Updates

New RightAnswer.com Service Makes Chemical, Health, and Safety Information Free to U.S. First Responders

RightAnswer.com has launched a new service that makes subscription to its extensive collection of environmental, health, safety, hazard, and regulatory compliance information completely free to first responders throughout the United States.

Farpointe Provides First Cybersecurity Vulnerability Checklist for Contactless Cards & Readers

Farpointe Data has posted the first radio frequency identification(RFID) Cybersecurity Vulnerability Checklist for access control manufacturers, distributors, integrators and end users to use to protect their access control systems from becoming hacker gateways to their facilities and IT systems.

New York Medical College Announces Center of Excellence in Precision Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters

New York Medical College (NYMC) announces a new Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Responses to Bioterrorism and Disasters. The center is the first of its kind in the Mid-Hudson Region and is a major advance in the fight against chemical and biological terrorism.

Marine Corps Modernizing Emergency Response Capabilities Across the Corps

Marine Corps bases worldwide are gaining increased emergency response capabilities with the implementation of the Consolidated Emergency Response System (CERS). CERS standardizes emergency dispatching capabilities and provides emergency first responders with enhanced command and coordination to support all hazardous response missions aboard Marine Corps installations.

908 Devices Introduces Next-Generation HPMS Device for the First Responder Community

908 Devices announced the release of MX908™, a second-generation handheld chemical detection and identification device powered by the company’s patented high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) technology. The MX908 is designed for true trace-level detection and identification across a variety of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE), and hazardous material response missions.

New Training Aims to Improve Operational Security at U.S. Border

Drug smugglers, human traffickers, illegal immigrants, and even potential terrorists crossing the United States border do their best to cover their tracks. It is the responsibility of the United States Border Patrol (USBP) to pursue and apprehend these individuals. USBP asked the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group to develop training to assist in increasing tracking abilities.

CBP Deploys Biometric Exit Technology to Washington Dulles International Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the deployment of facial recognition biometric exit technology at Washington Dulles International Airport for one daily flight from the United States to Dubai. The deployment builds on a June 2016 pilot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport using facial recognition. Future deployments of the technology are planned for additional airports in summer 2017.

FLIR Announces FLIR Griffin G510 Portable Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer for Chemical Hazard Identification

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), its first person-portable chemical identifier. The FLIR Griffin G510 enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter, including solid, liquid, and vapor, to rapidly identify chemical hazards in the field.

New Center Highlights UNMC's Work in Infectious Diseases, Biodefense Research

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted to establish the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The Global Center will build on the vast work already being done at the Medical Center and further enhance the university’s health security and biodefense capabilities in clinical care, education, training, clinical research, and basic science research in infectious diseases.

New Vector Control Response Seen as Game-Changer

The spread of Zika virus disease, the resurgence of dengue, and the emerging threat from chikungunya were results of weak mosquito control policies from the 1970s. During that decade, funding and efforts for vector control were greatly reduced. Over the past year, the World Health Organization has spearheaded a new strategic approach to reprioritize vector control.