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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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Mon, 2014-11-24 07:15 PM
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died...
Thu, 2014-11-20 05:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Thu, 2014-11-20 03:54 PM
On Wednesday, Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on a variety of issues and addressed ongoing efforts to...
Tue, 2014-11-18 03:43 PM
With judging of this year’s Homeland Security Awards entries nearing completion, Government Security News has announced that the roster of 2014 Winners and Finalists will be posted on the GSN website...
Tue, 2014-11-11 07:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 02:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...
Tue, 2014-11-04 07:13 PM
At the recent 2014 Urban Shield preparedness exercise in Oakland, CA,  Mutualink, Sonim and Oceus participated in a FirstNet-related deployment of an Enhanced System on Wheels (ESOW). The...
Tue, 2014-10-21 01:43 PM
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a redesigned official website, www.ICE.gov, that is optimized for desktop computers, as well as mobile and tablet devices. It features...
Mon, 2014-10-20 05:01 PM

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Director James B. Comey has named Eric S. Birnbaum special agent in charge (SAC) of the San Diego division. Birnbaum most recently served as SAC of the Administrative Division in the Los Angeles...
Thu, 2014-10-09 06:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Wed, 2014-10-08 06:42 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Donald Alway special agent in charge of the agency's Jackson (MS) Division. Alway most recently served as section chief for the Investigations and Operations...
Wed, 2014-10-08 06:01 PM
The first U.S. federal law enforcement app designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspected child predators is now available for Android smartphones, and in Spanish for both...

Company News

Farmingdale, NY, April 27 – Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), has announced that it has a received a contract from LATAM Airlines Group for the TruLink® Wireless Intercommunications system to be used by pre-flight check crews at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile, one of LATAM Airlines Group’s main base of operations. This initial contract, for approximately 50 systems, marks the first time that TruLink will be used by commercial airline flight crews in South America.
Petah Tikva, Israel, May 4, 2015 – Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it intends to promote its comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) solutions at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015 event,May 5-7 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, USA – Booth # 2143.  At the booth, Gilat will display its BlackRay terminals, which enable connectivity for long-endurance flights while maximizing payload weight. Gilat SATCOM solutions feature:
Irvine, CA, April 28 – Getac Inc., a manufacturer of rugged computers, has released the updated V110 rugged convertible and the updated F110 rugged tablet, making Getac’s fastest-selling products even better. The second generation F110 and V110 products each feature a fifth generation Intel Processor, Intel HD Graphics 5500, an eight-megapixel rear camera, a front HD webcam and an updated LumiBond 2.0 touch screen that allows glove-on use.
Atlanta, April 29 – DataPath, Inc., a provider of remote communications solutions to the aerospace, broadcast, government, and infrastructure markets, has announced that the company has been awarded a Global Tactical Advanced Communication Systems (GTACS) contract for the U.S. Army’s Assured Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Pseudolite Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction program. The award is the result of a collaborative effort between DataPath, Inc. and its former parent company Rockwell Collins, which sold the company to a private investment group in July of 2014.
San Diego, CA, April 28 – a major provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs) and advanced mass notification systems, has announced orders from the United States Navy totaling $560,000. Both orders are scheduled to ship this fiscal year. The United States Navy orders are being delivered under the multi-year $12.2 million firm-fixed-price, IDIQ contract the company was awarded in June 2013. The remotely operated LRAD-RX systems will be mounted on naval vessels for long-range communication, security and safety use.
Chemsford, MA, April 27 – Axis Communications, a global provider of network video, has announced that Axis’ Zipstream technology was recognized by the Security Industry Association (SIA) in its annual New Product Showcase (NPS). Zipstream took top honors in the Video Surveillance Advanced Imaging Technologies category, making this Axis’ second consecutive year as a NPS winner.
Houston, TX, April 27 – The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. Following this tragic event, the United Nations set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and although not directly affected by the 2004 disaster, the Philippines have set up a similar early warning system.
Manchester, NH, April 22 – The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has announced a new Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security.

Commentary and Opinions

Wireless security on the border  By Vlad Robu  Now, with the new immigration reform all over the news, border security is also back on the government’s "To Do" list. In past years, the government has dedicated significantly more money and resources than ever before to secure the border. Is it perfect? Far from it, but better for sure. 
Setting the stage for LTE in Mobile County  Mobile County, Alabama, was looking for ways to expand its public safety communications footprint. At the same time, it wanted to tap into the power of LTE broadband to ensure the highest levels of interoperability and connectivity for its senior leadership, regardless of their physical location. 
The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.
In early February, a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report recommended tougher provisions over mobile app privacy, which caused some big technology companies to raise objections, according to recent news coverage. 
Higher productivity, increased labor costs and a strong trend towards true mobility in the workplace are all factors that have put the spotlight on the total cost of ownership for computers and devices. Organizations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers, rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time. 
 

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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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