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Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management....

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Mon, 2014-09-15 08:13 PM
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has added new technology to 15 firefighting trucks to help it keep track of firefighters’ location.Through the technology, the FDNY can automatically see...
Mon, 2014-09-15 05:59 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to CCI Corpus Christi. The company plans to...
Sun, 2014-09-14 08:16 PM
Climate change threatens nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including the Bald Eagle and dozens of iconic birds like the Common Loon, Baltimore Oriole and Brown...
Wed, 2014-09-10 08:52 PM

Terry Wade

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
Wed, 2014-09-10 08:25 PM
Shannon Conley, 19, of Arvada, CO, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. She pled guilty before U.S. District Court...
Wed, 2014-09-10 05:40 PM
In a study on the prevalence of drug use by pilots who died in crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found an upward trend in the use of both potentially impairing medications and...
Tue, 2014-09-09 07:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Mon, 2014-09-08 07:43 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program’s...
Mon, 2014-09-08 06:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Wed, 2014-09-03 08:41 PM
Costco Wholesale Corp., one of the nation’s largest retailers, has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases from leaking refrigeration equipment at more than half of its U....
Wed, 2014-09-03 08:16 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the expansion of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) Securing the Cities program to the National Capital Region, building upon the...
Wed, 2014-09-03 07:53 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Joshua Skule special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office (WFO). He most recently served as a deputy assistant...

Company News

Omaha, NE-based West Corp., a provider of technology-enabled communication services, has announced it has acquired the 911 Enable business of Connexon Group, Inc. 911 Enable provides emergency communications solutions for IP-based enterprise customers across the U.S. and Canada.

Charleston, WV-based Cunningham Energy, an independent production and exploration company, has purchased rights to the Buffalo-Peniel Oilfield from Moser Group, located in Jackson and Roane Counties, WV. The purchase includes over 2700 acres of contiguous leasehold covering the total field area, along with multiple producing oil and gas wells.

Coral Springs, FL-based CellAntenna Corporation has announced the launch of its advanced capability Cell Phone Threat Control System (CPC-Vulcan), which provides comprehensive cellular signal awareness in law enforcement tactical situations.

Westford, MA-based Elpas, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has introduced a new version of its Infant Protection Bracelet, part of its Infant Protection Solution.

The Infant Protection Solution consists of a small, baby-friendly Active RFID Tag, and the Elpas Charm that, when used as part of the Infant Protection Bracelet, enables wireless deterrence of infant abduction and mother-baby mismatch in maternity, obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric departments from the time of birth/admittance until discharge.

Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG), a provider of secure and hosted identity management solutions for operations and incident response, has partnered with All Points Logistics, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, to bring RTTG’s Real-Time Verification (RTV) technology platform to All Points’ state and federal customers.

As part of the national enforcement initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," PennDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation), state police, and municipal police are focusing their efforts on reducing alcohol-and drug-related crashes through Labor Day.

"Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is unsafe and it's against the law," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "Although alcohol-related crashes have gradually decreased, drugged-driving crashes and fatalities continue to increase. Both remain our focus though Labor Day and beyond."

Working with Wallingford-based Z-Medica in a three-year pilot study called the SAFE (Student And Faculty Emergency) Program, every school in the Wallingford, CT district will now be equipped with a QuikClot Bleeding Control Bag containing advanced first-aid products designed to provide lifesaving hemostatic control until first responders can arrive or professional medical attention can be sought.

Gillingham, England-based Delphi Automotive, a supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets, recently sold its one millionth electronically scanning radar (ESR) globally -- a milestone as car makers meet growing customer demand for new technologies that improve safety.

Commentary and Opinions

With an alleged ringleader now in U.S. custody, investigative scrutiny here on Capitol Hill is zooming in tighter on the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The outcome of this probe may even have an effect on who is ultimately selected as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

By Chuck Brooks

Public/private partnerships are critical to the success of government operations that provide essential services and benefits. Such partnerships can help agencies reduce costs, simplify operations, and are easily scalable at times of increased and decreased need. Whether motivated by a natural disaster, terrorism, or an interruption caused by legislative shortfall, successful public/private partnerships can provide business continuity and resilience.

By Ann Coss and Ronald Bearse

Over the last couple of weeks, we have done our part to share with GSN’s readers our belief that one of the best things that can be done to make our nation more resilient is to focus more intensely on strengthening the resilience of individuals and families, since personal resilience is the foundation of national resilience.

By Ann Coss and Ronald Bearse

Since the attacks of 9-11, our nation has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on strengthening its homeland security and domestic disaster response and recovery capabilities.  

Despite these expenditures, individuals and families are concerned that they now have to think seriously about being prepared to be self-reliant for as long as a week, based on assumptions about disaster aid from external sources. And so they should be. 

By Esther Ndichu and Dale Herzog 

Meteorologists sometimes can predict disasters with a high degree of certainty days, if not weeks, before they make landfall. Other times, however, the public is warned within mere minutes; and then there are those events that can’t be predicted at all. 

 

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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.

New Products

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...

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

Waukesha, WI-based Magnasphere reports that its new high-security sensor, HSS, has completed its UL inspections and is r...