ICx Technologies, Arlington, Va., a developer of advanced sensor technologies for homeland security, force protection and commercial applications, helped insure security for the inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Capital and on the National Mall. In response to a high-priority need, ICx provided four SkyWatch towers, two DefendIR thermal cameras, four IBAC biological sensor units and two Illuminator cameras to the U.S. Park Police, in cooperation with the National Park Service. ICx personnel conducted pre-event training for security personnel, and members of ICx' technical staff were on site for product and staff support.

SkyWatch Towers can be found around the nation. Law enforcement officials in cities such as New Orleans, San Diego and New York City use them for surveillance and crowd control at special events (Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl, NASCAR races, etc.) and others use them for various purposes, including parking lot security. Towers may be outfitted with radars, thermal cameras, loud speakers and sensors – whatever is deemed necessary for the job.

"As a D.C.-based company, we were proud to be able to assist with providing security for this critical event," said Hans Kobler, chief executive officer of ICx. "We also provide our equipment and personnel at the Statue of Liberty, and ICx products are in place at other iconic U.S. locations, such as the Hoover Dam."