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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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Thu, 2015-05-21 10:18 PM
Washington D.C., May 16 – The Coast Guard released its first boating safety app last week as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week, May 16 – 22. The Boating Safety Mobile...
Tue, 2015-05-19 07:25 PM
Lanham, MD, May 13, 2015 – McMurdo, a trusted name in emergency readiness and response, has announced that it has opened the world’s first Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center at its...
Fri, 2015-04-24 12:01 AM

Robert Bonner

Editor’s Note: On April 21, the first day of the 9th Border Security Expo, held in Phoenix, AZ, Robert C. Bonner, as a member of the Expo’s advisory board, was prepared to present the prestigious...
Wed, 2015-04-08 10:56 PM
One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many...
Thu, 2015-04-02 02:45 AM
Washington, April 1 – Director James B. Comey has appointed three new executives as special agents in charge at the FBI New York Office (NYO). George Ennis was named special agent in charge of the...
Thu, 2015-04-02 02:03 AM
Washington, March 31 – T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, has been sworn in as the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Dinh-Zarr became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:34 PM
Yateley, United Kingdom ­– Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played an important part in a major international exercise organized to train naval...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:46 AM

Manson Brown

Washington – Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for...
Thu, 2015-03-26 12:06 AM
Among the many mysteries of why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps Tuesday is why, after reaching 38,000 feet, the jet began a 10-minute descent but never issued a distress signal...
Tue, 2015-03-24 11:27 PM
Following a successful launch of its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards in 2014, Government Security News has announced the opening of its second annual version of the program, which opened...
Thu, 2015-02-26 09:53 PM
We are members of a non-partisan group of former government officials and policy experts in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. At a time when the threats to the homeland are...
Tue, 2015-02-24 08:32 PM
Ottawa-based Amika Mobile’s situational awareness, command and control products have been selected through a competitive process for a project with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The...

Company News

Van Nuys, CA, May 18 – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Louroe Electronics, a provider of audio monitoring within the security industry, the President’s “E” Award for Exports in a ceremony at the Department of Commerce on May, 18, 2015. The award recognizes Louroe Electronics’ outstanding achievement in export growth and for its significant contributions to the overall increase of U.S. exports.
Barcelona, Spain, May 19 – Purpose-designed to support the toughest mission-critical roles, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has introduced the 
Washington, May 13 – A-T Solutions Inc., a counterterrorism company based in Vienna, VA, has announced that 15,000 more licenses of its 
New York, May 12 – L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) has announced that it has been awarded an $81.8 million contract from Raytheon Australia to supply the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with 236 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs), additional support equipment, and training as part of Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1. This program will further enable the ADF to utilize the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system, significantly increasing their satellite communications capabilities.
Fornebu, Norway, May 12 – VeriSat will be presenting its unique interference analysis tool, SatGuard, as part of the Satellite Interference Reduction Group’s Tour at CommunicAsia, from 2nd - 5th June. SatGuard is a unique tool with patent-pending technology for identifying the source of adjacent satellite interference (ASI) and cross-polar interference (XPOL) caused by Burst Mode, TDMA VSAT terminals.
Boston, May 11 – Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc., a developer of next-generation systems of data encryption that leverage advanced cryptography technologies emerging from U.S. centers of research excellence, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued U.S. Patent No. 9,002,009 with claims covering miniaturized hardware that can be fabricated at-scale to facilitate secure multi-party quantum cryptography and secure all types of communications.
San Francisco, May 5 – Bay Dynamics, a provider of cybersecurity solutions and actionable risk intelligence to the world’s largest organizations, has announced that Comcast Cable is leveraging the company’s 
Farmingdale, NY, April 27 – Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), has announced that it has a received a contract from LATAM Airlines Group for the TruLink® Wireless Intercommunications system to be used by pre-flight check crews at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, one of LATAM Airlines Group’s main base of operations. This initial contract, for approximately 50 systems, marks the first time that TruLink will be used by commercial airline flight crews in South America.

Commentary and Opinions

By John HarrisWith the 1998 implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the United States government made clear its intentions to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars by reducing its dependence on paper documents.
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.
In our increasingly digital world, our nation’s information security is just as important as its physical security. With President Obama declaring that cyber threats are “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” all areas of government are under increasing pressure to develop a proactive and comprehensive IT defense strategy.
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.
 

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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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