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New president begins work at Global Traffic Technologies

Jason Lund has been named president of traffic signal priority control company Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (GTT), effective June 1.

Lund, a Chicago-area native, brings nearly two decades of leadership experience to GTT, most recently in the compressed natural gas fueling industry. His hiring follows the retirement of Doug Roberts, who served as GTT’s president following the company’s divestiture from 3M in 2007 through its eventual sale to Greensboro, N.C.-based Gilbarco, Inc. -- a Fortive, Inc., company (NYSE: FTV) -- last year. Roberts will continue with GTT through June as he transitions leadership to Lund.

“I will certainly miss the business and working with everyone at GTT and Fortive,” Roberts said. “I’ll be supporting GTT in a consulting role after June, as required.”

Roberts described Lund as “a seasoned business leader,” with experience in a variety of roles, including president, business unit director, operations director, director of product decorations/graphics, business manager and product manager. Lund holds a BSBA in Corporate Finance and Insurance from Drake University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Lund said he welcomed the challenges and opportunities of leading GTT while it continues to grow as the market leader of traffic signal priority control solutions in North America and around the world.

“GTT has a stellar history and reputation and it is poised for continued growth, both domestically and internationally.” Lund said. “I’m excited to lead the team into the next phase of innovation and expansion in the emergency services and public transportation markets.”

About Global Traffic Technologies, LLC

GTT is the owner and manufacturer of the Opticom™ priority control system and Canoga™ traffic-sensing system. These systems have provided safe and reliable traffic solutions to communities for nearly 50 years. GTT proactively delivers advanced transportation solutions to help emergency, transit and traffic personnel increase safety, minimize traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maximizing resource efficiency and performance. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, GTT is the market leader in traffic management systems, having an installed base of over 90,000 intersections and 90,000 vehicles in over 3,100 municipalities worldwide, including 41 of the 50 largest U.S. cities.

GTT is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gilbarco, Inc., an operating company of Everett, Wash.-based Fortive.

To find out more about GTT, visit www.gtt.com

 

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Boston Police Department selects NICE Solutions to bolster efficiency, service and Next Generation 9-1-1 Readiness

NICE (Nasdaq:NICE) announced today that the Boston Police Department (PD) will be deploying the full suite of NICE Inform solutions for quality assurance, multimedia incident reconstruction, and IP telephony and radio recording. The solutions will be deployed at three sites, including its primary and backup 9-1-1 centers. The new technology will also support Boston's EMS Dispatch Operations, which is co-located with the Police 9-1-1 center.

The NICE solutions anchor on other technology investments that the Boston PD has made as it transitions to an IP-based, interoperable, Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) ready, public safety environment.

"Our mission is to use innovative strategies and partnerships to protect and serve the citizens of Boston," said Shawn Romanoski, Director of Telecommunications, Boston Police Department. "The work we're doing with NICE to upgrade our 9-1-1 center technology is one way we're accomplishing that. It's also critical to our preparation for Next Generation 9-1-1."

NICE's certified direct integration with the Airbus DS VESTA® VoIP 9-1-1 system means that the Boston PD can reliably capture its IP-based emergency communications. The Boston PD will begin accepting SMS 9-1-1 texts next year, and thanks to the new NICE technology, they'll already be prepared to record and manage these communications as well.

"As the first police department in the U.S., the Boston Police Department enjoys a rich tradition of being a pioneer in policing and public safety," said Christopher Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE. "With their continued work with NICE, the Boston PD is now redefining what it means to be a leader by applying technology to improve service and solve everyday problems, while building a solid foundation for the future."

Boosting Efficiency and Quality Assurance
Consistent, ongoing quality assurance (QA) is vital to every public safety answering point (PSAP). The Boston PD will use NICE Inform Evaluator to ensure that its telecommunicators are following proper protocols and that the systems they rely on are properly supporting them – so they can provide the highest levels of service to Boston's residents and visitors.

Like many police departments, the Boston PD performs QA reviews on telecommunicator calls today, but until now it has been a highly manual and subjective process. With NICE Inform Evaluator, manual call selection will be replaced by automated call selection; and paper-based forms will be replaced by electronic scoring where evaluation results are automatically tabulated, tracked and shared.

"We'll be far more automated from a QA perspective, and we'll be able to complete evaluations and provide feedback much faster," said Romanoski.

Boston PD also plans to use NICE's screen recording, synchronized with voice recordings, to better understand what happens during calls. "It's going to be a great tool for us for QA and training," added Romanoski. "If something goes wrong, we'll be able to understand why and correct it."

Expediting Records Requests
The Boston PD churns out about 6,000 records requests annually, for district attorneys, detectives, media and private citizens. NICE Inform will eliminate wasted time on duplicate requests. Records will be stored in Inform's electronic incident folders, cross-referenced to computer aided dispatch (CAD) Incident IDs or court case numbers, so there will never be a need to do the same work twice.

"With our old system, whenever we received a duplicate request, we would have to go back and recreate the entire incident recording all over again," said Romanoski. "Once we create a scenario in Inform and save it, we can easily find and retrieve the original and provide an exact duplicate."

NICE is working with its partner Business Electronics (BEI) to deploy the NICE solutions at the Boston PD.

About the Boston Police Department
The Boston Police Department, dating back to 1838, holds the primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the city of Boston, Massachusetts. It has the distinction of being the first police department in the nation. The Boston Police Department mission is to use innovative strategies and partnerships to protect the citizens of Boston. The Boston Police Department also strives to be a role model for police departments nationwide. The Boston Police Department Emergency 9-1-1 Center is part of the Operations Division of the department. It is the primary public safety answering point (PSAP) within the geographic boundaries of the City of Boston. More information at www.boston.gov/departments/police and http://bpdnews.com/emergency-9-1-1

About NICE
NICE (Nasdaq:NICE) is the worldwide leading provider of both cloud and on-premises enterprise software solutions that empower organizations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data. NICE helps organizations of all sizes deliver better customer service, ensure compliance, combat fraud and safeguard citizens. Over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies, are using NICE solutions. www.nice.com.

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Milestone fuels the coming business video revolution

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.

“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.

“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”    

Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.

XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.

Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. 

Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.

Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:

  • Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
     

  • All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. 
     

  • The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
     

  • The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. 
     

  • Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
     

XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.

XProtect 2017 R2 Essential+ is available for download now.

Watch the launch video here.

Success for GTT Opticom Transit Signal Priority Solution at 2017 UITP Summit

Société de transport de Laval’s TSP system wins award with help from Opticom at premier public transport event in Montreal


St. Paul, Minnesota, June 5, 2017 - Global Traffic Technologies Inc.’s Opticom™ Transit Signal Priority (TSP) solution was recognised and celebrated as a significant innovation at the recent UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2017 in Montreal.

The system deployed by the Société de transport de Laval (STL) won a Corporate Leadership Award in the Innovation category from the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), and a post-event tour of the TSP solution for UITP attendees was fully-booked well in advance.

GTT’s Vice President of Strategic Sales Victor Darias said the international summit was a chance to showcase some of Canada’s recent contributions to public transportation innovations.“

GTT and STL have been partners for several years now, and it’s satisfying to see the hard work get recognized by CUTA,” Darias said. “STL has built a state-of-the-art  system that uses Transit Signal Priority to improve speed, reliability and punctuality.”

Leadership award
The CUTA presented STL with the Corporate Leadership Award on the eve of the UITP event. The award highlights transit innovations that break with conventional processes and extend beyond marginal improvements in products and services. STL’s implementation drew praise from CUTA judges and from STL leadership.

“With faster trip times and improved service, the STL managed to reduce (greenhouse gas) emissions from transit as well as attract many new customers,” CUTA judges said in a news release announcing the award.
Guy Picard, General Director of the STL, also applauded the Opticom TSP system: “This is an inexpensive system that can be inserted discretely into the urban environment, and which is imperceptible to drivers while still offering all the means to improve our service and make it faster and more efficient.”

Technical tour
The technical tour of the TPS system in Laval took place the day after UITP, and saw a full bus of visitors head just north of Montreal to see the solution in action. In addition to a trip along Laval’s major transportation corridors to see how buses are given priority, attendees were shown how STL’s control center manages the system. Laval has TSP equipment installed at over 200 intersections and more than 300 vehicles, with buses allocated priority based on both schedule timings and passenger load.
Find out more about the Opticom TSP system in Laval here: http://www.gtt.com/project/opticom-tsp-laval/

In addition to the tour, UITP attendees could hear a presentation from Darias and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc (GPI) Director of Simulation Modelling Services Mark Yedlin on the way that transit signal priority is helping to reduce travel times through New York City’s notoriously congested Wall Street financial district. GPI is a highly-ranked engineering firm that prides itself on creating smart and sustainable solutions for a wide array of projects.

The UITP Summit is the premier event for the public transport industry, bringing together the entire international public transport community to debate and explore the strategic vision and business activities of the sector. UITP (Union Internationale des Transports Publics) is the International Association of Public Transport.

Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) is a world leader in priority control and traffic sensing systems, with thousands of implementations of its acclaimed Opticom TSP solutions installed internationally. Opticom TSP provides buses and other public transport vehicles with the ability to request green lights at intersections, allowing for better schedule adherence and headway management.

About Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
GTT is the owner and manufacturer of the Opticom™ priority control system and Canoga™ traffic-sensing system. These systems have provided safe and reliable traffic solutions to communities for nearly 50 years. GTT proactively delivers advanced transportation solutions to help emergency, transit and traffic personnel increase safety, minimize traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while maximizing resource efficiency and performance. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, GTT is the market leader in traffic management systems, having an installed base of over 90,000 intersections and 90,000 vehicles in over 3,100 municipalities worldwide, including 41 of the 50 largest U.S. cities. To find out more about GTT, visit www.gtt.com.

About GPI
Since 1966, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) has designed, managed and supported its clients on a wide array of projects. GPI is an engineering firm that provides comprehensive services in the areas of transportation planning and design, traffic engineering, simulation modelling, civil design, structural/bridge design, construction management and inspection, mechanical/electrical/plumbing design, sustainable design, municipal engineering, site planning, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, coastal and marine engineering, geographic information system (GIS), and asset management services. www.gpinet.com

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U.S. C0NFERENCE OF MAYORS ISSUES STATEMENT ON LONDON TERROR ATTACK

London Mayer Sadiq Khan

U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran today issued the following statement on the London terror attack:

“The United States Conference of Mayors stands today united with Mayor Sadiq Khan of London and the people of London.

 

 “We send condolences to family and loved ones of those dead and injured.


“We send praise and absolute respect for the police officers who responded with 8 minutes to kill all three of the London Bridge terrorist murderers.

“The Mayors of the USA who haven't had a terrorist attack know full well that in today's age of terrorist actions, domestic and international, an attack could happen in their city.

“And the Mayors of the USA whose cities have been hit with an attack of hate and murder have an even more personal feeling for London Mayor Khan. We commend him for his statement today.

“He has risen above this crisis of death and destruction, as mayors continue to do, to alleviate fear, to bring comfort to his people of London and to give support to the first responders who continue to protect, defend and provide emergency care to his people of London. 

 “Thank you, Mayor Khan, for your leadership during this crisis.

“World Leaders need to know that, in 2017 thus far, in our cities across the globe, there have been 500 attacks and 3500 deaths and many more physically and mentally wounded.”

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Department of Homeland Security Report to the Congress (SAR)

Editor’s Note: In reponse to the Homeland Security Semi-Annual Report to Congres, GSN will publish a selection of important topics covered in the GSN Daily Insider Newsletter

REVENTING TERRORISM AND OTHER THREATS

Our reports on the Department’s efforts to prevent terrorism and other threats focused on challenges and needed improvements in sharing counterterrorism information among entities in the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Intelligence Community (IC), and DHS; DHS’ oversight of drug interdiction efforts; and the Department’s planning for pandemic events.

What We Found

Joint Review of Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information

The DHS, DOJ, and IC OIGs concluded that partners are committed to sharing counterterrorism information, but could enhance their efforts across and within these entities. For example, the OIGs found an interagency agreement on information sharing was outdated and an overarching coordination body had not been codified. Specific to DHS, we found —  a lack of unity in the Intelligence Enterprise;  issues with field staffing levels and access to classified systems and facilities; and  problems with the production and review of intelligence reports.

DHS Drug Interdiction Efforts Need Improvement

DHS’ oversight of its drug interdiction efforts did not align with the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) National Drug Control Strategy. Specifically, DHS did not (1) report drug seizures and drug interdiction resource hours to ONDCP, and (2) ensure its components developed and implemented adequate performance measures to assess drug interdiction activities.

DHS Pandemic Planning Needs Better Oversight, Training, and Execution

DHS cannot be assured its preparedness plans can be executed effectively during a pandemic event. DHS did not always provide sufficient oversight to ensure components —  completed and finalized their pandemic plans;  verified pandemic training requirements were

included in their plans;  identified the personal protective equipment supplies needed for a pandemic response; and  met points of dispensing exercise and reporting requirements.

Moving Forward DHS Response DHS’ Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) reported that it is taking steps to better integrate the DHS Intelligence Enterprise. I&A is also developing plans for better access to classified systems, as well as guidance for field intelligence reporting to the IC, including streamlining the review process. DHS reported that it will (1) develop a plan that ensures required annual reports are submitted to the ONDCP, and (2) implement a plan that ensures outcome-based performance measures are used to assess the success of drug interdiction efforts. DHS reported it updated and revised the Pandemic Plan, which includes specific training requirements and a new concept of operations. DHS is revising supplemental guidance for maintaining personal protective equipment supplies. DHS components have been provided with guidance for implementing and updating points of dispensing logistics and exercise information in the materials module.

Rescue at the Push of a Satellite Button: An SSPI perspective for SatMagazine A web portal lets users create pre-set messages that go out by email or text to people they designate.

Joe Hiscock and his son look forward each year to hunting on the south coast of Newfoundland, Canada

Their cabin is 35 miles from the nearest road and accessible only by private helicopter or snowmobile. One September, they were dropped off at the cabin, where they planned to spend the week. Instead, Joe began suffering abdominal pains that worsened as day turned into night.  Finally, he pulled out a gadget he carried called SPOT and pushed a button on the unit labeled “S.O.S.”

Within 20 minutes, the local RCMP detachment was on the phone with Joe’s wife, confirming his location. Shortly after that, a helicopter was dispatched to Joe’s GPS coordinates but could not land due to heavy fog. It was in the early morning hours, as visibility improved, that Joe was airlifted to the nearest hospital, where he would spend two weeks being treated for an abdominal infection complicated by kidney stones. In his view, “Anybody who goes into the woods should have one of these devices.”

SPOT is an example of personal tracking technology. The device, which fits in the palm of your hand, communicates your exact GPS location to a satellite network. A web portal lets users create pre-set messages that go out by email or text to people they designate. Each message is associated with a button on the unit. Press one button and you send a friendly “Guess where I am?” message with a link to a Google map showing your location. Press the S.O.S. button and the nearest emergency responders start racing to the rescue. Since the technology’s launch in 2007, SPOT has initiated more than 4,500 rescues around the globe. 

Wi-Fi from Space
Sometimes it is machines, not people, who need help. The logging industry operates heavy machinery in remote places far from roads or cellular coverage. When that equipment needs maintenance or repair, it tends to mean high costs and long delays. 

Black Diamond Mechanical & Welding sells and services logging equipment from its headquarters in British Columbia. “There is a shortage of skilled heavy-duty mechanics in our industry,” says Black Diamond’s owner, David Pope. “In fact, half of the people on our job sites are apprentices. Often, they have to check out a problem and then drive back to the nearest Internet connection an hour away to communicate with our master mechanic. Then they go back and forth, trying different solutions and reporting on results. It wastes hours and days.”

A long-time user of sat phones, the company has now added another satellite technology: a Wi-Fi hub called Globalstar Sat-Fi. Users can now use their existing smartphone and tablet devices to communicate beyond cellular, with up to eight individual users having the ability to connect to one Sat-Fi hotspot device. Switch it on anywhere with a view of the sky, and it provides Internet access to devices within a 100-foot radius. 

With satellite-based Wi-Fi, workers with a smartphone can take pictures of the equipment problem and text or email it, along with their questions, to the master mechanic, as well as handle voice calls and provide Internet access. “We have seen a significant improvement in productivity,” said Pope. “With Globalstar Sat-Fi, it’s like having the master mechanic standing right beside the apprentice in the field.”

Rescue for the Heart
When migrants began flooding into Europe in 2015 from the war-torn Middle East, Disaster Tech Lab was there. This nonprofit grassroots organization provides rapid response communication networks for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. On the Greek island of Lesbos, Disaster Tech Lab staff used Globalstar sat phones to keep its teams connected and to call for medical help and supplies as they moved from place to place. But the impact of the phones went far beyond the practical, according to the Lab’s founder, Evert Bopp. 

On several days,” he said, “we used the satellite phones to let refugees make a quick call to family back home to let them know they were safe. From a humanitarian point of view, this had the biggest impact. We had people foregoing medical treatment to wait in line to use the phone. Many were overcome when talking to their families and burst into tears. It was absolutely fantastic to be able to pull out the satellite phone, hand it to someone and let them make a call there and then.”

Satellites circle the Earth hundreds or thousands of miles above the surface. That may make them an odd choice of rescuer for people in distress. But the invisible web of communications they weave keeps body, spirit and the occasional machine together, day after day, from one corner of the globe to another.

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A Note from Subject Matter, Expert Advisor and Thought Leader Chuck Brooks

Dear Friends and Colleagues, please see my updated consulting and advisory profile below and attached:

Topics of expertise include Cybersecurity & Homeland Security, Emerging Technologies such as Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence,  Quantum Computing, Big Data,   Internet of Thing, Government Relations,  Marketing and Branding: “How to do business in Washington DC”

Chuck was recently named by LinkedIn as a “Top Person you should be following on Tech issues” out of 500 million members, and has won the “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year” at the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards from in both 2016 and 2017.

At Government Security News, we are pleased to mention that Chuck has been the Chief Judge for the Government Security News annual Homeland Security Awards for four years.

Chuck also serves as Chairman of CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technology Committee, and serves on Boards to several prominent public and private companies and organizations. He is a subject Matter Expert to The Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC), a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored organization through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). He is a former Technology Partnership Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Chuck has served in government at the Department of Homeland Security at the Science & Technology Directorate, at VOA, and also for 7 years on the Hill as a Senior Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter. He is also former Adjunct Faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and received his MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Chuck is widely published on the subjects of innovation, public/private partnerships, emerging technologies, and issues of homeland security and cybersecurity.

 Chuck’s Specialized Consulting Services cover: Digital Influencer outreach (Social Media, Public Relations), Corporate Blogging, Business Development, Strategic Marketing, expertise in doing business with Fedeal, State and Local Government, as well as a Cheat Sheet for the C-suite and participating in Federal News Radio Interviiews.

 Most recently, Chuck received a letter from Commander Darren W. McDew, General, USAF, who wrote:

Please accept my personal thanks for your participation in the USTRANSCOM Senior Leader Cyber Security Roundtable. The discussions throughout the day were thought-provoking and insightful. Based on this event, we will be able to more clearly identify, assess and mitigate risk to our joint war fighting mission.

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Milestone Systems Celebrates Solution Power at Milestone Community Days in Dubai

COPENHAGEN – May 24, 2017.  Milestone Systems, the globally leading company in video management software (VMS), showcased the open platform community’s solution power during the packed Milestone Community Days (MIPS) in Dubai in mid-May.

This year’s event theme ‘Together We Make the World See the Future’ reflected a Milestone’s purpose and focus on the combined solution power of the Milestone open community. More than 450 attendees from 46 countries attended and 35 partners exhibited their integrated offerings and services at the Community Innovation Lab.

Danish Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar H.E. Merete Juhl opened the event and visited the partner showcases.

Breakout sessions with Technology and Business Tracks covered topics ranging from future technology to business optimization.

Kenneth Hune Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Milestone, emphasized the Milestone community as a force enabler in security and new uses for video technology beyond security. Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, CTO at Milestone Systems, elaborated on this and presented Milestone’s technology vision for the future.

The many visitors had the chance to preview Milestone XProtect 2017 R2. The event also announced the addition of two new business-ready products to the Xprotect 2017 product portfolio, to be released in June.  
Attendees were invited to a tour of the Community Innovation Lab, where Milestone Solutions and Technology Partners demonstrated the latest innovations in the industry.

“It was fantastic to experience the vibrant energy from partners and attendees networking at the event.” Said Christian Ringler, Sales Director, DACH, Middle East & Africa, Milestone Systems. “The feedback has been very positive and we are already looking forward to the next version of the Milestone Community Days.” 

Sponsor partners for Milestone Community Days EMEA 2017:

  • Diamond: Allied Telesis, Fujitsu
  • Platinum: iCetana, Pivot 3, Seagate Technologies, Venzo Secure
  • Gold: Axis Communications, Fibernetix, Hikvision, IBM, Intransa, NetApp, Scality

    Silver: Advancis, Axone Systems, BARCO, Bosch, Dahua, Dell EMC, Ela-soft, G2K Group, Ipsotek, Nedap, Optex, Pablo Niklas, Parking Spotter (Milestone Kickstarter winner), Promise Technology, Quantum, Rasilient, Snap Surveillance, Soliton, Vidsys, XPR Group, Arecont Vision, Commend
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3M Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.

The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.

“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”

Highlights:

  • 3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.

  • 3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.

  • 3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.

  • 3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”

  • For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

  • Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.

  • Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.

  • Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.

  • Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.

  • Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.

3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport

About 3M 
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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