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Sun, 2014-12-21 09:01 PM
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate has announced the launch of the Interim Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate, led by...
Thu, 2014-12-18 04:54 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator David Friedman have kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get...
Wed, 2014-12-17 05:20 PM
A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-led report shows that Arctic air temperatures continue to rise at more than twice the rate of global air temperatures, a phenomenon known...
Wed, 2014-12-17 04:57 PM
It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought,...
Tue, 2014-12-16 10:36 PM
Richmond and Dresden, ME – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHA) earlier this month celebrated the opening of the newly built Kennebec Bridge (State Route 197)...
Tue, 2014-12-16 09:32 PM
Editor’s note: These excerpts from the December 11 article below by Chris Liedle of KVAL.com have been reprinted with the permission of KVAL. GSN became aware of this story and its great importance...
Mon, 2014-12-15 06:04 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives last week unanimously passed a Senate amendment to H.R. 4007, the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act -- bipartisan legislation to...
Sun, 2014-12-14 10:08 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) destroyed an illegally imported and unsafe Mini Cooper last week at a salvage yard in New Jersey following a recent seizure at the Newark Seaport.
Sun, 2014-12-14 09:53 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two reports detailing programs in Liberia and Sierra Leone to help Ebola survivors reintegrate with their communities and resume...
Tue, 2014-12-09 08:29 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists have discovered two pests found for the first time at Aguadilla port of entry, one of them never before found at ports in Puerto Rico.
Tue, 2014-12-09 06:05 PM
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act to facilitate the development and availability...
Thu, 2014-12-04 06:16 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that a Justice Department (DOJ) civil rights investigation into the use of force by the Cleveland Division of Police has found a pattern or practice of...

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Boston, MA-based SPR Advanced Technologies (SPR) has announced that it has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to test, refine and deploy its patented technology to assist USAID and its partner agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the United States Department of Defense, with an Ebola response solution to protect health care workers in affected countries from contamination by the Ebola virus.

Plans to purchase millions of doses of an Ebola vaccine to support large-scale vaccination efforts have been agreed upon by the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The decision means that Gavi will be ready to act as soon as a safe, effective vaccine is recommended for use by the World Health Organization.

Appleton, WI-based Pierce Manufacturing, an Oshkosh Corporation company, recently placed four Pierce Impel pumpers on duty with the Scottsdale Fire Department (SFD) in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, SFD has purchased two more Impel pumpers that will be delivered in April 2015. All six utilize the Pierce Ultimate Configuration (PUC) pump system. In total, SFD now has 23 Pierce apparatus in service or on order for delivery.

Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, has placed six new generation Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles into service at Manchester Airport in the U.K. All six identically equipped vehicles feature the innovative Snozzle high-reach extendable turret (HRET). The Striker fleet was introduced to a group of over 100 guests and dignitaries at a launch ceremony held at the airport.

Wallingford, CT-based Mutualink continues to expand its network of connected communities with a pilot program of Mutualink K12 at 20 schools in New York’s Oneida and Rockland counties. This follows the successful roll-out of the Mutualink system in Dartmouth, MA earlier this year. By joining the Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform network, these schools now have a direct link to police and other entities on the network as and when needed.

The Fujisawa SST Council, a consortium led by Panasonic Corporation spearheading the development of the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST), has held a grand opening ceremony for the forward-looking town located on the outskirts of Tokyo. With its core facility supporting sustainable development of the town and its community now coming into operation, the Fujisawa SST is moving from the construction stage into a new stage where the town is nurtured to grow in full-scale into an eco and smart town that puts a high priority on the residents’ lifestyles.

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:

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will be testing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights in national airspace at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ. NJIT is conducting UAS flights over the Atlantic Ocean to test the feasibility of safely integrating drones into the public airspace and to assess the research and operational capabilities of several data-collecting sensors aboard the craft.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

The law firm representing ten families -- nine of whom lost family members in the Sandy Hook shooting, along with a teacher who was shot multiple times but survived -- has said they have initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death.

In a letter addressed to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest AIDS nonprofit organization in the U.S.

With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.

 

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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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