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 Medical Consumables  Tenders 2017/18

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1 Subscription warranty service including labor and spare parts in X-ray machines for the needs of MMA, Hospital Sofia, Sliven Hospital, University Hospital, Plovdiv, Varna Hospital.
2 Hospital medical supplies, including medical gloves, surgical needles, syringes, vacuum blood-collecting system, catheters, tubing, etc ..
3 Medical equipment spare parts and consumables 26/05/2016
4 Therapeutic plasma exchange 2 17/05/2016
Medical Supplies: Disposable sensors cerebral oximetry measurement.
6 Supply of infusion sets and elastomeric 22/04/2016
7 Sterile and non-sterile gloves for 3 years. 12/07/2016
8 1. The contract is successive supplies disposable medical equipment. The contract consists of 24 parts called. packages, each of which is a separate object of the contract:
Package 1 Intubation, traetochomia
Pack 2 Tracheotomy, IV therapy, cricothyrotomy, resuscitation
Package 3 Tracheotomy
Package 4 central line, fixing
Package 5 systems tract, respiratory therapy
package 6 a central line, anesthesia wired
10 Delivery of nets for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, sutures and medical devices different.
11 Supply of pharmaceutical products and medical devices by a package 1-11.
Package No. 1 - Medication
Package No. 2 - Parenteral Drugs
Package No. 3 - Liquids dialysis
Package No. 4 - Medical devices
Package No. 5 - Psychotropic drugs
Package No. 6 - Drugs
Package No. 7 - Import target
package No. 8 - Product chemotherapy
package No. 9 - parenteral Nutrition
package No. 10 - enteral nutrition and
package No. 11 - enteral nutrition II.
12 Supply of medical gloves.
13 . Hospital replacement building with 140 beds 19/05/2016
14 Medical consumables for the municipalities in Nord-Troms. 18/05/2016
15 Object of the contract includes the delivery of disposable medical equipment for treatment of vascular concluded with Packages from No. 1 to No. 32 corresponding to the technical parameters placed in Annex 6 of the specifications 23/05/2016
16 Delivery of Protamine and other medicinal products. 23/05/2016
17 The contract is for the supply of medical disposable for SP ZOZ Interior Ministry in Lublin. Object of the contract has been divided into 52 parts - packages:
Package No. 1 - Surgical threads, synthetic monofilament, absorbable.
Package No. 2 - Surgical threads, synthetic monofilament, non-absorbable.
Package No. 3 - Surgical threads, synthetic, braided, non-absorbable polyester coated silicon (garters).
package No. 4 - surgical threads, synthetic, braided, coated absorbable.
package No. 5 - surgical threads, braided, polyester, non-absorbable.
package No. 6 - Testing and packaging sterilization
18 Delivery of various drugs, infusion fluids, of hygienic and cosmetic solution for hemodialysis / hemofiltration and medicines for Dialysis, Clinic of nephrology and peritoneal dialysis patients. 23/05/2016
19 Disposable non-chemical medical consumables and haematological consumables 17/05/2016
20 Medical Consumable Items 24/04/2016
21 Medical consumables ó framework agreement for the BTV cooperation 2016-2020. 31/05/2016
22 Deliveries of non-sterile medical devices. 01/06/2016
23 The contract relates to disposable surgical fabrics, such as masks, clothing, surgical drapes, towels, drapes, caps, etc. 22/05/2016
24 The contract is for the supply of: "Medical equipment disposable II." 11/05/2016
25 Supply of disposable medical equipment and for Branches of the Regional Clinical Hospital No. 1 for them. Frederic Chopin in Rzeszow. 27/05/2016
26 Acquisition of surgical fields, disposables and hygiene masks for the Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa. 22/05/2016
27 Supply of medical devices: Transfusion system for sacks; Intravenous delivery system of infusion solutions; Needles disposable, sterile; syringes; Esmari; the cannula; Intravenous cannula injection port; Intravenous cannula without injection port; Three-way sterile tap; Venflon plug for membrane injection of gelatin and luer lock grip; Extension syringe; Transfer needle; Puncture needle; Nelatonovi catheters angle; Twin foil urethral catheter balloon; Urine bags; Collectors for collecting urine; Plastic urine; Plastic bedpan; Single operating mask; Single operating hat; Operating socks 09/05/2016
28 Delivery of anesthetic disposable equipment divided into 35 packages 24/05/2016
29 Medical and technical gases.
30 Supply of Medical consumables. 23/05/2016
31 Supply of medicinal products and medical devices for dialysis treatment of children by those in the "Object of the contract and technical specification" (Appendix ? 2 of the documentation) types and quantities after periodic requests by the Client, according to his needs for a period of one (1) year.
32 Supply of medical supplies and dressings" on lots:
1. Lot ?1 - "Supply of medical supplies";
2. Lot ?2 - "Supply of bandages."
33 Supply of medical devices for surgery (staplers, cargo, trocars) and ends the harmonic scalpel with the lease of 2 generators.
34 "Supply of medical supplies, supplies hemodialysis, reagents and consumables, sewing and surgical dressings for the needs of" Hospital Svilengrad "Ltd". 03/06/2016
35 Gauze and surgical supplies destined compresses the University Hospital Ntra. Mrs. Candelaria. 20/05/2016
36 Medical gases and gases for use as medical gases and their storage and transport containers as well as related to the use of analysis of gases, servicing, maintenance and repair services and spare parts. 06/06/2016
37 Supply of medical gases - oxygen for the needs of "General Hospital - Plovdiv". 30/05/2016
38 Supply of disposable equipment. 01/06/2016
39 Delivery disposable Nitrile gloves. 25/05/2016
40 Delivery of the camera intraoperative X-ray C-arm and accessories in the form of financial leasing for the Department of Vascular Surgery, District Hospital in Stalowa Wola. 27/04/2016
41 The deliverable is the supply of medical liquid oxygen to 3 trays VFN liquid oxygen partial orders according to the sponsor and treatment of divorces in evaporative stations of oxygen within 2 U Hospital and ApolinŠrskŠ 18th contract will be concluded with the tenderer for a specified period of 4 years.
42 Supply of medical devices for the Neonatal Department of the Municipal Hospital in Ruda Slaska Sp. z oo A detailed description of the contract is contained in Annex 1 to the Terms of Reference / agreement 30/05/2016
43 The affiliated member clinics of Comparatio intend to provide their next current need for surgical gloves in the form of a framework agreement.
44 The contract is for Rent camera phacoemulsification and vitrectomy front and back with built-in laser and factory equipment and the supply of consumables compatible with zaoferowanym camera for the Regional Hospital Center Jelenia Gůra Valley, CPV 33140000-3, 33190000-8, 33162100-4 31/05/2016
45 The contract is for the supply of medical materials orthopedic kits, medical treatment, underwear, operational and other disposable materials 30/05/2016
46 Supply of medical gases, medical gas equipment, industrial gases and related services (transportation, delivery and provision containers and accessories, quality control) as well as the maintenance service of systems for Healthcare dell 'Emilia Area Great Central (AUSL Bologna, Azienda Ospedaliera di Bologna, Ferrara Hospital, USL of Ferrara, USL Imola, IOR - Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, MRI- Montecatone rehabilitation institute). 21/06/2016
47 3 blood gas instruments for RH Medical Biochemistry Children's Laboratory. 24/05/2016
48 Bone Surgery implants and instruments.
49 Digital desktop diagnostic radiology machine purchase, the delivery, assembly, installation and implementation, set-up and adjustment, the contracting staff training to work with the product, the product warranty maintenance. Product purchased by leasing.
50 Ophthalmic surgical instruments 03/06/2016
51 The contract is for the sale and delivery of medicinal products, medical devices and dressings 30/05/2016
52 Medical Supplies: bracelet, bags and speculum.
53 Managed Service for Beds, Patient Trolleys and Associated Products.
54 Medical gloves for single use latex used to protect the patient and user against contamination. Estimated cost excluding VAT: 4,113,200 CZK

55 Medical and technical gases, as well as the distribution of LOX/GOX to patients living at home. 02/06/2016
56 KNH/T/18/2016-17: Supply and delivery of medical gases 03/05/2016
57 Providing medical syringes and needles.
58 Peritoneal Dialysis Equipment, Consumables, Home Delivery and Holiday Service. 25/07/2016
59 Deliveries of dressing materials. 12/05/2016
60 Anesthesia apparatus with vital signs monitor purchase - 2 pcs. 14/06/2016
61 Facility minimum invazyvinei surgery, urology and gynecology.
62 Facility minimum invazyvinei surgery, urology and gynecology.
63 The subject of this contract is the delivery of a total of 8 pieces of new anesthetic equipment and provide warranty service for delivered medical devices indefinitely.
64 Dressings and soft one-time inventory 07/06/2016
65 Supply of uniforms for members of medical rescue teams. 06/05/2016
66 Supply of patient beds 03/05/2016
67 The subject of the contract are gradually carried out the supply of medical devices for Public health care Establishment Independent Provincial Specialist Hospital No. 3 in Rybnik. 00/00/0000
68 LV-Nr.: 4030 00/00/0000
69 Procurement of medical and other gases. 00/00/0000
70 Supply of Gloves Latex Small. 00/00/0000
71 Purchase and supply of disposable kits 2500sztuk for the insulation plate cells with the scum coat platelet for preparation of the component by using the existing ORBISAC cameras. 00/00/0000
72 Supplying sterile and implantable medical devices for draping. 31/05/2016
73 Provision of sterile and non-sterile medical devices. 30/05/2016
74 Supply of bandages, compresses and tampons. 09/06/2016
75 As part of preparations for a tender of disposables for the Department of perfusion, LUMC invites you to participate in a market consultation. This market consultation aims to gain knowledge and experience of market parties to then to work for an effective tender. For registration and more information see attached document "invitation market consultation". LotsThis contract is divided into lots: no 01/01/1900
76 Supply of gloves and protective covers. 09/06/2016
77 Acquisition of idursulfasum 2 g. 00/00/0000
78 The subject of the public contract is the supply of 3 pieces of mobile X-RAY devices, including their installation and commissioning. This is an X-RAY unit at the Neonatal Department, Clinic anaesthesiology, resuscitation and intensive medicine and Hematological-oncological clinic of the University Hospital in Olomouc. Estimated cost excluding VAT: 6 190 0000 CZK LotsThis contract is divided into lots: no 01/01/1900
80 Supply and deliver FIRST AID KITS
81 Serums for determining blood groups and specific consumables, in the Point within the transfusions ATI Clinic; supply of reagents for chemical reagents, and Immunohistochemistry; specific laboratory consumables, used within the laboratory of pathological anatomy; supply of reagents and laboratory supplies specific Bacteriology laboratory, Ambulatory; other supplies specific laboratories-departments, belonging to emergency clinical County Hospital "SF. Spiridon". 00/00/0000
82 Supply of medical consumables for mechanical suture. 00/00/0000
83 The subject of the public contract are gradual delivery of diagnostic kits, including system solutions and calibrators and free loan and service required for this technology. 00/00/0000
84 P.A. HUPA 13/16 disposable surgical coverage. 00/00/0000
85 Contracting the supply of consumables for healthcare and hospital centres of FREMAP physiotherapy services. 00/00/0000
86 The supply of gauze medicinales para el Consorci Sanitari de lanoia. 00/00/0000
87 Supply of Medical Gases in Cylinders. 03/06/2016
88 100 each x first aid kit;vehicle;branded sling bag 09/05/2016
89 Procurement of medical consumables for pathology II and the goal of concluding the framework agreement for a two-year period with one economic operator. 00/00/0000
90 MTRH/T/C5/2016-2018: Supply and delivery of medical gases and accessories 10/06/2016
91 Providing articles dressings, surgical draping, made kits, sterile gloves. 13/06/2016
92 Framework agreement for the supply of disposable Material of surgery ‚ÄĒ part I-B the institutions and services of the national health service. 00/00/0000
93 Tender for the Supply of Point of Care Analyzers together with Reagents and Consumables to MDH. 00/00/0000
94 Medical gloves. 00/00/0000
95 Purchase personal protective equipment and medical kits - DS Timis 26/05/2016
96 Delivery of tissue adhesive. 01/06/2016
97 Supply of medical gases, non-medical and technical along with the lease of containers, bottles, bundles and transport objects Copernicus Body Treatment Sp. z oo with its registered office in Gdansk. 16/06/2016
98 The subject of the public contract is the supply of compression of 12 layers of gauze, sterile, with an X-RAY contrast. 00/00/0000
99 The subject of the contract is the supply of all kinds of reagents and consumables. 00/00/0000
100 Purchase of sanitary materials supplies nechimice disposable medical and medical consumables-electrode exploration in accordance with the specification attached. 00/00/0000
101 Medical gases. 00/00/0000
102 Framework agreement for the supply of gloves for hospital use the institutions and services of the national health service. 00/00/0000
103 The subject of the procurement is the procurement and delivery of medicines and a disposable consumable medical materials for the needs of the Department of emergency medicine of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, on the basis of the presented framework amount of contracting authorities in accordance with the Bill of quantities, which forms an integral part of this documentation for the tender. 00/00/0000
104 The subject of the public contract are ongoing delivery of one-time operating rouŇ°kov√°n√≠ central military hospital ‚Äď Military Hospital Prague. LotsThis contract is divided into lots: no 01/01/1900
105 A hardy supply of medical consumables for the need of cardiac surgery-transplantation. 00/00/0000
106 The subject of the public contract is the delivery of medical and other gases needed for operation of the contracting authority as a provider of health services (hospital) and its various sites for a period of 2 years. 00/00/0000
107 Personal Protective Materials Acquisition 07/06/2016
108 MKN/CRH/T/09/2016-18: Supply/ Delivery of medical gases 03/06/2016
109 This contract concerns the supply of gas and medical gases and services enabling their implementation to the needs of the institution National des Invalides (INI). 15/06/2016
110 Disposable medical device supply. 24/06/2016
111 three-year supply, renewable for a further two years, the diagnostic systems for serology with car instrumentation. 26/04/2017
112 Delivery of laboratory consumables, reagents and materials under the project" Creation of a field detector for the detection of genotoxic activity emitted by military explosives Consumables for molecular biology 28/09/2017
113 Supply, Delivery, Testing & Commissioning of Next Generation Sequencing Platform (NCID) 10/10/2017
114 Antineoplastic Medicines (Oncology Program) 01/11/2017
116 New Generation Sequencing Sequencer (NGS) including supply of supplies. 20/10/2017
117 Sequencing service, synthesis service. 23/10/2017
118 Installation, assembly and commissioning of a new medical device: a high-energy linear accelerator in the number of 1, for the Center of Oncology im 03/10/2017
119 Acquisition of two (2) automatic capillary sequencing systems validated for forensic use, targeting DNA Biology Laboratories of the Genral Police Station of the Scientific Police. 09/10/2017
120 Provision of medicine normal human immunoglobulin for intravenous administration destined to the service of pharmacy of the University Hospital ¬ę12 of October¬Ľ 13/11/2017
121 Turnkey supply of a complex diagnostic system consisting of kit and instrumentation in service to carry out the quantitative determination of HIV-1 RNA and HCV RNA (Viremia HIV and Viremia HCV) and the determination of the HCV genotype. 27/10/2017
122 Reagents for the integrated system of biochemical and immunochemical studies (together with the analyzer,s utilization and maintenance). 24/10/2017
123 X-ray diffraction system delivery to the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis. 26/10/2017
124 Flow cytometer for clinical and experimental research. 27/10/2017
125 Provision of periodicals (magazines) for the Library Service and for the public libraries of the demarcations of Girona, Lleida, Tarragona and the Ebro Lands during 2018. 10/11/2017
126 BigDye Terminator Cycle Sequencing Kit v3.1 (100 02/10/2017
127 Large-capacity genotyping system 17/10/2017
128 Providing laboratory and software equipment. 26/10/2017
129 Laboratory information and management system 23/10/2017
130 J--583-18-1-669-0002 SERVICE A-C-D WING LAB RO/DI SYSTEMS 28/09/2017
131 Acquisition of a software for managing the genetics activity of the CHRU laboratories in Tours - licenses, associated services and maintenance. 13/11/2017
132 Provision of services for the creation, implementation and maintenance of the information management system for the laboratory service of the OGBE "TPKB" 29/09/2017
133 Laboratory information system TN - software including support. 25/09/2018
134 Thomayer Hospital - Laboratory System for Clinical Biochemistry, Hematology and Immunology. 25/09/2018
135 LabWare Laboratory Information Management System (LMS) Version 7.0 Software Professional Support Services 28/09/2017
136 High Parameter Flow Cytometer 13/10/2017
137 Supply of immunochemical reagents with lease of immunochemical analyzers. 06/11/2017
138 Supply of various types of reagents and consumables for diagonal markings. laboratory and microbiological and pathomorphic diagn. laboratory (DFZP-LS-271-146 / 2017). 09/10/2017
139 Fluidized-Bio Atomic and Cytometric Instruments 07/11/2017
140 Liberty Library Management Software (M5000-178069/B) 07/11/2017
141 Provision of prostheses and implants of interventional neuroradiology. 03/11/2017
142 Purchase of fungibles from the laboratory and anatomy pathology of the Regional Hospital Center of Agadir 24/10/2017
143 Supply of reagents and standard blood cells together with the lease of analyzers for immunohematological tests for the needs of Blood Bank Blood Bank. 07/11/2017
144 Metagenomics sequencing for DNA/cDNA samples 05/10/2017
145 Reagents for sequencing DNA fragments 06/11/2017
146 Delivery of 1 pc flow cytometer - a fully digital analyzer suitable for polychromatic flow cytometry, equipped with three non-linear lasers. 30/10/2017
147 Supply and Support of HLA Next Generation Sequencing Systems. 27/10/2017
148 Oncology - Oncohematology 17/10/2017
149 Flow cytometer for clinical and experimental research 27/10/2017
150 Flow cytometry sorter 12/10/2017
151 Development of Oncology Services, and intends to use part of the sums granted to fi nance 18/10/2017
152 Test system for rapid testing, reagents and supplies for the automatic immunofluorescent analyzer Maglumi 800 20/10/2017
155 HDS Immuno Reumatology Reagents Agreement 11/10/2017
156 Delivery Frame Agreement 100% Compatible Immunohistochemistry Reagent Set or equivalent to the BenchMark GX Stainer 06/11/2017
158 Next generation sequention infrastructure (NGS). 20/10/2017
159 Microbiology laboratory products and small laboratory equipment. 20/10/2017
160 Purchase of laboratory reagents (microbiology). 31/10/2017
161 Microbiology CT/NG/FLU - Kits 21/10/2017
162 Pharmacogenomics of Anti-retroviral Therapy in People Who Inject Drugs (R01) 14/11/2017
163 Microbiology. Tuberculósis Screening. Direction of Biochemistry. 12/10/2017
164 Flow cytometry analyzer. 08/11/2017
165 J&A - Whole Blood Pathogen Reduction Device 28/10/2017
166 Real-time quantitative analysis instrument 06/11/2017
167 Supply of medical equipment for the Provincial Multiculturalistic Oncology and Traumatology Center. M. Copernicus in ŇĀ√≥dŇļ. 09/11/2017
168 The Norwegian Institute of Public Health must acquire 1 piece. Real Time PCR machine. The machine will primarily be used to investigate gene expression 20/10/2017
169 Supply, installation and maintenance of a Real Time PCR test instrument 05/11/2017
170 Microbiological or bacteriological reagents, solutions or dyes 11/10/2017
171 Biochemistry and immunology autoanalyzer Set: 2 17/11/2017
172 Purchase of laboratory reagents, pathological anatomy, biochemistry, hematology and microbiology for the regional hospital center of Agadir 31/10/2017
173 Supply and delivery of 1 atomic absorption spectrophoometer 12/10/2017
174 "Tandem Mass Spectrometer and Ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatograph and Related Accessories" Three-Year Maintenance Contract 17/10/2017
175 BelM–Ę ‚ĄĖ 867/17-PEA "Reagents, reagents for HLA genotyping" 16/10/2017
176 Inductively Plasma Plasma Spectrometer (ICP MS) 26/10/2017
177 Immunochemical, allergological tests and consumables with the deviation of free use of one apparatus, immunological and allergen analyzer for working with the tests. 14/11/2017
178 Gamma Spectrometer With High Purity Germanium (HPGe) Detector for Tehran, Iran. 19/10/2017
179 Flow Cytometry Reagents 27/12/2017
181 Acquisition of reagents for high-resolution genotyping of HLA ABCDRDQ genes by automatic nucleic acid sequencing for the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation-IP during the year 2017 16/10/2017
183 Adult Neurology Turn Ugly Service 17/10/2017
184 Delivery of a system for rapid microbiological analysis. 19/10/2017
185 Lease of two integrated systems for biochemical and immunochemical research with successive delivery of reagents 13/11/2017
186 "Scientific Equipment Supply: New Generation Sequencing System". 13/11/2017
187 Reagents and consumables for the enzyme analyzer COBAS E 411 "Roche 26/10/2017
188 Purchase of laboratory reagents from the CHP of Taounate: Lot N ¬į 1: Purchase of biochemistry reagents 31/10/2017
189 Full service rental of automatic payloads for the hospital in Padova and Veneto oncology institute. 21/11/2017
190 Determinations, clinical chemistry, urology, automated urine analyzer 23/10/2017
191 Supply of immunoglobulins, albumin. 15/11/2017
193 Supply of next generation sequencer (NGS) and peripheral equipment. 17/11/2017
194 ZP / CZD / 151/17-Delivery of flow cytofotometer together with instrumentation and software. 19/10/2017
196 Radiation Oncology Upgrade of Blue Phantom 07/11/2017
197 The purpose of this contract is to provide sequencing services for the various services of VetAgro Sup. 07/11/2017
198 Whole Genome Bisulfite Sequencing Service 13/10/2017
199 Supply Of 10 2000 PCR Test Kits For WSSV Detection Of Shrimps 31/10/2017
200 Acquisition of Reagents for Immunophenotype Determinations by Flow Cytometry with Computer Equipment 25/10/2017
201 Purchase of a set of equipment for real-time PCR research 16/10/2017
202 Microbiological Analysis 20/10/2017
203 Flow Cytometer Unit 30/10/2017
204 Procurement of Microbiological media-01 18/03/2018
205 Supply Frame Agreement Set 100% Compatible Imaging Immunohematology Reagents and Consumables or equivalent to ID DIAMED MICRO TYPING SYSTEM " 14/11/2017
206 The high resolution Raman spectrometer system [Ultra High Resolution Raman Spectrometer System] 20/10/2017
207 Mass Spectrometer (Reissue) 24/10/2017
208 Supply of human medicines and oncological drugs. 20/11/2017
209 ZP / 110/2017 - Supply of medical equipment for the Central Department of Sterilization, Clinic of Oncological Surgery and Breast Diseases and Department of Obstetrics, Perinatology and Gynecology of the Institute "CZMP". 27/10/2017
210 Modernization of the radiological protection monitoring system of the work environment in the PET building Oncology Center of the Instytut im. Maria Curie - Curie Branch. 29/11/2017
211 Supply of consumables and reagents to be used on real-time PCR machines for PCR and Q-PCR. 17/11/2017
212 Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer 18/10/2017
213 Jinmen County Health Bureau 106 years procurement of gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometer 1 group 20/10/2017
215 Tender for the supply and maintenance services of UV-VIS Spectrometers for SAS 06/11/2017
216 Laboratory Diagnosis (Biochemistry and Immunochemistry - Integrated System) 23/10/2017
220 Purchasing of Optical Emission Spectrometer 14/11/2017
221 Open procedure supply in service PCR genetic and genomic laboratory oncological molecular PCR Realtime test. Years 3 with one year renewal option. Cod. CIG: 72326435D0. 16/11/2017
222 Supply of ultrasound with equipment, cell separator, 3-laser flow cytometer with software, infusion sets, laparoscopic kit, volume pump sets (donation from the Ministry of Health). 26/10/2017
223 Proceedings for the award of a public contract for the protection of objects, persons and property of the Provincial Multiculturalist Center for Oncology and Traumatology im. M. Copernicus in ŇĀ√≥dŇļ. 27/10/2017
224 Acquisition of High Resolution HLA Genotyping Reagents from Bone Marrow Voluntary Donors by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation, IP. 05/12/2017
225 Real-time PCR devices. 09/11/2017
226 Purchase along with the delivery of oncological drugs, general medications and infusion fluids for the Swietokrzyski Pharmacy Center of Oncology in Kielce. 22/11/2017
227 Supply of diagnostic reagents for immunohematology studies 18/10/2017
228 Microbiological or bacteriological reagents, solutions or dyes 17/10/2017
229 Acquisition of High Resolution HLA Genotyping Reagents from Bone Marrow Voluntary Donors by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) from the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation, IP 13/12/2017
230 Reagents, reagents and consumables for cytomorphology 30/10/2017
231 Reagents and consumables for an automatic immunochemical analyzer for the detection of occult blood in the feces of NS-Plus manufactured by Otsuka Electronics Co. Ltd. (Japan 20/10/2017
232 Extending oncology department oncology radiotherapy. 14/11/2017
233 Tests for the needs of the laboratory for microbiology 22/10/2017
234 11742268 MICROBIOLOGY ANALYSIS WORKSHEET- Standard 19/10/2017
235 Immunoglobulins normal human 2017. 20/11/2017
236 Integrated desktop alpha spectrometer 30/10/2017
237 Acquisition of reagents for automated equipment of biochemistry and laboratory immunology of Dr. Liborio Panchana Sotomayor Hospital 20/10/2017
238 Protein Immunoserology - Automated Electrophoresis 31/10/2017
239 Immunological Analyzer Reagents 19/10/2017
240 Spectral flow cytometer. 21/11/2017
241 Liquid Compact Mass Spectrometer LC-MS 19/10/2017
242 Real-Time PCR system (qPCR) (31241-172297/A) 27/11/2017
243 Cleaning service for the Catalan Institute of Oncology Hospitalet and Girona. 27/11/2017
244 Package 1: Department of Surgical Oncology Package 3: Oncology attending a hospital. 30/10/2017
245 Supply of next generation sequencer (NGS) and peripheral equipment 23/11/2017
246 Registration of prices for future and possible acquisitions of material (Reagents for dosage of immunosuppressive drugs and anticonvulsants, serologies for tumor markers and hepatitis) 27/10/2017
247 A1 / 00000012/2018 - Reagents for immunology. 20/11/2017
248 Supply of Media, Chemicals, Reagents Glassware and Microbiological Testing Kits 26/10/2017
249 Supply of laboratory and chemical-clinical and microbiological analysis systems and their consumables (reagents and tests). 16/10/2018
250 Delivery and installation of PCR laboratory equipment with Real Time PCR (Real Time PCR) 03/11/2017
251 Lease contract of the gas chromatograph mass spectrometry system 10/11/2017
252 Single quadrupole gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer systems with purge and trap concentrator 1 set 04/12/2017
253 Supply of bronchofiberoscopes, ultrasound apparatus and flow cytometer. 03/11/2017
254 Fluorescence-based flow cytometry with plasma mass spectrometry. 18/10/2018
255 Serums for immunology. 02/11/2017
256 Rapid analysis mass spectrometer 02/11/2017
257 Jinmen County Health Bureau 106 procurement of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer 1 group 26/10/2017
258 Purchase of UV / VIS spectrophotometer in the set 25/10/2017
259 Capillary electrophoresis tandem mass spectrometer 31/10/2017
260 Supply of medical equipment for the Provincial Multiculturalistic Oncology and Traumatology Center. M. Copernicus in ŇĀ√≥dŇļ. 139 / ZP / 17. 01/12/2017
261 PCR equipment. 20/11/2017
262 Spectrometer, induction furnaces 30/11/2017
263 Deliver LCMSMS spectrometer. 29/11/2017
264 High-end mass spectrometer for high speed processing and quantitative analysis of biomarkers. 19/10/2018
265 The procurement of an instrument for real-time long-reads genome wide sequencing of bacteria. 22/11/2017
266 Delivery of qualitative tests for anti-Treponema pallidum immuno-automatic immunoassay with calibrators, internal and external controls and diagnostic consumables for 195 000 donations over a 36-month period and lease of analyzers for the above-mentioned tests compatible with the BANK KRWI computer system owned by the Ordering Party. 29/11/2017
267 Providing oncological medications. 24/11/2017
268 Fluorescence Spectrometer Beam Scattering Monitoring Module Module Brand: PTT / Taiwan Model: RAM-SK or equivalent 01/11/2017
269 Bench-top flow cytometer with 3 Lasers 03/11/2017
270 Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer (201802694/A) 29/11/2017
271 Supply, Delivery and Installation of an Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrome 14/11/2017
272 Flow Cytometer for Sudan 09/11/2017
274 To supply, deliver, install and commission 1 unit of Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (for Dr. Young RD) 30/10/2017
275 Fully Automatted Immunohistochemistry Analyzar 15/11/2017
276 Three years reagent contract of Chemiluminescence Immunoanalyzer 21/11/2017
277 Gamma spectrometer 30/11/2017
278 Supply, Delivery and Installation of Single Quadrupole Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer 17/11/2017
279 Acquisition of reagents required for the Flow Cytometry Department. 24/11/2017
280 RBS70 SPARES (1 LINE ITEM) 13/11/2017
281 Gas chromatograph mass spectrometer for mold odor substance (3 sets) 30/11/2017
282 A low-background high-resolution semiconductor gamma spectrometer with a detector of high-purity germanium (202/17 RCSE and OZ repeated) 03/11/2017
283 High Resolution Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer Maintenance - High Vacuum Turbine Pumps 02/11/2017
284 Supply and installation of mass spectrometer in tandem of high resolution and mass precision coupled to gas chromatography for the Research and Development Center. 29/11/2017
285 HR / AM quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry facility. 27/11/2017
286 Chappuis Band Zenith Spectrometer 10/11/2017
287 Lubricant Spectrometer 31/10/2017
288 Fourier Transform Infra-Red & Raman Spectrometer Chemical Identification Instrument 16/11/2017
289 Photo-Spectrometer UV 23/11/2017
290 Triple/ tandem quadrapole mass spectrometer 15/11/2017
291 Acquisition of a UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, LPQM laboratory, Gif Central CampusSupelec 15/11/2017
292 High - order fluorescence spectrometer 1 set 10/11/2017
293 Supply, delivery and installation of an atomic absorption spectrometer and sampler 27/11/2017
294 Supply, delivery, installation, commissioning, testing and training of One unit of 400MHz Solid State NMR Research Spectrometer Console with Probes for Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore 17/11/2017
295 Supply, Delivery and Installation of Laboratory Equipment (Spectrophotometer and Reactor) 09/11/2017
296 Supply and delivery of spectrophotometers 07/11/2017
297 Infrared Spectrometer (01E91-180649/A) 06/12/2017
298 Gamma-beta spectrometers 11/11/2017
299 BelMT ‚ĄĖ1091 / 17-EA "Mass spectrometer" 24/11/2017
300 66--ACTIVATION: MIRECC Microplate Spectrophotometer with Micro Centrifuge 08/11/2017
301 Project: tender_6339 - Dual-View Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometers 28/11/2017
302 Set up for Fluorescence Spectrophotometer for the Department of Physics 14/11/2017
303 Acquisition of chemical reagents used in HPLC high performance Liquid Chromatography analyzes. 13/11/2017
304 UV/VIS spectrophotometer 20/11/2017
305 TDA Spectrometers 2017 08/11/2017
306 Supply of Spectrophotometer 13/11/2017
307 Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning, Testing and Training for One unit of X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) & Accessories for Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore. 21/11/2017
308 High Resolution Mass Spectrometer (5K003-170791/A) 04/12/2017
309 Lease Items Laser Raman spectrometer system 1 set 19/12/2017
310 Automatic sequential wave-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer 29/11/2017
311 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer. 15/12/2017
312 Diagnostic and maintenance of gas chromatograph Agilent 6850 with mass spectrometer detector Agilent 5973N 20/11/2017
313 The time-of-flight mass spectrometer of secondary ions (TOF-SIMS) 03/12/2017
314 Project: tender_7014 - Supply, Delivery & Installation of Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectromet 15/12/2017
315 A Complete Bench Top Triple Quadrupole Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer. 29/12/2017
316 Purchase of digital X-ray diagnostic system 16/01/2018
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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 countryís 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. Moldovaís 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.
    ďThis 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,Ē says Magnus LŲfgren, CEO at Speed Identity.

    Source: http://www.securitydocumentworld.com

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  •  Regulating body armour wonít 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 donít have a permit. And those people can expect to pay a fine up to $10,000, along with serving six months in the clink.

    ďPolice now have another resource in their fight against gangs in our communities,Ē said Jonathan Denis, Albertaís Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety.

    ďThis initiative doesnít penalize those with a legitimate reason to wear body armour, such as police or security personnel.Ē

    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 ďa knee-jerk reaction to a nonexistent problem.Ē

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

    ďIf 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?Ē 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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  •  Visiongainís 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: ďSpending 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 equipmentĒ.

    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 ó Aging police vehicles are slated for discussion during tonightís Administrative Services Committee meeting, as Oswegoís police chief submitted five requests to bolster the departmentís 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 departmentís existing budget allotment for vehicles and equipment.

    Also up for discussion is the additional purchase of a 2012 Chevy Tahoe as part of the ďOperation StonegardenĒ 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 ďcooperation 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,Ē 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 ďup-armoredĒ surplus military vehicle. Administrative Services Committee Chairman Ron Kaplewicz, R-7th Ward, said he looked forward to hearing about this unusual vehicle. ďIím sure the chief will tell us what itís all about,Ē 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 ďup-armoredĒ 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 departmentís 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 yearís 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 mayorís 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.

    ďThen we were told, ĎNo cars,í and we got behind the eight ball,Ē he told councilors at the time. ďTo maintain our cycle, we need two vehicles.Ē

    Councilors Mike Myers, R-2nd Ward, and Shawn Walker, R-4th Ward, looked for ways the city budget could accommodate the police departmentís 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 cityís 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 cityís fire chief regarding ďspecial detailsĒ for the cityís 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 isnít a name you see very often in TechCrunch, but companies donít 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 worldís 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.

    CoffeeTableís 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, Landsí End, West Elm, etc. Beyond offering quick checkout across all catalogs through its ďExpress Checkout,Ē 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 ó 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.

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

    ĎAnd 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 itís a very simple concept of actively opposing the force of the mine.í

    Because it deals with global acceleration, the technology should protect lighter cars as well as armoured vehicles. ĎYou donít carry around huge amounts of mass to counteract the blast,í said Sloman. ĎYou can double the mine blast capability of a system, at least.í

    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 Defenceís 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. ĎEither 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.í

    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 Franceís 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 travelerís 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.

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

    Source: http://www.contactlessnews.com

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  •  Chinaís 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 applicantís 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 eurozoneís problems could create opportunities.
    Chief ≠executive Tim Cobbold said: ďItís always our policy not to comment on matters like that.Ē
    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: ďThe face value of cash in ≠circulation is growing, particularly in countries where populations and affluence are rising.Ē
    The shares fell 32Ĺp to 976Ĺp.

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

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  •  Indiaís 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 Gemaltoís 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. ďWe have never had any government projects with Pakistan,Ē 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 Pakistanís 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 ďSealys eTravelĒ 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 holderís 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 ďfresh security clearance from the MHA in respect of a technically qualified bidder (Gemalto)Ē.

    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 customersí operations and processes.

    Notably, in a recent report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs had expressed ďconcern over the doubtful backgroundĒ 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 isnít 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 Ė each liable to receive up to $65 million for preproduction engineering, manufacturing, and development Ė 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 arenít 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 Generalís 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 Ďs 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-Oís 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 itís a repurposed version of the Eagle IV, which General Dynamics European Land systems has supplied to the German military since 2008.
    The Eagle isnít as new, but it is tried and tested; and, perhaps more importantly, itís relatively cheap at less than $260,000 a pop.

    Lockheed JLTV:
    With utility in mind, the JLVT ó 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 ó 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 Pentagonís requirements changed for the second phase of the competition.

    Launched in October of 2011, Navistar Defenseís Saratoga is yet another entry into the U.S. militaryís 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 Systemsí 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. Itís 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 weíre 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 Defenseís 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 Oshkoshís 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 ó 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.

    ďMy job would be greatly hindered without it,Ē 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 Sheriffís 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 ACLUís concern about the possible misuse of citizen information, but proper safeguards are in place to make sure that doesnít happen.

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

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

    ďWe are tasked with ensuring the safety of the community,Ē he said. ďThis is another tool to help us do our jobs better and more efficiently.Ē

    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 thatís the envy of many law enforcement officials.

    The cityís 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 itís going to save us is going to be huge,Ē he said. ďItís a pretty vast area that we try and cover.Ē

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

    ďWe couldnít afford it right now,Ē said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, spokeswoman for the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

    Officials with the Iowa City Police Department didnít return calls for comment, but Assistant to the City Manager Geoff Fruin said LPR technology hasnít 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.

    ďAs youíre going through downtown Lone Tree, to be running every license plate you go by, I could see where that could be useful,Ē 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 departmentís 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 wouldnít be able to tell whether a vehicle is stolen or whether thereís a warrant for the ownerís 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.

    ďWeíve got 16,000 parking spaces,Ē he said. ďYes, it would help.Ē

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

    ďLPR is definitely going to be in our future,Ē he said. ďHow we use it is unclear yet, whether itís enforcement, cashiering or security, but weíre headed that way.Ē

    The Polk County Sheriffís 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.

    ďSo 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,Ē 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 heís concerned about the governmentís 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 thatís collected is destroyed, Stone said.

    ďAs 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,Ē 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 Malaysiaís new national electronic identity cards. Known as MyKad, the smart card features Infineonís 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 bearerís 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 Infineonís 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 otherís correct function by utilizing error detection.

    Infineonís 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 ďfamily tanksĒ 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 Mexicoís 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 partyís 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 Mexicoís 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.
    ďWe are proud to be a key provider of secure contactless technology to governments for eIDs worldwide,Ē says Anthony Ball, senior vice president, Identity and Access Management (IAM), HID Global. ďMore 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 worldís security.Ē
    HID Global says it has shipped more than 100 million components used in ePassports in 30 countries, which comprises approximately 28% of the worldís 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 countryís most advanced secure technology facilities to accommodate the growing global trend toward eIDs and ePassports. Now one of Connemara Gaeltachtís largest employers, the operation is dedicated to eGovernment product research, development and manufacturing, and includes a world competence centre for HID Globalís high technology RFID-enabled components.
    ďHID Global is at the centre of an important global trend,Ē says Craig Sandness, vice president of sales at the firmís Government ID Solutions division. ďGovernments 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.Ē

    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 ďpretty awesome machinesĒ 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 ó 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 ďshocked at the allegations against me, which I totally deny.Ē He also said he was prepared to meet with U.S. prosecutors.

    John Lichtenstein, Whyteís 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 Canadaís website, which was updated in late 2011.

    The company has an ďimpeccable worldwide standingĒ and counts as its clients heads of state, diplomats, government agencies, multinational corporations, police forces and ďdiscriminating individuals worldwide,Ē 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 ďhostile and dangerousĒ 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 ďother business and personal expenditures,Ē 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.

    ď(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,Ē the indictment states.

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

    On Friday, Armetís 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: ďI 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.Ē

    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 womanís blouse which will give a more secure and customized fit.

    ďMost females tend to have a narrow or thinner waist as it relates to the chest area, so we pulled the waist area in,Ē Lozano said, adding that itís not always a one-to-one relationship. ďSome 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.Ē

    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.

    ďThe challenge right now is that when you bring in those complex curvatures, the plate loses some of its strength,Ē Lozano said. ďWeíre 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.Ē

    Developments in protective plate design will make ballistic protection more comfortable and form-fitting for both female and male Soldiers, but thatís 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.

    ďThere are 30 females who weíll provide with spares and repair parts,Ē he said. ďWeíll hold some in reserve in case other females get added to the teams. Theyíll do user evaluations, then provide feedback to us that weíll wrap into the final iteration of the design and look to field to a brigade combat team by next summer.Ē

    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. ďWe have regenerated the concept following a directive from the Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management,Ē 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. ďWe are serious about implementing it,Ē 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. ďEmbossed number plates canít be changed easily, so it will reduce the use of vehicles in crimes,Ē he said.

    Former director general of the department Saradchandra Paudel had envisioned the concept three years back. ďWe have been conducting a feasibility study,Ē 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 ó licence or vehicle registration and for renewing them.

    Source: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com

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  •  ALEXANDRIA, VA.óProsecutors 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 ďconsultantsĒ 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 Franceís 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 systemís configuration includes automated leafing, inline inkjet printing, smart card encoding, laser perforation and enhanced lamination of secure thin-film overlays. The systemís universal interface comes through Datacardís 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 passportís 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 ďbiometric identificationĒ and ďpublic key infrastructure (PKI) cryptographic technologyĒ. 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 ďa generic term used to describe automated means of recognizing a living person through the measurement of distinguishing physiological or behavioural traitsĒ .

    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 travelerís 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 travelerís 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 ICAOís 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 ICAOís 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 Ė 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 ó 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 ó 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 ó 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 ó 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 ó 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 ó acquisition of a raw biometric sample; Extract ó conversion of the raw biometric sample data to an intermediate form; Create template ó conversion of the intermediate data into a template for storage; and Compare ó 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 governmentís 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 Canadaís 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 Kingdomís 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.

    ďIt will be something that Canadians can be proud to carry,Ē 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.

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    The implementation of Canadaís 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 Canadaís 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 countryís Home Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone.
    ePassports, also known as ďbiometric passportsĒ 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 bearerís 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 Ministryís 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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    TrŁb 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 TrŁb 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 countryís Ministry of Internal Affairs.
    ďIt is widely recognised that the Lithuanian biometric passports are a valuable indicator of the countryís distinctive attitude to security-oriented innovation,Ē said a Ministry of Internal Affairs official.
    ePassports, also known as ďbiometric passportsĒ 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 bearerís 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 countryís 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 holderís 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, Finlandís 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 driverís 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 itís 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 driverís 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 ďsignificant budgetary constraintsĒ 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 CBNís 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 ďpolycarbonateĒ card they say is less secure than their color-picture IDs on cards made of ďTeslin.Ē The losing bidders say they also werenít 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 taxpayersí money.

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

    The driverís license contract is rebid under the federal ďReal IDĒ 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 wonít comment until the comptrollerís 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 driverís licenses and other documents.

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

    ďPolycarbonate and Teslin are both highly secure materials suitable for driversí licenses,Ē said MorphoTrust Vice President and General Counsel Scott Boylan. ďThe 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.Ē

    CBN ďfailed a mandatory technical requirement which related to the ability to provide color text for the cards, a mandatory requirement,Ē 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 comptrollerís office is now evaluating the bids.

    ďWhile I canít comment on specific contracts, our impartial review of bid protests is essential to protect New Yorkers from millions of dollars in unnecessary costs,Ē said Kate Gurnett, spokeswoman for state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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

    CBN and De La Rue are close competitors with a long history of providing secure documents including driverís 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 ó 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.

    ďOsprea plans its first-year production of Mamba Mk5ís to be over 100 vehicles, which can translate to work for over 200 people,Ē said Salih Brandt, the chairman of Osprea Logistics in an email response to the Business Daily.

    ďKenya is strategically located and offers great access to the rest of Africa compared to South Africa where Ospreraís other manufacturing plant is.Ē

    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 Kenyaís 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 regionís defense forces buy their armoured cars and trucks mainly from Russia and South Africa.

    ďThere is a tangible move world-wide towards Ďsmart investingí 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,Ē 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 yearís 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 Septemberís 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 SCAís 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 itís 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 governmentís 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 Omanís goal to provide enhanced services and protection to its citizens, using digital security technologies. ??

    The solution includes Gemaltoís 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 holderís 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 CŰte díIvoire, 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 UAEís 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.

    ďThe increase in contactless adoption is not limited to a selection of markets, although itís the banking and government verticals which are adopting contactless technology at a quicker rate, with the SIM market close behind,Ē 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.

    ďABI 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,Ē Sealy states. ďAs a result ABI Research forecasts that dual interface shipments will exceed the 1 billion mark in 2015.Ē

    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 subscribersí 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, ďwhich places more emphasis on infrastructure, to a management information system (MIS) which places premium on generating information for management decision-makingĒ.

    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 ďposterity will not forgive us if, in nurturing this infant institution, it slips into structural, operational, and financial inefficiencyĒ.

    The President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, who was present at the event, pledged his associationís 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, ďThe 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.Ē
    ABIís 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.
    ďThe increase in contactless adoption is not limited to a selection of markets, although itís the banking and government verticals which are adopting contactless technology at a quicker rate, with the SIM market close behind,Ē Phil Sealy ABI Research analyst said. ďABI 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.Ē
    Last year, in a Biometrics Research Note, Rawlson King forecasted that the market for electronic identity cards Ė for which smart cards are often used Ė 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 Guineaís 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 Pokís 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 PNGís military barracks.
    ďThey 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 itís 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.Ē

    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, ďGlobal Border Control and Biometrics Market Assessment,Ē covers the security, military, government and law enforcement sectors of the industry. It found that the marketís 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 hasnít 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 weíve been more focused on the ďwhatĒ than the ďwho.Ē If organizations are really going to make a meaningful impact on protecting their assets, whether physical or virtual, itís most important to focus on the ďwhoĒóand coordinating that task between IT and security is becoming important.

    Who was that (really)?

    Although privileges are assigned to people, itís not always clear who is entering a password or who is carrying an RFID card. The risk of not knowing ďwhoĒ 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 ďwhoĒ 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 ďwhoĒ in transactions. Who is accessing my facility? Who is punching the time clock? Who is withdrawing funds from that ATM? The question is always, ďWho?Ē

    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 personóand neither can establish who exactly that is. Only biometric technology can do that.

    Itís more than just about security

    Weíve 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 convenientóthatís 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 objectiveósecurityóis 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 perfectlyóon 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. Thatís no compromise, thatís 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 couldnít 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. Itís 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 itís 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 ďwho.Ē

    Security integrators know ďwho.Ē Theyíve been integrating biometrics at the door for some time now. Perhaps itís 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 ďDry LeaseĒ to the ďWet Lease system,Ē Brig-Gen. Opoku-Adusei stated during Ghanbatt 77ís 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 ďDry LeaseĒ to the ďWet LeaseĒ 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.

    ďI 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 workĒ.

    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 Peopleís 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 Germanyís 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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