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Mon, 2015-03-23 07:51 PM
Washington, March 19 – The White House has announced its commitment to addressing climate change – both by taking action in the U.S. and showing leadership on the world stage. As part of the...
Sun, 2015-03-22 10:49 PM
Geneva, March 20 – A growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases in countries affected by Ebola must be countered by urgent scaling up of routine...
Wed, 2015-03-18 05:31 PM
Silver Spring, MD, March 17 – As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking major steps to update nautical charts in the...
Tue, 2015-03-17 10:33 PM
Ten years since adopting the Hyogo Framework for Action shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, government representatives have gathered in Sendai, Japan to negotiate a new framework for global...
Tue, 2015-03-17 10:20 PM
Washington, March 13 – NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of...
Tue, 2015-03-17 08:54 PM
Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released an annual aviation forecast that shows the nation’s aviation system will continue to grow over the next two decades with...
Tue, 2015-03-17 08:31 PM

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When a train carrying oil has an accident, the local community is the one that suffers. Residents are forced to leave their homes, sleep on gym floors, and pray that their lives return to normal....
Tue, 2015-03-17 07:37 PM
Los Angeles, March 13 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the air carrier certificate of GlobalJet NA, LLC of Scottsdale, AZ, for allegedly...
Tue, 2015-03-17 06:22 PM
Washington – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public forum March 24-25 on the dangers of trespassing on the railroad right-of-way.While railroad tracks have long held a cultural...
Mon, 2015-03-16 06:58 PM
Washington, March 15 – A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers.Analysis of...
Sun, 2015-03-15 07:20 PM
Silver Spring, MD, March 15 – The Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, co-chaired by the Departments of Commerce and State, has released an...
Thu, 2015-03-12 10:27 PM
When a video appeared a few weeks ago showing a member of the Somali extremist group al-Shabaab urging attacks on malls in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, many wondered about mall security. In...

Company News

Mutualink is pleased to welcome Major General (Ret. U.S. Army) N. Lee S. Price to the company’s advisory board. MG Price is a highly-decorated U.S. Army veteran with more than 38 years of experience leading military and government organizations. Her background in communications systems and networked computer applications for the military is perfectly aligned with Mutualink’s technology and markets, and she will be an invaluable resource to the company.
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.

Commentary and Opinions

Although historians may characterize 2011 differently than I do, I believe that many in the government and public safety arena likely will remember this as the “Year of the Natural Disaster.” From the unparalleled Japanese tsunami to wildfires and tornadoes that literally destroyed entire communities and droughts that plagued many parts of the United States, we have come face-to-face with natural disasters of epic proportions. 
Port security seems to be the forgotten child when it comes to preparing for disasters, at least in the public eye. Potential threats to aviation and mass transit generate many more conversations, and for good reason, but the risks posed to ports, primarily from cargo, cannot be ignored. A cargo container looks innocuous, just a square, metal box loaded with goods…right? This impression could not be further from the truth. 
What if your cell phone could detect toxic airborne substances like carbon monoxide, chlorine or even chemical warfare agents? The public would have a new level of personal protection against a range of fairly common airborne chemical-based toxins, as well as against terrorist attacks involving WMDs. And when sensor data is harnessed in an environmental sensing network for first responders and other organizations, it will be the dawn of a new era for disaster preparedness. 
  Today, more than half of the world’s populations live in cities, and that figure is expected to reach 60 percent by 2030. Large, modern cities function thanks to a complexity of infrastructure systems that deliver and manage energy, water, food, traffic, healthcare, mass transit, sanitation, environmental monitoring, etc. Working together, these systems make it possible for businesses and citizens to go about their daily activities.
A woman in Black Hawk County, Iowa was alone upstairs when her former boyfriend -- who had a history of domestic violence -- entered her home. Afraid that the sound of her voice would reveal her location, she used her cell phone to send a text message to 9-1-1. A few minutes later, police officers arrived at the scene and arrested the ex-boyfriend for violating a court order requiring him to stay away from the woman.
 

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El Segundo, CA based NC4 specializes in situational awareness, emergency response and event planning, according to Jim Montagnino.

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.

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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...