Pompeo assures Philippines of US protection in South China Sea

The Hill | March 01, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday visited Manila where he assured Philippine officials that the Trump administration would provide military support if the country's vessels fell under attack from Chinese forces in the South China Sea. Reuters and The Associated Press report that Pompeo told reporters at a press conference that the U.S. would ensure that the South China Sea remained open for trade despite increased activity from Chinese naval and military forces in the area in recent years.

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In one form or another, data centers have been at the core of the federal government’s technology infrastructure for more than 100 years. The government’s interest in computers was sparked years before the first machines were ready for widespread use, and data centers are now vital to most agencies’ daily operations.

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In one form or another, data centers have been at the core of the federal government’s technology infrastructure for more than 100 years. The government’s interest in computers was sparked years before the first machines were ready for widespread use, and data centers are now vital to most agencies’ daily operations.

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senseFly, an AgEagle Company, Named to Blue sUAS 2.0 List of Drone Suppliers by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit

AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. | October 29, 2021

AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. , an industry-leading provider of full-stack drone, sensor and software solutions, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, senseFly, has been named to the Blue sUAS 2.0 list, published by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) earlier this month. The Blue sUAS 2.0 project follows the successful partnership between the U.S. Army and DIU on the Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) program for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), which started in 2019. DIU’s Blue sUAS project, now referred to as ‘1.0,’ followed the SRR program in August 2020 and made minor modifications to five final SRR candidate air vehicles and built integrated commercially-based ground control stations to create a standalone commercial/enterprise configuration available to the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as other U.S. government entities. The 2.0 project was subsequently created to increase the diversity, capability and affordability of UAS on DIU’s “Blue UAS Cleared List,” bringing a greater variety of UAS with a wide range of modalities, capabilities and price points. A secondary part of the project involves: 1) an effort to define a common standard across the DoD for UAS vendor onboarding; 2) the means to communicate that standard; and 3) a uniform process to assist authorized vendors in the procurement process. In March 2021, DIU sought proposals from UAS vendors and in the brief period the Request for Prototype Proposals was listed on its website, www.sam.gov, DIU received more than 100 responses. From this group, senseFly, along with ten other companies, were selected to participate in the Blue sUAS 2.0 program to prototype a new approval process, significantly increasing the variety of UAS capabilities available to all branches of the U.S. military. As part of the Blue sUAS 2.0 registration and qualification process, senseFly has completed two demonstrations for U.S. government officials of its highly ruggedized eBee TAC UAV, a hand-launched fixed wing tactical mapping drone solution that enables users in disconnected environments to execute complex mapping and scouting missions safely and efficiently. Weighing only 3.5 pounds, eBee TAC features a digital camouflage skin for increased stealth and can be rapidly deployed, from assembly to hand-launch, in three minutes by a single user. In late July 2021, an initial technical demonstration took place at Fort Hunter Liggett, the U.S. Army Reserve’s largest training installation, where senseFly’s eBee TAC underwent testing and evaluation of its system configuration, flight test profile and safety of flight procedures, coupled with the repeatability and reliability of flights and data capture. In mid-September 2021, the Company conducted a second demonstration at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado consisting of various flight demos of the eBee TAC for the purpose of testing and evaluating the system’s capabilities in adverse and high altitude environments. senseFly expects to complete the registration process prior to the end of this year. “Since their creation more than 50 years ago, drones have continued to evolve, becoming one of the main tools integrated into military and defense forces throughout the world. Through senseFly’s innovative eBee TAC, AgEagle believes our Company can become an important player in the UAS domestic industrial base for the U.S. and its allies, helping to ensure delivery of secure drone mapping and scouting solutions that the DoD and other government entities will come to depend on.” AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres-Declet About AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. AgEagle and its wholly owned subsidiaries are actively engaged in designing and delivering best-in-class drones, sensors and software that solve important problems for our customers. Founded in 2010, AgEagle was originally formed to pioneer proprietary, professional-grade, fixed winged drones and aerial imagery-based data collection and analytics solutions for the agriculture industry. Today, AgEagle is a leading provider of full stack drone solutions for customers worldwide in the energy, construction, agriculture, and government verticals.

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Crystal Group Announced Today That it is a Federal Platinum Sponsor of NVIDIA’s Premier GTC 2020

Crystal Group, Inc. | October 06, 2020

Crystal Group, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged computer and electronic hardware, announced today that it is a Federal Platinum sponsor of NVIDIA’s premier GTC (GPU Technology Conference) 2020. This global, five-day event will be 100 percent virtual, allowing attendees to attend conference sessions—including three presented by Crystal Group—in any time zone and multiple languages. As a Preferred Solutions Integration Partner in the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN), Crystal Group is paving the way for bringing seamless AI and visualization capabilities into harsh and unpredictable environments. By integrating NVIDIA GPUs into its rugged, high-performance compute offerings, both the U.S. Department of Defense and industrial customers now have the ability to analyze petabytes of data at the edge where accurate, real-time information and decision making are vital.

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VertexOne Once Again Recognized as Leading Government Technology Innovator on GovTech 100 List

VertexOne | March 14, 2022

VertexOne, the leading provider of enhanced SaaS solutions to the utility and energy industry, announced it has been selected by Government Technology magazine as a 2022 GovTech 100 company. The GovTech 100 is an annual list of the top 100 companies focused on making a difference in and providing services to state and local government agencies across the United States. This list is updated annually to reflect the progress and innovation of leading organizations serving state and local governments. This recognition is decided by industry experts, government employees, investors and the Government Technology magazine editorial team. This marks the second consecutive year VertexOne has made the GovTech 100 list, coming on the heels of the company's successful acquisition and integration of WaterSmart in 2020, which was voted to the GovTech 100 list in 2019 and 2020. VertexOne delivers modern SaaS solutions for utilities that accelerate digital transformation and meet community needs. We are extremely proud to have been named to the GovTech 100 list for the second year in a row. It has been a privilege to work with our customers to provide solutions tailored to their unique needs during these challenging times. This is a credit to the work of our team and our customers as we're rapidly transforming the meter-to-cash process and revolutionizing the customer and staff experience for government utilities across North America." Andrew Jornod, VertexOne CEO and President VertexOne serves more than 400 water, electric and gas utilities and more than 55 million end customers, making it the largest provider of 100% SaaS-based software solutions to the North American utility industry. These solutions span the full asset-to-cash spectrum, including customer information systems, customer engagement, work and asset management, meter data management and electronic bill presentment and payment. VertexOne will continue to innovate to enable governments of all sizes to better serve their constituents. "The GovTech 100 for 2022 exemplify the potential of public and private-sector collaboration to catalyze innovation," said Dustin Haisler, e.Republic Chief Innovation Officer. "Each of the GovTech 100 provide critical capabilities to help state and local agencies navigate uncertainty and reimagine the way they deliver services to their constituents." The GovTech 100 recognition reflects VertexOne's commitment to delivering modern SaaS solutions for utilities that accelerate digital transformation and meet community needs. This award follows VertexOne's designation as a Great Place to Work in late 2021, confirming VertexOne's commitment to attract and support an incredibly talented team that drives trust and makes a difference for customers. About VertexOne VertexOne is the recognized leader in SaaS platforms for critical business processes of utilities and retail energy companies across North America. VertexOne offers a wide range of innovative services and solutions, including the VertexOne Complete SaaS Solution for Utilities, comprised of the Customer Information System (CIS), Mobile Workforce Management (MWM), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Meter Data Management (MDM), Digital Customer Engagement and Customer Self Service. These solutions help utilities and energy companies more efficiently deliver a compelling customer experience, reducing the cost to serve customers, increasing operational efficiency, improving customer satisfaction and driving their operations forward. Through the VertexOne Complete SaaS offering, VertexOne takes on the heavy lifting of keeping current with the rapid pace of technology changes so utilities and energy companies don't have to. This gives our customers more time to focus on their core business while leaving the technology to us. For our deregulated energy clients, this also means garnering a greater competitive advantage.

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