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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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Thu, 2015-02-12 05:45 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) received the first of eight completely overhauled UH-1N twin-engine helicopters this week. The overhaul lets OAM maintain...
Wed, 2015-02-11 10:56 PM
The Departments of Justice, State and the Interior Wednesday unveiled the implementation plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. The agencies are co-chairs of the...
Wed, 2015-02-11 09:05 PM
It has been approximately 10 months since the first U.S. personnel were deployed to West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. In keeping with President Obama’s charge that the U.S. tackle Ebola...
Tue, 2015-02-10 11:45 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that in calendar year 2014, airlines reported the lowest number of tarmac delays longer than three hours on record. According to...
Tue, 2015-02-10 11:16 PM
Mr. Leahy: Mr. President, not long ago Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations, and the United States, Great Britain, France, and other countries...
Tue, 2015-02-10 10:09 PM
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced awards to 10 project teams to deploy 55 low and no emission fuel cell, battery electric and electric hybrid buses in neighborhoods from Stockton...
Tue, 2015-02-10 09:52 PM
By K. Denise Rucker Krepp
Tue, 2015-02-10 07:27 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board, currently holding its 136th session, has appointed Dr. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO's Africa Region. Dr. Moeti...
Mon, 2015-02-09 08:04 PM
In its 2015 biennial report to Congress on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has identified six nations --...
Fri, 2015-02-06 12:50 AM

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A U.S. Senator Wednesday introduced an amendment to a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), hoping to break a Congressional impasse over paying for two Presidential actions in...
Thu, 2015-02-05 06:28 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s first-ever long term report of the national distribution of parasites and disease in mussels and oysters, using data gathered...
Wed, 2015-02-04 09:26 PM
A fund administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has...

Company News

San Antonio, TX-based Xenex Disinfection Services, a provider of automated environmental disinfection technology for healthcare facilities, has announced it has secured $25 million in new funding.
Mutualink, Inc. has announced that James G. Natoli, who served for nearly 40 years in New York State’s legislative and executive branches, has joined the company’s advisory board. Natoli’s in-depth knowledge and experience in statewide disaster planning and response initiatives will be a significant asset to the Mutualink team.
The Internet Society has outlined its approach to cyber security policy:The headlines of today regarding hacking, exposure of large quantities of personal data, denial of service attacks, and the continued revelations about pervasive monitoring are deeply disturbing.
Richmond, CA-based Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, has announced that its leading work on the first phase of the TALOS project has resulted in a grant to expand its involvement into the second phase of the project. United States Special Operation Command (SOCOM) announced last year that it was working to create a wearable uniform, which provides superhuman capabilities with superior mobility and protection, for their Special Operations Forces.
Chelmsford, MA-based ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that the Dubai Police Department has standardized on the ZOLL AED (automated external defibrillator) Plus for its fleet of police cars. This is the first installation of AEDs in police cars in the Middle East.
Dr. Steve Mathies, a renowned expert in ecosystem restoration and sustainable urban and coastal development, has joined ENVIRON as a principal in the firm’s New Orleans, LA, office. Mathies will direct the firm’s strategic services aimed at helping communities, government agencies and companies located in the U.S. and abroad with developing and implementing climate change-related response strategies that overcome the threats to both the natural and built environments.
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.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
It’s a distressing feeling when you’re in the middle of an unfolding disaster, and suddenly it hits you -- your plans and resources are being overwhelmed by the event. At this point or soon thereafter, you’ll likely ask yourself a series of questions: How and when will we re-establish services for customers and employees? What will this disaster cost us in terms of revenue, reputation and recovery expenses? How can we avoid being in this position again?
The word tornado came from the Spanish word "tronada" which means a thunderstorm. Also known as a twister, a tornado is a violent spiral-shaped storm with a rapidly rotating column of air rising upward, forming a vortex. The vortex has relatively low pressure at the center and is shaped like a funnel.
 

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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...

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

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