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(July 2014,

Homeland Security Research Corporation analysts forecast a strong comeback of the X-ray security industry generating a solid 7% CAGR. The growth will be boosted by three main drivers: expansion of the Asia Pacific secured facilities and aviation security markets; the replacement of more than 40,000 outdated X-ray systems; and despite a decade of R&D aiming at new baggage, luggage, cargo and mail screening technologies, there is no modality on the horizon that can competitively challenge the cost-performance of the X-ray based screening technologies.

(2016,

A Transportation Safety Summit, led by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), wrapped up two days of discussion last Friday in Gatineau. The Summit brought together a broad cross-section of senior Canadian transportation executives from government, and from the marine, pipeline, rail and aviation industries, including some of their bargaining agents.

(2015,
issue 3)
BY TIM DUNNE


Canadians should take warning from the events in Paris on 13 November. Too often, Canadians dismiss terrorist threats, warnings and close calls with the usual attitude that “Canada is not important enough to attract terrorism,” or that “it can’t happen here.” That kind of thinking is dangerous. It can happen here, and it has happened here.

(2015,
issue 1)
BY K. JOSEPH SPEARS

The so-called “hard” landing  of an Air Canada A320 Airbus on final approach to Runway 05 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), on March 28th, has called into question airport emergency response capabilities at the airport, and the larger issue of provision of navaids to strengthen international aviation safety.

(2015,

(February 2009) The Canadian Society for Senior Engineers (CSSE) ranks the various Canadian Aerospace program areas, and makes strong recommendations to the Government of Canada. Included among them is a call to increase R&D funding in these areas.

(2015,

(March 2006) On the morning of 7 July 2005, three explosions rocked the London transit system. This Report examines intelligence and security matters relevant to those terrorist attacks, and focuses in particular on: whether any intelligence which may have helped prevent the attacks was missed or overlooked; why the threat level to the UK was lowered prior to the attacks (and what impact this had); what lessons were learned on the back of the attacks; and how these are being applied.

(2015,

(June 2008) Securing America's mass transit systems presents a real challenge for federal, state, and local agencies and for the transit systems themselves. Long routes and open facilities make the systems vulnerable and very limited financial resources make it difficult for systems to reduce those vulnerabilities.

(2015,

(Executive Summary) In addition to outlining the results of an investigation into the Toronto Transit Commission?s plans for the expansion of its video surveillance system, the report provides a review of the literature into the effectiveness of video surveillance, as well as an assessment of the role that Privacy-Enhancing Technologies play in protecting privacy.

(2014,
By Homeland Security Research Corporation

(July 2014) Analysts forecast a strong comeback of the X-ray security industry generating a solid 7% CAGR. The growth will be boosted by three main drivers: expansion of the Asia Pacific secured facilities and aviation security markets; the replacement of more than 40,000 outdated X-ray systems; and despite a decade of R&D aiming at new baggage, luggage, cargo and mail screening technologies, there is no modality on the horizon that can competitively challenge the cost-performance of the X-ray based screening technologies.

(2009,

(Nov 2009) This audit report by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada examined whether the Department of Transport Canada has adequate controls and safeguards to collect, use, disclose, retain, dispose, protect and ensure the accuracy of personal information under the Passenger Protect Program. The core of the Passenger Protect Program is the Specified Persons List, otherwise known as Canada's "No-fly list."

Jim Facette
(2008,
issue 2)
BY CLIVE ADDY

Our Editor, Clive Addy, recently conducted an interview with Mr. Jim Facette, President and CEO of the Canadian Airports Council to get an update on the state of security at the airports in Canada.

Q:What are the major accomplishments in ensuring the Security of Canadians at our airports since 2001?

(2008,

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies just published this study on transit and its role in emergency evacuation. "The purpose of this study, which was requested by Congress and funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Transit Cooperative Research Program, is to evaluate the potential role of transit systems in accommodating the evacuation, egress, and ingress of people from or to critical locations in times of emergency.

(2006,
issue 2)
BY KEN DUNLAP

Protecting our passengers and employees with effective and efficient security measures is the highest priority for the aviation industry. However, since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the airline industry has endured a continuous stream of stopgap security measures – many of these were rushed into effect with little or no industry input. What we are finding, is that a security system designed through hastened reaction to a crisis may not be the best long-term solution for the industry.

(2006,
issue 1)
BY LOUIS GAGNON

Recently, an abandoned suitcase was found adjacent to a Brooklyn subway station. It contained surveillance-style photos of NY monuments and, among them, pictures of various subway stations. Disturbingly, it has been revealed that a suspect in the 2004 Madrid bombings, Abdelhak Chergui, had maps of Montreal’s Metro and commuter rail systems in his possession when apprehended by the Spanish police. And last summer the horror can be summed up in the single word: London. Governments everywhere are confronting a security situation that analysts have been warning about for years.

(2006,

(December 2006) This report uses the National Identity Scheme to strengthen borders of the United Kingdom and enforce compliance within the UK.