Federal government announces $1M investment in U of A nanotechnology facility

The Gateway | February 13, 2019

The Canadian government announced they will invest $1 million in the University of Alberta’s nanoFAB facility to help purchase new micro and nanotechnology equipment. The announcement was made on February 11 by Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of natural resources, on behalf of the minister of innovation, science and economic development Navdeep Bains. The investment will go to nanoFAB, an open-access research centre that focuses on the development of micro and nanotechnology both for research and industrial development. The money will be used to purchase three new tools for advanced manufacturing: a deposition tool for laying down thin films of metal, an etching tool, and a patterning tool. The applications of these tools range from the energy to biomedical industry.

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The Colorado Judicial Department administers adult and juvenile probation in the state’s 22 judicial districts. This includes 23 probation departments with over 60 separate probation locations throughout the state. The Division of Probation Services develops and publishes guidelines and standards for regular probation supervision and all intensive probation programs. Within the limits of statute and these state standards, each district is free to develop and structure programs that address the needs of the local court and the community. In all districts, offenders are assessed for risk and need factors. Based on these assessments, those placed on regular probation are put on minimum, medium or maximum supervision. The number of adult offenders sentenced to state probation in FY 2015 was 35,136 and on June 30, 2015 there were 49,886 adult offenders on regular supervision. In FY 2015, 63 percent of adults completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 1,251 adult offenders were sentenced to an intensive program and 8,996 were sentenced to private probation supervision. In Fiscal Year 2015, 3,279 juveniles were sentenced to probation and on June 30, 2015 there were 3,769 juveniles on supervision. In FY 2015, 70 percent of these juveniles completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 172 juveniles were sentenced to Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP) in FY2015.

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The Colorado Judicial Department administers adult and juvenile probation in the state’s 22 judicial districts. This includes 23 probation departments with over 60 separate probation locations throughout the state. The Division of Probation Services develops and publishes guidelines and standards for regular probation supervision and all intensive probation programs. Within the limits of statute and these state standards, each district is free to develop and structure programs that address the needs of the local court and the community. In all districts, offenders are assessed for risk and need factors. Based on these assessments, those placed on regular probation are put on minimum, medium or maximum supervision. The number of adult offenders sentenced to state probation in FY 2015 was 35,136 and on June 30, 2015 there were 49,886 adult offenders on regular supervision. In FY 2015, 63 percent of adults completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 1,251 adult offenders were sentenced to an intensive program and 8,996 were sentenced to private probation supervision. In Fiscal Year 2015, 3,279 juveniles were sentenced to probation and on June 30, 2015 there were 3,769 juveniles on supervision. In FY 2015, 70 percent of these juveniles completed regular state probation successfully. An additional 172 juveniles were sentenced to Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation (JISP) in FY2015.

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Owl Cyber Defense Acquires Trident Assured Collaboration Systems to Enhance Advanced Network Security Capabilities

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions | January 06, 2021

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions, LLC ("Owl"), a worldwide market pioneer in cybersecurity solutions and administrations for safeguarding network limits and empowering secure information sharing across spaces, reported today the acquisition of the Trident Assured Collaboration Systems ("ACS") product offering. ACS has the lone U.S. government-endorsed Voice over IP ("VoIP") and Video Teleconference ("VTC") Cross Domain Solution ("CDS") just as the business' most progressive Full Motion Video ("FMV") separating capacity – usefulness basic to CDS tasks in a period of robots and cameras. The acquisition gives Owl a more extensive scope of affirmed network edge defense solutions than any rival on the lookout. Owl, supported by private venture firm DC Capital Partners, has been a main supplier of CDS to the U.S. Branch of Defense ("DoD") and Intelligence Community for over 20 years. Owl is additionally the worldwide pioneer in cybersecurity security for basic foundation, offering the lone U.S. government tried and licensed CDS accessible for arrangement inside and outside the U.S to both government and business customers. Owl's Cross Domain Solutions offer the most elevated level of organization border security, far surpassing the capacities of firewalls and other typical organization defenses. Owl's items are the decision for ensuring the country's most touchy organizations and frameworks against assault. Late episodes have exhibited the failure of inheritance firewalls to forestall cyberattacks against basic business and working frameworks and cloud-based applications. The blend of Owl and ACS's innovation offers a full continuum of CDS items that give equipment upheld space detachment and layers of information separating confirmation as opposed to a solitary organization line checkpoint with negligible substance sifting. Thomas J. Campbell, Chairman of Owl and Founder and Managing Partner of DC Capital, said, "This is another step in executing our strategic vision. The acquisition of ACS not only places Owl ahead of other Cross Domain Solution providers, but it also plays a pivotal role in our larger strategy to offer true cybersecurity protection. The future requires solutions that are cost effective and easy to implement, use, and maintain." "The explosion of the Internet of Things ("IoT") demands cyber-secure devices, from those that control our critical infrastructure, to our homes and cars," said Campbell. "The technology Owl pioneered 20 years ago is now available in form factors small enough to be embedded inside devices. Owl has always been an early mover, the first to develop hardware-enforced network protection and now the first to offer a hardware-enforced CDS that can be embedded." "Owl has been rapidly moving towards this number one position for the last couple of years," commented Robert Stalick, President and CEO of Owl. "With the addition of ACS, the last piece has fallen into place. Owl is now the clear leader in accredited Cross Domain Solution offerings, with the widest range of capabilities and products – solving problems from tactical to enterprise in data, voice, and video; for government, critical infrastructure and commercial enterprises." Solutions like firewalls that worked 25 years prior as an organization security approach are not, at this point viable against country state quality assaults. As country state assaults increment, the methodologies utilized by state entertainers start to saturate the criminal side of cyberattacks. Viable cybersecurity presently requires an incorporated, multi-layered framework with information diode equipment parts in gatekeepers which perform escalated information assessment and confirmation. The up and coming age of insurance, coming out now and based on a mix of Owl and ACS innovation, inserts CDS usefulness in incredibly low-inertness, unmodifiable equipment. Jerry B. Chernock, Partner at DC Capital, added, "It is obvious that we need to address the inadequacy of firewalls. There is a reason why our clients insist on Cross Domain Solutions and not solely on firewalls. Recent attacks, including a security breach at a prominent U.S. based cybersecurity firm and several U.S. Government agencies, have punctuated the need for intelligence, military, critical infrastructure and corporate clients to quickly evolve how they protect their networks." "The sophistication of these technologies cannot be overstated," said Ken Walker, Chief Technology Officer at Owl. "The U.S. Government continues to set the standards for the most rigorous operational requirements and testing regimes globally, setting expectations that very few companies can meet. Owl is one of a handful of elite companies that satisfies the government-established 'Raise the Bar' requirements." About Owl Cyber Defense Solutions Owl has been serving the cybersecurity needs of the U.S. government since inception – providing hardware-enforced cybersecurity controls, industry leading expertise in operating system hardening, extensive device and network-based assessment services and thought-leadership in filtering/data processing disciplines. Owl Cross Domain Solutions are operating broadly in missions across both the DoD and the U.S. intelligence agencies. Globally Owl is the leader in perimeter protection for nuclear power plants, oil and gas operations, renewables and power generation and transmission, with aggressive growth occurring in the data center and cloud provider sectors. Owl continues to innovate and is bringing to market the world's first embeddable cybersecurity to serve the Internet of Things ("IoT").

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ClearInfo and Carahsoft Partner to Bring FIAR FUSION and C-CCARS Platforms to the Federal Government

ClearInfo | January 20, 2021

ClearInfo, an innovator in review readiness, business process automation, and records management services and arrangements, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced that the ClearInfo FIAR FUSION and Customer-Content, Capture and Records Services (C-CCARS) stages are presently accessible to the Federal government through Carahsoft's NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V and the company's affiliate accomplices. ClearInfo FIAR FUSION The FIAR FUSION stage gives start to finish digitization and AI analytics for the Federal government's financial worth chains and is reason worked to help the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) command. FIAR FUSION improves financial process cycles, framework controls, records and bits of knowledge, empowering agencies to become review prepared by joining financial transactions and documents across the financial life cycle. By implementing the FIAR FUSION platform solution, agency financial teams can expect the following outcomes: • Ensured KSD Audit Readiness: Keeps financial content connected, contained, accessible, consistently cataloged and retained in a FIAR-mandated DoD 5015.2 certified records management system. • Operational cost reductions and improved process cycles, insights and controls. • Improved customer and supplier communications. • Reduced storage costs of 30-50%. “A major financial audit challenge faced by the Department of Defense is the lack of documentation,” said Ray Chance, Chief Technology Officer at ClearInfo. “FIAR FUSION is the perfect solution to address this challenge. The platform eliminates financial content silos and brings transactional data and key supporting documents together throughout the entire process life cycle to create a single source of truth. Implementing FIAR FUSION improves financial management practices and moves the DoD toward a positive, clean and unmodified audit outcome.” ClearInfo C-CCARS The C-CCARS stage gives start to finish digitization, low-code business process automation, clever capture and records management services for Federal agencies. C-CCARS combines content and contextual information processing to empower agencies to meet the Office of Management and Budget M-19-21 electronic records management and advanced modernization objectives all the more efficiently. By implementing the C-CCARS platform solution, agency mission operations teams can expect the following outcomes: • Assured OMB M-19-21 compliance by mandated timeline of December 2022. • Time and cost savings by accelerating capture processes for agency electronic and physical records. • Enhanced compliance by keeping content contained, accessible, consistently cataloged and retained in a DoD 5015.2 Records Management certified system to meet mandate goals. • Increased productivity of knowledge workers through low-code, automated processes that ensure rapid and ready access to enterprise information assets. • Reduced costs for identifying, collecting and preserving electronically stored information. “By 2022, Federal agencies are required to manage all permanent records in an electronic format with appropriate metadata,” said Margaret Lawrence, Chief Records Management Specialist at ClearInfo. “C-CCARS is the perfect solution to address this challenge by giving agencies the contextual data ‘fuel’ they need to accelerate their business processes and meet OMB M-19-21 requirements.” “Carahsoft is proud to partner with ClearInfo to bring the FIAR FUSION and C-CCARS platforms to Federal agencies in need of tailored audit preparation and records management,” said Matt Rattigan, Director of Partnerships at Carahsoft. “ClearInfo has a proven understanding of the challenges facing agencies covered by the DoD FIAR and OMB mandates, and we look forward to working with them to deliver their purpose-built solutions to our joint customers and reseller partners to streamline the path to compliance.” Both FIAR FUSION and C-CCARS are facilitated on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US), permitting Federal agencies looking to procure ClearInfo's specialized answers for influence these stages in a secure and versatile cloud climate. AWS GovCloud (US) is intended to address specific administrative and compliance necessities of U.S. government agencies at the Federal, state and local level, just as contractors and educational foundations that run touchy outstanding burdens in the cloud. Past the assurance programs applicable to all AWS Regions, the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions permit customers to cling to U.S. Worldwide Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), FedRAMP, and DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (SRG) Impact Levels 2, 4 and 5. About ClearInfo ClearInfo, is an innovative, results-driven IT Service Provider focused on delivering Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions to optimize the creation, capture, use and lifecycle of structured and unstructured information assets that enable our customer’s to meet their mission objectives. A member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, the ClearInfo team has created, delivered and supported EIM solutions resulting in successful programs for over 25 years.

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Enphase Energy Technology Selected by Australian Government and Community Organizations

Enphase Energy, Inc. | November 29, 2021

Enphase Energy, Inc. , a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, today announced that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are becoming increasingly preferred for commercial installations by government and community organizations in Australia seeking to offset daytime electricity costs and make progress towards net zero goals. Wollongong City Council in New South Wales recently deployed a total of 549 Enphase IQ™7A microinverter-based solar panels totalling 220 kW on the Council's multi-story Stewart Street car park. The installation is expected to reduce the adjacent 6 Star Green Star-rated Administration building's electricity costs by as much as one quarter annually. "The project utilizes the roof of the car park to generate renewable energy that could offset energy consumption and make progress towards the Council's net zero goals. The Council selected Enphase microinverters for the car park’s rooftop solar system because it had used them successfully to optimize performance, simplify maintenance, and ensure safety on smaller systems and wanted the same benefits for this larger-scale project." Nicolas Noslier, project manager at Autonomous Energy, an Enphase installer Enphase IQ microinverters leverage Enphase's unique software-defined architecture and semiconductor integration for excellent reliability and economies of scale. Enphase microinverters are subjected to a rigorous reliability and quality testing regimen with more than one million cumulative hours of power-on testing to provide exceptional performance under heat, high humidity, salty air, extreme cold, and harsh climate conditions. The Company's microinverters are designed to be long-lived energy assets and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty in the Australian solar market, which can be extended for a fee for up to 15, 20, or 25 years. In another example from New South Wales, the Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club deployed a 215 kW, 581 solar panel system fitted with Enphase IQ™7+ microinverters. With 85 employees and 13,500 members, the Club has deep roots in its community, supporting many local sports and other community organizations, making system reliability and solar fire safety critical to the project. "Microinverters provide us with monitoring for each solar panel, so we can see how well a panel is working and easily identify a problem,” said Darryl Bozicevic, chief executive officer at Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club. "With an average of 1,000 to 2,000 people visiting the club daily, safety was an important part of our decision, which also encouraged us to choose Enphase. We've budgeted on a five-year payback." The ability to monitor each panel's performance is essential to improving diagnostics, fault identification, and reducing long-term maintenance costs for commercial systems. The Wollongong Council and Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club sites are both outfitted with the Enphase IQ Gateway™, which connects the solar systems to the Enphase App™ and helps make per-panel energy monitoring and insights for operations and maintenance easy. "We proved to the club that solar panels equipped with Enphase microinverter-based systems perform better than panels using string inverters," said Glenn Cooper, managing director at installer SunnyAfternoons, an Enphase Installer Network Platinum member. "In addition to the advantages of module-level reporting, safety was paramount. Enphase microinverters convert DC energy produced by the panels to AC energy right on the panel, so there are no high voltage DC cables running through the roof, which eliminates the risk of a DC arc-fault fire." "Our distributed and all-AC architecture combined with panel-level monitoring means there is no doubt that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are smart and safer choices for solar assets installed on commercial facilities," said Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. "We are proud to see our technology leveraged by government and community-based organizations in Australia to not only help reduce their energy bills, but also to help meet their renewable energy goals." About Enphase Energy, Inc. Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company based in Fremont, CA, is the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power—and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 39 million microinverters, and over 1.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries.

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