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John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in...

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Thu, 2015-06-25 03:14 PM
GSN is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 2015 annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which once again demonstrates the spectacular scientific achievements and...
Thu, 2015-05-21 10:18 PM
Washington D.C., May 16 – The Coast Guard released its first boating safety app last week as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week, May 16 – 22. The Boating Safety Mobile...
Tue, 2015-05-19 07:25 PM
Lanham, MD, May 13, 2015 – McMurdo, a trusted name in emergency readiness and response, has announced that it has opened the world’s first Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center at its...
Fri, 2015-04-24 12:01 AM

Robert Bonner

Editor’s Note: On April 21, the first day of the 9th Border Security Expo, held in Phoenix, AZ, Robert C. Bonner, as a member of the Expo’s advisory board, was prepared to present the prestigious...
Wed, 2015-04-08 10:56 PM
One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many...
Thu, 2015-04-02 02:45 AM
Washington, April 1 – Director James B. Comey has appointed three new executives as special agents in charge at the FBI New York Office (NYO). George Ennis was named special agent in charge of the...
Thu, 2015-04-02 02:03 AM
Washington, March 31 – T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, has been sworn in as the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Dinh-Zarr became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:34 PM
Yateley, United Kingdom ­– Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played an important part in a major international exercise organized to train naval...
Tue, 2015-03-31 01:46 AM

Manson Brown

Washington – Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for...
Thu, 2015-03-26 12:06 AM
Among the many mysteries of why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps Tuesday is why, after reaching 38,000 feet, the jet began a 10-minute descent but never issued a distress signal...
Tue, 2015-03-24 11:27 PM
Following a successful launch of its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards in 2014, Government Security News has announced the opening of its second annual version of the program, which opened...
Thu, 2015-02-26 09:53 PM
We are members of a non-partisan group of former government officials and policy experts in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. At a time when the threats to the homeland are...

Company News

Morrisville, VT & Dallas, TX, July 1 – Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), a provider of email data protection, has announced that Union Bank enables employee access to corporate data on mobile devices through 
Schaumburg, IL, June 30 – When seconds can mean lives, public safety dispatchers in Prince William County, VA are often the first contact citizens have in an emergency. Details obtained during sometimes frantic 9-1-1 calls can be crucial for first responders on the way to help. Motorola Solutions PremierOne computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system is another lifeline for first responders.
Redwood, CA, June 26 – Rocket Fuel, a programmatic marketing platform provider that uses artificial intelligence (AI) at Big Data scale to optimize marketing return on investment for global agencies and enterprise marketers, has announced that it is now a partner of the Federation for Internet Alerts (FIA), bringing geo-targeted advertising to real-time emergency communications.
Pittsburgh, PA, June 30 – Black Box Corporation, a technology solutions provider, has announced it is one of 20 industry partners awarded prime contractor status to provide information technology products and solutions to the United States Air Force through its Network-Centric Solutions 2 (NETCENTS-2) NetOps and Infrastructure Solutions Full and Open, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract. NETCENTS-2 contracts provide the Air Force with a primary source of IT products, services and solutions.
Moonachie, NJ, June 26 – A global provider of IT solutions and ICT services, Samsung SDS America, Inc. (Samsung SDSA) has announced that the 
Bogota, Columbia, June 18 – For the first time ever in Colombia, Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) will conduct a demonstration of the solutions and devices designed specifically for mission critical communications on public safety LTE networks.The demonstration will feature different situations that first responders may face to illustrate the benefits that public safety LTE technology offers to improve prevention, management and resolution of crime and emergency events. For example, the demonstration will illustrate how:
Fairfax, VA, June 22 – Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. (Salient), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Salient Federal-SGIS, Inc. has announced that it was awarded a prime contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) supporting the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) to provide training and support services in the United States as well as in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This Seaport-E Task Order (TO) has a five-year period of performance and a total TO value of approximately $44 million.
Cambridge, Ontario, June 8 – Together with Harris Corporation, exactEarth is thrilled to unveil our second generation Satellite AIS (S-AIS) constellation, exactView™ RT powered by Harris.

Commentary and Opinions

By John HarrisWith the 1998 implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the United States government made clear its intentions to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars by reducing its dependence on paper documents.
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.
In our increasingly digital world, our nation’s information security is just as important as its physical security. With President Obama declaring that cyber threats are “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” all areas of government are under increasing pressure to develop a proactive and comprehensive IT defense strategy.
 

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Detective Bob Shilling describes the Seattle PD’s winning entry in the category of “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program” for its “Common Operating Program (COP)” that took five different CAD programs and put them into one system that could be used by the Seattle Police and Fire Departments, Public Utilities, City Lights and Seattle Department of Transportation. The project was financed by an $800,000 Urban Area Grant, but after looking at various large vendors’ solutions, the Seattle PD decided to build the program on its own.

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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.

Rob Wolf tells GSN that NC4 products focus on situational awareness, and the company is at the IACP show to demonstrate its new NC4 SAFECOP product for state and local law enforcement. NC4 SAFECOP was developed in collaboration with the Tampa, FL police department and is a new crime fighting solution that changes the way officers police the streets by bringing them blogging capabilities which, combined with other police feeds and CAD data, display a graphic representation of crime almost immediately following an incident.

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