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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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Wed, 2013-08-07 04:24 PM
The National Biosurveillance Integration Center, which is run by the DHS office of health affairs, wants to install in its offices on Vermont Avenue in Washington, DC, a video wall system consisting...
Wed, 2013-08-07 02:08 PM

Map of undersea
cable infrastructure

DHS plans to award a task order to SAIC, of McLean, VA, to continue providing scientific, engineering and technical assistance to support the nation’s Undersea Cable Infrastructure (UCI) program,...
Mon, 2013-08-05 11:37 AM

Drawing of proposed mobile
command-and-control container

FEMA wants to acquire a minimum of three and a maximum of six standard, intermodal 40-foot shipping containers that have been retrofitted to serve as mobile command-and-control offices for use...
Fri, 2013-08-02 11:36 AM

LRAD 500X

LRAD Corp., of San Diego, CA, a provider of long-range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs), has announced that it has received new systems orders totaling more than $1 million for Asian public safety,...
Thu, 2013-07-25 04:21 PM
Tyco Integrated Security and the industry’s leading security systems integrator announced on July 25 a newly awarded term of a national alliance cooperative contract from the National Joint Powers...
Thu, 2013-07-25 12:12 PM

GX 440 4G cellular
modem from
Sierra Wireless

The U.S. Secret Service has indicated in the past two days that it will take two separate procurement actions to enhance its video surveillance capabilities.
Wed, 2013-07-24 03:28 PM
Northrop Grumman Corp. has been selected by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London, UK, to provide its CommandPoint application as the core solution for the MPS' new command and control...
Fri, 2013-07-19 05:09 PM

Sheriff Ian Parkinson,
of San Luis Obispo
County in California

About a month ago, San Luis Obispo County in California -- on the Pacific Coast between San Jose and Los Angeles -- suddenly found itself in a total electricity blackout. The County Sheriff, Ian...
Fri, 2013-07-19 09:21 AM

Oded Grinstein

Representatives from seven impressive high-tech Israeli companies gathered at a law firm in midtown Manhattan on July 18 and told a room full of executives, government officials, consultants and...
Mon, 2013-07-15 04:37 PM

Medium Frequency
2182 kHz gear

The U.S. Coast Guard has decided to terminate its use of radiotelephone “Medium Frequency” (MF) 2182 kHz, which was first designated more than 65 years ago, as an international distress frequency. “...
Thu, 2013-07-11 11:27 AM

West Point

United States Military Academy leads Army with award-winning cross browser compatible notification system. USMA state-of-the-art warning system
Thu, 2013-07-11 09:45 AM

LRAD 360X

Public violence, bomb threats, natural disasters and other severe events have highlighted the urgent need for more effective community, base and campus emergency warning mass notification (EWMN)...

Company News

According to a survey from the Find Me 911 Coalition, 97% of 9-1-1 dispatch centers have been unable to locate a wireless call in the last year. The Find Me 911 Coalition, an organization focused on improving emergency communications for first responders, surveyed 1,014 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the U.S.

Santa Maria, CA-based Quintron Systems, Inc., a major provider in advanced interoperable voice systems and physical access control/intrusion detection systems, has announced the successful support of the first launch operation for its DICES VoIP system for United Launch Alliance (ULA). The Atlas V lifted off at 7:46 a.m. on Thursday, April 3 from Space Launch Complex-3 (SLC-3) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California. This launch successfully placed into orbit the 19th satellite in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-19).

WidePoint Corp., a McLean, VA based provider of cyber security, enterprise telecommunications, and consulting services, has received the first task order from the DHS in the Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for its Cellular Wireless Managed Services (CWMS) through its subsidiary, iSYS LLC. iSYS LLC, based in McLean, VA, provides IT and telecommunications solutions for government and corporate clients.

Wallingford, CT-based Mutualink has announced the addition of Lt. Colonel Joseph C. Blackburn to the company’s advisory board. Lt. Colonel Blackburn joins a growing roster of notable members, including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, former Governor and Secretary of the U.S. DHS Tom Ridge, Retired General Barry McCaffrey, and Retired General Wesley Clark. Advisory board members provide Mutualink’s leadership team with valuable insights -- based on real-world experience and regional knowledge -- to help the company serve its customers as effectively as possible.

The CTIA Wireless Association, an international nonprofit for the wireless communications industry, has partnered with other companies such as AT&T, Apple, Google, Sprint, Motorola, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Nokia in the Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment program. The program is designed to reduce smartphone thefts by having the industry create new smartphone models that include a “kill switch,” enabling people to remotely delete their data and disable the phone.

South Sound 911, an interlocal agency created in an effort to consolidate public safety answering points (PSAPs) in Pierce County, WA, has selected Huntsville, AL-based Intergraph's public safety solutions to replace multiple disparate systems and support multi-site, multi-jurisdictional, multi-discipline response. The project includes multiple PSAPs for police, fire, and EMS in Washington state's second most populous county.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), an Annapolis, MD based mobile communications company, has released the Defender9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) call handling solution. It is designed for public safety agencies and emergency service providers to respond more quickly and effectively to calls.

Pearl television stations, a partnership that includes eight of Florida’s leading television stations, are testing their emergency alert systems to include mobile digital TV devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) will include alert banners, text messages, and videos to be sent to mobile device users in the event of emergency situations. Some of the Pearl stations include locations in Orlando and West Palm Beach such as WPTV-TV, WFLX-TV, WPBF-TV, and WESH-TV.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

It used to be that most government organizations had a crisis communications plan that would be pulled out and reviewed maybe once a year, which was relatively static and standard in its contents.

The plan provided guidance on calling a press conference to update reporters who would, in turn, update the public on the process and progress being made in dealing with the crisis or disaster at hand, creating press releases and other briefing materials, etc.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s recent “Tenth Anniversary Report Card: The Status of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations” says “the inability of first responders to communicate with each other on demand was a critical failure on 9/11.”

 

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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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