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Carlsbad Source for San Diego’s Four New Police Helicopters

Carlsbad-based Jet Source Inc. is building four new high-tech helicopters for the San Diego Police Department for $10 million.

The department already is using two of the new helicopters, called American Eurocopter AS350B-3, and will have all four by April.

Rich Parrella, project coordinator for the San Diego Police Air Support Unit, said the difference between the new helicopters and the older versions is “night and day.”

The helicopters were built as far back as 1967, Parrella said.

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The American Eurocopter helicopters are night-vision-goggle capable, and include a thermal imaging system, a moving map technology and a custom-designed radio command suite. The Police Department keeps watch over San Diego from the air 10-12 hours each day, Parrella said.

Jet Source, launched in March 1997, specializes in aircraft for emergency personnel, according to the company.

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Hear Me Now:

Verizon Wireless has constructed new cellular sites in Carlsbad, El Cajon, Escondido, Oceanside, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Santee and San Diego. Most of the sites are small devices on buildings or at intersections on stoplights, said spokesman Ken Muche. He couldn’t determine by deadline if any were actual towers.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based cell phone company announced the new sites this month.

The sites will increase coverage area and capacity, Muche said.

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Working Faster:

Sierra Wireless is introducing new technology that will improve the speed at which users can work while mobile, according to the Richmond, British Columbia, Canada-based firm. The company has offices in Carlsbad.

Sierra develops and markets wireless communication products, such as modems.

With the new product offering, users can send e-mail attachments, upload information or transmit data from portable devices five times faster than the speeds currently available, or up to a speed of two megabits per second, according to Sierra.

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One Stop Shop:

Escondido’s One Stop Systems Inc. has agreed to purchase the embedded products division of San Ramon-based SBE Inc.

While One Stop Systems designs and manufactures industrial-grade computing products, SBE is a public company that designs IP-based storage networking solutions for a range of applications, including backup and disaster recovery.

No dollar amount for the transaction was disclosed.

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Streaming To The Top:

Streamload Inc. has appointed Patrick Harr, a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Enterprise Venture Capital, as the firm’s new chief executive officer.

Harr succeeds Streamload’s founder, Steve Iverson, who will become chief technical officer of the San Diego-based company.

Streamload is building a media services and sharing network for Internet connected devices, and made the announcement Feb. 8.

The company’s customers include music enthusiasts, digital photographers, graphic designers, architects, software developers, home office business owners and students, according to Streamload’s Web site. Several large businesses and New Mexico State University also use Streamload’s service.

Before San Diego’s Enterprise Venture Capital, where Harr focused on investments related to content, storage and media services, he was CEO of Preventsys Inc., a former Carlsbad-based security risk and compliance management firm. Preventsys was acquired by McAfee in 2006.

Harr has a master’s in business administration from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in political economy and Russian.


Contact Katie Weeks with high-tech news at

kweeks@sdbj.com

, or call her at (858) 277-6359.

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