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Check out this new video about Telephonics' critical role during a successful search and rescue mission.“Telephonics is extremely proud that a system designed and developed by its engineers was able...


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Beijing, China, July 7 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has joined Chinese officials at a ceremony to establish a sister park relationship between Shenandoah National Park in the U.S....
Wed, 2015-07-08 12:39 PM
Washington, July 7 – The Obama Administration has announced a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding...
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Manila, Philippines, July 7 – Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for...
Tue, 2015-07-07 04:26 PM
By Karen Ferrick-RomanThe Department of Homeland Security, working with universities and corporations, is establishing three new Centers of Excellence (COE) to more effectively turn academic...
Tue, 2015-07-07 12:22 PM
Washington, July 6 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected seven technology proposals for continued study under Phase II of the agency's Innovative Advanced Concepts (...
Mon, 2015-07-06 02:54 PM
Washington, July 6 – As unusually warm ocean temperatures cover the north Pacific, equatorial Pacific, and western Atlantic oceans, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists...
Mon, 2015-07-06 12:36 PM
Hanoi, Vietnam – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell concluded an official visit to Vietnam where she met with senior government officials, including Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, to...
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 (...

Company News

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., 
Cambridge, Ontario, June 8 – Together with Harris Corporation, exactEarth is thrilled to unveil our second generation Satellite AIS (S-AIS) constellation, exactView™ RT powered by Harris.
Cambridge, ON, June 8 – exactEarth Ltd., a provider of Satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services and Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), a provider of space, geospatial and remote sensing solutions, have formed an alliance to provide a new level of AIS data service that will deliver real-time global coverage for maritime vessel tracking. The new service will leverage the persistent global coverage and real-time connectivity of the Iridium NEXT constellation through the implementation of 58 hosted payloads covering the Maritime VHF frequency band.
Oshkosh, WI, June 5 – Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Group, part of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), has been selected by Saudi Aramco to engineer and manufacture 22 heavy-duty industrial multi-purpose firefighting trucks. Custom engineered by Oshkosh Corporation subsidiary Pierce Manufacturing, the vehicles will be placed into service beginning in mid-2016 at Saudi Aramco facilities.
Washington, May 27 – A-T Solutions Inc., a counterterrorism company based in Vienna, VA, has announced that the U.S.

Commentary and Opinions

Editor’s note: In this article Denise Rucker Krepp, former Special Counsel to DOT General Counsel, Senior Counsel on the House Homeland Security Committee, and author of the 9/11 Act rail provisions, gives state, local officials a simple piece of advice regarding NDAs they signed with railroad companies regarding transportation of Bakken crude oil: Tear them up. They’re against the law.
In recent decades, wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and severity have increased in frequency, raising concerns about impacts on local natural resources such as water. The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Canadian Water Network (CWN) recently released a new report that offers a comprehensive look at the state of knowledge around this subject and the potential for mitigating the impact wildfires can have on water
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.

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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.

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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...