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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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Tue, 2013-08-20 09:31 AM

GSN now displays
corporate videos on
its Web site

As part of an expansion of promotional opportunities on its Web site, Government Security News has adopted a new policy of accepting paid corporate videos on the home page and the Web site’s 18...
Sat, 2013-08-17 02:55 PM
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unit of DHS wants to buy 49 Sectera vIPer secure phones, which are produced by General Dynamics Corp., from a small business supplier, under a...
Sat, 2013-08-17 12:55 PM

GeoLynx server
shows 'hotspots'

GeoComm, Inc., of St. Cloud, MN, announced on August 16 that GeoLynx Server, its Web-based mapping solution, has met the requirements set by FEMA to qualify as an IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and...
Fri, 2013-08-16 09:21 AM

Sign in DC Metro
portrays Obama as
'Big Brother'

Oath Keepers, a national association of active duty and retired military, police and first responders, has placed a large back-lit sign --  which features Barack Obama as ‘Big Brother’ --...
Thu, 2013-08-15 07:00 PM

Mohave County
Sheriff's Office

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...
Wed, 2013-08-14 05:32 PM

James Clapper

President Obama released a presidential memorandum on August 12 which instructed the Intelligence Community to examine whether advances in communications technologies in recent years have enabled the...
Mon, 2013-08-12 01:23 PM
DHS is gathering information from 8(a) small businesses that could help state and local governments across the country assess, modify, upgrade and maintain the “secure rooms” that are frequently part...
Sun, 2013-08-11 08:35 PM
As part of the ongoing National Distress and Response System (NDRS) Modernization Project (Rescue 21), the U.S. Coast Guard competitively awarded a contract on August 5, 2013 to Eyak Technology LLC,...
Wed, 2013-08-07 04:24 PM
The National Biosurveillance Integration Center, which is run by the DHS office of health affairs, wants to install in its offices on Vermont Avenue in Washington, DC, a video wall system consisting...
Wed, 2013-08-07 02:08 PM

Map of undersea
cable infrastructure

DHS plans to award a task order to SAIC, of McLean, VA, to continue providing scientific, engineering and technical assistance to support the nation’s Undersea Cable Infrastructure (UCI) program,...
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,...

Company News

A new district-wide critical communications system has been introduced by Mt. Prospect, IL-based Rauland-Borg to manage emergency communications within school campuses and buildings, in addition to daily scheduling and everyday communications.

Buffalo Computer GraphicsDisasterLAN (DLAN) version 9.0 includes major upgrades to style, usability, and function, according to the company, a provider of incident management software (IMS) and maritime training solutions. The new design and logo are more than just a facelift, the new style reflects system-wide changes that improve usability for both desktop and mobile devices.

Phoenix, AZ-based nFocus Solutions, a provider of performance management solutions to more than 4,500 clients nationwide, has reached an agreement with General Dynamics C4 Systems to become the exclusive domestic supplier of GeoSuite. GeoSuite is a software tool that enables first responders, law enforcement, and other public safety professionals to view, collect, and share real-time and historical data with one another, throughout a mission.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) has selected Blackboard to enhance district-wide advanced mass notification capabilities. Blackboard works with some of the largest school districts in the country including the Los Angeles Unified School District and Chicago Public Schools.

Longmont, CO-based Intrado, a provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, has announced the first production delivery of emergency text messages from a major wireless carrier through an interconnected network of service providers.

Interoperability between leading text service providers enables the seamless delivery of emergency texts, regardless of the text solution chosen by either the wireless carrier or public safety agency.

St Louis, MO-based Code 3, Inc., has introduced a new amplifier system that significantly changes how warning sounds are utilized in emergency response. The Banshee system offers a selection of tones, features, and options that have never been available in one siren amp system before: three low frequency tones, multiple dual tones, and a true-sounding electronic air horn, according to the company.

Mutualink, based in Wallingford, CT, will partner with Comprehensive Communication Services and CTS Consolidated Telecom Services at the Texas Emergency Management Conference to demonstrate multimedia interoperability capabilities for public safety personnel. Attendees will experience first-hand how on-demand interagency communication and information sharing can be simply and effectively achieved across the Public Safety LTE Band 14 broadband network.

The Sectera vIPer Universal Secure Phone by General Dynamics C4 Systems, of Scottsdale, AZ, has been selected by the FBI to replace outdated Secure Terminal Equipment phones. The vIPer Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone modernizes and protects federal law enforcement and national security personnel's voice and data communications. Delivery of the vIPer secure phones to the FBI will begin during the second quarter of 2014.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

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.

 

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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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