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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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A pipeline in Montana ruptured this weekend, spilling over 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River. The pipeline, operated by Bridger Pipeline LLC, burst approximately nine miles upstream...
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Shelton Thomas Bell

Shelton Thomas Bell, 21, of Jacksonville, FL, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. U.S. District Judge Timothy J....
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Eleven individuals and organizations have been named as winners of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management. The award is given by the...
Tue, 2015-01-20 07:29 PM

John Walsh

The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations...
Mon, 2015-01-19 08:42 PM
Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely -- before the age...
Sun, 2015-01-18 07:08 PM
The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.The 10 warmest years in the...
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More than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States -- an average of six deaths each day -- according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and...
Wed, 2015-01-14 08:16 PM
Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients, including a 46 percent decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)...
Tue, 2015-01-13 08:43 PM
In 2010, President Barack Obama declared January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the hopes of bringing an end to this form of modern day slavery.
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Sarah Feinberg

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that Department of Transportation Chief of Staff Sarah Feinberg will serve as Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)....
Mon, 2015-01-12 05:27 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the availability of $30 million in state grants through two annual programs, each designed to...
Sun, 2015-01-11 08:20 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week the next phase in the agency’s efforts to increase supercomputing capacity to provide more timely, accurate, reliable,...

Company News

Santa Ana, CA-based Greenwood Hall Inc., an emerging cloud-based education management solutions provider, has announced it will help colleges and universities combat hazing and other student harassment issues with the launch of Safe Campus Community Support Center, a solution that provides campus communities with the ability to anonymously report and discuss concerns relating to violence, discrimination, sexual assault, bullying and other unethical behaviors.
PrecisionHawk Inc., unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer and Aerial Data Processing and Analysis Company, has announced a solution, known as LATAS (Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System), for the safe integration of drones into the National Airspace. As an automated air traffic control system for UAVs, LATAS has the ability to provide flight planning, tracking and avoidance for every drone in the sky using real-time flight data transmission based on world-wide cellular networks.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, has announce that the U.S. Army has purchased two of Kratos' Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainer (MBRAT) Virtual Immersive Environment (VIE) training systems with the CH-47F Chinook Avionics configuration. The order is valued at approximately $1.4 million, including life cycle support services for the next four years.
Thirty-five years after a grieving mother started one of the most influential and effective grassroots movements in history, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has announced its new National President, Colleen Sheehey-Church, the first victim of drugged driving to serve as MADD’s National President, effective January 1, 2015.
Tuesday, January 13 will mark the 19th anniversary of AMBER Alert Awareness Day, which honors the day nine year old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bicycle in front of her family's home in Arlington, TX, and found murdered two days later. In recognition of this day, Smart911, the national public safety service, is encouraging parents to do three things to keep their children safer.
Ocala, FL-based Global Weather Oscillations (GWO), a hurricane cycle prediction company, says, "The 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be the most active and dangerous in at least 3 years, and the next 3 seasons will be the most dangerous in 10 years."CEO David Dilley says GWO has issued "the most accurate predictions of any organization 6 years running, and GWO is the only organization to predict the correct number of hurricanes in 2014 and that an El Niño would not form.”
Bavarian Nordic A/S has announced the initiation of a Phase 1, first-in-human clinical trial of the preventative Ebola vaccine regimen consisting of MVA-BN Filo and the AdVac technology from Crucell Holland B.V., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Recruitment in the trial is underway, and the first volunteers have received their initial vaccine dose. Enrollment is expected to be completed by the end of January.
Xtralis, a provider of very early warning aspirating smoke detectors, continues to grow market share according to the latest IHS Technology report titled “The World Market for Fire Detection and Suppression Products -- 2014 Edition.” The measure of fire detector manufacturers shows Xtralis rose from #7 in 2006 to #4 in 2013 with a 6.3% global market share, up from 5% in 2006.

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...

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