Friday, 6 June 2014

US Navy Awards AGS $10.4 M For Nationwide Cloud-Based VoIP 911 Call Routing Solution

AT&T Government Solutions (AGS), a division of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), and the unit within AT&T that serves a wide range of federal agencies, today announced it has been awarded a $10.4M contract by the U.S. Navy to continue to provide AT&T's cloud-based VoIP enterprise 911 routing and call handling solutions to Navy facilities nationwide.

The network AT&T has deployed for the Navy is underpinned by four geographically diverse AT&T Data Centers (ADCs) providing a resilient, reliable network backbone and full operational redundancy.  In total, 61 call taker workstations have been deployed at five Regional Dispatch Centers (RDCs) and three "hybrid" Local Dispatch Centers to receive 911 calls.  In addition, AT&T's solution supports future migration to enhanced 911 or Next Generation 911 services.

Kay Kapoor, President, AT&T Government Solutions said: "The AT&T 911 platform enables seamless site integration within current Navy infrastructure and places the Navy in a pre-eminent place in addressing the 911 enhancements specified in the Ft. Hood After Action report."

Underwater Technology Seminars (UTS) From Teledyne Reson Announced

UTS14, taking place September 16-18 in Hamburg, Germany and October 7-9 in Boston, Massachusetts. This year’s theme is: “Hydrography in Port & Harbors and Inland Waters as well as Dredge Guidance and Construction Support”.

Mr Kim Lehmann, President, Teledyne RESON & Teledyne Marine Acoustic Imaging Group said: "We have invited the best industry experts to share and present their experiences and results at the paper sessions. During the classroom training and live demo workshops, you will have an up-close experience with the latest software packages as well as in-depth training in our SeaBat FP4 features and range of shallow water echosounder and sonar systems. 

"We welcome you to provide input to our newsletter "A Sharper View". If you have a particular subject that you would like us to address, please email us at marketing@teledyne-reson.com."

Teledyne BlueView Expands the M Series Family with M900-2250-130

Teledyne BlueView has released the M900-2250-130 in both standard 1000m depth rating and 4000m depth rating. The M900-2250-130 includes the third generation electronics package called ‘S3’ electronics
Video paper: Hydrographic case studies from Port of London 
This presentation gives you an inside view of the work of Port of London Hydrographic Service. The presentation focuses on marine structure inspections surveys using combined Lidar and Multi-beam systems. 

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK and DLR Engage in a Strategic Partnership for Maritime Safety and Security

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH has signed a cooperation agreement with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with the goal of collaborating closely in the field of maritime safety in the future. In addition to fundamental research work, the aim is also to conduct joint technology demonstrations to help end users, such as the Federal Police Sea, fulfil their future missions even more effectively.

Signing of the cooperation agreement between DLR and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK (from left to right: Professor Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Uwe Beckmeyer, MdB, Volker Paltzo). 
“This cooperation agreement lays the cornerstone for the future collaboration between DLR and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH in the field of maritime safety,” said Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR. 

 Volker Paltzo, Speaker of the Management Board of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, added: “An intensified cooperation between DLR and AT-LAS is important and meaningful with a view to taking the next major steps in the sphere of maritime safety. Together, taking a holistic approach, we will develop and advance the available competencies and technologies, and derive standards for applications below and above the water surface as well as on land and in the air.” 

In a joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and entitled “Real-Time Services for Maritime Security” (EMSec), which belongs to the DLR programme “Research and Development for Maritime Security and Related Real-Time Services” and started in 2013, DLR and AT-LAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH are already collaborating as joint project partners, inter alia to provide complex maritime situation reports in unprecedented clarity and detail, and with better data and real-time availability. Moreover, research is being conducted on improving the protection of maritime navigation and communication assets. 

“The key topics defined within the scope of the cooperation agreement ex-tend far beyond the aspects addressed in the joint project EMSec,” explained Dr. Dennis Göge, Programme Coordinator Defence & Security Research at DLR. “For example, we will blend the satellite-based methods developed by DLR in synergy with the sonar systems manufactured by ATLAS EL-EKTRONIK, so as to allow the generation of high-resolution models of the seafloor topography. This will enhance the safety of shipping considerably,” he added. In addition to the topics already mentioned, the partners will also cooperate in the development of a man-machine system (MMS) aimed at providing real-time services for maritime safety and security. 

The developments will be advanced synergetically by several DLR institutes acting in concert with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. Airborne and satellite-based information products will be provided by DLR. Based on this, the optimum contextual representation will be developed by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. The spectrum ranges from the multi-touch controls of a situation picture (Microsoft Surface Table) up to ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) integration for improved visibility and perception of the information on board a ship. In addition, the cooperation will also involve research into the integration of optical camera systems and satellite data into the ECDIS. For this, DLR is developing novel multispectral camera systems for gathering information products. Satellite missions, such as the DLR technology test carrier TET and the fire detection satellite-duo Fire BIRD, will yield new evaluation methods. Both land-based applications (e.g. digital terrain models, person detection) or oceanographic applications (ship detection, ship classification, submarine detection) may be considered in this connection. 

The DLR research association “Research and Development for Maritime Security and Related Real-Time Services” was initiated on the basis of a resolution passed by the German Bundestag Budget Committee in 2011, and established under the direction of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, with the aim of developing new technologies for improving maritime safety and security in cooperation with partners of the industry-led network MARISSA. The strategic cooperation between DLR and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK goes beyond this original concept. 

This was emphasized again by the Maritime Coordinator of the German Federal Government and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Uwe Beckmeyer: “Research projects between industry and science are becoming increasingly more important. This also applies to the bilateral research cooperation activities of DLR with companies in the maritime industry and especially to the DLR research association “Maritime Security”. Here DLR is able to apply its special competencies in aerospace science and engineering in the development of new technologies for the maritime industry. Such joint research projects play a role in implementing promising ideas in a goal-oriented manner. This strengthens the innovation competence within Germany and nourishes our economy.”

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