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The Statue of Liberty Strengthens Security With Broadband Wireless Network; MSGI Security Solutions and Michael Stapleton Associates Team Up to Engineer Secure Wireless Transmission for 24/7 Bomb Detection Monitoring
[May 03, 2005]

The Statue of Liberty Strengthens Security With Broadband Wireless Network; MSGI Security Solutions and Michael Stapleton Associates Team Up to Engineer Secure Wireless Transmission for 24/7 Bomb Detection Monitoring

NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSGI Security Solutions, Inc. and Michael Stapleton Associates (MSA) today announced the completed installation of a wireless network that supports 24/7 bomb detection monitoring at the Statue of Liberty.

Working in partnership with Innalogic LLC, MSGI's wireless software and network engineering firm, MSA created a secure point-to-point broadband connection to transmit object images wirelessly from Liberty Island to MSA's bomb detection monitoring stations.
The project represents an important new security initiative at the Statue of Liberty. The specially engineered wireless link powers a fully encrypted digital signal that creates a private broadband network dedicated solely to bomb detection monitoring. Via the connection, MSA's SmartTech(C) bomb technicians receive images, plus a voice-over-IP (VoIP) channel, from x-ray machines that screen packages being brought onto Liberty Island. Images are transmitted in real-time to the SmartTech Operations Center, where veteran bomb experts evaluate suspect parcels and advise on-site security staff in emergency situations.
Jeremy Barbera, Chairman and CEO of MSGI Security Solutions, Inc., said, "MSGI is in the business of devising customized, integrated solutions that meet our clients' safety and security requirements. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with MSA to custom-design a wireless solution that safeguards the Statue of Liberty in the critical area of explosives detection. This is the successful first project in a series of joint initiatives we will be undertaking with MSA."
George Harvey, president of Michael Stapleton Associates, said, "MSA is pleased to have helped increase security at the Statue of Liberty, one of our country's most treasured national landmarks. MSA's SmartTech engineers worked closely with Innalogic to devise a solution that met the U.S. Park Police's core requirement -- designing a powerful, secure and dedicated wireless link to transmit images for MSA bomb techs' round-the-clock monitoring."
Bryan M. Parola, CEO of Innalogic, added, "Our work at Liberty Island was a true team effort. By combining MSA's capabilities in bomb detection monitoring with Innalogic's expertise in network engineering, we were able to devise a fully data-protected wireless link that supports the overall security infrastructure on Liberty Island, while providing a foundation for additional wireless connectivity in the future."
With MSA's SmartTech, bomb technicians located in New York support package-screening operations anywhere in the world. Whenever an image captured by an MSA x-ray machine is beyond the scope of the on-site operator they can -- by clicking the SmartTech icon -- transmit the image real time to the MSA SmartTech Operations Center. At the same time the image is transmitted, audio communication is established and the screener and MSA expert can evaluate the image using all of the features of the machine at the direction of the MSA technician.
Innalogic LLC, which works with clients such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is a wireless software product development and network engineering firm. The company specializes in developing software that delivers rich-media content (video, audio, biometric, sensor data, etc.) to wirelessly enabled mobile devices over wireless or wired networks. Innalogic is strategically focused on developing wireless technologies for public safety, law enforcement, and disaster-preparedness applications.
About Michael Stapleton Associates. Founded in 1987, Michael Stapleton Associates (MSA) has become the premier explosive detection company in America by providing the very best in explosive detection, canine teams and equipment, perimeter defense, anti-terrorist services, information and training. MSA's products and services emphasize protection against explosive and radiological devices, biological agents and potential high-risk intruders. MSA is the first and only Explosives Detection Security Company in the United States designated and certified by the Department of Homeland Security to provide anti-terrorism technologies. The company's telephone number is: 212-509-1336. Additional information is available on the MSA website:
About MSGI
MSGI Security Solutions, Inc. is an international proprietary solutions provider developing a combination of innovative emerging businesses that leverage information and technology. MSGI is principally focused on the homeland security, public safety and law-enforcement services industry. The Company is headquartered in New York City, and has regional offices in Washington DC; and Milan, Italy. MSGI acquires material interests in high-growth technology and software development businesses. These firms are led by successful entrepreneurs and experienced management teams that have developed end-to-end client solutions that meet current and emerging market needs.
The Company is currently comprised of two operating companies and a significant unconsolidated investment which collectively deliver a powerful array of strategic synergies for cross-selling and joint product development. MSGI is engaged in an ongoing corporate growth program whose focus is acquisitions, strategic alliances and co-branding relationships in the United States and Europe. More information on MSGI is available on the Company's website at:
MSGI Security Solutions, Inc.

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