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  • Flu: Emergency Information

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Tuesday May 12, 2009
    Here’s a quick example of how a mass notification system can help before an emergency. Recently, as the H1N1 (swine) flu fear was reaching its peak, a private K-8 school in Joliet, Ill. used its system to keep parents of the 430 students aware of...
  • Planning a Wireless Security Network

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Tuesday May 5, 2009
    There is a ton of talk these days about wireless security and surveillance networks. The reason is simple – wireless and security/surveillance are a natural fit due to the excessive cost, disruption, and static nature of any wired equivalent. Wireless...
  • Grant money to fund school security improvements

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Thursday April 30, 2009
    There is a May 8 deadline to submit applications to receive money from a $16 million federal grant program to help law enforcement agencies provide improved security at schools and on school grounds.  The Office of Community-Oriented Policing...
  • Wireless Technology Drives Public Cameras

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Monday April 27, 2009
    The trend toward municipal public security cameras has a number of drivers, not the least of which is an improvement in wireless technology.  Affordable and reliable wireless transmission of cameras is making it much easier for cities to install and...
  • Cities Getting Double Duty from Camera Systems

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Wednesday April 22, 2009
    In this blog we have discussed recent trends in public security cameras. More and more cities and municipalities are installing camera systems, reaping the benefits of having extra sets of eyes throughout the city. Read here about one city in...
  • Columbine -- 10 Years Later, Lessons Learned

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Sunday April 19, 2009
    Columbine 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned Ten years ago, the name of a suburban-Denver high school, Columbine, became synonymous with school shootings. Even at the time it was not the most deadly of campus shootings, yet this event seared itself...
  • Surviving Tough Times

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Tuesday April 14, 2009
     March 10, SAMSON, Ala. -- A gunman kills 10 people and commits suicide in a rampage across southern Alabama. March 22, OAKLAND, Calif. -- A man pulled over in a traffic stop fatally shoots two officers and then kills two more in a gunfight in...
  • Keeping Dangerous Chemicals Safe

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Thursday April 9, 2009
    In 2006, Congress mandated that organizations dealing with any of 323 “high risk” chemicals prepare a plan to better secure their facilities that might become a target for terrorists.   The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) is not...
  • Do We Need More Guns On College Campuses?

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Monday April 6, 2009
      Some lawmakers in Texas ( see news story ) are trying to pass a bill that would allow faculty, staff, visitors, parents and students over 21 years old to apply for a license to carry a concealed handgun on a college or university...
  • Keys to a Successful Public Camera System

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Friday April 3, 2009
    We have been talking about the installation of public cameras in Richmond.  This San Francisco Bay Area town recently finished the installation of a camera system which has undergone two expansions and now has 45 wireless cameras throughout sections of...