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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...


Sun, 2015-08-16 04:11 PM
August 6 - As I have said a number of times now, the current global threat environment requires that we know more about those who travel to the United States. This includes those from countries for...
Wed, 2015-08-12 05:31 PM

U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

Sacramento, CA, August 11— Two defendants, including a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a scheme to sell commercial driver’s...
Wed, 2015-08-12 05:26 PM
Years before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its immigration enforcement directorate Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) were established, law enforcement leaders espoused the...
Wed, 2015-08-12 12:29 PM
Schaumburg, IL,  Aug. 12 – When officials in Stafford County, Virginia, decided to update their emergency phone system, they wanted to lay the groundwork for implementing next generation 9-1-1 (...
Tue, 2015-08-11 11:05 PM

Minister Gail Shea

By Steve Bittenbender A series of communications breakdowns between the Canadian Coast Guard and other key stakeholders resulted in a nearly two-hour delay in responding to a massive oil spill that...
Tue, 2015-08-11 08:56 PM
Washington, DC, August 11 - As America nears the Final Fiscal Quarter spending spree, US Federal Contractor Registration encourages businesses to become registered in System for Award Management and...
Wed, 2015-07-29 03:59 PM


Honourable Peter MacKay

Washington, DC, July 28 - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, met with United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The meeting of the two...
Mon, 2015-07-27 01:16 PM
Newark, NJ, July 23 — Two men who fled from Central America to evade criminal charges were removed within days of each other by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and...
Mon, 2015-07-27 01:08 PM
Washington, July 23 – A National Security Agency (NSA) cyber tool that allows computer systems to maintain a specific security posture is now publicly available on GitHub, a website for sharing...
Mon, 2015-07-27 12:58 PM
Washington, July 23 – FBI officials announced a nationwide campaign geared toward educating business and industry leaders about the growing threat—and mounting losses—of economic espionage. As part...
Sun, 2015-07-26 09:53 PM
One of the great treats we have as publishers of our two awards programs is the pleasure of reading about some of the great accomplishments in the homeland security field, as they are described in...
Sat, 2015-07-25 05:40 PM

Rabbi David Saperstein

Washington, July 21, - A bipartisan group of national thought leaders has called upon Congress to take action now to develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious...

Commentary and Opinions

Exelis C4i has been selected by the City of Grand Rapids, MI, to provide its radio dispatch console system to the Grand Rapids and Kent County emergency 911 call centers. The Exelis radio dispatch console system, called SwitchPlusIP, will enable both call centers to support emergency calls even if one of the centers requires an evacuation. The system will use a fiber link between the two centers enabling communications access to each agency’s radio systems.
Many large mobile phone and computer makers are scrambling to make their devices more rugged, not only for field workers but also for the mass consumer market. For instance, it has been hard to not notice Sony’s strong promotion for its waterproof Xperia Z model, or Samsung’s recent launch of the waterproof and dustproof Galaxy X4 Active. Even your trusted and delicate iPhone can become water-resistant with one of the increasingly popular smartphone cases.  
Mobile solutions, i.e. software for PDAs and smartphones, have an enormous potential to improve efficiency and save big money for companies that today rely on time-consuming paper-based solutions. Industries such as fire safety, security, electrical, telecom, data, energy, power, construction, logistics, and heating/ventilation/cooling, have much to gain by adapting modern mobile business solutions for their work forces.
A healthy dose of paranoia is a good thing when it comes to computer security. It sometimes seems that every person with a bad agenda is trying to attack your systems (and that just might be the case). 
According to combat fatality statistics, most in-theater deaths occur within the “golden hour,” the first hour after traumatic injury. Combat medics are the first responders on the frontlines and their medical care increases a warfighter’s chance of survival during this critical time. 

Company News

Bellevue, WA, September 8, 2015 - Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving global aerospace and defense markets, today announced that its Codis high-performance visualization products have been selected by General Dynamics UK for the armored SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) program, for a total contract value of $21 million over seven years. Products being supplied include turret crew-station displays, triple-head driver's displays and specialized video-processing hardware.
Arlington, VA, September 8 - Today, American Trucking Associations announced it has added vehicle telematics company, Spireon to its roster of Featured Products.
Fairfax, VA, – The U.S. Coast Guard awarded General Dynamics the Alaska Phase 2 contract to update the communications equipment and physical infrastructure for the Rescue 21 Alaska system. General Dynamics will provide a comprehensive analysis to identify the most cost-effective path to update the existing radio equipment operating in the 30 locations for Rescue 21 Alaska. The contract also provides for the evaluation of the radio and communications towers and buildings at each site. The contract is valued at approximately $10 million with all options exercised. 
San Mateo, CA, August 31 - AtHoc, Inc., the leader in networked crisis communications announced a new award from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TSA's intense focus on swift, ubiquitous and effective crisis communications resulted in the need to further protect and account for TSA staff within TSA facilities and across over 200 domestic airports.
IFSEC Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – September 2, 2015 - Senstar, the world’s largest manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is pleased to announce that StarNet 2, our new full-featured security management system (SMS), is now available across the globe. It was originally launched in the United States and Canada in April.
September 3 - The integration will generate license revenue starting from the third quarter 2015. The value of license revenue is based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer and cannot be forecasted at this point.
By Christy Wyatt, CEO/Good Technology
Schaumburg, IL, September 3 - Global technology leader Laird introduces two new, in-building, public safety antennas with industry leading frequency performance that ensure more reliable communications and greater connectivity for emergency responders.

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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.