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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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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...
Sun, 2014-10-05 06:32 PM
The health and welfare of flight crews, airline workers and the traveling public is a top priority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency says. The FAA has been working closely with...
Sun, 2014-10-05 06:11 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from the HSI Colombia Attaché Office recently hosted a one-week law enforcement training on...
Mon, 2014-09-29 07:16 PM
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the U.S.
Thu, 2014-09-25 10:35 PM
In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards...
Tue, 2014-09-23 08:09 PM

 

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the federal prison population has dropped by roughly 4,800 inmates since September 2013, representing the first time the federal inmate population has...
Mon, 2014-09-22 07:12 PM
US Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories,...

Company News

July 14, 2015 – Sunnyvale, CA – Good Technology, a provider of secure mobility services, has announced that the U.S. Navy has implemented the HP Mobile Management Solution leveraging Good for Enterprise to secure official government data on multiple mobile device platforms. The Good Technology solution enables the Navy to offer more device choices to U.S. Navy personnel while securing their mission-critical data.
Sunnyvale, CA July 8 – Vidcie, a provider of crowdsourced incident intelligence solutions for law enforcement, has announced deployment of Vidcie InSight during the 140th Preakness Stakes, held May 16, 2015 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD.
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:

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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. 
 

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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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