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Joe Troiano, General Manager and Senior VP of Everfocus Electronics, stresses in his opening remarks that Everfocus is a global supplier of video security surveillance equipment and is proud to...


Fri, 2013-11-22 04:46 PM

John Roth

John Roth, who spent a quarter-century as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice before becoming director of the FDA’s office of criminal investigations, has been nominated by President Obama...
Wed, 2013-11-20 07:34 PM

EDGE training

On November 20, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) joined the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento first responder community for a...
Mon, 2013-11-18 07:19 PM
First released in 2011, the mobile app known as First Responder Support Tools, or FiRST, has just been enhanced with a major sharing service update, according to the Science and Technology...
Sun, 2013-11-17 07:50 PM

U.S. and El Salavor sign
agreement on
criminal investigations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and El Salvador’s National Police signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on November 14 to further define and...
Sun, 2013-11-17 07:00 PM

Triggerfish T4H
Remotely Operated

Using their Triggerfish T4H Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., the Carter County, TN, emergency and rescue squad located and retrieved a fisherman from Roane Mountain...
Thu, 2013-11-14 04:24 PM

LPR system
by Vigilant

Vigilant Solutions announced on November 14 that the Hollywood (Florida) Police Department used a license plate recognition system by Vigilant Solutions to bring two interstate fugitives to...
Thu, 2013-11-14 03:38 PM
FEMA anticipates that its Emergency Management Institute, which educates first responders, will hear from more than two million individuals each year who are interested in the Institute’s independent...
Wed, 2013-11-13 07:52 PM
A New York man pleaded guilty on November 12 to his role as the leader of one of the nation's largest and longest running stolen identity tax refund fraud schemes ever identified. The guilty plea...
Mon, 2013-11-11 03:59 PM
The Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) unit of DHS is gathering information from prospective vendors who could perform deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests on samples collected from various...
Mon, 2013-11-11 09:49 AM

Gerardo Hernandez

TSA employees, airport workers and travelers across the nation paused on the morning of November 8 to mark the moment an attack took the life of TSA officer, Gerardo Ismael Hernandez, last week at...
Fri, 2013-11-08 07:45 PM
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued its analysis of a specific piece of legislation, H.R. 1791, the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, and determined that because the money cited in...
Fri, 2013-11-08 06:37 PM
The Federal Protective Service has awarded a 100 percent small business set-aside contract valued at just over $2 million to US 21, Inc., of Fairfax, VA, to supply uniforms and related services to...

Company News

Herndon, VA-based Sotera Defense Solutions was recently awarded a $60 million task order to support the engineering and sustainment of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Sentinel software case management system. The system was developed to replace digital and paper processes with purely digital workflows during investigations.

Cellbusters has recently unveiled its new Zone Protector and Zone Manager Corrections Suite, designed to track cell phone and radio frequency emissions inside prisons. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the company provides security solutions for mobile devices for government, military, and private industry organizations. The company's specialty is developing security systems that have the ability to detect and restrict the use of mobile devices in environments where their use is prohibited for security reasons.

Viseum UK, of London, has developed a new computer-automated closed-circuit television (CCTV) system that can recognize suspicious behavior or criminal activity and immediately alert security personnel, according to the company.

Following up on its recent international orders for $1.8 million in sales of its long range acoustic hailing devices to police agencies in Southeast Asia and Latin America, LRAD has racked up a supplementary $660,000 sale of its LRAD 500X product and accessories to two member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Middle East.

Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has received $28 million in orders to supply Falcon tactical radios to a nation in Latin America. The radios will be used to provide a mission-critical tactical communications system to counter drug smuggling and other international cross-border criminal activities.

Following a 60-day evaluation of the major body cameras on the market, the Evansville (Indiana) police department selected Digital Ally’s FirstVu HD for its officers. 

Testing included evaluation of product durability, versatility, ease of use, battery life, video and sound quality, upload and download speeds, and the data storage requirements for a typical officer’s daily shift, said a news release issued by Digital Ally. 

Airport Products Group, a division of Oshkosh Corp., delivered a new generation Oshkosh Striker 6 x 6 aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicle to Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

The new Striker ARFF vehicle joins a fleet of Oshkosh Airport Products snow removal equipment already at the airport. 

A small business called Emergency Vehicle Installations Corp., of Springfield, VA, protested the award to a competitor by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for the installation of cages and emergency equipment in five police vehicles that will carry explosive-sniffing canines, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rejected that protest.

Commentary and Opinions

It’s a distressing feeling when you’re in the middle of an unfolding disaster, and suddenly it hits you -- your plans and resources are being overwhelmed by the event. At this point or soon thereafter, you’ll likely ask yourself a series of questions: How and when will we re-establish services for customers and employees? What will this disaster cost us in terms of revenue, reputation and recovery expenses? How can we avoid being in this position again?

The word tornado came from the Spanish word "tronada" which means a thunderstorm. Also known as a twister, a tornado is a violent spiral-shaped storm with a rapidly rotating column of air rising upward, forming a vortex. The vortex has relatively low pressure at the center and is shaped like a funnel.

When reports emerged from Blacksburg, VA, last Thursday afternoon that a shooter had descended upon Virginia Tech’s campus, confirmation that a campus police officer had been killed and headlines of a possible second victim overwhelmed news channels, Websites and every social media outlet.

Throughout the day, there was a jarring litany of that old cliché by anyone that remembers the unspeakable tragedies of April 2007, which claimed 33 lives on Virginia Tech’s campus:

History really does repeat itself.

From the time it capsized at a refinery dock in Texas City, the listing barge -- loaded with 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid -- began seeping its toxic, corrosive load into the 30-foot-deep waterway.

The water mixing with sulfuric acid inside the hull had begun to corrode the steel. This process reduced the barge’s structural integrity and created reactions inside the sealed compartment that generated a cloud of highly-flammable, highly-pressurized hydrogen gas -- just one spark away from a calamitous blast.

It was time for new plan.

Most people who are involved in emergency management are aware of the four primary phases of emergency management: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Recovery includes short-term measures taken to restore essential functions and systems, as well as longer-term activities intended to facilitate a return to pre-emergency conditions, or ideally to improve conditions through mitigation measures. I will focus on early recovery; the short-term phase.


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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.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), which entered its “Commercial Mobile Alerts System” in the 2012 Awards Program, was named a Finalist in the “Best Mass Notification Systems” category.

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CINTEC North America, a provider of devices to strengthen structural masonry, offers the Waterwall System, a series of water-inflate...

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In July 2011, C4i will upgrade its interoperable communications system with the release of SwitchplusIP, version 9.0.

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