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Pryme Radio Products offers Comply™ Foam Tips

Pryme Radio is joining forces with Hearing Components to enhance the comfort and performance of its communication equipment with the addition of patented Comply™ Foam tips. Beginning in October 2011, Pryme will include Hearing Components’ newly launched Comply Foam Tips A-100 with its surveillance kits to increase user’s situational awareness and comfort. The patented “dual layer” technology of the foam tips helps users retain communication devices securely in the ear during fast-paced physical activities.

Made of unique “open cell” foam, the Comply Foam Tips allow the user to maintain 360-degree hearing while reducing the “plugged-up” sensation often associated with in-ear communication devices. Additionally, the tips remain comfortable during extended use, thereby reducing irritation and ear fatigue. Pryme will also make available to its users the Comply Foam Tips N-100, which are proven to deliver maximum noise isolation and improved speech intelligibility in higher noise environments.

C4I introduces portable dispatch systems for mobile response

At APCO 2011, C4i launched SwitchplusIP® Command-Center LT, the same IP-based, feature rich, interoperable control console as the SwitchplusIP master system, but condensed in a small, ruggedized container to be easily transportable. One of the largest Australian railways incorporated the system into a Mobile Incident Response Trailer with one operator position and the capability to integrate communications from six or more different radios into a single headset. C4i also delivered and integrated a GSM gateway, satellite telephony and Wi-Fi SIP phones.

SwitchplusIP Command-Center LT has every building block of C4i’s most powerful system so, though highly portable, it functions the same as it would in a dispatch center. Features include wireless PTT functionality, configurable operator roles, and individual operating preferences such as volume control. Users can make and receive telephony calls, in addition to transmitting and receiving audio from all radios simultaneously.

The portable system is perfect for temporary emergency operations center applications. It comes with a battery and power supply so it can be set up anywhere to act as a ‘communications hub’ in the field. Designed to be extremely durable, SwitchplusIP Command-Center LT provides local incident managers and mobile operators dependable access to vital emergency communications and clear digital reception in disaster situations.

Loyola University Maryland to launch Cybersecurity Certificate program

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management will launch a new, 15-credit graduate Cybersecurity Certificate program in January 2012. The part-time, one-year program is geared toward business professionals who are seeking management-level certification and enhanced skills in cybersecurity and information assurance. Applications for priority consideration to the program are due Nov. 1.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter as space permits for the January 2012 start. Interested applicants may visit the program page or begin an application online.

Carlson unveils new Trailblazer 5.9

Carlson Wireless announced the newest addition to its successful Trailblazer line, the Trailblazer 5.9 at the 2011 APCO Convention in Philadelphia. This product, one of the first products of its kind certified to operate in the 5.9 GHz frequency band, was custom-designed for departments of transportation. The Trailblazer 5.9 is a point-to-point solution, ideal for backhauling two-way radio communications or Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) projects because of its extraordinary resistance to interference and weather. The Trailblazer itself has long been established as indispensable in the public safety field due to its ultra-low fixed latency and rugged reliability.

Carlson developed the 5.9 after being approached by a transportation customer who expressed a need that had yet to be met by any other product. The 5.9 is quite possibly the only product on the market that offers a unique blend of video, telemetry, Ethernet, voice and data. This varied arsenal of capabilities heightens efficiency when reporting road closures, issuing traffic alerts, emergency warnings for short-range vehicles, two-way radio backhaul, leaded line replacement, POTS line wireless transport and Ethernet transport.

Safety Vision, LLC acquires ICOP

Safety Vision, a leading provider of mobile video and fleet automation solutions, announced the acquisition of ICOP Digital Inc. of Lenexa, Kans., a leading provider of Tier I mobile video solutions for Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS markets, worldwide. The combination immediately vaults Safety Vision into a leadership position in market share and technology delivery for the law enforcement market.

Since 1993, Safety Vision has grown to establish leadership positions in mobile video solutions for the transit, school bus and collision avoidance markets. The acquisition is further bolstered by a core group of technology, sales and support professionals from ICOP who will join the Safety Vision family.

Together, ICOP and Safety Vision have already begun implementing the transition plan to integrate products, personnel and back-office systems. With this acquisition, ICOP becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Safety Vision LLC and will spearhead Safety Vision’s Law Enforcement Group.

Nebraska Fusion Center selects Memex for intelligence and data sharing capabilities

The Nebraska Information and Analysis Center (NIAC) selected Memex to provide information-sharing capabilities to the various law enforcement agencies throughout Nebraska. Memex is a premier provider of software and services that enable law enforcement agencies to manage and retrieve intelligence, preventing all scales of crime.

The contract will provide a platform for intelligence management, information exchange, case management and analytical capabilities. Some 200 law enforcement officials throughout Nebraska will use the Memex Patriarch platform, connecting 17 different law enforcement data sources through an indexed search of selected data and federated search model.

Among those data repositories are Records Management Systems (RMS), Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD), Sex-offender Registry, Mug Shot Integration and Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). As a result of its compliance with the FBI’s National Data Exchange (NDEX) system, Memex also makes it possible for NIAC and its sister agencies to easily export and share RMS data.

Tiburon’s DispatchNow integrates CAD and mobile solutions

Tiburon offers DispatchNow, its latest and most affordable computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and mobile integrated solution with a high availability hosted delivery option as well as a traditional installation option. DispatchNow’s hosted deployment model saves time, money and frees up personnel while preparing agencies to meet the impending challenges of NG9-1-1.

DispatchNow does not require agencies to purchase or maintain costly server hardware or hire and train on-site IT personnel, thereby delivering the benefits of market-leading technology with new standards of efficiency and affordability. Not only can DispatchNow save up to 40 percent on the Total Cost of Ownership in the first five years, but many agencies can avoid costly RFP and procurement processes by foregoing any upfront capital and service expenditures. Agencies realize additional savings through a reduced IT workload from Tiburon monitoring and maintenance of all servers and databases.

DispatchNow integrates with NG9-1-1 voice and data services through established industry standards, enabling a seamless transition from today’s telecommunications infrastructure to IP-based NG9-1-1 services throughout the U.S.

Verizon and Intrado join forces to deploy next-generation 9-1-1 services nationwide

Verizon and Intrado are teaming to advance the state of 9-1-1 emergency services in the U.S. Under a strategic business agreement, the two companies will roll out advanced capabilities that will be available to 9-1-1 centers nationwide to enable them to keep pace with today’s rapidly changing telecommunications systems and the way people expect to communicate. Verizon and Intrado are already upgrading the Denco Area 9-1-1 District in North Texas to a modern 9-1-1 platform powered by Internet protocol-based technologies.

Verizon Emergency Communications Solutions will combine Verizon’s global IP network and managed and professional services with Intrado’s advanced 9-1-1 technologies to deliver calls and data services to emergency response personnel at public safety answering points (PSAPs). The new 9-1-1 services will be conducted via an IP-enabled communications platform that will be able to support emerging and future capabilities such as consumers sending photos, videos and text messages to public safety responders during an emergency event. The new offering will also build a foundation to enable car safety systems to transmit key crash information, such as how fast the vehicle was traveling at the time of impact, the number of passengers present, or whether a vehicle flipped over. 

·         Federal Signal President Joe Wilson testifies with FEMA and DHS



The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hosted “Streamlining Emergency Management: Improving Preparedness, Response and Cutting Costs,” a hearing that examined how the emergency management systems and programs can be streamlined to reduce costs and improve preparedness and response. Joe Wilson, president of the Industrial Systems Division, Safety & Security Group at University Park-headquartered Federal Signal Corporation, provided testimony in response to recently introduced federal legislation (H.R. 2903 and H.R. 2904). If passed, these bills will reauthorize FEMA and two if its expiring programs through fiscal year 2013, and establish a clear framework and timetable for the modernization of FEMA’s public alerts and warning system. Wilson’s presentation addressed important matters of public safety and emergency management, including meeting local level needs and integrating emergency communication technologies.

Published in Public Safety IT, Nov/Dec 2011

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