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Hands-only CPR training kiosks opens at Indianapolis airport

Indianapolis, IN, March 10, 2016 -- Last April, Matt Lickenbrock, a University of Dayton student, saved the life of a fellow student using Hands-Only CPR, a lifesaving technique that he learned from an instructional kiosk. Today, Matt will show Sean Ferguson, the student whose heart stopped beating after being struck by lightning, how to learn Hands-Only CPR on a new training kiosk atIndianapolis International Airport (IND).

Seven U.S. sites, including IND, will feature a Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk, courtesy of the American Heart Association's national partnership with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. IND travelers can now put their time to good use and take five minutes to learn the simple yet lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR much in the same way that Matt did.

Matt had a three-hour layover at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport on April 6, 2015 when he decided to learn something useful. He put down his phone and learned CPR at a Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk in Gate C7. He practiced about 10 to 15 minutes until he got a perfect score.

Two days later, an evening storm rolled through Dayton, Ohio, where Matt attends college. Matt decided to drive to class instead of walking. As he got out of his car at the campus parking lot, a professor yelled to him, "Do you know CPR?" A student named Sean Ferguson was lying on the ground after being struck by lightning and he had no pulse.

Matt rushed over to Sean and started performing Hands-Only CPR immediately.

"I remember kneeling in the rain, doing compressions, wondering if this would make a difference," he recalled in his recent appearance on the syndicated television program The Doctors. "I felt comfortable. It felt just like it did on the kiosk. I knew what I was doing because it was what I was trained to do."

He administered CPR for about two minutes. When the paramedics arrived, Sean had a pulse. Sean, who also suffered over 30 percent burns on his body, made a full recovery. He and Matt met three months later and became fast friends.

"When someone saves your life, that's the biggest gift anyone can give," Sean said. "There is no doubt in my mind that Matt is my guardian angel."

Speaking at IND, Matt, 22, and Sean, 24, will share more of their powerful story, and discuss the ease of using the kiosk to complete the training.

The kiosk features a touch screen with a video that gives a brief "how-to," followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk provides feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.

"We want to empower more lifesavers like Matt to take five minutes at the kiosk and learn Hands-Only CPR because you never know when you will have to use this critical skill," said Tom Brown, member of the Indianapolis Board of Directors of the American Heart Association. "For the past four years, the American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation have been working to educate millions of Americans about Hands-Only- CPR with the goal of preparing people to save the lives of anyone from perfect strangers to loved ones."

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with over 350,000 out-of-hospital cases occurring every year in the U.S. More than 20 percent occur in public places like airports, casinos and sporting facilities. When a teen or adult has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. Survival rates drop as much as 10 percent for every minute that goes by without intervention.

"Bystander CPR performed immediately after cardiac arrest can double or triple a person's chance of surviving cardiac arrest, and making these kiosks available is another way we can help improve cardiac arrest survival rates," said Craig Samitt, MD executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Anthem, Inc.  "Airports are some of the busiest public places and we can't think of a better place to maximize the number of people who are exposed to the kiosks as part of our Hands-Only CPR educational campaign with the American Heart Association. By making it more accessible, we believe the kiosks will inspire more Americans to learn Hands-Only CPR and be better prepared to help save the life of a loved one, or even a stranger in the event of a cardiac arrest."

With the Anthem Foundation's support, the American Heart Association has already placed a kiosk at Chicago O'Hare International and will place three kiosks at the following airports: Las Vegas' McCarran International; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International; and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall. Two additional kiosks will be available at The Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio; and Anthem's office in Washington, D.C.

The launch of these seven kiosks comes on the heels of the successful and life-saving pilot kiosk installed in 2013 at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) by AHA and American Airlines Occupation Health Services. This kiosk, which is located in Terminal C, Gate 7, has trained more than 25,000 travelers.

The kiosks are part of an effort that began five years ago when AHA simplified the steps of CPR to encourage more people to take action: if a bystander sees a teen or adult collapse, he or she should first call 9-1-1, then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Stayin' Alive," which has the perfect cadence for proper CPR. Hands-Only CPR removes the step of rescue breaths; bystanders should simply keep pushing until emergency help arrives. This effort coincided with major support from the Anthem Foundation, which this year received the AHA Impact Award in recognition of impacting the lives of people across the country by bringing them the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR.

To learn more about the Hands-Only CPR campaign and learn how to save a life, please visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr or facebook.com/AHACPR. To get fully trained in CPR and find a class near you, visit www.heart.org/CPR.

American Science and Engineering debuts advanced security screening systems at ABU DHABI event

ABU DHABI, U.A.E. , March 15, 2016 – American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today introduced three innovative scanning systems to the Middle East which are ideally suited for helping authorities combat terrorism and other security threats. New products include the next generation Z Portal® system that combines multiple detection technologies for up to six views of cargo and vehicles; the CarView™ portal, a high-throughput, relocatable, multi-technology scanning system for threats concealed in cars and small vehicles; and the Tx-View™ dual-energy transmission option for the top-selling line of ZBV® mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems.

During ISNR 2016 (March 15—17), AS&E will feature the next generation Z Portal system, CarView portal, Tx-View option for ZBV, and MINI Z® handheld imaging system in our channel partner Al Hamra’s stand #4230.     

“Security agencies in the Middle East have experienced first-hand how our systems help reduce the level of vulnerability to explosive threats and contraband,” said Chuck Dougherty, President and CEO of AS&E. “We are confident they will find that our new offerings address high-priority security objectives and trengthen their ability to protect residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure against terrorist threats.”

The Next Generation Z Portal: Multi-view, multi-technology cargo and vehicle screening system

The next generation Z Portal system is the only drive-through cargo and vehicle inspection system that uses multiple detection technologies to provide up to six views—including dual-energy transmission, Z Backscatter®, and Forwardscatter® images—of scanned passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and cargo. The new Z Portal system incorporates AS&E’s latest source and detector innovations in a more compact design, enabling improved image quality at higher throughput in space-constrained locations such as checkpoints at high-threat facilities. View the video.

CarView Portal: Cost-effective, high-throughput, superior inspection of small vehicles

The CarView portal screens occupied cars and small vehicles to help secure special events, parking garages, and high-threat locations. The system uses innovative Wave Shifting Fibers (WSF) detector technology to simultaneously produce two top-down images: a high-quality dual-energy transmission image and a Z Backscatter image of the scanned vehicle. The dual-energy transmission image offers material discrimination technology to detect metallic and organic threats and contraband, while the photo-like Z Backscatter image offers enhanced detection of organic threats such as explosives, drugs, and stowaways. This cost-effective, versatile system is easily relocatable and its compact footprint meets the physical requirements of standard tollbooth lanes. 

ZBV with Tx-View: Dual-energy transmission option for the ZBV system

Tx-View is a dual-energy transmission option for AS&E’s industry-leading line of ZBV mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems. This ZBV with Tx-View option allows security personnel to simultaneously acquire dual-energy transmission images for detection of metallic threats such as weapons and artillery shells, and Z Backscatter images for superior detection of organic threats and contraband. Deployed quickly and easily, the Tx-View option is completely self-contained in a trailer for storage and transport, providing customs and security officials with the lowest cost, most versatile, multi-technology, mobile cargo and vehicle screening system available today.

MINI Z: Handheld Z Backscatter imaging system

The MINI Z system enables law enforcement, public safety, and other security professionals to scan in places other systems can’t reach and determine “on-the-go” if drugs, explosives, or other threats are present in difficult-to-reach locations such as car interiors and aircraft compartments. The MINI Z system was also named winner of the R&D 100 Award for Top Innovation, an ASIS Accolades Award winner and Best of What’s New Award for 2014 in Popular Science Magazine. 

About AS&E

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays — pioneered by AS&E. 

FAA's Huerta leads discussion on the future of drones at South By Southwest

Michael Huerta, FAA 

By Steve Bittenbender

Michael Huerta, administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, went to Austin, Texas earlier this week to participate in a discussion about the future of unmanned aircraft at the annual South By Southwest conference.

While at SXSW, Huerta noted that the federal drone registry now has more than 400,000 registrants, and a committee will deliver recommendations on rules regarding smaller drone aircraft by the end of this month. It will publish a rule on that later this spring, the agency said.

Representatives from NASA, Amazon, Intel and other key stakeholders participated in the panel discussion that Huerta led along with Sally French, a noted journalist and blogger covering the technology. Among the topics discussed included the potential uses for drones, ways to further disseminate safety guidelines to new drone operators and how to further integrate drones into current day-to-day life. That includes using the devices for such purposes as search and rescue efforts and potentially to deliver medications and other essential supplies to people living in rural areas.

While Huerta said the work between industry and government leaders can become messy at times, it can produce results.

“The wide array of industry representatives here today underscores that while we may sometimes have different opinions and ideas, we’re all coming from essentially the same place,” Huerta said. “We all view safety as our top priority, and the safe integration of unmanned aircraft is a goal that we’re committed to pursuing together.”

Huerta also used the event to announce that the FAA has released a mobile application for drone users. Called B4UFLY, the app lets drone operators know whether they can safely and legally operate their unmanned aircraft at their location. The app is available on Android and Apple devices and already includes updates based on recommendations from beta testers.

“Many UAS users have no experience with the U.S. aviation system, so they may not be aware they’re operating in shared, and potentially busy airspace,” the FAA said in a news release.

Drones have increased greatly in popularity in the last year alone, and as more take to their air, government leaders have been working to find ways to make sure the devices do not harm others. In particular, pilots have expressed concerns about the unmanned crafts interfering with their planes as they try to land. . Pilots and other officials lodged more than 1,100 complaints in the first 10 months of 2015, representing a more than five-fold increase from the previous year’s totals.

One way federal officials sought to regulate drone usage was through the creation of the drone registry. It requires owners, aged 13 and older, to register their equipment before they can fly in open airspace. The registry, which started taking names on Dec. 21, requires owners to pay a $5 application fee. Registering once will cover all of an owner’s aircraft, as long as they weigh between .55 and 55 pounds.

SXSW bills itself as “the premier destination for discovery” and offers a wide array of presentations and discussions on several issues, including new and emerging technologies. The nine-day conference will end on March 20.

Qognify's market leading PSIM and Situation Management Solution adds actionable intelligence capabilities

Paramus, NJ, February 29 - Qognify, formerly NICE Security, today announced the release of Situator 8.0 with the introduction of the new Operational Intelligence Center (OIC). The latest version of the market leading PSIM and Situation Management solution provides a platform for leveraging the massive amounts of big data Situator captures, monitors and correlates and turns it into actionable intelligence.

The Operational Intelligence Center, with its new advanced rules engine, monitors large volumes of data and detects deviations in leading indicators, which are often precursors to incidents. This allows organizations to prepare for impending incidents, initiate a proactive response and mitigate their impact. Additionally, the OIC introduces a new visualization engine, which greatly enhances Situational Awareness and ongoing operations management. Displaying any operational parameter, the visualization engine allows supervisors, executives and other stakeholders to customize dashboards based on their needs and their role, providing the right information to the right people in real time.

Situator's OIC goes beyond just presenting business intelligence. Its powerful correlation engine and adaptive workflow capabilities provide actionable intelligence: insight about what is happening or unfolding, together with the critical 'what to do next' guidance. This can be incredibly valuable, particularly when the cost of business disruption is measured in minutes by organizations such as airports, mass transit, critical facilities and even commercial entities such as banks. In the same way that the OIC proactively addresses unfolding incidents, it can also be used by an organization to improve performance of day-to-day operational activities.

"Our customers and partners were actively involved in the design and development of the Operational Intelligence Center," said Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify. "They wanted a solution that would help them anticipate unfolding events and effectively manage them, in order to mitigate any impact. Additionally, they wanted to get a holistic view of what is happening in their organization on a day-to-day basis. Organizations can now align KPIs with their business objectives, allowing them to understand what needs to be changed or improved and how. They can then monitor results to gauge the efficacy of their actions, making adjustments for continual improvement along the way."

Situator 8.0 is available now from Qognify.

About Qognify  

Qognify helps organizations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity, and optimize operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics, and PSIM/ Situation Management solutions that are deployed in financial institutions, transportation agencies, airports, seaports, utility companies, city centers, and to secure many of the world's highest-profile public events.

Upstream oil and gas companies spend smarter on digital technologies to drive value, reduce costs in downturn, Accenture and Microsoft survey finds

Houston, TX, March 9 - As upstream oil and gas companies scrutinize every dollar invested, they’re spending smarter today on digital technologies, seeking to drive value and reduce costs amid low oil and gas prices, a new survey by Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Microsoft Corp. reports. Respondents to the ”2016 Upstream Oil and Gas Digital Trends Survey” included international oil companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), independents and oilfield services firms.

Over the next three to five years, 80 percent of upstream oil and gas companies plan to spend the same, more, or significantly more (30%, 36%, and 14%, respectively) on digital technologies as they do now, according to the survey, now in its fifth edition. This continued investment in digital is due to respondents’ confidence that digital technologies can continue to help them drive leaner, smarter organizations.

More than half (53 percent) of respondents said digital is already adding high to significant value to their businesses. Cost reduction was identified as the biggest challenge that digital technologies can most address today, respondents said. In addition, respondents reported that making faster and better decisions was the greatest benefit digital technologies can deliver (56 percent) and that one of the biggest barriers to realizing value is the lack of a clear strategy or business case, not the technology itself.

Today’s digital investments focus more on mobility, with almost three-fifths of respondents (57 percent) reporting having invested in mobile, compared to 49 percent of the respondents in last year’s survey. Next is investing in the Internet of Things (IoT) (44 percent) this year vs. 25 percent in 2015 and the cloud (38 percent), up 8 percent from last year. Over the next three to five years, these investments are expected to shift more to big data and analytics (38 percent), IoT (36 percent) and mobile (31 percent).

“In the current challenging environment, the upstream oil and gas industry is focusing digital technologies on areas that help them work smarter and deliver significant efficiencies and savings in the short term while enabling them to make better decisions faster,” said Rich Holsman, global head of Digital in Accenture’s Energy industry group. “So, in the short term we expect these companies will continue to invest in areas that help lower operations costs through technologies like increased worker productivity with mobility, lower infrastructure costs through the cloud and drive better asset management through analytics.”

Respondents said digital’s biggest impact to date on the upstream oil and gas workforce has been increased employee productivity and engagement followed by better training and reskilling opportunities. They see the greatest impact from IoT in enabling connected field workers, with 60 percent of respondents planning to have field workers and assets digitally connected with smart devices.

The use of the cloud, respondents said, has shifted from being used primarily for infrastructure to an enabler of mobile tools. This trend is expected to increase in the next three to five years, as companies keep using the cloud to get faster and more value from other digital technologies.

“By taking advantage of the intelligent cloud, greater use of analytics and IoT go hand in hand with what we are seeing in our business today – the advent of the industrial Internet enabling the power of digital across the oil and gas landscape,” said Craig Hodges, general manager of the Gulf Coast District at Microsoft. “You can see this trend gaining traction from connected wells and intelligent pipelines to highly- efficient digital refineries.”

While two thirds (66 percent) identified analytics as one of the most important capabilities for transforming their company, only 13 percent felt their firm’s analytical capabilities were mature. Almost two-thirds (65 percent) plan to implement more analytic capabilities in the next three years to help address this need.

The “2016 Upstream Oil and Gas Digital and Technology Trends Survey,” sponsored by Accenture and Microsoft and conducted by PennEnergy Research in partnership with the Oil & Gas Journal, surveyed upstream professionals worldwide, including engineers, geologists and mid-level and executive management.

About Microsoft

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

US Coast Guard seeks mariner input for Atlantic and Gulf seacoast study

Washington, DC, March 10 - The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements on the Atlantic and Gulf seacoast.

The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey is focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Seacoast System, an open water system typically traveled by mariners arriving from an ocean voyage or transiting along the coast.

Individual mariners and interested maritime industry representatives can provide input until May 31, 2016, at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeacoastWAMS.

In addition to stakeholder input, the study will also consider environmental concerns, user capabilities, available technology and available resources.

The assessment is the first in a series of national-level reviews that are part of the Future of Navigation initiative. The initiative seeks to improve service delivery for marine safety information, modernize the Coast Guard's physical Aids-to-Navigation (ATON) system, incorporate Automatic Identification System ATON where appropriate, and improve communications with Marine Transportation System (MTS) stakeholders.

MTS waterways in the U.S. are vital economic arteries that enable the continuous flow of overseas trade, sustain 13 million jobs and contribute $3.2 trillion to the national economy.

"This study will help to bring our waterways into the 21st century," said Cmdr. John M. Stone, chief of the Coast Guard's Navigation Technology and Risk Management Division. "While ATON continues to evolve to match the capabilities and requirements of our stakeholders, our mission remains the same: enhance mariner situational awareness and improve the safety of mariners on our waterways."

Managed by the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and maintained by Coast Guard cutters and ATON teams around the nation, aids to navigation guide military, commercial and recreational vessels through U.S. waters and help navigators determine their position, chart a safe course and steer clear of hazards.

Ability names defense, intelligence and software industry veteran David Wiernik to Board of Directors

David Wiernik, Ability

New York and Tel Aviv, Israel, March 3 - Ability, Inc., a leading provider of innovative tactical communications intelligence solutions, today announced that David Wiernik, a successful executive with experience ranging from military leadership to startup software organizations, has been appointed to Ability's Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Mr. Wiernik currently owns and manages several international software companies, specializing in navigation and GPS-related technologies, including NNG KFT, developer of the I-GO and NAV N GO solutions, the world's leading navigation software. NNG is the provider of white-labeled navigation software to 34 car manufacturers around the world. He previously served as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, and began his career as an airline captain.

"David brings strong industry contacts and a wealth of experience to Ability's board," commented Anatoly Hurgin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ability. "David has over 40 years of experience, and we believe his knowledge and expertise will benefit Ability's growth plans."

"Ability has developed a compelling array of intelligence solutions which meet the significant and growing needs of governments and law enforcement personnel around the world as part of an increasingly important counter-terrorism effort," commented Mr. Wiernik. "I am excited to be a part of this organization, and look forward to contributing to the talented team at Ability."

As a result of this appointment, Ability now has seven directors, including four who are considered independent directors. Mr. Wiernik will serve on the nominating committee.

About Ability, Inc.

Ability, Inc.  is the sole owner of Ability Computer & Software Industries Ltd., following the closing of the business combination between Cambridge Capital Acquisition Corporation, Ability Computer & Software Industries Ltd. and Ability.

Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ability Computer & Software Industries Ltd. was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of innovative tactical communications intelligence solutions used by government agencies, military forces, law enforcement and homeland security agencies worldwide, with an installed base in more than 50 countries. Ability offers a broad range of lawful interception, surveillance, decryption, cyber and geolocation solutions, with a strong focus on active and passive off-air interception and decryption of communications on GSM, CDMA, UMTS and LTE cellular systems as well as Iridium, Thuraya, and other satellite networks. State-of-the-art technology underpins Ability's scalable offerings, which can be tactical-and-portable, or strategic-and-fixed, depending on its customers' needs.

Louisiana DOTD goes mobile to inspect levees and more with TerraGo Edge

Washington, DC, February 29 - TerraGo announced today the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has deployed TerraGo Edge for the inspection of flood protection infrastructure including levees, dams and reservoirs.

The DOTD’s Public Works and Water Resources Division inspects over 1,100 miles of levees, four times, each and every year. The legacy inspection system was a custom-built application developed by an engineering services firm, which utilized Trimble® YUMA® ruggedized tablets. Over time, the system became less reliable and database updates were cumbersome and problematic. To truly fix the system would have meant more custom development services and other expenses. Each of the six YUMA tablets, fully configured, ran around $6,000. The annual software maintenance was also expensive at around $18,000, which did nothing to improve the reliability of the system.

“We really wanted a cloud-based system, so we wouldn’t need to maintain a database server on-site. And if we could deploy an Android solution, those tablets would only cost us about $200, so the hardware would be pennies on the dollar. We could break and replace a lot of Android tablets compared to a traditional, ruggedized GPS tablet at $6,000”, said Doug Taylor, Director of Levees, Dams and Reservoirs at the DOTD.

After a series of successful field trials, DOTD knew they had found a mobile solution that met their requirements across the board for reliability, ease of use and customizability, all with a cloud-based database solution at a fraction of the cost.

TerraGo Edge’s customizable forms mean the DOTD never has to pay a software services fee for modifying a hard-coded solution again. They can design their own forms, maps and workflows, flexibly changing them whenever needed to improve the speed and quality of inspections and maintenance.

“Honestly, my favorite part about TerraGo Edge is that it’s just easy to use”, said Taylor. “It’s easy to use in the field and it’s easy to get information and reports out whenever we need them. The challenge is always how to figure out the right forms and inspection workflow. We have hundreds of codes and things change over time. With Edge, we can customize our forms and process today, and know we can adjust things in the future. ”

About TerraGo

TerraGo develops software applications and mobile apps that make it easy for our customers to collect data, share information and work together anywhere, any time. From sharing feature-rich maps and imagery to deploying on-demand apps for a mobile workforce, TerraGo builds intuitive products that enable collaboration from any place on the planet.

Founded in 2005, TerraGo invented the industry’s most widely adopted geospatial collaboration technology with its innovative GeoPDF products and is revolutionizing field data collection with its TerraGo Edge mobile platform.

TerraGo’s customers include the world’s leading defense and intelligence departments, government agencies, non-profits and commercial enterprises in every industry, with over 2,000 global customers based in over 70 countries and all 50 US states.

Gatekeeper announces record-breaking backorders of over $2.7 Million; receives $447,000 in new contracts

Doug Dyment, Gatekeeper

Abbotsford, BC, February 29 - Gatekeeper Systems Inc. is pleased to report that it has received new purchase orders for its next generation high-definition mobile video systems worth approximately $447,000 CDN for customers located within the United States and Canada. With the New Orders, Gatekeeper has reached over $2.7 million CDN in backorders as of February 15, 2016, representing the highest sales backorder in the Company's history to date. 

Customers making up the New Orders include Alpine School District Utah, Anchorage School District Alaska, Saskatchewan River School District, and International Corporation Alberta.

Products provided include Gatekeeper high-definition mobile video systems, including one hundred and forty high-definition cameras to record stop-arm violations on Saskatchewan River School Districts buses.

Gatekeeper's technology has been designed to meet tough military standards for shock, vibration heat and cold. Rough road conditions as well as extreme weather fluctuations found in Alaska, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Utah are some of the toughest conditions for a school bus video system to operate reliably. Gatekeeper's next generation high-definition mobile video systems were designed to operate in these extreme environments.

President and CEO Doug Dyment stated, "These new orders were received in the second fiscal quarter 2016 and we intend to ship these orders by the third fiscal quarter of 2016. Our total backorder has hit new highs increasing over $2.7 million as of the week of February 15, 2016, and we are on track to accomplish our revenue goals for the current fiscal year end."

About Gatekeeper Systems Inc.

Gatekeeper provides innovative, end-to-end video safety and security solutions for mobile applications including body cameras, in-car police video systems, school bus video and stop arm camera video enforcement systems, transit bus video systems, and airborne digital recording systems for military applications.

The Company is headquartered in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

Congress passes the Competitive Service Act

Alexandria, VA - The Federal Managers Association (FMA) is excited to announce the Competitive Service Act (S. 1580) has passed through Congress and now awaits President Barack Obama's signature. The legislation will improve the federal hiring process by allowing agencies to share their "best qualified" lists with other agencies. FMA worked with Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) on this commonsense reform. FMA applauded the passage of the bill in the Senate last year, and the Association is grateful to the House for its recognition of the value of this legislation. Below is FMA National President Patricia Niehaus' statement upon final passage:

"FMA is grateful for the leadership of Senators Tester, Portman, Cardin, Moran and Heitkamp on this bipartisan reform, and for the House and Senate passing it unanimously. This action is a prime example of bicameral and bipartisan work that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal workforce.

"In 2010, then-OPM Director John Berry called on Congress to allow agencies to share their lists of best qualified talent as part of a broader piece of legislation aimed at reforming the federal hiring process. S. 1580 allows agencies to review and select job candidates from another agency's best qualified list -- a list of applicants who have already undergone a rigorous competitive assessment process and are certified as eligible for selection by an agency selecting official. This legislation will provide agencies with access to highly qualified candidates and would allow for much greater efficiency in hiring. As I have said before, at a time when the federal government is struggling to improve recruitment and retention, this tool would streamline the hiring process and remove a barrier for talented men and women.

"Again, I thank the Senate and the House for their work on this legislation. I look forward to President Obama signing it into law."  

The Federal Managers Association, established in 1913, is the oldest and largest association representing the interests of executives, managers, and supervisors serving in today's federal government.

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