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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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Tue, 2014-11-04 06:13 PM
At the recent 2014 Urban Shield preparedness exercise in Oakland, CA,  Mutualink, Sonim and Oceus participated in a FirstNet-related deployment of an Enhanced System on Wheels (ESOW). The...
Tue, 2014-11-04 05:33 PM
Many fire and police departments consider side scan sonar an essential piece of equipment for their dive teams. Side scan is the ideal tool for search and survey operations because it produces...
Tue, 2014-11-04 03:02 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a final rule that broadens the coverage of its icing certification standards. The updated standards require U.S. manufacturers to show that...
Mon, 2014-11-03 05:58 PM
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as...
Wed, 2014-10-29 04:23 PM
Many of the boardwalks in New Jersey that were damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Sandy have been successfully rebuilt in the two years that have passed since the storm, according to the Federal...
Wed, 2014-10-29 03:47 PM
A team of 17 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) divers sailing aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette recently returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahā...
Tue, 2014-10-28 05:15 PM

Robel Phillipos

Following an eight-day trial, a federal jury has convicted a college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for making false statements to investigators assigned to the FBI’s...
Tue, 2014-10-28 03:42 PM
In its investigation of five Metro-North accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has identified several recurring safety issues, including inadequate and ineffective track...
Tue, 2014-10-28 02:12 PM

Joseph Servidio

The 2014 LA/Long Beach PSOCE Conference, scheduled for November 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency, Long Beach, CA will include a Feature Presentation by Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Commander of the...
Mon, 2014-10-27 05:14 PM

Kevin Mcaleenan

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske announced on Monday the selection of Kevin K. McAleenan as the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and...
Sun, 2014-10-26 04:15 PM
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Governor Chris Christie announced on Friday additional screening protocols for Ebola at both JFK and Newark Liberty International Airports.
Sun, 2014-10-26 03:56 PM
It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy first made landfall on October 29, 2012 in New Jersey. The aftermath left over an estimated $68 billion in damage resulting in the second-costliest...

Company News

Argus Cyber Security, a provider of automotive cyber security, and Zubie, Inc., a company in the emerging connected car space, have reported that a security vulnerability was found by Argus in Zubie's device. After being duly notified by Argus, Zubie took decisive and swift action in fixing the problem, as it relates to consumer safety.

D-Dey Response Group, a local woman and veteran owned company, recently opened its doors to empower and prepare citizens and professionals with life-saving techniques, security tactics, and tailored first response medical kits for situations just like this.

BrightSource Energy, Inc., a U.S. concentrating solar power technology (CSP) company and Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd (SEC) announced the companies have signed an agreement forming a joint venture for building utility-scale CSP plants in China. Under the agreement, the joint venture will leverage both partners’ contributions to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for projects featuring BrightSource’s solar power tower technology in China.

Cleveland, OH-based Mace Security International, Inc. and Hudson, OH-based National School Control Systems, LLC are pleased to announce a joint marketing agreement for safety and security products with a focus on the Bearacade Door Control System. The target markets for these systems include educational, corporate, nonprofit, and government institutions.

In a strategic alliance, Sysorex subsidiary AirPatrol Corporation, a developer of mobile device detection and locationing systems, and Cubeware GmbH, a provider of business intelligence and analytics software in Europe, have announced that they are offering an integrated next generation big data analytics platform focused on gaining business insights based on where, how and when people use mobile devices.

Oulu, Finland-based Elektrobit (EB) is proud to present the new EB Tough Mobile smartphone, designed and built for demanding mobile security and public safety markets. The EB Tough Mobile is packed with innovative features tailored for professional users like government agencies, authorities, first responders and other professionals with critical and secure communication needs. Built on the EB Special Device Platform, its unique mechanical structure combines extreme durability with modern and sophisticated smartphone look-and-feel.

With medical and security professionals in the U.S. and across the world searching for a quick, portable and effective way to screen for the Ebola virus, an American medical device company is seeking funding for emerging technology that could screen for Ebola and a host of diseases within minutes, simply by testing an individual’s breath.

The Silver Spring, MD-based Security Industry Association (SIA) recently presented recommendations for the adoption of image and audio recording technologies to strengthen investigations and accident prevention efforts onboard U.S. passenger and freight trains before an advisory committee of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Commentary and Opinions

Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) has signed urgently needed legislation aimed at increasing safety and services -- and decreasing violence and assaults -- in California’s five state hospitals, according to the Safety Now Coalition, a coalition of workers in California's Department of Mental Health Hospitals.

Editor’s note: In this article Denise Rucker Krepp, former Special Counsel to DOT General Counsel, Senior Counsel on the House Homeland Security Committee, and author of the 9/11 Act rail provisions, gives state, local officials a simple piece of advice regarding NDAs they signed with railroad companies regarding transportation of Bakken crude oil: Tear them up. They’re against the law.

In recent decades, wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and severity have increased in frequency, raising concerns about impacts on local natural resources such as water. The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Canadian Water Network (CWN) recently released a new report that offers a comprehensive look at the state of knowledge around this subject and the potential for mitigating the impact wildfires can have on water

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

In a letter sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Annette Sandberg expressed strong support for an amendment to a bill proposed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would roll back the restart provision within the hours of service regulations.

 

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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...