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DHS awards contract to immixGroup to fight crime online

ImmixGroup, Inc. of Mclean, VA announced on May 17 that its IT solutions division has been awarded a contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Cyber Crimes Center (C3) worth up to $7.8 million.

Under this contract, immixGroup -- a provider of enterprise technology products and services to the public sector -- will provide information technology operational services and support, implementation, and maintenance of DHS ICE C3’s software applications, network and cyber security systems, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of applications that support law enforcement activities, including application development and support, forensic lab assistance, data storage maintenance, and information assurance.

The contract includes one base year, one 12-month option period, and two six-month option periods and covers all four divisions of C3: child exploitation, cyber crimes, computer forensics, and cyber training.

“DHS ICE's Cyber Crimes Center is doing serious work protecting us and our children by investigating domestic and international criminal activities occurring online,” said Phill Magaro, the vice president of the IT solutions division. “ImmixGroup is proud to leverage our unmatched digital forensics and information management expertise to help them accomplish their goals. We’ve been working with DHS for years on a number of IT projects, and we are pleased DHS has validated our previous work by awarding us this contract.”

IT contract awarded by DIA to VA-based company

Blue Canopy Group, LLC, of Reston, VA, announced on May 18 that it had received a contract, under a $6.6 billion multi-award contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), to provide worldwide information technology support services to the U.S. Government. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has one base-year and four annual option years. Blue Canopy was one of five small businesses that were awarded a prime contract and one of seven out of the contract’s eleven chosen companies that came from the state of Virginia.

“We have assembled a world class team that brings both fresh ideas and proven capability to the community,” said president and CEO, Bradley Schwartz. “Blue Canopy has supported DIA for the past seven years, and we are excited to have the opportunity to continue providing essential IT mission support to DIA.”

Blue Canopy – a woman owned small business provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for a variety of government agencies – will provide the DIA with IT support for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and the intelligence components of Command and Control (C2) system assets that are vital to national security.

Eric Husebo, Blue Canopy’s program manager for contracts issued under the Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise (SITE) said, “We are truly excited about being given a platform to provide enterprise IT support to the defense intelligence community and the field commanders. Whether the need is for field support in Afghanistan or leveraging technology to save money, our team will translate the need into actionable information as we respond to the warfighter.”

Pictometry International Corp. forms Canadian subsidiary

Pictometry International Corp., a provider of aerial metric oblique imagery and measuring software, announces the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, which will be called Pictometry Canada Corp.

Using Pictometry’s proprietary geospatial information technology, Pictometry Canada will deliver and market Pictometry solutions to government and commercial customers in Canada with sales and support in both English and French through its offices in the Montreal and Vancouver metropolitan areas.

Through this subsidiary, Canadian customers will be able to access imagery coverage across Canada, including the cities of Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, St. John, Halifax, and Charlottetown. New image capture flights of existing and new areas are planned to start this fall.

“Pictometry Canada builds on our past success in Canada and provides direct bilingual sales and support to our customers,” said Robert Carroll, Pictometry’s President of International Sales. “This organization’s focus on users’ needs and delivery of world-class information solutions will enable our customers to better fulfill their mission-critical geospatial projects.”

Pictometry’s patented and proprietary technology is licensed in more than 154 countries and territories around the world. The company’s extensive global image library currently contains imagery of Canada that is representative of more than 65 percent of the Canadian population.


AFI enhances DVR

American Fibertek, Inc. (AFI), of Somerset, NJ, is enhancing video security system migration options for dealers and integrators faced with expanding legacy DVR installations with the V’nes (Video Network Enterprise Solution) Pilot Video/Event Management Software that can be integrated with DVRs from most leading manufacturers.

The Pilot Enterprise VMS is a management software system for video, audio, data, environmental sensors and network switches which is able to display and record video streams as well as process alarms and system environmental status events from AFI’s Commander, Scout and Net I/O network appliances.

The standardized network transmission product line-up of software and hardware appliances is a comprehensive security network system control, management and transmission system solution and can accommodate any combination of video surveillance, access control, point of sale, voice and data system devices, analog, IP or hybrid from virtually any manufacturer.

“This integration is a perfect example of how our ‘Open Path’ commitment to system integration can yield innovative solutions that meet current market situations,” said President and CEO Jack Fernandes. “IP/analog and industry convergence continue to give AFI the opportunity to innovate beyond expectations. We are providing our customers with integration solutions that ease enterprise IP-based application deployments, provide added security and reliability and deliver a sound ROI."

$1.5 billion contract awarded for supporting special ops. command

CACI International Inc., of Ballston, VA, announced that the company has been awarded one of four contracts to support the United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Global Battlestaff and Program Support (GBPS) effort. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a ceiling value of $1.5 billion and a period of performance that consists of a three-year base period and a two-year option period.

“Our selection as one of only four primes on this contract is a significant win for CACI,” said Bill Fairl, president of U.S. Operations. “By providing USSOCOM with operations and intelligence, acquisition and logistics, and business operations and financial management support services, we’re able to help the Special Operations Forces with their critical missions worldwide.”

USSOCOM supports Special Operations Forces in their defence of America and its interests, through the synchronized planning of global operations against terrorist networks. CACI will provide the command with integrated security and intelligence solutions for USSOCOM’s force sustainment, equipping, and modernization efforts, especially those focused on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.

In addition to winning the ID/IQ contract award, CACI also won one of four task orders  that were bid with the overall contract proposal. The $4 million order for intelligence production support for the USSOCOM integrated survey program, has a five year period of performance and will provide USSOCOM with multimedia intelligence production, publication, and dissemination support services over the life of the task order.

The company’s president and CEO Paul Cofoni, said, “Winning this contract partners us with a customer whose mission sets are expanding and whose contributions to national interests are becoming more important as threats by non-nation states increase. Working with USSOCOM will enable us to make meaningful contributions to national interests as well as support warfighters serving in harm’s way.”

CACI works with a variety of federal agencies to deliver enterprise IT and network services; data, information, and knowledge management services; business system solutions; logistics and material readiness; C4ISR integration services; cyber solutions; integrated security and intelligence solutions and program management.

The cloud will aid Gulf Coast clean-up

Gulf oil spill

IceWEB, Inc., headquartered in Washington, DC, announced it has received an order from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide the government with a multi-terabyte order to aid in the ongoing recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. IceWEB manufactures and markets data storage products, network and cloud storage solutions and delivers on-line cloud computing application services for numerous federal agencies.

IceWeb’s CEO, John R. Signorello, stated that the company is, “pleased to be able to assist the U.S. Government in its efforts to mitigate the impact of the Gulf oil spill.”

The spill, which started in April 20 at the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, is estimated to be discharging anywhere between five to 100 thousand gallons of crude oil every day and has been called the worst environmental disaster in America’s history. BP believes the gushing oil will take approximately three months to cap, and will have spilled an estimated 38 million gallons before the situation is resolved

“IceWEB has a vast amount of experience providing platforms for emergency response and situational awareness,” said company director Stephen A Gill, Director. “Our line of server and storage platforms are designed for situations just like we are seeing in the Gulf with the BP Oil spill.”

The importance of using cloud platforms to enhance the government’s ability to respond to disasters, such as the oil spill of the coast of Louisiana, was highlighted in an article published by GSN: Government Security News on May 7.

Smiths Detection launches enhanced early warning biological detector

SmartBio Sensor

Smiths Detection has launched the latest version of its portable bio-threat detector, the SmartBio Sensor. With increased sensitivity and enhanced software, the system detects the presence of airborne biological microbes and bio-toxins, providing active monitoring and classification to help protect against biological threats.

The battery-powered SmartBio Sensor is portable and ruggedized, enabling it to be used to proactively protect public venues in various applications including perimeter monitoring for both indoor and outdoor events as well as in a range of military environments.

Tim Picciotti, Vice President, Smiths Detection, said, “This latest version of the SmartBio Sensor extends the ability of both public and private sectors to guard against the evolving threats we face. We will continue to strive to ensure Smiths Detection is the supplier of choice for the solutions needed to mitigate potentially harmful incidents.”

The advanced system continuously samples the air, trapping bio-aerosol particles on a sensor surface. The onboard computer is then able to detect and classify the bio-materials, triggering an alarm if a potential threat is discovered. Bio-agents are retained for confirmatory analysis and archiving. Compared to the initial model, the SmartBio Sensor now features increased sensitivity and enhanced software capabilities to enable wider usage for the device.

Ken Klein, a product manager at Smiths Detection, said, “With improved airflow and battery operation, we increased the sensitivity and overall utility of the SmartBio Sensor for military, police and emergency responders.”

The latest SmartBio Sensor has also been successfully field tested with a major metropolitan police department in the U.S. with the aim of becoming part of its overall protection plan.



Lockheed Martin begins development of second phase of FBI’s Next Generation Identification program

The Lockheed Martin-led Next Generation Identification (NGI) team is beginning to fully develop and deploy a new NGI system capability that transforms how law enforcement officials search an FBI wanted persons database.

Development efforts began after a successful Critical Design Review (CDR) for the system’s second phase, also known as Increment 2.

The Repository for Individuals of Special Concern, or RISC, fingerprint database, which is managed by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, includes Wanted Persons, Known or Appropriately Suspected Terrorists, Sex Offenders Registry subjects, and other persons of special interest.

“This capability gives law enforcement users more speed and flexibility in how they search the RISC fingerprint database,” explained Lockheed Martin NGI Program Director Mike Moore. “For the first time, the law enforcement community can use web-based transactions, in addition to the existing data input mechanisms, to determine whether a suspect is a wanted person within RISC.”

In addition to the full RISC development activity, the team is now beginning design work for the next phase of NGI, which will enhance today’s latent fingerprint matching accuracy and introduces palm prints to the system. NGI is being designed with a significant degree of flexibility to accommodate these and other biometric modalities that may mature and become important to law enforcement efforts in the future.

Earlier this year, the NGI team completed final delivery of its more than 800 Advanced Technology Workstations a full month ahead of schedule, said a Lockheed Martin press statement. The new machines replace aging Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) Service Provider Workstations used by the FBI’s service providers and analysts.

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

General Dynamics awarded $12 Million to lead development of airborne network node for WIN-T


General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $12.4 million contract modification to the Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3 contract by the U.S. Army to lead a defense-industry team in the development of a line-of-sight communications payload for Extended Range/Multi-purpose (ER/MP) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Once aboard the UAS, the WIN-T communications payload will use the Highband Networking Waveform (HNW) to serve as a radio repeater while the UAS is in flight. This capability is critical in an urban environment or on rugged terrain where there are barriers to ground communication. HNW is a key technology on the WIN-T program, providing automation in establishment of a communication link that results in increased robustness of the communication network. WIN-T enables warfighters to communicate and collaborate on the move, in urban areas, mountains or isolated locations where there is no communications infrastructure.

Bill Weiss, Vice President of Tactical Networks for General Dynamics C4 Systems, said, “Implementing the airborne relay for WIN-T Increment 3 is a highly efficient and cost-effective approach to a complex problem that will pay great dividends for the warfighter. It will bring U.S. forces unfettered access to information, communications and collaboration wherever they happen to be.”

General Dynamics will lead the WIN-T Increment 3 team that includes Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Harris Corporation. The teammates will work closely to design the Communications Payload B-kit with General Atomics, makers of the ER/MP platform.

The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM), Fort Monmouth, NJ, is the contracting authority.

The WIN-T program is comprised of three increments. Increment 1 is currently fielded to a number of deployed U.S. Army units. Increment 2 equips tactical vehicles with broadband communications, enabling commanders to see and command from anywhere in the battlespace. Increment 3 provides increased network reliability and capacity, smaller and more tightly integrated communications and networking gear needed for the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization.


MXI Security introduces Stealth HD Series of biometric and non-biometric USB portable security devices

MXI's Stealth HD

MXI Security, a supplier of encrypted USB and biometric USB drives, has introduced its new Stealth HD Series of encrypted USB hard drives.

Replacing the well-known Outbacker MXP Series, the Stealth HD Series is powered by MXI Security’s Bluefly portable security processor. Bluefly recently received FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation, making the Stealth HD Series the first and only USB hard drives to offer this level of security.

The Bluefly offers unmatched security in any environment, foreign or familiar, says the company in a prepared statement. Bluefly’s anti-malware features, including its read-only mode of operation, protect the Stealth HD Series from all attackers. With the optional ACCESS Antivirus Scanner, user data and host systems are shielded from all forms of malware.

More versatile and secure than standard USB devices, the Stealth HD and Stealth HD Bio are suited ideally for government agencies and organizations that require high-capacity secure storage for portable data or even Secure USB Desktop (SUDs), says MXI. The Stealth HD features AES 256-bit transparent hardware encryption for up to 500GB of user data, with the Stealth HD Bio adding strong biometric and password multi-factor authentication. The entire Stealth HD product line also offers digital identity and PKI token services ranging from RSA SecurID and OATH OTP to on-board key generation, digital signatures, and secure key and certificate containers.

“MXI Security’s Stealth M-Series, Stealth MXP and Stealth HD product families are the most advanced portable security products available with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation, making them the best security solutions available for governments and companies to safely and securely transport mission-critical information,” said Lawrence Reusing, CEO of MXI Security.



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