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Rapidly growing Nixle, which has signed up 4500-plus municipal, county, state and federal agencies in all 50 states – mainly law enforcement and public safety agencies -- and developed an opt-in membership of more than 700,000 local residents, received its Winner’s Trophy in the “Best Mass Notification System” category of GSN’s 2011 Awards Program. According to Travis Scott, Nixle does not require additional personnel at the agency level, because it is a one-way communications service.

Jeff Horne explains that Denver, CO-based Accuvant , Inc has two different businesses – the Value Added Reseller (VAR) side, in which it is one of the largest resellers in the country, and the Accuvant Lab side, which provides research in IT Security and on risk and compliance management, vulnerability analysis and malware solutions. It does technical due diligence with the hardware and software it grabs from the VAR side of the business, evaluating products and incorporating them into new solutions, acting as a product agnostic, objective advisor.

James Norton, who served as a DHS official before joining GSN Awards Sponsor General Dynamics C4, describes the 8-year collaboration that took place between GDC4 and DHS in developing GDC4’s Rescue 21 program, which now includes over 200 integrated fixed towers and covers over 35,000 miles of U.S. Coastline. The Rescue 21 program, operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, is an upgrade of the Coast Guard’s legacy analog system. It has been singularly successful in providing rapid assistance to distressed mariners anywhere off the U.S. coastline.

Company CEO Mike Potts talked with GSN on November 14th shortly after Lancope, Inc was awarded the Winner’s Trophy for its StealthWatch product in the IT category of “Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall”.  According to Mr. Potts, StealthWatch focuses on the cyber security crime level, which is at an all-time high in government and enterprise networks. For the last ten years, he points out, companies and government agencies have surrounded networks with perimeter defense systems, but today it’s not a question of whether your network is going to be compromised, but when.

GSN caught up with Dave Natelson for a quick interview at the Cocktail Reception at the 2011 Awards Dinner, before he learned that Nasatka had earned a Winner’s Trophy in the Best Perimeter Protection System in Awards Program. Mr. Natelson indicated the company had been named a Finalist for its steel plate barrier that uses an electric, as opposed to a hydraulic system, that had recently completed a 1.5 million cycle without any human interference – which he pointed out translates into a great return on investment for users.

Ann Pickren discusses MIR3’s Mass Notification System that was awarded a Winner’s Trophy in GSN’s 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program. She explains that the company is focused totally on its robust mass notification platform which can reach people no matter what device they are using or where they are located. MIR3 focuses heavily on federal, state and local government agencies, counting NASA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Air Force and Army among its clients.

Former Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, who served through a long and distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard and later answered the call to serve again during two moments of extreme national crisis – Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 – is presented with the First Annual GSN/Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation in Public Safety and Security by Sue Cushing of Raytheon Network Centric Systems.

Jim Viscardi reports that Smiths Detection is a world leader in the manufacturing of detection and imaging products that detect chemical weapons, toxic industrial materials, biological warfare agents, narcotics, radiation, nuclear materials and explosives. The company provides multiple technologies to multiple markets, he claims, segmenting by application and customer rather than by technology, a practice which gives Smiths Detection a competitive advantage because of its depth and breadth of products.

The 3VR Video Platform, says Al Shipp, takes standard video surveillance and extracts video information that is useful and actionable. In managing incoming video streams, 3VR can build metatags and put the useful information on a database that is searchable. This reduces the time to find what you are looking for down to minutes, rather than hours or days. “Anything you can search you can put an alert on,” says Shipp. Traditionally, if something bad happens, you used video surveillance to figure out what it was.

Intergraph, short for “interactive graphics”, is a software company that uses graphics to help its clients visualize complex information, according to Bob Scott. The company’s Security Solutions unit develops software tools for the government to make maps; provides mapping for transportation applications; designs and maintains facilities for utilities and communications; and is the world’s largest provider of public safety systems.


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