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Tony Harris Takes Seat on Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors

Tony Harris, President and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO), was asked to take a position on the Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors. Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. designs and manufactures alternative fuel components and systems. Its corporate office is in New York, New York. Harris replaced William J Young on the Audit and Compensation Committees. He began his tenure on the board of directors on December 31, 2013.

Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc.’s Chairman and CEO Mariano Costamagna said Harris was chosen because of his experience and having proven himself in numerous businesses. “Tony’s success as a senior executive in operations, marketing, and business acquisition at both corporate and entrepreneurial companies will serve Fuel Systems Solutions well." Costamagna continued by explaining that Harris also had experience with strategy formation, leadership development, performance and management compensation which will prove valuable to the company’s shareholders. “The board joins me in welcoming him to Fuel Systems."

Tony Harris is a 1975 graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business (1979). He recently stated, “Now is a very exciting and important time in the development of the global market for gaseous fuel powered automotive and industrial engines." He continued by saying that he looks forward to working with the other board of director members as well as helping them ‘drive the company toward future success.”

Harris took over as President and CEO at CSECO in 2006. The company manufactures contraband detection equipment including the Buster contraband detector, or Buster K910B Density Meter as it’s officially named. This piece of equipment, along with the FV Series Fiberscope and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit, is used to detect narcotics, ‘dirty bombs’ or other explosives and contraband. Organizations using the contraband detection equipment manufactured by CSECO include the US State Department, US Customs and Border Protection, state and local law enforcement agencies and similar agencies in foreign countries.

Some of the positions that Harris has held that have prepared him for this Board of Directors position include:

  • Calpine Corporation vice president where he was involved in brand management, marketing strategy development and new product development
  • PG and E Energy Services National Account Services and Western Regional Sales vice president
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company in a variety of roles including Director of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Standard Pacific Gas Line Inc. president
  • Ford Motor Company Production Supervisor
  • Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation Program Manager
  • StyleChoice.com president which was an entrepreneurial start-up venture in Silicon Valley
  • Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury president and CEO

Harris’ alma mater, Purdue University, has also recognized his commitment to excellence. In 1999 they named him the Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer. In 2008, he was named Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and in 2013 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

He founded the National Society of Black Engineers while a student at Purdue; Harris remains active on the organization’s National Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors for the SF Jazz Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank advisory board. He was recently tapped to take a position on the Office of Global Affairs Strategy Advisory Board for Purdue University.

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Narcotics Detection – Tools to Use If You Don't Have a Canine

If you travel very often, particularly if crossing the US border into Canada or Mexico, you may have noticed United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents moving between the different vehicles. They will be leading their contraband narcotics detection-trained dog. The agent and his dog are often the first-line of defense in locating illegal substances like heroin, ecstacy, crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana. These dogs can also be trained to locate firearms, fireworks or alcoholic beverages. Many law enforcement agencies also use K-9 units for narcotics detection, but what alternatives are available for agencies that do not have a K-9 unit?

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company, also known as CSECO, manufactures a variety of contraband detectors and has since the middle of the 1980s. Nothing will replace a highly trained canine and their handler, but the Buster and other contraband detectors manufactured by CSECO can be used to achieve similar results if the law enforcement agents do not have a K-9 available.

CSECO’s first contraband detector was the Buster K910B density meter. Patrick J. Campbell, founder of CSECO, was asked by the US government to design a contraband detector that would be able to detect contraband through more than one type of surface at a time. With the help of CBP agents who would be using the new tool in the field, CSECO was able to manufacture a tool that quickly alerted agents to contraband including narcotics, currency and other types of contraband. What made the Buster unique was the use of back-scatter technology to detect anomalies quickly.

The Buster contraband detector uses low-intensity gamma radiation. This technology is entirely safe for canines and humans and works by measuring the density of an object. When the Buster is used, and it detects a discrepancy in the object, by either being too low or too high, an alert is given to indicate the discrepancy. The agent or officer knows to inspect this area more closely because chances are contraband is present. The Buster provides both an audible alert as well as a visual alert on its hand-held display.

Anyone driving a vehicle that has produced a ‘hit’ or alert will be moved to secondary inspection. The agent will perform an in-depth scan with the Buster K910B but may also turn to the FV Series Fiberscope, also manufactured by CSECO, which permits agents to inspect areas of a vehicle not normally accessed without dismantling the vehicle. The Fiberscope is made with 16,000 fiber optic strands which produce high-intensity lights that make even the darkest recesses bright. The strands are wrapped with tungsten which enables it to be used inside fuel tanks filled with diesel or gasoline. Since would-be smugglers like to hide objects in the fuel tank, Fiberscope makes it much easier to see what is hidden and then removed by draining the tank to gain access to the packages.

Other areas used to hide contraband are behind the display panels of the vehicle, inside the doors or seats of the vehicle. The Fiberscope, with its two-way articulation and lights, enables agents to see inside these areas with its ocular unit. By adding the optional video display, agents can record their inspection or allow others to see the inspection in real-time.

CSECO understands the CSECO Buster K910B or FV Series Fiberscope will not replace the trained canine and its handler along the borders of the US. Nor would they assume their tools should replace them. However, it is great to have optional technology like the Buster and FV Series Fiberscope to complement these units that work so hard to keep drugs off the streets. They are also an awesome choice for those who fight to remove drugs without the K-9 unit available.

Explosives Detection – When Every Second CountsExplosives detection equipment is a necessity in today’s world. It is used to locate explosives so they can be safely disarmed and properly disposed. This will prevent damage to surrounding areas, and prevent death to people who would otherwise have been affected by the explosion.

The Buster K910B Density Meter is the answer to this need. It is the “gold standard” in the world of contraband detectors. Time-tested, the Buster K910B has been proven the safest product for this sort of detection for over thirty years. It is dependable, and has been shown to be effective to protect citizens and their food and property.

The Buster K910B was created by Patrick J. Campbell, the founder of CSECO. He used his own ideas to begin, and then asked end users what would be helpful to them. It was made to easily find all kinds of contraband, including drugs, radioactive material (which could indicate explosives), cash, and other illegal substances. It is able to see through wood, reinforced plastic, and even metal, which allows the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to search without opening or damaging items.

Since it can see through substances, it can scan through walls, and from the outside of vehicles. It scans very quickly, allowing an agent to scan an average size room in only ten minutes, and most vehicles in five minutes.

If the scanner finds explosives, the proper emergency personnel can then be contacted, allowing the bomb to be disarmed, and making proper disposal possible.

The Buster K910B Density Meter includes Rad-Aware® radiation detection. This allows detection of radioactive materials, such as is often used in bombs, but also allows the machine to be used to help set up a safe perimeter outside the radioactive area, in the event of a bomb’s detonation.

When we watch action movies, or many television shows, we see a hero find a bomb and miraculously disarm it as the clock hits mere seconds remaining. Since real life does not always work the same way, explosives detection equipment is needed to help our heroes with this task, and the best one available is the Buster K910B Density Meter.

Why is Fiberscope Security Equipment Used for Drug Interdiction?

Fiberscope security equipment refers to a fiber optic tool that is flexible and has a fiber optic light included to allow things to be seen in small areas or areas that are difficult to get to. The CSECO FV Series Fiberscope is one of these, and is included in the CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit. The flexible fiberscope is made up of a bunch of fiber optic fibers, which allow light and visibility. It can be equipped with a digital camera or camcorder, which allows recording of items at the hidden end of the tool. Some areas where this is used include car doors, fuel tanks, behind dashboards, under seats, between walls, and other potentially hidden areas.

The FV Series Fiberscope is all one piece, so there are no parts to lose. The battery is built in and rechargeable, and the LED light is also built in. It features two-way articulation, allowing all directions to be viewed, and can be operated with one hand. Still pictures and video capture are a part of the camera’s functionality and the digital camera that is recommended allows images to be reviewed instantly.

Drug interdiction refers to the process of curtailing the smuggling of controlled substances, and includes detection of contraband, monitoring transports, intercepting deliveries, disrupting transactions, and apprehending the people involved in the illegal activity. One of the primary players in the war on drugs is the U.S. Coast Guard, since they patrol a large proportion of the country’s borders. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol also play a large part, since they handle anything that comes in by air. Federal organizations and regional law enforcement agencies work together with these two to keep as many illegal drugs as possible from entering the United States. In local areas, drug interdiction includes drug busts on street corners to raiding meth labs, to catching contraband at the borders of the city or state. Even private citizens can be helpful in drug interdiction by keeping an eye out and being willing to identify those who are dealing or using illegal narcotics.

Fiberscopes – also known as borescopes or endoscopes – are an important tool when agents are working to find and stop the trafficking of drugs. It allows agents to see into places that would otherwise be impossible. CSECO’s FV Series Fiberscope and CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kits are frontrunners of fiberscope security equipment being used in the war on drugs in the United States.

csecoContraband detection has become something that is needed more than ever by our law enforcement agencies. Police officers suspecting transportation of contraband and customs agents, among others, find that the Buster K910B Density Meter is an excellent tool for ascertaining the truth of a potential contraband smuggling situation anywhere in the United States. The device is often considered the “gold standard” for contraband detection.

The creator of the Buster, Patrick J. Campbell, has been designing equipment to detect radioactivity and hidden things for over 35 years. The equipment he manufactures is easily used by people with no technical experience. He worked with the government, the Border Patrol, and US Customs to design the Buster density meter. While he originally meant it to find cash and controlled drugs, the end result turned out to be effective for these as well as other contraband.

The Buster K910B Density Meter is manufactured by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company. It emits a low intensity gamma radiation and detects scintillation, allowing it to scan quickly and return a result regarding hidden contraband in just a few minutes. A vehicle can often be checked in under five minutes, and it can scan most rooms of average size in under ten minutes, making this a very efficient device.

Other devices available for detecting contraband, most notably ones that use millimeter or radio wave, or ultra-violet or microwave, are viewed as inferior by some professionals due to their limitations. The primary limitation of these devices is the fact that each meter is made to handle one kind of shielding material. The Buster, however, can scan through wood or metal or plastic – even reinforced plastic. It is easy to catch hidden items without causing damage to the items in which they are hidden.

The Buster K910B Density Meter also has an audio response as well as the LCD video readout. The device is made to find narcotics, cash, explosives and weapons. It is also possible to get to previously inaccessible areas by adding the optional telescoping handle.

Radioactive material is indicated on the Buster, allowing first responders to know immediately how dangerous the area is, and have a better idea of what might have happened. This allows a safe perimeter to be formed so people can be kept from harm.

CSECO’s Buster K910B Density Meter is being used by such agencies as the US Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard and Coast Guard, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and law enforcement agencies in local, state, federal, and international locations.

The main thing that sets the Buster K910B apart from its competition is the fact that it is very user friendly. CSECO guarantees their units and offers training to anyone who purchases these devices. CSECO can be contacted by email at info@cseco.com or by phone at 510-864-8010.

The IMO of Mato Grosso Sings the Praises of CSECO's CT-30 Contraband Detection Team KitThe Integrated Management Office (IMO) of the State of Mato Grosso, the largest state in the country of Bolivia, recently tested the CSECO Contraband Detection Test Kit. They used the CT-30 Kit from April 16 to May 27 and had the following comments. All comments in parenthesis are taken directly from their official report.

The CSECO Buster is “very useful for inspections which require speed without room for error in a maximum of five minutes for the parts of the vehicle to be inspected, without having to disassemble anything in places where materials of contraband are found.” Contraband could be money, electronic equipment, weapons or illicit materials. They went on to explain that the Buster could be used at night due to the reflector light that is built into the display which makes it possible for the user to clearly see their results.

The report also stated that the Buster was easy to use and that “anyone with minimal instruction is capable of utilizing the Buster.” They also liked how robust the instrument was in case it was accidentally dropped, but since the Buster includes a strap which users can wrap around their wrist, there was no reason for the equipment to be dropped.

The CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit also includes the FV-Series Fiberscope. The report went on to say that when the Buster was not applicable, they used the fiberscope which is a “long range instrument used when we need to inspect small entrance holes in order to find something hidden, for example: vehicle air conditioners, internal door parts of vehicles and even the fuel tank.” Since the cable is coated with a resistant material, combustible fuels like gasoline, ethanol or diesel do not damage it. The fiberscope made it possible for those testing the contraband detection equipment to inspect all of these places because the fiber optic lights.

Other aspects of the fiberscope the IMO found helpful was the articulated movement of the tip which enabled them to search deeper into the air conditioning ducts of vehicles. They felt this helped reduce the amount of certain types of contraband smuggling down to zero. Along with the articulated tip, they tested the optional photographic camera which allowed them to take photographs periodically during the inspection, giving them photographic proof along with a way to digitally store the evidence.

The Leica Laser Range Meter was used to compare internal and external measurements of truck beds. When they noticed any discrepancies, they were able to do further inspections to determine if false bottoms or fake walls were holding contraband. They noted, “Even in places with low light, or at night, it proved to be efficient because of the illuminated viewfinder, facilitating the inspection and decreasing the changes of an inefficient inspection.”

Although similar tools are already in use by their state police, they found the CSECO PN – Series Inspection Probe Kit  to “greatly facilitate heavy load inspections since the tip has a beveled orifice which collects the product that is being loaded.”

The extension provided with the kit allows officers to reach at least 1.5 meters further, enabling them to penetrate the bottom of a load of food to see if other items are underneath. With the orifice, it also allows the officer to more easily identify any other materials that are transported with the food.

The CT-30 kit also includes smaller inspection tools, about the size of a pencil that can be carried by police offers and used to inspect smaller cargo. Other tools include a pair of pliers, hacksaw, scissors, Philip’s screwdriver, a can opener and mini flashlight. This small tool kit is easily portable, able to hang from the police officer’s belt, which will provide the tools needed if it is necessary to disassemble equipment.

An extension mirror is also included in the CSECO CT-30 Kit. Their police force already uses a similar tool, but the CT-30 Kit extension mirror includes a flashlight that is attached to its base.  They noted this tool is “ideal for performing inspections on top of a tall car and also at the bottom of vehicles.” The mirror also can be extended to 1.5 meters.

After testing the CSECO CT-30 Contraband Detection Team Kit, the IMO concluded, “This kit can be very useful for the conducting of day-to-day police raids, which require agility and precision with no margin for errors. It would be very interesting if we had our border operations equipped with this type of kit because the amount of contraband seized would really increase. We would consequently also catch new traffickers and smugglers trying to infiltrate the country with these types of materials.”

The report concluded by saying “… every day that passes, we encounter more and more unusual situations with traffickers that are hiding drugs, weapons, money and contraband in the most difficult places to imagine. We cannot keep an edge or stay ahead of their creativity without investing in new technologies that will combat them effectively.”

Fiberscope detection kit with money located

Every police officer dreams of making a difference in the community they serve. On April 14, Hinds County Sheriff’s officers were able to do exactly that. During a routine traffic stop on I-55, the officer noticed here were tool marks around the bolts of the truck bed and fuel tank. The officer was suspicious of the markings but did not have the correct tools that would allow him to properly inspect the vehicle. He remembered, however, that a fellow officer kept a CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit in his vehicle. The Fiberscope enables law enforcement to search tough-to-reach places. The officer knew what he had to do – reach out to his colleague for assistance.

money found with CSECO fiberscope detection kitThe officer soon arrived with the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit. The officers were able to use the fiberscope by inserting it into the vehicle’s fuel tank fill-tube. They were amazed at what they found. Thanks to the fiberscope’s 16,000 glass fiber optic strands and bright LED light, the officers were able to see multiple bundles of US dollars carefully shrink-wrapped and floating in the truck’s fuel tank. The inspection was conducted on the side of the freeway without the need of impounding the vehicle because the FV Series Fiberscope made it possible to clearly identify the contraband via the fiberscope.

The vehicle was then taken to the police station. They removed the truck bed to access the fuel tank. They discovered that nearly 75% of the fuel tank was filled with bundles of smuggled currency. The total of the bundles was $547,620! The officer acknowledges the outcome would have been completely different if they did not have access to the CSECO contraband detection tools, specifically the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope detection kit. They would not have been able to locate the currency and the seizure would not have been possible.

officers with CSECO Fiberscope and money foundThe officer was so enthused with the results; he offered the following unsolicited thoughts.

“The following pictures are of the money seizure Hinds County Deputy made on Interstate 55 in Mississippi on April 14th, 2013. Using the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope, I viewed the tank’s interior and noticed numerous packages of US Currency in heat sealed bags, concealed in the gas tank. Feel free to use them [the photos] for promotional reasons.”

CSECO team members are equally thrilled to read of the officer’s success with the CSECO contraband equipment. “We focus on making inspection equipment like the comprehensive CT30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit which includes the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector and the CSECO FV Series Fiberscope Detection Kit for moments like these,” said CSECO president Tony Harris. “The officer’s job was made easier and American streets made safer by using our equipment and that is our mission.”

The contraband detection equipment CSECO manufactures namely the CT-30 Contraband Team Inspection Kit, the Buster® K910B Contraband Detector, and the CSECO FV-Series Fiberscope Detection Kit are employed by the US government and over 60 foreign governments. They are also the hand-held tools preferred by hundreds of state and local law enforcement agencies for inspecting vehicles, vessels, airplanes, and cargo for smuggled goods.  The Buster® K910B Contraband Detector has been the safest, most reliable such device available for over 30 years. It is characterized by proven performance, along with the other CSECO tools, to limit the flow of illegal narcotics, currency, and explosives into the U.S. and its partners.