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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, 2013-11-06 03:24 PM
In order to be able to maintain satellite connectivity at disaster sites, even when the local telecommunications infrastructure has been destroyed or compromised, FEMA wants to extend an existing...
Tue, 2013-11-05 01:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...
Thu, 2013-10-31 12:20 PM

Air and Marine
Operations Center

CBP intends to award a sole source firm-fixed price service contract to Outerlink Global Solutions, of Wilmington, MA, to provide satellite airtime to the agency so it can operate its mission-...
Thu, 2013-10-24 12:24 PM

Mark Dankberg

Mark Dankberg, chairman, CEO and co-founder of ViaSat, Inc., has received the Arthur C. Clark Innovator’s Award at an October 23 ceremony hosted by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in Washington, DC....
Wed, 2013-10-23 05:19 PM
Two communications-related panels, the FirstNet board and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, have scheduled meetings during the next few weeks. The FirstNet...
Mon, 2013-10-21 05:16 PM

Lockheed Martin's
SPAN sensor

A wireless ground sensor network developed by Lockheed Martin will soon have the option of being fully integrated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Lockheed Martin's Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network (SPAN),...
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...

Company News

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William H. Roof, Ph.D. to chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective August 11. Roof previously served as the company’s senior vice president and chief scientist from May 2009 to April 2011.

Dallas, TX-based CyrusOne has announced that it plans to house the infrastructure and 911-dispatch center for Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, and Addison, TX. The communities are consolidating 911 services to form the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC). The partnership is expected to reduce costs and improve service in all four communities.

Atlanta, GA-based Silent Shield has released its evidence gathering and tracking software, CATIE. CATIE, or Capture And Track Investigative Evidence, offers active law enforcement personnel and government agencies a new, more sophisticated level of tracking, preserving, and securing online, offline, and real-time investigations and evidence.

Bethesda, MD-based Digital Management (DMI), a provider of mobile enterprise solutions and services, and Mocana has announced that DMI will integrate the Mocana Atlas Extended Enterprise Platform into its comprehensive mobile enterprise solutions.

Dallas, TX-based Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), a provider of email data protection, has announced that ZixOne is available on the Samsung Solutions Exchange, expanding mobile security options for enterprises using Samsung’s mobile devices. The Samsung Solutions Exchange addresses the needs of business owners by creating mobile solutions on a portfolio of enterprise-grade Samsung mobile products.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has joined forces with public safety notification provider Nixle to help law enforcement reunite missing children with their families. Since launching the venture, NCMEC has provided support to law enforcement in nearly 90 cases nationwide -- cases that may not have been brought to NCMEC's attention at all or as quickly without Nixle's participation.

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.

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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