09 Feb 12. Raytheon Company dedicated one of the largest public safety technology and research centers in Southern California. It will house actual, hands-on solutions that public safety agencies can use to significantly improve day-to-day operations and their responses to major incidents. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Public Safety Regional Technology Center (RTC) in Downey, near Los Angeles, took place on Monday, Feb. 13. Daniel J. Crowley, president of Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems business, and public safety experts delivered remarks and lead discussions on the demonstrations.
A sample of the technologies includes:
* Regional communications: Vendor-neutral communications networks that let first responders connect their existing systems with the latest technologies in both Land Mobile Radios and Long-Term Evolution 4-G broadband solutions.
* Boomerang: A military combat-proven shooter detection system that helps law enforcement immediately locate the source of firearms being discharged.
* Controlled Impact Rescue Tool: Search-and-rescue tool capable of cutting through a reinforced concrete wall up to four times faster than with traditional methods such as drilling, chipping or sawing.
The Public Safety Regional Technology Center will be the only one of its kind in the nation focused solely on developing open architecture and open communications standards for the public safety market, and conducting research to answer public safety’s technological needs.
The technology center builds upon Raytheon’s presence in California, where the company has more than 11,000 employees, with all six Raytheon businesses represented in the state. Raytheon has also partnered with the UCLA School of Engineering to create the Public Safety Network Systems Laboratory, which held its first workshop for public safety leaders in December.
07 Feb 12. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s new corporate office building has received the U.S. Business Council’s (USGBC), Gold-level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system for commercial interiors.
“Our corporate office project team embraced the LEED goal in the early planning stages of the building renovation and maintained that commitment through project execution and completion,” said Gloria Flach, corporate vice president and president Enterprise Shared Services. “We’re very proud to gain this certification.”
The team employed a number of green design and construction features to meet the LEED requirements creating a blend of comfort, quiet and efficiency in the work environment. Northrop Grumman gained optimum energy performance with high-efficiency cooling and heating systems to reduce energy use by as much as 30 percent. The company also incorporated technologically advanced lighting controls and key environmentally friendly elements including plumbing fixtures, recycled and locally extracted building materials, sustainable furnishings and low-chemical-emitting paints, sealants, carpeting and adhesives to address air quality.
The company also utilizes best operational practices for water use and solid waste management to reduce its environmental footprint further. “Achieving LEED Gold certification for our new corporate office is a reflection of Northrop Grumman’s commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Flach.
Developed by the USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by USGBC members are publicly reviewed for approval by the almost 20,000 member organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.
10 Feb 12. Tom Enders, the incoming EADS chief executive, is planning to relocate the headquarters of the European