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When reports emerged from Blacksburg, VA, last Thursday afternoon that a shooter had descended upon Virginia Tech’s campus, confirmation that a campus police officer had been killed and headlines of a possible second victim overwhelmed news channels, Websites and every social media outlet. Throughout the day, there was a jarring litany of that old cliché by anyone that remembers the unspeakable tragedies of April 2007, which claimed 33 lives on Virginia Tech’s campus: History really does repeat itself.
When natural disasters strike or catastrophic man-made events occur, existing infrastructure is often disrupted or compromised; power and communications frequently fail and personal contact can become difficult. Rural areas may become isolated and urban areas impassible and dangerous. Maintaining civil order, implementing evacuations, conducting rescue operations and providing relief distribution becomes highly problematic.   Facilitating communication with acoustic hailing devices (AHDs)
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 created a lot of buzz around the word “telework.” President Obama signed this Act into law in December 2010. According to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) memorandum, the Act provides a framework for agencies to better leverage technology and to maximize the use of flexible work arrangements, which will aid in recruiting new federal workers, retain valuable talent and allow the government to maintain productivity in various situations.
On Monday, November 14, Credant Technologies released an interesting survey of missing and lost mobile devices at the top 15 shopping malls in the U.S. Long story short, 2,200 tablets, smartphones and USB drives were found. Most interestingly, half of these devices (1,110) were never recovered. About three out of five devices were found in mall food courts, while about two out of five were found in restrooms.
The subject of disaster management and emergency preparedness has fundamentally evolved over the last 10 years.

Company News

Washington, DC, September 21 - Michael T. Dougherty has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). Dougherty joins SIBA from the Raytheon Company, where he worked for 6 years as a Director of Business Development in Homeland Security Programs.
Reston, VA, September 17 - Ardent Management Consulting (ArdentMC) announced today that it was awarded the Border Patrol GIS task order under the Geospatial Service Center in coordination with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and United States Border Patrol (USBP). The 4.5 year Period of Performance provides geographic information by planning, coordinating, and implementing GIS services, standards, and programs to support the unique business needs of CBP and USBP.  
McLean, VA, September 17 - Researching and developing new technologies to ensure military ground systems can perform at optimum levels and meet emerging threats is an ongoing challenge. To assist, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been named an awardee of a $634 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the Army’s Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
El Segundo, CA, September 14 - NC4, a leader in revolutionizing safety and security and an innovator in public safety and emergency management solutions, is pleased to announce that the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has chosen NC4 Street Smart™ to help fight crime within their county. The Sheriff's Office serves the population of Sarasota County, FL, which is located on the Gulf Coast and home to 387,000 residents. During the winter, seasonal residents bring the total population to over 500,000.
Dallas, TX, September 11 - Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced the availability of its newest software technology that identifies illegal communication between inmates, even if they are not located in the same correctional facility, or even in the same state.
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. 
Fremont, CA, September 10 -Identiv today announced the following changes to its executive team and board of directors:
Dallas, TX, September 8 - Enphase Energy, Inc., a global energy technology company, has selected AT&T* to provide Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to cellular modems that are part of the Envoy-S with Mobile Connect, a new gateway to energy management.

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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.