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Senate passes bill for immigration

The Senate convened a special session and passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border. Obama had urged Congress to channel more money toward border security amid complaints from states besieged by undocumented immigrants and illegal drug trafficking.

The border security measure would fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas along the border, 250 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and 250 more Customs and Border Protection officers. It provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones. Almost one-third of the money goes to the Justice Department to help agencies such as the FBI, the DEA and the ATF deal with drug dealers and human traffickers.

The bill is paid for by raising fees on foreignbased personnel companies that use U.S. visa programs, including the popular H-1B program, to bring skilled workers to the United States.

Digital Ally® enters law enforcement speed detection market

Digital Ally® Inc. announced its new handheld LaserAlly LIDAR System for vehicle speed detection. LaserAlly is small, lightweight and well balanced, and it offers several feature enhancements relative to currently available competitive products.

LaserAlly features the ability to pinpoint the speed and direction of a vehicle in single or multilane traffic, without regard to traffic congestion; a ruggedized enclosure for heavy use that is waterproof for harsh environmental conditions; antijamming technology to defeat detectors; a 6,000-foot maximum acquisition range, 1/3-second acquisition time; obstruction and weather modes; easy-to-use menu; improved alignment stability and true continuous tracking; and up to a 32-hour battery life from 2 C-cell batteries. Also, the unit is upgradeable in the field via a USB port.

ICOP® attains enterprise solution partner status with General Dynamics Itronix

ICOP® Digital Inc. announced it has become an Enterprise Solution Partner (ESP) with General Dynamics Itronix to market ICOP’s mobile video solutions to their public safety, homeland security and military customers, through the General Dynamics Itronix partner channel. Also, ICOP will market and sell the General Dynamics Itronix rugged computing solutions to their customers worldwide. Available immediately, the ICOP products, combined with the General Dynamics GD6000 vehicle rugged notebook, provide highquality video and audio to help officers and first responders mitigate risks, reduce losses and improve safety and security in the line of duty.

ICOP is a leading provider of mobile video solutions (hardware and software) for law enforcement, fire, EMS, military and homeland security markets worldwide. In addition to ICOP’s digital video recorders, ICOP will furnish the software to support the management of the stored recorded video. The company will also provide ICOP LIVE™, a streaming video option that provides the viewing and sharing of live video and audio for real-time situational awareness to an unlimited number of simultaneous viewers.

General Dynamics Itronix is a leading developer of wireless, rugged computing solutions for mobile workers offering a full range of field computing systems including laptops, ultra mobile notebook PCs and tablet PCs. A trusted information-technology supplier, the company’s Duo-Touch II tablet PCs and GD6000™ vehicle-rugged notebooks excel in the demanding public safety environment by making mobile computing more viewable, powerful and secure.

Intergraph® incident management software advances Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Palm Beach, Fla., County Fire Rescue (PBCFR) has successfully deployed Intergraph® public safety and security incident management software to advance its mission to save lives and protect property in Florida’s largest county.

PBCFR has 49 fire stations and provides dispatch services to an additional 22 municipal stations throughout Palm Beach County to serve the county’s 1.2 million residents. From the dispatch center, to the stations and in the 165 fire and rescue vehicles, every operational PBCFR employee is utilizing Intergraph incident management software to communicate and make split-second decisions for faster incident response.

Intergraph software empowers PBCFR personnel in their response efforts by providing greater interoperability and information sharing capabilities to ensure responders have the reliable data they need to make informed decisions. Additionally, fire and rescue personnel and dispatchers are leveraging the latest generation incident management software to advance situational awareness for optimized emergency response and a more streamlined 9-1-1 dispatch process.

OAISYS® releases new versions of Talkument® and Tracer software

OAISYS announced the new version 6.2 release of its Talkument® and Tracer software solutions. Now available for early-adopter field trials, Talkument and Tracer version 6.2 delivers new technology enhancements and functionality improvements for public safety agencies and call centers.

OAISYS’ new 6.2 enhancements were unveiled to the public at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International’s 76th Annual Conference & Expo in Houston.

Tracer functionality is built on a foundation of OAISYS’ Talkument voice documentation solution. Talkument does for phone calls what the advent of e-mail did for letters and memos, providing similar benefits to collaboration, productivity and accuracy. Talkument captures digital recordings, or voice documents, of authorized users’ phonebased conversations using patent-pending OAISYS Portable Voice Document (PVD™) technology. Conversations are captured in their entirety and can be easily and securely shared with other authorized users and oversight personnel for improved collaboration and accuracy.

Shulman Rogers welcomes sponsors of narrowbanding Web site for police and fire agencies

The law firm of Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A. announced the addition of two sponsors of their narrowbanding Web site, www.narrowbandinglaw. com, launched earlier this year. The site is a resource to assist local municipalities, emergency communication organizations and other land mobile users to better understand and comply with the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) narrowbanding initiative. The site is geared toward providing comprehensive, timely and objective information about the initiative and compliance deadlines, such as the requirement for state municipalities and first responders to replace or modify their two-way radio systems by January 1, 2013.

The new sponsors, major wireless radio manufacturer Harris and communications consultants Adcomm, join 10 other manufacturers and consultants directly involved with radio communications. The other sponsors include; Motorola, Icom, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), PCIA, Blue Wing Consulting, Trott Consulting Group, Pericle Communications, Tusa Consulting, Urgent Communications and IWCE. The site will be updated on a regular basis, as the FCC clarifies certain aspects of the initiative or as the situation warrants.

CalAmp® announces shipments of WiMAX-based 4G wireless networking devices

CalAmp® Corp. announced it has begun commercial shipments of its Sentry 4G-900™ Wireless IP Router and Sentry 4G-900 pico Base Station, both based on industrial grade IEEE 802.16e-2005 (mobile WiMAX) technology. Applications include smart grid communications, streaming video, mobile data, high-speed SCADA/Telemetry, fleet management, video surveillance and a host of other mission critical applications.

The Sentry 4G-900 Wireless IP Router provides high-speed, long-range data connectivity in unlicensed 900 MHz spectrum, and features extensive routing capabilities with an easy-to-use interface and comprehensive remote management. Built-in GPS, two Ethernet ports and an optional IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi access point enable connectivity in the office or on the road. Ensuring the protection of even the most sensitive data, Sentry 4G-900 incorporates state-of-the-art security features including AES 128-bit encryption, RADIUS authentication and FIPS 140-2 compliance.

The Sentry 4G-900 pico Base Station is a secure wireless platform in a compact form factor, providing connectivity to fixed or mobile end points. It is a single sector, lightweight base station that can be easily installed on poles, street lamps or walls by a single person. Connected via a single Power over Ethernet connection and easily provisioned, the Sentry Base Station reduces operational cost and complexity. Utilizing OFDMA and MIMO radio technology, it is robust in adverse channel conditions,

ANSI approves service capability criteria rating scale

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) released the second version of an American National Standard (ANS) to assist public safety answering point (PSAP) managers and their governing authorities to identify their current level of service capability.

APCO/NENA ANS 1.102.2-2010: PSAP-Service Capability Criteria Rating Scale is an assessment tool that facilitates an objective review of the current capabilities of the PSAP against models representing the best level of preparedness, survivability and sustainability amidst a wide range of natural and man-made events. The selfevaluation assessment tool provides the basis for discussion with funding bodies concerning the PSAP status in regard to their current technological position and readiness or effectiveness to survive certain risks associated with local vulnerabilities.
 
JVC upgrades analog CCTV cameras

JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., upgraded its four latest high-resolution, 1/3-inch CCD analog surveillance cameras. The new “A” versions of the TK-C2201UA and TKC2201WPUA fixed dome cameras, as well as the box-style TK-C9200UA and TK-C9300UA cameras, feature improved image processing to deliver brighter, clearer and more stable images under varying conditions.

The “A” version image processing enhancements provide a number of performance upgrades. Improved edge enhancement makes highlighted objects more easily recognizable. Auto tracking white balance is now more stable and not easily influenced by color objects in the scene. The adjustable brightness range has also been widened, and objects illuminated by mercury-vapor light sources now look more natural with improved color reproduction.

All four models deliver 580 TV lines of resolution and feature a 12-bit digital signal processor for highquality images. Super LoLux Sensitivity assures precise color reproduction even in challenging lighting conditions. Each camera delivers an industry-leading 52db signal-to-noise ratio, and 3-D noise reduction reduces picture noise in dark environments. Plus, the eco-friendly cameras use about 40 percent less power than conventional models.

Guidance® Software unveils forensic-based critical infrastructure security solution

Guidance® Software Inc. announced a new relationship with Lofty Perch Inc., a global leader in cybersecurity solutions for industrial control and SCADA systems, designed to help organizations quickly expose, respond to, and recover from security incidents including advanced persistent threats.

Lofty Perch will use Guidance Software En-Case® Cybersecurity to give companies the power to discover malicious or improper files and expedite restorative activities in industrial automation environments through the industry’s first forensicbased critical infrastructure security solution.

Until now, industrial control and SCADA systems asset owners and operators have struggled with how to perform critical forensics without taking mission-critical systems offline. With Guidance Software EnCase technology, operators can perform forensic analysis while systems are operational with little impact to performance and availability.

SCADA/Incident Command Systems (ICS) were not designed to be exposed to external domains. Recent convergence of formerly disparate systems has opened critical infrastructure up to security threats and vulnerabilities traditionally only found in the IT sector. Lofty Perch will offer cybersecurity solutions that include Guidance Software EnCase Cybersecurity enterprise software to help determine whether abnormal system behavior or failures are the result of a cyber attack or benign system nuances.

New World Systems®’ solutions improve safety for Cocoa, Fla.

The City of Cocoa, Fla. signed a contract to license New World Systems®’ Aegis/MSP® Public Safety and Logos.NET Public Administration Solutions to meet their financial management, public safety and emergency response needs. New World’s solutions will help the city improve reporting and access to information, while saving time and providing more advanced tools to Cocoa Police and emergency responders.

Both solutions are developed in-house using proven Microsoft® and Microsoft.NET™ technology, industry-standard Windows® Server and SQL® Server. The completely integrated solutions with built-in electronic workflow will help streamline business processes, improve access to information for employees, and reduce paperwork for the city. The solutions will also save time by eliminating redundant data entry for both the city and police department. Embedded mapping capabilities will improve access to location information for the police department during emergencies and improve everyday utility management and community development operations for the City. Logos.NET Business Analytics and fast, flexible and accurate reporting in both solutions will dramatically improve reporting and analysis for both the police department and city hall. According to Deputy Chief Jones, New World’s software will allow the police department to perform crime analysis and better analyze statistics to improve crime prevention efforts. The city of Cocoa will utilize New World’s solutions to increase efficiency and better serve more than 16,700 citizens.

Alaska selects Niche to manage critical law enforcement information
 
Alaska has selected Niche Record Management System (RMS) to manage its state law enforcement information. The agency is Alaska’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), provider of police and other public safety services throughout the state through the Division of Alaska State Troopers (AST), the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) and the Division of Fire & Life Safety (FLS).

One of nine bidders for the Alaska contract, Niche won out as the only system capable of meeting requirements critical to Alaska’s unique challenges including poor connectivity in many areas of the state. In many areas, bandwidth is highly limited and unreliable. Officers must be able to conduct incident reporting work on standalone, disconnected computers on a patrol vessel in the middle of the Bering Sea, or when investigating a crime in a remote area such as a rural cabin or illegal wildlife kill site. In order to win the contract, Niche successfully demonstrated that its RMS works under all these conditions.

Alaska DPS plans to roll out the complete RMS in phases based on regions and functions. A project manager and core project team of 11 employees with a broad spectrum of field experience and expertise are working on plans for the rollout; in addition, a team of IT personnel is preparing for implementation of the RMS within the state’s IT infrastructure. Initial core team training was conducted July 12-21, 2010 with full deployment across the state anticipated during the first quarter of 2012.

Published in Public Safety IT, Sep/Oct 2010

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