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Thu, 2015-06-25 01:16 PM
Washington, June 24 – The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U....
Wed, 2015-06-24 03:30 PM
Chesapeake Bay, MD, June 23 – Scientists are expecting that this year’s Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 1.37 cubic miles – about the volume...
Tue, 2015-06-23 11:08 PM
Washington, June 22 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report quantifying the economic, health, and environmental benefits that reducing global carbon pollution will have on...
Tue, 2015-06-23 10:47 PM
Washington, June 22 – The U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) is strengthening the federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from...
Tue, 2015-06-23 09:34 PM
New London, CT – The Coast Guard Academy has announced that Dr. Aram deKoven has been selected as the Academy’s Chief Diversity Officer.
Tue, 2015-06-23 08:38 PM

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Chicago, June 23 – The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company's 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10...
Mon, 2015-06-22 08:29 PM
Liberia, July 17 – The Liberia-U.S. clinical research partnership known as PREVAIL has launched a study of people in Liberia who have survived Ebola virus disease (EVD) within the past two years. The...
Mon, 2015-06-22 07:37 PM
California, June 22 – Anglers spent approximately $156 million on saltwater recreational fishing in California's four national marine sanctuaries on average, which generated more than $200 million in...
Mon, 2015-06-22 02:31 AM
Washington, June 18 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to use ground-breaking tools developed in the ToxCast program to improve testing for chemicals that have the potential to...
Mon, 2015-06-22 02:06 AM
Washington, June 19 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are jointly proposing standards for...
Fri, 2015-06-19 01:11 AM
Sacramento, CA, June 16 – The Department of the Interior has announced that its Bureau of Reclamation is awarding grants totaling $6.5 million for more efficient management and conservation of...
Thu, 2015-06-18 11:56 PM
Washington, June 17 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report, showing progress in consumer...

Company News

Manchester, NH, April 22 – The University of New Hampshire at Manchester has announced a new Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security.
Dublin, Ireland, April 20 – Two Xtralis solutions have received prestigious awards at ISC West, the largest security industry trade show in the USA. VESDA-E VEA aspirating smoke detector (ASD) won the Security Industry Association (SIA) 2015 New Product Showcase (NPS) Best in Fire & Life Safety Award, and the HeiTel 4G Body-Worn Nano streaming video transmitter received an Honourable Mention. Both solutions bring Xtralis’ pro-active threat prevention innovation to new markets, providing vastly safer environments for people.
Cincinnati, OH, April 20 – Response Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer and distributor of the Centurion® line of emergency notification solutions, is launching an emergency safety grant program for eligible K-12 public schools in the U.S. This is the first year for the grant program, which will be conducted annually moving forward.
London, England, April 17 – E2S Warning Signals, a manufacturer of audible and visual signals, will be showcasing new additions to its extensive range of explosion proof, hazardous location and intrinsically safe warning devices.
Austin, TX, April 16 – Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) (“Xplore” or the “company”), a manufacturer of award-winning rugged tablet PCs, has announced that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Motion Computing, Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Motion”). Motion, another Austin, TX-based company in the rugged tablet space, is currently the #2 provider worldwide of rugged tablet PCs, according to VDC.
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.

Commentary and Opinions

The frantic phone calls arrived on the leading edge of Hurricane Irene’s assault on the East Coast. “We are out of flares and need to re-stock fast.” “Can we drive to you and pick them up at your warehouse?” “Do you have distributors or retailers in our area and do they have stock?”
When natural disasters strike or catastrophic man-made events occur, existing infrastructure is often disrupted or compromised; power and communications frequently fail and personal contact can become difficult. Rural areas may become isolated and urban areas impassible and dangerous. Maintaining civil order, implementing evacuations, conducting rescue operations and providing relief distribution becomes highly problematic.   Facilitating communication with acoustic hailing devices (AHDs)
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.
 

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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...

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...