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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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Time is nearly up to save America’s Flagship, says the SS United States Conservancy. With 2,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity hanging in the balance, America’s...
Sun, 2014-09-21 06:05 PM
A joint survey conducted by the University of Maryland and the University of Tehran indicates that the Iranian public is in favor of several conditions that would allow for a peace deal with the West...
Wed, 2014-09-17 06:31 PM
An award from the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program will outfit 46 volunteer firefighters in Secaucus, NJ with personal protective equipment, in addition to funding advanced...
Tue, 2014-09-16 10:25 PM
Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the creation of the Commonwealth’s Railroad Safety and Security Taskforce. The announcement follows the April 30th derailment of a CSX freight train carrying...
Tue, 2014-09-16 07:04 PM

Mufid Elfgeeh

A federal grand jury in Rochester, NY has returned a seven-count indictment charging Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to...
Mon, 2014-09-15 07:13 PM
The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has added new technology to 15 firefighting trucks to help it keep track of firefighters’ location.Through the technology, the FDNY can automatically see...
Mon, 2014-09-15 04:59 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to CCI Corpus Christi. The company plans to...
Sun, 2014-09-14 07:16 PM
Climate change threatens nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including the Bald Eagle and dozens of iconic birds like the Common Loon, Baltimore Oriole and Brown...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:52 PM

Terry Wade

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:25 PM
Shannon Conley, 19, of Arvada, CO, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. She pled guilty before U.S. District Court...
Wed, 2014-09-10 04:40 PM
In a study on the prevalence of drug use by pilots who died in crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found an upward trend in the use of both potentially impairing medications and...
Tue, 2014-09-09 06:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...

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News of the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. came last week in Dallas, TX, leading to discussion of a public health emergency and fear of an epidemic or pandemic outbreak of the virus. Events like these often highlight flaws in business continuity planning and are catalysts for future improvement.
Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a global supplier of security inspection systems, has announced the launching of its RAPISCAN DETECTRA HX, a lightweight and low-cost handheld, explosive trace detection solution. Featuring rapid and accurate detection capabilities, DETECTRA HX is designed with high throughput and high detection capabilities that are essential for law enforcement, event and border protection professionals, among others.
Camarillo, CA-based Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company that develops sustainable solutions for energy, food and water, has unveiled its first commercial-scale production facility for its CoolTerra soil amendment.
Editor’s Note: Most of the material in this article was abstracted from an executive brief produced by Guardian 8.com, and followed a GSN interview and discussion with Paul Hughes, COO of Guardian8.com at the ASIS 2014 Conference. The discussion also included a demonstration of the company’s ProV2 personal security device, which the company indicates is appropriate for non-lethal defensive usage in healthcare, schools, workplace and commercial security, airport/aviation security and other transportation venues.
Melville, NY-based Verint Systems has announced an expansion of its situation management platform to help higher education environments improve public safety through enhanced security and communications. Recent technology advancements with Verint certified partners AMAG Technology and NowForce provide enhanced capabilities for educational institutions.
Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry designed Desigo Mass Notification, a new, fully integrated multi-modal communication system that can be used in a single building or across a large campus for communicating a series of emergency and non-emergency messages. Combining varied message delivery methods, from visual warnings to audible alerts, creates a multi-layered communication approach and increases the likelihood of recipients responding appropriately and effectively to life safety events.
Princeton, NJ-based IXP Corporation, a public safety and emergency response provider that has partnered with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for the past 10 years, has announced an innovation that raises campus security to the next level.
The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) has requested that the California Attorney General immediately open an investigation into “competition destruction” of the independent oil and fuels industry by the California Air Resources Board as a result of the design of the wholesale fuel market under “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations.

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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.
Whether an incident occurs locally or overseas, the response to a disaster can become its own storm, pulling people in from their normal daily duties and placing them squarely in the middle of crisis response.
By Nicole Lurie, MD [Editor’s note: Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), delivered on Oct. 18, 2011 the following testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, entitled, “Safeguarding our Nation: HHS Readiness to Respond to a Biological or Other Emergency.”]  
 

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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...