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Boston Marathon Bombing

The Boston Marathon bombing occurred when two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The bombs exploded near the marathon’s fi nish line on Boylston Street. They killed three people and injured an estimated 264 others. Two suspects were identifi ed; one later shot to death in a fi refi ght and the other is in prison, sentenced to death. All Boston police offi cers were out on detail for the 2013 mara- thon when the bombing occurred. They weren’t prepared to be involved in a major incident over a long period of time, conse- quently it wasn’t long before their radio batteries began to die. Additionally, they were forced to turn off all cell phones due to the threat that cells were being used to detonate the bombs. Thus, they were cut off without any ability to communicate for fi ve or six hours while trying to manage the aftermath. The bombing happened around 4:00 p.m. and at approximately 6:00 a.m. the next morning, Impact Power Technologies (IPT) re- ceived an emergency call from both the South Shore and North Shore SWAT teams asking for an immediate delivery of batteries. Although IPT’s warehouse is in Florida, IPT COO Ken Murphy had just returned from a trade show and happened to have 100+ batteries available. They set up a handoff point at Routes 128 and 138 in Canton and, within an hour or so, their radio communica- tions were live again.

On April 6, 2015, the Federal Government published a report on the gaps during the crisis, which were two-fold—communications and coordination between FBI, State and Local agencies. Murphy recently spoke at a Massachusetts Emergency Management As- sociation (MEMA) event regarding the gaps in communication. Steve Staffi er, head of communications for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association (MEMA), just purchased another $15,000 in lithium polymer batteries from IPT. Several other IPT customers include the Miami Beach, Fla. Police, who used IPT batteries for their 100th anniversary celebration. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth faced a hostage situation and utilized the longevity of IPT’s batteries. “During a recent incident in Dartmouth that called for several area departments to respond for an extended deployment, it came to my attention that some members of other departments were having issues with their portable radios and had to re- quest spare batteries be brought to the scene. It was reassuring that the new Impact [Power] batteries used by the Dartmouth Police Department stood up to the test and lasted through the long ordeal without any issues,” said Timothy M. Lee, Chief of Police, Dartmouth Police.


IPT’s product line is now available for purchase on three of Secure- Watch24’s government purchasing

IPT believes police radios are the police lifeline and need batteries that will last.

contracts. A unique partnership was announced between SecureWatch24 (SW24), one of the fastest-growing dealer/ integrators in the country of electronic and physical security services, and Impact Power Technologies (IPT). Several SW24 products will now harness the energy of IPT’s exclusively formulated Lithium Polymer and Lithium Ion batter- ies, providing customers with high-performance, mobile power that lasts up to fi ve times longer than original equipment batteries. “To combat shrinking budgets and expanding responsibili- ties, many municipalities, agencies and school districts have included language in their purchasing guidelines that allows them to utilize existing purchasing vehicles,” Murphy said. “These listings may allow them to purchase products in a more simplifi ed and uniform way without the headache of RFP de- velopment and the bidding process.”

SW24 services end-users in a range of verticals, including education, hospitality, government, public safety (Law, Fire, EMS), healthcare, construction, major retailers, residential/ housing, and more. “In each case, there is a need for advanced security technolo- gies such as access control, video management, RFID track- ing, and other application-specifi c solutions,” said Des Smyth, president and founder of SecureWatch24. “Every application requires a more dependable, longer-lasting power source— particularly one that is mobile,” he added.

“The new generation of security technology is mobile,” Smyth explained. “Mobile applications require batteries that last a substantial amount of time. Any security company that’s designing technology and isn’t taking the latest battery ad- vancements into consideration is behind the curve. We believe that IPT is doing state-of-the-art research and development.” “Separately, both IPT and SW24 have reputations for engi- neering forward-thinking technologies,” Murphy said. “Now, working together, we’ve already started developing initiatives that will eradicate many security-related obstacles by creat- ing portable, faster, IP-based, data-driven equipment powered by custom-designed super batteries.“

Armed with the mindset to break new ground, and facilitated by the NCPA, HIRE and OGS contracts, both companies see a bright future for their end-users. As Ken Murphy stated: “It’s important to be in business with other companies that are also pushing the en- velope. This partnership will mesh the best of the best, and give customers from every industry an optimized solution.”

Jennifer Gavigan is the Managing Editor of LAW and ORDER, Tactical Response, Police Fleet Manager and The Police Marksman. She can be reached at

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