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Thu, 2015-07-23 03:49 PM

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By Steve Bittenbender Railroads that transport more than 1 million gallons of crude oil must continue to notify state officials of when those shipments will take place in their jurisdictions. That’s...
Wed, 2015-07-22 06:40 PM

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SEATTLE, July 22 - TASER International today announced large orders of its Axon body-worn video cameras and Evidence.com solution, a back-end digital evidence management system. These orders were...
Wed, 2015-07-22 05:54 PM
By Steve Bittenbender A strike that would have affected more than 1,000 security workers and baggage handlers at New York City’s major airports was avoided just hours before they were set to walk off...
Wed, 2015-07-22 05:41 PM
Ottawa, Ontario July 22 - Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, was joined by the President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council...
Wed, 2015-07-22 05:18 PM
Mexico, July 21 – Mexico’s bloody gangland warfare has cost an estimated 80,000 lives since 2006 and the escape of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán from the maximum-security prison of Altiplano last week...
Tue, 2015-07-21 08:02 PM
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today launched a comprehensive, focused safety review of the New York & Atlantic Railway’s (NY&A)...
Tue, 2015-07-21 05:42 PM
By: Lorrie Barclay Last week, the California Water Commission adopted an ordinance stating new California yards and commercial landscaping installed after December 1, 2015 will have to use up to a...
Tue, 2015-07-21 01:59 PM

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By Rosemary Laughlin, American Immigration Council
Tue, 2015-07-21 12:57 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Officials from the Department of Homeland Security testified before a Senate panel last week that while its agencies and other countries are cooperating to ensure the safety of...
Mon, 2015-07-20 08:48 PM
Washington, July 17 – Some underserved Virginia patients were among the first to be officially helped by an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), more commonly known as a drone, during research flights to...
Mon, 2015-07-20 07:07 PM
Marinette, WI, July 17 - The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), will be christened Saturday, July 18, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Marinette Marine...
Wed, 2015-07-15 05:37 PM
Washington, July 14 – When U.S. adults are hospitalized with pneumonia, viruses are more often to blame than bacteria. However, despite current diagnostic tests, neither viruses nor bacteria are...

Company News

WILMINGTON, Mass., July 20, 2015 - Implant Sciences Corporation, a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today announced that it has sold 45 QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detectors across international airports in the Czech Republic.
NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 - Varonis Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data, today announced that it has been added to the U.S.
Kirkland, WA, July 14 – Prepared Response, an innovator of emergency preparedness and crisis management solutions, has announced the release of a new integrated communication tool as an add-on feature to Rapid Responder, industry leading emergency preparedness and crisis management system. The new feature, Easy Alert, is a browser based communication tool designed to be used in real time for both emergencies and non-emergencies between Rapid Responder users, site administrators and first responders.
New York, NY, July 8 – Citing study data from the Senate Armed Services Committee pertaining to counterfeit electronics making their way to the U.S.
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.

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.

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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...