United States Air Force Selects Blackberry Spark for Their Secure Productivity

BlackBerry Limited | September 22, 2020

BlackBerry Limited announced today that the United States Air Force has selected BlackBerry Spark® for their secure productivity needs. The agreement gives the organization access to the latest BlackBerry technologies for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and Unified Endpoint Security (UES). BlackBerry Spark allows governments and enterprises to modernize their digital infrastructure, for high-performance 'work from anywhere', without any compromise on security. BlackBerry's secure productivity platform is powered by next-generation artificial intelligence and machine learning and unlocks the potential of connectivity across all deployment and endpoint types.

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NTIA, Pentagon Move to Tackle 5G Interoperability Complexities

NTIA | January 11, 2021

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration needs criticism on the potential of another "5G Challenge" it might make to advance interoperability in the prospering domain—and backing the Defense Department's continuous military systems administration modernization endeavors. Quickening the improvement of an "open 5G stack biological system" to assist push with sending DOD missions would be a definitive point of the test movement NTIA is investigating, as per a notification of request set to be distributed in the Federal Register Monday. “Recognizing the vital importance of fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications to U.S. economic and security interests, [NTIA] has made it a top priority to engage in 5G across a broad spectrum of topics,” the agency wrote. It added that the Pentagon established its own 5G Initiative in 2019, which NTIA is working in this case “under sponsorship of and in collaboration with.” That year, Defense disclosed designs to deliberately dispatch 5G experimentations at various army installations. The archive's portrayal of the specialized inspiration driving the test clarifies that open-source usage pointed across a huge number of a 5G framework—including the convention stack—are acquiring foothold. Such stacks are essentially layers of components empowering capacities. At present, the open 5G stack network is "assorted," NTIA notes, yet "unique open 5G stack associations are centered around various segments of the stack, with no unmistakable division among the numerous usage right now accessible," and interoperability between those different executions isn't generally guaranteed. 5G offers supermodern abilities like organization cutting and versatile edge process that can be utilized to make a protected remote organization for arising arrangements, similar to the shrewd distribution center the Pentagon is now prototyping as a component of that more extensive activity, which the National Spectrum Consortium likewise more as of late got engaged with. “However the challenge the DOD is now facing is that these new 5G capabilities require interoperability between all the vendors that go into a specific solution,” 5G Security Advisor to the NSC Junaid Islam, told Nextgov over email Friday. “For example, a smart warehouse solution for asset tracking can easily involve 20 different products from beamforming antennas, asset tags, mobile compute, battery back-up, routers, application gateways, etc.” At the end of the day, a ton of custom joining is needed by existing 5G arrangements—yet that is neither versatile nor a savvy sending model for the Pentagon, Islam said. With NSC, he helps help the more extensive seller network handle the Defense Department's requirements. “To help facilitate and accelerate interoperability between vendors NTIA is seeking to create an open stack ecosystem,” Islam added. “This initiative is a true win-win for vendors and DOD as it seeks to create a plug & play for 5G solution architecture that will help the procurement and deployment process.” He further noticed that one objective of NTIA is to characterize normal application programming interfaces that can help streamline 5G arrangement parts' provisioning and the board, and another is to "make interoperability between unlicensed 5G [Open Radio Access Network] arrangements and transporter administrations from AT&T and Verizon to empower consistent wandering and improved flexibility." In the notification, NTIA said remarks got will broaden its comprehension of issues that may emerge in delivering and executing the 5G Challenge rivalry, and help guarantee that the movement "boosts the advantage to both the open 5G stack market and the DOD on a quickened plan." The office arranges different inquiries across three classifications: challenge structure and objectives, motivating forces and scope and, time span and foundation uphold.

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State of Wisconsin Selects Unisys to Provide Cloud-Based Contact Center Solution

Unisys Corporation | September 23, 2021

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced that it has signed an agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), a new Unisys client, to provide a cloud-based contact center solution that will improve the experience of how citizens interact with government. Signed in the second quarter, the new platform provides the DWD with the scalability and flexibility to address the constantly-evolving needs of government programs. The solution better connects citizens to various government programs, including unemployment insurance, employment and training, and worker's compensation. It will further allow the DWD to enhance its existing communication channels, including chat and text, as well as provide the ability to better monitor interactions and enhance real-time reporting. It will also position the agency to advance its roadmap for the next generation of digital user experience and robotic process automation and artificial intelligence tools. DWD is working to systematically modernize and upgrade Wisconsin's unemployment insurance program with a laser focus on improving the customer experience. The Unisys web-based delivery system is one component of that effort, leveraging the benefits of the cloud to improve timeliness and effectiveness in connecting people with the services they need. DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek As part of the agreement, Unisys will provide the NICE CXone contact center solution, a leading global cloud customer experience platform. CXone is also integrated with Unisys' InteliServe™️ platform, which is powered by automation and AI and transforms the traditional workplace into an intelligent platform that delivers a frictionless employee experience. "Our extensive expertise in both cloud and digital workplace solutions has uniquely positioned us to understand and create a tailored approach for the DWD," said Shawn Kingsberry, vice president and global head of Public Sector at Unisys. "We are hyper-focused on providing the innovation and leading technologies that will deliver a better user experience for our clients. By doing so, we can help our clients adapt to the changing demands of the market and achieve the right outcomes for their organizations." Leading global analyst firm NelsonHall recently named Unisys a leader in cognitive and self-healing IT infrastructure management services and has also named Unisys a Leader in the vendor evaluation for Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage, Orchestration & Management. More than 200 government agencies worldwide use Unisys solutions. For more information on Unisys' Public Sector solutions, click here. About Unisys Unisys is a global IT solutions company that delivers successful outcomes for the most demanding businesses and governments. Unisys offerings include digital workplace solutions, cloud and infrastructure solutions, enterprise computing solutions, business process solutions and cybersecurity solutions.

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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. 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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. 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