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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....


Wed, 2015-03-18 05:31 PM
Silver Spring, MD, March 17 – As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking major steps to update nautical charts in the...
Tue, 2015-03-17 10:33 PM
Ten years since adopting the Hyogo Framework for Action shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, government representatives have gathered in Sendai, Japan to negotiate a new framework for global...
Tue, 2015-03-17 10:20 PM
Washington, March 13 – NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of...
Tue, 2015-03-17 08:54 PM
Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released an annual aviation forecast that shows the nation’s aviation system will continue to grow over the next two decades with...
Tue, 2015-03-17 08:31 PM

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When a train carrying oil has an accident, the local community is the one that suffers. Residents are forced to leave their homes, sleep on gym floors, and pray that their lives return to normal....
Tue, 2015-03-17 07:37 PM
Los Angeles, March 13 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the air carrier certificate of GlobalJet NA, LLC of Scottsdale, AZ, for allegedly...
Tue, 2015-03-17 06:22 PM
Washington – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public forum March 24-25 on the dangers of trespassing on the railroad right-of-way.While railroad tracks have long held a cultural...
Mon, 2015-03-16 06:58 PM
Washington, March 15 – A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers.Analysis of...
Sun, 2015-03-15 07:20 PM
Silver Spring, MD, March 15 – The Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State, has released an...
Thu, 2015-03-12 10:27 PM
When a video appeared a few weeks ago showing a member of the Somali extremist group al-Shabaab urging attacks on malls in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, many wondered about mall security. In...
Thu, 2015-03-12 04:22 PM
Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL, March 4 -- Researchers at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Oceanographic Center have discovered that storms don't only have a dramatic impact on land;...
Thu, 2015-03-12 03:59 PM
Geneva, March 11 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are combining forces in a partnership in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and...

Company News

Borne, MA, March 12 – Onset, a provider of data loggers and weather stations, has announced the HOBO RX3000 Station, the company’s next-generation data logging weather station that provides research scientists, meteorologists, and others with instant access to site-specific environmental data anywhere, anytime via the Internet.Ideal for agricultural research, ecology studies, climate research, and other applications, the new station combines the flexibility and sensor quality of more expensive systems with the convenience of plug-and-play operation.
Phoenix, AZ, March 11 -- Redflex Traffic Systems, a provider of road safety technology throughout North America, launched a mobile app this month informing drivers of fixed red-light, rail and speed-camera locations.Available for iOS, Redflex Locator App identifies approximately 900 intersections and roadways with fixed camera systems in 18 states utilizing the technology to combat dangerous driving.
The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) returns to Huntsville, AL, on March 31 to April 2 for its late-winter meeting called the Global Force Symposium and Exposition.“Win in a Complex World” is the theme of this AUSA professional development forum that will be held at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. The symposium theme is also the title of the Army Operating Concept released in October that sets a path for the force of 2020 to 2040.
Aarhus, Denmark, March 10 -- Terma and ATRiCS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a cost-efficient Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) for surface surveillance on small- to medium-sized airfields.The two companies agreed on development of a surveillance system based on the advanced SCANTER 5502 Surface Movement Radar (SMR) and the embedded tracker from Terma, which eliminates the need for complex multi sensor data fusion.
Farmingdale, NY, March 10, 2015 -- Telephonics Corporation (Telephonics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), has announced that its Sky Search-2000M, an Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, has completed Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) certification testing in China and has received the official certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). The rigorous, comprehensive and lengthy assessment analyzed Telephonics’ MSSR performance and aircraft reporting ability for civil ATC applications in Chinese airspace.
Tallahassee, FL (March 9) -- Everytown for Gun Safety and the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety joined with a coalition of gun violence survivors, law enforcement, educators, students, and the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus to rally against six guns-in-schools bills in the State Legislature. The coalition dropped off 12,000 postcards to legislators signed by Floridians with the simple message "backpacks and bullets don't mix."
Alexandria, VA (March 4) -- The Federal Managers Association (FMA) has announced that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed FMA's initiative, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act (S. 242), which would provide 104 hours of sick leave up front to first year federal employees who qualify under the Department of  Veterans Affairs (VA) as thirty percent or more disabled due to a service-related disability.
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) is working with Sheriffs throughout New York State to coordinate the deployment of a robust, standardized, and affordable emergency response system, to help communities better prepare and respond to emergencies using the latest in digital technology.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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.

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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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