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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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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...
Tue, 2015-02-17 05:54 PM
In recent days I have repeatedly stressed the need for a DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration...
Tue, 2015-02-10 10:55 PM
The second Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite has sent its first signals from orbit, an essential step toward establishing Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, the first global, high-speed mobile...
Mon, 2015-01-26 10:40 PM
A former CIA officer was convicted Monday by a federal jury in Alexandria, VA, of illegally disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice.Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, 47, of O’Fallon...
Sun, 2015-01-25 10:09 PM
Jonathan Freed has been appointed as the National Security Agency's new Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Freed, a longtime public relations professional and former journalist, most...
Tue, 2015-01-20 08:29 PM

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The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations...
Tue, 2014-12-16 07:18 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tuesday launched the Border Wait Time app, aiming to make it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times...
Tue, 2014-12-16 04:33 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the British Geological Survey, has announced the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-...
Tue, 2014-12-02 05:13 PM
A Danish citizen last week pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 for advertising and selling StealthGenie, a spyware application that could...

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Las Vegas, March 17 – Ensuring public safety in one of the top tourist destinations in the world with a dispersed resident population, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) faces a unique set of challenges in protecting 42 million people each year.
Canton, MA, March 18 – LoJack Corporation, a provider of safety, security and protection for an ever-growing range of valuable assets and people, has appointed Alan L. Bazaar to its board of directors, effective immediately, under an agreement with shareholder Engine Capital LP.
San Mateo, CA, March 18 – Sonim Technologies, a manufacturer of smartphones for extreme environments, has created a communications and information platform for first responders and public safety agencies who face mission-critical situations every day. To date, nearly 100 Android application developers and accessories vendors have joined the newly formed Ultra-Rugged Developer Network.
Altamonte Springs, FL, March 17 – With at least 84 killings linked to transactions on Craigslist, police and sheriff's departments around the U.S. have launched safety and security initiatives – encouraging people making in-person transactions that originated online to use police stations to complete the deals.Now, the AIM Group, a consulting company for classified advertising businesses, has launched a "SafeTrade" initiative as a public service to promote the use of police facilities to meet and conduct safe transactions with strangers.
Palo Alto, CA, March 16 – Sysorex subsidiary AirPatrol Corporation, which develops mobile device detection and locationing systems, has announced it has signed TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU), Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, to resell AirPatrol products via the TELUS Internet of Things (IoT) Marketplace. The agreement, effective immediately, enables TELUS to offer AirPatrol’s mobile device security platform, ZoneDefense, and its location-based services system, ZoneAware, to business customers throughout Canada.
Chelmsford, MA, March 16 – For the first time ever, State of Maine agency users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency communications network, powered by Harris Corporation’s proven VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) Network technology.
Austin, TX, March 12 -- Motion Computing has announced that the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho has armed its more than 155 deputies with Motion F5 tablets, in-vehicle docks and desktop mounts to allow for more frequent and successful use of e-citations and other emerging criminal justice applications.
Plano, TX, March 10 -- Icomera has announced the launch of an innovative Wi-Fi connectivity solution that improves public safety outcomes for law enforcement officers and increases citizen safety by providing seamless mobile connectivity. A police car, ambulance, fire truck or even a school bus, can be easily equipped with Icomera hardware, providing real-time information and Wi-Fi access, including access to citizen safety apps that prevent bullying.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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.  
 

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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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