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Sun, 2015-05-03 08:42 PM
Silver Spring, MD, April 29 – The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion, and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as...
Thu, 2015-04-30 09:40 PM
By Lorrie Barclay On January 1, 2015 a new law went into effect in California protecting residents in homeowners associations (HOA) who want to replace their water swallowing lawns with drought...
Wed, 2015-04-29 08:01 PM
Atlanta, GA, April 27 – A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate...
Tue, 2015-04-28 09:44 PM

Peter Neffenger

Washington, DC, April 28 – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger as Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration at the...
Tue, 2015-04-28 07:33 PM
By Lorrie BarclayIn January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. As...
Tue, 2015-04-28 05:53 PM
Washington, D.C., April 28 – A recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) survey found that nearly 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster by...
Mon, 2015-04-27 11:38 PM
Washington – ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) have agreed to pay civil penalties, fund an environmental project and implement corrective measures to resolve...
Mon, 2015-04-27 05:39 PM
Geneva, April 24 ­– Expressing alarm that the Syrian crisis had become the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, threatening regional stability, the United Nation’s Security Council has called...
Sun, 2015-04-26 11:53 PM
Washington, April 23 – Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., has announced the selection of three projects spearheaded by...
Fri, 2015-04-24 01:21 AM
Washington – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary launch on April 24, 1990. “Hubble has completely transformed our...
Fri, 2015-04-24 12:01 AM

Robert Bonner

Editor’s Note: On April 21, the first day of the 9th Border Security Expo, held in Phoenix, AZ, Robert C. Bonner, as a member of the Expo’s advisory board, was prepared to present the prestigious...
Thu, 2015-04-23 05:00 PM
Geneva, April 23 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria. Despite...

Company News

Rochester, NY-based Exelis, a provider of positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, has released the first nighttime imagery taken by the CorvusEye 1500 wide-area airborne system.
Panasonic, a provider of reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, has announced the Toughbook 54. As the thinnest and lightest semi-rugged laptop in its class, the Toughbook 54 is a highly portable tool for mobile professionals who need durability, power and feature sets beyond what a standard consumer laptop can offer.
Two prominent organizations dedicated to improving public health and preventing poisoning have announced a new partnership focusing on pesticide safety and education. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which supports the work of the nation’s 55 poison control centers, and the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) -- a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University -- are teaming up to help people stay safe around pesticides.
Oshkosh, WI-based Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, has introduced its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Extended Wheel Base Medical (EXM) variant at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015, taking place Feb. 22-26 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Oshkosh designed the M-ATV EXM to provide off-road mobility and MRAP-level protection to military medics on ambulatory missions in high-threat environments.
For the past six months, Crowley Maritime Corporation has provided critical logistics services in support of Operation United Assistance (OUA), the U.S. military’s mission to fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Specifically, Crowley has supplied emergency shipping, warehousing, trucking, stevedoring, customs brokerage and other logistics capabilities, first to the U.S.
Oxford, MA-based Community Fire & Police Equipment, a supplier of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services supplies and apparel, has announced plans to actively pursue government procurement opportunities by partnering with WinBids, an online site dedicated to providing solicitation and award contract information and details from all military and federal agencies.
Chatham, NJ-based Desktop Alert, the “less than one minute alert notification platform” used by the U.S. Military, the government, and numerous healthcare and corporate organizations worldwide, has announced the release of Safekard.
Everbridge, a provider of unified critical communications, continues to unveil new mobility and situational intelligence solutions, expanded integrations and enhancements to its global platform for enterprise critical communications. The Winter Release (2015) of the Unified Critical Communication Suite addresses the emerging communication challenges of its customers, providing new capabilities to ensure employee and resident safety, as well as to improve operational efficiency for governments, healthcare organizations and corporations.

Commentary and Opinions

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. 
Port security seems to be the forgotten child when it comes to preparing for disasters, at least in the public eye. Potential threats to aviation and mass transit generate many more conversations, and for good reason, but the risks posed to ports, primarily from cargo, cannot be ignored. A cargo container looks innocuous, just a square, metal box loaded with goods…right? This impression could not be further from the truth. 
What if your cell phone could detect toxic airborne substances like carbon monoxide, chlorine or even chemical warfare agents? The public would have a new level of personal protection against a range of fairly common airborne chemical-based toxins, as well as against terrorist attacks involving WMDs. And when sensor data is harnessed in an environmental sensing network for first responders and other organizations, it will be the dawn of a new era for disaster preparedness. 
  Today, more than half of the world’s populations live in cities, and that figure is expected to reach 60 percent by 2030. Large, modern cities function thanks to a complexity of infrastructure systems that deliver and manage energy, water, food, traffic, healthcare, mass transit, sanitation, environmental monitoring, etc. Working together, these systems make it possible for businesses and citizens to go about their daily activities.
 

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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...