Archives: October, 2010

Doug Bedell — October 28, 2010, 2:22 pm

New Orleans Turns Its Cameras Off

The saints haven’t come marching in, but there hasn’t been enough action or reliability on New Orleans’ surveillance camera system to keep it turned on, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has decided. So he’s turned the cameras off. Former Mayor  Ray Nagin launched the camera system in 2003, and it was touted as being the answer to […]

Doug Bedell — October 22, 2010, 2:23 pm

Women In Key Homeland Security Roles

Women have gained a stronger leadership presence in the nation’s homeland security ranks, and Rich Cooper, of the DefenseMediaNetwork blog, thought it’s time to document their roles. Indeed so. “Going remarkably unacknowledged and unheralded, Cooper writes,  “is the fact that significant portions of America’s leadership in its burgeoning homeland security apparatus are led by women.” […]

Doug Bedell — October 13, 2010, 10:14 am

Whether To Warn Or Not

Monitoring the nether world of terrorism and terrorist threats is truly a daunting challenge. When to issue warnings of heightened danger? That’s not necessarily an easy question. We have last week’s travel alert by the U.S. State Department for Europe. So far, blessedly, it’s come to naught. And we’ve come upon a couple of blog […]

Doug Bedell — October 8, 2010, 7:01 am

Verizon to Launch 4G Wireless Network

Government Technology reports that Verizon is about to launch an upgrade of its wireless network to 4G speeds. Public safety and security agencies will be prime beneficiaries of the faster service. “It’s not about just getting faster e-mail and making faster voice calls; we do that pretty quickly now,” said Bernie McMonagle, Verizon’s associate director […]

Doug Bedell — October 4, 2010, 5:00 pm

Social Media An Information Priority

Communities need to get ahead of – or at least keep up with – the social media channel for emergency information. That’s clear from the doings at the first-ever training program with a social media focus for public safety practitioners last month at Charlotte, N.C. “The reality,” says a recap of the Social Media 4 […]