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JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X Continues to Outperform

is the JW Fishers Pulse 8X underwater metal detector.The Pulse 8X is JW Fishers’ leading underwater metal detector and has been a staple tool for professional divers for the past 32 years. In 2014, it was named the #1 underwater metal detector by an independent study performed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The P8X was compared to seven other leading detectors on the market and found to be the most economical, effective, and reliable tool for the job. The P8X comes with everything you need to search both on land and submerged to a depth of 200’.  The unit comes equipped

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil

MTS Tech Breakfast: Maritime Cyber Security

a panel that includes: Major General Michael S. Groen, Joint Staff Director Intelligence, J2  Brian Burns, Deputy Assistant Commandant, C4 & Info Technology, U.S. Coast Guard   John Felker, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security  Dr. Daniel Ragsdale, Director, Cybersecurity Center & Professor of Practice, Computer Science & Engineering, Texas A&M University    The breakfast is free of charge for members. The December Technology Innovation Breakfast is scheduled for

Coast Guard R&D Center researchers board a helicopter as they prepare to evaluate remote Alaskan sites to establish a communications relay network. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Research & Development Center staff)

USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska

exercise includes Mobile Ad Hoc Network radios and digital troposcatter technology which could allow first responders to establish voice and internet connections between the Regional Command Centers in Juneau and Anchorage in the event of a mass rescue event. NICS is a web-based system developed by the Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory and the Coast Guard R&D Center. In addition to streamlining the paper-intensive Incident Command System process, NICS allows first responders to chat directly with decision-makers

New Mexico State Police officers search shallow waters of Rio Grande with their Pulse 8X detectors looking for a gun. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Homeland Security Selects Top Underwater Metal Detector

JW Fishers Pulse 8X has been rated the best underwater metal detector by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAVER program. The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program was established to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions. Located within the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the SAVER Program conducts objective assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems and provides those results along with other relevant equipment information to the emergency responder community. In a comparison of the eight top underwater

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'PowerBuoy' Deployed off New Jersey Coast

in Pennington, N.J. According to OPT, the APB350 A1 contains an improved Power Takeoff (PTO) system compared to the APB350 that was deployed in 2011 in connection with the U.S. Navy's Littoral Expeditionary Autonomous PowerBuoy (LEAP) Program and then redeployed in 2013 in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of OPT, commented, "The APB350 is designed to provide a robust and cost effective alternative to incumbent solutions that utilize battery, solar and diesel power. We continue to have interest from potential customers

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Stevens Selected as Maritime Research Center of Excellence

Stevens Institute of Technology announced it has been selected as the lead institution for a new Center of Excellence for Maritime Research (CMR). The selection, announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate will provide Stevens with $2 million per year for five years. The Center will also include the following partner institutions: MIT, University of Miami, Rutgers University, University of Puerto Rico and Elizabeth City State University. Stevens also has new partners with which it will collaborate on research projects, including LSU

Power Buoy: Photo courtesy of OPT

Autonomous Surveillance PowerBuoy Deployed Off NJ Coast

43 meters of water depth, to perform in-ocean tests on its proprietary APB to further validate the technology's capacity for expanded ocean surveillance. This latest deployment is in connection with a previously-announced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement ("CRADA") with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Science & Technology Directorate ("S&T"). The DHS S&T Borders and Maritime Security Division are collaborating with OPT to demonstrate the effectiveness of its long duration maritime vessel detection platform. This involves the redeploymen

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