Trump seeking to remove China's industrial supply chain

Supply Chain Digital | May 04, 2020

According to officials familiar with US planning, the initiative has been launched in order to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Trump has long promised to bring manufacturing back from overseas. However, with economic ruin and the increasingly high US COVID-19 death toll, it has led to a drive to transition US production and supply chain dependency away from China, even if it goes to other friendlier nations instead, according to current and former senior US administration officials.

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Recent times have been exceptionally challenging for local government, with a seemingly endless drive for efficiencies and savings. However, while operational excellence remains top of mind, there are signs of emerging optimism, with innovative approaches paving the way for change. PwC’s annual local government survey, ‘The Local State We’re In (2016)’,1 for example, discusses the opportunities associated with devolution and the potential for transformation built around digital services and collaboration with partners, communities, and citizens. In addition, public perception and falling acceptance of further cuts has led to more innovative thinking about new ways of working and delivering services.

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Recent times have been exceptionally challenging for local government, with a seemingly endless drive for efficiencies and savings. However, while operational excellence remains top of mind, there are signs of emerging optimism, with innovative approaches paving the way for change. PwC’s annual local government survey, ‘The Local State We’re In (2016)’,1 for example, discusses the opportunities associated with devolution and the potential for transformation built around digital services and collaboration with partners, communities, and citizens. In addition, public perception and falling acceptance of further cuts has led to more innovative thinking about new ways of working and delivering services.

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MetTel Partners with Geotab to Deliver IoT Solutions for U.S. Government Vehicles

MetTel | January 13, 2021

MetTel, a Gartner-perceived pioneer in advanced transformation and communications, today announced that it is joining forces with Geotab to offer government vehicles access to a suite of oversaw services that give basic knowledge to help streamline consistence and detailing, reduce complete cost of ownership and improve resident and representative safety, as well as limit greenhouse gas emissions. Today, numerous government vehicles just approach vehicle motor diagnostics. Outdated methods of the board and documentation make inefficiencies in fuel usage, driving time and in general expenses. With grant winning telematics from Geotab coupled with MetTel's full service armada the executives entrance, government fleets can increase visibility into their vehicles to make efficiencies and help reduce in general costs. "Our mission at MetTel is to provide an easy on ramp for government agencies to realize the full benefits of the Internet of Things," said Robert Dapkiewicz, SVP and General Manager of MetTel Federal. "Government agencies are looking for ways to provide more transparency, while providing the tools to help reduce costs and increase the safety of government employees and the citizens they serve. MetTel-enabled IoT solutions help provide that, through an easy to use "single pane of glass." With MetTel and Geotab, managers of government vehicles will have access to critical intelligence that will provide broad visibility into each MetTel-enabled vehicle. Among the benefits: • Reduced Costs: Smarter asset utilization can reduce overall mileage and fuel spend. Predictive diagnostic technology notifies agency managers of vehicle maintenance needs before they become costly fixes or replacements. • Improved Driver Safety: In-vehicle coaching, risk and safety reports, instant notifications and accident detection with detailed second-by-second data to help increase the safety of drivers and citizens. • Streamlined Compliance & Reporting: Configurable dashboard and reporting software with email automation helps eliminate the tedious process of manual reporting for government regulations, odometer readings and fuel economy. • GHG & EV Battery Reporting and Compliance: Minimizes and measures greenhouse gas emissions & EV (electric Vehicle) specific solutions for battery and vehicle diagnostics. • Increased Efficiency of Fleet Inventory: Deeper visibility into the availability of vehicles to make data-based decisions about vehicle and driver utilization. • Schedule 70: As a small business, MetTel offers IT communications products, services and solutions through GSA IT Schedule 70 contracts to federal, state and local agencies. "We are excited to add our leading telematics platform to MetTel's expansive technology offering for the U.S. Federal Government," said Jean Pilon-Bignell, Vice President of Business Development, Government and Smart Cities , Geotab. "As the leading telematics provider to the U.S. Federal Government, and thanks to our recent FedRAMP certification, we are committed to connecting Federal agency vehicles and integrating them into broader IoT strategies that can help save the Government time, resources and money." MetTel Federal Portal, Bruin, Provides "Single Pane of Glass" to Help Easily Manage Vehicles Government agencies will have full visibility of MetTel-empowered vehicles through the MetTel Federal Portal, a fully overseen service giving monetary control of operations to telecom services, including service advancement (wireline, wireless, IoT and IaaS) through the Bruin stage, also marked as "MetTel Federal Portal." The MetTel Federal Portal is a head, grant winning armada the executives gateway offering a secure, seamless stage for all charging, provisioning, tagging, requesting and revealing. About MetTel 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, reduces costs and simplifies operations. About Geotab Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the internet and providing web-based analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Geotab's open platform and Marketplace, offering hundreds of third-party solution options, allows both small and large businesses to automate operations by integrating vehicle data with their other data assets. As an IoT hub, the in-vehicle device provides additional functionality through IOX Add-Ons. Processing billions of data points a day, Geotab leverages data analytics and machine learning to help customers improve productivity, optimize fleets through the reduction of fuel consumption, enhance driver safety, and achieve strong compliance to regulatory changes. Geotab's products are represented and sold worldwide through Authorized Geotab Resellers.

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Corelight Named to U.S. Department of Defense Enterprise Software Initiative

Corelight | August 31, 2021

Corelight, provider of the industry's leading open network detection and response (NDR) platform, today announced that it has been named a vendor on the Department of Defense (DoD) Enterprise Software Initiative (ESI) blanket purchase agreement (BPA) awarded to Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. The BPA is signed for a 10-year period of performance through July 2029. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will provide asset management and cybersecurity software, software maintenance support, information technology professional services and training from Corelight to the DoD, U.S. intelligence community and Coast Guard. "Solidifying a true private/public partnership is essential to strengthening the nation's cybersecurity posture," said Jean Schaffer, federal CTO at Corelight. "Our data-first approach to cybersecurity aligns to the DoD's mission as federal agencies advance their digital transformation journeys and modernize infrastructure. We are proud to support this effort." Corelight gives federal, state and local governments the advantage in network defense. Corelight's open network detection and response (NDR) platform delivers insights that protect citizens and data from cyberattacks. This BPA supports the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and is intended to reduce the contracting and open market costs associated with the traditional procurement process, including searching for sources, developing technical documents and solicitations, negotiating contractual terms, and evaluating offers. Corelight's software solutions are available under Blanket Purchase Agreement N66001-21-A-0031 through Carahsoft's GSA Schedule No. GS-35F-0119Y. For procurement information, contact the Carahsoft IT Asset Management BPA Team at (703) 889-9878 or ITAMBPA@Carahsoft.com. About the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative (DoD ESI) DoD ESI is an official DoD initiative sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead in the establishment and management of enterprise COTS IT agreements, assets, and policies. DoD ESI lowers the total cost of ownership across the DoD, Coast Guard and Intelligence Communities for commercial software, IT hardware, and services. Additional information about the DoD ESI can be found at www.esi.mil. About Corelight Corelight provides security teams with network evidence so they can protect the world's most critical organizations and companies. Corelight's global customers include Fortune 500 companies, major government agencies, and large research universities. The company has received investment support from Accel, General Catalyst, Insight Partners and Osage University Partners. Based in San Francisco, Corelight is an open-core security company founded by the creators of Zeek, the widely-used network security technology.

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Fluree’s Data-Centric Architecture Drives Transformation for Top Governmental Entities, Amidst Backdrop of Data Decrees

Fluree | August 28, 2021

Fluree, a market leader in secure data management, has been actively working with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Education as public sector entities issue data decrees amidst a broad move towards data sharing and growing concerns over cyberattacks. Collaborative efforts ensure data integrity and secure data sharing, which can prevent future cyberattacks via Fluree’s cryptographically secured data-centric architecture. This comes amidst the backdrop of recent data decrees issued by the DOD calling for more secure and interoperable data management practices. The Biden administration has also issued an executive order on improving the nation’s security. “Fluree is able to provide the glue for secure data-sharing. This is becoming increasingly important as cyberattacks against public and private sector entities have become more prominent and cataclysmic, inciting the issuance of recent data decrees,” Fluree Co-founder and CEO Brian Platz said. “Our data-centric architecture stack fulfills the DOD’s data decrees by maximizing data sharing and rights for data use and allowing for open and secure data sharing across multiple parties.” Fluree’s practice of storing and executing data security at the data layer—rather than deferring permission logic to APIs and application servers—effectively allows data to defend itself under a set of enforceable conditions. To date, Fluree, an immutable graph database with cloud-native architecture, has been applied in a handful of recent government projects, including: The DOD and U.S. Air Force, through the AFWERX SBIR program, have contracted Fluree to build a secure data-sharing platform. The Department of Education, through the American Council on Education's Blockchain Innovation challenge, has funded UnBlockEd. This is a collaborative effort from Fluree, the Gardner Institute, University of Arizona and Georgia Tech. UnBlockEd uses blockchain technology to build verifiable learner credentials for easier transfer credit articulation. The Department of Education has also funded the Lifelong Learner Project. Using blockchain technology, the Lifelong Learner Project is a collaboration of teacher-centered organizations focused on teacher licensure and professional learning. Fluree sits at the center of the data ecosystems of tomorrow. It extends the role of the database or data lake to include provenance, interoperability, governance/security and scalability. As the demand for secure, interoperable data ecosystems gains momentum, Fluree is becoming a prominent leader in the public sector data management space. About Fluree, PBC Founded in 2016 by Brian Platz and Flip Filipowski, Fluree PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fluree is an enterprise data management platform that guarantees data integrity, facilitates secure data sharing, and powers data-driven insights. The Fluree platform organizes blockchain-secured data in a scalable semantic graph database—establishing a foundational layer of trusted data for connected and intelligent data ecosystems.

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