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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...

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Wed, 2014-03-05 08:56 AM
The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against Sprint in the U.S. district court in San Francisco, saying the telecommunications company overcharged for wiretaps and other law enforcement efforts to...
Tue, 2014-02-25 11:35 PM
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless 911 callers. The proposed rule changes stem partly from Americans’ increasing use of...
Mon, 2014-02-10 11:19 PM

Kim Fuller 

“A surefire way to lose your job is to have a bad emergency response,” explained Kim Fuller while discussing some of the potential implications of responding poorly to a disaster situation like a...
Wed, 2014-02-05 08:35 PM
Several major Internet companies, for the first time, have revealed in broad terms the number of data requests they receive that have been approved by judges under the Foreign Intelligence...
Fri, 2014-01-24 05:03 PM
The first-ever transparency report from telecommunications giant Verizon states the company received about 320,000 requests for customer information from federal, state, and local law enforcement...
Wed, 2014-01-22 06:02 PM

Captain Mike Parker

 In a January 21, 2014 article, the Los Angeles Times reported:“Fire officials announced Tuesday that the Colby Fire smoldering in the hills above Glendora and Azusa is 95% contained...
Wed, 2014-01-08 02:55 PM
Satellite wireless network firm Viasat, Inc and international communications provider Harris Corporation have completed demonstrations of an updated Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A from Via Sat...
Mon, 2013-12-23 04:10 PM
WidePoint Corp., a provider of secured, cloud-based, enterprise-wide solutions and services for telecommunications and cyber security management, announced on December 23 that DHS has selected iSYS,...
Fri, 2013-12-06 08:02 PM

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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...
Fri, 2013-12-06 05:25 PM
The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure between 1,000 and 2,000 mobile operating system (OS) licenses to use the Samsung KNOX Enterprise Edition on some of its smart phones. The Secret Service...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Sat, 2013-11-30 03:00 PM
The Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee, a committee that provides advice to DHS on all aspects of the HSIN, will meet virtually through an online Web conference on December 17,...

Company News

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), an Annapolis, MD based mobile communications company, has released the Defender9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) call handling solution. It is designed for public safety agencies and emergency service providers to respond more quickly and effectively to calls.

Pearl television stations, a partnership that includes eight of Florida’s leading television stations, are testing their emergency alert systems to include mobile digital TV devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) will include alert banners, text messages, and videos to be sent to mobile device users in the event of emergency situations. Some of the Pearl stations include locations in Orlando and West Palm Beach such as WPTV-TV, WFLX-TV, WPBF-TV, and WESH-TV.

Boulder, Colorado-based FreeWave Technologies, a provider of industrial-grade secure machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless networking solutions, has announced WavePoint, a versatile high speed wireless networking platform that securely communicates industrial data over long distances to enable M2M, broadband, and SCADA applications.

Glendale, CA-based Everbridge, a provider of unified critical communications, has partnered with NC4 to deliver Interactive Visibility: Threat View, an integrated threat assessment solution. Threat View combines the risk assessment intelligence of NC4 Risk Center with Everbridge’s Unified Critical Communication Suite and global reach, empowering organizations to respond to risks and improve resiliency.

Chesham, U.K.-based Axell Wireless, a provider of wireless cellular and public safety solutions for buildings and confined spaces, is supplying the public safety communications system for the new World Trade Center complex in New York, including One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the U.S. at 1776 feet and the fourth tallest in the world.

Nickerson PR, a Waltham, MA based PR firm, will offer a Public Safety Communications Training Series, a training program for public safety officials to communicate with the public more effectively. The Cambridge Police Department will host the first event on Friday, April 4, 2014.

"We look forward to being the first police department to host what I anticipate to be a very valuable communications training series," said Robert Haas, Cambridge police commissioner.

iBwave, a Montreal based indoor wireless solutions company, has become a charter member of the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC). The SBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving building safety. It provides outreach and education to streamline communications infrastructure in buildings to allow first responders to act more effectively in emergency situations.

SecureAlert, a Sandy, Utah based creator of digital monitoring solutions, has acquired GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. (GPS Global), an Israeli based research, development, and services firm.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

Many large mobile phone and computer makers are scrambling to make their devices more rugged, not only for field workers but also for the mass consumer market. For instance, it has been hard to not notice Sony’s strong promotion for its waterproof Xperia Z model, or Samsung’s recent launch of the waterproof and dustproof Galaxy X4 Active. Even your trusted and delicate iPhone can become water-resistant with one of the increasingly popular smartphone cases.  

Mobile solutions, i.e. software for PDAs and smartphones, have an enormous potential to improve efficiency and save big money for companies that today rely on time-consuming paper-based solutions. Industries such as fire safety, security, electrical, telecom, data, energy, power, construction, logistics, and heating/ventilation/cooling, have much to gain by adapting modern mobile business solutions for their work forces.

A healthy dose of paranoia is a good thing when it comes to computer security. It sometimes seems that every person with a bad agenda is trying to attack your systems (and that just might be the case). 

According to combat fatality statistics, most in-theater deaths occur within the “golden hour,” the first hour after traumatic injury. Combat medics are the first responders on the frontlines and their medical care increases a warfighter’s chance of survival during this critical time. 

 

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Detective Bob Shilling describes the Seattle PD’s winning entry in the category of “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program” for its “Common Operating Program (COP)” that took five different CAD programs and put them into one system that could be used by the Seattle Police and Fire Departments, Public Utilities, City Lights and Seattle Department of Transportation. The project was financed by an $800,000 Urban Area Grant, but after looking at various large vendors’ solutions, the Seattle PD decided to build the program on its own.

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Stephen Meer, one of the founders of Intrado, Inc of Denver, Colorado, indicates that his company provides services and products to the 9-1-1 infrastructure, which he says is a very complicated ecosystem with lots of different constituent groups. The 9-1-1 infrastructure is like an iceberg, he says, with a little piece that delivers services to the public that is above the water line, and a massive infrastructure under the water line that supports it in operating seamlessly, continuously, dealing with all the regulations and issues in the world of public safety communications.

Mike Bostic of Raytheon points out that he spent 34 years as an Assistant Chief in the LAPD, where he worked about a third of that time in technology  and communications. And one thing he learned from his LAPD experience is that everything the military needs, so does public safety. But Raytheon is in the business of solving operational problems rather than selling boxes and devices, he says, and as a systems integrator the company sells solutions to specific sets of problems.

Rob Wolf tells GSN that NC4 products focus on situational awareness, and the company is at the IACP show to demonstrate its new NC4 SAFECOP product for state and local law enforcement. NC4 SAFECOP was developed in collaboration with the Tampa, FL police department and is a new crime fighting solution that changes the way officers police the streets by bringing them blogging capabilities which, combined with other police feeds and CAD data, display a graphic representation of crime almost immediately following an incident.

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