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By GCN Staff


SPAWAR looks to advance GPS system software

SPAWAR looks to advance GPS system software

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command is considering a follow-on contract to sustain the Global Positioning System-based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services (GPNTS) system software.The GPNTS navigation system receives, processes and then distributes 3-D position, velocity, acceleration, attitude, time and frequency data in the formats required by shipboard user systems. The Navy uses GPNTS on vessels as diverse as carriers, guided missile cruisers and destroyers as well as fixed-wing aircraft.

The GPNTS system is currently being developed using a commercial, open-systems architecture approach to meet user requirements in a net-centric service-oriented architecture environment.

The planned scope of work would include engineering, development and test activities on a two-year build cycle, which would allow officials to address out-of-date technologies, information assurance, defect resolution and platform integration.

SPAWAR released the RFI Feb. 9. Responses are due by March 10.

This article originally appeared on Washington Technology, a sister site to GCN.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 1:17 PM0 comments


MTA to host transit hackathon

MTA to host transit hackathon

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hosting its first "bus hackathon," with the aim of improving bus service on Staten Island.

The one-day hackathon will be held March 5 at the Rudin Center in Manhattan. Attendees will be given access to datasets on ridership for express bus routes and performance data for both express and local bus routes. This is the first time the datasets will be released to the public.

Darryl Irick, senior vice president for the Department of Buses and president of the MTA Bus Company, said the hackathon provides an important opportunity to help improve mass transit in New York City.

“The hackathon is an invitation for feedback from our tech-savvy customers as well as an opportunity for New York City Transit to further use innovation and technology to provide our customers with better service,” Irick said in a statement announcing the hackathon.

The event will be sponsored by TransitCenter, with additional support provided by Google and CartoDB, a GIS and web mapping company. The event is open to the public, but registration ends Feb. 20. Details on prizes and the judging process will be announced closer to the March 5 event.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 at 8:54 AM0 comments


Gigabit Internet comes to KC public housing

Gigabit Internet comes to KC public housing

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Mo., is working with Google Fiber to give families in subsidized housing gigabit Internet access.

One hundred apartments in the West Bluff housing complex have been wired with Google Fiber, and eight other properties will soon be outfitted as well, bringing gigabit-speed Internet to more than 1,300 residents.

Residents will get free or reduced-cost Internet access as a result of ConnectHome, an initiative by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that aims to bring affordable Internet access to public housing residents in 27 cities across the country.  The program also covers the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

Google said it intends to offer the same service to public housing residents in all its Google Fiber cities, including Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh–Durham, N.C; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas.

Posted on Feb 08, 2016 at 2:11 PM0 comments


Dashboard shows bed availability for substance abuse treatment

As New York wrestles with a growing heroin and opioid crisis, the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has created the Bed Availability Dashboard that collects information on available beds from state-certified treatment providers and displays it in real time on the agency's website to help ensure that more substance abusers can get the care they need.

With the dashboard, New Yorkers will be able to search for services by location as well as determine the availability of treatment beds specific to age and gender – including space available for transgender individuals. Users also will be able to see facilities’ next available admission appointment. The site will soon be updated to include information on outpatient services as well.

The dashboard is the latest addition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's multipronged approach to addressing substance use disorders in New York.

Posted on Feb 05, 2016 at 12:33 PM0 comments


cloud computing

First woman-owned small business gets FedRAMP nod

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program approved another cloud service provider last week, as NetComm, a cloud-based solution company, became the first woman-owned small business to receive FedRAMP certification.

NetComm's Beacon software-as-a-service platform was put through the cloud security framework review process.  Beacon allows users to create customized dashboards and  leverages Amazon Web Services' GovCloud infrastructure as a service (GovCloud also has FedRAMP approval). The National Institutes of Health provided the agency authority to operate, and Veris Group conducted the required third-party assessment for the certification process.

There are now some 60 different cloud services that have been certified as FedRAMP-compliant.

Posted on Feb 04, 2016 at 10:58 AM1 comments