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DOD picks Apple

The Defense Department has chosen Apple Computer Inc.'s WebObjects World Wide Web application development platform to use as part of an upgrade to DOD's health care information technology infrastructure.

Apple Enterprise Software, the division that developed WebObjects, used the application to create the Clinical Encounter Application, a major component of DOD's new Composite Health Care System II (CHCS II) project.

CHCS II is an effort to upgrade DOD's existing IT infrastructure supporting health care delivery and administration at the agency's military treatment facilities. CHCS II uses the Clinical Encounter Application to move DOD's client/server-based applications to the Web. The first increment of this project is scheduled for late this month.

The new application is designed to modernize DOD's information systems by making it possible to move a wide variety of data sources into a single Web environment, thereby eliminating the need to distribute huge amounts of information on a heavy client/server system. WebObjects was chosen for the CHCS II project because of its scalability, interoperability and the fact that is compliant with DOD's common operating environment, according to Apple officials.Sand added to GSA

Sand Technology Systems International Inc. last week announced that the General Services Administration has approved the addition of Sand's Nucleus product suite to Vion Corp.'s GSA schedule.

Sand Technology develops software solutions for data mining, data marts, data warehouses and online analytical processing. Sand's Nucleus product suite is designed to bring patented technology to users for more timely and accurate decision processing in a variety of environments, from stand-alone clients to departmental and enterprisewide networks.

Van Dyke to support Active

Active Software Inc. and J.G. Van Dyke and Associates Inc. last week agreed for Van Dyke to provide integration and solution support for Active's Integration System through its federal government contract vehicles and as part of its commercial consulting practice.

Active's Integration System is designed to significantly reduce the complexity of integrating computing resources, such as packaged applications, databases, legacy systems and Internet applications. It is based on events messages that reflect a customer's business processes.

The two companies will combine Van Dyke's messaging and security enterprise products in the government and private sectors with Active's integration system to implement new business-critical applications such as defense logistics, information fusion, packaged application int

ATL Products Inc. and DLT Solutions Inc. announced last week that they will team with local ATL resellers to provide automated DLTtape libraries for networked computers to the federal market through a General Services Administration schedule.

DLT, a GSA schedule reseller, has added the complete suite of ATL libraries to its GSA schedule, including the PowerStor L500 automated library, the P1000 Series automated library, the 7100 series, the 520 series automated library, the 2640 series and the P3000 series.

Muse debuts virtual reality

Muse Technologies Inc. last week provided the first public demonstration of its virtual reality software that is being used by NASA to plan and analyze the operation of the International Space Station. The space station project marks one of NASA's most advanced integrations of simulations and models into a single environment, according to Muse officials. NASA engineers and Muse programmer worked together for nine weeks to combine 3-D space station models, orbital operations analysis capabilities, scientific imaging payload models and an accurate simulation of the solar system into a single model.

This fusion of analytical capabilities is designed to allow engineers to simulate the orbital motion, flight dynamics, payload performance and human factors of the 1 million-pound space station in a variety of operational conditions as they will be encountered in space.

In the summer of 1999, an international crew of three will begin living aboard the space station, starting a permanent human presence aboard the outpost.

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