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DARPA Selects Northrop Grumman to Support Technical Innovations in Computer Processing Development

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) to collaborate on the development of a graph processor chip that aims to vastly enhance efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors.

As a part of DARPA’s newly instated Hierarchical Identify Verify Exploit (HIVE) program, Northrop Grumman will work with five other entities to implement and evaluate real-time performance of various graph algorithms in a newly developed HIVE chip. HIVE seeks to create and integrate technologies that will potentially lead to the development of a generic graph processor, responsible for quickly analyzing large data sets to determine correlations and dependencies that were not able to be discovered before.

This type of development could be critical in cybersecurity, intelligence integration and network analysis, especially as it relates to the Department of Defense (DoD). Northrop Grumman contributions to HIVE will assess the potential for graph analytics to resolve DoD processing challenges while also gaining a better understanding into how the analytics are currently used in DoD systems.

“The goal of the HIVE program is to enable our customers to make better decisions with the copious amounts of data generated every day. This program endeavors to produce technology breakthroughs that will transform cognitive systems and advance analytics for many years,” said Vern Boyle, vice president, cyber and advanced processing, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.

Northrop Grumman will work to solve the problem facing today’s top processors. Currently, there are few programming models and generalized processor architectures that can effectively support the irregular memory accesses and fine grained concurrency requirements of static and dynamic/streaming graph analytics, while also providing accelerated run-time support. The ability to quickly identify commonalities, patterns and dependencies in order to predict outcomes is vital due to the high volume and variety of data being generated every day.

The HIVE program will address three key technical areas including: graph analytic processors, graph analytics toolkits and system evaluation. As the single performer selected for system evaluation, Northrop Grumman will identify and develop static and streaming graph analytics to solve five types of problem areas including: anomaly detection, domain specific search, dependency mapping, N-x contingency analysis and causal modeling of events. This project will focus on identifying new uses for graph analytics that have not been included in previous research due to processing, power or size constraints.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.

60 years innovating for the Latin American air transport industry

In November 1957, from a small facility in Buenos Aires, SITA began operations in Latin America. Since then, it has grown and transformed into the air transport industry’s communications and IT solution provider, with Aerolíneas Argentinas as one of its main customers.

During this period, the company has been a key contributor to airport infrastructure development in the region, through the implementation of new technologies. In 1988, Rio de Janeiro Airport was the first in the region move from manual check-in to SITA’s common-use system (CUTE – Common Use Terminal Equipment). Since 2005, passengers in Cancun can check themselves in using SITA’s self-service kiosks. Over the years, SITA has supported the air transport industry in Latin America with state-of-the-art technology, to make air travel easier at every step of the way, helping them to meet the expectations of passengers of the future.

The company’s portfolio covers all areas operations including passenger processing, airport operations, baggage, border management and aircraft communications, making the industry more efficient and effective.

Elbson Quadros, SITA Vice President, Latin America, said: “Our greatest delight is to celebrate our 60th anniversary with our customers, who have been trusting our services from the very beginning. SITA is unique because it is the global IT and communications provider to the air transport industry and is owned by the community. We have been part of the major aviation achievements in Latin American over the past 60 years and we will continue to contribute to an increasingly safe and efficient advanced industry. Through SITA Lab, our technology research team, we are exploring strategic and innovative solutions for our clients in biometrics, mixed reality and artificial intelligence. While our robot, Leo, which has already been in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, will be showcased next month at a major industry event in Costa Rica."

Ricardo Lehmacher, Airports Manager for the Aerolíneas Group, added: “For Aerolíneas Argentinas, SITA's efforts to improve our service standards are fundamental. We believe it is vital to offer our passengers and employees the latest technology available, especially in a context of growth and expansion of our business. Together with SITA we want to continue working to always be at the forefront of technology.”

Nearly every airline and airport in the world does business with SITA and its border management solutions are used by more than 30 governments. With a presence at more than 1,000 airports around the world and a customer service team of 2,000+ staff, SITA delivers unmatched service to more than 2,800 customers in more than 200 countries. 

In 2016, SITA had consolidated revenues of US$1.5 billion. SITA’s subsidiaries and joint ventures include

SITAONAIR, CHAMP Cargosystems and Aviareto.

SITA has 320 employees serving the Latin American and Caribbean region, with offices in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, México, Paraguay, Perú, Surinam, Venezuela, Aruba, Bahamas, Grenada, Guayana, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Jamaica, Curaçao and Trinidad.

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Regent University to build cyber training facility at its Virginia Beach campus

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA July 18, 2017 Officials with the Institute for Cybersecurity at Regent University, an academic center and training facility dedicated to equipping the next generation of cybersecurity professionals in the industry, government, military and academia, announced today that Regent is building a state-of-the-art cyber range training facility.

As one of only a few stand-alone cyber range facilities at a university, and perhaps the only one in the nation at a private university, The Regent Cyber Range will open on Q4 2017 and will offer hands-on training programs where students will acquire the highest level of skills needed for careers in cybersecurity. Regent's Cyber Range will also be a leading-edge training hub for enterprises, consultancies, government and military organizations, offering several certificate programs at all levels.

According to industry reports, cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing career fields, with demand expected to rise to 6 million jobs globally in 2019 and a projected shortfall of employees for 1.5 million job openings. Median pay for an entry-level position for people with a bachelor's degree is currently $88,890, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the highest 10 percent of cybersecurity professionals earning more than $140,000.

"A severe skill shortage exists in the workforce, while at the same time the threats to our country's security grow ever more sophisticated," said Regent's Chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson. "Regent's new training center will address the nation's need for thousands of additional cybersecurity experts to defend government and commercial networks from cyber attacks."

Regent will utilize the Cyberbit Range platform created by Cyberbit Ltd., the world's leading provider of cybersecurity training and simulation platforms. It offers a realistic training experience where trainees are exposed to various attack scenarios and security breaches to improve their hands-on skills. The range can simulate large-scale virtual networks and attacks based on real-world incidents, and can also pinpoint system vulnerabilities and help users develop countermeasures and improved protocols for dealing with cyber attacks on critical network systems. The platform offers numerous security tools and systems, including risk assessment tools, monitoring systems, security information and event management systems, forensic tools and supporting databases, as well as other network, security and cyber components.

"Regent will be among the first in Christian higher education, and one of the few colleges and universities nationwide, to offer hands-on cybersecurity training," said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for academic affairs. "This facility will allow Regent to offer complex, system-level training at the highest level, and graduates will emerge with hands-on testing and training that is unmatched in higher education. We've found the Cyberbit Range platform to deliver the highest level of training experience that will enable us to achieve our goals, coupled with the unparalleled support of the Cyberbit team."

"We are excited to partner with Regent University to build their new training facility based on the Cyberbit Range," said Adi Dar, CEO, of Cyberbit Ltd. "This training program firmly positions Regent as a leader in cybersecurity training in America today, not only for its students at the graduate and undergraduate levels, but also as a destination for businesses, government and military organizations."

Currently, Regent University offers a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, as well as undergraduate degrees in Information Systems Technology, Computer Science, Cyber & Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity.

Early next year, Regent will also host a Cyber Summit (Spring, 2018) featuring industry and government leaders to discuss innovation and future cybersecurity risks. Details will be announced soon.

For more information please visit: http://www.regent.edu/institutes/cybersecurity

About Regent University 

Founded in 1978, Regent University has 10,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 128 program areas including business, communication, the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, and psychology. Currently, Regent University tops the list of Best Online Bachelor's Programs in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. Visit http://www.regent.edu

About Cyberbit 

Created to protect the most high-risk organizations in the world, Cyberbit secures enterprises and critical infrastructure against advanced cyberthreats. The company's battle-hardened cybersecurity solutions detect, analyze and respond to the most advanced, complex and targeted threats. Cyberbit employs a formidable and diverse team from both the public and private sector, including PhDs, hackers, former CISOs and SOC managers, as well as seasoned veterans of the intelligence and military communities. With offices in Texas, Munich and Israel, and presence worldwide, Cyberbit is a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) and has more than 500 personnel in the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more about how Cyberbit maximizes protection against today's signature-less threats, visit http://www.cyberbit.com.

California university receives NATO grant to conduct research on cybersecurity

Mondin

California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a $380,000 grant from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to conduct research designed to improve cyber security.

Cal State LA will collaborate with NATO experts, as well as scientists from Italy, Israel, and Pakistan on the project.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with these partners to foster research, innovation, and knowledge in an effort to address today’s security challenges,” said Marina Mondin, who is the grant’s principal investigator and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cal State LA.

NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program has provided funding for a three-year period. The program also provides expert advice and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.

“The research conducted at Cal State LA, in collaboration with other institutions, will help advance the field and lead to greater cybersecurity,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “We’re pleased to be a part of this important effort.”

The collaborative research project focuses on the design and implementation of a practical Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) system between two major cities in northern Italy.

QKD uses quantum mechanics to exchange secret information. Quantum mechanics is the science dealing with the behavior of matter and light on the atomic and subatomic scale.

In QKD systems, individual photons are used to exchange cryptographic key data between a sender and a receiver. Each photon represents a single piece of data. After a key has been created, it can then be used to encrypt messages that are being communicated over an insecure channel.

It is the only known technique against cyberattacks that is secure based on the current understanding of laws of physics.

“QKD systems have reached a maturity level that allows their potential full realization and implementation for creation of a secure network backbone. The scientists at the Italian National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM) are at the forefront of experimental research in the field of quantum optics,” said Mondin.

Quantum optics is a field of research that uses semi-classical and quantum-mechanical physics to investigate phenomena involving light and its interactions with matter at submicroscopic levels.

Researchers will also focus on the advancement of all related technologies for both fiber optics and free space optical systems. Free space optics is the technology associated with using a light source to wirelessly transmit data.

Mondin is an expert in signal processing for communications, modulation and coding, simulation of communication systems, and quantum communications. She has been associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Transactions on Circuits and Systems and has been a member of the technical-scientific committees of various international conferences.

Other researchers involved in the grant project include Marco Genovese, of Italian National Institute of Metrological Research, Torino, Italy; Shlomi Arnon, of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel; and Inam Bari, of National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Peshawar, Pakistan.  

Over the past five years, the NATO SPS program has initiated 450 collaborative activities in more than 40 partner countries from cyber security in Jordan to defense against chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents, and energy security in Ukraine.

Cloud security expert offers course at upcoming SANS San Francisco training event

Shackleford

BETHESDA, MD July 12, 2017 SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced its new SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations course will be offered for the first time at SANS San Francisco Fall 2017 taking place September 5 - 10.  Cloud security expert and author/instructor of the SEC545 course, Dave Shackleford, will provide detailed insight into the tools, controls, and design models needed to properly secure the cloud during this five day immersion style training.

According to Shackleford, "Organizations of all types are moving data and workloads into the cloud, and this trend will only continue. Security teams need to understand the core design principles that can help these transitions proceed smoothly, without sacrificing hard-won security controls and processes we've developed over the years. SEC545 aims to educate students on everything from policy and contracts to security architecture and operations, with special emphasis on DevSecOps and automation. There are lots of practical hands-on exercises in AWS throughout the class, too, which will reinforce the lessons from class."

For more information on the SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations course, or to register, visit here: www.sans.org/u/tZm

SANS San Francisco Fall 2017 will hands-on information security courses taught by the industry's top instructors. Included among the courses offered are SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style, SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender, SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth, FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics, and MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification. Bonus evening discussions led by SANS instructors will round out the agenda. Cyber security expert, Paul Henry, will deliver the keynote address on Evolving Threats.

For a complete list of courses, or to register for SANS San Francisco Fall 2017, please visit: www.sans.org/u/tZr

About SANS Institute 
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cybersecurity training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (www.SANS.org)

MTS completes installation of seismic simulation at Taiwanese research center

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN July 5, 2017 MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and sensors, continues to develop advanced technology which will help to ensure that society is better prepared for potential seismic events. The company announced today that it has completed the installation of a new advanced testing system at the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), located in Tainan, Taiwan. The seismic table test system is able to emulate the motion of the ground during seismic events, such as earthquakes. Through testing, engineers can evaluate everything from construction materials, building techniques and overall structural integrity to help to minimize the impact of these events on communities around the world.

When earthquakes occur they can have huge impact on the surrounding area - causing billions of dollars of damage, and in many cases, large numbers of fatalities. Because Taiwan is located on the Pacific Rim, which is subjected to considerable seismic activity, the Taiwanese government has made significant investments to safeguard the country from the impact of future earthquakes and tsunamis. The value of this is highlighted by the fact that the Premier of Executive Yuan of Taiwan, Dr. Lin Chuan, along with other dignitaries, recently toured NCREE's new MTS installation and were given a demonstration of its capabilities. The test performed flawlessly, accurately replicating the 1999 earthquake in Jiji, Taiwan which caused more than $10 billion in damages and killed more than 2,400 people. 

Housed inside a spacious, dedicated facility on the NCREE Tainan Laboratory, the multi-element MTS test system comprises an 8 meter x 8 meter shake table, a wall/floor structural test laboratory, and an isolation bearing tester. The shake table is among the largest to be implemented in the world to date. It can support a 250 ton payload, with an extended stroke length to reproduce the conditions that arise during longer period earthquakes. To reduce the vibration effects experienced by neighboring buildings on the NCREE Tainan Laboratory, the shake table system has been located within a 4,000 ton floating mass (specially designed by MTS experts) that rests on air bags. The bearing tester sets new benchmarks in terms of dynamic range and, with a vertical capacity of 60 meganewtons, is one of the largest that MTS has ever installed. It relies on hydrostatic bearings that provide almost frictionless motion, enabling the physical structure to be isolated from the ground movement in a seismic event - in essence "sliding" on the bearing rather than transferring the ground movement directly to the structure.

"There is a pressing need for civil engineers to undertake more comprehensive seismic simulation studies, so that they can evaluate the structural integrity of larger scale items, as well as longer displacement periods. Access to high performance test systems is an essential part of this work and that is why our collaboration with the diligent and highly professional staff at MTS, and the sophisticated equipment that the company has subsequently supplied us with, have both proved to be so important," said Professor Shyh-Jiann Hwang, Director General of NCREE.

"This unique installation is putting greater emphasis on the need to better protect ourselves from the serious threat posed by earthquakes and other seismic events. Once again, it highlights how MTS works closely with leading research institutes around the world to bring far-reaching benefits to humanity," stated Dr. Jeffrey Graves, MTS President and CEO.

About MTS Systems Corporation 
MTS Systems Corporation's testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products and structures. MTS's high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 3,500 employees as of October 1, 2016 and revenue of $650 million for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2016. Additional information on MTS can be found at www.mts.com.

About NCREE 
The National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taiwan links researchers and practicing professionals to build interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise using a variety of computational and experimental facilities in earthquake-related fields. It engages in basic and applied research in order to resolve critical seismic engineering issues. Due to the needs on pre-earthquake preparedness, emergency response, and post-earthquake recovery, the center brings together national academic resources, implements integrated research projects and develops enabling technologies for earthquake hazard mitigation. For more information visit:  http://www.ncree.narlabs.org.tw

Homeland Security awards $220K cybersecurity research grant to University of Tulsa

WASHINGTON July 7, 2017 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $220,209 to the University of Tulsa to study data production and usage by cybersecurity researchers, information that will help quantify the value of data-sharing and improve sharing incentives to address the interdependency of cyber-risk environments.

The award was made through the S&T Cyber Security Division’s (CSD) Cyber Risk Economics (CyRiE) project. CyRiE supports measurement and modeling research into the business, legal, technical and behavioral aspects of the economics of cyber-threats, vulnerabilities and controls. Its primary focus is research into investment, impact, value and incentives related to cybersecurity risk management. This focus will provide relevant, timely, accurate and comprehensive data to help shape effective policy, optimize cybersecurity risk management and advance understanding of the cyber-risk landscape.

“Cybersecurity is a data-driven research field that demands access to large and varied data resources held by other researchers,” said Acting DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan. “This project will help facilitate enhanced data-sharing among cybersecurity researchers, which will enable researchers to better quantify risks and identify new cyber-defenses.”

Through a project titled “The Economics of Cybersecurity Research Data-Sharing,” the university will examine published research to identify what data is available, how the research community is failing to exploit the wealth of data it produces, and ultimately recommend how data-sharing can be improved to enhance evidence-based policy and technology solutions. Additionally, the project will analyze usage of the research data stewarded by CSD’s Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk & Trust project to understand the return on investment for existing, shared datasets that are being leveraged by others.

The CyRiE project is working to improve value-based decision-making by those who own, operate, protect, and regulate the nation’s vital data assets and critical infrastructure. The project goes beyond the traditional economic-based view of incentives for cybersecurity to approach cybersecurity risk as a multidimensional problem that requires multidisciplinary perspectives. In this way CyRiE research and development (R&D) can more effectively address strategy and tactics for optimal cyber-risk avoidance, acceptance, mitigation and transfer.

“An open secret of cybersecurity R&D is that while empirical data is the lifeblood of developing, testing and evaluating solutions, its ready availability is falsely assumed and its value is grossly understated,” said CyRiE Program Manager Erin Kenneally. “Quantifying what data is being used and produced by cybersecurity researchers and developers is critical to measuring the gaps and value proposition for data-sharing.”

CSD’s mission is to enhance the security and resilience of the nation’s critical information infrastructure and the Internet by developing and delivering new technologies, tools and techniques to defend against cyberattacks. The division, which is part of S&Ts’ Homeland Security Advanced Projects Agency, conducts and supports technology transitions and leads and coordinates R&D among the R&D community, which includes DHS customers, government agencies, the private sector and international partners. For more information about CSD, visit https://www.dhs.gov/cyber-research.

Nearly 1,200 graduate from U.S. Maritime Academies this year

WASHINGTON June 28, 2017 The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) – the voice of the domestic maritime industry – congratulates the nearly 1,200 young men and women graduating from the seven U.S. maritime academies this year, applauding them for their dedication and commitment to pursuing a career that will help grow the U.S. economy and keep our country strong and safe.

“The U.S. Merchant Marine is vital to our nation’s national security and economic prosperity, carrying essential American commercial and military cargo in times of peace and war,” said Joel Szabat, executive director of the Maritime Administration. “The nation relies on our maritime academies to train the next generation of licensed mariners to operate and command America’s commercial and military sealift ships.”

“At a time when our nation faces unpredictable threats, the need for qualified mariners is of critical importance due to their indispensable role in supporting the U.S. merchant marine,” said Thomas A. Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership. “We congratulate the American maritime academy graduates for passing the comprehensive U.S. Coast Guard exam and welcome our new shipmates who will put their knowledge to work, transporting the cargo that delivers vital necessities for our nation’s economy and security.”

These graduates hail from the seven maritime academies in the United States, namely: the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, N.Y.), State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College (Fort Schuyler, N.Y.), California Maritime Academy(Vallejo, Calif.), Great Lakes Maritime Academy (Traverse City, Mich.), Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, Maine), Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Buzzards Bay, Mass.), and Texas A&M Maritime Academy (Galveston, Texas).

Joining the more than 500,000 private U.S. citizens employed through the domestic maritime industry, the majority of graduates from these seven maritime academies enter the workforce as licensed officers. The new graduates are welcomed into an industry that is proud to provide good family wage jobs as well as a lifelong career path.

Many will sail on vessels in the domestic fleet, which includes over 40,000 self-propelled ships and tug-barge combinations. In a strong economy, these vessels will move more than one billion tons of cargo between U.S. ports, or roughly a quarter of the nation’s freight. A cadre of skilled U.S. citizen merchant mariners also boosts national security by supporting the U.S. military during times of war and national crisis.

New officers start out as either a Third Mate or a Third Assistant Engineer on self-propelled vessels or corresponding positions on tug-barge combinations. Mates direct navigation and the handling of cargo. Engineers are in charge of propulsion and the vessel’s machinery. A deck career culminates as the Captain or Master of the vessel. In the Engine Department, the Chief Engineer is the top position.

Not all graduates will enter the commercial maritime industry. A number will choose to protect our nation as members of all branches of the military, including the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Even those who pursue a career on commercial vessels will in times of crisis often serve on military vessels engaged in ferrying supplies to U.S. troops overseas, just as they did during Operations “Enduring Freedom” and “Iraqi Freedom” (2002-2010) when U.S.-flag commercial vessels transported 63% of all military cargoes moved to Afghanistan and Iraq.

All graduates are required to pass the extensive U.S. Coast Guard exam, which covers days of testing and requires encyclopedic knowledge of the career path chosen. For that reason, maritime academy cadets supplement their classroom instruction with significant time on either training ships operated by their schools or aboard actual commercial freighters.

For more information about the domestic maritime industry and scholarships available for those pursuing a maritime career, please visit www.americanmaritimepartnership.com/scholarships-for-success.

Embry-Riddle to use Kongsberg simulator to train air traffic control students

OTTAWA June 16, 2017 Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial software technology announced today that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be deploying their I-SIM ATM (Air Traffic Management) Modeling and Simulation software in their en-route and terminal air traffic control training labs.

Located in Daytona Beach, Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the largest and oldest aviation-focused university in the world. The school offers more than 80 degree programs, including aerospace engineering, aeronautical science, and a bachelor’s degree in air traffic management. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been designated a Center of Excellence by the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority).

The I-SIM ATM modeling and simulation software has long been used by the FAA for Human Factors Engineering as well as complex airspace design and analysis work. With its high level of realism and ability to simulate real world en-route and terminal environments, I-SIM will deliver realistic ERAM (en route) and STARS (terminal) problems to students looking to enter the FAA workforce. Providing students with high fidelity “control room” like environments will allow Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students to gain confidence by being exposed to FAA systems. With over 6000 controllers needed in the next 5 years, Embry Riddle students will be well prepared for their careers.

Dr. Bill Coyne, Air Traffic Program Coordinator said that “the I-Sim ATM simulator provides the most realistic opportunity for our students to experience what it’s like to work traffic in an en route or terminal radar environment. When we were presented with the opportunity to purchase a system that not only emulates real-world air traffic control but provides an outstanding platform for research and modeling in air traffic management, it was something we couldn’t turn down.”

The new simulation software was installed and began its use in January 2017.

“We’re very pleased to see our software deployed at Embry-Riddle,” said Kongsberg Geospatial president Ranald McGillis, “The University is an FAA Center of Excellence, and the world’s foremost aviation technology training institution. It’s a mark of distinction to be selected by them provide the technology to help train the next generation of air traffic controllers.”

To learn more about Kongsberg Geospatial, visit their website at http://www.kongsberggeospatial.com.

About Kongsberg Geospatial: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospatial (http://www.kongsberggeospatial.com) creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness. The Company’s products are primarily deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense. Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line. Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a non-profit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies.

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