Experts From TIAX Speak on Advanced Security Technologies At IEEE Homeland Security Conference

The 2002 Fall Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Conference on Technologies for Homeland Securities features TIAX experts discussing the role of novel technologies.

Representatives from TIAX will participate in the 2002 Fall Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Conference on Technologies for Homeland Securities on November 13-14. TIAX and other industry experts will discuss the role of novel and advanced technologies to enhance the security of the United States homeland and its critical infrastructure.

Dr. Alan Louie, Senior Manager of TIAX’s Applied Biotechnology Programs, will lead the discussion on Decontamination and Disaster Recovery: Technology Options Building on Life Since 9/11. Louie was part of the team that developed a sprayable foam to destroy chemical and biological threats, including anthrax and Sarin.

“Recovery from both man-made and natural disasters is much more complex than simply putting a permanent fence around the affected area,” said Louie. “Valuable resources, including computers, documents, office space, and agricultural lands, must be reclaimed to minimize the long term economic and psychological impacts of a disaster. This procress requires eliminating hazardous residuals and verifying the safe use of the treated resource.”

Louie added, “A number of technologies are available to detect or destroy residual hazards, each with specific requirements that may limit effectiveness. Educated and validated use of these technologies offer the best potential for a timely ‘return to normal’.”

Other presentations at the conference include a session on Information Security, chaired by Gerald R. Larocque, Ph.D., of TIAX. Larocque will speak on the topic of Cyber Security: How and Why Not to Leave the Back Door Open.

“Security issues pertain to a range of physical devices, business activities and network applications and become increasingly important as people rely more on the electronic exchange of information and perform more business electronically,” said Larocque. “Although the stakes, in terms of ensuring cyber security, for government agencies and businesses are higher, the average home user is also vulnerable, particularly, because they are using ‘always on’ network connections at an increasing rate and sometimes do not apply security measures such as firewalls.”

Larocque added, “In addition, as the use of wireless networks increases, the potential exposure to a security breach increases and requires additional measures since radio signals can be more readily eavesdropped than hardwired connections.”

TIAX works with clients in a wide cross-section of industries on the development and implementation of new technologies and products. One area that TIAX continues to focus on is its work with U.S. Government agencies and commercial organizations to safeguard the public from chemical and biological hazards. Examples of TIAX’s success in the area of homeland security technologies include:

  • Development of a non-toxic foam-based decontamination system effective on both toxic chemical and biological agents. A patent has been filed on the technology and commercialization is currently in progress.
  • Development of card-deck-sized chemical and biological agent detectors for the use of law enforcement and first responders.
  • Identification of key decontamination technologies available to eliminate anthrax from US mail and viability evaluation of a mail treatment operating approach and facility
  • Design of a US Military next-generation air conditioning/heating system for portable shelter temperature control while providing nuclear, biological, and chemical protection.