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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 01:38 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 12:54 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 05:11 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 12:06 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 04:55 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 05:01 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 04:17 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 06:34 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 03:53 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 04:34 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 11:30 AM
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 01:40 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

Toronto, Canada-based SecureKey, a provider of trusted identity networks, and Oberthur Technologies (OT), a provider of digital security solutions for the mobility space, has announced their collaboration to bring to market a range of solutions compliant with the GSMA-led Mobile Connect initiative that provides secure access and authentication for online services.

Coral Springs, FL-based CellAntenna Corporation, a provider of solutions to enhance and prohibit cell phone signals, has announced its latest product for jamming and managed access, the High Power Multiband Remote Unit (CA-MBRU-HP) providing 100 Watts per band combined to a single output port. The system can be used in prisons and government facilities that require control of cell phones due to security risks.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to issue the largest fine in its history against C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, for allegedly marketing 285 models of signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers for more than two years.

The FCC applied the maximum fine allowed to each jammer model allegedly marketed by C.T.S., resulting in a planned fine of $34,912,500.

Montebello, CA-based Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) has supported resolution HR 45, which highlighted a successful 21-year partnership between the California National Guard (CNG) and the European country of Ukraine. Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeroscraft Corporation, spoke in front of California lawmakers on his support of the resolution.

Westminster, MA-based Tyco SimplexGrinnell, in the fire protection and life safety industry, has launched a new U.S. website to showcase its strong customer commitment, deep industry experience, and wide-ranging capabilities for delivering single-source, market-specific solutions to protect life and property.

Schaumburg, IL-based Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, is now accepting applications for grants to support education and training programs improving public safety in the U.S. and Canada.

Maker Consulting, a private firm with experience in emergency management, private security, and information technology, recently launched a new website, http://www.profarsystem.com, to showcase its new patent pending approach to public safety. The ProActive Fire and Rescue System “ProFARS” Mobile App will allow any individual user to work directly with local emergency departments by sharing, updating, and alerting one another.

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.

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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