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Sat, 2013-11-30 02:00 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 05:35 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 05:25 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 06:43 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....
Mon, 2013-11-11 04:33 PM
New data released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) show that more than two-thirds of the calls to 9-1-1 emergency centers in Texas from wireless phones do not include the...
Thu, 2013-11-07 04:41 PM

Passive Optical LAN
at Sandia National Labs

A revolution in the transmission of voice and data within large-scale Local Area Networks (known as LANs) is taking place, with the shift from copper wires to fiber optics. This transformation has...
Wed, 2013-11-06 03:51 PM
Urging his fellow citizens to “remain vigilant against foreign and domestic threats,” President Obama on October 31 proclaimed November 2013 as “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month...
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...

Company News

With the holiday season in full swing, and upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, online shopping is on the rise, and so are concerns over security and privacy breaches.To keep the online shopping experience safe and cheerful this holiday season, below are top tips from Dell SecureWorks experts in information security:
San Mateo, CA-based Agari, a provider of data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyberthreats, has announced it has entered into an agreement with enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks. Per the agreement, Agari will provide email-based threat intelligence data to the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud. This data will help enhance threat prevention of malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) globally.
Melville, NY-based Verint Systems Inc. has announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its “Safe City Program.” The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city’s municipal agencies to enhance public safety.
Long Branch, NJ-based power management company Eaton has announced it has been selected by MillerCoors to provide an integrated emergency communications solution for the company’s mega brewery in Fort Worth, TX. MillerCoors has deployed Eaton’s ALERiTY mass notification platform to enhance emergency communications capabilities at the brewer’s 150-acre facility, which has more than 700 employees.
Westford, MA-based-Elpas, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has released the Lone Worker Emergency Call Transmitter, which has become commercially available as part of the company’s Emergency Call Solution.The Lone Worker Emergency Call Transmitter ensures that personnel who may be subject to attack or injury when operating on their own can send alerts about their situation and responders can be dispatched to the exact location of the evolving security incident.
Xelios Biometrics and MedicAlert Foundation are bringing its myLife-Touch program to communities in an effort to improve emergency response outcomes and reduce medical errors. In the event of an emergency, patients may not be able to communicate their health condition, medications, or life-threatening allergies to first responders.
Gary J. Braswell, president and CEO of MPD, Inc., has announced that MPD has acquired Kustom Signals, Inc. (“Kustom”), effective November 4, 2014.Kustom, with headquarters in Lenexa, KS, and a manufacturing facility in Chanute, KS, is an electronics manufacturer dedicated to serving the equipment needs of worldwide law enforcement.
Alexandria, VA-based ASIS International (ASIS) and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) are collaborating on the development of an online training module focusing on what private security professionals need to know about child victimization.

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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