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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, 2014-08-25 06:19 PM
A British man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism in U.S. federal court was deported Aug. 20 by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement...
Tue, 2014-08-19 03:08 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on August 18, 2014, seeking comments on a broad range of topics related...
Wed, 2014-08-13 01:22 AM
According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the Lower Mississippi River, where the Port of New Orleans is located, provides transportation for over 45% of all energy resources and more...
Wed, 2014-07-23 08:20 PM
The House has unanimously passed three bills that aim to bolster security at airports, provide oversight of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Office of Inspection, and simplify...
Mon, 2014-07-07 09:06 PM
Mutualink, Inc. has announced that its radio and multimedia communications interoperability solution has won the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification...
Tue, 2014-07-01 08:15 AM
In its NENA2014 Conference & Expo on June 14-19 in Nashville, TN, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) presented its most prestigious award, the William E. Stanton Award, to Mary Boyd...
Mon, 2014-06-30 05:56 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 02:16 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 08:04 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 01:33 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 01:49 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 07:56 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...

Company News

Schaumberg, IL-based Motorola Solutions has announced the stylishly designed MOTOTRBO SL300 digital portable radio, a reliable push-to-talk communication device designed by the company’s award-winning SL Series product team. This new solution provides superior audio quality and provides MOTOTRBO features necessary for essential day-to-day, two-way radio communications.

Washington, D.C.-based Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communication services, is expanding the availability of mobile tactical Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications to actively deployed U.S. and coalition forces through the skills of its partners and the capabilities of its powerful Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation.

GWAVA, a provider of compliance, security, archiving and eDiscovery for electronic communication, has announced a joint offering agreement with CellTrust Corporation, a provider of traceable and secure mobile communication. As part of this engagement, GWAVA will expand its Retain Unified Archiving of email, social media and mobile electronic communication to include secure, encrypted and compliant communication for iOS and Android utilizing CellTrust SecureLine.

Melville, NY-based Verint Systems has announced an expansion of its situation management platform to help higher education environments improve public safety through enhanced security and communications. Recent technology advancements with Verint certified partners AMAG Technology and NowForce provide enhanced capabilities for educational institutions.

Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry designed Desigo Mass Notification, a new, fully integrated multi-modal communication system that can be used in a single building or across a large campus for communicating a series of emergency and non-emergency messages. Combining varied message delivery methods, from visual warnings to audible alerts, creates a multi-layered communication approach and increases the likelihood of recipients responding appropriately and effectively to life safety events.

Princeton, NJ-based IXP Corporation, a public safety and emergency response provider that has partnered with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for the past 10 years, has announced an innovation that raises campus security to the next level.

BlueLine Grid has announced that John Cohen, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined the company to help formulate and execute its Public Safety market strategy.

Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee Labs has released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014, revealing that phishing continues to be an effective tactic for infiltrating enterprise networks. Testing business users’ ability to detect online scams, the McAfee Phishing Quiz uncovered that 80 percent of its participants failed to detect at least one of seven phishing emails.

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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