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Mon, 2015-02-23 12:31 AM
The members of the health cluster for Ukraine, under the World Health Organization (WHO)’s leadership, came together last week to discuss status reports from local field offices and strengthen the...
Thu, 2015-02-19 10:35 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the formation of a 26-member advisory committee that is tasked with updating classroom and...
Thu, 2015-02-19 09:04 PM
The latest edition of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD 2011) for Alaska was released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).By far the greatest change in Alaska across this decade has...
Wed, 2015-02-18 06:43 PM
In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground...
Wed, 2015-02-18 12:06 AM
Scientists are warning that warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans could set the stage for major coral bleaching events across the globe in 2015.Their warnings follow...
Tue, 2015-02-17 10:51 PM
By the American Immigration Council
Tue, 2015-02-17 05:54 PM
In recent days I have repeatedly stressed the need for a DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration...
Mon, 2015-02-16 03:43 PM
Editor’s note: On February 11, GSN received a press release from the Pacific Area Command of the United State Coast Guard indicating that its cutter Polar Star was responding to a 207-foot fishing...
Sun, 2015-02-15 09:55 PM
Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a...
Sun, 2015-02-15 08:55 PM
The White House has issued a Presidential Memorandum to promote economic competitiveness and innovation while safeguarding privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties in the domestic use of unmanned...
Thu, 2015-02-12 08:28 PM
NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL, at 6:03 p.m. EST on its way to an orbit one million miles from Earth. DSCOVR will give NOAA’s Space Weather...

Company News

The SPECTRUM Group (TSG), based in Alexandria, VA, is pleased to announce that retired Army Brigadier General John J. McGuiness has joined the firm. General McGuiness’ impressive background in both the public and private sector makes him a valuable addition to TSG.
Reston, VA-based QuadraMed Corporation has announced the company has entered into a joint venture called “Better Together” with LifeMed ID. The new partnership combines QuadraMed’s top ranked Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) solution with LifeMed ID’s leading deterministic patient identity authentication technology providing a comprehensive solution that essentially eliminates many root causes of patient misidentification.
With a piercing whoosh, the gray RS-16 aircraft took off Thursday afternoon from the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, climbed to about 3,000 ft. and began soaring in loops over the Atlantic Ocean. About 40 minutes later, the unmanned plane slid down the airstrip, turned its nose slightly, and stopped. A large crowd watching from the sidelines began applauding.
Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, has announced that Bill O’Neill will be joining the company as vice president and general manager for Iron Mountain’s Government Services business. In his new role, O’Neill will lead Iron Mountain’s efforts to generate growth and market share in the Federal government sector by delivering records and information management solutions for the company.
Denver, CO-based Lifeloc Technologies, a manufacturer and exporter of professional breath alcohol testers for use by law enforcement, corrections, schools, and the workplace, has announced that it’s board of directors has named G. ‘Ravi’ Ravishankar as the company’s new president, effective February 1, 2015. Ravishankar joined Lifeloc in December 2011 as vice president of New Ventures and Acquisitions.
The Harris Corporation has received an order to supply communication systems to the Air National Guard (ANG) for crucial ground-to-air communications during wartime and domestic emergency responses, including natural disasters.
Netherlands-based CANSO, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization, has announced the publication of the CANSO Safety Management System Implementation Guide, which will make a major contribution to improving safety across the air traffic management (ATM) industry.
The PLATH Group of Hamburg, German has announced a new MACSS compact communication signal surveillance system for the maritime sector. The new system detects threats even beyond the visual horizon.

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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