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USGIF accredits first geospatial programs

Geospatial intelligence is getting more respect. The U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a nonprofit corporation, has granted accreditation to three geospatial intelligence programs ' those at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Penn State University and George Mason University.

The geospatial programs will result in a certification, not a degree.

According to a USGIF press release, 'the Geospatial Intelligence Accreditation and Certificate Program complements a college degree, supports career development and provides professional recognition to the students in a form of a completion certificate.'

To gain accreditation, the schools applied to the USGIF Academy and were evaluated based on the criteria established by a USGIF review panel.

The panel of leading experts from industry, government and academia spent more than a year establishing curriculum guidelines, accreditation standards and processes for geospatial intelligence program.

Colleges and universities interested in creating a geospatial intelligence program or applying for accreditation are encouraged to submit applications.

The USGIF Academy will review applications twice this year, with submissions due by April 30 for fall 2008 accreditation and Oct. 31 for spring 2009 accreditation.

Curriculum guidelines, requirements, applications and additional information are available at

Aruba gets rugged

Aruba Networks has announced a new series of high-performance, explosion-resistant access points for industrial and outdoor applications.

The AP-85 Dual-Radio Outdoor Access Point family is designed specifically for petrochemical, material handling, shop-floor, logistics, and supervisory control and data acquisition applications. The access points feature dual, high-power radios that deliver as much as 200 megawatts for wide-area coverage.

The weatherproof enclosure and ATEX Zone 2 safety rating enable the access points to operate in explosion-hazardous environments and across temperatures from -30 degrees to 55 degrees Celsius without extra-cost housings.

Military-grade encryption for USB

RedCannon Security has launched RedCannon KeyPoint Solo Vault, a software solution to protect sensitive data stored on USB devices.

The product provides standards-based, military-grade software encryption allowing users to maintain productivity in the field with the assurance that data on their USB flash drives will not be compromised.

KeyPoint operates without a management server and requires no software installation on the host PC. It is available as software only or bundled with a high-performance USB flash drive and KeyPoint Port Control software in the KeyPoint Data Leak Prevention Kit.

KeyPoint devices automatically encrypt and compress all files on the mobile storage device. Users simply drag and drop files into the secure vault in the mobile storage device.

AtHoc wins NASA contract

AtHoc was awarded a contract by NASA to deliver its AtHoc IWSAlerts emergency notification solution for primary and failover systems and telephony communications services.

The AtHoc solution will cover all 13,000 employees at the Johnson Space Center's two main campuses in Houston and Las Cruces, N.M.

The primary system will be deployed on-site at the Houston facility, with the duplicate failover system at the White Sands Test Facility.

Mimosa introduces Custodian Collector

Mimosa Systems has launched its new NearPoint Custodian Collector Option providing a single solution to rapidly search, retrieve, preserve and assess critical content owned by data custodians with potentially relevant electronic information. The Custodian Collector scans file shares and laptop and desktop PCs, placing a forensically defensible copy of all selected documents and files in the archive. The product filters targeted sets of files to streamline the collection of content and reduce the number of redundant files for rapid search and retrieval.

My Remote Files goes enterprise

SMRKsoft is shipping a new version of its My Remote Files, a secure file server originally designed for personal use, that is aimed at corporate networks. The product provides authorized access to its files through a secure Web interface.

Servers under My Remote Files control can be accessed from a local network or an Internet PC without intermediate servers. The enterprise-ready Version 2.0 has a redesigned kernel that offers enhanced stability and runs under Windows 2000, XP and 2003 Server.


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