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Tue, 2015-05-26 09:34 PM
Washington, D.C., May 26 - The Energy Department (DOE) has announced $32 million in funding to help train American workers for the solar energy workforce and to further drive down the cost of solar...
Tue, 2015-05-26 05:51 PM
Washington, May 26 – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC...
Tue, 2015-05-26 04:39 PM
Washington, May 21 – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC...
Mon, 2015-05-25 11:54 PM
Geneva, May 25 – The World Health Assembly has agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition. Delegates at the...
Thu, 2015-05-21 10:18 PM
Washington D.C., May 16 – The Coast Guard released its first boating safety app last week as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week, May 16 – 22. The Boating Safety Mobile...
Thu, 2015-05-21 07:28 PM
Washington, D.C., May 20 – The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has announced the winners of S&T’s first innovation prize competition: The...
Thu, 2015-05-21 06:17 PM
Washington, D.C., May 19 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that at the Department’s insistence, air bag manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that a defect exists in its air...
Wed, 2015-05-20 11:33 PM
Geneva, May 20 – World Health Organization (WHO) Member States have agreed on a new global malaria strategy for 2016-2030 and approved the organization's proposed program budget for 2016-2017. The...
Wed, 2015-05-20 09:42 PM
Barataria Bay, LA, May 20 – As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico since the...
Tue, 2015-05-19 11:36 PM
Washington, May 19 – Two new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant programs will help coastal communities and their managers create on-the-ground projects to make them more...
Tue, 2015-05-19 11:02 PM
Washington, May 19 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or...
Tue, 2015-05-19 08:19 PM
Washington, May 19 – Pilots will be able to file flight plans and receive the latest weather information on-line, effective immediately, under two new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contracts...

Company News

San Francisco & Hong Kong, May 22 – Allied Control, a Hong Kong-based innovative technology company that builds immersion cooling systems for supercomputing and data center applications, has won the Green Innovations Award.
Washington, May 20 – In President Obama’s keynote address at the Coast Guard Academy graduation, he highlighted the importance of acting on climate change and the risks to national security this global threat poses. The White House also released a new report on the national security implications of climate change and how the Federal government is rising to the challenge.
Barcelona, Spain, May 19 – Purpose-designed to support the toughest mission-critical roles, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) has introduced the 
San Francisco, May 13 – Praetorian Digital, Inc., a digital media company in the public safety and local government market, has announced it has acquired Kaplan’s Fire & EMS online training unit, an online training company serving fire and EMS departments nationwide.
Austin, TX, May 15 – 1st Detect, a subsidiary of Astrotech (NASDAQ:ASTC), is pleased to announce the receipt of an initial order for its disruptive mass spectrometry technology from one of the world's leading snack food producers. The unit will be used for quality control purposes.
Washington, May 13 – A-T Solutions Inc., a counterterrorism company based in Vienna, VA, has announced that 15,000 more licenses of its 
Petah Tikva, Israel, May 4, 2015 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it intends to promote its comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) solutions at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015 event,May 5-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, USA – Booth # 2143.  At the booth, Gilat will display its BlackRay terminals, which enable connectivity for long-endurance flights while maximizing payload weight. Gilat SATCOM solutions feature:
Irvine, CA, April 28 – Getac Inc., a manufacturer of rugged computers, has released the updated V110 rugged convertible and the updated F110 rugged tablet, making Getac’s fastest-selling products even better. The second generation F110 and V110 products each feature a fifth generation Intel Processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500, an eight-megapixel rear camera, a front HD webcam and an updated LumiBond 2.0 touch screen that allows glove-on use.

Commentary and Opinions

Grants Pass, OR, March 27 – California’s ongoing worst ever drought, and the recent record breaking winter blizzards in Boston and the U.S. Northeast, are both manifestations of the same global climate change patterns. Earth warming global atmosphere is creating changes in the atmosphere’s “energy balance,” according to L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, historical climatologist and former NASA researcher. The result is not only a warmer and dryer global climate but also greater and more frequent climatic extremes, including the recent Boston blizzards.
Representing experts dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s more than 87,000 dams, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) applauds Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for introducing a bill that will get the nation closer to alleviating the public safety risk of over 2,000 dams that are the most “at-risk,” while providing a continuation of the vital benefits that dams serve for the public and their owners.
Seven of the nation's top scientific societies have joined over 200 distinguished climate and natural resource scientists to urge the Obama Administration to speed up its transition out of old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has applauded the signing of H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” into law Thursday. The final version of the bill, which passed the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities decreased from 33,561 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013, with 31 percent of all fatalities resulting from a drunk driving crash measured from .08 BAC and above.Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking, learned that drunk driving fatalities continued to top 10,000.
 

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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.

Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Spillman Technologies is a vendor of public safety software used by law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies, according to Dave Snyder. The company provides an integrated solution and specializes in multi-jurisdictional assignments involving agencies that want to collaborate with other agencies with information systems in large geographic areas. Snyder points out that the company has been in business for almost 30 years and has an extraordinary degree of stability, and its customers can count on major upgrades each year at no cost.

ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago.

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Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

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