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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, 2014-10-29 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...
Thu, 2014-10-23 06:35 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop guidelines for airline crews, cleaning and cargo personnel, and air...
Wed, 2014-10-22 04:35 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that travellers from three West African Ebola-affected countries will now be required to enter the U.S. at just five airports. Travelers...
Tue, 2014-10-21 03:08 PM
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide specialized diagnostic equipment to help Sierra Leone in its efforts to combat an ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, IAEA Director...
Sun, 2014-10-19 01:58 PM

John Pistole

John S. Pistole, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) longest serving administrator, has announced his retirement from public service, effective December 31, 2014, following more than...
Thu, 2014-10-16 07:47 PM

Michael Masters

Nearly 100 senior government officials, law enforcement, university leaders and students participated in the launch of Leading through Crisis on Tuesday at the University of Chicago, a leading-edge...

Company News

Austin, TX-based Alert Media, which specializes in developing next-generation emergency communication technology, has announced the launch of the first “any-channel” notification platform.

Organizations can access Alert Media’s notification system from anywhere, at any time, on any device. For the first time ever, they can engage in real-time, two-way interactions with large audiences using an interface that combines voice, text, email, app push, social, and unlimited custom channels.

Amid growing fears about the disease, one visitor identification software solution can ease concerns around the potential spread of Ebola in a hospital setting. The Fast-Pass Visitor Management System manufactured by Security Identification Systems Corporation (SISCO) can keep track of people visiting patients in hospitals. The system will capture their name, photograph, time, date and location visited.

Chantilly, VA-based Engility Holdings, a provider of specialized technical consulting, program, and business support services for the U.S. Government, has announced that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a $650 million ceiling to provide technical advisory services to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The five-year contract represents new work. Task orders issued under the IDIQ can be cost-plus-fixed-fee or firm-fixed price.

Cambridge, MA-based ExxonMobil has signed an agreement to become a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), a unique collaboration aimed at working together to advance and explore the future of energy. MIT President Rafael Reif and TJ Wojnar, Jr., president of the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE), launched the collaborative effort during a ceremony at MIT.

Dulles, VA-based Orbital Sciences Corporation a provider of space technology, has confirmed that Tuesday’s Antares rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility was not successful.

Shortly after lift-off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at 6:22 p.m. (EDT), the vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure.

DeTect, Inc. has announced that through a partnership with a major national leasing firm DeTect can offer competitive operating lease and lease-purchase financing to U.S. airports for its MERLIN Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance Radar system that includes the system, delivery, installation, operational integration and operations and maintenance.

Hibbard Inshore has set the record for the longest flooded tunnel inspection against flow ever attempted. The successful result was achieved with a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV/ROV hybrid, chosen as the only possible vehicle for the job.

Used as a tethered ROV, which was extremely important to Hibbard for real time data feedback, vehicle control, and safety measures, the Sabertooth swam the eight kilometres of tunnel against a 0.3 kilometre-per-second flow while fitted with a range of surveying and filming systems.

Nicholasville, KY-based Sargent and Greenleaf (S&G), a subsidiary of STANLEY Security and a manufacturer of high security locks and locking systems for safes, vaults and high-security cabinets, has appointed Brian Leary to Chief Operating Officer.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

When an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, Japanese nuclear safety experts were quick to call for potassium iodide to be rushed to people in affected areas. Potassium iodide, or KI, lowers the risk of people developing thyroid cancer as a result of radioactive iodine exposure.

 

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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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Waukesha, WI-based Magnasphere reports that its new high-security sensor, HSS, has completed its UL inspections and is r...