American Robotics | January 21, 2021
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unexpectedly approved completely automated business drone trips by American Robotics. The organization's Scout System™ highlights progressed acoustic Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) innovation that empowers its robots to keep a protected separation from other airplane consistently.
Approval archives distributed on the FAA site said that American Robotics proposed to station the Scout UA in fields at pre-reviewed destinations for broadened lengths, performing flight activities without the need to have a pilot co-situated nearby with the little UA. Tasks under the mentioned exception would just happen in Class G airspace in regions having light air traffic, in sunshine visual meteorological conditions (VMC), and would be restricted to 400 feet over the ground level (AGL). Singular missions would happen inside the limits of controlled admittance farmland (or comparative provincial, controlled-access conditions) claimed or constrained by American Robotics' clients.
By building up a layered, repetitive arrangement of wellbeing that incorporates exclusive specialized and operational danger alleviations, American Robotics had the option to demonstrate that completely automated business drone flights can be directed securely in the National Airspace System (NAS), in any event, when it conducts trips Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) of the administrator.
The approval of completely automated business drone flights speaks to a vital emphasis point in the business. Earlier waivers and certificates granted by the FAA required visual eyewitnesses (VOs) positioned along the flight way to keep eyes on the airspace consistently or required other oppressive limitations, for example, framework covering. Thus, the worth and versatility of business drone use in the U.S. have, up to this point, been radically repressed or by and large dispensed with.
“With these approvals, American Robotics is ushering in a new era of widespread automated drone operations,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics. “Decades worth of promise and projection are finally coming to fruition. We are proud to be the first company to meet the FAA’s comprehensive safety requirements, which had previously restricted the viability of drone use in the commercial sector. We are very grateful for the FAA’s willingness to work closely with American Robotics over the past four years on this precedent-setting authorization. With this set of approvals, American Robotics can begin safely operating our automated Scout platform for the benefit of the energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and security market verticals, helping unlock the projected $100 billion commercial drone market.”
“Moreover, the operations will achieve a reduction in environmental impact, as they will involve a small aircraft carrying no passengers or crew, rather than a manned aircraft of significantly greater size. Given these considerations, the small [unmanned aircraft systems] UAS operation the petitioner will conduct under this exemption is in the public interest,” the FAA said.
Viasat | October 21, 2021
Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced it was awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) contract to provide vulnerability assessment testing and response support under a new pilot program focused on improving the cybersecurity and resilience of DoD weapon systems. Viasat will be the first external cybersecurity team to perform these assessments through the pilot, which aims to drive efficiencies to automate mission and threat-based security assessments at-scale using analytics and a proven methodology for intelligence gathering, threat modeling, vulnerability analysis and exploitation.
As part of the pilot, Viasat will analyze key components within a highly complex, interconnected DoD weapon system architecture that could be vulnerable to an attack. The analysis will also include cyber and software defined radio threat assessments to address networking, Internet of Things and radio frequency interfaces to the weapon system.
"DoD's leadership focus on weapon system cyber resilience is essential. Recent cyberattacks against the U.S. government provide a clear reminder that we must minimize vulnerabilities through active insights and harden core networks. As the battlespace is modernizing quickly, and the use of commercial technologies and systems are being rapidly deployed in DoD's infrastructure, performing robust vulnerability assessment tests is critical to identifying and addressing potential gaps in technology, as well as determining if platforms are potentially vulnerable to attack."
Craig Miller, president, Viasat Government Systems
Miller continued, "Viasat takes a holistic approach to cybersecurity and we're excited to partner with the DoD to provide a comprehensive, scalable vulnerability assessment capability, leveraging the power of analytics-based automation to create efficiencies and enable rapid and continuous evaluations. This will help keep pace with commercial technology development and chart a path to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) driven threat-based cybersecurity assessments."
Viasat was selected based on its extensive experience and award-winning expertise in DoD cybersecurity, as well as its unique view of the threat landscape across global government and commercial services and a customizable approach to information security.
For 35 years, Viasat has been a provider of cybersecurity and information assurance systems to secure U.S. Government, critical infrastructure and commercial networks. As a global satellite internet service provider, Viasat protects its networks and prevents billions of cyberattacks daily. Its history and expertise, paired with expert analysis of data across its network, provides a diverse view of the global cyber threat landscape that allows for the creation and delivery of expert-level security solutions.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat's Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.
MetTel | November 30, 2021
MetTel, a leader in digital transformation and IT communications, announced today that it is working closely with global IT integrator SAIC to help government clients digitally transform their communications and IT infrastructure.
MetTel provides a fully managed service for advanced network and voice capabilities that improve operational efficiency, as well as the cost advantages created by MetTel's super network which connects services from all major telecom and cable companies.
MetTel is currently assisting with a complete transformation of one government agency's voice and data network by converting numerous legacy technologies into an SD-WAN and IP voice architecture. This solution will provide the agency with cost savings while improving performance and increasing security. MetTel will utilize the most cost-effective access solution for all government sites, including LTE/4G/5G and satellite, if needed.
From government organizations that have ambitious modernization plans to those who are just getting started, MetTel can provide roadmap guidance as well as near-term execution of their objectives.
For the second consecutive year, MetTel's award-winning portfolio has been recognized as Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services (MNS), which includes SD-WAN, MPLS, TDM and other network technologies. In addition, MetTel's fully managed Mobility-as-a-Service offering has also received recognition from Gartner and is a top-performing partner to AT&T, Verizon, Apple and Samsung.
"We have already proven the value of our partnership with a major federal agency and have identified further opportunities for government transformation."
MetTel Federal SVP and General Manager, Rob Dapkiewicz
MetTel has a growing Federal practice. Since 2020, MetTel has received contract awards from over one dozen federal agencies totaling over $2 billion in total contract value after all options. Over the last 18 months, MetTel has announced IT Communications projects with numerous city and federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, General Services Administration, United States Department of State, and the Veteran's Administration.
MetTel is a leader in communications and digital transformation (DX) solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel gives enterprises one, unified view and control point for all their communications and advanced network services. MetTel's comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions can boost enterprise productivity, reduce costs, and simplify operations. Combining customized and managed communication solutions with a powerful platform of cloud-based software, the company's MetTel Portal® enables customers to manage their inventory, usage, spend and repairs from one simple, user-friendly interface.