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Elbit Systems of America to showcase SpecialOps technology solutions at SOFIC

FORT WORTH, TX May 9, 2017 Elbit Systems of America, LLC, will highlight its technology solutions for Special Operations Forces (SOF) at the annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. This year's event will take place May 15-18, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. Elbit Systems of America's exhibit will be located at booth 1212.

"Elbit Systems of America is committed to delivering trusted and effective capabilities to strengthen the global joint special operations force," said Raanan Horowitz, president and CEO of Elbit Systems of America. "Our combat-proven technology solutions contribute to ensuring mission success for SOF operators."

For 25 years, Elbit Systems of America has delivered advanced capabilities aimed at keeping America safe. The company is committed to providing the SOF community with the very best technology solutions that deliver enhanced situational awareness and high accuracy for their missions. Examples include:

  • Synthetic Vision, 3D conformal symbology and weapon head tracking enhances the CV-22's ability to operate anytime, anywhere, and in any weather environment.
  • Small, lightweight precision munition seekers that are highly accurate against static and high-speed moving targets.
  • Augmented and virtual reality integrated into a head-up display embedded into SOF night vision goggles.
  • Low-noise amplifiers with reduced size, weight, and power requirements for use in command, control, and communications systems without compromising system sensitivity. 
  • State-of-the-art lightweight laser cores that are the heart of our family of handheld target designators
  • Aircraft software architecture, automated mission systems and multi-dimensional displays that fuse and integrate information arriving from various on-board and off-board sensors.  Information is presented to the pilot through the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II), digital eyepiece, digital head-up-displays (HUDs), and large high definition tactical displays.

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC  

Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT), a global high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems-us.com or follow us on Twitter.

About Elbit Systems  

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

For additional information, visit: http://www.elbitsystems.com or follow us on Twitter.

Genetec to add latest version of Free-Flow with its Security Center platform

MONTREAL MAY 10, 2017 Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions will showcase the latest version of AutoVu™ Free-Flow off-street parking management solution at this year’s IPI Conference and Expo in New Orleans, at booth #1115. Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency by providing a real-time inventory of vehicles parked illegally in monitored parking lots, Free-Flow will now be offered within Genetec Security Center, the company’s unified security platform that combines video surveillance, access control and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR).

Catching parked vehicles in violation is a challenge for many parking organizations. Business managers estimate that they apprehend less than a quarter of parking violators. With AutoVu Free-Flow, parking enforcement officers can easily identify lots with unenforced violations and dynamically adjust their patrol routes to maximize violation capture rates. A growing number of parking property owners are investigating gateless parking to reduce vehicle congestion and provide a more convenient and efficient parking experience. AutoVu Free-Flow provides the technology to forego using gates, while maintaining compliance with parking rules.

With Free-Flow now an integral part of Security Center, parking managers will be able to monitor occupancy and violations across all their parking lots, directly from one location. Genetec™ Plan Manager provides an added interactive and graphical mapping application allows operators to better visualize and manage environments. With Plan Manager and Free-Flow in Security Center, parking lot owners will now be able to dynamically navigate and oversee a large number of properties via their installed ALPR and associated video surveillance cameras for real-time, correlative coverage.

When parking occupancy reaches a certain threshold, parking managers can rely on Free-Flow to trigger actions advising customers that parking space count is low, or the lot is full or closed using third party signage within the parking property. This allows parking officers to direct customers accordingly and better-manage lots, especially in complex urban environments.

“Free-Flow provides parking officers a real-time view of how many vehicles are in parking lots across all their facilities, and how many are parked illegally. With these precise details of where and when violations are taking place, parking managers know where to dispatch officers to ensure higher compliance,” said Charles Pitman, Product Marketing Manager at Genetec. “Taking advantage of map-based information and communicating parking availability improves the customer experience. Meanwhile, business owners gain access to a trove of data that helps them make better informed parking infrastructure and policy decisions,” added Pitman

All attendees at the IPI Tradeshow (New Orleans, May 24th 2017) are encouraged to attend ‘A Pragmatic Look at Big Data: Perspectives from License Plate Recognition’. This speaking session will be presented by Charles Pitman, Product Marketing Manager for AutoVu. The talk will be held from 9:15-10:15 AM in rooms 238 and 239 of the Ernest N Morial Convention Center.

The first series of updates for Genetec Free-Flow are expected to be available at the end of May 2017. Additional updates are planned in early July 2017, and are available through any AutoVu premier or certified fixed partner. For more information and updates on AutoVu Free-Flow, visit: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/resources/autovu-free-flow-feature-focus

About Genetec

Genetec develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec, visit: http://www.genetec.com

3M releases latest version of license plate reader software

ST. PAUL‚ MN May 11, 2017 Law enforcement agencies bring stability to a world that is full of uncertainty, which is a task that requires the most advanced and up-to-date technology. In order to make agencies operate more efficiently, 3M is proud to announce the second upgrade to 3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software, making the first ALPR software powered by data fusion analytics even better. Plate Alert is an advanced and comprehensive back-office software that features new capabilities for officers and uses proactive alerts and data fusion analytics to provide instant and useful information for law enforcement.

3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software version 1.2 contains a significant number of new features and improvements, including upgraded data sharing, investigative power, and data security. Additionally, the new version also improves the ease-of-use to both new users, as well as experienced users who may be migrating from other systems.

With the updated Plate Alert software, data sharing is now easier, quicker, and more secure. Information can be shared to and from 3M’s previous back-office software systems, also known as BOSS, through the data sharing interface in both systems, thus enabling the users of Plate Alert to run license plate inquiries against BOSS databases and quickly return results, and vice versa. This functionality allows users to maintain the connection with the agencies using BOSS, while seamlessly transitioning to Plate Alert.

When it comes to license plate analysis, one of the most important factors is the investigative power of the software. Version 1.2 of 3M’s Plate Alert software provides improved and upgraded investigative tools. Plate Alert can now be configured to include data from vehicle identification databases or systems, such as Intrinsic’s Mantis vehicle identification software. Once configured, additional metadata like make, model, color and body can be included in the license plate reads, which allows users to search vehicle details through data inquiries.

After a license plate search is completed, using the convey-on-demand feature, users can identify vehicles driving together with the vehicle found in the result with one click. Investigators can use this function to detect stalking suspects, and associate vehicles or gang members in drug interdiction. Plate Alert can now generate common plate analysis based on date, time, location, and other information. This feature assists police agencies to discover hidden correlations and find investigative leads.

The new version of Plate Alert also provides improved data security through enhanced data encryption; more powerful auditing and reporting, along with configurable system settings, allow agencies to meet their own data security policies.

“3M is proud of the partnership we have with law enforcement agencies, and we continuously work to build and improve software that makes their jobs easier,” said Olivia He, Global Marketing Manager of ALPR. “The 3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software version 1.2 features upgrades that allow agencies to find connections between an increased number of sources in a shorter amount of time, improving the user experience and the results provided.”

In addition to the increased data sharing, investigative power, and data security, the enhanced version of 3M’s Plate Alert Software features a variety of additional upgrades. These updates include: enriched content in email alerts, active directory, open street map, simple alert list parsing and filtering, and multi-server installation. The new version of 3M's Plate Alert software is available free of charge to all current customers that are under warranty or support.

For more information on 3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software version 1.2, please visit www.3m.com/PlateAlert.

DHS awards $2.4M in grant funding to Kantara Initiative to develop mobile identity solutions

By Steve Bittenbender
Editor, Government Security News

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $2.4 million in grant funding to the Kantara Initiative to help in the development of three digital identity solutions.

The money, provided by DHS Science and Technology Directorate, will be used by Lockstep Technologies, Gluu and Exponent and are the first projects launched by Kantara’s Identity and Privacy Incubator Program.

The Kantara Initiative provides real-world innovation and development of specifications and conformity assessment programs for the digital identity and personal data ecosystems. The global network brings together leaders from various companies, including: CA Technologies, Digi.me, Experian, ForgeRock, Internet Society, Nomura Research Institute and SecureKey Technologies.

Kantara gets its name from the Swahili word for bridge, and that’s what the organization does: it connects industry leaders to address common concerns, according to Colin Wallis, the executive director for the initiative. Often the work led by the initiative’s members winds up in the standards framework for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and other similar groups.

“That’s where industry gets together and says we’re going to work together, we’re going to collaborate to solve a particular problem,” Wallis said. “That naturally draws a very high level of expertise, and that’s the thing DHS recognized from previous engagements with Kantara.”

Wallis said the three projects selected for the grant funding are working in different aspects of identity verification and access control.

Lockstep Technologies manages a self-funded research-and-development program focusing on digital identity and privacy concerns. It has helped develop solutions to address medical records confidentiality, age verification and electronic voting.

With the DHS funding, Lockstep will work on a mobile device attribute verification (MDAV) solution. This technology could allow individuals to use their smartphones for their driver’s licenses, travel papers and electronic health records. First responders also could use the technology to carry their credentials with them at all times.

Gluu is also working on a project for first responders. Dubbed the Emergency Responder Authentication System for Mobile Users (ERASMUS), it would enable emergency management organizations across jurisdictions to share data regarding an individual responder’s skill sets and authorizations.

With ERASMUS, Wallis said, an out-of-town firefighter or police officer could offer to help with an emergency event away from their jurisdiction and have local authorities confirm their credentials quickly and easily on-site.

Exponent’s project deals with access control. Specifically, it would enable an individual to use their smartphone for their personal identity verification card. Rather than carrying a separate card, a user simply would need to present their phone in order to gain secure access to a building or secured room within a facility.

Such mobile technology would make it easier for organizations who currently deal with lost card issues or face the need to produce temporary credentials for facility visitors.

"The basis for each project is a unique re-configuration of emerging next generation standards and specifications delivered through mobile devices, like smart phones,” Wallis said. “The trend of leveraging the ubiquitous mobile device for digital identity solution continues to ramp worldwide. We are seeing a growing interest in incubator programs like KIPI."

The Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis at Rutgers University in New Jersey is also a collaborator in the projects.

For more information about the initiative, visit http://www.kantarainitiative.org or go to @KantaraNews on Twitter.

Lockheed Martin drone system used by law enforcement to aid in special needs search and rescue operations

VINEYARD, UT May 10, 2017 Sheriff's agencies are poised to use the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Indago quadrotor small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to perform search and rescue operations as part of the Project Lifesaver International (PLI) program that supports clients with autism, Down syndrome and dementia.

Indago is paired with Project Lifesaver's electronic location equipment used by first responders to find special needs individuals who may wander. Upon receiving a distress call, operators can rapidly deploy Indago to locate missing individuals.

Sheriff's offices in New Jersey and Virginia have added the PLI Indago to their inventories, with additional first response agencies soon to join the ranks.

"The Indago UAS will allow us to increase our capabilities in locating a client who has wandered. This new asset will give us the ability to search even more efficiently over a broader area and will increase the probability of a successful recovery," Somerset County New Jersey Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, who oversees the first sheriff's office in the country to adopt the Indago system. Somerset County has 40 clients enrolled in Project Lifesaver: 23 children who have autism or Down syndrome and 17 adults who have dementia.

"The Indago will give Project Lifesaver agency members the ability to have an airborne asset available quickly to enhance their search capability in bringing loved ones home," said Gene Saunders, Founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver.

First responders have relied on manned aircraft to conduct aerial search and rescue operations. Indago reduces the response time and increases the efficiency of search efforts when time is critical. The 5-lb., collapsible Indago system can be stored in the trunk of any squad car and deployed within a matter of minutes.

"Coupling the Project Lifesaver antenna and control elements with the Indago system expands signal detectability, serves as an airborne relay, and greatly improves the probability of location success across broad search areas," said Rich Bonnett, Indago program manager, Lockheed Martin unmanned systems. "This innovative technology is available for Project Lifesaver agents to further their important public safety mission, and more importantly, to reunite individuals with their families and caretakers."

Indago is used in tasks spanning firefighting, disaster relief, precision agriculture and coastal erosion monitoring. The proven and reliable system has an industry-leading flight time surpassing 45 minutes, and provides high quality data with an electro-optic infrared gimbaled imager to enhance situational awareness and enable real-time decision-making.

Lockheed Martin has five decades of experience in unmanned and autonomous systems for air, land and sea. From the depths of the ocean to the rarified air of the stratosphere, Lockheed Martin's unmanned systems help our military, civil and commercial customers accomplish their most difficult challenges.

For more information about Indago, including the new Indago 3 system, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/procerus/indago-uas.html.  For additional information about Lockheed Martin autonomous and unmanned systems, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/unmanned.

About Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver International (PLI) is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, other first responders and caregivers with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and Down syndrome. To date Project Lifesaver agencies have conducted over 3,254 successful rescues. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations. Visit www.projectlifesaver.org.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

McMurdo next-generation search-and-rescue system to be used in Southeast Asia

LANHAM, MD May 9, 2017 Orolia, through its McMurdo brand, the most trusted name in emergency readiness and response, has been selected by a leading Southeast Asia search and rescue authority to deploy their Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) solution. McMurdo is supporting the contract through a Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) partner local to the region.

This next generation technology solution will provide access to the Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite system, improving accuracy and response times for search and rescue teams throughout the Southeast Asia region. McMurdo will deliver a four-channel Medium-altitude Earth Orbiting Local User Terminal (MEOLUT) and an advanced Rescue Coordination Center system. The MEOSAR-capable solution will handle the distribution and management of critical search and rescue data, including SARSAT distress beacon data. The system supports rescue planning and coordination functions to assist persons in distress.

"This new capability will greatly enhance the effectiveness of SAR operations in Southeast Asia, as we have done with our existing MEOSAR customers in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia," said Chris Loizou, Chief Business Development Officer, Orolia. "Pairing the MEOSAR satellite capability with McMurdo's advanced positioning and timing search and rescue technologies will provide the fastest speed of detection and best location accuracy possible today to save even more lives."

McMurdo is the global leader in MEOSAR satellite technology with the only end-to-end solutions for search and rescue from distress beacons to satellite ground infrastructure to mission control centers and rescue coordination centers. Half of the world's MEOSAR satellite ground infrastructure has been installed by McMurdo as well as the manufacture of 25 percent of the world's 500,000 registered beacons.

About Orolia

Orolia is the world leader in resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of customers' critical, remote or high-risk operations. Through its leading brands, McMurdo, Kannad, SARBE, Spectracom and Spectratime, Orolia has locations in more than 100 countries worldwide. With expertise in maritime, defense and space applications, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT products and solutions for their customers' most mission-critical needs. www.orolia.com   

Latest Milrem unmanned ground vehicle on display at XPONENTIAL

DALLAS May 9, 2017 Unmanned systems technology innovator Milrem fills the markets need for a fully customizable unmanned ground vehicle with its open architecture UGV THeMIS.

The THeMIS (Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System) features a diesel-electric hybrid drive, has a payload of 750kg/1650lbs and a top speed of 24km/h / 15mph. However, its most innovative feature is the ability for rapid configuration that allows it to take the form of several mission specific solutions.

The multipurpose vehicle can serve as a transportation platform carrying a squad’s gear, a remote weapon station equipped with small or large caliber weapons, IED detection and disposal platform and much more.

The UGV was launched last October in cooperation with QinetiQ North America. The joint product has been equipped with QNA's UGV control technology - the Tactical Robot Controller (TRC) and Robotic Appliqué Kit (RAK). This vehicle, codenamed Titan, is aimed at the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program initiated by the US Army. It will be exhibited during AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 in Dallas this week.

The UGV has been developed meeting requirements detailed in the Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy. “It will significantly reduce warfighter workload, serve as a force multiplier and increase situational awareness,” explained Kuldar Väärsi, the CEO of Milrem.

The vehicle has also been developed for the commercial sector aimed at industries such as mining, mobile off-road mapping, search and rescue etc.

For more information about the THeMIS, please visit Milrem’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/milrem.

About Milrem

Milrem is an Estonian technology solutions provider specializing in military and commercial engineering, repair and maintenance. The company’s two main lines of business include the research and development of unmanned vehicles and repair and maintenance of heavy-duty military vehicles.

Morphix Technologies to showcase detection solutions at upcoming special operations expo

Pricenski

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, will be exhibiting its TraceX® Explosives Detection Kit and its Chameleon® Chemical Detection Armband in Booth #1912 at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), to be held May 15-18, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

SOFIC is the premier venue for the special forces community to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of Special Operations Forces (SOF) operators.

“We are so humbled to serve the SOF community and all of our military and first responders. We look forward to participating at SOFIC to learn more about their chemical and explosive detection needs and how our TraceX Explosives Detection Kit and Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is helping to solve those needs, can keep them safe and allow them to better perform their duties,” said Kimberly Pricenski, vice president of sales and marketing for Morphix Technologies.

The TraceX Explosives Detection Kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. This inexpensive kit can fit into a pocket and once deployed can detect most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test.

The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, wearable, reusable armband that can hold up to 10 cassettes, each of which detects a particular toxic chemical and changes color upon detection. It has been approved by the U.S. SAFETY Act of the Department of Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist technology.

If you’d like to receive more information on the Chameleon or TraceX, please contact Morphix Technologies toll-free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also email [email protected]

Visit the website at www.morphtec.com to learn more or join the ongoing conversation on Facebook.

About Morphix Technologies®:

Morphix Technologies®, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company creating and manufacturing products that detect invisible dangers in order to save lives. Morphix Technologies® has taken innovation to the next level with high-quality, easy-to-use, cost effective and simple colorimetric sensor technology for military, law enforcement, first responders, emergency, homeland security and industrial personnel. http://www.morphtec.com/

Trump fires FBI director, uses Twitter to defend decision questioned by lawmakers

Comey

By Steve Bittenbender
Editor, Government Security News

President Donald Trump spent part of Wednesday morning using social media to defend his decision a day earlier to fire James Comey as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI,” the President posted as part of a series of messages on his Twitter account. “Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!”

It may take some time for things to calm down as news of the embattled director’s ouster caught most of Washington by surprise. Comey had drawn criticism from lawmakers for his handling of investigations related to last year’s presidential election.

Many Democrats believed Comey’s decision to reopen the case against Hillary Clinton late in the campaign opened the door just wide enough for Trump to win the election. Just last week, Comey testified before a Senate committee that it made him “mildly nauseous” that his decision may have impacted the race.

However, Democratic leaders questioned why the President chose to dismiss Comey, who still had more than half of his 10-year term left to serve.

"Director Comey's dismissal is extremely troubling,” Rep Joe Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said in a statement Tuesday evening. “President Trump fired the man investigating him and his cohorts. I strongly support calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor.”

The news even surprised many Republican lawmakers.

“I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing,” Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona posted on his Twitter account. “I just can't do it.”

Trump’s decision came hours after it was revealed that the FBI sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee correcting some of the testimony Comey gave in regards to the Clinton investigation. He relieved Comey after receiving a recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions, in his memo to Trump, cited that the FBI director needs to “be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials.” Rod Rosenstein, Sessions’ deputy attorney general, said in a letter to his boss that Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton investigation provided ample justification for his ouster.

“As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them,” Rosenstein wrote. “Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.”

In addition to investigating the Clinton campaign, the FBI also has been checking Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russian officials suspected of interfering with the presidential election. CNN reported Tuesday night that a federal grand jury issued subpoenas for associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Flynn resigned less than a month after Trump took office for failing to disclose meetings with Russian officials.

In his letter to Comey, Trump said that the now-former FBI director stated repeatedly that the President himself was not under investigation. However, the firing may lead to lawmakers setting up their own review.

“My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia,” tweeted Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its subcommittee on national security.

However, at least one senator believes Trump's decision won't affect the bureau's own investigation into the matter.

“Any suggestion that today’s announcement is somehow an effort to stop the FBI's investigation of Russia’s attempt to influence the election last fall is misplaced," said Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who added that Comey's handling of the Clinton case made his ouster inevutable. "The President did not fire the entire FBI; he fired the director. I have every confidence that the FBI will continue to pursue its investigation. In addition, I am certain that the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which I serve, will continue its own bipartisan investigation and will follow the evidence wherever it leads."

Diverse Computing picked by South Dakota to modernize law enforcement statewide communications network

TALLAHASSEE, FL May 8, 2017 South Dakota's Department of Public Safety (DPS) contracted with Diverse Computing, Inc. (DCI), a national leader in criminal justice software and compliance solutions, on a software modernization and replacement project for its South Dakota Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (SD LETS). The SD LETS system is designed to provide criminal justice professionals such as law enforcement, courts, and correctional institutions with information about individuals with whom they have contact or interest. For example, SD LETS will inform a police officer that a violator has a criminal history or is wanted on a warrant for their arrest.

The modernized SD LETS will include a commercially available solution that will provide the breadth of services required of modern Hot Files and Message Switch systems. The new system will be scalable to meet the increasing functionality and capacity demands placed on it by law enforcement and criminal justice professionals.

Amy Mancuso, South Dakota Law Enforcement Telecommunications Director at DPS, said of the partnership, "The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has long been committed to keeping South Dakota a safe place to live, work, visit and raise a family. Our mission and our values have compelled us over the years to implement technology and systems that provide reliable information to criminal justice professionals and law enforcement officers. Diverse Computing's innovative technology is a great fit with our state's current infrastructure, and their commitment to public safety is well aligned with our department's priorities. We believe this important project will position the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, and our stakeholders to be more effective and efficient by improving our information sharing capabilities. The outcome of this effort will be an enhanced ability to fulfill our mission to protect the citizens and visitors of the State of South Dakota."

In response to South Dakota's request, DCI proposed a replacement of the current system with a customized version of its eAgent FUSE (a message switch routing engine) and Hot Files products. eAgent FUSE will interface with existing systems and the standard SD LETS user interface to support and enhance South Dakota's DPS' protection of the public, and it will be customized to meet the State of South Dakota's specific needs. DCI has begun work on the system and is excited to continue the project in the coming months.

DCI Business Consultant, Jamie Blakley, remarked, "DCI is excited to join the South Dakota Department of Public Safety team, and to become a participant and stakeholder in the fulfillment of their public safety mission. We appreciate the opportunity to provide our state-of-the-art eAgent software suite to modernize the SD LETS. South Dakota has a history of providing technology and systems to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of information sharing for criminal justice professionals, and DCI is honored to now be a part of that legacy. DCI has a strong commitment to our customers' success in fulfilling their mission. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with South Dakota DPS, and to implementing a solution that will securely deliver critical decision-making information to law enforcement."

Diverse Computing, Inc. is a specialty software and consulting company that develops NCIC/CJIS end-user access and message switch applications for federal, state and local criminal justice agencies. Through its CJIS Audit and Compliance Experts Division (CJIS ACE), DCI provides criminal justice agencies and vendors with a full suite of "all things CJIS" consulting services. More than 1600 agencies throughout the country utilize the DCI software to perform their duties every single day.

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