US government announces nationwide crackdown on robocallers

KOAM NEWS NOW | June 25, 2019

The US government announced a nationwide crackdown on illegal robocalls on Tuesday targeting companies and individuals who have collectively placed over 1 billion unwanted calls for financial schemes and other services according to the Federal Trade Commission. The crackdown involves nearly 100 cases five of which are criminal enforcement actions. They were brought by the FTC Justice Department 15 states and a slew of local authorities. It marks the latest effort by regulators to battle back the tide of unwanted and illegal calls from telemarketers and scammers.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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FedRAMP was created so that the US government can use the cloud while still protecting systems and data. FedRAMP helps provide clarity for both government agencies and cloud providers so that each knows what is required for cloud use. If you’re a cloud service provider or a government agency wanting to use the cloud, you must demonstrate that you can meet FedRAMP compliance requirements.

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U.S. Department of Defense Awards $50 Million Contract to Kodiak Robotics for Autonomous U.S. Army Ground Reconnaissance Vehicles

Kodiak Robotics | December 07, 2022

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a leading self-driving trucking company, today announced it has been awarded a $49.9 million, 24-month United States Department of Defense (DoD) agreement to help automate future U.S. Army ground vehicles led by the Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program. This effort will be in support of vehicles designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other high-risk missions. Through this award, which started in October 2022 and was awarded by DoD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) on behalf of the Army's RCV program office, Kodiak will leverage its commercial self-driving software to develop, test and deploy autonomous capabilities for driverless vehicles that further strengthen national security. Kodiak will develop autonomous vehicle technology for the Army to navigate complex terrain, diverse operational conditions and GPS-challenged environments, while also providing the Army the ability to remotely operate vehicles when necessary. Wartime is extraordinarily complex with high-risk challenges that often result in troops operating near or behind enemy lines. Deploying autonomous vehicles to perform such critical and dangerous tasks has the potential to significantly reduce the risk to troops, while giving them greater access to the information they need in the field. Additionally, the remote driving capabilities Kodiak will develop for the Army will increase the flexibility of these autonomous vehicles, while further reducing risk for soldiers. The project will also provide a technical pipeline that will enable the rapid development and deployment of new autonomous vehicle technologies as they become commercially available. "I started Kodiak because I believe autonomous technology can save lives, and helping the U.S. Army develop driverless vehicles for the most challenging operating environments fits perfectly with that goal, We are proud to have the opportunity to leverage our cutting-edge self-driving technology for defense applications, and believe our work with DIU and the U.S. Army will both help strengthen national security and hasten our path to commercial deployment. We owe a debt of gratitude to the servicemen and women who step into harm's way to keep us safe; keeping them safe in return is an honor we take seriously." -Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics. Kodiak Robotics was the only autonomous vehicle company initially selected for this award out of 33 submissions, thanks to its proven leadership in autonomous systems development and commercialization, as well as its intense focus on safety. In the first year of this effort, Kodiak will build upon its core competency by applying its robust autonomous software stack for Army specific use cases, including future Army vehicles. In year two, the company will implement its autonomous driving system on off-road vehicles capable of traversing complex terrain and operating remotely in unpredictable and austere conditions. DIU focuses exclusively on adopting and scaling technologies developed by commercial partners to help strengthen U.S. national security by solving critical field challenges faced by the U.S. military. DIU works to identify innovations in six key technology areas where the commercial sector is operating at the leading edge: artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber, energy, human systems, and space. While Kodiak Robotics will continue to focus on its core business of building autonomous trucks for use in commercial applications, this project serves as an important extension that helps to propel its innovations forward. This project shows that Kodiak's core technology has multiple use cases, laying the groundwork for future expansion beyond long-haul trucking. About Kodiak Robotics, Inc: Kodiak Robotics, Inc. was founded in 2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight forward — so people, partners, and the planet thrive. The company is developing an industry-leading technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks, making the freight industry safer and more efficient. Kodiak's unique modular hardware approach integrates sensors into a streamlined sensor-pod structure that optimizes for perception, scalability, and maintainability. The company delivers freight daily for its customers across the South, operating autonomously on the highway portions of the routes.

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UK Government’s G-cloud 13 Supplier Network Status for Precisely

Precisely | January 11, 2023

Global leader in data integrity solutions, Precisely, is selected to be a supplier for the Crown Commercial Service's G-Cloud 13 Framework. Precisely's portfolio of data integrity solutions is now available on the G-Cloud procurement platform, further establishing the company's reputation as a trusted solutions provider to the central and local governments as well as the public sector. The G-Cloud initiative aims to make cloud-based services more accessible to the UK government and public sector organizations. The framework only includes suppliers and solution providers who meet the UK Government's highest privacy, security, and scalability standards, allowing organizations to procure the services and solutions they require more quickly and with less risk. Government and public sector services are under considerable stress, which the COVID-19 pandemic aggravated, and many organizations assigned with meeting demanding digital transformation efforts are struggling with the change. This causes data silos, inefficient resource use, a lack of understanding of citizen needs, and even regulatory compliance concerns. Data analytics continues to be the most pressing issue for central government departments, a recent Central Gov Strategy Forum study revealed, with 65% of the departments planning to increase spending in this area in 2023. "Whether organizations are looking to move from antiquated mainframes to the cloud, create data governance frameworks, build data quality for a 360° view of their citizens, or leverage powerful spatial insights, successful digital transformation programs need to be fuelled by accurate, consistent, and contextual data," said Jay Reilly, SVP - EMEA at Precisely. He further stated, "Our placement on G-Cloud 13 means public sector organizations can more easily access our portfolio of data integrity solutions, empowering them to make the confident decisions needed to improve the lives of citizens." (Source: Businesswire) About Precisely Precisely is the world's leading data integrity firm, serving 12,000 customers in over 100 countries, including 99 of the Fortune 100, by ensuring data consistency, context and accuracy in data. Precisely's data integration, quality, governance, location intelligence, and enrichment technologies help businesses make better decisions and accomplish better results.

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Inclusion of Springbrook Software in GovTech 100 List for Third Straight Year

Springbrook Software | February 01, 2023

On January 31, 2023, Springbrook Software, the creator of Cirrus, was listed in “GovTech Top 100 Companies to Watch in the Government Technology Space” for three consecutive years because of the growth in demand for the platform, strong cybersecurity, and escalated operational intricacies. The GovTech 100 is a list of 100 companies that are making a difference in the finance and administration of state and local government agencies in the United States. It mentioned Springbrook Software as a powerful and secure cloud-integrated ERP solution for managing the remote workforce and catering to the citizen expectations of local government agencies. Springbrook Software’s Cirrus platform is the premier cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for local government agencies, offering secure cloud-based solutions that include online payments, payrolls, finance, utility billing, and human resources for government agencies. The important advantages of this platform are unparalleled data security, a modern cloud solution, unlimited scalability, efficiency, managing citizen expectations, training, and support. Every module of this platform is fully integrated and specially designed to manage the finances of the agency, from utility billing to payroll. It provides additional server storage and licenses, adding new users instantly. It offers control over master documents, updated information, and limited redundancies. CEO of Springbrook Software, Robert Bonavito, said, “We developed our new, integrated Cirrus platform from the ground up as a full-featured, native cloud-based solution. We provide our customers with the highest level of cybersecurity, a modern interface for citizens, and the ability to securely manage dynamic workplaces.” (Source – Cision PR Newswire) About Springbrook Springbrook Software has provided the digital platform for finance and administration solutions for small to medium-sized local government agencies for more than 30 years. It manages the finances, utility bills, payroll, citizen payments, tax collection, and assets of around 2800 cities, towns, and districts. With the acquisition of PUBLIQ Software, MAGIQ Software, Bias Software, SoftRight, and KVS Cloud, it is dedicated to innovation.

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