february 2008

Updates

City of Milwaukee Deploys Wi4Net Citywide Surveillance Network with Pivot3 Storage System

"While still in the deployment stage, the Milwaukee Police Department was able to catch a criminal in the act, and to arrest this person within 30 minutes," said Leonhard Korowajczuk, CEO of CelPlan.

Updates

PureActiv Scene Analyzer from ICx Vision Systems (formerly PureTech Systems)

The PureActiv Scene Analyzer turns ordinary analog security cameras into wired or wireless vision sensors.

Preparedness

U.S. Businesses Respond to Community Needs

by Kay C. Goss -

Three Cheers for three retail giants - WalMart, Home Depot, and Lowe's, all of which stepped forward to provide urgently needed building materials and the mountains of other supplies required to help restore order in the aftermath of Hurricanes and Rita.

Healthcare

Hospital Emergency Management: The Anatomy of Growth

by Theodore Tully -

Prior to 11 September 2001 the term "emergency management" was more an abstract theory than an operational mandate. Today it is a full fledged profession, particularly in hospitals & other medical facilities, so must be factored into all major planning.

Updates

Innovative Biosensors Inc. and the University of Maryland Receive Funding for Handheld Biosensor Development

The project, "Handheld Cell-Based BioSensor for Complex Samples," will develop a miniaturized analysis system that could be used in the industrial, environmental, and clinical fields.

Updates

A Public Safety Guide for Acquiring Interoperability Communication Systems

This guide, put together by Stephen Macke from Advent Ltd., is designed to assist public-safety professionals in acquiring high-quality first-responder communications networks.

Updates

Vital Data Technology and EMSystem Form Strategic Partnership That Connects MyVitalData Emergency Patient Health Information to 1,200 U.S, Hospitals, and Growing

By providing real-time access to vital health information, the Emergency Care Gateway helps improve patient safety, treatment decision support, and the overall quality of care.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency Announces the National Response Framework (NRF) Webcast/Television Broadcast

As one of the first steps in implementation, FEMA will be conducting a nationwide broadcast on the NRF on March 5, 2008 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM EST from the studio of the National Preparedness Network.

Updates

Laser Energetics Wins Contract with Major Defense Contractor

The contract follows the Army's selection of Laser Energetics BrightStar as the laser technology of choice for the remote sensing of chemical warfare agents.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Attorney General Mukasey at a Briefing on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Efforts

Secretary Chertoff and Attorney General Mukasey presented this briefing on border-security efforts as part of a periodic update on progress in immigration and border-security enforcement.

Updates

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Adds 3D Laser Scanning Technology From Leica Geosystems to Support Forensic and Investigative Activities

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has announced a significant enhancement to its investigative capabilities through the acquisition of forensic 3D laser- scanning technology from Leica Geosystems.

Updates

Amtrak Launches New Security Procedures

Amtrak announces the deployment of its new specialized Amtrak Mobile Security Team. This team will patrol stations and trains to randomly inspect passenger baggage.

Updates

AOptix Technologies Adds VP of Operations to Launch Advanced Biometrics Iris Product

Doug McNeil, the new Vice President of Operations at AOptix Technologies, brings years of engineering and manufacturing experience to a fast-growing company.

Preparedness

TVA and Protection of the Critical Infrastructure

by Adam Montella -

The Tennessee Valley Authority is basically a huge and highly successful mega-corporation that has to deal with private-sector funding and operational realities while also adhering to federal, state, and local rules and regulations.

Reports

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, 2007 - A Report from "Trust for America's Health"

This fifth annual report includes state-by-state health preparedness scores, based on 10 key indicators, to assess health emergency preparedness capabilities.

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Updates

Vanguard (TM) Goes Digital

The digital architecture means that new devices can be added to the ROV "network" and controlled remotely without returning remotely operated vehicles to the workshop and suffering downtime.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at a Press Conference Regarding President Bush's FY 2009 Budget for the Department of Homeland Security

DHS Secretary Chertoff highlights specific areas of the budget related to priority goals: protecting the nation & American people; critical infrastructures; improving emergency response/management capabilities; & building a culture of preparedness.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Emergency Transit Assistance: Federal Funding for Recent Disasters, and Options for the Future

The GAO has determined the federal role in assisting transit agencies after a major disaster, the amount/source of federal disaster-assistance needed, and additional options for providing assistance to transit entities after a major disaster.

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Updates

Avon's Offer Enhanced by CBRN NIOSH Approval for Advanced Face Masks with C420 PAPR Unit

The C420 PAPR - a powerful, efficient, comfortable, and lightweight system - is the blower of choice for current and next-generation military and law-enforcement CBRN (chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear) protective products.

Updates

DHS Agencies Announce Enrollment Dates for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) in Six Ports

This program ensures that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a known security threat.

Healthcare

Public-Health Planning: Partnerships Work

by Steven Harrison -

The Commonwealth of Virginia provides another best-practices example - this time in the public-health field - of how private-sector organizations can work with one another, and with their government counterparts, before rather than after a crisis erupts.

Preparedness

Incident Action Planning: Staying the Course

by Stephen Grainer -

When and how do operating procedures become standard? Why are incident action plans so important? And what is the definition of an "expanding" incident? Anyone who cannot answer these questions will not meet the NIMS criteria for ICS-300.

Healthcare

Gap Analysis - A Long and Winding Process

by James M. Rush -

Disaster planning is difficult, time-consuming, sometimes boring - but also absolutely necessary. And in the long run it conserves resources, permits the most efficient use of the usually limited medical staff available, and saves a lot of lives.

Updates

Sagem Securite to Provide Interpol and Its 186 Member States With the Latest Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the MetaMorpho

The latest version of the MetaMorpho AFIS will accelerate communications between Interpol headquarters in Lyon and the member states, enrich the fingerprint database, and increase the inquiry success rate.

Updates

Delta Scientific's New DSC650 Fixed Bollard Modules Rated PU50/P1

The new DSC650 module functions as a standalone module or as part of an extended array on shallow substrates, including those that are not level or have turns, and will stop a 5000-pound (2300 kg) vehicle traveling at 50 mph (80 kph).

Updates

2008 Public Health Preparedness Summit to Highlight Key Issues, Resources, and Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planning, Response, and Recovery

This year's agenda is jam-packed with more than 200 workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and roundtable discussions designed to enhance knowledge, increase professional networks, and leave participants inspired.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to Pilot Airport Employee Screening

Under this new pilot program, airport employees at seven airports will be subject to new procedures. The new screening will consist of vehicle searches, behavior detection programs, biometric access controls, and more.

Updates

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Report on Keeping Food and Water Safe After a Natural Disaster or Power Outage

"Food and water supplies need to be evaluated carefully after an emergency to make sure ... [they are] safe," said Terry Paul, Branch Chief for Environmental Health at the ADH Center for Local Public Health.

Reports

Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems - A Report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM)

Four top-priority research areas identified in this report are: 1. enhancing the usefulness of training; 2. improving timely emergency communications; 3.creating & maintaining sustainable response systems; & 4. generating effectiveness criteria & metrics.

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Reports

World Health Organization Announces Its Influenza Virus Tracking System

The influenza virus tracking system is live and available for the public to view on an interim basis. With this tool viewers can track where H5-N1 virus has been confirmed.

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Updates

Introducing the NEW Innovative Mobile GC/MS E2M Enhanced Mass Spectrometer From Bruker Daltonics

The E²M is a mobile, compact, and rugged GC/MS system that offers fast and reliable on-site detection and identification of hazardous chemicals from soil, water, and air within minutes.

Updates

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies' New, Improved LCN Benchmark Automatic Operator

The new Benchmark is intelligent, reliable, and economical - and, because of its small stature, the Benchmark operator is minimally invasive, yet supplies reliable door security.

Healthcare

Anatomy of a Near-Miss Radiation Disaster

by Michael Allswede -

The 2006 assassination of former KGB Colonel Alexander Litvenenko was eventually solved - but there are many questions still unanswered as well as strong suspicions about the operating tactics of Russia's post-USSR political leaders.

Healthcare

A Burning Question: National Fire Insurance?

by Joseph Cahill -

The almost pandemic outbreak of wildfires in California & other western states last year has aroused interest in a sometimes proposed but never authorized partial solution: enactment of a federally subsidized program to help high-risk communities.

Updates

AreaRAE Sensor Network Deployed at Premier Terrorism Preparedness Exercise

The equipment deployed included AreaRAE wireless sensor networks with ProRAE Remote 3.0 enabling the first responders present to use global positioning system (GPS) locations as well as topological map exposure patterns to plan their responses.

Updates

Cross Match Acquires Labcal Technologies Inc. to Expand Mobile and Wireless Biometric Authentication and Identification Solutions

"The addition of Labcal's biometric authentication technology and expertise is an important extension of Cross Match's ever-expanding product and solution offerings." James Ziglar, Cross Match President and CEO.

Updates

ICx Technologies Provided Key Equipment to Enhance Security at Super Bowl XLII

ICx announced that two of its SkyWatch Surveillance Towers and six of its high-resolution, short-range, continuous-scan radars were used at Super Bowl XLII to provide enhanced security.

Updates

SDR (Software Defined Radio) Forum Seeks Broad-Based Input on Global Regulatory Agenda for Next-Generation Radio Systems

The SDR Forum, a nonprofit international industry, is dedicated to promoting the success of next-generation radio technologies, and has issued a request for information (RFI) on the regulation of next-generation radio systems.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces Important Change in International Land and Sea Travel Document Procedures

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds the traveling public that U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 19 and older should no longer expect that they will be able to prove identity and citizenship by relying on an oral declaration alone.

Updates

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Professionals to Convene in Atlanta for Nation's Largest Public Health Preparedness Summit

Leading experts in public health preparedness will address not only the evolution of and growing threat posed by global infectious diseases but also the challenges being faced by state, local, & federal public health practitioners & emergency responders.

Updates

Ahura Scientific Launches FTIR (Fourier-Transform Infrared) Platform with Introduction of TruDefender FT

TruDefender FT is a three-pound handheld FTIR system designed for field-based chemical identification and, as a vitally important extension to the first responder's toolkit, will enable users to analyze and act faster than ever before.