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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...


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


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)...
Mon, 2013-07-08 05:51 PM

NASA's neutral
buoyancy lab

The NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, is sounding a lot like an out-of-work job candidate trying to impress a potential employer with its wide range of technical capabilities that it swears...
Mon, 2013-07-08 03:49 PM

Video surveillance
in Suwanee, GA

  Integrator: C3 Communications Suwanee, GA  End User: City of Suwanee, GA  Overview: 
Fri, 2013-07-05 03:21 PM

Harris Falcon III
AN/PRC-117G manpack

Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company, has received $61 million in orders to enable Poland’s ministry of national defense to better communicate with...
Wed, 2013-07-03 06:20 PM

Rescue 21 covers 41,871
miles of U.S. coastline

As part of the ongoing deployment of Rescue 21 capabilities in Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract on July 3 to General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S) worth $2.6 million for acquisition and...
Wed, 2013-07-03 12:11 PM
Exacq Technologies, a manufacturer of video management system (VMS) software and servers used for video surveillance, announced on July 3 a new integration with ELERTS Corp., an in-the-Cloud software...
Fri, 2013-06-28 12:50 PM

David Medine,
board chairman

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which President Obama recently reinvigorated, will hold a public workshop in Washington, DC, on July 9 in which invited experts, academics and...
Wed, 2013-06-26 04:09 PM
Guardly announced on June 27 that its Mobile Mass Notification System (MMNS) is the first enterprise-grade emergency mass notification system designed to send 500,000 location-targeted notifications...
Wed, 2013-06-26 02:03 PM

Motorola's AirDefense
Services Platform

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added to its approved products list the AirDefense Services Platform by Motorola Solutions, Inc. for protecting DoD wireless networks from attacks,...
Wed, 2013-06-26 12:07 PM
In order to enable its senior leaders to maintain command-and-control at Top Secret and Secret levels, even while they’re traveling, DHS is planning to award a sole source contract to a company...
Tue, 2013-06-25 09:50 AM
The First Responder Network Authority, more commonly known as FirstNet, will hold a public meeting, via teleconference call, on June 27, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM (Eastern time.) Agenda items have not yet...

Company News

Entrust Inc. and Radio IP are partnering to integrate industry-leading mobile VPN and user authentication solutions to provide secure, seamless mobile connectivity for police, fire, EMS, transport services and more. 

When the existing radio dispatch console system was destroyed by lightning in August 2012, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Kingman, AZ, opted for replacement with new state-of-the-art Radio over IP (RoIP) dispatch consoles by Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. of Forest, VA. The consoles were provided through the local Catalyst distributor and existing Mohave County radio communications service provider, Wecom, Inc., from its Kingman offices. 

IndigoVision has launched a Southwest Microwave integration module that can deliver a video security solution like no other for the transport and petrochemical markets.

By enabling seamless communication between IndigoVision’s Control Center management software and Southwest Microwave’s INTREPID perimeter detection system, IndigoVision makes it easier for highly intelligent remote site monitoring to be completely integrated with alarm and video management.

Accellion, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class, secure mobile file sharing solutions, announced on July 24 that it has received Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification for its cryptographic module. 

Fixmo, a provider of mobile security solutions, announced o June 20 that it has acquired Perlego Systems, Inc., a developer of carrier-grade data protection and personal privacy solutions for smartphones and tablets.

Through the acquisition, Perlego will become the Fixmo Carrier Services division (Fixmo CS) of Fixmo, and will continue to operate out of its offices in Issaquah, WA.

ComNet, Communication Networks of Danbury, CT, a manufacturer of fiber optic transmission and networking equipment, has introduced a video encoder/decoder designed for those applications where temperature extremes, vibration, shock, voltage transients, and humidity with condensation are present.

The all-new CNVETX1 video encoder/decoder is industrially hardened for use in the most extreme operating environments, says the company in a news release.

General Dynamics Corp. announced on June 6 that Thomas Kirchmaier has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, reporting to David Heebner, executive vice president of the company's Information Systems and Technology group.

Kirchmaier succeeds Lewis Von Thaer, who resigned in April. The appointment is effective immediately.

SafeNet, Inc., a data protection supplier, and Oceus Networks Inc., a provider of broadband solutions to government agencies and industry, announced on May 30 an agreement to jointly secure the DoD’s operational deployment of Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) for field operations.

Commentary and Opinions

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.”

Cassidian Communications announced on August 31 the successful use of its emergency notification technology to aid in the search for a missing four-year-old boy, Jeremy Guthrie, on August 5, 2011.


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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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