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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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Wed, 2014-03-05 08:56 AM
The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against Sprint in the U.S. district court in San Francisco, saying the telecommunications company overcharged for wiretaps and other law enforcement efforts to...
Tue, 2014-02-25 11:35 PM
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless 911 callers. The proposed rule changes stem partly from Americans’ increasing use of...
Mon, 2014-02-10 11:19 PM

Kim Fuller 

“A surefire way to lose your job is to have a bad emergency response,” explained Kim Fuller while discussing some of the potential implications of responding poorly to a disaster situation like a...
Wed, 2014-02-05 08:35 PM
Several major Internet companies, for the first time, have revealed in broad terms the number of data requests they receive that have been approved by judges under the Foreign Intelligence...
Fri, 2014-01-24 05:03 PM
The first-ever transparency report from telecommunications giant Verizon states the company received about 320,000 requests for customer information from federal, state, and local law enforcement...
Wed, 2014-01-22 06:02 PM

Captain Mike Parker

 In a January 21, 2014 article, the Los Angeles Times reported:“Fire officials announced Tuesday that the Colby Fire smoldering in the hills above Glendora and Azusa is 95% contained...
Wed, 2014-01-08 02:55 PM
Satellite wireless network firm Viasat, Inc and international communications provider Harris Corporation have completed demonstrations of an updated Small Tactical Terminal (STT) KOR-24A from Via Sat...
Mon, 2013-12-23 04:10 PM
WidePoint Corp., a provider of secured, cloud-based, enterprise-wide solutions and services for telecommunications and cyber security management, announced on December 23 that DHS has selected iSYS,...
Fri, 2013-12-06 08:02 PM

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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...
Fri, 2013-12-06 05:25 PM
The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure between 1,000 and 2,000 mobile operating system (OS) licenses to use the Samsung KNOX Enterprise Edition on some of its smart phones. The Secret Service...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Sat, 2013-11-30 03:00 PM
The Homeland Security Information Network Advisory Committee, a committee that provides advice to DHS on all aspects of the HSIN, will meet virtually through an online Web conference on December 17,...

Company News

Las Vegas, March 17 – Ensuring public safety in one of the top tourist destinations in the world with a dispersed resident population, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) faces a unique set of challenges in protecting 42 million people each year.
Canton, MA, March 18 – LoJack Corporation, a provider of safety, security and protection for an ever-growing range of valuable assets and people, has appointed Alan L. Bazaar to its board of directors, effective immediately, under an agreement with shareholder Engine Capital LP.
San Mateo, CA, March 18 – Sonim Technologies, a manufacturer of smartphones for extreme environments, has created a communications and information platform for first responders and public safety agencies who face mission-critical situations every day. To date, nearly 100 Android application developers and accessories vendors have joined the newly formed Ultra-Rugged Developer Network.
Altamonte Springs, FL, March 17 – With at least 84 killings linked to transactions on Craigslist, police and sheriff's departments around the U.S. have launched safety and security initiatives – encouraging people making in-person transactions that originated online to use police stations to complete the deals.Now, the AIM Group, a consulting company for classified advertising businesses, has launched a "SafeTrade" initiative as a public service to promote the use of police facilities to meet and conduct safe transactions with strangers.
Palo Alto, CA, March 16 – Sysorex subsidiary AirPatrol Corporation, which develops mobile device detection and locationing systems, has announced it has signed TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU), Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, to resell AirPatrol products via the TELUS Internet of Things (IoT) Marketplace. The agreement, effective immediately, enables TELUS to offer AirPatrol’s mobile device security platform, ZoneDefense, and its location-based services system, ZoneAware, to business customers throughout Canada.
Chelmsford, MA, March 16 – For the first time ever, State of Maine agency users across jurisdictions and departments can communicate over a single, statewide emergency communications network, powered by Harris Corporation’s proven VIDA (Voice, Interoperability, Data, Access) Network technology.
Austin, TX, March 12 -- Motion Computing has announced that the Ada County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho has armed its more than 155 deputies with Motion F5 tablets, in-vehicle docks and desktop mounts to allow for more frequent and successful use of e-citations and other emerging criminal justice applications.
Plano, TX, March 10 -- Icomera has announced the launch of an innovative Wi-Fi connectivity solution that improves public safety outcomes for law enforcement officers and increases citizen safety by providing seamless mobile connectivity. A police car, ambulance, fire truck or even a school bus, can be easily equipped with Icomera hardware, providing real-time information and Wi-Fi access, including access to citizen safety apps that prevent bullying.

Commentary and Opinions

The Defense Information Systems Agency recently certified its first secure mobile device running on the Android operating system, further demonstrating the growing importance of mobile devices within government agencies.
Although historians may characterize 2011 differently than I do, I believe that many in the government and public safety arena likely will remember this as the “Year of the Natural Disaster.” From the unparalleled Japanese tsunami to wildfires and tornadoes that literally destroyed entire communities and droughts that plagued many parts of the United States, we have come face-to-face with natural disasters of epic proportions. 
Existing public safety communications systems are pretty dumb. Not dumb, as in a stupid idea, but dumb as in only able to do the one thing for which they were built. A Land Mobile Radio (LMR) can transmit only voice and only to compatible radios. Once the first units of a communications system have been distributed, it is a costly decision to add features which will make new equipment incompatible with the installed base. Therefore, we largely operate at the lowest common denominator.
Securing our cities in a post 9-11 environment -- characterized by terrorist actions, civil unrest and natural disasters -- has emerged as one of the biggest challenges facing security professionals around the world. Leading-edge technologies for citywide monitoring and collaboration are widely available to improve security, but progress has been slow.
A woman in Black Hawk County, Iowa was alone upstairs when her former boyfriend -- who had a history of domestic violence -- entered her home. Afraid that the sound of her voice would reveal her location, she used her cell phone to send a text message to 9-1-1. A few minutes later, police officers arrived at the scene and arrested the ex-boyfriend for violating a court order requiring him to stay away from the woman.
 

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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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