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Sun, 2015-07-05 01:38 PM
Washington, July 2 – The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule to prohibit certain uses of chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change in favor of safer, more...
Thu, 2015-07-02 12:32 PM
Washington, July 1 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that it has awarded $216 million over five years to 90 community-based organizations (CBOs) nationwide to...
Thu, 2015-07-02 11:59 AM
Seward, AK, July 1 – New collaborative research between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Alaska, and an Alaskan shellfish hatchery shows that ocean...
Wed, 2015-07-01 01:28 PM
Washington, June 30 – Federal and state enforcement agencies have announced the conclusion of a 10-day international effort of enhanced coordination and increased action against the illegal...
Tue, 2015-06-30 11:47 PM
New York, NY, June 30 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn the World Health Organization (...
Tue, 2015-06-30 11:32 PM
Dallas, TX, June 30 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently awarded the Oklahoma Corporation Conservation Commission $459,000 to respond to petroleum leaks from underground...
Tue, 2015-06-30 11:17 PM
Washington, June 24 – To further support the construction of two advanced nuclear reactors at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, the Department of Energy has announced it will issue $1.8...
Tue, 2015-06-30 01:43 PM
New York City, NY, June 29 – During the General Assembly High-Level on Climate Change, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the opening remarks on the need for bold climate action...
Tue, 2015-06-30 01:18 PM
Seattle, WA, June 29 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Sleepy Hollow Fire, burning in Chelan County, WA...
Mon, 2015-06-29 01:59 PM
Washington, June 25 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced more than $25 million in recommended funding for 88 projects under the 2014-2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant...
Mon, 2015-06-29 01:27 PM
Washington, June 26 – Australia and the U.S. have renewed and strengthened an important and valuable partnership to improve their respective emergency management capabilities. Emergency Management...
Thu, 2015-06-25 03:14 PM
GSN is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 2015 annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which once again demonstrates the spectacular scientific achievements and...

Company News

Hampton, VA, June 30 – Ms. Julia Byron, a longtime employee of Homeland Security Solutions, has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer of HSSI. “A seasoned professional with nearly ten years’ experience with this company has made her the perfect choice to become our new CFO,” said Mr. Richard Neville, Chief Operating Officer for the company. “Ms. Byron’s unselfish dedication to the company and the people of this organization has made this a simple choice.”
June 24, Guidel, France – A McMurdo Smartfind Plus G5 GPS Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) recently helped to save the lives of three sailors off the coast of North Carolina when the mast and rig on their 36 foot catamaran came crashing down to the deck. The mishap also resulted in the loss of the catamaran’s VHF radio antenna, so Jon Rodnon, owner of Cata-Tonic, activated the McMurdo EPIRB, which he had rented for the voyage from the nonprofit BoatU.S. Foundation. McMurdo has been supplying EPIRBs for the BoatU.S. Foundation rental program since 2007.
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.
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:
Edgewood, MD, June 18 – Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) has announced it has received a $27.7 million follow-on production order from the Department of the Army for Chemical Biological Protective Shelters (CBPS).
Miami, June 18 – Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, has announced the launch of its Data Law Practice and the expansion of the firm's varied services in the increasingly business-critical areas of information governance, e-discovery, and data privacy and security.
Providence, RI, June 9 – Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., 

Commentary and Opinions

Grants Pass, OR, March 27 – California’s ongoing worst ever drought, and the recent record breaking winter blizzards in Boston and the U.S. Northeast, are both manifestations of the same global climate change patterns. Earth warming global atmosphere is creating changes in the atmosphere’s “energy balance,” according to L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, historical climatologist and former NASA researcher. The result is not only a warmer and dryer global climate but also greater and more frequent climatic extremes, including the recent Boston blizzards.
Representing experts dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s more than 87,000 dams, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) applauds Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for introducing a bill that will get the nation closer to alleviating the public safety risk of over 2,000 dams that are the most “at-risk,” while providing a continuation of the vital benefits that dams serve for the public and their owners.
Seven of the nation's top scientific societies have joined over 200 distinguished climate and natural resource scientists to urge the Obama Administration to speed up its transition out of old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has applauded the signing of H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” into law Thursday. The final version of the bill, which passed the U.S.
 

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El Segundo, CA based NC4 specializes in situational awareness, emergency response and event planning, according to Jim Montagnino.

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.

Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Spillman Technologies is a vendor of public safety software used by law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies, according to Dave Snyder. The company provides an integrated solution and specializes in multi-jurisdictional assignments involving agencies that want to collaborate with other agencies with information systems in large geographic areas. Snyder points out that the company has been in business for almost 30 years and has an extraordinary degree of stability, and its customers can count on major upgrades each year at no cost.

New Products

Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

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