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FCW : September 30, 2013
September 30, 2013 FCW.COM 23 CommVault, makers of Simpana data and information management software, has been bolstering its secu- rity pro le. In January, the company announced that its Simpana 9 soft- ware had received the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command s Certificate of Networthiness. NIST, meanwhile, has validated Simpana 9 as compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2. 1. SUPER-FAST FIBER FOR NEXT-GEN SENSORS Fiber-optic communication is fast, but the glass ber is actually a limiter of data- transmission speeds. In July, of cials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced that they have radically improved the design of "hollow-core" ber to boost performance and have developed design and production capacity for that ber here in the United States. 2. ATLAS, THE ROBOTIC PUPIL DARPA's Virtual Robotics Challenge entered a new phase in July, when Atlas --- a 6-foot-2-inch, 330-pound robot developed by Boston Dynamics --- was introduced to seven teams tasked with training it for disaster-response scenarios. The end goal? "Supervised autonomy" so that Atlas and its successors can step into situations too dangerous for humans. 3. GIVING 'IRON MAN' A WHOLE NEW MEANING U.S. war ghters are a strong bunch, but the Warrior Web project uses high-tech exoskeletons to boost their endurance. The undersuits protect joints and reduce fatigue while remaining "comfortable, durable and washable" --- and drawing less than 100 watts of power. 4. GETTING PAST THE PASSWORD We don't need DARPA to know that pass- words --- often poorly chosen and written down on Post-it notes --- are the weak link of cybersecurity. But the agency's Active Authentication program has expanded from its initial focus on desktop secu- rity to tackle mobile devices as well. And forget ngerprints --- the research here is on "behavioral biometrics focused on the user's cognitive processes." 5. LADAR: LIKE RADAR, BUT WITH LASERS Laser detection and ranging, or LADAR, is essentially high-de nition radar that provides remarkably detailed 3-D mapping. The technology is not new, but in the past, the equipment has been too bulky and slow to be practical. Now, however, DARPA researchers have gotten the required 2-D optical phased array onto a chip the size of the head of a pin. In addition to paving the way for LADAR innovation, DARPA of cials say, the new chip might "have applications for biomedical imaging, 3-D holographic displays and ultra-high-data-rate commu- nications." 6. DEVICES WITH A DISAPPEARING ACT For military technology, the emphasis is often on ruggedness and durability, but what happens when that equipment is captured or left behind? DARPA's Vanishing Programmable Resources project is working on the "Mission: Impossible" x: crafting mil-spec electronics that are also "capable of dissolving into the environment around them." Water-soluble electronics have been possible for some time; the goal now is to trigger their destruction in other environ- mental conditions and by remote signal. --- FCW staff 6 sci- DARPA projects FCW focuses on the business of federal technology, but really --- who doesn't like lasers and robots? Workforce management Agencies are exploring workforce management systems, and much of the activity is in cloud or shared- services environments. Monster Government Solutions landed various projects with the Department of Veterans Affairs and also works with the Treasury Depart- ment s HR Connect Program Of ce. Other efforts include the Northern Virginia Technology Council s Veter- ans Employment Initiative. And Kronos, which provides its workforce management solutions in the cloud, has seen several agencies recently expand the use of its prod- ucts throughout their organizations, including VA and the Social Security Administration. All told, 11 out of 15 executive departments use Kronos enterprisewide. ■
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