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Thu, 2014-10-16 07:47 PM

Michael Masters

Nearly 100 senior government officials, law enforcement, university leaders and students participated in the launch of Leading through Crisis on Tuesday at the University of Chicago, a leading-edge...
Thu, 2014-10-16 02:58 PM
A federal grand jury in Seattle returned a second superseding indictment last week charging a Russian national with 11 additional counts and further detailing his alleged scheme to hack into...
Thu, 2014-10-16 12:28 PM
Monitoring of extremist Internet forums has uncovered a link between the Islamic State (ISIS) and the potentially life threatening virus, Ebola. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a...
Wed, 2014-10-15 01:58 PM
An international undercover law enforcement operation In Bogota, Colombia culminated on Saturday with the arrests of 12 individuals involved in sex trafficking and the rescue of 55 sex trafficking...
Tue, 2014-10-14 05:49 PM
Cybersecurity professionals from across the globe came together to compete in the World Finals of the Global CyberLympics held on September 29 2014 at ISACA’s EuroCACS/Information Security and Risk...
Tue, 2014-10-14 02:59 PM
Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have signed a Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a ceremony...
Mon, 2014-10-13 06:03 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has found an invasive insect at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing (New York/Canada). A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist positively...
Thu, 2014-10-09 06:50 PM
Flooding during high tides -- something that rarely occurred in the past -- is now common in some places and is projected to grow to the point that sections of coastal cities may flood so often they...
Thu, 2014-10-09 05:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Thu, 2014-10-09 03:53 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists (CBPAS) stationed at Honolulu seaport recently intercepted 11 Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) egg masses on a ship from Taiwan. Each of these...
Wed, 2014-10-08 05:42 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Donald Alway special agent in charge of the agency's Jackson (MS) Division. Alway most recently served as section chief for the Investigations and Operations...
Wed, 2014-10-08 05:01 PM
The first U.S. federal law enforcement app designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspected child predators is now available for Android smartphones, and in Spanish for both...

Company News

Rapidly growing X-ray systems manufacturer Astrophysics Inc. of City of Industry, CA, has won a $6 million dollar contract from the U.S. Navy to protect entry control points deployed at seaports around the world. The company’s X-ray solutions will be used to screen visitors and personnel before they embark and to accelerate offloading processes.

The HUG or Heavy Utility Gate is a completely self-contained, solar charged, battery operated access gate that can be deployed in seconds, and with its solar option can cycle over a thousand times daily without the need for any external power.

In addition to roadblocks, checkpoints, and as a manned or unmanned access gate, the HUG can also be strategically placed to protect personnel, equipment, vehicles, staging and restricted areas.

Gary J. Braswell, president and CEO of MPD, Inc., has announced that MPD has acquired Kustom Signals, Inc. (“Kustom”), effective November 4, 2014.

Kustom, with headquarters in Lenexa, KS, and a manufacturing facility in Chanute, KS, is an electronics manufacturer dedicated to serving the equipment needs of worldwide law enforcement.

Wilmington, MA-based Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, has announced it has entered into an Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detectors, which recently received TSA qualification for airport checkpoint passenger and baggage screening.

Robert Weaver is an award-winning and nationally recognized senior executive who over the course of a 40 year distinguished career served in a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

D-Dey Response Group, a local woman and veteran owned company, recently opened its doors to empower and prepare citizens and professionals with life-saving techniques, security tactics, and tailored first response medical kits for situations just like this.

BrightSource Energy, Inc., a U.S. concentrating solar power technology (CSP) company and Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd (SEC) announced the companies have signed an agreement forming a joint venture for building utility-scale CSP plants in China. Under the agreement, the joint venture will leverage both partners’ contributions to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for projects featuring BrightSource’s solar power tower technology in China.

Cleveland, OH-based Mace Security International, Inc. and Hudson, OH-based National School Control Systems, LLC are pleased to announce a joint marketing agreement for safety and security products with a focus on the Bearacade Door Control System. The target markets for these systems include educational, corporate, nonprofit, and government institutions.

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Exelis C4i has been selected by the City of Grand Rapids, MI, to provide its radio dispatch console system to the Grand Rapids and Kent County emergency 911 call centers.

The Exelis radio dispatch console system, called SwitchPlusIP, will enable both call centers to support emergency calls even if one of the centers requires an evacuation. The system will use a fiber link between the two centers enabling communications access to each agency’s radio systems.

Last week, we wrote an article for GSN about personal resilience being the foundation of national resilience, and we discussed the consequences of the following facts:

By Ann Coss and Ronald Bearse

Since the attacks of 9-11, our nation has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on strengthening its homeland security and domestic disaster response and recovery capabilities.  

Despite these expenditures, individuals and families are concerned that they now have to think seriously about being prepared to be self-reliant for as long as a week, based on assumptions about disaster aid from external sources. And so they should be. 

America’s critical infrastructure includes communications, electric power, information technology, commercial and government facilities criss-crossing the country. With thousands of sites scattered across federal, state and local jurisdictions, there are inherent and challenging security risks, such as theft, sabotage and terrorism. 

In an effort to stay ahead of the ever increasing demands of managing and controlling the world’s vast network of roads, the vehicles that use them and the people that rely on them, law enforcement is turning to transportation vision systems for help. 

 

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Textron Defense Systems has a wide range of products for the security market, according to Patti Shaffner, including its aerial ISR system, unmanned aerial systems and iCommand, which brings them all together. But the system that won the platinum award in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for Best Outdoor Ground Sensors was the MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System, a complete solution containing sensor node, gateway and camera repeater.

John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in wireless transmission of videos, and was a platinum winner of the platinum award for “Best Covert Surveillance Solution” in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for its “DropCam” product. IMT is a prime contractor for the DHS in Tech-Ops and offers a range of products described by Mr.

Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management. But it is in this business in a big way, with 50% of the U.S. federal government using the AtHoc System, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, both on an enterprise level, the U.S. Patent Office and TSA.

Covia Labs received the award for “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications” in the 2012 Awards Program for its “Alert & Respond” software platform and application that provides voice/data interoperability across a variety of platforms ranging from smart phones to police and fire department radios, embedded devices and drones. The top two markets for the company, according to CEO David Kahn, are the military and public safety.

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