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Milestone fuels the coming business video revolution

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.

“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.

“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”    

Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.

XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.

Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. 

Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.

Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:

  • Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.

  • All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. 

  • The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.

  • The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. 

  • Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.

XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.

XProtect 2017 R2 Essential+ is available for download now.

Watch the launch video here.

3M Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.

The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.

“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”


  • 3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.

  • 3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.

  • 3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.

  • 3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”

  • For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

  • Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.

  • Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.

  • Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.

  • Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.

  • Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.

3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport

About 3M 
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.


Netwrix Auditor saves Danish local authority up to 40 hours per month on Compliance Monitoring

Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation, announced today that the Municipality of Roskilde in Denmark leverages the visibility provided by Netwrix Auditor to manage security risks and assure continuous compliance.

The Municipality of Roskilde is located in East Denmark and has a total population of 87,000 people. Its IT department is tasked with storing a range of sensitive data, including citizens’ personal identification numbers relating to the national Civil Registration System, which it must safeguard across a complex IT infrastructure that includes 270 servers and 640 applications. Further challenges are the need to prove compliance with Danish state regulations while spending less time on annual audits so that the IT department can focus more on their core responsibilities. Failure to ensure the safety of data and continuous compliance could expose the municipality to large penalties.

Roskilde’s IT department deployed Netwrix Auditor because it significantly simplifies tracking of user activity across all critical systems. With the help of the software, the municipality achieved the following results:

  • Visibility into critical actions. Netwrix Auditor delivers concise and actionable information about user activity across Active DirectoryExchange and Windows Servers, and also alerts the IT team about actions that could turn into a security breach.

  • Streamlined compliance. With the deep insight into user activity, the IT department can now validate its security controls, as required by the standards. Moreover, Netwrix Auditor keeps the entire audit trail in a long-term archive, so it can be easily retrieved during compliance checks to show auditors what happened in the past.

  • Time savings and easier troubleshooting. Netwrix Auditor saves the IT department at least 2 hours a day on manual monitoring of user activity across Roskilde’s complex IT infrastructure. On top of that, the actionable intelligence helps the team investigate and resolve user issues faster than before.

"Prior to deploying Netwrix Auditor, we had to manually monitor user activity in our environment. You could be looking at 5–6 domain controllers without even knowing what you are searching for. Netwrix Auditor consolidates everything, so it is very easy to understand what is going on in the infrastructure. We receive a report, skim it through very fast and get the answer. Sometimes things are nice to have and sometimes they are a necessity. Netwrix Auditor is a necessity, like a Swiss Army knife of monitoring solutions that is able to do so many things," said Finn Horn, IT specialist at the Municipality of Roskilde.

"Government institutions need to be able to react immediately to any modifications in the IT infrastructure in order to maintain data security and carry out their fundamental duty — safeguarding the interests of citizens. Uncontrolled processes in the infrastructure are inadmissible. Complete visibility into the IT environment is essential to efficient and convenient monitoring and ongoing review of user activities. This ensures the security of the large amounts of sensitive information and facilitates compliance with federal regulations," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation that enables state and local government agencies to detect security threats, efficiently resolve user issues and streamline compliance processes.

To read the complete case study, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/roskilde

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com


Kinedyne designates May as 'International Cargo Securement Awareness Month'

BRANCHBURG, NJ Kinedyne LLC, a world-leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for the transportation industry, announces the institution of the inaugural International Cargo Securement Awareness Month. This organized observance is meant to draw attention to the critical role that proper load securement plays in commercial shipping and to help the industry prepare for CVSA’s 2017 International Roadcheck, which takes place June 6–8, 2017, in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. This year, the Roadcheck’s special category violation emphasis is again on cargo securement; when this category was last the focus, in 2015, almost 2,500 cargo securement-related citations were issued.

“Kinedyne wants to remind everyone that conforming to good safety practices is the responsibility of every fleet and owner-operator in North America,” Paul Wolford, vice president of sales and marketing for Kinedyne LLC, said. “It is also the responsibility of every vehicle owner/user to establish programs to train operators, inspection and maintenance personnel in accordance with all applicable standards, regulations, and laws.”

In the spirit of supporting safety to drivers and the general public, Kinedyne is sponsoring the first annual International Cargo Securement Awareness Month. Kinedyne’s sponsorship of this event is a continuation of its training and support throughout a half-century of uncompromising commitment to the highest level of quality and service.

Kinedyne will offer a free Cargo Securement Regulation Training Webinar from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT on May 30, 2017. The webinar, titled “A Survivor’s Guide for Cargo Securement Inspections During International Roadcheck 2017,” will follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. The webinar’s goal is to reduce infractions during the CVSA International Roadcheck enforcement event, scheduled for June 6–8, with special emphasis on cargo securement.

Kinedyne’s Cargo Securement Regulation Training Webinar will be a comprehensive instructional presentation that provides attendees with an in-depth understanding of FMCSA regulations and how these impact International Roadcheck conformity. Kinedyne will also touch on content dealing exclusively with the Canadian market and with regulations set forth by the country’s National Safety Code Standard 10 - Cargo Securement (NSC10).

The company has trained numerous industry professionals over the years through Kinedyne’s Cargo Securement Regulation Training Program, and offers the exclusive training course as a public safety contribution to the industry at no charge to participating trailer OEMs, dealerships, fleets and owner-operators. Kinedyne also provides on-site training to all qualified parties, and will bring its expert staff and training tools directly to participants located anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.

“We use Kinedyne cargo control products at all our locations across the U.S., and had them come to a Virginia facility to present their Cargo Securement Regulation Training Program to our fleet staff,” Mike Greenberg, fleet manager/transportation manager for Kloeckner Metals Corporation, said. “My guys told me they were surprised that certain information they thought they knew, was actually incorrect. Even I learned something, and I hold a DOT Master Certificate from TSI.”

By having staff attend Kinedyne’s Cargo Securement Regulation Training Webinar, fleets can reduce exposure to CSA violations and better protect their Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) scores under the Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS). By learning about and adopting officially sanctioned cargo securement methodologies, participants minimize the chance of infractions, liabilities and equipment damage for themselves and their fleet.

Interested parties may register for the free Cargo Securement Regulation Training Webinar at https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1144751&sti=Ad.

The Cargo Securement Regulation Training Program can be scheduled by calling Kinedyne’s customer service department at 800.848.6057 in the U.S., 800.268.3530 in Canada and 011.5255.53184844 in Mexico.

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About Kinedyne LLC

Founded in 1968, Kinedyne LLC is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for the transportation industry. The Company maintains a substantial market share in a variety of industry sectors, and is known for the development and engineering of high-quality equipment; it holds multiple patents for many of its innovative products. Kinedyne serves a broad range of users, which include OEMs, fleets and independent owner-operators, across a wide variety of markets, including heavy-duty trucking, government, military, agriculture, automotive, recreational vehicle, moving and storage. Kinedyne’s world headquarters are located in Branchburg, New Jersey, and the Company has affiliates strategically located around the globe, including Kinedyne Canada Limited in Canada, Nantong Kinedyne Limited in China and Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. de C.V. in Mexico. Read more about Kinedyne LLC at: http://www.kinedyne.com/. In 2013, Kinedyne was acquired by The Heico Companies LLC, a parent holding company with revenue of over $2 billion and a diversified portfolio of more than 40 businesses involved in manufacturing, construction and industrial services. Read more about The Heico Companies LLC at: http://www.heicocompanies.com.

Kinedyne is a registered trademark of Kinedyne LLC. The Cargo Control People, The Cargo Securement Regulation Training Program and International Cargo Securement Awareness Month are trademarks of Kinedyne LLC.

Army awards $53M in contracts to Orbital ATK for training ammunition


DULLES, VA May 15, 2017 Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that the company has received contracts valued at $53 million to produce large caliber training ammunition for the U.S. Army. The orders include both 120mm and 105mm ammunition types. The 120mm training ammunition, used by the Abrams main battle tank, includes the M865 kinetic energy and the M1002 multi-purpose tank training rounds. The 105mm M724A2 is used for crew training on the Stryker Mobile Gun System vehicles. These training rounds closely replicate tactical ammunition in appearance and ballistic performance to provide the warfighter with an affordable, yet realistic training experience.

“High-quality training ammunition is essential to the warfighter, who must be prepared to react decisively on today's battlefield,” said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for the Armament Systems Division of Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group. “By leveraging our expertise in tactical ammunition, we have produced training rounds that are visually and ballistically similar to their counterpart tactical rounds while meeting the reliability and safety performance requirements for use on U.S. and European ranges.”

The contracts include production of new M1002 and M724A2 rounds to fill inventories and the recapitalization of existing M865 and M1002 rounds to extend their service life.

Orbital ATK has delivered nearly 5 million rounds of large caliber tactical and training tank ammunition to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and allied militaries over the years. Through its proven, system-level contracting approach that reduces the risk to the customer, Orbital ATK has delivered a constant supply of ammunition that is consistently reliable and affordable.

Orbital ATK’s Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in providing innovative and affordable precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.

About Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs approximately 12,500 people in 18 states across the U.S. and in several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.

Meggitt Training Systems wins international impact award

SUWANEE, GA May 11, 2017 Meggitt Training Systems, the leading provider of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training products and services, has won the international category of the Gwinnett County Chamber’s 2017 Impact Regional Business Awards.

The program recognizes leading organizations in top industries driving economic development and job creation. From more than 500 nominations and 125 finalist companies, nine industry categories were recognized. Meggitt Training Systems received the award in the International category on May 10 for advancing global commerce and creating jobs in the metro Atlanta region.

“Meggitt Training Systems supports military forces and law enforcement agencies globally, so we’re especially pleased to win the international Impact award,” said Jeff Murphy, president, Meggitt Training Systems. “Our skilled employees based here in Suwanee and around the world help ensure that those who put their lives on the line receive world-class training to accomplish their mission.”

With this award Meggitt becomes a Governor’s International Business Awards finalist. Held on October 6, this premier event recognizes individuals and organizations working to build and strengthen Georgia’s vibrant international business community.

Meggitt employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Suwanee, plus others in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Its training solutions have been chosen as programs of record by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as sold to military forces in Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and other allies. Meggitt not only facilitates training for the world’s best warfighters, it also provides virtual and live-fire solutions for law enforcement agencies in more than 100 countries.

“Over the past decade, the nature of military and law enforcement operations have changed dramatically. Today’s threats make intensive and realistic weapons training more important than ever and that’s what Meggitt delivers worldwide,” Murphy added.

About Meggitt Training Systems

Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.

Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.

About Meggitt PLC

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Meggitt PLC is an international group operating in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for its specialized extreme environment engineering, Meggitt is a world leader in aerospace, defense and energy, employing nearly 11,000 people at more than 50 manufacturing facilities and regional offices worldwide.

Lockheed Martin supplies F-16 training system to Romanian Air Force

ORLANDO, FL May 8, 2017 Lockheed Martin (NYSE:  LMT) will deliver a tailored simulation-based F-16 training environment for the Romanian Air Force (RoAF). The family of systems training system includes a comprehensive suite of full mission trainers and combat tactics trainers that can be networked together, aligning technologies to deliver advanced training while meeting affordability goals.

"Our solution builds on our proven training system with hardware and software tailored for Romania's F-16 fleet," said Sandy Samuel, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Training and Simulation Solutions. "We look forward to delivering mission support for Romania's aircraft fleet and advancing training capabilities to strengthen their national defense."

Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver the SciosTrain™ suite of simulators in 2019, also providing contractor logistics support services. The technology can be networked together to enable multiple pilots to train together on advanced scenarios.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com/training.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

CN names Canadian railroad training facility after former CEO

REGINA, SK April 25, 2017 CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today the naming of its national employee training centre in Winnipeg after former president and chief executive officer Claude Mongeau.

"Under Claude's leadership, we built two state-of-the-art employee training centres where a new generation of railroaders learn the skills they need for a safe and successful career at CN," said Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer. "Claude valued our commitment to safety above all and the training centres are vital in instilling and maintaining that strong commitment to safety in our thousands of new railroaders as well as veteran employees.

The training centres and their part in advancing CN's goal to become the safest railway in North America are a major part of Claude's enduring legacy," Jobin added.

Mongeau joined CN in 1994, was the company's chief financial officer for 11 years, and president and chief executive officer from 2010 until he stepped down for health reasons at the end of June 2016.

"I am truly honoured that the Winnipeg National Training Centre will bear my name as this facility is a cornerstone of CN's commitment to the safety of its people, customers and communities," said Mongeau. "Safety is a key value at CN and our industry-leading training centres are the embodiment of that commitment."     

Opened in 2014, the CN Claude Mongeau National Training Centre campus in Winnipeg provides consistent, quality training with a modern curriculum, coupled with skilled instructors, for jobs ranging from conductor to track maintainer, and car mechanic to supervisor. Employees receive hands-on training in learning laboratories with equipment such as locomotive, crane, and signals and communication simulators. Outdoor labs with dedicated rolling stock and other equipment for field training are also appreciated by the employees attending the facilities.

The Winnipeg centre hosts employees from across Canada, while the U.S. training center located in suburban Chicago accommodates employees from across the United States.  Since the training campuses opened, more than 15,000 CN employees have received training, and through the CN Campus Partnership Program, more than 200 representatives of CN customers have taken courses in basic rail safety and the requirements of safe operations.

CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the Company's website at www.cn.ca.

American Waterways Operators and American Chemistry Council renew pact promoting safety


WASHINGTON April 25, 2017 The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and The American Chemistry Council (ACC) have renewed for three years a Memorandum of Agreement to promote environmental, health, safety and security performance through ACC's Responsible Care and AWO's Responsible Carrier Program. This agreement was originally executed in 2006, and subsequently renewed in 2010 and 2013. 

The MOA extends cooperation and collaboration between chemical shippers and carriers and provides ACC's Responsible Care Partner companies in the marine sector the option of using AWO's Responsible Carrier Program audit system to meet ACC's Responsible Care certification requirements.  Chemicals account for roughly 10 percent of total barge traffic, with 70 million tons moved by barge in 2014.

Since 2006, all eligible Responsible Care Partner companies within the marine sector that transport chemicals via barge have utilized the agreement to meet their obligations for both the Responsible Carrier Program and Responsible Care, saving time and resources while promoting best practices that protect waterways and surrounding communities.

"The continued partnership between ACC and AWO reaffirms our commitment to protect the environment and public health, as well as the safety of the men and women who transport our products on America's waterways," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. "The chemical industry is committed to the safe handling of our products throughout the entire value chain, and this MOA exemplifies how ACC works with our partners to achieve this goal and protect the nation's rivers and harbors."

"We are pleased to once again partner with ACC to renew an agreement that strengthens the safety and environmental programs of our respective associations," said AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti. "This partnership is critical to ensuring the safety and efficiency of maritime transport of chemical industry products in the United States, and we look forward to continued implementation of this agreement to achieve that goal."

Responsible Care is the chemical industry's environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative that extends continuous improvement efforts beyond the facility fence line to include the entire value chain. Participation in Responsible Care is a condition of membership for all ACC Member and Responsible Care Partner companies, all of which had made a CEO-level commitment to uphold the program principles. For more information, visit: www.americanchemistry.com/rc.

The AWO Responsible Carrier Program is accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard as an existing safety management system that complies with the requirements of 46 CFR Subchapter M, Coast Guard regulations promulgated in 2016 establishing a comprehensive inspection regime for towing vessels. Designed for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, the RCP encompasses all aspects of fleet operations and exceeds regulatory standards while incorporating industry best practices. RCP compliance is a condition of membership for AWO carrier member companies. For more information, visit: www.americanwaterways.com/commitment_safety

About ACC

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $770 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for twelve percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.

About AWO

The American Waterways Operators is the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, which operates on the rivers, the Great Lakes, and along the coasts and in the harbors of the United States. Barge transportation serves the nation as the safest, most environmentally friendly and most economical mode of freight transportation.

Survey says viewers find public television as an effective resource for educating about emergency responses


LAS VEGAS April 25, 2017 New public opinion research finds the overwhelming majority of Americans see public television as an effective channel for educating children and underserved populations about responding to emergency situations like tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes or terrorist attacks. Commissioned by Eagle Hill Consulting and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), the research finds that:

  • 91 percent of Americans believe that public television could be an effective channel to educate children about responding to emergencies.
  • 87 percent say public television could be an effective channel to educate underserved populations (including low income communities, individuals with disabilities, and rural communities) about responding to emergencies.
  • 80 percent of Americans are aware that government agencies use public television to distribute alerts during emergencies.

“Public broadcasting increasingly plays a fundamental role in keeping America safe,” says Eagle Hill’s John McCoskey. “Public broadcasting isn’t just about popular programming. Emergency agencies and law enforcement rely on the public television system to communicate with Americans during emergencies.”

“This new research tells us that Americans are aware that the public television system is an information source in crisis situations, which can be vital if other communication networks are taken down in a natural disaster or terror attack. Moreover, Americans see a growing safety role for the public television system – to educate children and underserved communities about responding to emergencies,” McCoskey explained.

America’s public television stations are committed to three essential public service missions: education, public safety and civic leadership. As the last locally-controlled media in America, public television reaches more than 98 percent of Americans. Public television stations are uniquely positioned to provide these services, not only on television but also in the classroom, online, as part of the emergency response network and in the community.

“Public television stations are proud to partner with local law enforcement and first responder agencies to use the power of public television to ensure all Americans are safe,” said Lonna Thompson, APTS executive vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel. “Emergency management agencies can use public television’s technology to communicate with one another and with the public during times of crisis. We are delighted that this new research shows the public’s trust and value of public television’s essential services, which they depend on every day.”

Public media has cultivated considerable expertise in public safety, emergency communications and spectrum management over the past decade, gaining a reputation as a trusted and reliable resource with federal agencies, commercial entities and the public.

Public television and radio stations have created effective partnerships with state and local law enforcement and federal agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to communicate with the public in crises situations. In addition, public television stations have committed 1 Mbps of their spectrum data stream to support the new federal FirstNet public safety network built for first responders to improve communications coverage, reliability and redundancy, as well as to better serve rural and underserved communities. The public television station system will complement FirstNet by providing high-speed data broadcast services used for distribution of video, images and blueprints in emergency situations.

Both Vegas PBS and Houston Public Media are true pioneers in public safety. They have taken the decade-long promise of public safety datacasting and put it to work in their local communities. Vegas PBS has expanded and built partnerships with a wide variety of government entities to respond in emergency situations. The station also created a K-12 emergency data center that is regarded as the nation’s most comprehensive school safety training, alerting and response system. Houston Public Media has created a powerful network of public safety and first responder organizations, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that meets both high-profile security challenges like the recent Super Bowl and the everyday requirements of keeping millions of citizens of Houston safe.

The new research findings will be discussed on Tuesday, April 25 as part of a National Association of Broadcasters panel on utilizing the public broadcasting network for public safety. Moderated by Eagle Hill’s John McCoskey, the session will feature Roger Stone Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistant Administrator for National Continuity Programs; Lonna Thompson, America's Public Television Stations Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer & General Counsel; Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS General Manager; Lisa Trapani Shumate, Houston Public Media Associate Vice President and General Manager; and Dana Golub PBS Public Programs Senior Director.

The research was conducted by Ipsos in April 2017 as an online survey of 1004 Americans. The results were weighted to reflect U.S. demographic factors, including age, income, the four national census regions, and gender.

America's Public Television Stations is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system and helping member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.

Eagle Hill Consulting LLC is a woman-owned business that provides management consulting services in the areas of business strategy, organizational transformation, human capital transformation, process improvement, program management and change management. Eagle Hill works with a range of public, private and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.eaglehillconsulting.com.



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