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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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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...
Wed, 2015-05-27 10:45 PM
Washington, D.C., May 27 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s...
Tue, 2015-05-26 09:34 PM
Washington, D.C., May 26 - The Energy Department (DOE) has announced $32 million in funding to help train American workers for the solar energy workforce and to further drive down the cost of solar...
Tue, 2015-05-26 05:51 PM
Washington, May 26 – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC...
Tue, 2015-05-26 04:39 PM
Washington, May 21 – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued an Emergency Order that will assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor (NEC...
Mon, 2015-05-25 11:54 PM
Geneva, May 25 – The World Health Assembly has agreed on resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance; improve access to affordable vaccines and address over- and under-nutrition. Delegates at the...

Company News

Longmont, CO, March 31 – Intrado, a provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, has announced that the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) has selected Intrado as the supplier of Automatic Location Information Data Base Management Services (ALI DBMS) for participating Regional Planning Commissions (RPC) 9-1-1 Programs representing over 250 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the state.
Farmingdale, NY, March 26 – Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), has announced that it has successfully completed a round of testing at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Rotorcraft Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) project event at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. At this event, an EH-60L helicopter was flown to create simulated DVE/brownout conditions, including sand and dust.
March 30 – CNL Software, a provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, and Edge360, a provider of Safe City security solutions, will be presenting two exclusive Safe City sessions at ISC West 2015. The sessions will especially benefit those involved with city surveillance programs, policing, security consultancy, homeland security, law enforcement or system integration.
Pasadena, CA, March 30 – Tetra Tech, a provider of consulting, engineering, program management, and construction management service, has announced it has been awarded a $1 billion multiple-award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) to support the implementation of USAID’s Water and Development Strategy.
Newtown, CT, March 27 – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a new resource, the "How to Talk to Your Kids about Firearm Safety" video. The video, starring champion shooter and mother Julie Golob, encourages parents to have "the talk" about firearm safety with their kids sooner rather than later, and provides tips for how to have a helpful discussion.
Centennial, CO, March 26 – Since 2013, Laser Technology (LTI) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police's (IACP) National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) have hosted several informative webinars for law enforcement agencies who are interested in participating in the NLEC and improving their traffic safety programs. In preparation for the 2015 Challenge application deadline, the final LTI hosted NLEC webinar in this years’ two-part series will air on April 9, at 9:30 AM MDT.
West Hollywood, CA, March 13 – The City of West Hollywood is implementing a pedestrian safety plan and installing a series of new sidewalk art illustrations. The three-dimensional (3D) artworks feature vibrant characters from the City’s Alice in WeHoLand crosswalk safety video, which was released in October 2014. The video is part of a multi-faceted campaign aimed at encouraging drivers and pedestrians to act safely.
Canton, MA, March 18 – LoJack Corporation, a provider of safety, security and protection for an ever-growing range of valuable assets and people, has appointed Alan L. Bazaar to its board of directors, effective immediately, under an agreement with shareholder Engine Capital LP.

Commentary and Opinions

With new emphasis being placed on data protection due to the broken state of backup – as well as budget cuts -- there needs to be an increased focus on data reliability and recoverability while adding value back into the agency itself. Backing up data to a physical tape is just not viable due to the amount of data and the speed and flexibility with which data must be recovered. Agencies are implementing disks into their IT infrastructure. However, before taking this step, chief technology officers must first ask and answer these questions:
A good disaster recovery plan includes all of the processes, policies and procedures necessary for your company to continue operating its critical technology systems after a disaster. The “classic” disaster recovery (DR) scenarios -- such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes -- are widely understood. However, the disasters most commonly faced by businesses are not those recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but the more mundane power outages, cyber attacks and vendor issues. Yet, in all cases, you need to be prepared.
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 created a lot of buzz around the word “telework.” President Obama signed this Act into law in December 2010. According to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) memorandum, the Act provides a framework for agencies to better leverage technology and to maximize the use of flexible work arrangements, which will aid in recruiting new federal workers, retain valuable talent and allow the government to maintain productivity in various situations.
The subject of disaster management and emergency preparedness has fundamentally evolved over the last 10 years.
Although historians may characterize 2011 differently than I do, I believe that many in the government and public safety arena likely will remember this as the “Year of the Natural Disaster.” From the unparalleled Japanese tsunami to wildfires and tornadoes that literally destroyed entire communities and droughts that plagued many parts of the United States, we have come face-to-face with natural disasters of epic proportions. 
 

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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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