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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...
Mon, 2015-07-13 02:31 PM

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By Lorrie Barclay  Texas is no stranger to drought; the state has just come out of one that lasted four years. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor as of July 2 of this year only 0.2 percent of...
Thu, 2015-07-09 10:07 PM
Washington, July 1 – To ensure that U.S. health care providers and facilities are prepared to safely identify, isolate, transport, and treat patients with Ebola and other emerging threats, the U.S....
Thu, 2015-07-09 05:44 PM
Atlanta, July 9 – The Ebola epidemic that began in West Africa in early 2014 continues today. With more than 27,000 reported Ebola cases and more than 11,000 deaths, the scope has been unprecedented...
Thu, 2015-07-09 05:15 PM
Washington, July 9 – A new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study of ocean temperature measurements shows in recent years extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the...
Wed, 2015-07-08 10:26 PM
New York, NY, July 8 – This month marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. In July 1995 over 8,000 Bosniaks were massacred by the Army of the Republika Srpska. The Secretary-...
Wed, 2015-07-08 08:46 PM
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...

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

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.

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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...

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