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Wed, 2015-04-08 06:10 PM
Washington, April 2 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness month, which began April 1, by announcing the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” National...
Tue, 2015-04-07 09:42 PM
Washington, April 6 – The 2015 hurricane season is not far away and to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean get geared up for the season and weather the storm, the National Oceanic and...
Tue, 2015-04-07 08:44 PM
Washington, April 7 – NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geological Survey to transform...
Tue, 2015-04-07 07:11 PM
Chicago, April 6 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) leadership in energy conservation and efficiency with an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year –...
Tue, 2015-04-07 06:42 PM
Port Canaveral, FL – As a recipient of only 1.5% of the DHS federal grants, says Captain Tom Allan, Commandant of Sector Jacksonville, FL, the U.S. Coast Guard is “the best bargain you’re ever going...
Tue, 2015-04-07 01:58 AM
Washington, April 6 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner...
Tue, 2015-04-07 01:19 AM
New York, April 2 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a high-level panel on the global response to health crises. The Secretary-General has appointed...
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El Paso, TX, April 2 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Port Director Beverly Good was formally sworn into office during a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony at the...
Thu, 2015-04-02 07:06 PM
Geneva, April 2 – New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food...
Thu, 2015-04-02 02:03 AM
Washington, March 31 – T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, has been sworn in as the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Dinh-Zarr became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was...
Wed, 2015-04-01 01:00 AM
Washington, March 30 – Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance...
Tue, 2015-03-31 10:18 PM
London, England, March 30 – 179W. One year ago today, those exact coordinates were transmitted from Andrew Taylor’s McMurdo automatic identification system man-overboard (AIS MOB) device to crew...

Company News

Trevose, PA, April 2 – The CEI Group, a fleet driver management company, has announced the promotion of Steve Enoch from director of information technology to chief information officer.A career information technology professional and a 14-year CEI veteran, Enoch has been instrumental in structuring and managing a host of IT resources essential to CEI. They range from in-house programming of automated claims handling and reporting solutions, to data security, and uninterrupted customer access to user-friendly interfaces.
Schaumberg, IL, April 1 – Motorola Solutions has acquired PublicEngines, a
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, April 1 – Centerra Group, has acquired Gregg Protection Services, a provider of protection of nuclear and biological assets as well as other high threat, national security targets worldwide.“This addition to the Centerra family brings a team of uniquely qualified professionals with unmatched technical skills and experience in the highly specialized arena of global non-proliferation and threat reduction support,” said Paul Donahue, president and CEO of Centerra.
Wallingford, CT, March 31 – The problem of school safety and security needs to be addressed through strategic collaboration, according to a new whitepaper authored by Dr. William M.
Clinton, TN, March 31 – Northrop Grumman Corporation's subsidiary Remotec and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot's line of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Under the agreement, Remotec is the sole reseller of these products to the first responder and law enforcement market in the U.S.
Wilmington, MA, March 26 – Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, has reported the shipment of approximately $500,000 in explosives trace detection systems in Latin America, most of which were sold to a major international airline in Latin America.
Longmont, CO, March 31 – Intrado, a provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, has announced that the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) has selected Intrado as the supplier of Automatic Location Information Data Base Management Services (ALI DBMS) for participating Regional Planning Commissions (RPC) 9-1-1 Programs representing over 250 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the state.
Farmingdale, NY, March 26 – Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), has announced that it has successfully completed a round of testing at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Rotorcraft Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) project event at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. At this event, an EH-60L helicopter was flown to create simulated DVE/brownout conditions, including sand and dust.

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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.

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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.

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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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