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Army health platform embraces the fitness-tracking craze

Army health platform embraces the fitness-tracking craze

The Army is adapting its ArmyFit personal health, resilience and performance platform for smartphones and mobile fitness devices.

ArmyFit will store, track and integrate data from those devices, and provide real-time feedback so users can track such things as running, steps taken, nutrition and even sleep. ArmyFit works with Fitbit and Jawbone, and the ability to sync Garmin and Withings devices is coming soon.

"Tracking all of those behaviors increases awareness, increases mindfulness and also can prompt behavioral change, such as being more aware of what you're eating and how much you're working out," said Capt. Kristin Saboe. "That alone can lead to change and increase resilience."

ArmyFit also added an  “Ask the Experts” feature, in which experts confidentially respond to questions on a wide range of topics, from physical fitness and sports medicine to nutrition, relationships and mental and emotional health. 

In addition to the ArmyFit, the Army Global Assessment Tool has also been made mobile-ready.  The annual GAT requirement for non-deployed soldiers helps evaluate fitness and is a prerequisite for accessing ArmyFit content.  Soldiers can access the services by using an Army Knowledge Online username and password – no Common Access Card is needed.

“Soldiers have a personal responsibility to manage and maintain their overall health and resilience,” said Saboe. “ArmyFit is a platform to help soldiers do that.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 7:23 AM0 comments


NASA building next-gen hurricane forecasting satellites

NASA building next-gen hurricane forecasting satellites

NASA is building new satellite technology that should dramatically improve forecasting for hurricanes and tropical storms.

NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) consists of eight microsatellites that will allow scientists to better measure wind speeds near the inner core of a hurricane from space, using both direct and reflected signals from GPS satellites.

As the CYGNSS and GPS satellites circle Earth, their interaction will provide a new image of wind speeds over the entire tropics. The combination of CYGNSS and GPS satellites will allow NASA to collect images of wind speed every few hours, which will improve the forecasting and tracking of hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones. Before CYGNSS, NASA used a single satellite that delivered  a new image only every few days.

The CYGNSS passed two critical NASA reviews, and now the microsatellites are being tested and prepared for flight. The mission is scheduled to launch late next year, with operations beginning during the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 10:59 AM0 comments


overnments remain LAN-bound, but ready for the cloud

Governments remain LAN-bound, but ready for the cloud

Technology leaders across the public sector are looking to shift from legacy systems to cloud-based platforms to support data-driven citizen-friendly services, according to a recent survey of 500 public sector technology officials by Socrata, a digital government solutions provider.

Many, however, are still working with systems installed on local networks. At the county level, 47 percent of all technology is almost entirely installed on local machines or internal networks, the study found. The story is similar at other levels of government as well -- 40 percent of all respondents said their software is "mostly" running locally, while 39 percent said nearly all their systems were running that way.

Nevertheless, 75 percent of technology officials said they are open to moving toward cloud-based software to deliver better service to government and citizen stakeholders with less effort.

According to Socrata, cloud-based data-driven solutions will help the public sector better meet increasing demands for transparency, mobility and citizen service.

Socrata has worked with Indiana on a management performance hub, Detroit and Utah on open data portals, Seattle and with King County, Wash., on an elections app.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 11:19 AM0 comments


The FBI has a new home base for biometric tech research

The FBI has a new home base for biometric tech research

The FBI on Aug. 11 dedicated its 360,000-square-foot Biometric Technology Center -- a brand-new facility built to support ongoing collaboration between the FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence and the Department of Defense’s Forensics and Biometrics Agency.

Located on the campus of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, W.Va., the BTC will enable the Bureau’s CJIS Division, which has the largest centralized collection of biometric information in the world, and DOD, with its military biometrics database systems, to collaborate on advances in a wide variety of identification technologies.  According to the FBI’s announcement, these include DNA analysis, iris recognition, voice patterns, facial patterns and palm prints.

The joint research also will help move biometric technologies and tools more quickly from the laboratory into the field. In addition to research, the BTC will focus on biometrics product certification, training, standards development, privacy rights and research into emerging technologies.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM0 comments


DHS gives CSP nod to Lockheed Martin

DHS gives CSP nod to Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, the defense contracting giant, has been accredited as a Commercial Service Provider under the Department of Homeland Security’s Enhanced Cybersecurity Services.

ECS is a voluntary information sharing program intended to help U.S.-based public and private organizations with network improvements and other protections that defend against unauthorized access, exploitation or data exfiltration.  DHS works with cybersecurity organizations from across the federal government to gain access to a broad range of sensitive and classified cyber threat information.  It then shares cyber threat indicators developed through ECS with qualified Commercial Service Providers so they can better protect their customers. 

With the accreditation, Lockheed will now be able to receive sensitive information from DHS to support public and private network defense.

Based on DHS-supplied cyber threat intelligence, Lockheed’s ECS system will quarantine compromised email as well as block malicious activity, according to the company’s statement.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 1:39 PM0 comments