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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, 2014-11-20 05:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Thu, 2014-11-20 03:54 PM
On Wednesday, Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on a variety of issues and addressed ongoing efforts to...
Tue, 2014-11-18 03:43 PM
With judging of this year’s Homeland Security Awards entries nearing completion, Government Security News has announced that the roster of 2014 Winners and Finalists will be posted on the GSN website...
Tue, 2014-11-11 07:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 02:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...
Tue, 2014-11-04 07:13 PM
At the recent 2014 Urban Shield preparedness exercise in Oakland, CA,  Mutualink, Sonim and Oceus participated in a FirstNet-related deployment of an Enhanced System on Wheels (ESOW). The...
Tue, 2014-10-21 01:43 PM
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a redesigned official website, www.ICE.gov, that is optimized for desktop computers, as well as mobile and tablet devices. It features...
Mon, 2014-10-20 05:01 PM

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Director James B. Comey has named Eric S. Birnbaum special agent in charge (SAC) of the San Diego division. Birnbaum most recently served as SAC of the Administrative Division in the Los Angeles...
Thu, 2014-10-09 06:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Wed, 2014-10-08 06:42 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Donald Alway special agent in charge of the agency's Jackson (MS) Division. Alway most recently served as section chief for the Investigations and Operations...
Wed, 2014-10-08 06:01 PM
The first U.S. federal law enforcement app designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspected child predators is now available for Android smartphones, and in Spanish for both...
Sun, 2014-10-05 06:32 PM
The health and welfare of flight crews, airline workers and the traveling public is a top priority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency says. The FAA has been working closely with...

Company News

London, England, April 17 – E2S Warning Signals, a manufacturer of audible and visual signals, will be showcasing new additions to its extensive range of explosion proof, hazardous location and intrinsically safe warning devices.
Las Vegas, April 15 – Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a provider of integrated video surveillance systems, has showcased new additions to its expansive Intelligent Security solutions portfolio at the International Security Conference & Exposition 2015 (ISC West) taking place April 15-17 in Las Vegas.
St. Louis, MO, April 16 – Police departments across the country are looking for smarter ways to capture, analyze and correlate the large amounts of crime and potential crime data they receive to gain a common operating picture. The St.
Austin, TX, April 16 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) (“Xplore” or the “company”), a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs, has announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Motion Computing, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Motion”). Motion, another Austin, TX-based company in the rugged tablet space, is currently the #2 provider worldwide of rugged tablet PCs, according to VDC.
Phoenix, AZ, April 6 – Inilex®, a provider of telemetry solutions for vehicles, has announced its popular 
Van Nuys, CA, April 8 – Louroe Electronics, a provider of audio monitoring within the security industry has announced Aggression Detector software using advanced audio analytics with Sound Intelligence, an audio classification software developer based in the Netherlands. Over the next several months, Louroe will introduce two additional products with analytic capability: a Gunshot Detector and a Glass Break Detector.
Fremont, CA, April 6 – GammaTech Computer Corp, a manufacturer of rugged and innovative notebook and tablet computers, now offers its rugged DURABOOK R11 tablet in four separate bundled configurations. The R11 tablet with a brilliant 11.6" widescreen display is the lightest (2.73 pounds), and thinnest rugged tablet in its class.
Plano, TX, April 03 – Clocking vehicle speeds from locations formerly impossible due to obstructions to the line of sight is now possible with Stalker’s LIDAR XLR’s exclusive C-Thru Technology.Using the Stalker LIDAR XLR’s Auto Obstruction mode, targets that are partially obscured by objects – bushes, trees, fences, utility poles, guy wires, etc. – can be automatically tracked and identified. This gives the officer more location choices when setting up to monitor traffic.

Commentary and Opinions

Setting the stage for LTE in Mobile County  Mobile County, Alabama, was looking for ways to expand its public safety communications footprint. At the same time, it wanted to tap into the power of LTE broadband to ensure the highest levels of interoperability and connectivity for its senior leadership, regardless of their physical location. 
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. 
 

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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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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.

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