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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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Tue, 2013-11-19 07:43 PM
Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, MI, regained normal communications capabilities in the northern Great Lakes region on November 19, following outages throughout the region as a result of storms....
Mon, 2013-11-11 05:33 PM
New data released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) show that more than two-thirds of the calls to 9-1-1 emergency centers in Texas from wireless phones do not include the...
Thu, 2013-11-07 05:41 PM

Passive Optical LAN
at Sandia National Labs

A revolution in the transmission of voice and data within large-scale Local Area Networks (known as LANs) is taking place, with the shift from copper wires to fiber optics. This transformation has...
Wed, 2013-11-06 04:51 PM
Urging his fellow citizens to “remain vigilant against foreign and domestic threats,” President Obama on October 31 proclaimed November 2013 as “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month...
Wed, 2013-11-06 04:24 PM
In order to be able to maintain satellite connectivity at disaster sites, even when the local telecommunications infrastructure has been destroyed or compromised, FEMA wants to extend an existing...
Tue, 2013-11-05 02:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...
Thu, 2013-10-31 01:20 PM

Air and Marine
Operations Center

CBP intends to award a sole source firm-fixed price service contract to Outerlink Global Solutions, of Wilmington, MA, to provide satellite airtime to the agency so it can operate its mission-...
Thu, 2013-10-24 01:24 PM

Mark Dankberg

Mark Dankberg, chairman, CEO and co-founder of ViaSat, Inc., has received the Arthur C. Clark Innovator’s Award at an October 23 ceremony hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in Washington, DC....
Wed, 2013-10-23 06:19 PM
Two communications-related panels, the FirstNet board and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, have scheduled meetings during the next few weeks. The FirstNet...
Mon, 2013-10-21 06:16 PM

Lockheed Martin's
SPAN sensor

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin's Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network (SPAN),...
Mon, 2013-10-21 02:38 PM

Mark Bowles,
ecoATM's founder

The aha moment struck Mark Bowles, a serial entrepreneur, in 2008 when he read an article that said that only about three percent of the world’s used cell phones were being recycled. “I had a drawer...
Mon, 2013-10-21 01:54 PM

Alan Frazier,
UAS pilot for North
Forks sheriff's dept.

As the spread of unmanned aerial systems creeps forward slowly-and-somewhat-unsurely at police and sheriff's departments across the United States, it’s interesting to hear a quick status report from...

Company News

Atlanta, GA-based AirWatch, a provider of enterprise mobility management (EMM), has announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has selected AirWatch to manage its agency wide deployment of government-owned mobile devices.

Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola Solutions and Intrado have announced the future implementation of an Advanced 9-1-1 system in Burke County, NC. The system includes MCC 7500 Dispatch Consoles and enables a migration path to the NG9-1-1 emergency call taking solution being developed alongside Intrado. It also sets in motion the eventual migration to a full NG9-1-1 system to support text-to-9-1-1 capabilities.

Framingham, MA-based Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted software partner for campus and public safety, has announced the availability of Rave Panic Button. Uniquely tying together 9-1-1, first responders and school personnel, Rave Panic Button shortens the time between the onset of an incident and the arrival of first responders on-scene, while improving collaboration during the critical first minutes, allowing for the fastest, most effective crisis resolution possible.

San Ramon, CA-based Tiburon, a portfolio company of The Gores Group and a provider of public safety software solutions, has announced the launch of Tiburon 9-1-1 Call Handling with seamless integration to Intrado A9-1-1 Connect.

Falls Church, VA-based Irving Burton Associates’ (IBA) In Case of Crisis has announced that Providence College has selected its emergency management mobile app. Launching during the fall of 2014, In Case of Crisis will provide Providence College’s 5000+ faculty, staff, and students -- living on or off-campus -- and its 100-acre campus community with dynamic, real-time emergency plans, and procedures and incident reporting capabilities during emergencies.

Weymouth, MA-based ELERTS Corp., a provider of mobile communication for emergency response, and the ALICE Training Institute, the foremost active shooter response program, have entered into an exclusive agreement to improve response options during emergency events.

ELERTS develops mobile security solutions for academic, corporate, hospital and mass transit systems. Leveraging the popularity of smartphones and the power of crowd-sourcing, ELERTS apps enable rapid, shared communication when seconds count.

Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry, Building Technologies Division’s new Intelligent Voice Communication panels allow small and medium-size facilities to have full-featured protection sized for their everyday and emergency life safety and communication needs. With Siemens’ Intelligent Voice Communication systems, facilities can now leverage a system that provides increased communications functionality in an efficiently designed solution.

Chicago-based RedSky Technologies, Inc., a provider of automated E911 solutions to enterprises, has announced that the company's flagship product, E911 Manager Version 6, has achieved Interoperability Certification from the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) which is part of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Commentary and Opinions

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.

It’s a distressing feeling when you’re in the middle of an unfolding disaster, and suddenly it hits you -- your plans and resources are being overwhelmed by the event. At this point or soon thereafter, you’ll likely ask yourself a series of questions: How and when will we re-establish services for customers and employees? What will this disaster cost us in terms of revenue, reputation and recovery expenses? How can we avoid being in this position again?

 

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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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