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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, 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...
Wed, 2013-10-16 06:11 PM
The Amtrak Police Department (APD) is launching a new method for passengers and employees to report suspicious activity, crime or emergencies by introducing APD11 "Txt-a-Tip," a program that...
Mon, 2013-10-14 01:06 PM

At Miss America pageant,
public safety personnel used
Mutualink's newest product

As the pageant judges in Atlantic City, NJ, last month were choosing Nina Davuluri as the newest Miss America, New Jersey state police, local police, casino security personnel and other public safety...
Thu, 2013-10-10 05:55 PM

DVP-200 device

The U.S. Coast Guard has decided to upgrade the encryption capabilities of the Digital Voice Privacy devices it uses on its ships and other platforms by procuring from Rockwell Collins more than one...
Tue, 2013-10-08 06:01 PM
Inmarsat Government, a provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunications to the U.S. public sector, announced on October 7 that its L-Band Tactical Satellite (L-TAC) solution has been...
Mon, 2013-10-07 05:17 PM

A soldier-borne
power system by
Protonex Technology

The U.S. Army, through its Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, has awarded a $2.1 million contract to Protonex Technology Corp., of Southborough, MA, to undertake basic and...
Sun, 2013-10-06 07:34 PM
The global industry for physical security equipment and services was worth a massive $110 billion in 2012, with the Americas accounting for more than 40 percent of the overall market, according to...
Thu, 2013-10-03 04:53 PM

Scott Greiper

Scott Greiper, the president and founding partner of Secure Strategy Group, LLC (SSG), a consulting firm offering financial and business development advice in the homeland security sector, has been...
Sun, 2013-09-29 05:34 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has awarded a sole source contract worth $631,800 to Digital Receiver Technology, Inc., of Germantown, MD, to provide portable wireless receiver systems,...
Sun, 2013-09-29 12:30 PM
APCO, the public safety communications association, issued a press statement on September 26 supporting the Federal Communications Commission’s recent moves to expand transparency when a disaster...
Thu, 2013-09-26 02:40 PM

Scott Aken,
of Charon
Technologies

Government employees and contractors who work inside Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, better known as SCIFs, have often complained that they are not allowed to carry their cell phones...

Company News

In an announcement at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Blackberry introduced the eBBM Suite, a new family of products and services that work with BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry enterprise solution (BES), and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to provide enterprise-class mobile messaging that brings together the core strengths of BBM with features and capabilities aimed at enterprises.

MTN Communications (MTN), a major provider of maritime communications and content services for cruise lines, yachts, ferries, cargo ships, oil and gas vehicles, and military aircraft, has announced  the availability of a new calling app for maritime crew.  MTN “OceanPhone Mobile” leverages the Wi-Fi infrastructure on vessels, as well as the MTN network, for calling and messaging. The app runs independently of other subscribed services.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motorola Solutions, a provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for government and enterprise customers, has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to provide a nationwide Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) digital radio network to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

The San Diego-based LRAD Corp., a provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs), has received a follow-on order for LRAD 500X systems and accessories totaling $577,500 for a customer in the Middle East. The units will be mounted on vehicles and used for military and police applications; the order is scheduled to ship by June 30, 2014.

Chantilly, VA-based SpectraRep, a provider of homeland security and public safety solutions, has announced the integration of its ActiveAlert technology, an emergency desktop notification solution, with Framingham, MA-based Rave Mobile Safety, a provider of mass notification solutions for enterprises, school districts, and institutions nationwide.

InZero Systems of Herndon VA, headed by former Lockheed Martin President and COO Louis R. Hughes, has created an Android tablet -- the “WorkPlay Tablet” -- with two hardware-separated operating systems (OS’s). Operating code in one (including any malware) cannot access the other.

Technology from Wallingford, CT-based Mutualink served as the interoperable communications and information sharing platform for the Super Bowl, enabling real-time collaboration and multimedia resource sharing across agencies, jurisdictions, and state borders during the game and surrounding events.

Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), a Bethesda, MD-based provider of mobile enterprise and big data solutions and services, has hired Steve Cooper as vice president of strategic programs. Cooper will bring his experience introducing innovative technologies into government and commercial enterprises to accelerate DMI’s mobility and analytical offerings, according to the company.

Commentary and Opinions

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?

Protecting data is critical to government agencies and, most important, for the military. Incorporating Transmission Security (TRANSEC) for Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA)-based Communications on the Move (COTM) satellite systems is a necessity because, in combat situations, even a small spike in traffic can be a critical piece of intelligence for an adversary or foreign government.

 

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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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