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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, 2013-08-05 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)...
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: 

Company News

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.

Boulder, Colorado-based FreeWave Technologies, a provider of industrial-grade secure machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless networking solutions, has announced WavePoint, a versatile high speed wireless networking platform that securely communicates industrial data over long distances to enable M2M, broadband, and SCADA applications.

Glendale, CA-based Everbridge, a provider of unified critical communications, has partnered with NC4 to deliver Interactive Visibility: Threat View, an integrated threat assessment solution. Threat View combines the risk assessment intelligence of NC4 Risk Center with Everbridge’s Unified Critical Communication Suite and global reach, empowering organizations to respond to risks and improve resiliency.

Chesham, U.K.-based Axell Wireless, a provider of wireless cellular and public safety solutions for buildings and confined spaces, is supplying the public safety communications system for the new World Trade Center complex in New York, including One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the U.S. at 1776 feet and the fourth tallest in the world.

Nickerson PR, a Waltham, MA based PR firm, will offer a Public Safety Communications Training Series, a training program for public safety officials to communicate with the public more effectively. The Cambridge Police Department will host the first event on Friday, April 4, 2014.

"We look forward to being the first police department to host what I anticipate to be a very valuable communications training series," said Robert Haas, Cambridge police commissioner.

iBwave, a Montreal based indoor wireless solutions company, has become a charter member of the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC). The SBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving building safety. It provides outreach and education to streamline communications infrastructure in buildings to allow first responders to act more effectively in emergency situations.

SecureAlert, a Sandy, Utah based creator of digital monitoring solutions, has acquired GPS Global Tracking & Surveillance System Ltd. (GPS Global), an Israeli based research, development, and services firm.

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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