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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, 2014-02-10 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...
Mon, 2013-12-23 04:10 PM
WidePoint Corp., a provider of secured, cloud-based, enterprise-wide solutions and services for telecommunications and cyber security management, announced on December 23 that DHS has selected iSYS,...
Fri, 2013-12-06 08:02 PM

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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...
Fri, 2013-12-06 05:25 PM
The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure between 1,000 and 2,000 mobile operating system (OS) licenses to use the Samsung KNOX Enterprise Edition on some of its smart phones. The Secret Service...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Sat, 2013-11-30 03:00 PM
The Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee, a committee that provides advice to DHS on all aspects of the HSIN, will meet virtually through an online Web conference on December 17,...
Thu, 2013-11-21 06:35 PM
The FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, a federal advisory committee, is planning to meet in Washington, DC, on December 4 to hear from its various working...
Wed, 2013-11-20 06:25 PM
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has purchased 2,000 specialized voice translation apps from Fremont, CA-based Integrated Wave Technologies, Inc. The Miltrans app provides...

Company News

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.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has joined forces with public safety notification provider Nixle to help law enforcement reunite missing children with their families. Since launching the venture, NCMEC has provided support to law enforcement in nearly 90 cases nationwide -- cases that may not have been brought to NCMEC's attention at all or as quickly without Nixle's participation.

Toronto, Canada-based SecureKey, a provider of trusted identity networks, and Oberthur Technologies (OT), a provider of digital security solutions for the mobility space, has announced their collaboration to bring to market a range of solutions compliant with the GSMA-led Mobile Connect initiative that provides secure access and authentication for online services.

Coral Springs, FL-based CellAntenna Corporation, a provider of solutions to enhance and prohibit cell phone signals, has announced its latest product for jamming and managed access, the High Power Multiband Remote Unit (CA-MBRU-HP) providing 100 Watts per band combined to a single output port. The system can be used in prisons and government facilities that require control of cell phones due to security risks.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to issue the largest fine in its history against C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, for allegedly marketing 285 models of signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers for more than two years.

The FCC applied the maximum fine allowed to each jammer model allegedly marketed by C.T.S., resulting in a planned fine of $34,912,500.

Montebello, CA-based Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) has supported resolution HR 45, which highlighted a successful 21-year partnership between the California National Guard (CNG) and the European country of Ukraine. Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeroscraft Corporation, spoke in front of California lawmakers on his support of the resolution.

Westminster, MA-based Tyco SimplexGrinnell, in the fire protection and life safety industry, has launched a new U.S. website to showcase its strong customer commitment, deep industry experience, and wide-ranging capabilities for delivering single-source, market-specific solutions to protect life and property.

Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, is now accepting applications for grants to support education and training programs improving public safety in the U.S. and Canada.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

The desire to decrease response times, increase situational awareness and bridge communication gaps are universal priorities among all public safety executives. Successful achievement of such priorities results in more lives saved, heightened customer service satisfaction and improved overall cost efficiencies.

 

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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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