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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, 2015-09-21 04:29 PM
Washington, DC, September 17 - With influenza (flu) season approaching, health experts at a news conference held at the National Press Club by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)...
Mon, 2015-09-21 02:37 PM
Englewood, FL, September 16 - Denise Amber Lee Foundation, the driving force behind many improvements to public safety 9-1-1 center procedures and quality assurance (QA), and VPI, the global leader...
Sat, 2015-09-19 03:00 PM
Washington, DC, September 14 - The American Red Cross is helping out west where more than 1,130 people spent Sunday night in shelters because of the raging wildfires consuming thousands of acres in...
Sat, 2015-09-19 02:18 PM
Since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March 2003, the agency has removed hundreds of thousands of aliens, some of whom fall under the category of high profile...
Wed, 2015-09-16 10:47 AM
The accountant for a U.S. company recently received an e-mail from her chief executive, who was on vacation out of the country, requesting a transfer of funds on a time-sensitive acquisition that...
Tue, 2015-09-15 05:26 PM
September 2 - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today in Ames, Iowa to announce that SSN 797, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Iowa. The submarine...
Mon, 2015-09-14 10:31 AM
Washington, DC, September 3 - Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh has directed an immediate safety review at all nine Department of Defense labs and facilities involved in the production, shipment,...
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Washington, D.C. - Director James B. Comey has named David P. Gelios as the special agent in charge of the Detroit Division. Mr. Gelios most recently served as the chief inspector of the FBI’s...
Sun, 2015-09-13 10:49 AM
September is National Preparedness Month. This year we are asking you to take action now – make a plan with your community, your family, and for your pets.  Plan how to stay safe and communicate...
Thu, 2015-09-10 11:49 AM
Washington, DC, September 4 - A new Terror Threat Snapshot for the month of September was released today by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. The monthly assessment is the...
Thu, 2015-09-10 11:42 AM
San Jose, CA, September 8 - How does neighborhood crime influence the way riders access various transit modes – or if they will ride transit at all? In a third-phase report, researchers have further...
Thu, 2015-09-10 11:19 AM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Aristedes Mahairas as the special agent in charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the New York Field Office. Mr. Mahairas most recently served as the...

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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.

Company News

Carlsbad, CA, September 24 - Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek, Inc. company and a leader in the security, health and wellness, and home control markets, today announced that its Numera Libris mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) is now supported by Affiliated Monitoring services. Numera Libris is immediately available to all Affiliated Monitoring partners in the U.S.
Silver Spring, MD, October 1 - Raytheon Company has completed its rollout of the nation's next-generation weather data system, which may help enable the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) to make even more precise and timely weather predictions. The company's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System II (AWIPS II) is now operational at all NWS offices across the U.S. and its territories, providing advanced data analysis and visualization capabilities.
By Steve Bittenbender One of America’s largest ports has partnered with AtHoc to have the crisis communications provider develop a system that will enable port leaders to send out messages to employees, government officials, tenants and other key stakeholders. The Port of Houston Authority intends to create a “Connected Community” that enables effective, secure communication during emergencies, AtHoc said in a press release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Seattle, September 24 - TASER International TASR, a global leader in body-worn camera and evidence management technology, today announced receipt of an order for 2000 Axon Flex body cameras equipped with Axon Signal technology and a five-year subscription to Evidence.com by the Memphis Police Department. This order was received in the third quarter of 2015 and is expected to ship in the third and fourth quarter of 2015.
Anaheim, CA, September 28 - Telaeris Inc., an industry leader in handheld based solutions for security and safety, announces XPressEntry SMS-Mustering today from ASIS 2015. The addition of SMS-Mustering to XPressEntry takes emergency mustering to a whole new level by adding the ability to quickly broadcast alerts to employees via text messaging.
Wichita, KS, September 23 - Raymond Geoffroy, the former assistant deputy commandant, Plans, Policies and Operations (Security), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, has joined RedGuard's Advisory Board and will serve as special advisor to CoverSix Shelters, the company's defense and security division. In his role as special advisor, Geoffroy will act as a link between RedGuard and the people they serve, providing insight into the wants and needs of men and women in the field.
Waterloo, Ontario, September 23 - BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AtHoc, a leading provider of secure, networked crisis communications. AtHoc will operate as a division of BlackBerry. AtHoc’s Chief Executive Officer, Guy Miasnik, will lead the division as part of BlackBerry’s senior leadership team reporting to John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  
Ann Arbor, MI, September 16 -  Arotech Corporation's Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) announced up to $8.1 million in new contracts and awards for its Air Warfare Simulation Group. These orders include a $4 million five-year sole source award for FAAC's air-to-air training range software, as well as significant awards to enhance its Zone Acquisition Process software, which is embedded in every U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft to assist the pilot in weapon employment.

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Recent Disaster Preparedness Videos

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.