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Intergraph® to be acquired by Hexagon AB

Intergraph® Corp., announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hexagon AB, a leading global measurement technology company, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.125 billion.

Upon closing of the transaction, Intergraph will operate as a separate Hexagon division under the Intergraph name and branding. Intergraph will become Hexagon’s core software platform and will continue to provide differentiated and vertically focused software solutions to its core industries. Intergraph software will also be integrated into Hexagon’s existing measurement and precision technology system markets to provide a visual presentation layer for the management, analysis and sharing of the vast amounts of critical data produced by these products.

Pending regulatory approvals, as well as satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

EADS Defence & Security and Alcatel-Lucent partner up

EADS Defence & Security and Alcatel-Lucent announced they signed an agreement in principle to jointly develop and offer a mobile solution designed specifically to address the public safety market in the United States. The EADS and Alcatel-Lucent solution, based on the emerging 4G standard called LTE (Long Term Evolution) and on the public safety Project 25 (P25) standards will provide mission-critical communications to state and local public safety organizations (fire, police and ambulance departments) through a fully integrated, end-to-end solution based on advanced, reliable mobile and IP technologies.

The joint solution will greatly enhance interoperable voice, video and data communications within and between public safety agencies and help streamline operations, while reducing costs associated with maintaining multiple non-interoperable networks. EADS Defence & Security will leverage Alcatel-Lucent’s industry-leading expertise in LTE end-to-end solutions to complement its digital Land Mobile Radio (LMR) offering based on P25 standards, in the dedicated spectrum for public safety communications in North America. Alcatel Lucent will leverage EADS Defence & Security’s intimacy of first responders worldwide, particularly for critical applications and terminals.

CBC (AMERICA) Corp. introduces law enforcement surveillance systems

The Ganz Automotive™ line features leading-edge technology, from Drive Recorders and Mobile DVRs to Video Surveillance Mobile Cameras and Rear View Monitoring Systems. CBC recently introduced its new H.264 Mobile DVR and Armored Series of Mobile PTZ cameras for command and control vehicles. It offers a full range of GPS Tracking Equipment (Voyaris™) and operation systems providing the most advanced Mobile Resource Management in the industry.

Fairfax public safety center deploys Mobile Access in-building wireless solution

MobileAccess™, announced that the Fairfax County, Va., McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (MPSTOC) has deployed the MobileAccess 2000 in-building wireless solution to deliver reliable wireless communications for government agencies involved in public safety response, traffic congestion management and other public services. The deployment of the MobileAccess multi-service distributed antenna system (DAS) was led by Fairfax County Department of Information Technology (DIT) with assistance from RCC Consultants Inc. (RCC), a global telecommunications consulting, engineering and integration firm, and Cellular Specialties Inc. (CSI), an organization that delivers products and solutions enabling indoor wireless connectivity.

MobileAccess also provided seamless integration for paging and public safety wireless communications, allowing the MPSTOC to maximize the use of co-located assets for more effective communication among all the partner agencies. The MobileAccess in-building wireless infrastructure accommodates multiple carriers and services over a single unified hybrid fiber and coax architecture. This includes always-on coverage from the four major carriers, as well as multiple voice and data services, a wireless local area network (WLAN) supporting voice over IP (VoIP) applications, paging and cellular-based public safety communications.

Zetron®’s IP Fire Station Alerting System improves Sugar Land Fire Department

The Sugar Land, Texas, Fire Department’s recent installation of Zetron®’s IP Fire Station Alerting System allows them to send alerts over the city’s fiber-optic IP network so an operator can dispatch a fire truck, an ambulance and one or more fire stations almost simultaneously, with the press of a few buttons. The system also provides automatic indications of alert success and failure, so operators know immediately whether an alert has gotten through. Prior to installing the new IP FSA system, Sugar Land FD had been running Zetron’s Model 6/26 Fire Station Alerting System. But over the years, the department’s computer-aided dispatching (CAD) system had undergone numerous upgrades. It was determined that the new fire station alerting equipment would be a better match for their upgraded CAD system.

Safety Vision® unveils mini-windshield mobile digital-video recorder system

Safety Vision®, unveiled its rugged SafeDrive MiniDVR™ mobile digital video recorder (MDVR) system for public and private sector fleet vehicles. Installing directly to the windshield and incorporating both a forward-facing road-view camera and a rear-facing cabin-view camera, the SafeDrive MiniDVR records video, audio and metadata to a removable, high-capacity and economical CompactFlash® card, included behind lock and key within each unit.

Video is automatically recorded when a vehicle operator is speeding or driving erratically, when the driver/operator manually presses the event save button, or when a crash occurs. Also recorded and tracked are GPS map coordinates, G-force data, vehicle speed, event trends, and audio that can be accessed by SafeDrive MiniDVR software. Serving as a data management portal, SafeDrive MiniDVR software provides advanced and powerful playback, search and export features. Providing inclusive data control, the mobile surveillance system software offers quantifiable tools for event trends and event location plotted in Google Map views if the computer viewing the video is connected to the Internet.

StarTech launches hard drive cloning device

The SATDOCK22R Dual Drive SATA Hard Drive Duplicator functions as both an external SATA hard drive docking station for 2.5in (up to 500Gb) or 3.5in SATA/SATA II hard disks (Up to 2 TB) and a convenient hard drive imaging solution.

Providing quick yet complete hard drive cloning functionality, the SATDOCK22R can operate as a standalone HDD duplicator with no connection to a host computer, delivering an exact one-to-one clone of the source hard drive to a destination hard drive that is of equal or greater size, including partition and boot sector information as well as user data at a copy rate of 72 MB/sec.

Functioning as a SATA docking station, the SATDOCK22R can be connected to a computer through USB with support for simple plug-and-play installation, allowing users to access hard drive contents without having to open the computer case for conventional drive installation. A versatile storage and hard drive cloning utility, the hard drive duplicator/external HDD docking station features a small form factor design that makes it a suitable addition to desktop and laptop operating environments.

Memex supports SAR initiative for law enforcement agencies

Memex Inc., a leading provider of intelligence management, data sharing, search and analysis solutions, announced its support of the National SAR Initiative (NSI), enabling municipal and state law enforcement agencies to share Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). NSI offers a way to enhance investigations and analysis via information exchange. This landmark initiative gives police the ability to share SARs nationwide—beyond CAD (Computer-Aided Dispatch) and RMS (Records Management System) data—to help piece together criminal conspiracies and prevent major crimes.

The Memex information management suite allows agencies to join the NSI and automatically share SARs with agencies across the United States, thus enhancing investigations and analysis while minimizing the impact on human resources. Memex also adheres to the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the information sharing environment Information Sharing Environment - Information Exchange Package Documentation (ISE-IEPD) used by the initiative.

Synergem to deploy North Carolina’s first next-generation 9-1-1 network

Using a $2.4 million grant from the NC State 911 Board, the North Central NC Regional Compact, a consortium of North Carolina 9-1-1 jurisdictions, has contracted with Synergem Emergency Services, LLC to design, develop and operate NC’s first Next-Generation 9-1-1 Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet). Several additional jurisdictions have signed agreements that will enable them to join in this landmark project. Initial compact members include Surry County and the cities of Winston-Salem and Eden police departments.

Compact members will connect to Synergem’s Intelligent Next-Generation 9-1-1 network (ING9-1-1™) ESInet, one of the first such networks in the nation that complies with the National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) i3 specifications. Synergem’s solution will more accurately locate a 9-1-1 caller and improve response times by applying system logic to route those calls to the correct Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). This ESInet will give emergency service agencies unprecedented ad-hoc contingency planning and 9-1-1 call-routing capabilities that will be invaluable during natural or man-made disasters.

New York agencies adopt Spillman®’s data sharing solutions

Jefferson County Public Safety, N.Y., is adopting a new software system that will enable personnel to view comprehensive agency statistics and simplify jail management.

Spillman®’s CompStat Dashboard module calculates trends and patterns using information in the Spillman database, and then presents the information in an easy-to-analyze format, giving the agency the ability to quickly spot trends, make informed decisions, and monitor the day-to-day health of its organization.

Using Spillman’s Jail Management module, Jefferson County Public Safety will have the ability to ensure consistent inmate processing by using the step-by-step booking feature. The county also purchased Spillman’s Records Management, Resources, Computer-Aided Dispatch, Fire/EMS and Mobile solutions.

In Ithaca, the Cornell University Police Department plans to use Spillman software to help officials compile data about campus crimes and track criminal incidents on a pin map. Spillman’s Mobile solution will enable agency personnel to instantly access critical records data and communicate in real time with agency personnel from the field using their vehicles’ laptop computers. The Cornell University Police Department is also adopting Spillman’s Records Management, Computer-Aided Dispatch, Fire/EMS and Resources solutions.

theWit Hotel uses Amcom Software solution

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) and Amcom Software Inc. announced that theWit Hotel relies on Amcom’s enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) solution to help direct emergency response to 9-1-1 calls. The Chicago hotel uses the Amcom solution in tandem with its NEC UNIVERGE SV8500 IP communications server to provide a 9-1-1 caller’s location, including the floor and room number, to the local 9-1-1 call center. First responders can find and assist callers from any of the 1,000 phones at theWit without trying to guess the caller’s whereabouts.

When a 9-1-1 call is made from the hotel to the local 9-1-1 call center, certain onsite hotel staff also receive notification via a computer screen prompt, text message or phone call. During the call, the security team can listen in and record the discussion to provide valuable first responder information if needed. The Amcom system includes reporting capabilities to track response times and monitor performance.

SightLogix® announces new A&E program

SightLogix announced a new initiative among architects and engineers (A&E) to promote awareness of the company’s automated outdoor video systems for area and perimeter security. The SightLogix program will assist A&E consultants with training, design and comprehensive specification documents for turning SightLogix’s intelligent video surveillance technology into practical solutions.

AWARE™ automates event recognition for immediate response
 
AbeoTS’s Automated Warning and Response Engine (AWARE™) takes an advanced, preemptive stance on security by automating all possible security scenarios and intelligently building rules into an engine for responding to event detection. AWARE provides instant detection, analysis and response in a single geospatial graphical interface, merging the dozens of separate data streams that usually result in sensory overload for monitoring personnel into a compelling GUI based on AbeoTS’s 3-D expertise. The intelligent rules engine dramatically reduces false alarms, prioritizes and correlates events automatically, responds in real-time while facilitating multi-jurisdictional communication, and integrates into existing legacy systems and sensors.

AWARE’s event correlation engine monitors events from sensors, examines events for specific patterns, and generates messages when specific patterns occur.

AWARE’s geospatial control center integrates sensor data into an interface of satellite images and facility plans. The common operational picture empowers the security operator with lifelike images for intuitive navigation to isolate alerts. Monitoring personnel can leverage the picture that GeoCOP creates to monitor vast areas, make security determinations quickly and accurately, and witness security activities as they unfold.

Electronic tool to aid Nevada’s first responders wins international award

Urban Environmental Research (UER), in coordination with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) as well as local, state and federal agencies, developed a state-of-the-art tool for Nevada’s first responders to enhance their ability respond to any threat or emergency situation. This tool will receive a Special Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., (ESRI) International User Conference.

Titled the Critical Infrastructure Protection System (CIPS), the electronic tool utilizes geographic information system (GIS) technology to provide first responders with vital infrastructure information, such as floor plans, locations of hazardous materials and updated 360-degree video of important facilities, including government buildings, schools, major tourist attractions and transportation centers.

The tool’s facility information is gathered as part of the state of Nevada’s Silver Shield and Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs. UER serves as the support contractor to Metro, which is coordinating the statewide efforts along with leading federal, state and local first responder and emergency management agencies. As part of its work, UER is identifying and cataloguing more than 3,000 government buildings and other critical facilities in Nevada to provide vulnerability assessments and emergency response information.

Clarification

In the May/June 2010 issue, the article “Interoperability between public safety agencies and keeping the community informed: a new approach” by Tom Steele was co-authored by David B. Mitchell, Secretary, Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security (Ret.). We regret the omission. 

Published in Public Safety IT, Jul/Aug 2010

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