Market Sectors

block 10

<p>1</p>

Homepage

Coalfire Assesses Google Cloud Platform for FedRAMP JAB Authorization

WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 3, 2018 -- Coalfire, a trusted provider of cybersecurity advisory services, announced that is has performed a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate Assessment of the Google Cloud Platform. The FedRAMP assessment confirms that the systems and security controls of the Google Cloud Platform adhere to the specifications required for moderate impact systems.

Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing products, including computing, networking, storage, big data, machine learning, identity, security, management, and development tools that runs on Google's global infrastructure. Through Coalfire's comprehensive technical testing and examination process, Google Cloud Platform achieved a recommendation that the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) issue a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) to the platform and 49 of its associated products.

"Coalfire is proud to have been the assessor for Google to achieve this landmark authorization," said Matt Houy Director, FedRAMP & Authorization Services for Coalfire. "Google Cloud Platform customers can be confident that Google Cloud Infrastructure and authorized Google products have been properly validated to meet all of the necessary security requirements for FedRAMP."

FedRAMP is a national, government-wide program that offers a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Benefits of this authorization include access to the resources and expertise of the FedRAMP JAB, which includes representatives from the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Coalfire is the leading FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) in the industry, providing FedRAMP advisory or assessment services for CSPs that are interested in expanding into government markets.

About Coalfire
Coalfire is the cybersecurity advisor that helps private and public-sector organizations avert threats, close gaps and effectively manage risk. By providing independent and tailored advice, assessments, technical testing and cyber engineering services, we help clients develop scalable programs that improve their security posture, achieve their business objectives and fuel their continued success. Coalfire has been a cybersecurity thought leader for more than 16 years, and has offices throughout the United States and Europe.

For more information, visit Coalfire.com.

Posing as CSRA Executives, Thieves Conduct Fake Interviews and Solicit Banking Information from Job Applicants

FALLS CHURCH, VACSRA Inc. (NYSE:CSRA) is cautioning members of the public, particularly those in the job market, to be on the lookout for fraudulent activity targeting prospective job applicants. CSRA has reported this scam to law enforcement and federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and is fully cooperating with them.

Fraudsters posing as company executives and board members of CSRA have been soliciting victims to apply for jobs at CSRA. The perpetrators use fake gmail accounts to communicate with victims, and then conduct interviews while posing as a CSRA executive, often using the name of a real executive at the company. The scams solicit personal information and send applicants what appear to be checks in order to obtain their financial information.

Such nefarious practices are a common tactic; however, there has been a steady uptick in activity over the past few weeks and CSRA wants to protect the interests of future hires. These scam artists often prey on people as a cold call, although CSRA has not observed any issues with candidates who have applied for jobs. The scheme appears to be a global operation that has evolved over the years, with countless victims.

For the public, and especially those interested in applying for jobs with CSRA:

Use caution when approached by individuals you don’t know.

Never provide banking information during the interview process. 

CSRA will always provide a formal offer letter when offering employment.  

All CSRA electronic communications contain email addresses with the domain of @csra.com.

Members of the public are advised to report these fraudulent solicitations to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their website, which can be found here or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

Victims can also report the incident to their state attorney general. See this list of attorney generals by state for more information.

 

###

About CSRA Inc.

CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) solves our nation’s hardest mission problems as a bridge from mission and enterprise IT to Next Gen, from government to technology partners, and from agency to agency.  CSRA is tomorrow’s thinking, today. For our customers, our partners, and ultimately, all the people our mission touches, CSRA is realizing the promise of technology to change the world through next-generation thinking and meaningful results. CSRA is driving towards achieving sustainable, industry-leading organic growth across federal and state/local markets through customer intimacy, rapid innovation and outcome-based experience. CSRA has over 18,000 employees and is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. To learn more about CSRA, visit www.csra.com. Think Next. Now

DCS Announces Support to Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 3, 2018 -- DCS Corporation has been awarded a 5-year, $98 millionprime task order to provide Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance support to Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) of Program Executive Office Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S). DCS will support the planning, development, management, sustainment, and execution of the U.S. Army's PNT systems.

"This is a strategic win for DCS," said Bill Protzman, DCS Executive Vice President. "Our capabilities in engineering, testing, logistics and program management are well aligned to PNT mission requirements. We currently support PEO IEW&S through PM Terrestrial Sensors and look forward to continuing our support to the PEO within PM PNT, particularly as the Army is at a modernization crossroads."

The PM PMT task order consolidates several Army contracts into a single task order under the TACOM Strategic Service Solutions Knowledge Based Services (TS3 KBS) contract. DCS will support PM PNT at nine locations nationwide to include Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.; Robins Air Force Base (AFB) and Fort Gordon, Ga.; Los Angeles AFB, Calif.; Charlottesville, Va.; Washington, District of Columbia; Warren, Mich.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

PM PNT provides coordinated PNT System of Systems Architecture and associated products for Army mounted and dismounted platforms. PM PNT is also the Army's life cycle manager for the Precision Light Weight GPS Receiver, Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) and DAGR Distributed Device (D3), and future PNT efforts.

About DCS Corporation
DCS Corporation offers advanced technology and management solutions to Government agencies in the Department of Defense and national security sector. The transformative ideas, commitment to quality and entrepreneurial spirit that characterize our 1,100 employee-owners allow us to ensure the success of each customer's mission and actively contribute to the well-being of the Nation. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcscorp.com.

CONTACT: [email protected], 571-227-6000

SOURCE DCS Corporation

Related Links

http://www.dcscorp.com

Magal Acquires Control of ESC BAZ

Magal Security Systems, Ltd. (NASDAQGM: MAGS) today announced the closing of the acquisition of control of ESC BAZ Ltd. ("BAZ") following receipt of approval by the Israeli anti-trust authority and fulfillment of all the various other conditions for closing.

BAZ is an Israeli-based company focused on the development and manufacturing of military-grade smart Security Video Observation and Surveillance systems.

It is anticipated that BAZ's operation coupled with the expected synergies will positively contribute to Magal's revenues and will be accretive to earnings.

The BAZ product portfolio includes a wide range of modular and customizable medium and long range surveillance systems for distances from 500m up to 25km. BAZ systems have been used successfully for over twenty years, are operational and field proven with customers including the Israeli Defense Forces, Police and Security Services, as well as numerous other government and civilian customers worldwide.

Saar Koursh, CEO of Magal, commented, "Accomplishing the conditions required for closing and the materialization of the BAZ acquisition serve our vision to lead the perimeter security market by offering a one stop shop for all cutting edge perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) Security Solutions. The BAZ acquisition will enable us to add smart thermal cameras with embedded video analytics to our product portfolio, strengthening and broadening our state of the art video management systems and video analytics offerings. We look forward to realizing the strong potential synergies between our companies."

Benny Zviran, General Manager of BAZ, commented, "We are proud to join the Magal team, contributing our smart Video Observation and Surveillance solutions to an industry leading portfolio of perimeter security products. We look forward to better tapping this important market and growing together over the coming years."

ABOUT MAGAL 

Magal is a leading international provider of solutions and products for physical and video security solutions, as well as site management. Over the past 45 years, Magal has delivered its products as well as tailor-made security solutions and turnkey projects to hundreds of satisfied customers in over 80 countries - under some of the most challenging conditions.

Magal offers comprehensive integrated solutions for critical sites, managed by Fortis4G - our 4th generation, cutting-edge physical security information management system (PSIM). The solutions leverage our broad portfolio of home-grown PIDS (Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems), Symphony - our advanced VMS (Video Management Software) with native IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) security solutions.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements made herein that are not historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "estimate", "project", "intend", "expect", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on assumptions and expectations which may not be realized and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events and actual results, financial and otherwise, may differ from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. A number of these risks and other factors that might cause differences, some of which could be material, along with additional discussion of forward-looking statements, are set forth in Magal's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F and Current Reports on Form 6-K.

 

For more information: 
Magal Security Systems Ltd.
Saar Koursh, CEO
Tel: +972-3-539-1421
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.magalsecurity.com
 
GK Investor Relations
Ehud Helft / Gavriel Frohwein
Tel: (US) +1-646-688-3559
E-mail: [email protected]

SOURCE Magal Security Systems, Ltd.

Safety Dynamics, Mantaro and Beeper Complete Deployment for Houston PD With SENTRI II

Mantaro Networks and Beeper Communications deployed Safety Dynamics' portable SENTRI II gunshot detection units for a pilot in Houston, Texas, aimed at evaluating advanced alert and surveillance technologies.

The pilot provided additional security, monitor and alert throughout the three-week Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The show is the world's largest livestock industry event in the world with 2.4 million in attendance this year and 22,000 event volunteers. Throughout the three-week show, there were large daily headline events and concerts, and the Safety Dynamics SENTRI II Gun Shot Detection (GSD) system provided additional security and safety support to Houston PD personnel. All data and video was monitored in real time by the Houston Police Department. The pilot included other vendors, integrators and carriers for the city to evaluate multiple systems for larger city deployments upon conclusion of the rodeo.

SENTRI II is the next generation of gunshot detection systems. The deployment marks another milestone in the advancement of this proven public safety technology by allowing the stand-alone gunshot detection systems to be completely portable using Beeper's advanced wireless SD WAN Cellular Bonding solution, the IE 5000 Multi-WAN Channel Bonder. 

Safety Dynamics is an industry pioneer specializing in gunshot detection, camera and acoustic surveillance and other analytical sensory technology and warning systems. The company leads the industry with the largest single citywide deployment in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2006. The SENTRI solution uses patented acoustic algorithms identifying the precise location with plus/minus ONE degree of accuracy. Alert and notification are delivered directly to the user within less than ONE second of an event. The system immediately geo-locates the event and will plot it on a map, which can be integrated with the user's command center or Network Operations Center (NOC). 

"The addition of the SENTRI II portable version of Safety Dynamics' advanced acoustic surveillance analytical sensory technology with Beeper's communications solution will enable further efficacy and strategic use of the systems for citywide deployments and special events like the Houston Livestock & Rodeo show. We were able to quickly deploy for this 'one-off' event - the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - which occurs annually," said Sally Fernandez, president & CEO, Safety Dynamics Inc.  

Now that the event is over, the police department can continue to leverage the technology and move it to the next desired location in a matter of hours.  Other solutions are typically fixed, requiring much longer setup and calibration times as well as pre-existing network connections, such as costly fiber or coax. 

"The speed and ease of installation of the SENTRI II system are impressive. Basically, it was out of the box and on location. We were up and running and connected to existing infrastructure in a matter of hours. Other solutions can be problematic, requiring many man-hours to deploy," stated Sgt. James Turner, Houston Police Department.

The IE 5000 SD WAN Cellular Bonder is a Comprehensive Communications Device (CCD,) delivering high-capacity wireless broadband connectivity. It essentially provides a "network in a box" that actively and dynamically analyzes and profiles existing cellular (3G, 4G, LTE and so on) networks for capacity and availability. It identifies the four most available channels (regardless of frequency,) aggregates that capacity, then bonds the four channels into one high-capacity Virtual Private Network (VPN) which is securely managed by the user.

The system is fully backwards-compatible, frequency/device agnostic and ideal for the transmission of low-latency (less than one-half second), analog and digital, real-time data and video from the field to the command center anywhere in the world. The system provides un-tethered mobility in the most challenging environments. Additionally, by integrating the SD WAN Cellular Bonder with SENTRI, the system is now highly scalable, as multiple feeds for acoustic, data and video can be daisy-chained through the Bonder, leveraging other existing PD assets. 

"There is a clear and rapidly growing need for GSD and advanced surveillance and analytic solutions as many major cities continue to experience gun violence on an epidemic scale. The flexibility that the portable SENTRI II provides is unprecedented in the industry. Competitive solutions can be prohibitively expensive and can require months of tests and validation, which adds to expense and can strain municipal budgets," said Fernandez. 

"Our new solution, SENTRI II, which we have jointly developed, is rapidly deployable and immediately operational and now can be moved, at will, to the areas most in need of this deterrent technology, saving both time and money," states Moshe Levinson, SVP business development and special situations, Beeper Communications.

Mantaro Networks led the project utilizing their best-in-class engineering services. Mantaro worked closely with all partners from the design and manufacture of the system itself, through the installation in Houston. Mantaro is also developing enhancements to the SENTRI II including automatic testing and monitoring software. This "24/7 Health Check" further improves upon the system's existing maintenance, monitoring and control capabilities. Mantaro sells and supports the Beeper and Safety Dynamics technology in the U.S.

For information about Mantaro:

Jeremy Parsons, CEO
[email protected] 
301-528-2244

API Technologies’ SST™ Enters into Agreement with pureLiFi to Deliver LiFi TEMPEST and Secure Solutions

API Technologies Corp. (API), a leader in high performance RF/microwave signal conditioning and electromagnetic spectrum management solutions, has entered into an agreement through its UK-based Secure Systems & Technologies (SST™) business with pureLiFi to deliver to the TEMPEST and Secure marketplace an array of LiFi products, certified to TEMPEST SDIP 27/2 and, where communications are classified SECRET or above, Secure SDIP 29 standards.

Under the agreement, API Technologies’ SST business will collaborate with pureLiFi to design, develop and manufacture TEMPEST and Secure certified LiFi products and will be the first to deliver TEMPEST or Secure configurations utilizing pureLiFi’s LiFi technology. These solutions will utilize pureLiFi proprietary technology to form wireless connectivity that delivers high speed, bi-directional and mobile data communication via the light spectrum. These LiFi enabled IT solutions are designed for use in government office communications or secure mobile deployment and mission critical computing applications requiring uninterrupted, secure transmission of data, plus the flexibility and mobility of a wireless network configuration.

Through SST’s in-house manufacturing capability to produce TEMPEST and Secure Communications certified products, SST and pureLiFi will jointly introduce the increased security benefits of this leading edge technology to the communications market. The LiFi solution secures the communications signal within a physical space, which protects it from hacking or signal interference attempts from devices outside the solution’s area of illumination. In addition, LiFi solutions utilize the light spectrum, which has more than 1,000 times more bandwidth than the RF spectrum used by traditional Wi-Fi technologies.

“API Technologies’ SST business is known for its expertise in developing and manufacturing trusted IT solutions that enable the secure transmission of sensitive data and protection from covert surveillance and eavesdropping threats,” said Mark Sawyer, Product Line Manager, SST. “This exciting agreement with pureLiFi extends our technology breadth to create next-generation TEMPEST and Secure products utilizing pureLiFi wireless communications solutions for our customers.”

“pureLiFi are world leaders in providing LiFi solutions that offer inherently secure, intrinsically safe mobile communications through light. API Technologies is a world class company and a natural fit for an innovative partnership. This agreement will allow us to deliver the highest quality of ground-breaking TEMPEST and Secure LiFi products to the market.” said pureLiFi’s Harald Buchardt, CCO, pureLiFi.

To learn more about API Technologies’ SST TEMPEST, rugged, military EMC, encryption and communications security equipment for military and government organizations throughout the world, visit www.sst.ws.

About API Technologies Corp.

API Technologies is an innovative designer and manufacturer of high performance systems, subsystems, modules, and components for technically demanding RF, microwave, millimeterwave, electromagnetic, power, and security applications. A high-reliability technology pioneer with over 70 years of heritage, API Technologies products are used by global defense, industrial, and commercial customers in the areas of commercial aerospace, wireless communications, medical, oil and gas, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, C4ISR, missile defense, harsh environments, satellites, and space. Learn more about API Technologies and our products at www.apitech.com.

About SST

SST is part of the Secure Systems and Information Assurance (SSIA) group of API Technologies, which provides security and information assurance products for government, defense, and commercial customers worldwide. Products from the SSIA group are marketed under the brand names SST™, EMCON™, and ION Networks™ brands. Learn more about our networking and security solutions at www.apitech.com/ssia.

About pureLiFi

pureLiFi seeks to resolve the global struggle for diminishing wireless capacity resulting in the Spectrum Crunch. We are developing and delivering technology for secure, reliable, high-speed communication networks that seamlessly integrate data and lighting utility infrastructures and significantly reduce energy consumption. Learn more at www.purelifi.com.

Multiple Senstar Systems Installed to Protect Major US Airport

Senstar is pleased to announce it has delivered the perfect perimeter intrusion detection (PIDS) solution to protect the perimeter of one of North America’s largest cargo airports. Due to the facility’s unique perimeter security requirements, Senstar combined multiple technologies to form a comprehensive system that effectively protects the airport and keeps the nuisance alarm rate (NAR) low.

“With a busy road running along one side of the airport’s five-mile perimeter, and people using the airport’s fence to lean on while waiting at bus stops, a fence-mounted solution alone would have been an NAR nightmare,” said Nancy Marshall, Senstar’s Executive Director of Business Development. “By combining multiple technologies, we created a system in which a single alarm is not enough to trigger a response, but, if multiple alarms are received, the threat is deemed to be real and a response is initiated.”

Working with A&E firm Faith Group LLC and installer Standard Electric, the multi-layer intrusion detection system has been up and running for several months and the airport is very pleased with the results.

“It was an excellent experience,” said the airport’s project lead. “Standard Electric was very confident in the (Senstar) products. They told us to ‘Relax. We are going to do this right and you’re going to be extremely satisfied.’ And we are.”

To read a case study about the project, click here.

About Senstar Corporation
Senstar has been safeguarding people, places and property with the world’s largest portfolio of perimeter intrusion detection sensors for over 35 years. Now combined with world-class video management systems and analytics (formerly Aimetis), Senstar offers a comprehensive suite of proven technologies that work together to reduce complexity, improve performance and unify support.

www.senstar.com  www.YouTube.com/SenstarCorp  Twitter: @SenstarCorp

Direct-to-orbit connectivity enables IoT accessibility for remote locations

CHICAGO -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced its investment in Adelaide, Australia-based Myriota, an Internet of Things (IoT) startup seeking to revolutionize satellite communications by providing low-cost access to high-value data in remote locations.  

Myriota developed technology enabling two-way communications between ground-based micro-transmitters and low Earth orbit (LEO) nanosatellites to securely share data over narrow bandwidths. This direct-to-orbit platform enables applications across the logistics, defense, utilities, agricultural, environmental and maritime industries, where IoT connectivity via traditional means is extremely challenging and expensive.

Boeing HorizonX Ventures' investment in Myriota is its first in a company outside of the U.S. and its 10th since Boeing HorizonX was launched in April 2017.

"Part of the mission of Boeing HorizonX is to pursue and accelerate innovations coming out of startups around the world. By investing in Myriota, we are proud to support Australia's startup ecosystem and growing space industry," said Steve Nordlund, vice president of Boeing HorizonX. "Myriota's technology influences how we think about space-based communications and connectivity in remote locations."

Founded in 2015, Myriota builds on the work of its founders with the University of South Australia's Institute for Telecommunications Research. The company's direct-to-orbit technology enables massive-scale, low-cost communications for IoT devices anywhere on Earth.

"We formed Myriota to solve a major connectivity problem: hundreds of millions of devices that need to communicate but don't have cost-effective, battery-friendly networks to do so," said Myriota CEO Alex Grant. "The scale of this investment, with strong domestic venture capital leadership and strategic participation by global investors is significant for Myriota, and our vision to deliver IoT connectivity for everyone, everywhere."

Boeing HorizonX Ventures participated in this US$15 million Series A funding round led by Australian firms Blue Sky Venture Capital and Main Sequence Ventures, which manages the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Innovation Fund. Other investors include Right Click Capital and Singtel Innov8.

For Boeing in Australia, Myriota is the latest example of the company's continued investment in Australian technology that spans internal R&D, suppliers and partners, and universities. So far this year, Boeing announced a set of space-related R&D projects with CSIRO and the launch in Queensland of the company's largest autonomous systems development program outside of the U.S. In South Australia, Myriota joins Boeing's expanding presence in Adelaide, which Boeing announced last year in addition to an AU$500,000 (US$383,000) investment over five years in the Adelaide-based Techstars global accelerator program to support local startups.

The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment portfolio is made up of companies specializing in technologies for aerospace and manufacturing innovations, including autonomous systems, energy storage, advanced materials, augmented reality systems and software, machine learning and hybrid-electric propulsion. Boeing HorizonX also seeks unique business opportunities and non-traditional partnerships for the company's aerospace technology using disruptive innovations and business strategies.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.

With more than 3,000 employees, Boeing in Australia has a broad portfolio of aerospace capabilities across the country, including advanced manufacturing of commercial aircraft components, complex defence systems design and production, research and development, training and sustainment services, and unmanned systems.

###

Researchers used patterned stimulation of neural activity to facilitate encoding of episodic memories for military personnel suffering from the effects of brain injury or illness

DARPA launched the Restoring Active Memory (RAM) program in November 2013 with the goal of developing a fully implantable, closed-loop neural interface capable of restoring normal memory function to military personnel suffering from the effects of brain injury or illness. Just over four years later, the program is returning remarkable results. Today, RAM researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California published in the Journal of Neural Engineering that they have demonstrated the first successful implementation in humans of a proof-of-concept system for restoring memory function by facilitating memory encoding using the patient’s own neural codes. Volunteers in the study demonstrated up to 37 percent improvement in short-term, working memory over baseline levels.

“DARPA’s cumulative investments in neurotechnology over the past two decades have brought us to an extremely exciting point today where we’re testing tangible technologies that have the potential to alleviate some of the worst effects of brain injury and illness,” said Justin Sanchez, the director of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office and the program manager for RAM.

RAM researchers focused on episodic memory, which includes information a person need only remember for brief periods, such as where a car is parked, what was served for dinner on a previous evening, or when he or she last took medication. Episodic memory loss is the most common type of memory loss in people with brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease.

To improve episodic memory, the RAM team limited its study to the hippocampus, a region of the brain that is central to memory formation. The hippocampus includes sub-regions called CA3 and CA1 that function together to support memory encoding and retrieval. When the brain registers new information to be encoded as a memory, neurons in the CA3 region fire, marking the input of information into the hippocampus, which triggers a subsequent sequence of neural activity in the CA1 region, marking the output from the hippocampus.

Working with neurosurgical patient volunteers who were being treated for epilepsy—a condition that often causes memory loss—the RAM researchers used surgically implanted electrodes to record neuronal activity in the volunteers’ CA3 and CA1 regions as the volunteers performed a visual memory test. The study participants were shown a simple image such as a color block and then, after a brief delay during which the screen was blank, were asked to identify the initial image out of four or five others shown on the screen.

By analyzing the recordings associated with correct responses, the researchers were able to construct what’s known as a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) nonlinear, mathematical, spatiotemporal model that predicted the transformation of neuronal firing patterns in the CA3 region into neuronal firing patterns in the CA1 region during successful memory formation. The “codes” that the model produced did not directly reference specific memories, but instead correlated to the CA1 firing patterns that occur when CA3 encodes information properly, thus correcting for any naturally occurring errors in transformation between CA3 and CA1 firing. When during subsequent image-recall tests the researchers used patterned, spatiotemporal electrical stimulation of CA1 to play back MIMO-based codes—derived from real-time neuronal activity recorded in CA3—the volunteers showed an average of 37 percent improvement in episodic memory performance over baseline.

To explore whether MIMO-predicted stimulation patterns would have a similar effect on long-term memory, the researchers adapted the image-recall test. In this second iteration, the volunteers were shown a highly distinctive photographic image, followed by a short delay, and then asked to identify the first photo out of four or five others on screen. Again, the researchers recorded neural activity and delivered MIMO-derived CA1 stimulation for a subset of images.

After another, longer delay of up to 75 minutes, the volunteers were shown sets of three images at a time, including the original image and new photos, and asked to identify the original photo. When stimulated with the correct spatiotemporal codes, the volunteers showed a 35 percent improvement in memory on average over baseline.

Notably, the stimulation did not replace normal CA1 activity in the volunteers’ brains, but supplemented it, giving a boost to natural memory function. According to researchers, stimulation delivered via the MIMO-based model was effective in activating a pattern of neuronal firing that corresponded to correct memory performance—a marked improvement over control trials conducted without stimulation.

The new results from the Wake Forest and USC RAM investigators follow a recent announcement made in February by a DARPA-funded team led by the University of Pennsylvania. The Penn research team developed a closed-loop recording and stimulation system that evaluates brain state and delivers efficacious electrical stimulation only when the system predicts poor memory performance. Using a memory task in which participants recalled lists of words, the researchers demonstrated a 15-percent improvement in overall memory function.

“We’re closing in on our goal of an implantable, closed-loop memory prosthesis,” Sanchez said. “The RAM program continues to achieve and integrate amazing breakthroughs in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and neural interface device development for clinical use, which makes me confident DARPA can ultimately deliver our Service members and veterans powerful technologies for countering memory loss.”

Image Caption: DARPA-funded researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of Southern California have demonstrated the first successful implementation in humans of a proof-of-concept system for restoring memory function by facilitating memory encoding using the patient’s own neural codes. The stimulation did not replace normal activity in the volunteers’ brains, but supplemented it, giving a boost to natural memory function. Using the RAM technology, volunteers in the study demonstrated up to 37 percent improvement in short-term, working memory over baseline levels. (DARPA image courtesy of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center)

# # #

Fort Myers Police Department chooses NC4 Street Smart® to help fight crime

EL SEGUNDO, CA – March 29, 2018 – NC4®, a leader in revolutionizing safety and security and an innovator in law enforcement technology, announced today that the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD), with a strength of 206 sworn officers, has chosen NC4 Street Smart® to help in their fight against crime. With the installation of Street Smart, the officers of the FMPD will be equipped with the sophisticated technology and critical resources they need to reduce crime and contribute to the safety of the community.

The FMPD protects a population of over 77,000 residents and is the county seat and commercial center of Lee County, Florida. Street Smart will help the department provide safety and security to its residents by providing a daily-use crime-fighting solution that arms police officers with critical real- time data, while patrolling their community.

This solution will allow the department to stay apprised of activities and to collaborate using situation- based bulletins, secure blogs, and case management tools that optimize the sharing of crime-related information in order to pinpoint crimes, patterns, and incidents.

“Community partnership is vital to our efforts to reduce and solve crime. We continue to engage community stakeholders and our law enforcement partners in our efforts to reduce crime and to bring justice to victims and their family members,” said Derrick Diggs, Chief of the Fort Myers Police Department. “Our community will benefit from our partnership with NC4 and this technology, when deployed, will give our officers real-time data that is crucial to preventing and solving crime.”

NC4 Street Smart will help the FMPD streamline their efforts across the department by providing officers with continuously updated crime maps, bulletins, and the ability to share relevant information quickly, maximizing policing effectiveness. This will help lead to more accurate and timely arrests and increased safety for officers and citizens. The cities that have been using Street Smart report double-digit reductions in crime and decreases from the time of an incident to the time of arrest.

“We are excited that another agency in Florida will be using Street Smart to fight crime,” said Rob Wolf, Vice President, NC4 Public Safety. “This solution will help officers in Fort Myers provide more effective and efficient law enforcement services to its residents.”

About NC4

NC4 delivers safety and security solutions for both business and government organizations. We revolutionize how organizations and communities collect, manage, share and disseminate information to reduce cyber threats, fight crime, mitigate risks, and manage incidents. NC4 also provides cyber threat sharing solutions both through secure collaboration services and recently (via Soltra Edge), through automated, structured, and standardized (STIX/TAXII) mechanisms.

NC4 solutions are used by private sector companies involved in financial services, high-tech, insurance, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, as well as other industries. In the public sector, NC4 solutions are used by federal, state and local agencies in homeland security, emergency management, and law enforcement disciplines.

NC4 takes a comprehensive and integrated approach to safety and security by providing: cyber threat exchanges that drive the development of a sharing culture and circles of trust; global security and travel intelligence, analysis, traveler tracking, and relevant real time threat alerting to mitigate enterprise risks and a common operating picture for fighting crime and managing emergencies.

For information about NC4, visit www.NC4.com or call toll-free, 1-877-624-4999. ###

Pages

 

Recent Videos

IntraLogic's official release of the "One Button" Lockdown system on CBS 2 News.
HID Global is opening the door to a new era of security and convenience.  Powered by Seos technology, the HID Mobile Access solution delivers a more secure and convenient way to open doors and gates, access networks and services, and make cashless payments using phones and other mobile devices. ...
Mobile device forensics can make a difference in many investigations, but you need training that teaches you how to get the most out of your mobile forensics hardware and software, and certifies you to testify in court. Read this white paper to learn how to evaluate mobile forensics training...
PureTech Systems is a software company that develops and markets PureActiv, its geospatial analytics solution designed to protect critical perimeters and infrastructure.  Its patented video analytics leverage thermal cameras, radars and other perimeter sensors to detect, geo-locate, classify, and...