Technology Blog

The Dawn of the Joint Information Environment for the National Capital Region

May 27, 2015
By Allan L. Mink

The national capital region may receive its own joint information environment, or JIE. It would generate many advantages for its users, but some others might suffer from the new environment.

The Complexity of Things (CoT)

May 19, 2015
By David E. Meadows

As the Internet of Things takes shape, it will generate a new phenomenon—the Complexity of Things.

Mobile Devices Drive Data Surge

May 19, 2015

Mobile data traffic generated by cellphones and tablets will approach almost 197,000 petabytes by 2019, according to Juniper Research.

Bomb Squads Model Robots at Annual Rodeo

May 14, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
A bomb disposal robot removes a suspicious package during a training operation at Sandia National Laboratories. (Photo by Randy Montoya), A robot performs a rescue operation on a dummy victim during a training exercise at a previous Robot Rodeo. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Giddy up! Military and civilian bomb squad operators are taking to a capabilities exercise robot rodeo to showcase proficiencies and uses of robotics in the field. For the first time in nearly a decade, organizers included unmanned aerial vehicles in the competition.

The Bottom Line: From Dolly to Drones

May 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

It all began with Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. While technical advances continued to make the news, their effects and the possibilities they created did not reach lawmakers or the legal profession.

The President's Next Cellphone

April 21, 2015
By Justin Marston
Virtual smartphones running commercial mobile apps from a government-hosted data center could be the future of classified mobility.

Guest blogger Justin Marston tackles the reality that is the current state of classified mobility across the U.S. government—voice and basic email. It’s not what senior leaders want, he writes. They want apps, just like everyone else, but their (justified) level of paranoia has neutered most mobile devices.

Artificial Intelligence Is a Technology That Divides

April 15, 2015
By David E. Meadows

In December 2014, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, warned the world that true artificial intelligence (AI) could mean the death of mankind. Well, that got my attention.

Government to Facilitate Testing, Sharing of Results for Spectrum Sharing

March 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. federal agencies signed an agreement that sets the charter for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network to create a collaborative framework with an eventual goal of facilitating access to a wide range of testing that supports the sharing of the finite spectrum resource.

President Names Departments to Lead Broadband Initiatives

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture have been named co-chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, a new federal government initiative aimed at increasing broadband investment and reducing barriers to broadband deployment and adoption. 

Improved Security Slipping Through the Video Vortex

March 18, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly all participants in a survey about video surveillance technology agreed that with the quantity of video data exploding, the potential for enhanced situational awareness and better intelligence is massive, but only if it is analyzed.

Asia-Pacific: Fastest Growing Biometrics Market Worldwide

March 18, 2015
By George I. Seffers
The eyes have it in the Asia Pacific region, the fastest growing market for biometrics technology.

According to a new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI), Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing government biometrics market globally, due to large-scale government national identification and e-passport programs. 

The Bottom Line: And the Beep Goes On

March 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly a dozen years ago, consumers were afforded some protection against receiving unwanted phone calls—the National Do Not Call Registry. But it's up to consumers to make sure it works. 

European Research Consortium Aims to Advance Cryptographic Technology

March 11, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, announced this week a major research initiative called HEAT, which will pilot advanced cryptographic technologies that enable European citizens and businesses to process sensitive data in encrypted form.

DARPA Announces Robotics Challenge Finalists

March 5, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Systems competing in the DARPA robotics challenge must demonstrate the ability to help humans in case of emergency.

Twenty-five teams from around the world will face off in the DARPA Robotics Challenge final competition.

Logos Developing Special Missions Motorcycle

February 27, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Logos Technologies has received a contract to continue development of the SilentHawk military motorcycle in partnership with Alta Motors.

Logos Technologies, Fairfax, Virginia, has received a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue development of the SilentHawk military motorcycle in partnership with Alta Motors.

Innovation Act Will Harm U.S. Innovation, Universities Warn

February 25, 2015
By George I. Seffers

A group of 144 universities warned Congress that pending legislation to address patent litigation abuses is so broadly drawn that it would weaken the nation’s patent system and hinder the flow of groundbreaking advances from universities to the private sector.

Solving the Wireless Crowding Conundrum

February 19, 2015
NIST researchers developed this directional 16-antenna array to support modeling of wireless communications channels at 83 gigahertz.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are developing measurement tools for new mobile communications channels that could offer more than 1,000 times the bandwidth of today’s cellphone systems.

Navy and Academia Enter Symbiotic Relationship

February 10, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The University of Virginia’s Applied Research Institute has signed an agreement with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to support a variety of research efforts, including cybersecurity and big data analytics. 

Army CIO Unveils Network Campaign Plan

February 5, 2015

Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, USA, Army chief information officer/G-6 unveiled the publication of the Army Network Campaign Plan.

The Bottom Line: Privacy Piracy? Not Really

January 30, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Privacy hasn't disappeared. We've been handing it over bit by bit for years.

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