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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that 22 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that support smart growth and sustainability goals...
Mon, 2015-02-02 05:31 PM
The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared...
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have disapproved the state of Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program because...
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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund announced the selection Friday of Deputy US Marshals (DUSMs) Matthew Barger, Michael Cifu, Andrew Kottke, and Frank Morales as the recipients of...
Thu, 2015-01-29 05:04 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s fleet of weather satellites helped save 240 people in 2014 from potentially life-threatening situations throughout the U.S. and its...
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Hundreds of people died in terrorist attacks on foreign mass transit systems over the past twenty years. To prevent similar attacks in the United States, Congress mandated new measures in 2007 that...
Tue, 2015-01-27 08:45 PM
Rail tank cars that carry crude oil, ethanol and other hazardous materials across the country must do it more safely. That's one of four new issues on the NTSB's “Most Wanted List for 2015.”Also new...
Tue, 2015-01-27 08:10 PM
In a follow-up to the launch of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) in June 2014, the Vice President, Secretary of Energy Moniz, other senior Administration officials, Caribbean heads of...
Tue, 2015-01-27 05:19 PM
The President’s FY 2016 Budget is proposing to nearly double the amount of Federal funding for combating and preventing antibiotic resistance to more than $1.2 billion. The funding will improve...
Mon, 2015-01-26 10:39 PM
The U.S. and India have agreed to enhance their cooperation in achieving climate and clean energy goals, according to the White House. The United States supports India’s intention to increase its...
Sun, 2015-01-25 09:09 PM
Jonathan Freed has been appointed as the National Security Agency's new Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Freed, a longtime public relations professional and former journalist, most...

Company News

Amid growing fears about the disease, one visitor identification software solution eases 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 LRAD Corporation, a leading provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs) and advanced mass notification systems, has announced follow-on orders totaling over $2.4 million from multiple Asian customers.
Mutualink, Inc., a Connecticut-headquartered company specializing in real time voice, video and data interoperability for first responders and critical infrastructure, has announced that its Tactical Collaboration Node solution was selected for inclusion in JerseyNet, New Jersey’s dedicated Band 14LTE deployable public safety network.
Alexandria, VA-based ASIS International (ASIS) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will present details of a new training focused on what private security professionals need to know about child victimization. The presentation will take place on Friday, Jan. 23 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.
San Francisco, CA-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced it has completed its system-wide replacement of all known cast iron pipeline ahead of its self-imposed 2014 year-end goal. The company replaced the older lines with stronger, more efficient and seismically sound pipelines throughout its 70,000 square-mile service area.
Malvern, PA-based Ricoh Americas Corporation has unveiled RICOH NV-10A digital binoculars, which for the first time can penetrate fog, smoke, rain and sand to provide a crisp, clear image even at night.
The Rochester, NY-based Harris Corporation has received a $15 million order to expand applications for wideband tactical networking for the U.S. Marine Corps.
New York, NY-based WaterAid, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the world’s poorest people gain access to safe water, toilets, and hygiene education, has announced plans to support 29 drought-prone West African communities in proactively managing local water resources needed to prepare for, mitigate against, and recover from disaster.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
The disastrous results of the Boston Marathon bombings are testimony to the ineffectiveness of current security systems to predict and help avert devastating attacks. Although Boston’s security infrastructure was quite effective at post-disaster forensics, enabling the identification and neutralization of two suspects only days after the bombings, the community still had to suffer hundreds of injuries, loss of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in collateral damage. 
The Boston Marathon incident is an unfortunate, tragic reminder that, as citizens, we must always remain aware, alert and diligent! Individuals must hone a “sixth sense” that helps them detect, anticipate and plan for danger in advance of it happening. People innately know when something is wrong, dangerous, or just “off,” and in those situations it is imperative to take action rather than just brushing it off. 
The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.
 

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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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