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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...
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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...
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 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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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....

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Technical communicators, tools vendors, consultants, and even client organizations and end users all feel the rapid changes coming to content preparation, delivery and consumption. To better understand these changes over time Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) are now conducting their third annual survey of practitioners, Following the Trends -- Is Your Content Ready?, which is open now until March 16, 2015.
Addressing the growing problem of illicit cell phone use in correctional facilities, AirPatrol, a developer of mobile device detection systems, and Pay Tel Communications, a provider of inmate phone service, have announced a partnership to combat cell phone smuggling. Under the terms of the partnership, Pay Tel will resell AirPatrol’s ZoneDefense system for detecting and pinpointing the location of cellular and WiFi devices within correctional facilities.
Harris Corporation and Exelis, Inc. have announced a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at $23.75 per share, or an approximately $4.75 billion enterprise value. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory and Exelis shareholder approval.
Comcast Business has announced that Ogden City is using its Ethernet services to provide faster Internet access and high-performance connectivity between 18 municipal locations, including its City Hall, public safety headquarters, airport, five fire stations and two golf courses, as well as the city’s parks.
DeLorme has announced the availability of new enterprise plans and services that will make it easier for business and government customers to track, monitor and communicate with workers in remote locations using inReach personal satellite communicators.
Springfield, MO-based DMP International has named Carlos Mecca as director of sales, Latin America for DMP International. This territory includes South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He will be responsible for developing new sales channels and providing on-going support for existing DMP customers.
Mutualink is pleased to welcome Major General (Ret. U.S. Army) N. Lee S. Price to the company’s advisory board. MG Price is a highly-decorated U.S. Army veteran with more than 38 years of experience leading military and government organizations. Her background in communications systems and networked computer applications for the military is perfectly aligned with Mutualink’s technology and markets, and she will be an invaluable resource to the company.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has received a contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation to deliver XR-5 electric propulsion subsystems over the next three years for the next generation GEOStar-3 commercial geostationary orbit communications satellite platform.Orbital's GEOStar satellites are used to provide a variety of communications services including direct-to-home TV broadcasting, broadband connectivity, cable program distribution, business data network capacity, regional mobile communications and similar services.

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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