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The “smart city” covers a lot of real estate -- literally and figuratively. It involves myriad systems and subsystems, all with their own standards and other distinguishing characteristics. Some are far more advanced than others. For the expansive version of the smart city concept to work, however, all of these must communicate instantaneously, when necessary.

For instance, say a cardiac patient is being rushed to the emergency room in the least amount of time possible; the street lights must automatically be set to green in the direction the ambulance is going. To do this, however, the traffic and hospital systems must be tightly integrated. That involves two silos of connectivity.

Deep coordination is one of the many challenges that smart cities face. It’s a tall order. RCR Wireless points to five advances that auger well for the future of the smart city. Lower power wide area (LPWA) networks are increasing connectivity; sensors, actuators and switches are coming down in price; and edge computing is growing more sophisticated. Efforts to standardize interfaces and increase interoperability are increasing and data analytics is becoming less expensive.


(TNS) - It was here before anyone made a map and called this corner of it the Pacific Northwest.

“To me,” said David McCloskey, waving an aging hand toward tidelands formed millenniums ago, “it’s an energy field.”

McCloskey, a retired sociology and ecology professor who has spent a lifetime exploring the region’s mountain ranges and waterways, was standing here near the southernmost stretch of Puget Sound. He was trying to explain not just the view in front of him, but all of Cascadia, an elusive realm he helped conceive decades ago that stretches from Northern California to the coast of British Columbia, and deep into the imagination.


Latest Atlantic hurricane season forecasts are focused on the numbers – how many storms can we expect? and how many of those will be major hurricanes? NOAA, Colorado State University and Tropical Storm Risk cast their predictions here, here and here.

But as the latest storm surge analysis from CoreLogic indicates, it is where a hurricane hits land that is often a more important factor than the number of storms that may occur during the year.



In preparation for the opening of Hurricane Season 2016, FEMA has developed a new Fact Sheet on wind retrofit projects.  Wind retrofits are enhancements made to strengthen roofs, walls, doors and windows to minimize damage to homes from wind and wind-driven rain caused by high wind events such as hurricanes.  FEMA offers two Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants that provide funds for cost-effective wind retrofit projects:  Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).

The Wind Retrofits Fact Sheet provides an overview of wind retrofit projects and the streamlined process for determining the cost effectiveness of wind mitigation projects. The Fact Sheet compliments FEMA's guidance P-804:" style="color: #1D5782;">Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings(2010), which provides guidance for selecting and implementing wind retrofit projects for homes in all coastal regions, and FEMA’s" style="color: #1D5782;">Cost Effectiveness Determination for Residential Hurricane Wind Retrofit Measures Funded by FEMA(2015), which provides a simplified pre-calculated benefits methodology for determining cost effectiveness  that can be used instead of the traditional Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA).

The" style="color: #1D5782;">Residential Hurricane Wind Retrofits Fact Sheet is available from the FEMA website.

Resulting technology integration will enable organisations to prevent, detect, correlate, and take action against threats


WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced the acquisition of the HawkEye G threat detection and response technology from Hexis Cyber Solutions, Inc., a division of KEYW (NASDAQ:KEYW), a global leader in cybersecurity and geospatial intelligence solutions.


“The combination of HawkEye G and WatchGuard will address the evolving threat landscape organisations face today by extending visibility from the perimeter to the end-point,” said Prakash Panjwani, WatchGuard CEO. “The acquisition aligns with our mission to deliver enterprise grade security that is easy to deploy and manage for small to midsize organisations and distributed enterprises.”


Organisations of all sizes face an increase in sophisticated zero-day attacks but lack comprehensive and actionable visibility across their network. This results in greater risk and slower response times for attack mitigation. Hexis’ HawkEye G platform provides visibility to these threats, and the tools and automation required to easily and quickly remediate incidents.


“HawkEye G is the most advanced threat detection and response product on the market,” said Chris Fedde, president of Hexis Cyber Solutions. “Our goal with this transaction was to partner with a recognised security leader who could greatly expand the product’s reach with sales and distribution while continuing to invest in the core technology. Globally recognised for their extensive security sales channel and best in class network security solutions, WatchGuard is an exciting home for the award-winning HawkEye G technology.”


In addition to the value this will provide for WatchGuard’s more than 75,000 end-users around the globe, integration of the HawkEye G detection and response features into WatchGuard’s broader managed security service provider (MSSP) enablement platform will enable service providers to provide more value than ever before, making WatchGuard the premier choice for any MSSP serving the small to medium organisations or distributed enterprises segments.


“HawkEye G’s signature-free static and dynamic host heuristics, combined with its unified scoring model, provide unparalleled visibility in to what is happening on customer networks,” said Andrew Young, vice president, product management, WatchGuard. “We look forward to bringing this innovative technology to our global customer and partner base in the coming months, allowing them to deliver more value-added security to WatchGuard’s customers.”


WatchGuard will immediately work to integrate the HawkEye G technology into its award-winning network security and visibility platform. The company will make the exciting new technology available to end-users via its global network of MSSPs and channel resellers.


About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, providing best-in-class Unified Threat Management, Next Generation Firewall, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services to more than 75,000 customers worldwide. The company’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard and ideal solution for Distributed Enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit


About Hexis Hawkeye G

Hexis’ HawkEye platform combines behavior-based endpoint detection, continuous endpoint recording, network deep packet inspection, security analytics, and policy-based automated and machine-guided responses to find and respond to threats before they do damage. Specifically, the HawkEye G platform enables customers to leverage multiple detection methods for improved visibility, then correlate and analyse threat severity with their proprietary ThreatSync™ technology, and ultimately respond quickly through automated or machine-guide remediation.