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Map of the World deployed to AWS commercial cloud by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed lifts Map of the World to AWS commercial cloud

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s  Map of the World is the interface for the agency’s most comprehensive and accurate geospatial intelligence data.

Designed for novice users and geospatial-intelligence experts, it serves as a platform to explore constantly-updated content and link natural and man-made features on, above and beneath the Earth to intelligence observations. Users can search for objects like bridges or railroad depots and know where the objects are located, as well as intelligence embedded within each object.

Lockheed Martin’s Geospatial-Intelligence Visualization Services program helped NGA migrate the Map of the World to the AWS cloud, helping the intelligence community determine the processes to best use the cloud environment. The deployment also met the system’s compliance with ICD-503 guidelines, which establish policy for the intelligence community’s security risk management for IT systems.

This cloud deployment is an early step in the transformation of the intelligence community’s business infrastructure. It is expected to not only cut costs and increase efficiencies for the enterprise, but it will also provide the entire intelligence community access to the Map of the World, the single integrated environment where all analysts can examine data, record observations and share all known information about a threat.

“Deploying geospatial mission applications and software to a commercial cloud environment allows the Map of the World to operate with more agility and efficiency,” said Jason O’Connor, vice president of Analysis & Mission Solutions with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions. “This accomplishment demonstrates the power of what can be done by leveraging cloud technologies with mission-driven software. It shows how we can further enhance geospatial capabilities in the intelligence and DOD community.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 11:53 AM0 comments


tech transfer portal for federal labs

Federal Laboratory Consortium launches tech transfer tool

A new website has launched to help U.S. industry understand the capabilities and availability of resources at federal government  laboratories and their many potential partnership opportunities.

Developed by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), FLCBusiness provides a searchable database of federal lab capabilities and know-how, facilities and equipment available for public and private utilization, lab-specific programs and funding opportunities.

FLCBusiness was created to advance technology transfer (T2) and help commercialize federal research in order to support higher-growth for American businesses.

With the cooperation of federal labs across the country providing their leading-edge resources, any business will now have the ability to “one-stop shop” along the avenue of innovation, FLC said in its announcement.

“By housing all of this information on one dynamic site, the FLC is able to further its mission to bolster T2 and assist with the advancement of U.S. industry,” said FLC chair Paul Zielinski.

Posted on Dec 08, 2014 at 12:47 PM0 comments


Boston moving licensing and permitting to the cloud

Boston moving licensing and permitting to the cloud

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the city will upgrade its permitting and licensing system.

Working with Accela, a provider of civic engagement solutions for government, and OpenCounter, a firm that builds tools to support local economic development, the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) will design and deploy a modern system to manage the 86,000 permits the city issues annually.

The companies will work with DoIT to build and deploy a modern, cloud-based permitting system that will work across departments to help coordinate workflow, integrate backend systems and provide an improved public experience.

The Accela Civic Platform offers a foundation for creating a two-way flow of data that helps agencies and citizens engage online and  improves the permit and license experience for applicants ranging from homeowners to experienced contractors.

Accela and OpenCounter will deliver the first phase of the new system in a six-month timeframe, with enhancements to occur over a two-year period. Both companies have provided solutions in Boston and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Accela software and services are in use by the Boston Public Health Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Division of Professional Licensure, Office

“We’ve already made deep improvements to the way the public does business with the City by taking steps to streamline and improve licensing and permitting operations, but there’s always more to be done,” said Mayor Walsh. “This partnership with Accela and OpenCounter will take us further, creating a coordinated and seamless experience across departments for residents and business owners seeking permitting and licensing through the city.”

Posted on Dec 05, 2014 at 10:57 AM0 comments


Louisville debuts mobile-first website

Louisville debuts mobile-first website

The city of Louisville, Ky., joined the ranks of the “mobile-first” brigade when it unveiled a new website last week using the Drupal content management system as the basis of its content strategy and migration plan.

In announcing the website, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer acknowledged the importance of web services to the success of municipal governments. "We live and work in an increasingly digital world, and one of our top goals is to make more data and services available online," Fischer said.

To do that, the city contracted with Fig Leaf Software to create a platform that made it easier for mobile users to navigate the site. The firm implemented the mobile-oriented design using Drupal on the Acquia platform.

It also incorporated the Google Search Appliance, a rack-mounted device providing document indexing and search functionality that can be integrated into an intranet, document management system or website. 

Posted on Dec 03, 2014 at 12:49 PM0 comments


Social media use growing in law enforcement

Social media use growing in law enforcement

A new report looks at law enforcement’s current social media practices and processes and how the usage landscape has changed over the last two years.

The LexisNexis 2014 Social Media Use in Law Enforcement survey solicited feedback from 496 participants at every level of law enforcement – from rural localities to major metropolitan cities and federal agencies.  Some key points include:

  • Eight out of 10 law enforcement professionals actively use social media as a tool in investigations
  • The most common use is for crime investigations (63 percent)
  • More than half (51 percent) are using social media for crime prevention activities
  • 40 percent use it to monitor special events
  • 34 percent use it to notify the public of crimes, emergencies or disasters

Read the full report and associated infographic.

Posted on Dec 02, 2014 at 8:53 AM0 comments