The Tech Arcade was an exhibit area open to event attendees during the Finalist & General Receptions that featured hands-on demonstrations of government agencies' most innovative and leading-edge technologies.
Organizations who participated in the 2017 Tech Arcade:
Through a prize competition, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of NIH awarded BACtrack $200,000 for a prototype of what was to become the BACTrack SKYN. View the latest iteration as it approaches being released on the market. SKYN makes tracking your drinking effortless. A band that stands alone or connects to the Apple Watch, it measures the alcohol coming from your skin and gives you an estimate of your alcohol level in real-time. No more guesswork.
Baseline Tailor is an innovative IT application for users of NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework and Special Publication 800-53. The user interface makes the information in these widely referenced and vitally important publications more easily accessible to both security professionals and downstream software. Baseline Tailor supports any scenario where an organization needs to ascertain which security controls to implement to meet its mission.
The static nature of today’s networks provides ample opportunity for attackers to gain intelligence, plan and execute attacks at will. To address this need, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI), with the support of the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), to integrate IAI’s Self Shielding Dynamic Network Architecture (SDNA)—a network layer MTD—with the Federated Command and Control (FC2) Framework developed by Florida Tech to develop a SDNA-FC2 prototype system that has the potential to protect global cyber-operations. The combined technologies will provide a new set of advanced defense capabilities that enable the runtime obfuscation of segments in the protected network with a fully automated or human-assisted decision engine defining the mission requirements and security objectives for the protected system. In July of 2015, the SDNA technology, key IAI personnel, and private investors formed a company to commercialize the funding efforts by DHS. The company is called Cryptonite and the product is called CryponiteNXT.
DHS Science and Technology Directorate EDGE
Preparedness is the key to a seamless, swift, and effective response to emergency situations. First responders need to be ready to go, know what to do, and how to do it for any sort of emergency they may encounter. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate created a free, state-of-the-art virtual training platform for first responders of all disciplines to train together, coordinating tactics and techniques specific to their own departments. The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) brings together law enforcement, fire, emergency medical, dispatch, and unified command in response to active shooters, fires and other emergencies. Using EDGE, responders collaboratively role-play a number of complex scenarios in a virtual environment, improving coordination and communication before a catastrophic event happens in order to mitigate potential injuries and loss of life. The training is not pre-scripted – actual responders using agency-specific standard operating procedures control most EDGE avatars. The platform can be accessed using basic laptop computers, and can be used by a single agency or across jurisdictions and disciplines.
IBM Watson IoT and Visual Recognition
The Internet of Things (IoT) is improving how organizations can develop insights through smart devices and analytics to improve operations, create new business models, and deliver improved experiences for customers. With visual recognition capabilities, organizations can understand their customers, determine health of assets, and deliver improved experiences. IBM Watson IoT delivers visual recognition services to support a variety of business functions to include asset inspections, security, object recognition, and emotional recognition.
Login.gov is an identity platform that increases security, privacy and usability for Americans accessing government services online. For this demo, we will provide an overview of the login.gov platform and the capabilities that it provides. We will also provide a fully functional demo of real working code to show that users can use login.gov to access government services in a much more streamlined way.
Mobile App Vetting
Federal, state, local and tribal government agencies can realize productivity gains and provide enhanced services through the use of mobile applications. However, these benefits must be carefully weighed against possible security and privacy risks introduced by third-party mobile applications that have not been vetted for possible security and policy issues. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)’s funded researcher Kryptowire, LLC automatically tests and validates the security and privacy of all mobile apps against the highest government and industry software assurance standards. It provides automated compliance testing for National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Information Assurance Partnership Protection Profile, Open Web Application Security Project Top 10, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and enterprise-wide security and privacy policies. Kryptowire’s cloud-based technology assesses, analyzes and tracks third-party mobile apps without access to source code and integrates with all major mobile device management solutions.
myUSCIS is a customer centric program that will simplify the immigration journey. It creates self-help tools to empower the user to understand the immigration benefits. With Ruby on Rails and Amazon Web Services, USCIS is continuously integrating and delivering a progressively improved product with zero downtime. Using React Native, myUSClS delivered its first mobile app — USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools.
The NASA Image and Video Library
The NASA Image and Video Library is a searchable video, audio and imagery library for the public which contains more than 140,000 assets from across the agency’s many missions with 60 collections from its 10 centers. To minimize cost to taxpayers and maximize efficiency, it was built using a cloud-native solution with the front-end web application separated from the backend Application Programming Interface (API). It runs as immutable infrastructure in a fully automated environment with all infrastructure defined in code to support continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD). InfoZen, the IT services provider on the contract utilized a variety of Amazon Web Services and solution providers to deliver this capability.
NASA Process Robotics
Process Robotics is computer-coded, rules-based software that uses ‘bots’ to automate human activities for repetitive, rules-based tasks. In the simplest terms, the technology uses bots to automate actions that a human takes to complete a computer-based task, and then replicates those actions at the same security setting as the user.
At National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Shared Services Center (NSSC), this innovative and exciting technology is currently being used for a HR Bot, CIO Bot, and Funds Control Bots. Through Process Robotics, NASA is realizing real and immediate benefits and Return on Investment including reduced processing time and error rates.
Protecting the Public Sector
Join us in the Tech Arcade to discuss solutions that can help to prevent, detect and respond to cyber threats; take a virtual reality tour of the AT&T Global Network Operations Center; and test your skills with a cybersecurity game experience.
Toxic Release Inventory Made Easy Web Application: Re-design to Meet the Electronic Reporting Challenges of Tomorrow
The Toxic Release Inventory - Made Easy Web (TRI-MEweb) is a Web-based application that enables industrial facilities to file a paperless TRI report, significantly reducing data errors and allowing instant receipt confirmation of submissions. The TRI-MEweb application uses EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) network to transmit and certify electronic submissions to EPA. CDX allows facilities to submit a paperless report and receive instant receipt confirmation of their submissions via the Internet. TRI-MEweb was first released in 2006 and has been updated on a yearly basis. However, the IT architecture and application platform was outdated and TRI-MEweb was re-designed from the ground up in 2016 using Agile methodology. The new application showcases new API web services, digital signature protocols, and geospatial functionality to improve data quality. Over 22,000 facilities submit over 84,000 forms annually using this online application by the July 1 TRI reporting deadline. TRI is a model data collection system at the US Environmental Protection Agency.