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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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McConnell February 24 press release:U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in which he urged Senate Democrats to support legislation restricting...
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Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from...
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The McMurdo Group, a global leader in end-to-end search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions, has announced its commitment to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) by...
Tue, 2015-02-24 07:32 PM
Ottawa-based Amika Mobile’s situational awareness, command and control products have been selected through a competitive process for a project with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The...
Mon, 2015-02-23 09:16 PM
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities....
Mon, 2015-02-23 12:12 AM
The Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy is helping to end the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to new data reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR...
Sun, 2015-02-22 11:31 PM
The members of the health cluster for Ukraine, under the World Health Organization (WHO)’s leadership, came together last week to discuss status reports from local field offices and strengthen the...
Thu, 2015-02-19 09:35 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the formation of a 26-member advisory committee that is tasked with updating classroom and...
Thu, 2015-02-19 08:04 PM
The latest edition of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD 2011) for Alaska was released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).By far the greatest change in Alaska across this decade has...
Wed, 2015-02-18 05:43 PM
In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground...
Tue, 2015-02-17 11:06 PM
Scientists are warning that warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans could set the stage for major coral bleaching events across the globe in 2015.Their warnings follow...
Tue, 2015-02-17 09:51 PM
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Chatham, NJ-based Desktop Alert, the “less than one minute alert notification platform” used by the U.S. Military, the government, and numerous healthcare and corporate organizations worldwide, has announced the release of Safekard.
Everbridge, a provider of unified critical communications, continues to unveil new mobility and situational intelligence solutions, expanded integrations and enhancements to its global platform for enterprise critical communications. The Winter Release (2015) of the Unified Critical Communication Suite addresses the emerging communication challenges of its customers, providing new capabilities to ensure employee and resident safety, as well as to improve operational efficiency for governments, healthcare organizations and corporations.
Drone World Expo is excited to announce that the development of the 2015 conference program is underway. The event is accepting session submissions from speakers with exciting ideas that will inspire, surprise and inform buyers of companies who are looking for commercial applications of drones in such industries as photography, videography, precision agriculture, security and public safety, mapping and surveying, inspections, research and conservation, resource extraction, communications, parcel delivery and more.
More Minneapolis green homes are scheduled to be built to the Minnesota Green Communities Standards due to the growing demands for environmentally-sustainable green homes, according to the City of Minneapolis. City officials originated a green housing program three years ago to divest north Minneapolis of deserted properties in the community and convert them into sustainable green homes for north Minneapolis residents.
U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell along with about 150 federal, state and local officials, and energy industry leaders, gathered Monday to commission the 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Desert Center, Riverside County, CA.
El Dorado Hills, CA-based Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI), a provider of simulation-based driver training solutions, has announced its commitment to the Buy America provisions ensuring that its simulation-based training products are built with American-made products.
The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a base contract plus options to reset 800 Oshkosh-produced Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs). This M-ATV Reset program will help the U.S. Army achieve its goal of standardizing the M-ATV fleet configuration and ensuring that its primary MRAP platform is 100% mission ready following years of operation in theater.
Comcast Business has announced that Ogden City is using its Ethernet services to provide faster Internet access and high-performance connectivity between 18 municipal locations, including its City Hall, public safety headquarters, airport, five fire stations and two golf courses, as well as the city’s parks.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
We’re almost through hurricane season, and so far we’ve been lucky: none of the hurricanes or tropical storms have caused significant damage. Even so, we’re not out of the woods yet. Researchers at Colorado State University predicted the 2014 hurricane season would see three storms making landfall, and one will be a Category 3 or higher.
Active shooter, suicide by cop, ambush by homegrown terrorism -- these real-life scenarios require different types of officer response, but the resulting stress on the officer generates the same physical and psychological results during the incident. The question Meggitt Training Systems asked is, “Can this stress be recreated within a simulated environment?” The answer is yes.
As the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is currently being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (HCEP) remains concerned about conflicting Ebola medical waste regulations and confusion over regulations and proper procedures at hospitals across the U.S. Despite the U.S.
 

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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...

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...