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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...


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...
Wed, 2015-06-03 03:11 AM
Washington, D.C., June 2 – Melanoma rates doubled between 1982 and 2011 but comprehensive skin cancer prevention programs could prevent 20 percent of new cases between 2020 and 2030, according to...
Wed, 2015-06-03 01:38 AM
By Stephen Bittenbender Airline and airport security stayed in the headlines for a second consecutive day Tuesday as several flights were targeted with bomb threats and a major airliner had to ground...
Wed, 2015-06-03 01:03 AM
Pasadena, CA, May 28 – The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has selected CALSTART to continue to administer the largest state clean truck and bus incentive program in the nation. Under this new...
Tue, 2015-06-02 02:08 AM
Seoul, South Korea, May 20 – Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, has announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans...
Tue, 2015-06-02 01:09 AM
Shreveport, LA, June 1 – Bug guts create drag, and drag increases fuel consumption. But aircraft of the future could be made more fuel-efficient with non-stick coatings the National Aeronautics and...
Thu, 2015-05-28 07:00 PM
Washington, D.C., May 27 – As part of the Administration’s effort to advance energy efficiency and combat the harmful effects of climate change, Better Buildings Challenge partners have cut energy...
Wed, 2015-05-27 11:20 PM
Washington – Preliminary statistics released by the FBI show that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014. This is an increase of almost 89 percent when...

Company News

Washington, D.C., April 14 – Powered by growing residential and commercial markets, the neighboring states of Oregon and Washington are set to make significant gains this year in new solar installations, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review. The two Northwest states are expected to top 200 megawatts (MW) of combined solar electric capacity by the end of 2015 – enough to power nearly 25,000 homes.
San Jose, CA, April 15 – Two of the nation’s drone technology companies have committed their support to Drone World Expo (DWE), an event for commercial drone applications, as platinum sponsors. DJI and DroneDeploy will showcase their newest technologies on the exhibit floor and demonstrate the capabilities live at the event scheduled for November 17-18, 2015, at the San Jose, CA Convention Center.
Milan, Italy and Houston, TX, April 14 - Sorin S.p.A., a medical device company and provider of treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and Cyberonics, a medical device company with core expertise in neuromodulation, has announced that the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, relating to their pending merger, has expired, thereby satisfying one of the conditions required to finalize the merger transaction.
April 6, 2015 – Mistral Detection – a provider of solutions for military, law-enforcement, bomb, SWAT, and tactical teams – is providing advanced systems for divers in two major Latin American countries.
Plano, TX, April 03 – Clocking vehicle speeds from locations formerly impossible due to obstructions to the line of sight is now possible with Stalker’s LIDAR XLR’s exclusive C-Thru Technology.Using the Stalker LIDAR XLR’s Auto Obstruction mode, targets that are partially obscured by objects – bushes, trees, fences, utility poles, guy wires, etc. – can be automatically tracked and identified. This gives the officer more location choices when setting up to monitor traffic.
Trevose, PA, April 2 – The CEI Group, a fleet driver management company, has announced the promotion of Steve Enoch from director of information technology to chief information officer.A career information technology professional and a 14-year CEI veteran, Enoch has been instrumental in structuring and managing a host of IT resources essential to CEI. They range from in-house programming of automated claims handling and reporting solutions, to data security, and uninterrupted customer access to user-friendly interfaces.
Schaumberg, IL, April 1 – Motorola Solutions has acquired PublicEngines, a
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, April 1 – Centerra Group, has acquired Gregg Protection Services, a provider of protection of nuclear and biological assets as well as other high threat, national security targets worldwide.“This addition to the Centerra family brings a team of uniquely qualified professionals with unmatched technical skills and experience in the highly specialized arena of global non-proliferation and threat reduction support,” said Paul Donahue, president and CEO of Centerra.

Commentary and Opinions

By Ann Coss and Ronald BearseSince the attacks of 9-11, our nation has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on strengthening its homeland security and domestic disaster response and recovery capabilities.   Despite these expenditures, individuals and families are concerned that they now have to think seriously about being prepared to be self-reliant for as long as a week, based on assumptions about disaster aid from external sources. And so they should be. 
By Esther Ndichu and Dale Herzog  Meteorologists sometimes can predict disasters with a high degree of certainty days, if not weeks, before they make landfall. Other times, however, the public is warned within mere minutes; and then there are those events that can’t be predicted at all. 
The security industry has a long history of protecting and saving lives, as well as a list of heroic achievements. Now, one more can be added to the list.
When an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, Japanese nuclear safety experts were quick to call for potassium iodide to be rushed to people in affected areas. Potassium iodide, or KI, lowers the risk of people developing thyroid cancer as a result of radioactive iodine exposure.
The disastrous results of the Boston Marathon bombings are testimony to the ineffectiveness of current security systems to predict and help avert devastating attacks. Although Boston’s security infrastructure was quite effective at post-disaster forensics, enabling the identification and neutralization of two suspects only days after the bombings, the community still had to suffer hundreds of injuries, loss of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in collateral damage. 

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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...