Teal Announces Public Launch and Immediate Availability of Golden Eagle New US-Made Commercial Drone System that Provides Aerial Surveillance

Teal | September 04, 2020

Teal today announced the public launch and immediate availability of Golden Eagle, a new US-made commercial drone system that provides aerial surveillance and awareness through scalable, secure, and rugged technology. Designed and manufactured entirely in the US to ensure the highest levels of data security and performance, Teal already has pilot programs running at Fortune 500 companies, as well as many government agencies. Golden Eagle serves as a dual-use platform and was recently selected as an approved system for the Department of Defense and Federal Government as part of DIU’s Blue sUAS Project and will soon be available on the GSA schedule.

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MURAL Achieves FedRAMP "In Process" Designation

MURAL | October 06, 2022

MURAL, a collaborative intelligence company, today announced it has achieved the "In Process" designation for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP®) at the Moderate Impact Level, through sponsorship by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). This designation is a signal from the Federal Government that MURAL has the security and enterprise-grade capabilities to be trusted at the highest level. Once FedRAMP Authorization is achieved, other government agencies and organizations will be able to securely access MURAL's enterprise-grade collaborative intelligence platform to power effective ideation, alignment, team building, and innovation. FedRAMP is a U.S. government program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud products and services. It is a prerequisite for selling security products and services to federal agencies. The authorization process includes an in-depth examination of a solution's data security and data governance capabilities, as well as the security practices of its cloud services. Working with the VA, MURAL has completed all preparatory steps and plans to achieve FedRAMP Authorization within 12 months of the In Process designation listing date. The Biden Administration's Executive Order on "Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity " in conjunction with the memo on "Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles" has underscored the need for all Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to take a dominant role in protecting sensitive government data and infrastructure from ascending threats. "The U.S. Federal Government has some of the highest standards for cloud solutions of any organization in the world, which is why the FedRAMP Marketplace is the first place agencies search when sourcing a new cloud solution, Once MURAL is fully FedRAMP Authorized, we will be able to bring collaborative intelligence to Federal Government teams, defense industrial bases, and government contractors everywhere, increasing engagement, improving productivity, and elevating new ideas and solutions." -Colton Ericksen Chief Information Security Officer MURAL. MURAL is continually investing in best-of-breed security practices and compliance controls to protect sensitive government data and meet the evolving needs of global businesses. FedRAMP "In Process" designation builds on MURAL's existing security program, which maintains active SOC 2 Type 2, ISO 27001, and ISO 9001 certifications. The combination of these certifications uniquely demonstrates MURAL's commitment to supporting both private and public sector customers. ABOUT MURAL: MURAL is a collaborative intelligence company. We connect teams to unlock their potential, increasing the innovation capacity of the enterprise. MURAL creates a culture of effective collaboration — where everyone is connected, contributing, and empowered to deliver business-driving outcomes.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

US Government Gives Grants Worth $2.8B to Build Up EV Batteries Supply Chain

Microsmallcap | November 10, 2022

The United States is continuing to build its domestic EV battery supply chain. The Biden administration has awarded grants totaling $2.8 billion for developing electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing facilities in the United States, as the country works to reduce its reliance on Asia. President Joe Biden has set a goal of electrifying half of all new vehicles sold by 2030. Demand for critical minerals critical for EV batteries is expected to skyrocket in the next decade due to increased EV sales, which Biden is calling "one of the most significant economic transitions since the Industrial Revolution." According to the US Department of Energy, the approved projects will eventually supply enough lithium to produce 2 million EVs, enough graphite to produce 1.2 million EVs, and enough nickel to produce 400,000 EVs per year. Albemarle (NYSE:ALB), Talon Metals (TSX:TLO) (OTCPK:TLOFF), and American Battery Technology Co (OTCQB:ABML) are among the companies that have received funding. Meanwhile, FE Battery Metals Corp. (CSE:FE) (OTCQB:FEMFD) and Sayona Mining Limited (OTCQB:SYAXF) are driving the electric future with their lithium mining projects. The drill program is based on the historical and 2021 Phase 1 exploration data as well as the company's surface trenching and sampling program results. Several historical drill hole collars were also located on the Property, which helped in the current program's location and orientation of drill holes. A B-20 drill rig is deployed for this work, which can drill up to a 1,000-meter-deep hole. To date a total of 42 drill holes with a cumulative core drilling of over 7,500 m has been completed on the Property. In October, FE Battery Metals announced the results of drill holes LC21-33 to 37 at Augustus. Among the highlights of the results was drill hole LC21-35 intersecting an 11.20-meter-wide zone with 0.91% lithium oxide (Li2O) at 146 meters, including a 5 meter zone with 1.03% Li2O at 146 meters and 3.2 meter with 1% Li2O at 154 meters. This drill hole also has a lower seven meters wide zone with 0.54% Li2O at 165 meters drilled depth and several other smaller intercepts with variable lithium grades. The company also recently announced a corporate restructuring to spin off assets related to its current exploration properties located in Quebec and Ontario into a wholly-owned subsidiary. According to the company, each FE Battery Metals shareholder will receive one common share of Spinco for every post-consolidation share held. Companies Are Advancing Critical Minerals Projects Albemarle (NYSE:ALB) subsidiary, Albemarle Lithium UK Limited, has completed the $200 million acquisition of Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials. In September 2021, a definitive agreement was announced to acquire Tianyuan. Tianyuan's operations include a lithium conversion plant with a designed annual conversion capacity of up to 25,000 metric tonnes LCE and the ability to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. Albermarle has received a nearly $150 million grant from the US Department of Energy. The grant funding is intended to cover a portion of the estimated cost of building a new commercial-scale lithium concentrator facility in the US at the company's Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Talon Metals (TSX:TLO) (OTC Pink:TLOFF) announced that it has updated its mineral resource estimate for its Tamarack Nickel project in Minnesota. The total indicated mineral resource is estimated to be 8.56 million tonnes grading 1.73% nickel plus by-products (2.34% NiEq) containing 148,000 tonnes of nickel. Compared to Talon's previous indicated mineral resource estimate (PEA #3), this represents a 98% increase in contained nickel in the indicated category. The total inferred resource estimate is now around 8.46 million tonnes grading 0.83% nickel plus by-products (1.19% NiEq) containing 70,000 tonnes of nickel, in addition to the total indicated mineral resource. Talon Metals' wholly-owned subsidiary, Talon Nickel (USA) LLC has been selected as a recipient of President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's first set of projects to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for EVs and the electrical grid, as well as materials and components currently imported from other countries. Sayona Mining Limited (OTC:SYAXF) has developed a transport solution for its North American Lithium (NAL) operation, with a contract to deliver NAL spodumene (lithium) concentrate to port awarded to a Québec rail operator. Solurail Logistique Inc., a Val d'Or company specializing in bulk transhipment and rail logistics, will be in charge of transporting lithium from the NAL operation in La Corne to the Port of Trois-Rivières for delivery to customers under the terms of the agreement. The C$43 million contract includes the rental of 110 rolling stock (railway vehicles), with the equipment ready for NAL's restart of production in the first quarter of 2023. Sayona Mining is targeting the further expansion of its Québec lithium resource with the launch of a pre–feasibility study for its emerging Moblan Lithium Project (Sayona 60%; SOQUEM 40%) in northern Québec. Continuing Sayona's focus on maximizing economic benefits for local stakeholders, InnovExplo will conduct the pre–feasibility study, targeting completion by May 2023. American Battery Technology Co (OTCQB:ABML) has completed its Phase 2 drill program, which included six additional sites in addition to the 16-holes sampled in Phase 1 drilling, completing the 22-hole plan at its 10,340-acre Tonopah Flats Lithium Project. American Battery Technology has been chosen as a recipient of competitive funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for expanding domestic manufacturing of battery-grade lithium hydroxide for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, focusing on domestic production. In collaboration with grant partners DuPont Water Solutions, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Argonne National Laboratory, American Battery Technology was awarded $57 million from the Department of Energy for this project to design, build, commission, and operate a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale facility. This facility will be used to demonstrate its novel process for producing battery cathode grade lithium hydroxide from unconventional Nevada-based lithium-bearing sedimentary resources.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, INFRASTRUCTURE

EnviroSpark Awarded Federal Contract to Serve $500 Million EV Infrastructure Rollout

EnviroSpark | October 11, 2022

The Georgia-based electric vehicle (EV) charging company EnviroSpark was awarded a federal government contract to design and install EV charging stations at locations run by federal agencies throughout the Southeast region of the United States. The contract, which includes a $500 million dollar budget ceiling for the region, came from the General Services Administration (GSA) amid a nationwide push for expanded EV infrastructure. EnviroSpark earned the highest technical ranking among the 10 small business vendors awarded contracts in the region, which includes 13 states and Puerto Rico. Additionally, EnviroSpark is the only selected vendor that received the overall technical ranking of "excellent," due to their extensive prior experience and past performance on relevant projects. EnviroSpark is also the only vendor selected in the southeast whose business specialization is exclusively focused on building and installing EV infrastructure. "It is an honor to be selected to serve on such an important and high-profile project, Being named the highest-rated company among all the applicants is truly a testament to all of the hard work and dedication the EnviroSpark team has put in over the last 8 years, and I couldn't be prouder of them." -Aaron Luque Co-founder and CEO, EnviroSpark. As part of GSA's "one-stop shop" initiative to support the transition of the federal fleet to a 100 percent zero-emission vehicle fleet, GSA established the government-wide Design/Build and Construction Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to support Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installation and related infrastructure improvements at federal locations nationwide. "We are thrilled to be part of this federal push for improved EV infrastructure in the region and country, In order to increase EV adoption rates and reap the benefits of lower carbon emissions, we must first build out charging infrastructure. EnviroSpark is committed to that mission, and we are proud to be partnering with the GSA to bring EV access to federal agencies." -Stephanie Luque Co-founder and Chief Government Affairs Officer, EnviroSpark. The GSA contracts are designed to be innovative, flexible and easy to use. Services under these IDIQ contracts include: Electric vehicle supply equipment installation Feasibility studies and site assessments Construction and design-build services Utility company coordination Electrical infrastructure upgrades (e.g., switchgear, transformers, etc.) Site work services (e.g., trenching, bollards, signage, pavement markings, etc.) Equipment testing and commissioning As a selected contractor, EnviroSpark, who specializes in turnkey EV solutions, will conduct a host of studies, tests and inspections to design, construct, and implement infrastructure improvements and install charging stations at federal agency locations across the region. To date, EnviroSpark is responsible for more than 5,500 charging ports for customers such as Georgia Power, Tesla and Electrify America in addition to partnering with government entities such as cities and municipalities, but this marks the organization's first federal contract. About EnviroSpark: Founded in 2014, EnviroSpark is an industry leader in the turnkey design, installation, and operation of EV charging solutions. The company was founded with two missions: to raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles and to increase the availability of EV charging infrastructure. The company is responsible for the installation of more than 5,500 charging ports to date. EnviroSpark addresses the pain points of property owners and drivers from coast to coast by enhancing EV accessibility in a customer-friendly way.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY, GOVERNMENT FINANCE

DARPA Launches Crypto Project with Inca Digital

Inca Digital | September 26, 2022

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Inca Digital's government contracting division, Inca Digital Federal, a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to research advanced methods for analyzing activity related to financial applications of distributed ledgers in a project called: "Mapping the Impact of Digital Financial Assets". The aim of the SBIR is to understand and visualize how digital assets implicate national security. "Digital asset markets hold amazing promise, but also contend with money laundering, market manipulation, and state actors that may pose risks to U.S. national security, Given the increasing prevalence of digital assets, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies need to have better tools to understand how digital assets operate and how to leverage their jurisdictional authority over digital asset markets globally." -Adam Zarazinski, CEO of Inca Digital. As a result of this SBIR, Inca Digital Federal will develop a first-of-its-kind cryptocurrency ecosystem mapping tool for analyzing cross-market crypto-financial data and risk. The data analytics from Inca Digital will allow both the United States government and commercial companies to: Perform cross-market, crypto-financial mapping and analysis Understand relationships between digital asset firms and non-digital asset entities Identify how cryptocurrency may affect traditional financial systems and vice-versa Provide insight into the use of blockchain-based technologies linked to money laundering, terrorist financing, and sanctions evasions across systems (e.g., fiat-to-exchange, exchange-to-blockchain, and cross-blockchain transactions) Better understand money flows in and out of blockchain systems Identify where recipients of cryptocurrency can exchange it for local fiat currency, or goods and services, globally Understand how cryptocurrencies are used in different U.S. government/Department of Defense areas of responsibility This research is being developed by funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The views, opinions and/or findings expressed are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. About Inca Digital: Inca Digital and its government contracting entity, Inca Digital Federal, analyze data across crypto markets, blockchains, and news and social media to deliver comprehensive intelligence to the financial institutions, technology firms and government entities that are shaping the digital asset space.

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