Sherlock Hawkins 1: Has QinetiQ’s Con Air Social SWAT Patented Serco’s Facebook Novichok?

PICTURED: Today, officers will begin a painstaking search of Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, Wilts, where they believe the couple came across the bottle.
Counter terrorism police today began a finger-tip search of a city park where a couple were stricken by a nerve agent amid fears more of the deadly substance is still hidden there.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, died 10 days ago after succumbing to Novichok poisoning – the nerve agent used in the attack on Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, four months ago.
Dawn’s partner Charlie Rowley, 45, is still being treated in hospital after the two picked up a glass bottle contaminated with the deadly substance.
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“Novichok poisoning news: ‘Russian hit squad who used false names’ on flight out of UK identified by police ‘with facial recognition technology’

Anti-terror police have identified the prime suspects in the Novichok poisonings, it emerged today.

Officers are understood to believe the perpetrators are Russian, having pored over hours of CCTV footage from the Salisbury area and airports.

Using facial recognition technology, they have identified two “fresh identities” who are believed to have been involved in the assassination attempt on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, his daughter Yulia, 33, and the murder of Dawn Sturgess, according to CNN.

The two suspected perpetrators were not previously known as spies or to be members of any known hit squad, a source told the US broadcaster.

It added that investigators had cross-checked the two suspects with passenger lists of the commercial flight that they are thought to have used to flee Britain after the attack. Detectives discovered that the names used for the flights were aliases, the source added.

Scotland Yard was remaining tight-lipped about the investigation into the attack, which the Government has blamed on Russia.

However, a source told the Press Association: “Investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time.

“They [the investigators] are sure they [the suspects] are Russian.”

The suspected perpetrators are believed to be members of the GRU military intelligence service, according to US reports.

The police and MI5 investigation turned into a murder inquiry after the death of Ms Sturgess, 44, earlier this month. An inquest opened today into her death. She died eight days after apparently coming into contact with Novichok from the same batch used in the attempted murder of the Skripals in March.

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Her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, was left fighting for his life after also being contaminated by the chemical weapon but has since regained consciousness and has spoken to detectives.

It is believed that Ms Sturgess was exposed to at least 10 times the amount of nerve agent the Skripals came into contact with. Father and daughter both recovered and have been discharged from hospital.

Investigators are understood to be working on the theory that the substance was in a discarded perfume bottle found by Ms Sturgess in a park or in Salisbury city centre, and she sprayed Novichok straight on to her skin, the source said. The poison is believed to have been smeared on the door handle of Mr Skripal’s home.

A fingertip search of Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury was carried out yesterday. Other locations in Salisbury and nearby Amesbury were cordoned off last month after the Ms Sturgess and Mr Rowley fell ill.

The fifth person struck down by Novichok was Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who searched the Skripals’ home after they fell seriously ill.

Ministers have blamed Russia for the attacks, but the Kremlin has denied any Russian involvement.”

“Based on the technology developed by QinetiQ North America subsidiary Cyveillance (, the QinetiQ North America SEPA solution is specifically applicable to the wide ranging need of government agencies to identify attacks targeting government executives and organizations. By combining Cyveillance’s cyber intelligence capabilities with QinetiQ North America’s expertise in the federal market, government organizations are able to utilize a tailored solution that helps protect against infiltration attempts, espionage campaigns and foreign threats. Unlike any other solution on the market, SEPA is able to effectively examine the content and context of an email, along with the methods and behavior of embedded Web page links, to judge the trustworthiness of the email.”

“MoD Boscombe Down (ICAO: EGDM) is the home of a military aircraft testing site, located near the town of Amesbury in Wiltshire, England. The site is currently run, managed and operated by QinetiQ;[1] the private defence company created [in a joint venture with Serco’s Con Air SWAT team network] as part of the breakup of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in 2001 by the UKMinistry of Defence (MoD). It is also the home of the Empire Test Pilots’ School[1] (ETPS).”

“Serco Inc. Capabilities Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Software Support Develop, demonstrate, implement and transition technologies to improve software/hardware development, fielding and sustainment support for chemical/biological detection and reconnaissance systems, individual and collective protection systems, decontamination systems, and information management systems for the Warfighter and First Responder, Homeland Defense and civil support activities.”

“Jerome H. Lemelson’s Prisoner tracking and warning system and corresponding methods US6054928A A system and method for tracking, monitoring and learning prisoner or parolee behavior involves obtaining prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data for at least one individual prisoner or parolee, storing the prisoner or parolee data and monitored data into a database, learning prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitored data in the database, and updating the prisoner or parolee data and the monitored data in the database. Expert system (i.e. including but not limited to fuzzy logic, reinforcement learning, neural networks, artificial intelligence, etc.) algorithms are executed for determining and analyzing deviated behavior by the prisoner or parolee. A parole level is assigned to the prisoner or parolee and it is determined whether the prisoner or parolee is to be moved up or down a parole level depending on whether the prisoner or parolee behavior does not constitute or does constitute prisoner or parolee violations. Furthermore, the system tracks, monitors, and learns the behavior of the prisoner or parolee by controlling and regulating the permitted/prohibited locations or sectors, the permitted/prohibited location or sector dwell times, the permitted/prohibited travel routes, the permitted/prohibited travel times that the prisoner or parolee spends at or between various locations.”

“Facebook Inc’s Facial Recognition Using Social Networking Information 2015-07-21 US9087273B2 Grant Abstract In particular embodiments, one or more images associated with a primary user are received. The image(s) may comprise single images, a series of related images, or video frames. In each image, one or more faces may be detected and/or tracked. For each face, one or more candidates are selected who may be identified with the face. Each candidate may be connected to the primary user within a social network. A candidate score for each candidate associated with a detected face. Finally, the winning candidate is determined, and a suggestion to identify the detected face as being the winning candidate is presented. Some embodiments may operate upon video clips as the video is captured by a mobile device. Some embodiments may operate upon series of images as they are uploaded to or viewed on a website.”

“Ing Wen Precision Ent Co Ltd’s Perfume bottle spray head assembly 2012-07-10 US8215571B2 Grant A perfume bottle spray head assembly is disclosed to include a nozzle head, a lock cap, a receptacle, a plug, a dip tube, an outer cap and a rotary shut-off control plate. The nozzle head has passage means defined therein to facilitate mixing of liquid perfume with compressed air for enabling well-mixed liquid perfume and compressed air mixture to be sprayed out in a mist. The rotary shut-off control plate is operable to rotate the plug in the receptacle between a close position to shut off the liquid perfume passage and an open position to open the liquid perfume passage. “

“RESPIRA THERAPEUTICS Inc’s [Novichok] Powder dispersion devices and methods 2013-12-26 US20130340754A1 Application Abstract A dry powder inhaler may include a powder storage, an inlet channel, a dispersion chamber, and an outlet channel. A geometry of the inhaler may be such that a flow profile is generated within the dispersion chamber that causes an actuator to oscillate, enabling the actuator when oscillating to deaggregate powdered medicament within the dispersion chamber to be aerosolized and entrained by the air and delivered to a patient through the outlet channel.

The powder dispersion devices and methods in accordance with the present disclosure may be applicable in many scenarios. For example, APIs (Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredients), or active agents, that may be used with any of the mechanisms described within the context of the present disclosure may include .. Examples of nerve agents may include G series such as Tabun (GA), Sarin (GB), Soman (GD), Cyclosarin (GF), GV series such as Novichok agents, GV (nerve agent), V series such as VE, VG, VM, and the like. … As mentioned above, the example bead 302 disposed within the example chamber 104 may oscillate in a manner similar to that described in U.S. application Ser. No. 13/469,963, filed 11 May 2012, entitled “Bead-Containing Dry Powder Inhaler.” However, in accordance with the present disclosure, the bead 302 may not include a pre-coated powder on its surface. Rather, powder may be separately introduced into the chamber 104 from a receptacle such as dose containment or dosing chamber, or other temporary holding compartment or region, or from another dry powder inhaler, as described further below. With this configuration, the powder may be initially placed into a dose containment chamber. When a patient inhales from a mouthpiece, air may be drawn through the dose containment chamber which moves the powder into the chamber 104, where it encounters the bead 302 oscillating primarily along the longitudinal axis L (see e.g., FIG. 3).”

“Serco Awarded $95 Million Patent Classification Contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office November 30, 2015 RESTON, VA – November 30, 2015 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today the Company has been awarded a patent classification services contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Serco will provide initial patent classification and reclassification services to support USPTO’s core mission of examining, granting, and disseminating patents and trademarks. The recompete contract has a one-year base period with four one-year option periods, and is valued at $95 million over the five-year period, if all options and award terms are exercised.”

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