The federal government body responsible for helping build a nationwide public safety communications network has called for ideas on how to design and develop that system.
In that request for information, FirstNet asked for methods that would work to help operate and manage the network’s core infrastructure, as well as the devices and applications that emergency responders would use.
FirstNet also wants the public to help formulate strategies for acquiring equipment and services for the future interoperable network.
This project is one example out of many that has seen public sector agencies and leaders look to their partners in the business community for help to adopt new technologies the commercial world already has.
Drew Morin, SVP and CTO at TeleCommunication Systems, discussed how firms such as his collaborate with agencies to bring commercial tools into the government space as part of a May 2013 conversation with ExecutiveBiz.
Morin overviewed TCS’ work with DHS to help the department’s state and local partners implement new tools such as Next Generation 911, which would use Internet Protocol networks to send first responders media such as pictures prior to their arrival on the scene of an incident.
“These are the technologies that DHS is looking at to not only make first responders more effective, but also to enable other personnel within their agency to better respond to a natural disaster or even a terrorist incident,” Morin said.
Nathan Houser has elevated to a new role as leader of Deloitte’s national security sector.
The 15-year firm veteran has led projects for TSA and DHS and also has served on an executive committee for Deloitte’s contract vehicle project management office.
“Nathan’s experience in delivering large complex programs for TSA and other DHS components is a tremendous asset for Deloitte’s national security clients as they look to develop new and innovative operating models for safeguarding our citizens,” said Janet Foutty, leader of Deloitte’s federal practice.
Prior to his new role, Houser led a Deloitte program for DHS.
A subsidiary of ASRC Federal will help a NASA hub run an aeronautical test range and research aircraft integration facility for up to $73 million over five years.
InuTeq will also help the space agency’s California-based Armstrong Flight Research Center take in-flight pictures and produce videos.
“We understand the importance of seamlessly supporting the center’s operations and IT infrastructure so that researchers and scientists can focus on mission priorities and objectives,” said Mark Gray, ASRC Federal president and CEO.
The contract for the work covers one base year and four option years.
Boeing and unmanned ocean vehicle maker Liquid Robotics will collaborate to develop products for the maritime defense market.
The teaming agreement calls on the companies to combine Boeing’s ISR tools and services with Liquid Robotics’ autonomous ocean technology.
Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of Boeing’s defense, space and security business organization, said his company and Liquid Robotics will aim “to solve maritime security and surveillance challenges in entirely new and highly effective ways.”
Development work will focus on anti-submarine warfare and maritime domain awareness applications, among other areas.