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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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Mon, 2014-06-30 06:56 AM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a Federal Register notice on the safety of model airplanes and small drones that includes a new rule making...
Fri, 2014-06-27 03:16 AM
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that police officers must obtain a warrant to search data on someone’s cell phone. Cell phone data has become an integral part of many criminal...
Tue, 2014-06-24 09:04 AM

Michael Madsen

GSN parent company World Business Media has announced that Michael Madsen, the company’s first advertising director and longtime sales “MVP,” has been promoted from Associate Publisher to Publisher...
Tue, 2014-06-17 02:33 AM
AT&T has confirmed that attackers have compromised the personal information of some mobile account holders. In a letter mailed to customers, AT&T revealed that three employees of one of its...
Fri, 2014-05-09 02:49 AM

Jim Sensenbrenner 

The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act Thursday, a bill that would put far greater restrictions on how the National Security Agency is able to collect and analyze Americans’...
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...

Company News

San Diego-based LRAD Corporation, a provider of long range acoustic hailing devices, has announced the receipt of orders totaling approximately $1.7 million for LRAD 500 and 1000X systems and accessories from two separate customers in Asia. A $1 million order represents the fourth overall order from this Asian customer, and second this fiscal year, for mounting on vehicles used for military and police applications. The second order, for approximately $700,000, is from a Southeast Asian Navy. Both orders are scheduled for delivery by December 31, 2014.

Madison, WI-based Esker, a provider of document process automation solutions, has announced Wisconsin’s City of Madison Police Department has signed on to leverage the on-premises automation platform, Esker DeliveryWare, in order to simplify the way it generates internal messaging reports while saving a significant amount of time and money.

Atlanta-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the acquisition of Coplogic, a provider of citizen self-reporting software solutions to law enforcement agencies. The acquisition -- which includes Coplogic’s technology, staff and book of business -- adds a citizen incident reporting capability to the LexisNexis eCrash solution.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William H. Roof, Ph.D. to chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective August 11. Roof previously served as the company’s senior vice president and chief scientist from May 2009 to April 2011.

Dallas, TX-based CyrusOne has announced that it plans to house the infrastructure and 911-dispatch center for Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, and Addison, TX. The communities are consolidating 911 services to form the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC). The partnership is expected to reduce costs and improve service in all four communities.

Atlanta, GA-based Silent Shield has released its evidence gathering and tracking software, CATIE. CATIE, or Capture And Track Investigative Evidence, offers active law enforcement personnel and government agencies a new, more sophisticated level of tracking, preserving, and securing online, offline, and real-time investigations and evidence.

Bethesda, MD-based Digital Management (DMI), a provider of mobile enterprise solutions and services, and Mocana has announced that DMI will integrate the Mocana Atlas Extended Enterprise Platform into its comprehensive mobile enterprise solutions.

Dallas, TX-based Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), a provider of email data protection, has announced that ZixOne is available on the Samsung Solutions Exchange, expanding mobile security options for enterprises using Samsung’s mobile devices. The Samsung Solutions Exchange addresses the needs of business owners by creating mobile solutions on a portfolio of enterprise-grade Samsung mobile products.

Commentary and Opinions

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.

In early February, a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report recommended tougher provisions over mobile app privacy, which caused some big technology companies to raise objections, according to recent news coverage. 

Higher productivity, increased labor costs and a strong trend towards true mobility in the workplace are all factors that have put the spotlight on the total cost of ownership for computers and devices. Organizations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers, rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time. 

Acquisition cost versus life-cycle cost has always been a trade-off, often difficult to assess, usually very subjective, and frequently leaving U.S. Government procurement agencies to assume higher risk than necessary in their supplier selection process. 

For U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Telephonics Corp.’s solution for the Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) and the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) network solves this dilemma by providing both low acquisition costs and low life-cycle cost. 

While travelling through TSA lines at an airport, I often wonder how to make the process more efficient. TSA obviously has thought about this, too. Online pre-screening for frequent travelers and advanced imaging technology have been added to their repertoire to ease the screening process. Both advances are technological and both aim to increase efficiency and decrease human contact. Technology and humans cannot be on divergent paths in the homeland security and law enforcement arenas. They must work together.

 

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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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