Strengthening Canada's Front Lines in Emergency Response --
February 21, 2006

Ottawa, Ontario - February 21, 2006: An online needs assessment targeting the advanced security companies who provide products and services to Canada's First Responder Community - the nation's Police, Fire, Paramedics and Military personnel - is being launched today by CATAAlliance and the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC). The assessment is to help determine the research priorities and related services the CPRC could provide in their proposed new facilities to strengthen the competitive advantage of Canadian companies.

ACTION ITEM:
If your firm sells products and services to first responder organizations (fire, police, ambulance, military) and you are not yet registered to our Advanced Security database - please contact Muriel Debroy with your company's name, brief corporate profile, and contact information before March 17, 2006 to participate in this needs assessment.

"We have a unique opportunity to reach out to the vendor community to determine what kind of research and related services we can offer Canadian vendors and the priority or level of need for each. We will then use this information to design programs to address these needs." explains CPRC Executive Director, Steve Palmer.

"CPRC provides vendors an opportunity to access and work alongside first responders in the early stages of product development including field testing and testing products and services against established standards," says Mr. Palmer. "This assessment will help us determine what the vendors' needs are and how we can help."

About the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC)

The Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC) is a partnership among the National Research Council Canada, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It is staffed by personnel from the RCMP and the National Research Council (NRC), and is governed by an independent advisory board made up of representatives from police and other related organizations from across Canada.

The CPRC serves as a single, national focal point for technology research and development efforts in support of Canada's law enforcement community. By promoting innovation and cooperation between the police community, governments, industry, universities, and other research organizations, the CPRC strives to ensure that the best possible resources are made available to police and related organizations in a cost-efficient and timely manner. You can receive the latest information on CPRC, its research projects, technology partners and business opportunities through the monthly e-magazine "CPRC Update".

To receive the "CPRC update" simply follow this link http://www.cprcupdate.org/index.php?id=177

The assessment is being conducted until March 17, 2006 by invitation only to the 1000 plus firms registered to the CATAAlliance Advanced Security Database. If your company provides products and/or services to First Responder organizations and should be included in this assessment, please contact Muriel Debroy via e-mail at mdebroy@cata.ca that includes your company's name, brief corporate profile, and contact information before the deadline of March 17.

"CPRC selected CATAAlliance to conduct this assessment based upon our proven track record in performing these sector-specific studies and because we are the only organization to have engaged the advanced security industry with any thoroughness," explains CATAAlliance VP Research, Kevin Wennekes. "We have long been an advocate for the firms in this sector and the matters of national security are a clear priority to us, as demonstrated in the recent security recommendations we released and our extensive support for the upcoming Canadian Aviation Security Conference."

More information on the recent national security recommendations can be found here: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr01250601.html

More information on the Canadian Aviation Security Conference can be found here: http://www.cata.ca/CanadianAviationSecurityConference/about.html

A repository of public security company profiles was compiled through a 2003 study available for download here: http://www.cata.ca/HomelandSecurity/AdvSecIndProfile.html