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Thu, 2015-03-05 02:43 AM
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015 – AFGE: Vital national security programs, services to continue for rest of fiscal year.The American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr....
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In just 10 years, 10 million heart attacks and strokes could be averted worldwide by treating just half the people with uncontrolled hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, suggests CDC...
Thu, 2015-03-05 01:15 AM
A new World Health Organization (WHO) guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5%...
Thu, 2015-03-05 12:23 AM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dedicated a new $16.4 million, state-of-the-art airport traffic control tower at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport last...
Mon, 2015-03-02 02:09 AM
Forty-two individuals involved in a human trafficking organization were indicted Feb. 23 for trafficking undocumented migrants and minors, aggravated rape against an unaccompanied minor, sexual abuse...
Sun, 2015-03-01 08:34 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered CSX to clean up and restore the areas affected by the February 16 train derailment in Mt. Carbon, WV. Twenty-seven cars derailed from the...
Thu, 2015-02-26 09:53 PM
We are members of a non-partisan group of former government officials and policy experts in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. At a time when the threats to the homeland are...
Thu, 2015-02-26 09:22 PM
Children younger than five years of age account for 70 percent of pneumonia hospitalizations among children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pneumonia remains a...
Wed, 2015-02-25 01:15 AM
I continue to stress the need for a clean, full-year DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration...
Wed, 2015-02-25 12:50 AM

Sen. McConnell

McConnell February 24 press release:U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in which he urged Senate Democrats to support legislation restricting...
Tue, 2015-02-24 11:13 PM
Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from...

Company News

Everbridge, a provider of unified critical communications, continues to unveil new mobility and situational intelligence solutions, expanded integrations and enhancements to its global platform for enterprise critical communications. The Winter Release (2015) of the Unified Critical Communication Suite addresses the emerging communication challenges of its customers, providing new capabilities to ensure employee and resident safety, as well as to improve operational efficiency for governments, healthcare organizations and corporations.
Drone World Expo is excited to announce that the development of the 2015 conference program is underway. The event is accepting session submissions from speakers with exciting ideas that will inspire, surprise and inform buyers of companies who are looking for commercial applications of drones in such industries as photography, videography, precision agriculture, security and public safety, mapping and surveying, inspections, research and conservation, resource extraction, communications, parcel delivery and more.
More Minneapolis green homes are scheduled to be built to the Minnesota Green Communities Standards due to the growing demands for environmentally-sustainable green homes, according to the City of Minneapolis. City officials originated a green housing program three years ago to divest north Minneapolis of deserted properties in the community and convert them into sustainable green homes for north Minneapolis residents.
U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell along with about 150 federal, state and local officials, and energy industry leaders, gathered Monday to commission the 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, located in Desert Center, Riverside County, CA.
El Dorado Hills, CA-based Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI), a provider of simulation-based driver training solutions, has announced its commitment to the Buy America provisions ensuring that its simulation-based training products are built with American-made products.
The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, a base contract plus options to reset 800 Oshkosh-produced Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All-Terrain Vehicles (M-ATVs). This M-ATV Reset program will help the U.S. Army achieve its goal of standardizing the M-ATV fleet configuration and ensuring that its primary MRAP platform is 100% mission ready following years of operation in theater.
Comcast Business has announced that Ogden City is using its Ethernet services to provide faster Internet access and high-performance connectivity between 18 municipal locations, including its City Hall, public safety headquarters, airport, five fire stations and two golf courses, as well as the city’s parks.
DeLorme has announced the availability of new enterprise plans and services that will make it easier for business and government customers to track, monitor and communicate with workers in remote locations using inReach personal satellite communicators.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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?
 

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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...