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Washington, D.C., June 9 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank Group, the World Health Organization (WHO), and countries and partners are coming together at the World...
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New Orleans, LA, June 9 – During a speech at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between...
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Washington, D.C., June 9 – Delivering on a major commitment announced by President Obama at the UN Climate Summit in New York last September, the Administration has announced the launch of an...
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Washington, D.C., June 9 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because...
Tue, 2015-06-09 11:47 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Another week, another controversy for the Transportation Security Administration, as CNN reported that the agency in charge of protecting the country’s airports and other...
Tue, 2015-06-09 09:44 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Hurricane season officially started 10 days ago in the United States, and while experts believe fewer storms will hit the Atlantic and Gulf Coast seaboards as compared to...
Mon, 2015-06-08 11:58 PM
Kodiak, AK, June 8 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has launched its 2015 Arctic hydrographic survey season in a World Ocean Day ceremony, which showcased the deployment...
Mon, 2015-06-08 06:50 PM
Manila, Philippines, June 8 – In light of the recent outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of...
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Washington, D.C., June 5 – Dengue viruses are on the move. Spread among humans by mosquitoes, and across geographic boundaries through travel, the virus affects up to an estimated 390 million people...
Wed, 2015-06-03 10:42 PM
New York, NY, June 3 – The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has selected Rochester Institute of Technology engineer Dr. Anahita Williamson to be the director of EPA...
Wed, 2015-06-03 03:30 AM
Washington, D.C., June 2 – As part of the continued effort to combat antibiotic resistance, the Obama Administration is convening a “White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship” to bring together key...

Company News

San Diego, CA, April 28 – a major provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs) and advanced mass notification systems, has announced orders from the United States Navy totaling $560,000. Both orders are scheduled to ship this fiscal year. The United States Navy orders are being delivered under the multi-year $12.2 million firm-fixed-price, IDIQ contract the company was awarded in June 2013. The remotely operated LRAD-RX systems will be mounted on naval vessels for long-range communication, security and safety use.
Houston, TX, April 27 – The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. Following this tragic event, the United Nations set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and although not directly affected by the 2004 disaster, the Philippines have set up a similar early warning system.
Chicago, April 21 – Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a provider of safety services to a wide range of industries around the world, has announced a strategic alliance with the Portable Lights American Trade Organization (PLATO). Through this collaborative relationship, Intertek will provide independent third-party testing and measurement in support of PLATO’s mission to advance the industry by elevating the quality of products.
Manchester, NH, April 22 – The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has announced a new Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security.
Dublin, Ireland, April 20 – Two Xtralis solutions have received prestigious awards at ISC West, the largest security industry trade show in the USA. VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector (ASD) won the Security Industry Association (SIA) 2015 New Product Showcase (NPS) Best in Fire & Life Safety Award, and the HeiTel 4G Body-Worn Nano streaming video transmitter received an Honourable Mention. Both solutions bring Xtralis’ pro-active threat prevention innovation to new markets, providing vastly safer environments for people.
Cincinnati, OH, April 20 – Response Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer and distributor of the Centurion® line of emergency notification solutions, is launching an emergency safety grant program for eligible K-12 public schools in the U.S. This is the first year for the grant program, which will be conducted annually moving forward.
London, England, April 17 – E2S Warning Signals, a manufacturer of audible and visual signals, will be showcasing new additions to its extensive range of explosion proof, hazardous location and intrinsically safe warning devices.
Austin, TX, April 16 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) (“Xplore” or the “company”), a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs, has announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Motion Computing, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Motion”). Motion, another Austin, TX-based company in the rugged tablet space, is currently the #2 provider worldwide of rugged tablet PCs, according to VDC.

Commentary and Opinions

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.
In a letter sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Annette Sandberg expressed strong support for an amendment to a bill proposed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would roll back the restart provision within the hours of service regulations.
With an alleged ringleader now in U.S. custody, investigative scrutiny here on Capitol Hill is zooming in tighter on the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The outcome of this probe may even have an effect on who is ultimately selected as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
By Chuck BrooksPublic/private partnerships are critical to the success of government operations that provide essential services and benefits. Such partnerships can help agencies reduce costs, simplify operations, and are easily scalable at times of increased and decreased need. Whether motivated by a natural disaster, terrorism, or an interruption caused by legislative shortfall, successful public/private partnerships can provide business continuity and resilience.
By Ann Coss and Ronald Bearse Over the last couple of weeks, we have done our part to share with GSN’s readers our belief that one of the best things that can be done to make our nation more resilient is to focus more intensely on strengthening the resilience of individuals and families, since personal resilience is the foundation of national resilience.

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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...

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

Waukesha, WI-based Magnasphere reports that its new high-security sensor, HSS, has completed its UL inspections and is r...