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GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

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GSN Awards 2012

Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

OzVision

Alan Avidan, President, indicates that OzVision is pushing the forefront of hosted video services for dealers and users. The company’s government market includes military bases, government facilities, and national monuments such as the Washington Monument, the State of Liberty and Ford’s Theater. Avidan calls for dealers and central services to join in the hosted video movement, which he describes as the future of the industry.

VideoIQ

Scott Schnell, CEO, describes Video IQ’s next generation of video surveillance, where each of its high-definition cameras has video analytics plus half a year of storage with the camera itself, thus eliminating the high cost of storage and networking. According to Schnell, VideoIQ’s cameras with high-definition sensors can track up to 24 objects simultaneously and have 3X the field of view of conventional high-definition cameras with analytics.

T3 Motion

Gary Joubert, VP of Sales and Marketing, reports that T3 provides electric vehicles for law enforcement that are used in almost every police department in the U.S., as well as in government agencies around the world. Other markets for the made-in-the-USA T3 series include the military, general transport and the private security business. Recent improvements have been well received, and business is great!

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.

ICE Sacramento deports Italian drug-trafficking suspect with alleged Mafia ties

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A longtime California resident from Italy, who is wanted in his native country for drug trafficking and colluding with the Mafia, was turned over to Italian authorities Wednesday at Rome's Fiumicino Airport by Sacramento, CA-based officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

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Hawaiian utility announces plan to boost solar offerings 300 percent by 2030

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The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has announced plans to triple its amount of rooftop-provided solar offerings by 2030, a plan the company says will make Hawaii the leading U.S. state providing such energy.

The three companies that make up HECO, Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company said in a statement that “Grid enhancements will make possible increased integration of solar power.”

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Safety Vision donates body cameras to the Ferguson, MO Police Department

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Houston, TX-based Safety Vision, a provider of mobile video surveillance solutions since 1993, has donated wearable and hand-held recording systems to the Ferguson Police Department in an effort to protect both law enforcement and the public with the capture of evidence. The onboard recording veteran provides solutions to a breadth of fleets including law enforcement and homeland security, mass transit, pupil transportation, and private fleet transportation sectors.

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