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Tue, 2014-10-14 06:40 PM
There have been several interesting developments in the Bakken crude by rail debate within the past two weeks that local first responders should keep an eye on. These developments include federal...
Mon, 2014-10-13 04:34 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant has announced grants totaling $15.9 million to support over 300 projects around the nation that help build resilient...
Thu, 2014-10-09 05:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Wed, 2014-10-08 04:06 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs & Border Protection (CBP) this week will begin new layers of entry screening at five U...
Thu, 2014-10-02 08:24 PM
The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).
Thu, 2014-10-02 08:13 PM
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld has announced more than $183 million in funding to invest in California for statewide improvements in local water...
Tue, 2014-09-30 09:34 PM
AlliedBarton Security Services, often cited for its outstanding training programs, has announced the completion of two million AlliedBarton|EDGE training courses since 2009. The AlliedBarton|EDGE...
Tue, 2014-09-30 09:11 PM
Reported emissions in 2013 from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons, or 0.6 percent higher than the prior year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fourth...
Tue, 2014-09-30 08:56 PM

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that Dr. Stephen Volz, a top official at NASA and an award-winning aerospace engineer, has been tapped to lead NOAA’s...
Sun, 2014-09-28 06:46 PM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a special investigation report on the recent increase in deaths of railroad and rail transit roadway workers on or near tracks and has made...
Thu, 2014-09-25 09:35 PM
In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards...
Wed, 2014-09-24 10:55 AM
United States President Barack Obama’s statement that the United States will adhere to the “spirit and humanitarian aims” of the Ottawa Treaty (1997) has drawn praise from anti-landmine organizations...

Company News

Hubbard, OH-based NanoLogix Inc., an innovative biotechnology company in Northeastern Ohio, has announced that it is configuring its N-Assay Rapid diagnostic kits for both Ebola Virus and Enterovirus detection and identification. NanoLogix CEO Bret Barnhizer stated, “The Company has been aware of the virus detection capabilities of the technology since the N-Assay development.

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the aircraft leasing unit of GE, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775 billion.

Avon, MA-based Xtralis, a provider of early & reliable detection and remote visual verification safety and security solutions, has announced that W. Allen Fritts has signed an exclusive consulting agreement to help guide Xtralis’ channel & market expansion, and recommend & promote its award-winning life safety & security solutions. Fritts recently retired as president of Honeywell Fire Systems, a global business unit of Honeywell International, Inc., and is already at work with Xtralis.

News of the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. came last week in Dallas, TX, leading to discussion of a public health emergency and fear of an epidemic or pandemic outbreak of the virus. Events like these often highlight flaws in business continuity planning and are catalysts for future improvement.

Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a global supplier of security inspection systems, has announced the launching of its RAPISCAN DETECTRA HX, a lightweight and low-cost handheld, explosive trace detection solution. Featuring rapid and accurate detection capabilities, DETECTRA HX is designed with high throughput and high detection capabilities that are essential for law enforcement, event and border protection professionals, among others.

Camarillo, CA-based Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company that develops sustainable solutions for energy, food and water, has unveiled its first commercial-scale production facility for its CoolTerra soil amendment.

Editor’s Note: Most of the material in this article was abstracted from an executive brief produced by Guardian 8.com, and followed a GSN interview and discussion with Paul Hughes, COO of Guardian8.com at the ASIS 2014 Conference. The discussion also included a demonstration of the company’s ProV2 personal security device, which the company indicates is appropriate for non-lethal defensive usage in healthcare, schools, workplace and commercial security, airport/aviation security and other transportation venues.

Melville, NY-based Verint Systems has announced an expansion of its situation management platform to help higher education environments improve public safety through enhanced security and communications. Recent technology advancements with Verint certified partners AMAG Technology and NowForce provide enhanced capabilities for educational institutions.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

When a disaster strikes, the pre-existing relationships between government and the private sector must be leveraged to launch an effective response and recovery effort. The objective for community crisis response is to support and bolster the capabilities that function effectively in the normal state to function with the same level of success in the emergency state.

 

Whenever a crisis requires a large evacuation, effective communication becomes vital to the success of any response operation. All too often, emergency situations create obstacles to communication -- power may be cut off, access routes may be blocked, isolated response teams may be operating with inaccurate information, or teams may have difficulty getting instructions to large groups of frightened civilians.

In Washington, attention has shifted from the daily grind towards a hyper-partisan presidential campaign. Battle lines are sharply cast between Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, and the incumbent, President Barack Obama.

While all eyes are on the economy, national security challenges abound. Obama’s killing of Bin Laden and targeting terrorists with Predator strikes argues his prowess on terrorism. Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuits are hindered by cyber-sabotage.

 

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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.

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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