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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, 2014-09-15 08:00 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the country to bring together community representatives, public...
Mon, 2014-09-15 07:13 PM
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has added new technology to 15 firefighting trucks to help it keep track of firefighters’ location.Through the technology, the FDNY can automatically see...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:52 PM

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FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
Tue, 2014-09-09 06:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Mon, 2014-09-08 05:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Thu, 2014-09-04 04:30 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Justice Department (DOJ) has launched two initiatives to address concerns about police services in the city of Ferguson and in St. Louis County, MO...
Thu, 2014-08-28 06:17 PM
Thanks to alerts from concerned readers and advertisers of Government Security News, we learned yesterday that attempts to log into the “GSN” website have resulted in notices to the effect that “...
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...

Company News

Austin, TX-based Alert Media, which specializes in developing next-generation emergency communication technology, has announced the launch of the first “any-channel” notification platform.

Organizations can access Alert Media’s notification system from anywhere, at any time, on any device. For the first time ever, they can engage in real-time, two-way interactions with large audiences using an interface that combines voice, text, email, app push, social, and unlimited custom channels.

Los Angeles, CA-based Soteria Intelligence, a developer of new algorithms and methods for analyzing data on social networks, is excited to announce the launch of its social media threat assessment services that use proprietary technology to collect and analyze open-source intelligence (OSINT) with the goal of identifying potential threats voiced on social networks in real time, and before harm can be done.

Vancouver, B.C.-based Sierra Wireless, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services, has announced that the Westminster Police Department, based in Westminster, CO, has deployed Sierra Wireless InMotion Solutions for its fleet.

McLean, VA-based iMapData has introduced the Advanced Intelligence Management System (AIMS) for state and local law enforcement and government agencies that need to identify and mitigate unexpected events and threats as well as securely collaborate with each other.

Pottstown, PA-based CODY Systems, a provider of both advanced public safety software and cross-system information sharing and data aggregation/exchange solutions, has announced the debut of its

latest iteration of the COBRA.net platform, featuring the updated release of the C.tac cross-system, real-time one-stop tactical search app.

News of the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. came last week in Dallas, TX, leading to discussion of a public health emergency and fear of an epidemic or pandemic outbreak of the virus. Events like these often highlight flaws in business continuity planning and are catalysts for future improvement.

ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security professionals worldwide, has selected Quantum Technology Sciences intrusion detection solution as a 2014 ASIS Accolades winner during their annual conference in Atlanta. The competition recognizes the security industry’s most innovative new products, services and solutions.

Knoxville, TN-based TrakLok International LLC, a cargo security firm specializing in trailer and container security, has announced that it has upgraded its Application Programing Interface (API) to allow a seamless integration with security integration and call monitoring companies. The company has also added new security features to its GeoLok and TrakLog cargo security platform.

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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