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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, 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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Beverly Good

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...
Tue, 2015-03-31 02:23 PM
Washington – The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) that left me scratching my head in puzzlement. DOT's new safety rule making overlaps with...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:34 PM
Yateley, United Kingdom ­– Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played an important part in a major international exercise organized to train naval...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:13 PM
Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:46 AM

Manson Brown

Washington – Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for...
Sun, 2015-03-29 11:29 PM
Atlanta, March 27 – One year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began the largest international emergency response in agency history, the goal is the same: Get to zero new...
Thu, 2015-03-26 08:58 PM
Washington, March 20 – The National Transportation Safety Board will host a multi-modal roundtable to discuss the dangers of distractions in transportation. The roundtable, “Disconnect from Deadly...

Company News

Centennial, CO, March 26 – Since 2013, Laser Technology (LTI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) have hosted several informative webinars for law enforcement agencies who are interested in participating in the NLEC and improving their traffic safety programs. In preparation for the 2015 Challenge application deadline, the final LTI hosted NLEC webinar in this years’ two-part series will air on April 9, at 9:30 AM MDT.
West Hollywood, CA, March 13 – The City of West Hollywood is implementing a pedestrian safety plan and installing a series of new sidewalk art illustrations. The three-dimensional (3D) artworks feature vibrant characters from the City’s Alice in WeHoLand crosswalk safety video, which was released in October 2014. The video is part of a multi-faceted campaign aimed at encouraging drivers and pedestrians to act safely.
Canton, MA, March 18 – LoJack Corporation, a provider of safety, security and protection for an ever-growing range of valuable assets and people, has appointed Alan L. Bazaar to its board of directors, effective immediately, under an agreement with shareholder Engine Capital LP.
San Mateo, CA, March 18 – Sonim Technologies, a manufacturer of smartphones for extreme environments, has created a communications and information platform for first responders and public safety agencies who face mission-critical situations every day. To date, nearly 100 Android application developers and accessories vendors have joined the newly formed Ultra-Rugged Developer Network.
Chelmsford, MA, March 16 – For the first time ever, State of Maine agency users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency communications network, powered by Harris Corporation’s proven VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) Network technology.
Woolwich Township, NJ, March 13 – In recognition of K9 Veterans Day, the Angels for Animals Foundation is launching the Guardian Angels K9 Fund, which will raise money to ensure that service animals such as police and military dogs receive life-saving medical care while on active duty and in retirement.
Alexandria, VA, March 12 – The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) will join poison centers and poison prevention partners across the country in celebrating National Poison Prevention Week March 15-21, 2015. Since 1962, the President of the United States has proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
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.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
With an alleged ringleader now in U.S. custody, investigative scrutiny here on Capitol Hill is zooming in tighter on the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The outcome of this probe may even have an effect on who is ultimately selected as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
By Chuck BrooksPublic/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 BearseSince 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. 
 

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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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