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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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Thu, 2015-04-23 11:01 PM

Robert Bonner

Editor’s Note: On April 21, the first day of the 9th Border Security Expo, held in Phoenix, AZ, Robert C. Bonner, as a member of the Expo’s advisory board, was prepared to present the prestigious...
Wed, 2015-04-08 09:56 PM
One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many...
Thu, 2015-04-02 01:45 AM
Washington, April 1 – Director James B. Comey has appointed three new executives as special agents in charge at the FBI New York Office (NYO). George Ennis was named special agent in charge of the...
Thu, 2015-04-02 01:03 AM
Washington, March 31 – T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, has been sworn in as the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Dinh-Zarr became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was...
Tue, 2015-03-31 12:34 PM
Yateley, United Kingdom ­– Diver detection sonar technology developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has played an important part in a major international exercise organized to train naval...
Tue, 2015-03-31 12:46 AM

Manson Brown

Washington – Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and has been confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for...
Wed, 2015-03-25 11:06 PM
By John WagleyAmong the many mysteries of why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps Tuesday is why, after reaching 38,000 feet, the jet began a 10-minute descent but never issued a...
Tue, 2015-03-24 10:27 PM
Following a successful launch of its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards in 2014, Government Security News has announced the opening of its second annual version of the program, which opened...
Thu, 2015-02-26 08:53 PM
We are members of a non-partisan group of former government officials and policy experts in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. At a time when the threats to the homeland are...
Tue, 2015-02-24 07:32 PM
Ottawa-based Amika Mobile’s situational awareness, command and control products have been selected through a competitive process for a project with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The...
Tue, 2015-02-17 04:54 PM
In recent days I have repeatedly stressed the need for a DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration...
Tue, 2015-02-10 09:55 PM
The second Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite has sent its first signals from orbit, an essential step toward establishing Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, the first global, high-speed mobile...

Commentary and Opinions

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

Robins Air Force Base, GA, October 28 - Raytheon Company will continue mission support for the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) under a new $393 million contract.* DCGS is the service's primary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) analysis tool. Over the last decade, Raytheon has ensured high levels of performance for these critical ISR systems, while generating tens of millions in cost savings.
By Steve Bittenbender Anaheim, CA – When it came to developing the new branding for IndigoVision, CEO Marcus Kneen knew whose input he wanted most. The U.K.-based provider of IP video management products and solutions unveiled the new branding, which included a new tag line (“Safe is a Wonderful Feeling”) and a redesigned Web site (IndigioVision.com), at the ASIS2015 conference in September. The end products are a result of 18 months of work, including surveys and conversations with employees, end users and clients.
Wallingford, CT, October 28 - Mutualink today announced an alliance with one of the Nation’s top school safety and security experts, William “Bill” Smith, to improve schools’ preparedness and response in emergency situations through advanced communications technology. As the founding member of American School Safety.com, LLC and principal of Jennings Smith Associates , Mr. Smith brings over thirty years of experience as a security consultant and is a renowned authority on US school safety and security issues.
Tampa, FL, October 28 - SureView Systems, a global provider of enterprise command center software, announced today it has partnered with Access Technologies, a full-service integration firm serving the Southwest United States, to provide the Immix® Command Center (CC) software platform to its current and future customers in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Southern California and Nevada.
Miramar, FL, October 20 - EMC announces it has appointed several established executives to its global leadership team to further enhance its delivery of mission-critical communications and content to top organizations around the world.
Reston, VA, October 16 - Daon, a global leader in mobile biometric authentication technology, announced today that one of its leading customers, USAA, has reached a key milestone of processing 1 million mobile biometric enrollments.
Paramus, October 15 - As part of a major expansion project at Oslo Airport's Terminal 2, slated for completion in 2017, Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has been selected to help ensure operational efficiency, business continuity and passenger safety and security, Qognify announced today.
Anaheim, CA, October 21 -MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), has announced the of launch Morpho Cloud, a secure and flexible Multi-biometric Identification-as-a-Service solution, at the Florida International Association for Identification (FDIAI) 56th annual Educational Training Conference. The conference took place in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 18 - 22, 2015.
 

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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.