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Homeland Security Conference to be held in November

November 13 to 15 is the scheduled date for the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security. The conference is aptly titled “HST ‘12” and among the keynote speakers invited to the conference is U.S Customs and Border Protection official Mark S. Borkowski. The event will be held in Waltham, Massachusetts, which is located on the outskirts of Boston.

Borkowski is the assistant commissioner of the CBP Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition. He will be on hand to discuss border security technologies and its outcomes for the United States.

Annually, the CBP processes about 340 million travelers to and from the United States. Major points of entry into the country are closely watched by the agency along with several million items that are imported. The wide scope of the Customs and Border Protection covers both human travelers and goods that enter the United States.

The CBP is armed with state of the art technologies, which are primarily designed to not only to protect a vast expanse of territory but also to correctly identify people and trade goods. The agency has several technological assets such as mobile surveillance units, thermal imaging systems, along with non-intrusive inspection units that can see through small boxes up to large container vans. Aerial support for the CBP also comprises of 128 aircrafts and 6 unmanned aircraft systems.

Last year’s HST conference had 400 attendees and this year’s event is projected to have a larger crowd. Organizers highly encourage their international partners to attend.

Will you be attending the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security?

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