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SrNo. Description Deadline Date
1 Supply of Jumper Cable for Power Jumpers MK4 19/06/2019
2 Market Consultation for the Provision of Enforcement of On-Street Parking 15/05/2019
3 Financial Management and Administration of Externally Funded Projects/Grants in Teagasc PIN Information 12/01/2019
4 Human Resource Information Systems. 08/11/2018
5 Prior Information Notice (PIN) of Technical Advisory Services procurement for the proposed Hammond Lane PPP Project. 08/09/2018
6 Cavan County Council — Purchase of 3 no. 4x2 tipper trucks (GVW 18 000 kg) 24/08/2018
7 RFP — Grenade Hand — Smoke Screening 20/08/2018
8 Rounds of 105mm Smoke Shells and Cartridges 16/08/2018
9 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the supply of 5,56 mm Blank ammunition to the Irish Defence Forces 15/08/2018
10 Request For Proposals (Rfp) For The Supply Of 5.56Mm Blank Ammunition To The Irish Defence Forces 15/08/2018
11 Contract Hire of Compact Sweepers 10/08/2018
12 he National Transport Authority is seeking a supplier to provide experienced engineering resources for the Integrated Ticketing System (ITS). The scope of this tender covers all of the technology projects within the NTA. These currently include the following: 1) Public Transport Ticketing Systems; 2) Taxi Regulation System; 3) National Journey Planning System; 4) Real Time Passenger Information 07/08/2018
13 Internal Audit, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Services Framework 30/07/2018
14 Tender for the Supply and Delivery of Diesel Tipper Trucks 27/07/2018
15 Provision of a Multi-provider Framework to support ESB Networks Smart Metering Project 27/07/2018
16 Supply of Magnetic Tickets to Irish Rail 20/07/2018
17 Rfp - Grenade Hand - Smoke Screening 20/07/2018
18 Installation, commissioning and maintenance of anAutomatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system 17/07/2018
19 Request For Tender For Supply Of Trade Licence Plates For Mechanically Propelled Vehicles 28/06/2018
20 The supply of EDP Cheques/Payslips 27/06/2018
21 Meter reading services are required for both domestic and non-domestic accounts across 3 regions. 26/06/2018
22 Supply Of Laboratory Equipment And Consumables To St. MaryS, Knockbeg College, Carlow 26/06/2018
23 Request for Proposals for the supply of Ammunition (Rounds 40X53mm Target Practice Tracer Marker — TPTM) 25/06/2018
24 LEE424C For the Supply of a X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer Solution for Trinity College Dublin 25/06/2018
25 Cashless parking payment system for on-street pay and display parking with multiple payment options for Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, South Dublin Council, Fingal Council, Meath County Council and Kildare County Council. 21/06/2018
26 Supply of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to the Irish Defence Forces 20/06/2018
27 Provision of an e-Commerce Bus Ticketing System on the Expressway Bus Service for Bus Eireann 15/06/2018
28 VoIP telephony system support and associated equipment 06/06/2018
29 The requirement is for the Supply and Delivery of Scania Vehicle Spare Parts to the Irish Defence Forces. 01/06/2018
30 Supply of Ammunition (Rounds 150mm HE Shells & Cartridges). 25/05/2018
31 The scope of this Request for Tender (RFT) Document is to seek tenders for a Rapid Intervention Foam Tender (RIFT) for the Irish Defence Forces 18/05/2018
32 Provision of Print Services 17/05/2018
33 Information Technology Security Event Monitoring and Alerting Solution 16/05/2018
34 Multi-Contractor Framework Agreement for the Deployment of Smart Electricity Meters 09/05/2018
35 Supply Of M17 And M27 Glass Periscopes To The Defence Forces Ireland 03/05/2018
36 Media Campaign To Promote Cultural Diversity 01/05/2018
37 Event Management For Red Line Book Festival 2018 25/04/2018
38 The purpose of this competition is to establish a goods contract to supply the goods as set out in this RFT — namely minibuses. 24/04/2018
39 Supply of a Hosted IP Telphony System for the Education and Training Boards and associated centres 13/04/2018
40 ACC20170227 Supply of Aviation Fuel 12/04/2018
41 The scope of the contract comprises of the production, personalisation and dispatch of a Driver certificate of professional competence qualification card (“the CPC Card”), 11/04/2018
42 FD/02/05/368 - CCTV Servicing and Maintenance tender for the Irish Prison Service 05/04/2018
43 Local Government Audit Service — External Audit SaaS provision 30/03/2018
44 The implementation, production, personalisation and distribution of the Public Services Card and the provision of associated services. 29/03/2018
45 GWM-8120 – Battery Energy Storage Systems EPC Qualification System 28/03/2018
46 Supply of Ammunition (Rounds 76/62mm HE) to the Irish Defence Forces 26/03/2018
47 Supply of signage bollards, ramps and road markings (line painting) with an option to install 24/03/2018
48 Provision of Magnetic Tickets 23/03/2018
49 Provision Of Magnetic Tickets 23/03/2018
50 The Provision of Car Park Management Services 21/03/2018
51 Supply of Hydraulic Excavators 19/03/2018
52 IT Research and Advisory Services 16/03/2018
53 Finished 5 Cent Euro Coins 16/03/2018
54 Supply Tobacco Tax Stamps 12/03/2018
55 Supply of Aircraft Fixed Electrical Ground Power Equipment - Cork and Dublin Airports 08/03/2018
56 Cyber Security Managed Services 01/03/2018
57 Invitation to tender for the supply on lease hire with maintenance of compact motorised sweepers 22/02/2018
58 Buisness Consultancy Services 22/02/2018
59 Single party framework for the provison of independent company pension advisory services to horse racing Ireland and subsidiaries 21/02/2018
60 Invitation to tender for the supply of collectoot coins and ancillary sevices 21/02/2018
61 An Post is seeking to appoint a service provider on a non-exclusive basis for provision of a Card Payment Gateway Solution and will use this pre-qualification stage to assess applications from interested parties. 16/02/2018
62 The IAC now seeks to develop a tender to select a provider of Learjet 45XR simulator initial and recurrent training for its aircrew. 12/02/2018
63 PSQ for the Supply & Delivery of Heavy Duty Batteries 12/02/2018
64 Provision of a Public Transport Mobile Ticketing Solution 09/02/2018
65 Invitation to tender for the supply of euro coin blanks for the central bank of Ireland and the award of an initial call-off contract for 5 cent euro coin blanks 09/02/2018
66 Pay parking enforcement services for Meath County Council. 31/01/2018
67 Cyber Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Solution(s) 29/01/2018
68 2018 Printing of the Certificate Examinations Papers. 10/01/2018
69 Managed print service. 10/01/2018
70 Purchase of Smart Electricity Meters, Head End System, Meter Data Management System, Security Architecture and the implementation and integration of systems and meters. 05/01/2018
71 Printing, Design, Storage and Distribution Services. 14/12/2017
72 Battery Energy Storage Systems Framework 2 for Demand Side Response. 14/12/2017
73 9 Seater Minibuses with LHS side step and grab rails. 12/12/2017
74 For the Provision of LAN/WAN, Cybersecurity and Information Security Managed Service. 11/12/2017
75 The scope of this contract covers the routine maintenance and ad-hoc repairs for damaged or vandalized equipment for the following: — Ticket Vending Machines x 340. 06/12/2017
76 The Supply of a High Definition Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometer. 30/11/2017
77 Minibus purchase and conversion. 30/11/2017
78 LiDAR wind profiler. 24/11/2017
79 Tagging of Library Stock - Conversion of Kerry County Councils existing library stock from barcode enabled to RFID enabled 24/11/2017
80 General Waste Management Service. 21/11/2017
81 The Provision of 7 x Short Wheel base Minibuses (9 Seater). 21/11/2017
82 Maintenance, repairs and replacement works on existing fire alarm and detection systems. 20/11/2017
83 RFT — Printing and Delivery of Printed Plastic Envelopes. 17/11/2017
84 Schull Pontoon & Gangway - Design, fabrication, supply & commissioning of pontoon & gangway to Schull, County Cork. 10/11/2017
85 Flight Information System (FIDS). 07/11/2017
86 Bord na Mona Audit and Tax Services. 03/11/2017
87 Technical Dialogue re: CCTV Installation and Maintenance. 31/10/2017
88 The fire engine. 27/10/2017
89 Supply & Commissioning of ‘Aircraft Tow Tractor(s) 23/10/2017
90 Voice Recording Solution Located at Primary Care Reimbursement Service for the HSE. 20/10/2017
91 IDA are seeking a suitable contractor to provide security services (static and mobile patrols) at IDA Clonshaugh Business and Technology Park, Dublin 17. The contract will be for a 3 year period, subject to annual performance review. 18/10/2017
92 The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) is seeking tenders for the provision of Technical Advisory Services in four (4) Lots: Civil & Structural, Mechanical & Electrical, Quantity Surveying and PSDP, in respect of the Hammond Lane Courts PPP Project to be procured and delivered by NDFA. 16/10/2017
93 IBTS/018/2017 - Development, Hosting, Support and Maintenance of an Occupational Health and Safety 13/10/2017
94 Renewable energy ecological consultancy services framework. 12/10/2017
95 Supply of Stationery and Printer Consumables. 12/10/2017
96 Advisory Services by Facilitators to prospective Producer Organisations. 10/10/2017
97 Provision of director of performance services. 09/10/2017
98 PA Sound System - Supply, install and commission new PA sound system to the Hawk’s Well theatre, Sligo, Ireland 07/10/2017
99 Request for Tenders for the supply of extension to existing Storage Area Network (SAN) hardware and associated services to the National Treasury Management Agency 05/10/2017
100 his public procurement competition is for the supply of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers to be combined with existing tough-books for integration 04/10/2017
101 Irish rail requires the supply of safety glass for its fleets of passenger vehicles. 03/10/2017
102 Printing, Supply and Distribution of Personalised prescriptions/claim forms, Non-personalised claim forms and Itemised Listings for the HSE. 29/09/2017
103 Refurbishment of the existing heating system and mechanical plant room 29/09/2017
104 Request for Tenders for the provision of Consultancy Services to Assess Options and Develop a Business Case for the Feasibility of a new Business Innovation Hub in Swords, Fingal 29/09/2017
105 Infrastructure Upgrade Works - Road Network and Infrastructure Upgrade Works at Castletownbere FHC 29/09/2017
106 Request for Tenders for the Provision of Environmental Consultancy Services in Cork and the Provision of a Framework Agreement for Environmental Consultancy Services. 29/09/2017
107 RTÉ invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified Tenderers for the supply of Purchase Cards Services. 28/09/2017
108 GoIMRT Vehicle Supply - 4WD Crew Cab mountain rescue first response vehicle 28/09/2017
109 BALL092017 - Development of Car Park Facility at Ballaghaderreen GAA 22/09/2017
110 The daa wishes to purchase a Class B Fire Appliance as per the specification outlined in the documents attached to this notice. 18/09/2017
111 ITT for Print Management Services. 15/09/2017
112 Prequalification by tender a Restricted procedure for the provision of video surveillance systems, cargo passengers and on-board communication systems. 12/09/2017
113 Secure Printing Of Examination Answerbooks 11/09/2017
114 The supply of High-Speed, High Quality Digital Printing System. 06/09/2017
115 Supply of Standard Cars, and Standard Cars with Police-Specification Fit-out. 04/09/2017
116 Printing and delivery of a publication for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 01/09/2017
117 Provision of 7 000 kg Telescopic Loader. 30/08/2017
118 Single Supplier Framework Agreement for the Supply of Single Deck Regional Commuter Buses. 28/08/2017
119 Supply of Hospital Beds and Mattresses. 27/08/2017
120 Transmission Utility SCADA Equipment. 25/08/2017
121 DEK_02_17_RFT Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. 23/08/2017
122 Supply and delivery of 2 number 26 000 kg GVW 6*4 Diesel Tipper Trucks as per technical specification to Monaghan County Council Machinery Yard. 17/08/2017
123 Daa currently has a number of Baggage Handling System (BHS) installations at Dublin and Cork Airports which are utilised in the Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) process for the security screening of checked bags 16/08/2017
124 Office Products and Printer Consumables. 11/08/2017
125 Tender for Supply, Installation, Maintenance of Solar Powered Pay and Display Parking Machines 08/08/2017
126 6 no 7.5 tonne Crew Cab Tipper Pick Up Trucks. 01/08/2017
127 R680 Green Route Phase 2A Traffic Signal Upgrade 25/07/2017
128 The structure in Mullaghanish requires Aircraft Warning Lights (AWL) system, this tender is for the supply only. 19/07/2017
129 HBS Upgrade / Baggage Integrators Cork Airport 17/07/2017
130 Daa currently has a number of baggage handling system installations at Dublin and Cork Airports 17/07/2017
131 Supply, installation and maintenance of mobile and stationary CCTV systems. 14/07/2017
132 Request for Tenders for the Supply of Polycarbonate Cards for the Irish EU Common Format Residence Permits. 12/07/2017
133 The Irish Naval Service seeks economic operators to tender for the provision of 7 petrol outboard Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats for its P50 Class patrol vessels. 10/07/2017
134 Baggage System Software Upgrade. 07/07/2017
135 Baggage System Software Upgrade 07/07/2017
136 RFT for the supply and Delivery of a Drone with Two (2) Hyper Spectral Lidar cameras to UCD. 30/06/2017
137 Single Supplier Framework Contract for the supply of Police Specification Vans. 29/06/2017
138 ITT for the Configuration Supply, Delivery Installation and Support of an Accounting and Finance Information System 29/06/2017
139 Framework Agreement for Private Ambulance Services. 28/06/2017
140 Prior Information Notice to tender for the supply, installation and maintenance of mobile and stationary CCTV systems as well as Network Infrastructure (fibre optic and Wireless Communications). 27/06/2017
141 This is a Prior Information Notice (PIN) and not a call for competition. Dublin City University intends to invite submissions from companies / organisations with expertise and capability relating to the provision of car parking equipment. 24/06/2017
142 Voice Over IP (VoIP) Handsets, Licensing and Support. 23/06/2017
143 Tender for the overhaul of the electrical and fire alarm system and fire protection of classrooms together with associated site works at Sacred Heart School, Westport, Co. Mayo. 20/06/2017
144 The Irish Prison Service will be going to tender for a replacement to its existing Time and Attendance System and will be seeking the services of a vendor who can offer a Time and Attendance System for its organisation nationally. 17/06/2017
145 RFT for the supply of Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft to the Irish Air Corps. 15/06/2017
146 Provision, Implementation And Support Of A New Integrated Financial Management System 02/06/2017
147 The university is seeking to procure a Budgeting and Planning System (BPS) to enable it to improve the efficiency and quality of its annual budget process, to enhance regular forecasting and reporting and to provide a platform for further future 31/05/2017
148 Daa currently has a number of Baggage Handling System (BHS) installations at Dublin and Cork Airports which are utilised in the Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) process for the security screening of checked bags. 25/05/2017
149 Daa currently has a number of baggage handling system installations at Dublin and Cork Airports 25/05/2017
150 The scope of this Request for Tender (RFT) Document is to seek tenders for a firefighting water tender appliance for the Irish Defence Forces. 19/05/2017
151 Provision of Hold Baggage Screening Services in Terminal 1, Dublin Airport. 11/05/2017
152 Provision of Hold Baggage Screening Services in Terminal 2, Dublin Airport. 11/05/2017
153 The scope of the Framework Agreement comprises the following: a) the provision, personalisation and delivery of a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) Qualification card, as more particularly described in paragraph 3.3 of the RFT document; and b) the provision of an Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) Validation Card — specification of which is provided at paragraph 3.4 of the RFT document. 10/05/2017
154 The National Transport Authority (NTA) is seeking to enter into a single supplier framework agreement for the supply of midi buses, being short single deck bus vehicles. 08/05/2017
155 Nationwide Car Park Management Services. 05/05/2017
156 Car-park management and related services. 02/05/2017
157 The purchase of two new 6x6 motor graders. 27/04/2017
158 Single Supplier Framework for the Provision of Facilities Management, Minor Projects and Cleaning to Ervia. 19/04/2017
159 Design, configuration, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and support of an accounting and finance management system for the Irish Aviation Authority. 19/04/2017
160 Supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of digital signage equipment at ireland west airport knock 18/04/2017
161 The Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Revenue), invites tenders for the provision of access to a comprehensive worldwide database of standardised company financial and ownership information for transfer pricing tax administration purposes. The Tenderer will provide access to an electronic worldwide database on a wide range of both private and public companies. The database will be easily searched and analysed with reporting ability for comparisons. The database will also provide the option to export data. 10/04/2017
162 Cork County Council Framework Agreement for road making materials 2017 A. 31/03/2017
163 Supply of Internet Protocol High Definition Video Surveillance Systems Closed Circuit Television Cameras and Associated Hardware and Software System. 27/03/2017
164 Waterford City and County Council invite tenders for the establishment of a single party framework for the lease-purchase of solar powered pay and display machines with an initial call off of 14 machines 27/03/2017
165 Maintenance of 38kV Equipment in Traction Substations. 13/03/2017
166 Multi-Party Framework Agreement for Suppliers of Bollards for Dublin City Council 2017-2021. 02/03/2017
167 Single Supplier Framework for the Supply of Police Specification Vans. 27/02/2017
168 RFI for Shannon Airport Aircraft Hangar and Taxiway Project 24/02/2017
169 Printing of an extensive range of material including inter alia: The Annual Operating Timetable, promotional material, brochures, information booklets, corporate reports, specialised stationery and forms, tickets and general print work. 16/02/2017
170 Single Supplier Framework for the Provision of Large and Medium Road Sweeping Vehicles. 16/02/2017
171 Fire Suppression Installations in relation to the construction of a new Air Traffic Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport. 06/02/2017
172 The Irish Defence Forces (the ‘Contracting Authority’) invites tenders(‘Tenders’) to this request for tenders (‘RFT’) from economic operators (‘Tenderers’) for the supply of Sportswear to the Irish Defence Forces as described in Appendix 1 to this RFT (the ‘Goods’). The Office of Government Procurement 03/02/2017
173 ITT for the participation in a Framework Agreement for the supply of Collector Coins and Ancillary Services 27/01/2017
174 Dublin Bus intends to award a contract for the supply of smart cards for public transport ticketing. The cards that will be procured under this contract will be low cost, disposable (i.e. not intended to be used for reloading) cards. Dublin Bus is currently using cards with the MF0 IC U1 chip, manufactured by NXP, (commonly known as Mifare Ultralight). The cards will be fully electronically and graphically prepersonalised by the card supplier. 24/01/2017
175 Supply Of Acoustic Tags 18/01/2017
176 This Request for Information is an information gathering process in which the An Garda Sochna seeks to collect information and opinions from the Technology/Communications Industry/ Security Equipment/ Body Worn Video Devices. This Request for Information and the responses provided may be used a precursor to a procurement process. 14/01/2017
177 12 Tonne Tipper with Crane (1-3 units). 10/01/2017
178 Metering Services (MAP, MOP/MAM, DR/MRA, DC, DA) for GB Energy Market Entry. 04/01/2017
179 Request for Information relating to the Supply of 2 Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Service Fire Appliances to Shannon Airport.. 16/12/2016
180 Supply of Wheel Mounted Annulus Design Brake Discs Rolling Stock. 16/12/2016
181 Iarnrd ireann proposes to establish multi-party framework agreements for Civil Engineering and Building Works associated with the upgrading of the railway infrastructure and other related works that IE or CIE may undertake on their properties. The extent and details of these works will vary from location to location. Project works shall be awarded in separate packages based on the Call Off set out in the Framework Agreement. 15/12/2016
182 The supply of seven Multi Function printers, their suitability, technical quality, and the quality of technical support available. 06/12/2016
183 Integrated Facilities Management. 05/12/2016
184 Digital Production Printing Machine. 05/12/2016
185 Car Parking Services to Leopardstown Club Ltd. 21/11/2016
186 Electrical power distribution, incorporating medium/low voltage switchgear, incorporating uninterruptible power supplies, generators, metering and fault detection 18/11/2016
187 Supply of GPS for SDCC Vehicle Fleet. 17/11/2016
188 Provision of Remote Monitored CCTV Security Systems. 16/11/2016
189 wildlife bird control. 10/11/2016
190 The supply of Ballot Papers for Referendums and delivery of same to various locations in Ireland 09/11/2016
191 Facilities Management Contract (Hard FM) for Dublin City University. 07/11/2016
192 Request for Tenders for the Supply of Operational/Service Dress Uniforms and Footwear to the Irish Coast Guard. 04/11/2016
193 The CCE Department are tendering for the supply and installation of Convex Traffic Mirrors at levelling crossings. The mirrors must be durable, vandal proof and stainless steel traffic mirrors. 21/10/2016
194 The Irish Defence Forces wish to tender for a Motorola Radio and Ancillaries. 17/10/2016
195 The Irish Defence Forces wish to tender for a Motorola Radio and Ancillaries 17/10/2016
196 Framework Agreement Supply Infantry and Anti-Armour Automatic Targets Static and Mobile. 12/10/2016
197 Multi-Party Framework Agreement for Capital Dredging Works at Dublin Port. 05/10/2016
198 For the supply of 6 lightning detection systems (LDS) comprising five (5) lightning detection systems, plus 1 spare system, for deployment at five (5) airports. Solutions for this requirement may consist of lightning detector sensors or data services for the provision of the required data. 26/09/2016
199 Night Vision Equipment Training to Irish Air Corps 26/09/2016
200 Geoscientist/Engineer Consultancy Services for the Groundwater and Turlough Flood Monitoring and Modelling Programme.
Reference number: GSI_RFT_Turloughs_09_2016
201 Provision of Facilities Management system to facilitate the management of its property 20/09/2016
202 Satellite Dish 19/09/2016
203 Electrical upgrade comprising installation of new emergency lighting, fire alarm and PA system. 16/09/2016
204 Purchase of Tipper Vehicles 2016 15/09/2016
205 Purchase of Tipper Vehicles 2016 15/09/2016
206 Financial Management System 14/09/2016
207 Car Parking Services to HRI Racecourses 12/09/2016
208 This competition relates to the supply of ammunition (rounds 12,7 x 99mm Short Range Mixed Belt 4 Ball / 1 Tracer).

209 The supply of a new resilient PBX and contact centre solution allowing the Driver Vehicle Computer Services Division, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shannon, Co. Clare to operate as efficiently as possible to provide services to its customers. 05/09/2016
210 Design and Build North Runway and Associated Taxiways (NRCP2). 05/09/2016
211 16/130 - Killala, Foxford and Charlestown Sewerage Schemes Wastewater Treatment Plants and Collection Networks Design, Build & Operate (DBO) Contract 31/08/2016
212 ODPC - Security and Facilities Management Service 26/08/2016
213 RFT Supply & Installation of Turnstiles & Exit Gates and Ongoing maintenance 26/08/2016
214 TCC Mach 18072016 - Purchase of 6 No. 26 Tonne GVW Tipper Trucks 25/08/2016
215 Network Access control system 25/08/2016
216 Provision of Facilities Management Services for Oberstown Campus. 22/08/2016
217 Procurement of High Pressure Fire Suppression System to be supplied for installation into Fire Brigade 4WD Jeep 19/08/2016
218 NMBI is looking for the provision of a comprehensive facilities management service, on both a planned and reactive basis, to the NMBI's head-quarter premises for a period of up to 4 years duration 19/08/2016
219 RFP for the supply of Ammunition (Rounds 5,56 mm Blank). 18/08/2016
220 Request for Tenders for the Provision of Crowd Control Barriers and Associated Equipment, Deployment and Recovery for An Garda Sochna. 15/08/2016
221 Supply of Counterbalance Forklift Truck 15/08/2016
222 Fixed Location CCTV System. 13/08/2016
224 Photovoltaic Systems Design, Supply and Installation at Aras An Chontae 12/08/2016
225 Balleally Landfill Surface Water Project 11/08/2016
226 Irish Water plans to undertake the development of three existing Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) together with associated Source, Reservoirs and Pipeline works as part of the Tullamore and Birr Water Supply Schemes Project. 10/08/2016
227 National Framework Agreement for Generic Furniture. 10/08/2016
228 120 bed development for the National Rehabilitation Hospital, 10/08/2016
229 A requirement exists for the provision of a Roll-On Roll-Off vessel (RORO) or other suitable merchant vessel for the transit of the Defence Forces Assets on 1 direct sailing from the Port of Dublin, Ireland to the Port of Beirut, Lebanon. 09/08/2016
230 Replace all Electrical Services, Public Address, General, Site Lighting, Access Control, CCTV and Fire Alarm and detection systems. In accordance with the latest technical guidance documents. 08/08/2016
231 Tender for supply of tractor to Carlow County Council 05/08/2016
232 Supply of an Automated Vehicle Recognition System for the existing SDCC depot Computerised Fuel System 05/08/2016
233 Framework Agreement Lot 1: On Street Managed Car Parking Services Proposals are sought from Service Providers who can provide a fully inclusive high quality, professional on-street parking management service including machine maintenance, customer support and enforcement services. 01/08/2016
234 Single Supplier Framework Agreement for the Supply of Single Deck Buses 29/07/2016
235 Tower Upgrade Works at Shannon Air Traffic Control Tower, Shannon Airport, Co 29/07/2016
236 Contract for the Supply, Installation and Maintenance of a Financial Management System 25/07/2016
237 Fire Alarm Installation 24/07/2016
238 The entire site is enclosed by a CCTV-monitored perimeter fence with a single entrance off the public road. 22/07/2016
239 University College Dublin (UCD) wishes to establish a single party framework agreement with a competent service provider for the provision of car park and traffic management services 22/07/2016
240 St Michael's House invites applications from suitably qualified service providers to participate in the Pre-Qualification process for the provision of Security and Fire Systems Monitoring and Maintenance Services at a number of locations. 22/07/2016
241 CCTV Upgrade Project 2016. 22/07/2016
242 Fire Safety Improvement Works at the Harold School 20/07/2016
243 KCC Mini Sweeper - Purchase of 1No. Mini Sweeper 19/07/2016
244 Dublin Fire Brigade - Tender for supply of Station Wear and Footwear to Dublin Fire Brigade fire-fighting personnel 19/07/2016
245 ESB wishes to procure up to 2 300 000 Low Voltage Smart Electricity Meters as part of the National Smart Metering Program (NSMP) in order to replace legacy Electricity Meters currently in service throughout the Republic of Ireland. It is intended that all legacy residential Electricity Meters and most non-residential legacy Electricity Meters will be replaced as part of the NSMP. The majority of these Electricity Meters are single phase. The NSMP implementation will also include the provision of communications 18/07/2016
246 The RSA wishes to appoint a single service provider to provide Facility Management Services at its main offices in Ballina, Loughrea and Dublin 18/07/2016
247 Provision of Waste Water Treatment Plant with associated infrastructure 18/07/2016
248 The supply, installation, testing and commissioning for new fire alarm system upgrade to be installed at Eurofound, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, IRELAND.

249 Supply and delivery of Post-Primary Curriculum-based Textbooks, Laboratory Notebooks and workbooks for Students, Mentor Practical Assessment Guidance, other Books, Exam material, Course Assessment Material, Magazines, CDs, DVDs, e-books, 11/07/2016
250 Tender for the provision of energy efficient measures across 5 No. Fire Stations in County Meath 11/07/2016
251 Irish Water plan to carry out the rehabilitation / replacement of approximately 24,5km of water-mains together with associated works as part of the Meath Water-mains Rehabilitation Phase 2 works project. The proposed works is to take place at several locations throughout Co. Meath. It is intended that the works will be implemented under a Design and Build (DB) Contract. 05/07/2016
252 Expresssions of Interest for a Car Park System at Shannon Airport 05/07/2016
253 Professional Services for Strategic Environmental Assessment, Appropriate Assessment and Strategic Flood Risk Appraisal as Part of the Preparation of the National Planning Framework 01/07/2016
254 Salt spreaders and truck modifications. 01/07/2016
255 ESB seeks to procure Communications and Data Collection services to meet the requirements of the Commission for Energy Regulation's (CER) National Smart Metering Programme (NSMP). The successful Tenderer will be referred to as the Communications and Data Services Provider (CDSP). This contract will require the provision of communication and data collection services capable of supporting up to 2 300 000 Smart Electricity Meters and up to 600 000 Smart Gas Meters, or Smart Meters, covering the entirety of the Republic of Ireland. 01/07/2016
256 Personal Protective Equipment PPE 2017-2021. 29/06/2016
257 Replacement of Carpark Barrier Systems & Associated Installations to 4nr Car parks in Kilkenny City for Kilkenny County Council 29/06/2016
258 Plant Tenders 2016 - Supply of 2 No. New & Unused 4 Wheel Drive Tractors with Front Loaders. 29/06/2016
259 Tenders are invited for the supply and delivery of 1 no. new and unused 8x4 Tipper Lorry of GVW of 32000 kgs. to the Kilkenny County Council, Machinery Yard, Hebron Industrial Estate, Kilkenny in accordance with the specification in the attached RFT. 29/06/2016
260 Supply & Installation of New Fire Alarm & Emergency Lighting Systems in existing secondary school. 29/06/2016
261 Design and Supervise Construction of Offington (Howth) Flood Relief Scheme 28/06/2016
262 IPT2016 - IP Phones Drawdown 28/06/2016
263 Single Supplier Framework Agreement for the Supply of Double Deck Buses. 27/06/2016
264 This public procurement competition is for the provision of a service to keepers for the supply of bovine identification ear tags, birth registration documents and ancillary services. 27/06/2016
265 This tender is for the acquisition of marine ROV systems by the University of Limerick suitable for inspection and intervention on Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) infrastructure. 27/06/2016
266 Supply of Fire Blankets to Donegal County Council 27/06/2016
267 Upgarde of existing 50/75mm diameter upvc water supply network to include installation of new valves, bulkmeters, boundary boxes and associated chambers and fittilngs at Castlecrine, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare. 24/06/2016
268 Irish Water is currently advancing the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply
Scheme Water Treatment Plant Upgrade Design Build Operate Contract
comprising the upgrade and expansion of the existing raw water intake works and
water treatment plant to achieve a treated water output of 54 000 m/day. The
existing water treatment plant is capable of a treated water output of
269 Rigid Inflatable Boat 23/06/2016
270 Rigid Inflatable Boat 23/06/2016
271 Irish Water plan to undertake the rehabilitation of approximately 20 km of existing watermains in Galway City, Ireland together with the transfer of approximately 2 400 no. connections to the new main. 21/06/2016
272 Fire Suppression Installations in relation to the Construction of Air Traffic Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport for the Irish Aviation Authority (1). 21/06/2016
273 Construction of Air Traffic Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport for the Irish Aviation Authority. 21/06/2016
275 Charter of Dynamically Positioned Vessel 20/06/2016
276 Framework Agreement for Supply of Stationary and Mobile Pop-Up Infantry and Armour Target Systems. 18/06/2016
277 The Supply of 2 Tonne Fork Lift Trucks 17/06/2016
278 RFT for the Provision of Telephone PABX Support Services to Shannon Group plc 17/06/2016
279 Provision of Date Stamps, Cancellation Stamps and other associated materials. 15/06/2016
280 GMIT Carpark Service Concession - This subject matter of this competition is the award of a service concession for cark park management services and not a service contract 14/06/2016
281 Military Camp Field Equipment 13/06/2016
282 Electricity Supply Board - Qualification System for Turnkey (EPC) Electrical Substation 09/06/2016
283 Tender for the the provision and support of a Student Attendance Mangement System (SAMS) 09/06/2016
284 Goods comprise of the Design, Print and Supply of General Medical Service cards, Drugs Payment Scheme cards, GP visit cards, European Health Insurance cards and associated mailers and the provision of a bureau service for personalisation, insertion to card carrier and mailing of laminated plastic cards to locations in the Republic of Ireland. 07/06/2016
285 The Procuring Entity proposes awarding contracts for the inspection of vehicle under-chassis and under-body to vehicle manufacturers' specification, and the complete re-application of anti-corrosion treatment in accordance with the manufacturers' specification. The contracts shall include double-deck city buses, single-deck city buses and single-deck coaches. 03/06/2016
286 The Supply, Installation and Maintenance of an IP Telephony Solution on a drawdown basis 03/06/2016
287 Dublin Bus require the Supply of Windscreens and Tempered glass for its fleet of 960 Buses. Delivery will be to 7 Dublin Locations. 31/05/2016
288 Dublin City Council seeks tenders for the supply and delivery of 2 No diesel 18 000kg gully cleaning trucks. 26/05/2016
289 Curraheen Bridge Replacement 25/05/2016
290 Provision, supply & delivery of maintenance and support of SALTO access control system 24/05/2016
291 Supply Of Previously Used Class B Fire Applainces For Cork County Fire Service 23/05/2016
292 Request for Proposals for the Supply of Ammunition (Rounds 40x53mm Practice - AGL) to the Irish Defence 23/05/2016
293 The requirement exists for the supply of 12 000 Rounds of 40X53mm Practice AGL Ammunition for the Irish Defence Forces as follows:
Delivery in 2016: 3 000 rounds;
Delivery in 2017: 3 000 rounds;
Delivery in 2018: 3 000 rounds;
Delivery in 2019: 3 000 rounds;
Total required: 12 000 rounds
294 Supply of Operational Footwear to the Irish Prison Service. 20/05/2016
295 Construction of new walling and fencing and completion of new grass based playinf pitch and ancillary works 20/05/2016
296 Request for tender for the Supply of Sonar and Camera Sets 19/05/2016
297 Fire Safety Upgrade Works at Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny 19/05/2016
298 Single party contract for the purchase of new Intermediate Care Ambulances for the National Ambulance Service (NAS) of the HSE.
299 Traffic Light Maintenance Framework Agreement.
300 Maintenance and Service of Alarm, Access Control and CCTV Systems 12/05/2016
301 Supply of W14 track fastening system or component parts 10/05/2016
302 This is a call to competition by IE for the supply of W14 Track Fastening Systems component parts. 10/05/2016
303 Bord Na Mona operates more than 180 locomotives on over 700 km of 3-foot gauge industrial railway network across its operations located in the Irish midlands. 80 of these locomotives are engaged in heavy-duty peat haulage 09/05/2016
304 Cashless Payment System for tyhe Central Bank of Ireland 09/05/2016
305 Request for Information for Photovoltaic Systems 06/05/2016
306 Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the Provision of Portable Fire Equipment Services. 05/05/2016
307 LMETB is seeking proposals for a managed service providing print and
photocopying facilities
308 The Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Revenue), invites tenders for the
Provision of a Comprehensive Fleet Management and Tracking System to
manage and monitor Revenues fleet of vehicles
309 Provision of a Side Scan Sonar System 03/05/2016
310 Subject of the contract is the manufacture and supply of fire-fighting vehicle GVC 16/25. The extent of the works can be seen in the technological part of the documentation, which is an integral part of the tender documentation. 28/04/2016
311 Construction of new river bridge to replace original structure which was demolished during a flood event in December 2015. The new structure consists of precast concrete box culvert units measuring 5.4m wide by 2.4m high and 7.5m long. 4 nr. precast concrete wingwalls each 3.9m long shall be constructed adjacent to the box culverts. The overall length of the new structure will be 14.0m. The parapet walls shall be clad in masonry. New blockwork and dry stone boundary walls shall be reconstructed to match existing The existing Local Road shall be realigned and reconstructed over a length of 40.0m. The existing riverbanks shall be reconstructed using rock armour. 27/04/2016
312 ComReg T03696 FOD - Human Resources Information System 26/04/2016
313 Supply of 3no Lots of Road Safety Promotional Products for use in road safety and cycling events 26/04/2016
314 The Corps of Engineers, Irish Defence Forces requires a used 4x4 automatic
category 5 Rapid Intervention Foam Tender (RIFT) in order to maintain and
improve Rescue and Firefighting (RFF) capabilities both on and off site to
Casement Aerodrome.
315 Airbus CN-235 Fleet Audit 25/04/2016
316 I seeks Expressions of Interest from Lead Integrators for a Turnkey Project to re-power Class 201 Locomotives. The objective of the project is to deliver a significant reduction in fuel consumption based on current passenger / freight duty cycles and operational routes and also deliver significantly higher reliability rates to the current locomotive arrangement. 22/04/2016
317 Request for Tenders for the Supply of Polling Information Cards for General Elections / Bye Elections 20/04/2016
318 IT-Tallaght MV1 - Emergency Electrical works - replacement of MV switchgear 20/04/2016
319 Single Supplier Framework Agreement for the provision of Automatic Border Control Gates (with Options for Related Services) for the Minister for Justice and Equality. 19/04/2016
320 Supply of a Rigid Inflatable Boat 18/04/2016
321 Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Contractor to deliver the Runway 06/24 Rehabilitation and Associated Works project at Shannon Airport. 15/04/2016
322 Shannon Airport Authority Ltd requires the services of a Design Consultancy to assist with an Aircraft Hangar Development Project at Shannon Airport. 14/04/2016
323 Provision of Barriers for Public Road Crossings on the Waterford Greenway 13/04/2016
324 POS Scanners & Accessories 11/04/2016
325 An Post is seeking to enter into a single party Framework Agreement to meet its
requirements for each of the following Lots for a period of 3 years with an
option to extend for a period up to a further 2 years.
Lot 1 POS Scanners for Post Office Network;
Lot 2 POS Scanners for PostPoint Network.
An Post plan to upgrade scanning equipment used within its Retail networks.
Handheld scanners connected to POS equipment are used to capture details
during retail transactions.
The equipment should be suitable to counter top retail sales environment.
326 The Minister for Defence (Contracting Authority) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified manufacturers for the provision of A Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) (Goods and Services).Unmanned underwater vehicles 11/04/2016
327 Network Support Administrator Position to support the Department's back-end
infrastructure systems, including the data network devices (switches, routers),
VOIP system, firewalls, wide area network connectivity, access to Government
Networks, file, Email, database and application servers, enterprise level security
systems (antivirus, email gateway, web gateway) and various bespoke
applications. The successful candidate will join a team that supports 11 sites
throughout the country with about 450 users.
328 Fire Service Water tanker - Supply of 1 number Fire Service Water tanker 07/04/2016
329 Request for Proposals for the supply of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Suits to the Irish Defence Forces 07/04/2016
330 Request for Proposals for the supply of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Suits to the Irish Defence Forces. 07/04/2016
331 Locomotive Suspension Tube Redesign 04/04/2016
332 Framework Agreement for Network Wide Roofing and Canopy Repair Works at Railway Stations and associated Buildings (Short Form Contract) 04/04/2016
333 Multi-Party Framework Agreement For Supply Of Intelligent Transport Equipment For Traffic Control And Management 2016-2018 01/04/2016
334 Multi-Supplier Framework for the Provision of Water Meters and Associated Devices 01/04/2016
335 A Multi-Supplier Framework Agreement containing Four Lots, with a number of
competent manufacturing entities.
Lot 1 Supply of Concentric and Inline Water Meters.
Lot 2 Supply of Mechanical Bulk Water Meters.
Lot 3 Supply of Non Mechanical Bulk Water Meters.
Lot 4 Supply of Combination Flow Bulk Water Meters.
Please refer to the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for further details.
336 Provision of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) at both Deansgrange and Shanganagh Cemeteries 01/04/2016
337 Provision of a SCADA and telemetry system 29/03/2016
338 Paid Parking Maintenace & Cash Collection Service for Midland Region Local 24/03/2016
339 Supply/Installation & Maintenance of Car Park Barrier / Ticketing System, UL Arena Car Park, University of Limerick 21/03/2016
340 Supply and Service of a fire-fighting BA cylinder-filling system 14/03/2016
341 Cables and Connectors for Marine Test Site 11/03/2016
342 Supply of Solid State Energy Meters 09/03/2016
343 Pension Management System and Payroll Processing Services for Sustainable Energy Authority or Ireland 09/03/2016
344 Supply of an Artillery Observation Post Suite to the Irish Defence Forces 03/03/2016
345 Request for Proposals for the supply of an Artillery Observation Post Suite to the Irish Defence Forces. The Artillery Observation Post Suite must consist of a Goniometer and Associated Sensor that has an inbuilt GPS, Laser Range Finder, Digital Magnetic Compass and Infra Red/Thermal Imaging Camera.
346 Supply of Solar Powered Pay and Display Parking Machines. 03/03/2016
347 UHF Antennas at Multiple sites 01/03/2016
348 Point of Sale Display Merchandise for use by to Saorview retailers across the Republic of Ireland, comprising a mix of Saorview branded POS materials as specified. 29/02/2016
349 Supply and Maintenance of a Mobile X-Ray Container Scanner 26/02/2016
350 The Office of the Revenue Commissioners invites expressions of interest for the
supply and maintenance of a mobile x-ray container scanner. The mobile x-ray
scanner must be capable of scanning containers, trucks and other vehicles for
the purpose of detecting contraband, drugs and other prohibited materials
351 Supply of Security paper for National University of Ireland 24/02/2016
352 Register of Electors Application Forms (English) Item (2): Register of Electors Application Forms (Irish) Size: Item (1): Flat: 200 x 572 mm. Folded: 200 x 143 mm (four panel) Item (2): Flat: 200 x 572 mm. Folded: 200 x 143 mm (four panel) Quantity: (1) 805,500 Copies in 28 sorts (change of address) (English) (2) 29,500 Copies in 27 sorts (change of address) (Irish) 24/02/2016
353 Surveillance Platform Lifting in the marine environment 24/02/2016
355 Provision Crowd Control Barriers, Deployment and Recovery for An Garda Sochna 17/02/2016
356 Provision of Security Surveillance on Coillte Property. 15/02/2016
357 Support and maintenance of Meath County Council Cisco IP Voice and data network 15/02/2016
358 Supply of Passenger Information Displays - 'Airlink' Buses 12/02/2016
359 Printing and Fulfilment of Ballot Papers, Envelopes and Forms for Seanad Elections and Bye-Elections (University Members) 2016 10/02/2016
360 Supply, Installation and Commissioning of VHF Marine Band Coastal Radio Stations 09/02/2016
361 Manufacture, supply and erection of Monolith Signage, Information Panels and Directional Signage for Birr Town and Castle 09/02/2016
362 An Post is seeking to enter into a Framework Agreement with a single supplier to meet its requirements for Supply, Installation and Maintenance of various security equipment. It is anticipated that the Agreement will commence in July 2016 and continue for a period of three (3) years with an option to extend the Contract for a further 1 or 2 more years 08/02/2016
363 Cisco Network & IP Telephony Maintenance & Support 04/02/2016
364 2RN invites submissions, from suitably qualified Tenderers to supply IFIX SCADA Support for 2rn as detailed within the Specification. Details in relation to the Tender Specifications are set out in Schedule 1Appendix 1 to this ITT 03/02/2016
365 Supply, Installation and Configuration of Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise 29/01/2016
366 Supply, Installation and Configuration of Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise 29/01/2016
367 Supply, Installation and Configuration of Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise 29/01/2016
368 Supply, Installation and Configuration of Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise 29/01/2016
369 An Post is seeking to enter into a Framework Agreement with a single supplier to meet its requirements for Supply, Installation and Maintenance of various security equipment. It is anticipated that the Agreement will commence in July 2016 and continue for a period of three (3) years with an option to extend the Contract for a further 1 or 2 more years. 00/00/0000
370 Dublin City Council proposes to award a contract for the Support, Maintenance, Development and Upgrade of Oracle E-Business Financial Management System for a period of 3 years from the awarding date with an option to extend the contract for a period or periods of up to 12 months with a maximum of two such extensions under the same terms and conditions, based on annual reviews of operations. The contract is for the provision of the following services: 00/00/0000
371 Request for proposals for the supply of an Armoured Utility Vehicle (AUV) to the 00/00/0000
372 Dublin City Council proposes to set up a single party framework agreement for 00/00/0000
373 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the supply of ten (10) Armoured 8X8 Combat 00/00/0000
374 Dublin City Council proposes to establish a Framework Agreement for 2 years, with the option for a further extension of 2, 1-year periods, for the provision of Intelligent Transport Equipment for Traffic Control and Management. In the past 12 months Dublin city Council have spent 442 EUR on such equipment and a break down can be seen overleaf. The framework agreement will encompass the Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council administrative areas, but only Dublin City Council for deliveries etc. 00/00/0000
375 The contract will be to Supply and Deliver Automotive Vehicle Spare Parts for the Defence Forces Miscellaneous Fleet. 00/00/0000
376 This tender concerns the Supply, Installation and Commissioning of Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) — Print, Copy, Scan, Finishing; On-going support, management and servicing of the MFDs provided under this contract for the life of this contract; Supply and management of all consumables, excluding paper; Floor servicing of the MFDs supplied through the presence of an onsite maintenance and support technician; Print Management software solution for the control of print across all devices installed at local level; Provide Swipe Card Reader for each device. 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 countrys 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. Moldovas 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 Lfgren, CEO at Speed Identity.

    Source: http://www.securitydocumentworld.com

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  •  Regulating body armour wont 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 dont 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, Albertas Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety.

    This initiative doesnt 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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  •  Visiongains 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 tonights Administrative Services Committee meeting, as Oswegos police chief submitted five requests to bolster the departments 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 departments 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. Im sure the chief will tell us what its 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 departments 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 years 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 mayors 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 departments 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 citys 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 citys fire chief regarding special details for the citys 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 isnt a name you see very often in TechCrunch, but companies dont 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 worlds 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.

    CoffeeTables 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 its 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 dont 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 Defences 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 Frances 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 travelers 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 GPOs continued support of the Department and our efforts to modernize the U.S. passport. Passport issuance, a function of the Departments 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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  •  Chinas 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 applicants 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 eurozones problems could create opportunities.
    Chief executive Tim Cobbold said: Its 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 32p to 976p.

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

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  •  Indias 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 Gemaltos 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 Pakistans 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 holders 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 isnt 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 arent 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 Generals 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-Os 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 its a repurposed version of the Eagle IV, which General Dynamics European Land systems has supplied to the German military since 2008.
    The Eagle isnt as new, but it is tried and tested; and, perhaps more importantly, its 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 Pentagons requirements changed for the second phase of the competition.

    Launched in October of 2011, Navistar Defenses Saratoga is yet another entry into the U.S. militarys 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. Its 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 were 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 Defenses 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 Oshkoshs 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 Sheriffs 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 ACLUs concern about the possible misuse of citizen information, but proper safeguards are in place to make sure that doesnt 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 departments 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 thats the envy of many law enforcement officials.

    The citys 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 its going to save us is going to be huge, he said. Its 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 its too expensive.

    We couldnt afford it right now, said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, spokeswoman for the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

    Officials with the Iowa City Police Department didnt return calls for comment, but Assistant to the City Manager Geoff Fruin said LPR technology hasnt 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 youre 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 departments 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 wouldnt be able to tell whether a vehicle is stolen or whether theres a warrant for the owners 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.

    Weve 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 its enforcement, cashiering or security, but were headed that way.

    The Polk County Sheriffs 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 hes concerned about the governments 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 thats 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 Malaysias new national electronic identity cards. Known as MyKad, the smart card features Infineons 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 bearers 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 Infineons 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 others correct function by utilizing error detection.

    Infineons 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 Mexicos 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 partys 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 Mexicos 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 worlds security.
    HID Global says it has shipped more than 100 million components used in ePassports in 30 countries, which comprises approximately 28% of the worlds 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 countrys most advanced secure technology facilities to accommodate the growing global trend toward eIDs and ePassports. Now one of Connemara Gaeltachts largest employers, the operation is dedicated to eGovernment product research, development and manufacturing, and includes a world competence centre for HID Globals 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 firms 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, Whytes 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 Canadas 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, Armets 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 womans 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 its 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. Were 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 thats 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 well provide with spares and repair parts, he said. Well hold some in reserve in case other females get added to the teams. Theyll do user evaluations, then provide feedback to us that well 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 cant 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 Frances 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 systems configuration includes automated leafing, inline inkjet printing, smart card encoding, laser perforation and enhanced lamination of secure thin-film overlays. The systems universal interface comes through Datacards 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 passports 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 travelers 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 travelers 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 ICAOs 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 ICAOs 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 governments 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 Canadas 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 Kingdoms 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 Canadas 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 Canadas 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 countrys 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 bearers 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 Ministrys 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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    Trb 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 Trb 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 countrys Ministry of Internal Affairs.
    It is widely recognised that the Lithuanian biometric passports are a valuable indicator of the countrys 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 bearers 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 countrys 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 holders 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, Finlands 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 drivers 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 its 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 drivers 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 CBNs 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 werent 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 drivers 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 wont comment until the comptrollers 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 drivers licenses and other documents.

    The losing companies claim poor judgment and mishandling of the bid is apparently to blame for the states 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 comptrollers office is now evaluating the bids.

    While I cant 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 drivers 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 Mk5s 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 Ospreras 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 Kenyas 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 regions 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 years 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 Septembers 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 SCAs website. The SCA will send printed copies to members and have them available at Alliance conference events

    Source: http://www.contactlessnews.com

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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 its 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 governments 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 Omans goal to provide enhanced services and protection to its citizens, using digital security technologies. ??

    The solution includes Gemaltos 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 holders 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 Cte dIvoire, 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 UAEs 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 its 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 associations 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.
    ABIs 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 its 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 Guineas 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 Poks 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 PNGs 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 its 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 markets 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 hasnt 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 weve 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, its most important to focus on the whoand coordinating that task between IT and security is becoming important.

    Who was that (really)?

    Although privileges are assigned to people, its 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 personand neither can establish who exactly that is. Only biometric technology can do that.

    Its more than just about security

    Weve 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 convenientthats 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 objectivesecurityis 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 perfectlyon 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. Thats no compromise, thats 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 couldnt 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. Its 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 its 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. Theyve been integrating biometrics at the door for some time now. Perhaps its 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 77s 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 Peoples 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 Germanys 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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