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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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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...
Thu, 2013-09-12 03:20 PM
The inspector general at DHS has issued a scathing report that concludes that DHS is “not effectively managing its radio communication program.” The IG report notes that DHS operates 20 different...
Mon, 2013-09-09 06:20 PM
Research and Markets, a market research firm, has announced the availability of a new comprehensive study entitled, Physical Security Market By Products & Services Worldwide Market Forecasts and...
Mon, 2013-09-09 03:05 PM

Digital Voice
Privacy Unit
by Rockwell Collins

In order to keep its radio communications private, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC), located at March Air Reserve Base in California, plans to purchase five “Digital Voice Privacy Units...
Tue, 2013-09-03 03:34 PM
The Federal Protective Service, a unit of DHS, has decided to extend an existing contract it has with Verizon Wireless, of Laurel, MD, to supply for an extra six months communications services and...
Sun, 2013-09-01 07:25 PM
The board of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, will hold a special meeting, via a public conference call, on September 5, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern time. A Federal...
Thu, 2013-08-29 12:27 PM

Rama Kolappan

Government departments and agencies are held to a higher standard than corporations, whether they are dealing with policy creation, organizational transparency or the security they provide for the...
Tue, 2013-08-20 09:31 AM

GSN now displays
corporate videos on
its Web site

As part of an expansion of promotional opportunities on its Web site, Government Security News has adopted a new policy of accepting paid corporate videos on the home page and the Web site’s 18...

Company News

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).

Maple Lawn, MD-based AirPatrol Corporation, a location-based mobile device security developer, has announced it has joined Good Technology’s partner ecosystem to provide organizations with the ability to automatically change security policies on mobile devices based on contextual inputs such as the device’s location and owner.

Thundersoft has announced a partnership with Trustonic to introduce secure mobile services to its expansive customer base of smartphone manufacturers supplying developing markets.

The Connecticut Convention Center, in Hartford, CT, has completed the installment of a multimedia communications system with the assistance of Mutualink, Inc. -- the Wallingford, CT-based company. The system provides an interoperable communications platform that enables multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment -- all in real-time.

Annapolis, MD-based TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a provider of secure mobile communication, has announced that it is deploying text-to-911 service in the U.S. As reported by the Federal Communications Commission in its deployment tracking update, TCS accounts for 52 of the 56 agency deployments across 16 states, or 93% of the total.

Mobile, AL-based AT&T's Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, the first private company certified by the DHS for private-company voluntary disaster preparedness, is committed to maintaining and restoring the AT&T Global network when natural disasters strike, the company says.

With $600 million invested in the NDR program, AT&T's arsenal of equipment includes more than 320 technology and equipment trailers that can be quickly deployed, making it one of the nation's largest and most advanced disaster programs.

Commentary and Opinions

Existing public safety communications systems are pretty dumb. Not dumb, as in a stupid idea, but dumb as in only able to do the one thing for which they were built.

A Land Mobile Radio (LMR) can transmit only voice and only to compatible radios. Once the first units of a communications system have been distributed, it is a costly decision to add features which will make new equipment incompatible with the installed base. Therefore, we largely operate at the lowest common denominator.

Securing our cities in a post 9-11 environment -- characterized by terrorist actions, civil unrest and natural disasters -- has emerged as one of the biggest challenges facing security professionals around the world. Leading-edge technologies for citywide monitoring and collaboration are widely available to improve security, but progress has been slow.

A woman in Black Hawk County, Iowa was alone upstairs when her former boyfriend -- who had a history of domestic violence -- entered her home. Afraid that the sound of her voice would reveal her location, she used her cell phone to send a text message to 9-1-1. A few minutes later, police officers arrived at the scene and arrested the ex-boyfriend for violating a court order requiring him to stay away from the woman.

In May 2010, the Federal Communications Commission approved the use of 700 MHz spectrum for public safety broadband networks based on commercial, fourth-generation (4G) cellular technology.

The last couple of years have seen several interesting trends for the small and mid-sized contracting community. Government spending on security is slowing, as it is in all sectors, yet contracts earmarked for small businesses are increasing.

 

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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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