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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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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...
Tue, 2014-09-02 10:51 PM
Eagle Eye Expositions of Norwalk, CT has announced the full roster of speakers, topics, panelists and sponsors for its “Beyond the Border 2.0” U.S./Canada Border Conference, which will take place at...
Tue, 2014-09-02 09:13 PM
The Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced a settlement with Trans Energy Inc...
Tue, 2014-09-02 07:15 PM
The Atlantic City Fire Department has some 250 full-time firefighters and six fire stations serving a southern New Jersey population of 40,000. The department last month received a federal...
Tue, 2014-09-02 06:57 PM
The Stanhope, NJ Hose Company number one will receive 19 new self-contained breathing apparatuses furnished by an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $157,776. The local share of...
Thu, 2014-08-28 07:17 PM
Thanks to alerts from concerned readers and advertisers of Government Security News, we learned yesterday that attempts to log into the “GSN” website have resulted in notices to the effect that “...
Thu, 2014-08-28 07:14 PM
Existing power plants around the world will pump out more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide over their expected lifetimes, significantly adding to atmospheric levels of the climate-warming gas...
Thu, 2014-08-28 04:38 PM
Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandoned each year in U.S. waters and become what are known as derelict traps, which continue to catch fish, crabs, and other species such as turtles. These...
Wed, 2014-08-27 07:20 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists have found African Honey Bees (AHB) aboard a vessel in Savannah, GA that arrived from Mexico. The bees had been present for one to two...
Wed, 2014-08-27 05:08 PM
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced a settlement with Dupont for eight alleged releases of hazardous substances at its Belle, WV facility....
Wed, 2014-08-27 12:08 AM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is dealing with multifaceted humanitarian and security issues as tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have been arriving at the Southwest U.S. border...

Company News

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.

Rockville, MD-based Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised contract options for the supply of Vaccinia Immune Globulin Intravenous (VIGIV) into the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). VIGIV is a therapeutic licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of complications due to smallpox vaccination.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, based in Largo, MD, has selected McKesson Business Performance Services (McKesson) to provide an end-to-end, technology-based revenue cycle solution for enhanced collections, better operational reporting, and improved regulatory compliance.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $333K contract to provide 33 IM2610 Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Plus portable hand held readers to the Washington State Ferries, operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Commentary and Opinions

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. 

The security industry has a long history of protecting and saving lives, as well as a list of heroic achievements. Now, one more can be added to the list.

 

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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...