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DOD buys from Dakota Imaging

The Defense Department plans to spend up to $60 million for imaging systems from Dakota Imaging Inc., Columbia, Md. Under a contract signed April 24 with Dulles Networking Associates, Dulles, Va., DOD may buy up to 200 installations of Dakota's Transform software for digitizing, indexing and retrieving documents. Officials only have committed to purchasing three systems so far.

Sandeep Goel, Dakota's president, said the Office of the Secretary of Defense would use Transform to log requests for U.S. munitions from foreign governments.

Goel also said Dakota has signed with a new federal reseller, Excel Management Systems Inc., which will market its products on the General Services Administration schedule.

Tera delivers two processors

Tera Computer Co., Seattle, which has invented a new supercomputer, delivered the first two-processor version of its Multi-Threaded Architecture to the San Diego Supercomputing Center last week.

SDSC is testing the system with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation.

A Tera spokeswoman said the company expects the first test results from the system within a few weeks. The fastest supercomputers use hundreds of processors, and the tests are designed to show whether multiple Tera processors, when combined in a single machine, will perform as well as or better than systems already in use.

MasterCard to offer encryption

MasterCard International Inc. said last week it would provide encryption technology in purchase, fleet and travel cards it issues to government users through its General Services Administration card services contracts. An encryption application from Tecsec Inc., Vienna, Va., called Constructive Key Management would enable agencies to use government-issued credit cards for secure building access or computer access, MasterCard announced at the Card Tech/Secur Tech trade show in Washington, D.C.

CKM enables agencies to partition data from different applications and encrypt each section separately— all on one card, said Jay Wack, president of Tecsec.

A MasterCard spokesman said the cards would be available from First National Bank of Chicago, Mellon Bank, Citibank and NationsBank. Their contracts take effect in November.

Cisco begins IT lobbying efforts

Cisco Systems Inc. announced last week that it has opened a government affairs office in Washington, D.C., and named a veteran lobbyist and former chief of staff for several members of Congress to head it. Michael Timmeny joins Cisco after 21 years on Capitol Hill and a recent position with a high-technology trade association. His efforts will focus on four areas: education, securities litigation reform, telecommunications policy and networked commerce.

"With networking technology so important to our nation's business, education and export sectors, we believe it is vital to foster positive dialogue between industry and government," said John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco.

NSA selects Fortezza alternative

The National Security Agency has chosen a smart card from Spyrus as an alternate to Fortezza cards to use as the basis for personal identification, authentication and encryption within the Defense Message System. NSA will purchase 20,000 Rosetta smart cards for DMS users, the San Jose, Calif.-based company announced last week.

While Spyrus' Fortezza cards are designed to meet demanding security requirements, the Rosetta card is designed for cost-sensitive applications that still require the high assurance of a hardware token, according to a company statement. Although all cryptography functions for DMS users are performed with Fortezza cards, the Rosetta smart card will be an alternate hardware token for DMS users, the company said

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