FAIRFAX, Va. — The County of Dutchess, NY has awarded Federal Engineering, Inc. (FE) a contract to survey the current and varied two-way radio systems in use by Public Safety and Public Service entities in the County. The goal of this project is to catalog existing systems, assess their performance, gather end-user feedback, and make recommendations for future system improvements.
Mr. Dana Smith, Commissioner of Emergency Response, said: “The Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response (DER) is the lead entity for this project. Through DC 911, we provide primary dispatch services to 36 of the 37 Fire Departments in the County, 14 police agencies including the New York State Police, 3 commercial ambulance services, and 1 independent volunteer EMS agency. We were looking for a firm that can deal with this level of complexity and also understands the unique environment of our region. DER developed a comprehensive request for proposals and received multiple bids. Federal Engineering submitted a superior proposal and was selected to support this project.”
Mr. Ronald F. Bosco, FE’s President and CEO, described the project: “Federal Engineering will complete the following tasks:
- Survey and catalog all County communications assets including fixed, mobile and portable two-way radio equipment for Public Safety and Public Service Agencies.
- Develop a web-based survey to gather the current and future needs of systems users.
- Meet with each County agency to assess desires for the future systems.
- Make recommendations relating to future system enhancements to support County operations.
In addition, FE will present information describing the current standards and requirements for interoperability as well as the future of first responder communications. Information on SAFECOM, NYSIC Plan and FirstNet will also be included.”
Federal Engineering is a leading, nationwide firm providing analysis, design, procurement, and implementation support for NG911, PSAPs, ECCs, and EOCs. These services complement FE’s wide range of consulting services in public safety and public service communications involving LTE as well as traditional VHF, UHF, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 4.9GHz mobile radio systems. FE also supports FirstNet planning in anticipation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Since 1983, FE has completed thousands of communications projects for 46 state governments, as well as numerous local and federal government clients.
In addition to its public sector work, Federal Engineering provides design and implementation support services for voice, data, and video networks used in the transportation, utilities, aerospace, finance, education, publishing, and computer services industries. FE’s certified independence ensures that clients receive objective, unbiased consulting services that are not influenced by any particular technology, product, vendor, or approach.
The Red Cross is on the ground in the greater Charleston, WV area helping people affected by the devastating and historic floods which are impacting a large part of the state.
Humanitarian aid is being provided, to include meals, relief supplies, and other assistance. Red Cross shelters were open last night in Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Roane counties. As of this morning, there are 17 shelters open, which are housing 398 people. The Red Cross is also providing food for emergency responders.
The Red Cross and its volunteers have also brought relief supplies and are activating additional response teams to provide help as quickly as possible.
The Red Cross will continue to monitor the situation throughout West Virginia, and deploy support and resources as needed. We are working with state and local officials and our partners to help ensure people get the help they need.
The Red Cross is urging people to download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information, severe weather alerts and shelter locations available on their mobile device. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
If you look at recent earnings reports by the biggest data center providers, you’ll get the impression that the industry is booming.
And it is. Enterprises are moving more workloads either to the cloud or to commercial colocation facilities, and data center providers are benefiting from both. As more companies use cloud services, cloud providers are racing to lease as much data center capacity as they can get their hands on, resulting in a boom for the big data center providers who can’t build new facilities fast enough to satisfy all the demand.
The sound of champagne corks popping after earnings reports by the biggest players in the market, however, can mask the fact that in general, the amount of new data centers being built for lease by one or multiple tenants in the US has been declining.
Next time you’re home when a heavy thunderstorm rolls in, take a moment to think about how damaging lightning losses can be and how insurance helps.
In fact, insurers paid out $790 million in lightning claims last year to nearly 100,000 policyholders, according to a new analysis by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and State Farm.
Damage caused by lightning, such as fire, is covered by standard homeowners policies and some policies provide coverage for power surges that are the direct result of a lightning strike.
Why choose SSD?
For starters, you get faster access to your data and your operating system performs quicker. The many benefits of using a solid state disk (SSD) both privately and within a company are huge. It’s no wonder that in the last years the sales for traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) have fallen drastically, while SSD sales continue to rise. Some experts estimate that HDD unit sales will decrease from around 475 million in 2012 to 409 million in 2017, while SSDs will increase during the same period from 31 million to 227 million units.
More SSDs are being sold or already built-into notebooks, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices. But SSDs can also be found in desktops and even servers or other high-end storage devices. Even so, a recent report states that SSDs won’t overtake HDDs any time soon because the latter are still much cheaper than SSDs when comparing disk space. It’s also worth noting that by the end of last year, only 15% of all new notebooks had SSDs built-in.
Due to their higher price tag, SSDs are mainly bought and used for high-end devices where speed is critical. This could be the case of a premium notebook which needs to deliver the latest quotes from the financial market in just a few seconds or perhaps of servers where big data is constantly processed or stored for high frequency trading.
The official announcement of the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum about whether the UK should leave or remain in the EU has been declared and voters have decided to leave. The implications for businesses are unclear and this page will be continually updated with information to assist business continuity and risk managers steer through these turbulent waters.
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Reusing data center heat instead of simply expelling it isn’t a new idea, but few have been able to do it effectively. The most frequently cited reason for that is that servers produce low-grade heat, meaning the heat energy is difficult to extract and move somewhere where it can be put to use.
One reason the heat is low-grade is because it usually comes in the form of hot air, and air is by far not the most effective heat-transfer medium. Replace air with a liquid medium, and the problem of low-grade heat dissipates.
That’s exactly what a company called LiquidCool Solutions is proposing. Its data center cooling technology submerges server electronics in dielectric fluid, and recent tests at a US Department of Energy laboratory have shown that not only is the technology extremely efficient at cooling servers but it can also be used effectively to heat water for typical building uses, such as handwashing.
This week, Apple released a crucial security patch for its AirPort routers. As PC World noted:
… the flaw is a memory corruption issue stemming from DNS (Domain Name System) data parsing that could lead to arbitrary code execution.
I don’t write much about DNS security, and maybe I should. A couple of recent studies show how vital it is and how much a DNS-related security incident can cost you.
How IT Alerting Can Save Your Business Money
A large US hospitality holding company had a serious dilemma. It held more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in more than 35 countries and territories. If an IT outage occurred, impacting this system, the business faced revenue losses that could total over approximately $27,000 per every minute of downtime. The company had a 24/7 IT monitoring team for critical business systems such as the hotel chain’s reservation system, but every time an outage occurred, it would take 20-30 minutes to get the right IT experts on a conference bridge together to begin resolving the issue.
Thankfully, the holding company found Everbridge, and its IT Alerting solution.
“Within 15 days of starting with Everbridge, we had the tool set up and were ready to roll it out without any additional help. It’s that intuitive.”
Adding small amounts of flash as cache or dedicated storage is certainly a good way to accelerate a key application or two, but enterprises are increasingly adopting shared all-flash arrays to increase performance for every primary workload in the data center.
Flash is now competitively priced. All-flash array operations are simpler than when managing mixed storage, and the performance acceleration across-the-board produces visible business impact.
However, recent Taneja Group field research on all-flash data center adoption shows that successfully replacing traditional primary storage architectures with all-flash in the enterprise data center boils down to ensuring two key things: flash-specific storage engineering and mature enterprise-class storage features.