Google Cloud and Simple Technology Announces Working With U.S. Navy to Modernize Maintenance and Repairs Inspection Process

Google Cloud | August 31, 2020

Google Cloud and Simple Technology Solutions (STS)—a Google Cloud partner and small business specializing in multi-cloud solutions for the federal government—today announced they are working with the U.S. Navy to modernize the maintenance and repairs inspection process for Navy vessels and facilities. STS will use Google Cloud artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies on inspection drone-captured images to detect, prioritize, and predict its maintenance needs. The work was awarded to STS as a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research project due to the technology innovation and potential for commercialization.

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President Trump spent his second day of his visit to the United Kingdom reaffirming the U.S.-U.K. alliance alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, meeting with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, denying the existence of large protests against his visit, and dining with Prince Charles and May.


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Springbrook Software Releases Mobile Work Orders App to Streamline Government Field Work

Springbrook Software | March 23, 2022

Springbrook Software, a leading provider of ERP platforms for local government agencies, is releasing a new mobile app designed specifically for next-generation management of field work orders. The app is powered by PUBLIQ software, a company recently acquired by Springbrook, and will be available on the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store available for use on iOS and Android compatible tablets and mobile phones. Springbrook Software serves over 2000 local government agencies in villages, towns, municipalities, fire districts, utilities, and cities in seven countries around the globe. The Springbrook Mobile Work Orders app will be fully integrated with Springbrook's cloud-based Cirrus Utility Billing solution and enables field technicians to pick up and close requests within seconds. The app eliminates the need to maintain papers and call logs or return to the office for order updates. The app shares multiple data exchange points with Utility Billing, such as detailed account and meter information, assignments, and photos. Requests can be filtered by priority, status, and type and assigned to specified team members. Mobile Work Orders represents another example of Springbrook's mission to provide modern tools to our customers to manage their dynamic and rapidly changing working environment. By taking unnecessary travel, paper and manual processing out of the equation we are creating new efficiencies and relieving burdens from a local government agency's already stressed field workforce." Robert Bonavito, Springbrook CEO About Springbrook Software Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium-sized local government agencies. Over 2000 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use Springbrook's suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing, and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with a regional presence in over 40 states, and seven countries internationally.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

GovOS Announces New Partnership with the Vermont Short-Term Rental Alliance

GovOS | May 17, 2022

GovOS, a leading provider of digital transformation solutions for local governments, announced it is partnering with the Vermont Short-Term Rental Alliance (VTSTRA), a nonprofit business association for vacation rental owners and short-term rental (STR) hosts operating in Vermont. The partnership will support both organizations in their ongoing efforts to encourage responsible renting through expanded access to resources and software solutions that promote healthy STR communities. "The VTSTRA is dedicated to helping make vacation rentals a responsibly-operated and reasonably-regulated part of Vermont's culture, economy, and way of life," said Julie Marks, Founder, Director, and Board President of the VTSTRA. "GovOS has extensive experience helping local governments improve engagement with STR communities in their jurisdiction. That experience combined with our own expertise and educational resources will help us build a stronger, more sustainable lodging ecosystem throughout Vermont." VTSTRA's mission is to establish standards that protect the well-being of Vermont's STR hosts, guests, neighbors, and communities, while also supporting policies that incentivize smart growth development to correct the deficiency in the state's housing supply. The VTSTRA advocates for the use of STR registration systems to help ensure operators are aware of and adhere to legislation at the state and local levels. GovOS is aligned with VTSTRA's desire to support STR hosts and the communities in which they operate. From its inception, GovOS has taken a holistic approach to offering solutions that have a positive impact. By supporting local governments and the communities they serve, we have fundamental insight into what citizens, businesses, and government agencies need to achieve their goals. Our companies' shared interest in advocating for more awareness, understanding, and cooperation is what makes this partnership so valuable." Kevin Lafeber, President, GovOS Chosen by communities across the U.S., the GovOS STR solution helps local governments understand and mitigate the impacts of STRs on their community and the local economy. In addition to the identification and compliance components, GovOS STR provides an industry-leading registration system for local communities that require STR operators to apply for a license. The solution also supports tax collection (including both state and local lodging taxes, where applicable) as well as a 24/7 bilingual complaint hotline for local residents. The system is designed to provide a comprehensive solution that helps improve engagement between STR operators and their government agencies. About the Vermont Short-Term Rental Alliance (VTSTRA) The VTSTRA is a nonprofit business association for vacation rental owners and short-term rental hosts operating in Vermont. The VTSTRA works collaboratively with state and municipal lawmakers to craft regulatory solutions that will effectively mitigate potential negative impacts on Vermont communities while protecting the vital economic opportunity that the STR industry brings to Vermont. About GovOS GovOS is the leading digital transformation platform for local governments. Headquartered in Austin, TX, GovOS serves government agencies of all sizes across the United States. Through its secure and integrated suite of cloud-based solutions, governments can automate and streamline operations, provide seamless access to resources and information, and deliver cutting-edge digital services to businesses, residents and agencies.

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Palantir Partners with Carahsoft to Broaden Reach in U.S. Government Market

Palantir Technologies Inc. | April 05, 2022

Palantir Technologies Inc., a leading builder of data operating systems in use across the U.S. Government, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, today announced a partnership. In Palantir's new channel partner program, Carahsoft will serve as Palantir’s U.S. Federal Distributor, making Palantir’s industry-leading data operations software available to the U.S. Federal Government through Carahsoft’s reseller partners, contracted through NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V. This new partnership with Carahsoft enables government departments and agencies to acquire Palantir’s flexible and modular solutions. The partnership with Carahsoft is one of the latest steps in Palantir’s important investments in its sales organization and channel program, and will help broaden its already significant reach within the U.S. Federal sector. Palantir’s software has been used in a wide variety of use cases across U.S. Government agencies and departments since the company’s founding, from powering the distribution of COVID-vaccines to enabling data-driven decision making in the Army, to detecting foodborne illness, assisting intelligence operations and supporting Federal safety regulators. The partnership offers U.S. Government customers the ability to take advantage of specific applications within Palantir’s offerings that produce outcomes aligned to specific use cases and goals. These modular configurations from Palantir and the Carahsoft Resell Community will now offer customers significant value aligned to specific problems at a competitive price point. Partnering with Carahsoft and its resellers will allow Palantir to fully leverage the value that the channel ecosystem brings, offering the government the ability to work with their trusted partners and have more options on how they can procure our joint solutions.” Jennifer Talley, Head of USG Channel and Distribution at Palantir Lauren Penneys, Head of Sales, U.S. Government at Palantir, added: “We are thrilled to partner with Carahsoft, as we invest in growth and establish new routes to market that will increase access to Palantir's best-in-class software.” “With the addition of Palantir to our offerings, Government agencies now have access to Palantir’s big data solutions to transform how they achieve their goals,” said Maryam Emdadi, Carahsoft Vice President. “We look forward to working with Palantir and our resellers to deliver mission critical technology to the government, and help agencies advance their digital modernization strategy.” About Palantir Technologies Palantir Technologies Inc. is a technology company that builds enterprise data platforms for use by organizations with complex and sensitive data environments. From building safer cars and planes, to discovering new drugs and combating terrorism, Palantir helps customers across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors transform the way they use their data. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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VAST Federal and Mercury Systems Collaborate to Build Ruggedized Ceres Platform for Military and Defense Operations at the Edge

VAST Federal | April 13, 2022

VAST Federal, a VAST Data subsidiary providing government agencies with mission-ready data platform solutions, announced a collaboration with Mercury Systems, a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, to deliver rugged, high-performance storage solutions for edge-based data capture and AI computing. Mercury’s upcoming rugged data storage systems will be based on Ceres, VAST Data’s next-generation storage platform concept, and will be purpose built to meet the unique size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements in the space-constrained platforms typical in land, sea, air, space and cyberspace deployments, where every inch and every ounce matters. Mercury’s new data storage systems will improve performance and simplify serviceability at the edge by using advanced hardware technologies including NVIDIA BlueField DPUs (data processing units), ruler-based hyperscale flash drives and storage-class memory. The addition of a ruggedized hardware enclosure allows VAST and its industry team members to satisfy the data flow demands of C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) to achieve ultimate situational awareness from Edge Environments to Ground Station to Centralized Command and Control. Universal Storage protects data throughout the entire C5ISR system so that commanders and their personnel can have reliable and secure access to the data that informs their mission. Additional details on the benefits of the rugged data solutions with Universal Storage will include: High Performance for Mission-Critical Edge Workloads. With Universal Storage as the software foundation, systems deliver the ultimate in data center-class, exabyte-scale network-attached storage (NAS) for edge workloads, empowering military and security personnel to quickly capture and analyze data for real-time response when faced with national security situations. The Universal Storage data platform is a PCIe Gen4 storage system that maximizes GPU utilization for inference at the edge, accelerating AI applications that run directly on field devices for faster decision making. Additionally, having data processed locally reduces the risk of data being intercepted while in transit to the cloud. Ease of Serviceability While Maintaining System Uptime. Mercury is designing the system so that everything is front serviceable–ruler SSDs, NVIDIA BlueField DPUs and SCM drives–and can easily be accessed when deployed in a plane, helicopter, submarine or other space constrained environments. Universal Storage software lays the foundation for a much more resilient architecture where failures and maintenance are non-disruptive to system operation. Meets Defense Industry’s SWaP Requirements. Whether on land, at sea, in the air, or in space, the system hardware architecture will combine with VAST’s efficiency codes to meet the SWaP requirements of edge computing — packing petabytes of data into SWaP-constrained environments. The solution will also support DC power and will perform in extreme conditions, such as high altitude and humidity levels or environments with heavy vibrations. Enhanced Data Protection for Fast Backup and Restore. To safeguard confidential data against all threats, edge computing systems must have built-in mechanisms to help prevent data losses and breaches, even in the most remote locations. Universal Storage delivers accelerated edge dataset backups with rapid recovery for mission-critical data and applications. The Indestructible Snapshots feature in VAST’s Universal Storage prevents critical backup copies and snapshots from being altered or destroyed when in a hostile environment. Our software-based approach allows us to team with best-of-breed technology providers like Mercury to reimagine the storage footprint for a variety of workloads at the edge, including sensor processing, AI and data analytics. This collaboration strengthens VAST’s commitment to place software at the heart of modern data infrastructure, and enables actionable insights from multiple field locations that can be sent back to Centralized Command and Control for deeper analysis and long-term data preservation.” Randy Hayes, Vice President, Public Sector of VAST Data Federal “Teaming with VAST Federal aligns well with our approach of rapidly integrating the latest-generation commercial technologies in order to future-proof A&D solutions and push server-class processing to the tactical edge,” said Dusty Kramer, Vice President and General Manager, Mercury Systems Edge business unit. “Mercury-VAST rugged data Universal Storage solutions combined with our ruggedized Intel® and GPU-based servers enable deployments in distributed, space-constrained locations with SWaP-enhanced efficiency, while facilitating AI and data analytics compute power at the edge to ensure crew safety and provide advanced threat assessment.” About VAST Federal VAST Federal, a subsidiary of VAST Data headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, helps the federal government modernize data center infrastructure with a unified all-flash platform called VAST Universal Storage. VAST Federal’s broad understanding of U.S. government contracts, security requirements, and architectural needs for real-time analytics models brings a new approach to the era of AI computing. About VAST Data VAST Data’s managed storage software unlocks the value of data and modernizes data centers, ushering in the era of AI computing. VAST delivers real-time access to all data and overcomes the historic cost barriers to building all-flash data centers. Since its launch in February 2019, VAST has become the fastest-selling infrastructure startup in history. About Mercury Systems, Inc. –Innovation that Matters Mercury Systems is a global commercial technology company serving the aerospace and defense industry. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., the company delivers trusted, secure open architecture processing solutions powering a broad range of mission-critical applications in the most challenging and demanding environments. Inspired by its purpose of delivering Innovation that Matters, By and For People Who Matter, Mercury helps make the world a safer, more secure place for all.

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President Trump spent his second day of his visit to the United Kingdom reaffirming the U.S.-U.K. alliance alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, meeting with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, denying the existence of large protests against his visit, and dining with Prince Charles and May.

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