Systems offers robust performance for strategic applications defined by
the Department of Homeland Security. Utilized in DHS applications
today, Strix Access/One is the industry's robust high
performance platform for stable and secure WiFi coverage for critical
homeland security efforts including transportation, railway, ports and
most quantifiable and meaningful way to improve command and control,
foster security and demonstrate progress toward mission-critical
objectives in an emergency/crisis situation is to provide an
interoperable and secure network infrastructure that enables immediate,
effective and higher quality communications between previously
disparate groups than ever before.
previous first responder communications have been unique to themselves
enabling groups of communicators and no effective primary or
alternative method of versatile high bandwidth communications capable
of operations for static and completely mobile situations.
responders are critical to homeland security, whether the nature of the
crisis is a terrorist attack, chemical disaster, or any other
emergency. Real-time, secured/encrypted information for emergency
departments with seamless wireless broadband interoperability
throughout federal and state responder departments for law enforcement;
fire/EMS, healthcare; and security, first responder agencies enables
instant access to government leadership at virtually every level.
Intelligence and Warnings
detection and monitoring systems allow law enforcement agencies to
identify criminal activity before citizens and critical infrastructures
are affected. Strix Access/One enables intelligence and warning
solutions for detection, identification, location and observation of
criminal activities as well as the track of dangerous goods.
a border involves more than securing checkpoints. Strix Access/One
provides the wiireless infrastructure for border control solutions and
enabling protection against the illegal intrusion of people, vehicles
and merchandise into a country, restricted zone or vital facility.
Critical Infrastructure Protection
security and public safety programs must protect critical
infrastructures in crisis situations. Strix Access/One provides
products and professional services enabling the for the deployment of
WiFi wireless systems to help safeguard critical infrastructures
Public and Professional Safety
response units need reliable, interoperable communications to maintain
awareness during emergencies. Strix Access/One provides the highest
performance multi-radio broadband WiFi wireless mesh networking
solutions enabling vital and secure field communications and full
interoperability among agencies and jurisdictions.
security threats can disable business, disrupt public communications
and cripple public security and safety systems. Strix Access/One
provides provides secured, encrypted protection for wireless mesh
networks and is fully interoperable with external devices such as
intrusion detection systems and firewalls.
and state agencies are taking steps to include multiple technologies
for homeland security, border protection and disaster preparedness. One
such method is through Grant awards. The U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) continues to provide grant awards to strengthen the
ability of ports, transit, and intercity bus systems to prevent,
protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major
disasters and other emergencies. The awards are part of fiscal year
Infrastructure Protection Programs (IPP), which provide nearly $2
billion in grants to strengthen critical infrastructure facilities and
“These grants help to
protect our nation’s critical infrastructure from threats and hazards
that could cause major loss of life, economic impact, and disruption of
services,” said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson.
“These risk-based investments will increase security for vital assets
such as ports, mass transit systems, long-distance bus carriers,
chemical facilities, and nuclear power plants.”
funding is allocated as part of the IPP to Tier I Transit grants, the
Buffer Zone Protection Program and the Trucking Security Program.
Today’s announcement outlines the final competitively-bid portions of
these grants, which includes Port Security grants, Tier II Transit
Security grants, and Intercity Bus Security grants.
security efforts require unrelenting robust high performance for
real-time broadcast of critical alerts for time-sensitive information
that must be relayed to field units via local dispatch and strategic
empowerment and enforcement. Immediate real-time mobile access to
stationary and real-time information maintained by county, state,
national or federal and international law enforcement agencies.
Immediate mobile access to critical information delivered while moving
at high speeds to an incident such as emergency response to bomb
threats and assaults, shooting, fire or other incidents. Instant access
to infrastructure blueprints, chemical information, hazardous materials
and interoperablity with state and local agency networks to retrieve
localized geographic (GIS) information, street maps, and up-to-date
traffic reports assist police, fire and ambulance personnel to optimize
responsiveness and more.
homeland security applications take advantage of Strix's Access/One
robust high performance, flexibility and interoperability to enable
cohesive infrastructure for homeland security applications. Click here for one example of a DHS related deployments.
Strix Access/One OWSincorporates secured frequency long-range high power 4.9 GHz access
with simultaneous 2.4 GHz access, and high-capacity integrated
dual-radio 5.8 GHz backhaul for the industry's highest performance.
More significant still is that the combined multi-radio solution
enables the combined deployment of public safety and commercial
networks from the same architecture which results in lower overall
total cost of ownership and greater potential for new applications
without sacrificing performance.
The Directorate of Science and Technology within the DHS is devided into the following responsibilities:
- Explosives Divisionfocuses on the detection, mitigation, and response to explosives such
as improvised explosive devices and suicide bombers.
- Chemical and Biological Divisionconducts analyses for better characterization and prioritization of the
threat, develops detection systems to provide early warning of a
possible attack so as to minimize exposure and speed treatment of
victims, conducts forensic analyses to support attribution, and works
with federal partners who have lead responsibilities in decontamination
and restoration, agrodefense, and food security.
- Border and Maritime Security Divisiondevelops, evaluates, and demonstrates technologies and tools for better
securing our land and maritime ports of entry. We are pilot testing
surveillance and monitoring capabilities to cover vast expanses of
remote border and developing and testing security devices and
inspection methods to secure the large volume of cargo entering U.S.
- Command, Control, & Interoperability Divisionfocuses on operable and interoperable communications for emergency
responders, security and integrity of the Internet, and development of
automated capabilities that “connect-the-dots” to recognize potential
- Human Factors Divisionapplies the social and behavioral sciences to improve detection,
analysis, and understanding of threats posed by individuals, groups,
and radical movements; to support the preparedness, response and
recovery of communities impacted by catastrophic events; and to advance
national security by integrating human factors into homeland security
- Infrastructure/Geophysical Divisionfocuses on identifying and mitigating the vulnerabilities of the 17
critical infrastructure and key assets that keep our society
and economy functioning.
Spending on Homeland Security.
Civitas Group, a strategic business consultant in the homeland and
national securities markets, recently released a market study, title
“The Homeland Security Market”, that estimates $55 billion was spent in
2006 worldwide on homeland security and anti-terrorism measures, with
the U.S. market accounting for $31 billion of that. Civitas expects a
growth rate of ~eight and 10 percent annually for the next five years
and projects that “the addressable U.S. market over the next five years
will be in the range of approximately $140 billion, a 21 percent
increase over our five-year estimate made in 2004,” according to the
The five-year forecast is further broken down into the following categories:
21 % - Intelligence
17 % - Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism
12% - Bioterrorism and Chemical Agent Prevention
10% - Emergency Preparedness and Response
8 % - Cyber-Security
8% - Physical Security
7% - Aviation Security
6% - Border Security
6 % - Port Security
2% - Nuclear/Radiological Prevention
2% - Ground Transportation Security
Naturally, the biggest spender in the U.S. is the Federal Government.
In 2006, the Feds spent $18 billion out of the total $31 billion. The
private sector and “quasi-government” – such as transit and port
authorities - spent just over half of what the Feds spent, and state
and local governments shelled out a total of $3.5 billion.
Grant award programs enable strategic deployment of Strix Access/One wireless mesh networks including:
- Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)
The PSGP provides funding to 183 public and private entities to create
sustainable, risk-based efforts to protect critical port infrastructure
from terrorism. Eight of the highest risk port regions were placed in
Tier I and were eligible to apply for 60 percent of total PSGP funding.
Port areas in Tiers II, III and IV were eligible to compete for the
additional 40 percent of available funds. Funding priorities included
training, exercises, and other activities to mitigate the risk of
improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and to improve employee
credentialing and access controls. In some cases, multiple port areas
were grouped together to reflect geographic proximity, shared risk, and
a common waterway.
- Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)
The TSGP has provided moneys to high-risk urban areas. Funding has been
made available for the eight highest-risk Tier I urban areas including
24 Tier II urban areas, ferry systems and the National Passenger
Railroad Corporation (Amtrak). In order to provide local transit
agencies greater flexibility in allocating TSGP funds the DHS combined
transit rail grants and transit bus grants to allow them to decide
where they can better focus their resources.
- Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP)
The IBSGP will provides funding to owners and operators of fixed route
intercity and charter bus companies servicing one or more defined Urban
Areas Security Initiative (UASI) jurisdictions. Approximately half teh
funding has been allocated for Tier I to six recipients with the
largest bus fleets and most extensive services to high-risk urban
areas, and the remaining has been allocated for eligible recipients in
Tier II. Proposals from 33 Tier II companies were selected for award.
DHS places a strong emphasis on preventing and detecting IEDs. Other
funding priorities included: the protection of
high-risk/high-consequence assets; use of visible, unpredictable
deterrence; targeted antiterrorism training emergency preparedness
drills and exercises; and public awareness and preparedness campaigns.
The following grant programs received direct allocation funding and were previously announced:
- Transit Security Grant Program – Tier I
The eight highest-risk urban areas will receive moneys to protect their
mass transit systems. This represents roughly 90 percent of the total
TSGP funding for intracity rail and bus systems. The DHS identified
specific target investment levels for each of these eight areas. Each
Tier I applicant must still submit a fully compliant application, which
will undergo a preliminary review prior to final submission. Once
completed, these grants will be awarded through cooperative agreements
with the state, who in turn works with the transit system. Final
Investment Justifications are due 90 days from the date the grant is
awarded by DHS.
- Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP)
The Buffer Zone Protection Program (BZPP) is awarded to states through
their State Administrative Agency. BZPP provides grant funding to build
security and risk-management capabilities at the state and local level
to secure pre-designated Tier I and Tier II critical infrastructure
sites, including chemical facilities, financial institutions, nuclear
and electric power plants, dams, stadiums, and other
- Trucking Security Grant Program (TSP)
The Highway Watch program is operated under a cooperative agreement
with the American Trucking Associations. The TSP recruits and trains
truckers and other highway professionals to identify and report
security and safety situations on our nation’s roads. It also operates
and maintains a Highway Information Sharing and Analysis Center located
at the Transportation Security Operations Center in Herndon, Va.
IPP grants affirm Homeland Security’s commitment to risk-based funding
and deepen the department’s commitment to assisting with regional
planning and security coordination. The risk-based methodology for the
IPP programs is consistent across the modes and is linked to the risk
methodology used to determine eligibility for the core Homeland
Security state and local grant programs.
Access/One gives federal contractors, integrators and service providers
the robust and infrastructure-critical technology for WiFi
interoperability with critical systems and delivers the most cost
effective single-package solution required for quick deployment,
immediate use and absolute cost effectiveness.