative endeavor consisting of multiple companies including Meritor Defense, L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems, Vehma International of America, with Lockheed Martin at the helm — has been designed from the ground up to be one of more versatile and cost effective entries into the U.S. Army and Marine Corps JLTV competition.
    Already a winning bidder for the first phase of JLTV development, Lockheed was forced into making several modifications to its design by reducing the amount of exotic (read: expensive) materials such as titanium after the Pentagon’s requirements changed for the second phase of the competition.

    Launched in October of 2011, Navistar Defense’s Saratoga is yet another entry into the U.S. military’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program. Originally designed to target a gap in the light tactical vehicle market, the Saratoga provides a tactical salvo of components aimed at improved mission effectiveness, including metallic or composite add-on armor, and is capable of withstanding arms fire, mine blasts, and IEDs.
    Under the armored hood the Saratoga features a fire-breathing V8 capable of pumping out 340 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque.

    Aside from sporting the coolest name of the bunch, BAE Systems’ Valanx also happens to feature a Ford Power Stroke 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which BAE indicates gives it a leg up against the competition by providing the best fuel economy, horsepower, and torque of any engine in its class.
    Truck enthusiasts out there will immediately be familiar with the Power Stroke. It’s the same engine Ford uses in its F-Series Super Duty trucks. Previously, the Valanx utilized a Navistar engine in favor of its current mill, but made the switch to the more powerful Ford engine, which is capable of producing an impressive 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.
    Other specifics regarding the powertrain remain undisclosed, so we’re not entirely sure whether the engine specs in the Valanx will exactly match up with that of a 2012 F-250 Super Duty.

    While the Valanx may score points with its tough-as-nails name and rather futuristic mobile-command-on-wheels design, it is the Oshkosh Defense’s L-ATV that wins us over with its rugged looks and take-no-prisoners attitude.
    Built independently and from the ground up, the Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle will make use of Oshkosh’s Tak-4i intelligent suspension system already used in more than 20,000 vehicles. And because fuel economy is a growing concern, Oshkosh offers its ProPulse hybrid diesel-electric drive train.
    According to Oshkosh, the L-ATV features a scalable and advanced crew protection system which can provide dynamic defense capabilities depending on operational and battlefield needs.

    Source: BY AMIR ILIAIFAR, http://www.digitaltrends.com

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  •  OGDEN — After being questioned about their use of new license plate recognition technology, the Ogden Police Department put the equipment on display.

    The OPD gave a demonstration to local media Wednesday on how and why they use Automated License Plate Recognition, a new technology that provides continuous and high-speed monitoring of traffic areas.

    Ogden has one ALPR-fitted vehicle, which costs about $50,000 and features four cameras mounted on top of the police car, with a special computer inside. The department has had the vehicle for about one year.

    OPD crime analyst Dave Weloth said the technology can be used in data-mining efforts related to crime scene investigation, criminal travel patterns, hot spots and for other intelligence purposes.

    Weloth said that, among other things, the system can immediately alert officers of wanted individuals, assist in stolen vehicle recovery and assist in Amber alerts.

    Master Officer Tim Shelstead said he has found three stolen vehicles in the past year as a result of having the technology.

    “My job would be greatly hindered without it,” Shelstead said.

    But the Utah Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union said it is concerned with how information associated with the technology is used, stored and protected.

    In late May, the OPD was one of three Utah law enforcement agencies targeted by the Utah ACLU with records requests seeking information about the technology.

    The ACLU also sent requests to the Utah Highway Patrol and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

    A copy of the records request to the OPD shows that the ACLU is seeking information on exactly what type of data is obtained with the technology, who within the OPD can access that data, what procedures those outside of the department must go through to obtain the data and how long data is stored.

    Ogden Police Chief Mike Ashment said he understands the ACLU’s concern about the possible misuse of citizen information, but proper safeguards are in place to make sure that doesn’t happen.

    “We implement the same policies we do with everything else,” he said. “This is no different than any other tool we use that involves information on people or their vehicle.”

    Ashment said the technology fits in with the department’s overall approach of using technology to be more effective and efficient in solving crimes.

    “We are tasked with ensuring the safety of the community,” he said. “This is another tool to help us do our jobs better and more efficiently.”

    Source: By Mitch Shaw, http://www.standard.net

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  •  Iowa City parking officers may soon hear an alarm if they pass vehicles parked illegally or harboring unpaid tickets using an expensive technology that’s the envy of many law enforcement officials.

    The city’s Transportation Services Department is looking for vendors and has set aside $154,000 in its budget for a License Plate Recognition system, which works by mounting a high-definition camera on top of a vehicle that takes photos of license plates and runs them through a scofflaw database. Such software still is rare in Iowa but is picking up steam as it becomes more affordable and accessible.

    The idea is to make parking enforcement more efficient, said Mark Rummel, associate director of Transportation Services. Rather than checking each vehicle in a parking lot or row of meters individually, the software would automatically scan nearby vehicles and sound an alarm if it detects a violation.

    I think just the time it’s going to save us is going to be huge,” he said. “It’s a pretty vast area that we try and cover.”

    Police departments in Iowa, including Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, have looked into such software, but most say it’s too expensive.

    “We couldn’t afford it right now,” said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, spokeswoman for the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

    Officials with the Iowa City Police Department didn’t return calls for comment, but Assistant to the City Manager Geoff Fruin said LPR technology hasn’t been discussed for the ICPD.

    Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said LPR would be ideal for recovering stolen vehicles or catching barred drivers, but it ultimately is too expensive to be worth it.

    “As you’re going through downtown Lone Tree, to be running every license plate you go by, I could see where that could be useful,” he said.

    Private vendors must submit their proposals to the city by July 12, and the City Council will need to approve the contract. Rummel said he hopes to have the software up and running by late fall at the earliest. It would be installed in one of the department’s Ford Connects but could be put in more in the future, he said.

    The Transportation Services Department only has access to parking violations, permits and meter records, Rummel said, so the software wouldn’t be able to tell whether a vehicle is stolen or whether there’s a warrant for the owner’s arrest, at least not without access to those databases. It would detect whether vehicles have more than $50 in citations that are more than 10 days old, he said.

    University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Director Dave Ricketts said that depending on the cost, his department would be interested in using the software as well.

    “We’ve got 16,000 parking spaces,” he said. “Yes, it would help.”

    LPR technology has become much more reliable and less expensive over the past 10 years, Ricketts said.

    “LPR is definitely going to be in our future,” he said. “How we use it is unclear yet, whether it’s enforcement, cashiering or security, but we’re headed that way.”

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Department installed an LPR system in one of its patrol cars last summer that can check for things such as arrest warrants, stolen vehicles and missing persons, Sgt. Jana Rooker said. The department received a nearly $26,000 Department of Justice grant to pay for the software.

    Rather than having the officer type license plate numbers into their computers while driving, the software automatically scans plates and sounds an alarm if it detects a warrant or violation, she said.

    “So as the officer is driving down the road, almost every vehicle it encounters on the road, that license plate can be checked within a matter of seconds with this software,” Rooker said.

    But not everyone is excited at the sound of that.

    Ben Stone, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, said he’s concerned about the government’s ability to store the data it collects through LPR software. Steps must be taken now while LPR use is in its early stages to ensure data that’s collected is destroyed, Stone said.

    “As databases become interconnected and synced, more and more and more of this kind of surveillance technology can create the ability of the government to instantly create a dossier, a profile of what people are doing,” he said.

    Source: By Tara Bannow, http://www.press-citizen.com

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  •  Infineon Technologies announced it is supplying the security chips for Malaysia’s new national electronic identity cards. Known as MyKad, the smart card features Infineon’s SLE 78 security controller with Integrity Guard security technology, combined with SOLID FLASH for fast deployment capability. ??

    MyKad is a multi-application national electronic identity card, including biometric identification, which will enable the implementation of additional functions such as driver license, health, ATM, e-signature and eGovernment services. In the past years, Malaysia issued approximately 2 million new identity cards each year.

    Identity cards are used for many years and are subject to intense wear. This is why they must meet specific high requirements. In particular, the bearer’s personal data should be secured during the entire life of the card. ??

    ?The Infineon SOLID FLASH product provides flexibility by using non-volatile memory technologies. The security certified flash product enables a faster reaction to market changes through short lead times and flexible product usage and offers advantages in logistics, development and throughout the certification process.

    A full range of SOLID FLASH products are Common Criteria certified by the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology in Germany as well as type approved by EMVCo making it the choice for many applications while keeping flexibility for upcoming changes. ??

    MyKad also uses Infineon’s Integrity Guard security technology. For identification documents with high demands on security, it offers long lasting security with encrypted Dual CPU-core. With this technology, data is encrypted along the entire data path during processing. The security controller core has two processing units, constantly checking each other’s correct function by utilizing error detection.

    Infineon’s SLE 78 product family with Integrity Guard is used in eGovernment applications, such as the electronic health card, the electronic identification card and in residence permits with biometric data

    Source: http://www.secureidnews.com

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  •  May sound strange nevertheless true. The armoured car business is booming in the drug-hit Mexico, which, after Sunday election, voted back to power the Institutional Revolutionary Party after 12 years. This party had the unique history of ruling Mexico for over 70 long years between 1929 and 2000.

    The purchase of armoured car has been necessitated by the fact that the country has lost 55,000 people in the last six years in drug-related violence.

    To keep themselves safe (from various drug cartels) while travelling many people are opting to buy armoured cars. They consider their vehicles as safe havens.

    Media reports from Mexico suggests that the sale of armoured cars in the last four years have increased by 1000 per cent.

    A middle-size SUV outfitted with armour is bullet-resistant and can withstand 15 to 20 rounds of bullets fired from a handgun. They are also called “family tanks” and became a top issue in the recently held election.

    Enrique Pena Nieto, who finally won the presidential election, had said during the campaign that he wants to focus on curbing violence in the streets and less on catching drug cartel leaders and blocking the flow of drugs into the United States. The US wants most of the Latin American countries, where the drug mafia rules the roost, to intensify their battle against the drug mafia.

    Countries like Peru in South America, which saw decline in the drug cartel, has witnessed their re-emergence recently.

    President-elect 45-year old Enrique Pena Nieto had promised to reinvigorate the economy and reduce rampant drug violence. He will take office in December for a six-year term and thus will restore the party that dominated Mexican politics for most of the past century, at times ruthlessly.

    But against he general prediction of a big victory he ended up only 5.4 percentage points ahead of his leftist rival, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

    Pena Nieto got 37.6 percent support compared to 32.2 percent for Lopez Obrador and 25.4 percent for ruling party candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota.

    The ruling National Action Party (PAN) suffered a crushing defeat as it failed to curb the fierce violence of a drug war that has killed 55,000 people and battered Mexico’s image.

    Having run Mexico as a virtual one-party state for most of the 20th century, the PRI was ousted in an election 12 years ago. It finished third place in the 2006 presidential election.

    But Pena Nieto, a former governor of the state of Mexico (2005-11), restored the party’s pride.

    Not only has he promised to lift economic growth to about six percent a year and create jobs but also draw the heat out of a drug war that has killed more than 55,000 people since late 2006. His main reform proposals include allowing more private investment in Mexico’s state-run oil industry.

    Source: http://nvonews.com

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  •  Xtek has announced that it has completed construction of its first large scale XTclave body armour production plant.

    According to the company the new plant is capable of manufacturing more than 1000 high tech body armour plates per day, and will enable the Australian company to supply defence and law enforcement agencies around the world.

    The company has spent the last five years working towards construction of its commercial scale manufacturing plant, after building its initial small prototype plant in 2008.

    XTek says "the ability of this technology to consistently produce advanced technical composites, such as precision, void free, structural carbon fibre reinforced laminates, capable of withstanding extreme thermal loading is significant.

    "It is believed that this could have considerable utility in areas such as aerospace and aviation industries, in which small numbers of high value products are routinely manufactured according to exacting standards."

    Source: http://www.myfen.com.au

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  •  BANGALORE: From July, including the first Sunday, the regional passport office (RPO), in Bangalore will accept passport application manually at its office in Koramangala.

    "Beginning with the Passport Mela scheduled on June 30 and July 1, the applicants for passport can directly approach the counters at RPO and the passports issued at RPO will have all security precautions, though the applications are accepted manually," said a spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA).

    Biometrics: The ministry will commence incorporating the biometrics as required in countries abroad from 2013. "The passports with biometrics will be introduced from next year and the ministry is trying to install required technical back up by then. For the present the passports will not have bio-metrics as per international standards," the spokesperson said.

    The ministry also held discussions with the employees representatives of RPOs across the country and has reached for an understanding to re-schedule of working hours in view of seven day working day for RPOs to overcome the large quantity of pending applications before the various RPOs.

    "We have convinced the employees of RPOs about the fatigue factor they had to face because of the long working hours, that include the week-end holidays. Once we stabilize the pending numbers of passport applications through the exercise we will revert back to five-days a week schedule. We hope that the pending applications can be cleared by July 7 and July 8, the last two days for Passport Mela," the he said.

    Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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  •  HID Global says it has shipped more than 150 million high-technology eID solutions to governments for citizen IDs around the world.
    The firm has marked this milestone at a ceremony in Ireland, where it has a high-security eID credential facility producing products for access and identification-related applications such as ePassports and contactless swipe ID/access cards.
    “We are proud to be a key provider of secure contactless technology to governments for eIDs worldwide,” says Anthony Ball, senior vice president, Identity and Access Management (IAM), HID Global. “More than 150 million people worldwide, almost a third of all citizens using high-security ePassports and identity credentials, carry our technology with them. We are exporting technology and know-how to every continent, and our local workforce and the entire community can be very proud of this milestone, as well as our contribution to a critical aspect of the world’s security.”
    HID Global says it has shipped more than 100 million components used in ePassports in 30 countries, which comprises approximately 28% of the world’s market. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as of December 2011, a total of 355 million ePassports had been issued globally. The vast majority of EU countries, as well as numerous states outside of Europe, are now issuing machine-readable ePassports. The company has also shipped more than 50 million microchip-based inlays used in eIDs in 22 countries. Other notable achievements include providing tens of millions of units for a variety of European ePassports.
    Set up 15 years ago, the Ireland facility was acquired in 2007 by HID Global. According to the company, it has expanded the operation and made it into one of the country’s most advanced secure technology facilities to accommodate the growing global trend toward eIDs and ePassports. Now one of Connemara Gaeltacht’s largest employers, the operation is dedicated to eGovernment product research, development and manufacturing, and includes a world competence centre for HID Global’s high technology RFID-enabled components.
    “HID Global is at the centre of an important global trend,” says Craig Sandness, vice president of sales at the firm’s Government ID Solutions division. “Governments worldwide are shifting to eIDs to dramatically improve the security, privacy, convenience and confident authentication needed in border and access control, and other important identification-related applications such as national IDs, driving licences, electronic voting and health care. As a leading high-security ePassport and eID component producer, we are able to provide the complete assembly of these critical components from one source.”

    Source: http://www.securitydocumentworld.com

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  •  The International Armoring Corporation (IAC) was founded by Mark Burton in Ogden, Utah, in 1993. He initially planned to manufacture 24 vehicles, but ended up with more than 225 in the first year in business. Since then more than 8,000 vehicles have rolled out of the IAC facilities. Although at the beginning the company provided heavy-duty armored vehicles only for security companies and military contractors, the emergence of the civilian armored-vehicle market made IAC focus on conventional vehicles too.
    IAC offers a lightweight, flexible, bullet-resistant material, which is a blend of synthetic fiber laminates called Armormax, which weighs only 3.9 pounds per square foot. For $65,000 to $85,000 IAC can transform any car into an armor-plated automotive fantasy. The most popular choices are large luxury sedans and suburban-type SUVs, but IAC has also transformed smaller cars such as Toyota Camrys, Maybachs and Aston Martins.
    Burton estimates that around 20% of his customers seek protected transportation to mitigate a known threat or have been targeted for attack in the past, and around 50% just seek an insurance against random acts of violence, such as carjackings.

    Source: http://www.inautonews.com

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  •  William Whyte once boasted in an interview with a Toronto newspaper that his armour-plated vehicles were “pretty awesome machines” and that his customers included a good friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    But when the Canadian man entered into a multi-million-dollar contract to supply the U.S. Defense Department with 32 armoured gun trucks to protect VIPs in Iraq, he only delivered seven — and none of them met the bullet- and blast-protecting requirements, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down this week in Virginia.

    Federal prosecutors announced late Thursday that Whyte, 67, president of Ontario-based Armet Armored Vehicles, and his company have been charged with three counts of major fraud against the United States, seven counts of wire fraud and three counts of false, fictitious and fraudulent claims.

    The charges have not been proven in court and in a statement emailed to Postmedia News, Whyte, who is not in custody, said he was “shocked at the allegations against me, which I totally deny.” He also said he was prepared to meet with U.S. prosecutors.

    John Lichtenstein, Whyte’s lawyer in Roanoke, Va., said Friday there was nothing he could say about the case.

    Armet, based in King City, Ont., has been armouring vehicles for more than 30 years and has manufacturing sites in Bradford, Ont., Danville, Va., and Tangiers, Morocco, according to a detailed company profile on Industry Canada’s website, which was updated in late 2011.

    The company has an “impeccable worldwide standing” and counts as its clients heads of state, diplomats, government agencies, multinational corporations, police forces and “discriminating individuals worldwide,” the profile states. Its government clients include departments in Canada, the U.S., United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia.

    Officials with Public Works and Government Services Canada said Friday they were searching to see what, if any, contracts the government may have had with Armet.

    According to the indictment, the U.S. Joint Contracting Command in Baghdad awarded Armet a $4.7 million contract in April 2006 for 24 armoured gun trucks.

    A few months later, a $1.5 million contract was awarded to Armet to build eight more trucks.

    The vehicles were to be used to transport Iraqi VIPs through “hostile and dangerous” environments.

    According to the indictment, the first 24 vehicles were to be delivered by July 31, 2006, but Armet failed to meet the deadline.

    By October 2006, only four trucks had been delivered.

    The following month, Armet, citing cash-flow problems, sought an advance payment of $1 million, the indictment says. The U.S. military agreed to pay the company $824,531.

    But instead of using that money to build more trucks, the money was diverted for “other business and personal expenditures,” the indictment alleges.

    By early 2008, the company had delivered a total of seven vehicles, six of which were accepted by the U.S. military.

    There were other problems.

    The contracts required that the vehicles be bulletproof and that their undercarriages be able to withstand explosions. Armet had promised that the floors of the vehicles could withstand various assaults, including blasts from two U.S. M67 anti-personnel grenades.

    But none of the trucks delivered met the required specifications, according to the indictment.

    The vehicles were also supposed to be equipped with special tires that could withstand punctures. The first five vehicles did not have such tires.

    “(The defendants) knew that all of the armoured gun trucks they had provided were defective and would not protect the officials that they were intended to protect,” the indictment states.

    The U.S. military ended its contracts with Armet in March 2008.

    On Friday, Armet’s website, www.aavi.com, redirected visitors to the website of another company, Terradyne Armored Vehicles, based in Newmarket, Ont.

    In an emailed statement, Terradyne president Durward Smith said: “I can tell you that we have no affiliation with Armet nor its owner. A vehicle design was purchased from them with a temporary redirect of the website to capture any potential business as our understanding is that Armet is no longer making armoured vehicles.”

    Whyte, an ex-York Regional Police officer, has a connection to an infamous heist at an armoured car company 20 years ago.

    In November 1992, armed and masked robbers targeted National Armored Ltd. in Concord, Ont., and made off with more than $8 million in cash and cheques from a vault.

    Whyte managed the armoured carrier company at the time.

    Source: By Douglas Quan, http://o.canada.com

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  •  JD Leipold of U.S. Army public affairs has this article on female body armour:

    Today, both male and female Soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer a new type of body armor, designed for them, that will be shorter in the torso with more customized adjustments specific to the female form.

    Until that happens, the 14 percent of the Army who are women will continue to wear one of the 11 sizes of the Improved Outer Tactical Vest, or IOTV, that are worn by their male counterparts.

    Following anthropomorphic sizing and fitting studies overseas, and also at Fort Bragg, N.C., West Point, N.Y., and Fort Campbell, Ky., between 2009 and 2011, Program Executive Office, or PEO, Soldier started developing female body armor prototypes that addressed the physical differences between the sexes.

    Lt. Col. Frank J. Lozano, the product manager for Soldier Protective Equipment, said one thing his shop realized quickly from the studies was that women generally have narrower shoulders than males. The shoulder area on the new IOTV design was brought in closer to the neck by adding more fabric and opening the area around the armpits.

    The change translates to increased range of motion in the shoulders and upper arms and also allows weapons to be seated in the shoulder weld. The extra material and adjustment straps also allows darting to be incorporated much as it is on a woman’s blouse which will give a more secure and customized fit.

    “Most females tend to have a narrow or thinner waist as it relates to the chest area, so we pulled the waist area in,” Lozano said, adding that it’s not always a one-to-one relationship. “Some women will want more room in the waist area so we allowed for adjustability in the cummerbund in the back which can be pulled in tighter or let out more than on the standard IOTV.”

    PEO Soldier also realized through its multiple studies that the typical torso length for women was for the most part shorter than that of men. The female IOTV will be shorter at the bottom. Lozano said the new design will keep the IOTV from rubbing on the hips, which can cause chafing while walking.

    Female Soldiers had also advised PEO Soldier that the standard IOTV, with its longer torso, causes the front armor plate to press into their thighs when they are seated. This cuts off blood flow to their legs. The female version of the IOTV, with its shortened torso, will address this issue. Additionally, a new exterior plate pocket will allow the armor plate to be inserted from the side in a more diagonal fashion.

    Though not part of the female version of the IOTV design, the Army is also looking for ways to develop armor plating that better conforms to the human body.

    “The challenge right now is that when you bring in those complex curvatures, the plate loses some of its strength,” Lozano said. “We’re working with some armor manufacturers to invest in a manufacturing capability that finds the right chemistry to develop the soft and hard armor necessary to have a complex curved plate at a light weight that still defeats the threats.”

    Developments in protective plate design will make ballistic protection more comfortable and form-fitting for both female and male Soldiers, but that’s a way off.

    Lozano said in the September-October timeframe PEO Soldier will begin fielding 100 prototypes to female engagement teams from the 101st Airborne Division to evaluate.

    “There are 30 females who we’ll provide with spares and repair parts,” he said. “We’ll hold some in reserve in case other females get added to the teams. They’ll do user evaluations, then provide feedback to us that we’ll wrap into the final iteration of the design and look to field to a brigade combat team by next summer.”

    Source: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com
  •  KATHMANDU: The government is planning to introduce the smart card concept in the transport sector after a gap of two years. The Department of Transport Management has decided to introduce smart cards for driving licences and bill books from the current fiscal year.

    The department will call a global tender for the smart card soon, said director general of the department Chandraman Shrestha. “We have regenerated the concept following a directive from the Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management,” he said. The ministry has decided to introduce smart cards in mid-July to reform the transport sector.

    Earlier, in 2010, minister for labour and transport management Mohamed Aftab Alam had tried to introduce smart cards for licences and bill books. However, the process was halted after the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority suspected irregularities in the process.

    Minister Aftab had formed a committee in the ministry to carry out the bidding process breaching the area of the department. According to law, the department should have started the bidding process. The commission found discrepancies in the process.

    According to Shrestha, the tender process will start in three months and implementation of the smart cards will begin at the end of the current fiscal year. “We are serious about implementing it,” he said, adding that smart cards can be effective in controlling the use of fake driving licences and bill books.

    The Asian Development Bank is providing financial support for the initiative.

    Similarly, the department is also planning to introduce embossed number plates for vehicles. The introduction of embossed number plates will help control criminal activities. “Embossed number plates can’t be changed easily, so it will reduce the use of vehicles in crimes,” he said.

    Former director general of the department Saradchandra Paudel had envisioned the concept three years back. “We have been conducting a feasibility study,” he said, adding it will be implemented this year once the study shows a positive result. Tender will be called soon, he added.

    Nearly 1.4 million vehicles are registered in the country including more than 850,000 motorcycles. The policy will affect vehicles plying across the country. The department is planning to implement the smart card from Bagmati zone where about 50 per cent vehicles are registered.

    Meanwhile, the department has completed building digital record of driving licences and bill books in all its 14 zonal offices. The process was started about a decade back. Similarly, the department has introduced e-billing system for collecting transport revenue — licence or vehicle registration and for renewing them.

    Source: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com

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  •  ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Prosecutors indicted a South Korean company and five of its employees on Thursday for stealing the recipe for making Kevlar body armour from the DuPont Co.

    The indictment in U.S. District Court in Alexandria alleges that Kolon Industries engaged in a seven-year conspiracy to steal secrets on the manufacturing process for Kevlar and a similar product called Twaron produced by a large Japanese chemical company, Teijin Limited.

    Kolon would hire current and former DuPont employees as “consultants” who would provide confidential information about Kevlar, including its polymerization process and details of the manufacturing process, according to the indictment. Kevlar is made at a factory in Richmond.

    Kolon used those secrets to improve its process for making Heracron, a product that competes with Kevlar, according to the indictment.

    Several longtime DuPont employees are identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the indictment who received payments of up to $143,000 (U.S.) to engage in the scheme, according to court records. One of the former employees, Michael Mitchell, has already been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the scheme.

    Last year in Richmond, a civil jury awarded DuPont a $920 million (U.S.) judgment against Kolon, which is appealing the verdict and also fighting an injunction that would bar it from selling Heracron in the U.S. for 20 years.

    Source: http://www.thestar.com

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  •  The Imprimerie Nationale, the official supplier and printer to the French government, has chosen Datacard Group to provide systems for France’s e-passport program.

    Datacard will install Datacard PB6500 passport issuance systems. These automated, inline high-volume passport production systems will be able to issue up to 25,000 passports a day.

    The system’s configuration includes automated leafing, inline inkjet printing, smart card encoding, laser perforation and enhanced lamination of secure thin-film overlays. The system’s universal interface comes through Datacard’s Syntera customization suite software to act as a bridge to link the PB6500 passport systems.

    With the system Imprimerie Nationale has been able to cut passport delivery time from six days to two.

    Source: http://www.contactlessnews.com

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  •  The ePassport is the culmination of a sustained process of development of technical specifications for machine readable travel documents (MRTD). It introduces a new dimension to aviation security in that, within the conventional machine readable passport with its machine readable zone, an additional layer of verification of information contained in an electronic chip is placed, which verifies the information in the passport’s machine readable zone by the use of a special reader. Much research has gone into the areas of the technology and verification in the development of the ePassport.

    ver 104 States are currently producing and using ePassports and there are approximately 400 million in circulation. This accounts for 33per cent of all passports used globally. The additional feature that the ePassport carries in the conventional machine readable passport is a chip containing biometric and biographic information which have to be validated accurately, efficiently and quickly while retaining the security and integrity of the information. Ideally, an ePassport should be issued in accordance with the technical specifications approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) . However, this does not happen in all cases of issuance of ePassports. This lapse could seriously compromise global security. The nuances of this threat are described and discussed in this article against their legal background.

    At a recent Symposium on machine readable travel documents, biometrics and security standards.held at ICAO on 10 to 12 October 2012, experts addressed ICAO machine readable travel documents (MRTD) standards and specifications, identity management best practices and related border security issues. Sri Lanka, an issuer of machine readable passports, was represented at this Symposium. Foremost among these discussions was the ePassport, which is defined by ICAO as a passport which has a contactless integrated circuit (IC) chip within which is stored data from the machine readable passport page, a biometric measure of the passport and a security object to protect the public key infrastructure (PKI) cryptographic technology, and which conforms to the specifications of Doc 9303 part 1 . The ICAO Facilitation Manual defines the ePassport as a machine readable passport that has a contactless integrated circuit embedded in it and the capability of being used for biometric identification of the machine readable passport holder in accordance with the Standards specified in the relevant part of ICAO document 9303 (Machine Readable Travel Documents) . ePassports are easily recognised by the international ePassport symbol on the front cover .

    Biometric Identification

    It is important to note that the operative terms in the definition of the ePassport are “biometric identification” and “public key infrastructure (PKI) cryptographic technology”. Biometric technology involves a measurable, physical characteristic or personal behavioral trait used to recognize the identity, or verify the claimed identity of a person. Biometric identification has been defined as “a generic term used to describe automated means of recognizing a living person through the measurement of distinguishing physiological or behavioural traits” .

    Biometrics target the distinguishing physiological or behavioral traits of the individual by measuring them and placing them in an automated repository such as machine encoded representations created by computer software algorithms that could make comparisons with the actual features. Physiological biometrics that have been found to successfully accommodate this scientific process are facial recognition, fingerprinting and iris-recognition which have been selected by ICAO as being the most appropriate. The biometric identification process is fourfold: firstly involving the capture or acquisition of the biometric sample; secondly extracting or converting the raw biometric sample obtained into an intermediate form; and thirdly creating templates of the intermediate data is converted into a template for storage; and finally the comparison stage where the information offered by the travel document with that which is stored in the reference template.

    Biometric identification gets into gear each time an MRTD holder (traveler) enters or exists the territory of a State and when the State verifies his identity against the images or templates created at the time his travel document was issued. This measure not only ensures that the holder of the document is the legitimate claimant to that document and to whom it was issued, but also enhances the efficacy of any advance passenger information (API) system used by the State to pre-determine the arrivals to its territory. Furthermore, matching biometric data presented in the form of the traveler with the data contained in the template accurately ascertains as to whether the travel document has been tampered with or not. A three way check, which matches the traveler’s biometrics with those stored in the template carried in the document and a central database, is an even more efficacious way of determining the genuineness of a travel document. The final and most efficient biometric check is when a four way determine is effected, were the digitized photograph is visually matched (non electronically) with the three way check described above . In this context, it is always recommended that the traveler’s facial image (conventional photograph) should be incorporated in the travel document along with the biometric templates in order to ensure that his identity could be verified at locations where there is no direct access to a central database or where the biometric identification process has not entered into the legal process of that location.

    Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Cryptographic Technology

    PKI Cryptographic technology uses a brand new technique known as quantum cryptography, designed to eliminate the terrifying vulnerabilities that arise in the way digitally stored data are exposed to fraudulent use. This new technique uses polarized photons instead of electronic signals to transmit information along cables. Photons are tiny particles of light that are so sensitive that when intercepted, they immediately become corrupted. This renders the message unintelligible and alerts both the sender and recipient to the fraudulent or spying attempt. The public key directory - designed and proposed to be used by customs and immigration authorities who check biometric details in an electronic passport, is based on cryptography - and is already a viable tool being actively considered by the aviation community as a fail-safe method for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of passport information.

    In order to assure inspecting authorities (receiving States) that they would know when the authenticity and integrity of the biometric data stored in the MRTD, which they inspect, are compromised and tampered with, the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) scheme was developed by the TAG/MRTD, which has been pioneering work on the MRTD for over a decade . The scheme is not calculated to prescribe global implementation of public key encryption, but rather acts as a facilitator enabling States to make choices in areas such as active or passive authentication, anti-skimming and access control and automated border crossing, among other facilitative methods. The establishment of a public key directory, through means of public key cryptology and in a PKI environment, is consistent with ICAO’s ultimate aim and vision for the application of biometric technology on the fundamental postulate that there must be a primary interoperable form of biometric technology for use at border control with facilities for verification, as well as by carriers and the issuers of documents. This initial premise is inevitably followed by the assumption that biometric technologies used by document issuers must have certain specifications, particularly for purposes of identification, verification and the creation of watch lists. It is also ICAO’s vision that States, to the extent possible, are protected against changing infrastructure and changing suppliers, and that a technology, once put in place, must be operable or at least retrievable for a period of ten years.

    The ePassport

    The story of the passport- the precursor of the ePassport – starts with the birth of an individual and his birth certificate, which records the event of birth and time and place thereof. The Civil Registry is able, with this document to primarily establish the identity of the person at birth and inform his country of his details for purposes of maintaining census and vital statistics. The passport, which uses this information, gives a person a name and natonality that is required for him to travel internationally. The passport is a basic document in the transport by air of persons. Its use therefore is of fundamental importance as a travel document, not only because it reflects the importance of the sovereignty of a State and the nationality of its citizens but also because it stands for the inviolability of relations between States that are linked through air transport.

    The key consideration of an ePassport is Global Interoperability — the crucial need to specify a system for biometrics deployment that is universally interoperable. a Logical Data Structure (LDS) for ePassports required for global interoperability. It defines the specifications for the standardized organization of data recorded to a contactless integrated circuit capacity expansion technology of an MRP when selected by an issuing State or organization so that the data is accessible by receiving States. This requires the identification of all mandatory and optional Data Elements and a prescriptive ordering and/or grouping of Data Elements that must be followed to achieve global interoperability for reading of details (Data Elements) recorded in the capacity expansion technology optionally included on an MRP (ePassport). The other considerations are Uniformity — the need to minimize via specific standard setting, to the extent practical, the different solution variations that may potentially be deployed by member States; Technical reliability — the need to provide guidelines and parameters to ensure member States deploy technologies that have been proven to provide a high level of confidence from an identity confirmation viewpoint; and that States reading data encoded by other States can be sure that the data supplied to them is of sufficient quality and integrity to enable accurate verification in their own systems; Practicality — the need to ensure that specifications can be operationalized and implemented by States without their having to introduce a plethora of disparate systems and equipment to ensure they meet all possible variations and interpretations of the standards; and Durability — the requirement that the systems introduced will last the maximum 10-year life of a travel document, and that future updates will be backward compatible.

    The major components of a biometric system are: Capture — acquisition of a raw biometric sample; Extract — conversion of the raw biometric sample data to an intermediate form; Create template — conversion of the intermediate data into a template for storage; and Compare — comparison with the information in a stored reference template.

    In terms of security and privacy of the stored data, both the issuing and any receiving States need to be satisfied that the data stored on the IC has not been altered since it was recorded at the time of issue of the document. In addition, the privacy laws or practice of the issuing State may require that the data cannot be accessed except by an authorized person or organization. Accordingly ICAO has developed specifications in Section IV regarding the application and usage of modern encryption techniques, particularly interoperable public key infrastructure (PKI) schemes, to be used by States with their machine readable travel documents as made in accordance with the specifications set out in Doc 9303. The intent is primarily to augment security through automated means of authentication of MRPs and their legitimate holders internationally. In addition, ways and means are recommended to implement international ePassport authentication and to provide a path to the use of ePassports to facilitate biometric or e-commerce applications.


    The foremost necessity is to establish a strong security culture in every State. For this, there must be a clear definition of State responsibility and accountability brought to bear by a close and unbreakable link between government and industry stakeholders. A security culture would make States aware of their rights and duties, and, more importantly, enable States to assert them. Those who belong to a security culture also know which conduct would compromise security and they are quick to educate and caution those who, out of ignorance, forgetfulness, or personal weakness, partake in insecure conduct. An ePassport must necessarily be the result of efficient and fail-safe organizational arrangements. It should be tested at border control by trained professionals.

    eGovernment and eID are the bare essentials for State security. The digital economy has also brought much facilitation that helps the world move to paperless processes which result in greater economy and streamlined processes. However, there must essentially be global harmonization in this process. In this regard ICAO has made remarkable progress in advancing its MRTD programme to the level it is at now. If harmonization means ensuring consistency between global practices, standardization means compliance with international Standards. There is no room for doubt that both harmonization and globalization are needed in this context.

    Source: by Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne, http://www.srilankaguardian.org

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  •  The Conservative government’s fervour for Canadian history will play out on the pages of your new passport, soon to be unveiled after nine years of delays and cost overruns.

    After a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign for the War of 1812 and the announcement that they plan to rename the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa as the Canadian Museum of History, the Tories are set to unveil new designs for Canada’s electronic passport that focus on key historical moments, HuffPost has learned.

    Bureaucrats at first recommended the government adopt images of fauna and flora to grace the inside pages of the new travel document, similar to the United Kingdom’s passport. The Conservatives chose instead to follow the example of the U.S. passport, which features images of the Declaration of Independence and Mount Rushmore, and focus on history.

    “It will be something that Canadians can be proud to carry,” said Rick Roth, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Roth refused to elaborate on the design sketches that will be part of the new electronic passport, which will be issued for five- and 10-year time periods.

    What would you like to see in the passport design? Share your comments
    The implementation of Canada’s ePassport, which includes an electronic chip with facial recognition information, has been delayed for nine years. A pilot program for diplomats and public office holders was planned for 2005 but did not get under way until 2009. The national roll-out was put on the back burner until the 2008 budget announced ePassports would be ready in 2011. Then it was 2012. Now, they should be ready in 2013.
    Canada is the last G7 country to implement the international standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2003. All of Canada’s key allies and more than 95 countries, including Pakistan, Sudan and Tajikistan, have pushed ahead with the technology.

    Source: By Althia.Raj, http://www.huffingtonpost.ca

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  •  Zimbabwe is exploring the implementation of ePassports before the end of the year, according to the country’s Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone.
    ePassports, also known as “biometric passports” contain an electronic chip that is encoded with surname, given name, date of birth, place of birth and gender information. It also includes a digital picture of the bearer’s face. Signatures are not reproduced on the chip.
    The Zimbabwe government believes that the introduction and mass production of the new travel document will reduce the price of the document. Currently, an ordinary Zimbabwean passport costs US$50 while other regional countries charge less than US$30.
    Makone said that a new digitalized document would curb counterfeit documents and would also allow the country to match the rapidly adopted international ePassport standard.
    The deployment of the ePassport also coincides with the Foreign Ministry’s new digitalized passport application processes, which allow residents to obtain passport applications online.
    Despite the online availability of ePassport applications, applicants will still need to go to the passport office to complete their applications in person, and will also require a national ID card in order to submit their application.

    Source: By Stephen Mayhew, http://www.biometricupdate.com

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    Trüb has signed a new agreement to continue to provide electronic and secure polycarbonate data pages for Republic of Lithuania ePassports.
    According to the firm, the electronic data page is attached to the ePassport booklet through a patented and robust page binding element, and is designed for a lifespan of 10 years. Issuance of passports with an electronic polycarbonate data page started in January 2008. The chip stores personal data, a facial image and two fingerprints of the document holder.
    The latest contract builds upon a 2008 agreement which engaged Trüb to supply highly secure polycarbonate data pages with embedded chip to the Lithuanian Personalisation Center of Identity Documents.
    The data pages are integrated into the Lithuanian passport booklets by UAB Garsu Pasaulis and then personalized by the Personalisation Center of Identy Documents, which is part of the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.
    “It is widely recognised that the Lithuanian biometric passports are a valuable indicator of the country’s distinctive attitude to security-oriented innovation,” said a Ministry of Internal Affairs official.
    ePassports, also known as “biometric passports” contain an electronic chip that is encoded with surname, given name, date of birth, place of birth and gender information. It also includes a digital picture of the bearer’s face. Signatures are not reproduced on the chip.

    Source: By Stephen Mayhew, http://www.biometricupdate.com

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  •  Morpho has won another international call for tenders from the Finnish National Police Board to supply the country’s new ePassports, as part of a consortium including Oberthur Technologies. The consortium has been providing Finland with secure ePassports since 2006.
    Within the consortium Morpho provides the passport booklet which includes a set of new and improved security features on its polycarbonate data page. The data page also contains an integrated microchip which stores the holder’s personal details and biometric data (fingerprints and facial image). Morpho also supplies its ICAO PKI system and its personalization solution.
    With enhanced physical and electronic security features, Finland’s new passport will provide greater protection against identity theft and fraud, and enable fast, secure identification of passport holders.
    Finland began issuing its new ePassports at the end of August 2012.

    Source: http://www.planetbiometrics.com

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  •  Cash-strapped New York has tentatively chosen the highest bidder to produce driver’s licenses under a disputed contract that would provide only black-and-white photos and end up costing the state nearly $38 million more than the current contract if it’s approved.

    According to court papers reviewed by The Associated Press, the losing vendors, including the company that has produced New York licenses with color photos for 16 years, are protesting the $88.5 million award to a Canadian company.

    The award to CBN Secure Technology Inc. of Ottawa is also being reviewed by the state comptroller.

    CBN is part of the Canadian Bank Note company that prints Canadian money, passports and driver’s licenses worldwide. Company officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

    The DMV tentatively awarded the contract to the high bidder 10 months after New York advised the current vendor, De La Rue North America Inc., that because of “significant budgetary constraints” the state would have to reduce the cost of the contract, according to the court filings. As a result, De La Rue submitted a bid 10 percent lower for the new, eight-year contract, which ended up being nearly $38 million less than CBN’s bid.

    De La Rue, based in England, and Massachusetts-based MorphoTrustUSA, another unsuccessful bidder, want a rebid.

    They claim CBN offered a black-and-white “polycarbonate” card they say is less secure than their color-picture IDs on cards made of “Teslin.” The losing bidders say they also weren’t informed the state wanted a black-and-white polycarbonate card and that CBN received an illegal advantage. De La Rue and MorphoTrustUSA said they could have offered a bid on that type which could save taxpayers’ money.

    The lawsuit also claims the state had required a color image ID, a requirement they claim CBN violated.

    The driver’s license contract is rebid under the federal “Real ID” measure from the Department of Homeland Security to make licenses more secure and more states are expected to face similar contract decisions.

    The state Department of Motor Vehicles won’t comment until the comptroller’s review concludes and the contract award is final. State records show cost was valued at just 20 percent of the evaluation of bids, with a 30 percent emphasis on security. Other categories included production and quality control, the production site and data security, the imaging device and experience and expertise, according to the record.

    Trade publications note the CBN technology and black-and-white photos are well-regarded for security in driver’s licenses and other documents.

    The losing companies claim poor judgment and mishandling of the bid is apparently to blame for the state’s decision.

    “Polycarbonate and Teslin are both highly secure materials suitable for drivers’ licenses,” said MorphoTrust Vice President and General Counsel Scott Boylan. “The key differences are value and flexibility. Polycarbonate is far more expensive than Teslin while providing no additional security benefit. Teslin cards also can accommodate color photos, which enable more security features, whereas polycarbonates cannot.”

    CBN “failed a mandatory technical requirement which related to the ability to provide color text for the cards, a mandatory requirement,” stated De La Rue in its lawsuit.

    State records show the DMV criteria for the bid, however, appear to not require a color image ID, according to a court filing.

    The state comptroller’s office is now evaluating the bids.

    “While I can’t comment on specific contracts, our impartial review of bid protests is essential to protect New Yorkers from millions of dollars in unnecessary costs,” said Kate Gurnett, spokeswoman for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

    “Our bid exactly met the requirements of the (Request for Proposal) and at significantly less cost to the New York taxpayer,” said De La Rue spokesman Rob Hutchison

    CBN and De La Rue are close competitors with a long history of providing secure documents including driver’s licenses. CBN also holds government contracts to print postage stamps, passports and visas that must be counterfeit-proof.

    State records show no campaign contributions from its top officers to any New York officials. CBN, founded in 1897, also has a lottery systems division for gaming run by governments, but has no contracts with New York where Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to expand gambling.

    Source: http://libn.com

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  •  A UK-based military hardware manufacturer will open a Sh3.5 billion plant in Mombasa to capture the growing arms race in Eastern Africa as well as target peace-keeping missions.

    Osprea Logistics has started construction of the plant following approval from the Kenya Investments Authority to assemble armoured cars and military trucks under the Mamba brand — which is commonly used by Africa Union peacekeepers, private contractors in Iraq and several African countries.

    This will be the first armoured vehicle manufacturer in the region and the company is targeting regional governments and peacekeeping missions in Congo, Sudan and Somalia, which are emerging as a fertile markets for military hardware.

    “Osprea plans its first-year production of Mamba Mk5’s to be over 100 vehicles, which can translate to work for over 200 people,” said Salih Brandt, the chairman of Osprea Logistics in an email response to the Business Daily.

    “Kenya is strategically located and offers great access to the rest of Africa compared to South Africa where Osprera’s other manufacturing plant is.”

    Mamba is a South-African made armoured personnel carrier that offers protection against small arms fire and land mines.

    Powered by a Mercedes Benz engine, it is suited for a rough terrain and can carry up to 10 passengers plus the driver.

    This has made it a favourite for military operations in remote zones and it became the face of the Iraq war following increased use by private security contractors.

    Rising threats of terrorism, cross-border raids and internal conflicts in East Africa have seen countries increase their military budgets.

    Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have together increased their defense spending to Sh87 billion last year from Sh59 billion in 2007, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), an independent research organisation.

    The data shows that Kenya’s spending at Sh45.8 billion was far much higher than that of Uganda, which had a budget of Sh21 billion, and Tanzania whose budget stood at Sh22 billion.

    Kenya, last year, ordered 67 US-made heavy truck diesel engines from South Africa, 37 of which have so far been delivered at an undisclosed cost.

    Uganda also showed the highest number of military equipment imports among EAC member countries.

    Burundi depicted one of the highest military budgets on the continent according to Sipri making the region a good market for an arms manufacturer.
    The region’s defense forces buy their armoured cars and trucks mainly from Russia and South Africa.

    “There is a tangible move world-wide towards ‘smart investing’ in defence budgets, with an emphasis on domestic procurement and industry in order to capture a dual benefit of domestic investing as well as platform efficiency,” says Mr Brandt.

    Source: By RAWLINGS OTINI, http://www.businessdailyafrica.com

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  •  The Smart Card Alliance has released its second annual E-Yearbook, highlighting the events that happened in the North and Latin American smart card industry throughout 2012.

    This year’s review contains industry briefs, perspectives, insights and company profiles covering a wide range of markets and technologies. It also contains an expanded section on the EMV Migration Forum, information about the new Mobile and NFC Council, highlights of September’s Transportation Council meeting and reprints of white papers and position documents produced by the SCA throughout the year.

    The E-Yearbook is available at the SCA’s website. The SCA will send printed copies to members and have them available at Alliance conference events

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  •  The UAE Central Bank and the Emirates Identity Authority have met to consider enhancing co-operation in regards to using the smart ID card and activating its applications in the financial sector.
    The two agencies discussed creating a joint committee to draft a strategic co-operation agreement that includes a number of initiatives aimed at promoting the culture of digital ID and knowledge-based economy, as well as enabling the UAE Central Bank to upgrade the performance of the financial sector while protecting the identity of consumers with the advanced features of the Emirates ID card.
    According to a report in The Emirates News Agency, the UAE Central Bank clarified that its draft strategic and operational plan includes an initiative for creating an e-wallet system using the ID card that would ultimately replace cash for the management and operation of the UAE Central Bank.
    Emirates ID says it’s ready to provide maximum support to ensure the success of all the development projects and initiatives that are implemented or planned to be implemented, as a part of the government’s initiative to engage in a knowledge-based economy in a manner that serves the top interest of the UAE.
    As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, official transactions related to Emirates ID cards were disrupted for nearly two days following a technical glitch with its online e-form system.
    In 2009, Emirates ID developed a plan which contributed to doubling the number of population register and therefore, the fingerprints of individuals over the past three years by six times.

    Source: By Adam Vrankulj, http://www.biometricupdate.com

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  •  The Egyptian government has recently approved a new smart card system for subsidized fuels, originally proposed by the ministries of finance and petroleum.
    The program, designed to ensure that those in most need of these subsidizes are indeed those who receive it, would charge the ministries of petroleum and mineral resources with implementing and overseeing the new smart card program for the National Bank of Egypt and Ahly banks.
    In this process, contracts were awarded to both government banks without a bidding process, in order to quickly implement the new laws to take hold in April, Daily News Egypt reports.
    Logistically, daily transfers will be made to companies producing petroleum products and will be represented in the difference in price for fully and partially subsidized fuel for the amount consumed through the smart card program. A database of beneficiaries will also be created.
    Many distribution programs like this take off without a hitch, but there are also those that encounter resistance along the way.
    Reported in BiometricUpdate.com, a system in India has been implemented which sees the production and distribution of biometric food ration cards, though members of an indigenous group have demanded the withdrawal of the cards, citing irregularities and complications in obtaining food.

    Source: By Adam Vrankulj, http://www.biometricupdate.com

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  •  Gemalto is providing the Royal Oman Police with an electronic passport solution for the Sultanate. Applicants will be issued with secure travel documents in line with Oman’s goal to provide enhanced services and protection to its citizens, using digital security technologies. ??

    The solution includes Gemalto’s ICAO compliant Sealys e-passport documents and a full Coesys solution suite to enroll citizens, personalize and issue secure documents. The multi-year contract also covers training, support and maintenance services.

    Major Royal Oman Police offices will be equipped with fixed and mobile stations to register e-passport applicants with personal information and biometric data. Each e-passport will feature secure embedded software and a contactless microprocessor which will contain the holder’s digital fingerprints and. The solution will facilitate Omani travelers immigration control, and speed up the passport application and document issuance process. ??

    In the public sector, Gemalto is contributing to more than 80 government programs worldwide, supporting for example e-passport initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Estonia, France, Korea, Norway, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden and the U.S.

    Source: http://www.secureidnews.com

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  •  Libya has taken delivery of 49 armoured support vehicles from Jordan. Some 120 of the UAE-designed and built NIMRs, in two variants, have already been in service with the Libyan army .

    The spokesman for the Libyan General Staff. Ali Shiekhi was quoted by Chinese news agency Xinhua today as saying that the new NIMRs had been supplied as a result of an agreement made last year, between the Ministry of Defence and Jordan. The new armoured vehicles are to be deployed immediately on border patrol duties.

    More than 500 NIMRs have been sold, mostly in Jordan, Lebanon, Libya and the UAE, and the firm says that it has a further 1,800 orders. The composite ceramic-armoured NIMRs, which come in four and six-wheel variants and a range of configurations, are according to the manufacturers, the first such military vehicles to be designed specifically to operate in extreme desert conditions. NIMR Automotive which conceived and makes the armoured vehicle, is a part of the UAE’s Tawazun conglomerate, which specialises in defence equipment. Algeria was last year seeking to establish a local plant to build and assemble NIMRs.

    Source: http://www.libyaherald.com

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  •  ABI Research forecasts 8.6 billion smart cards will ship in 2013, spanning all smart card markets. Of the total shipments, 16% are forecasted to use a contactless interface but that will rise to 30% by 2018.

    Government ID, transportation and ticketing, and payment cards continue strong double-digit growth in contactless adoption. Single-wire protocol SIM card volumes continue to strengthen, and are expected to break the 500 million mark in 2018.

    “The increase in contactless adoption is not limited to a selection of markets, although it’s the banking and government verticals which are adopting contactless technology at a quicker rate, with the SIM market close behind,” comments Phil Sealy, research analyst at ABI.

    Over the next three years ABI Research expects to see a shift in the penetration ratio of pure contactless and dual interface shipments. In 2013, ABI Research forecasts 59% of all contactless deployments will utilize a pure contactless interface, reducing to 38% in 2018.

    The increase in dual interface adoption is apparent across multiple markets. IC vendors NXP, Infineon, and STMicroelectronics are positioned to offer the best combination of convenience and high-end security over multiple applications. Additionally, the increase in dual interface adoption will deliver greater margins benefiting IC and smart card vendors alike.

    “ABI Research tracks new services and credentials regionally, including governments issuing new national ID and social welfare cards, mobile network operators with SIM-based NFC payment services and wallets, and banks jumping to next-generation dual interface EMV cards,” Sealy states. “As a result ABI Research forecasts that dual interface shipments will exceed the 1 billion mark in 2015.”

    Source: http://www.secureidnews.com

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  •  The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) will this year introduce biometric identity cards which will be issued instantly at the point of registration to subscribers.

    It would also start work on piloting electronic claims (E-claims) processing and host an extended stakeholder review of the capitation pilot in the Ashanti Region to inform its improvement and the subsequent nationwide rollout of this provider payment method.

    The Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Mr Sylvester A. Mensah, disclosed this when he addressed members of the core management team of the NHIS and some key stakeholders at a management retreat held at Elmina in the Central Region.

    Mr Mensah noted that although remarkable progress had been made in meeting targets, there was the need to consolidate those achievements and make the scheme more efficient, adding that 2013 would be a busy year for the authority.

    He said the NHIA intended to establish three more claims processing centres in the Northern, Central and Ashanti regions, to complement the centre in Accra. This, he maintains, would complete efficiency measures into claims management nationwide.

    Among other numerous initiatives, Mr Mensah disclosed that the scheme would be re-branded consistent with the new law, new vision and mission and operational architecture of the NHIS, adding that the financial manual of the NHIA would also be reviewed to place greater responsibility on the centre to prevent the abuse and fraud occurring at the regional and scheme levels.

    Others are: a permanent and joint clinical and claims audit team would be established to undertake forensic claims audit across the country all-year round to track isolated cases of connivance between schemes and providers.

    Mr Mensah mentioned that subscriber satisfaction was a key performance indicator for the NHIA, therefore, a subscribers’ handbook detailing the benefit package, medicines and subscriber rights and obligations would be compiled and made available to all subscribers at the point of registration and membership renewal.

    In order to further educate the public on the operations of the scheme, Mr Mensah said a quarterly NHIS policy dialogue forum to be beamed live on television stations would be instituted.

    Also, the NHIS medicines list/pricing would be reviewed to reflect market realities.

    He further said the authority would begin modernising and transiting from an ICT concept, “which places more emphasis on infrastructure, to a management information system (MIS) which places premium on generating information for management decision-making”.

    Among a litany of achievements recorded in 2012, he cited the passage of the new law, NHIA 2012, Act 852, the upward review of provider Tariffs by 26 per cent, creation of the condition to accommodate family planning in the NHIS benefit package, development of a consolidated premium account, the pilot of capitation in the Ashanti Region, the establishment of an operational call centre and functional clinical audit division.

    Mr Mensah told the management team that “posterity will not forgive us if, in nurturing this infant institution, it slips into structural, operational, and financial inefficiency”.

    The President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, who was present at the event, pledged his association’s commitment to the NHIS.

    He gave an assurance that the GMA would continue to be a strong ally of the NHIS and would collaborate with the authority on the rollout of capitation across the country, if all their concerns were addressed.

    He said the GMA would continue to constructively criticise the NHIA to ensure that the scheme stands the test of time.

    Other participants and contributors included a former Health Minister, Dr Richard Anane, under whose watch the law which established the NHIS was passed in 2003 (Act 650), and other foreign delegations.

    Source: http://graphic.com.gh

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  •  New research from ABI Research forecasts 8.6 billion smart cards to be shipped worldwide in 2013; a combined number spanning all smart card markets. Of the total forecasted shipments, 16 percent are expected to use a contactless interface.
    ABI attributes most of this growth to the increase in adoption of Government ID, transportation and ticketing and payment card systems. In 2013, ABI forecasts 59% of all contactless deployments will utilize a pure contactless interface, reducing to 38% in 2018.
    According to the company, “The increase in dual interface adoption is apparents across multiple markets. IC vendors, NXP, Infineon and STMicroelectronics are positioned to offer the best combination of convenience and high-end security over multiple applications. Additionally, the increase in dual interface adoption will deliver greater margins benefiting IC and smart card vendors alike.”
    ABI’s Market Data report focuses on the collection of primary data from leading manufacturers of smart cards and secure ICs. The data includes the installed base and annual shipments of smart cards and secure ICs by technology and interface type, by region and vertical markets.
    “The increase in contactless adoption is not limited to a selection of markets, although it’s the banking and government verticals which are adopting contactless technology at a quicker rate, with the SIM market close behind,” Phil Sealy ABI Research analyst said. “ABI Research tracks new services and credentials regionally, including governments issuing new national ID and social welfare cards, MNOs with SIM-based NFC payment services and wallets, and banks jumping to next-generation dual interface EMV cards. As a result, ABI Research forecasts that dual interface shipments will exceed the 1 billion mark in 2015.”
    Last year, in a Biometrics Research Note, Rawlson King forecasted that the market for electronic identity cards – for which smart cards are often used – will reach US$5.2 billion by 2015.
    Smart cards often carry biometric data of the card holder and are finding their way into many workflow processes, identity programs among a long list of uses.
    BluStor is an emerging player in the smart card market, currently developing a smart card with an 8GB capacity, to enable the downloading of apps and to verify identity absent of a data connection. BiometricUpdate.com recently had a chance to talk shop with CEO Finis Conner about how BluStor came to be, his ambitions as chief executive as well as what the future holds for his company.

    Source: By Adam Vrankulj, http://www.biometricupdate.com

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  •  Papua New Guinea’s Defence Minister, Fabian Pok, says a two-million US dollar military aid grant from China will be spent on armoured cars, troop carriers and uniforms.
    The grant follows Dr Pok’s talks with his Chinese counterpart General Liang Guanglie in Beijing last month and meetings there with exporters of military ware.
    The visit comes as PNG plans a five fold increase in troops over the next decade.
    Dr Pok says PNG will also ask China to help maintain swimming pools and gymnasiums at PNG’s military barracks.
    “They want to be seen as not being too involved in our military issues here. China is also trying to export things like uniforms and armoured cars and all these things. So it’s also in the business interests of not the Chinese military but people who are building these things to market their products to countries like Papua New Guinea.”

    Source: http://www.rnzi.com

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  •  Frost & Sullivan has released new analysis stating that the global border control and biometrics market will see increased growth due to international cooperation. However, this growth may not be realized unless privacy issues are resolved and organizations are able to measure ROI.

    The analysis, “Global Border Control and Biometrics Market Assessment,” covers the security, military, government and law enforcement sectors of the industry. It found that the market’s 2012 revenues were $5.8 billion, and it anticipates that the market will earn $15.8 billion in 2021.

    Frost found that one of the main drivers in this market growth stemmed from agencies and organizations working together on an international level to collaborate on travel security, which has led to more implementation of electronic documents and readers.

    Western markets have been at the forefront of this trend, with many countries having e-passports and testing eGates. Many pilot projects are taking place in Europe, with facial recognition technology being the preferred biometric modality. Russia is also looking into the use of biometrics as an identifier.

    Eastern markets, such as China and India, are just starting to incorporate e-passports and eGates into their travel processing systems.

    While the opportunity for growth is good, Frost does caution that budget cuts and privacy concerns could have a detrimental effect on plans to invest in biometric technology; however, cheaper technology and public education could mitigate those possibilities.

    Source: http://www.secureidnews.com

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  •  For many years now, IT professionals have become more and more active in discussions about physical access control systems and there has been an active debate about the need for convergence between physical and logical access. IT managers use electronic means to secure logical assets; security managers use physical access control methods to secure facilities. On the surface, it would seem that both departments would benefit greatly from collaboration since both of their problems boil down to permitting access to the right people.

    With such an obvious synergy and benefit to taking a more holistic view of enterprise security, why hasn’t this yet happened? What are the real barriers preventing companies from moving in this direction?

    Perhaps one of the answers lies with the fact that we’ve been more focused on the “what” than the “who.” If organizations are really going to make a meaningful impact on protecting their assets, whether physical or virtual, it’s most important to focus on the “who”—and coordinating that task between IT and security is becoming important.

    Who was that (really)?

    Although privileges are assigned to people, it’s not always clear who is entering a password or who is carrying an RFID card. The risk of not knowing “who” varies from asset to asset. Is it enough to be the holder of a swipe card to enter a parking garage? Probably. How about to access a medical record? Absolutely not!

    It is in this context that biometrics is playing a larger role in securing facilities and assets of all kinds. With the introduction of multispectral imaging, biometrics has become reliable enough to deal with the fundamental issue of knowing “who” to a much higher degree of confidence.

    In fact, by linking physical identity to a myriad of digital identities, converged identity and access management solutions become much more powerful. There is no meaningful access management without first establishing the “who” in transactions. Who is accessing my facility? Who is punching the time clock? Who is withdrawing funds from that ATM? The question is always, “Who?”

    Thus, while access and authorization have always been granted to individual people, knowing a password or having a key is only superficially related to the authorized person—and neither can establish who exactly that is. Only biometric technology can do that.

    It’s more than just about security

    We’ve all seen it: business grinds to a halt after the deployment of a new security system. Designing an authentication solution that is both secure and convenient—that’s where the value is for the customer.

    Convenience in an authentication solution is ease-of-use, accessibility, speed and all of the other things that become important to an organization after the primary objective—security—is met. Staffing help desks to reset passwords or reissue swipe cards while the employee is standing by is not an efficient use of resources. Nurses on a hospital floor cannot waste valuable seconds fumbling with the numbers and special characters in a password when accessing medical supplies.

    A biometric solution can lower risks, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. It can meet regulatory requirements, provide an audit trail and facilitate transactions, all without getting in the way of business. Today, biometric solutions authenticate people requiring access to secure facilities, sensitive records, government services and controlled substances. The possibilities and benefits are real if the biometric is chosen carefully.

    Security integrators are already aware that biometric technologies and scanners are not created equal. Some optical sensors work very well when the finger is clean and prepped with lotion. Is that convenient? Other sensors work perfectly—on the third or tenth try, while a line forms behind the user. These situations are the cases that cause security managers to abandon an application.

    On the other hand, multispectral imaging is capable of overcoming the myriad of fingerprint capture problems that conventional imaging systems have in less-than-ideal conditions. The high performance delivered by multispectral biometrics affects more than security, it allows authentication to recede into the background while authorized people go about their business. That’s no compromise, that’s convenience!

    What about customers?

    Because biometrics can be so quick and easy to use, they are ideal for customer-facing applications. Today, financial institutions around the world are embracing multispectral fingerprint biometrics for authenticating customer transactions. In addition to enhancing transaction security, banks are able to provide additional convenience for their customers because there is no need for training; customers just present their finger at the ATM.

    Biometric patient authentication is becoming important for reducing medical errors and for minimizing fraudulent access to healthcare. Government and private insurance programs around the world rely on multispectral fingerprint biometrics to prevent fraudulent use of the policy. Officials at one government program report that the biometric deployment actually facilitates faster access to medical service by authorized patients while saving costs.

    Theme park access is a customer-facing application where convenience plays a special role. To prevent ticket fraud, one major international theme park wanted to be able to link each ticket to a specific customer. However, because the overriding goal was to create a positive environment for paying customers, there couldn’t be even the illusion of a barrier between a customer and the park. The transaction had to be quick and intuitive for anyone to use. It’s significant to note that this biometric solution did not require identification of the customer, assuring the privacy of guests. Multispectral fingerprint authentication was chosen for its reliability and convenience. As a result, the solution reduced transaction time, enhanced customer experience and reduced ticket fraud.

    This scenario is being repeated in other commercial customer-facing situations, such as membership-only fitness clubs, large sporting events, nightclubs and other places where it’s important to maintain convenience for the customer, even during an authentication transaction.

    Deploy an enterprise-wide

    authentication solution

    IT managers have their hands full. Threats are coming from every direction and on top of it all employees want to use their own devices. Users hate security solutions that simply get in the way of them doing their jobs. Multifactor authentication is becoming a must, but the difficulty of managing point solutions is increasing risk, not reducing it. And the smartest smartcard still cannot assure the organization that the person holding is it the person it was issued to. They need to know “who.”

    Security integrators know “who.” They’ve been integrating biometrics at the door for some time now. Perhaps it’s time to walk across the hall and have a conversation with the IT manager about integrating biometrics into an enterprise-wide authentication solution.

    Source: By BY PHIL SCARFO, http://www.securityinfowatch.com

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  •  Brigadier-General Kwame Opoku-Adusei, the General Officer Commanding the Northern Command of the Ghana Army, on Tuesday said the government has purchased 34 armoured reconnaissance vehicles to argument the logistics of Ghanaian peacekeepers.

    The armoured vehicles are to facilitate the migration of Ghanaian peacekeepers from the “Dry Lease” to the “Wet Lease system,” Brig-Gen. Opoku-Adusei stated during Ghanbatt 77’s Medals Presentation Parade at Lebanon.

    He said the military high command had outlined plans to provide logistical support for the migration of the Ghanaian contingent on peacekeeping duties in Lebanon (Ghanbatt) from the “Dry Lease” to the “Wet Lease” system to enable it to be self-sufficient.

    A Ghana Armed Forces statement issued in Accra and signed by Lieutenant Commander M. A. Larbi and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said the Commander of the Northern Command commended the Ghanbatt 77.

    “I am personally satisfied with what I have seen and heard about your performance during my visit to the Ghanbatt Area of responsibility and I urge you all to continue with the good work”.

    Brig Gen Opoku-Adusei, who was the head of a six-member military delegation to Lebanon, used the occasion to update troops on current developments in the country as well as within the Ghana Armed Forces.

    The Commander and his team also paid a courtesy call on United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Deputy Force Commander, Brig Gen Patrick Phelan, who expressed appreciation for the performance of Ghanaian troops.

    The Commanding officer of Ghanbatt 77, Lt Col Francis Anemana, assured the delegation that Ghanbatt is poised in executing its assigned tasks successfully despite the challenges.

    Chief Military Personnel Officer, Col Reginald Yemo Odoi, thanked the government of Ghana for the high profile delegation to the Medals Day Parade and described Ghanbatt 77 as a wonderful battalion which executed its task with high professionalism to the admiration of UNIFIL High Command.

    Source: http://www.ghanaweb.com

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  •  The Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China has awarded a contract for the manufacture and development of smart ID cards for its residents.

    The new generation of ID cards will be purely contactless, and will store personal data and biometric information such as fingerprints on a digital chip embedded in the card. The IDs can be used as conventional IDs, providing sophisticated visual and electronic proof of identity, but will also allow citizens to carry out transactions with the government electronically, saving time and effort.

    The contactless system will also provide faster data transfer rates while card reading, useful especially for the large number of people who use their IDs in regular travel between Macau, Hong Kong, and China, as the processing time for travellers will significantly reduce. The new national ID card will also support contactless electronic signatures.

    A security protocol developed by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security will be used to ensure the security of data on the cards and during contactless transactions. Named PACE (Password Authenticated Connection Establishment), the protocol will create a secure connection between the chip in the card and a card reader, and encrypt data before the transfer.

    The contract for the manufacture and delivery of the cards was awarded to Munich-based technology company, Giesecke & Devrient. In addition to development and manufacture of the cards, G&D will develop the required smartcard applications and modify the existing infrastructure according to the needs of the new technology.

    The government will also receive an advanced operation system platform for smartcards, which will be ready to support additional features in the future, such as contactless payment. The new set of ID cards is expected to be introduced in October 2013.

    Source: By Sumedha Jalote, http://www.futuregov.asia/

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