Industry Watch

Litton/PRC Inc. snags NORAD contract

Litton/PRC, McLean, Va., last week won a 10-year, $50 million contract to provide systems architecture analysis support to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), home of the operations center overseeing command and control of all air defense systems in the United States and Canada.

Litton/PRC is part of a team of six vendors supporting OAO Corp.'s efforts to provide services under the NORAD/U.S. Space Command Mission and Architecture Support (N/UMAS) contract. N/UMAS is a nine-year, $180 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract that provides NORAD with space planning services, architecture analysis, systems engineering and end-to-end testing and certification of all NORAD and U.S. Space Command systems.

Mike Elliot, national account manager for space programs at Litton/PRC, said the company will assist the Air Force in writing its biannual space master plan and will provide support and analysis on communications architectures for the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. Litton/PRC also will provide critical testing of new systems before they are installed, Elliot said.

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Harbinger to provide software to commissaries

Harbinger Corp., an electronic commerce software company, last week announced that its TrustedLink IVAS technology has been chosen by the Defense Commissary Agency to build a Web-based vendor price-change system for Deca's network of nearly 300 military grocery stores worldwide.

The agency purchased licensing rights for the software and retained Harbinger's Professional Services and Outsourcing Practice to oversee its operation. TrustedLink and its WebEC module are designed to enable commissary vendors to submit price changes electronically. The agency processes more than 6,200 contracts from about 2,500 vendors.

Logistically, vendors are permitted to change prices twice monthly. This task now involves manually modifying up to 5,000 vendor documents per month.

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Dell partners to offer mapping software

Dell Computer Corp. last week announced a partnership with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. to provide workstation hardware and desktop mapping software packages for government users.

The packages include Dell's Precision WorkStation 410 or 610 with ESRI's ArcView GIS, a desktop mapping and geographic information system application. The software will be installed on Dell workstations running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT. Both systems are targeted at users doing computer-aided design, digital content creation, computer animation, software development and financial analysis.

Dell expects the high-end processing available on the Precision WorkStation to allow ArcView GIS to help agencies in tasks ranging from mapping and site review to public-safety hazard protection and economic development.

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Filemark inks agreement with TriLogic

Filemark Corp. last month announced its information retrieval and distribution systems will be available to the federal government through an agreement with TriLogic Corp.

Filemark's SMARTi solution includes file and report input, scanning, distribution and management within a local-area network or for remote users through an intranet and the Internet. The original look of a paper form is kept in the electronic version to maintain visual continuity.

John Bernard, president of Filemark, said SMARTi is designed to replace all paper records and files at every level of an agency. "We've come up with the term 'precycle'...to eliminate paper by not using it in the first place," he said. "We want to make recycling itself obsolete."

The two companies have submitted SMARTi for certification tests at the Defense Department and will sell the product through agency-

specific resellers. The DOD certification is expected to be completed by October.

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Cuadra offers e-mail management package

Recordkeeping software vendor Cuadra Associates Inc., Los Angeles, said it plans to ship a new e-mail management application Oct. 1. STAR/WorkSaver 2.0 would allow users to index and track e-mail messages and attachments.

Cuadra co-founder Judy Wanger said the package would help workers find important records of business decisions. "People aren't writing memos or having meetings or making phone calls,'' she said. "They're getting their work done through e-mail.''

Previewing the software in recent weeks, Cuadra executives have said they developed it in part because of emerging federal requirements for preserving e-mail.

WorkSaver is designed to be integrated with STAR/

RIMS, the company's flagship product for managing the disposition of electronic and paper records.

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New Web forms software based on XML

UWI.Com, based in Victoria, Canada, said last week it is developing an electronic forms application based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML), a format for structuring documents on the World Wide Web. InternetForms would enable users to verify and authenticate information submitted in online forms and link that information with the form itself.

David Manning, the company's vice president for development, said the software solves a persistent problem federal agencies have faced using Web-based forms: being able to preserve all the elements of an online transaction in a single file that can be audited or used as legal evidence. The application will be based on Extensible Forms Description Language, an iteration of XML that UWI.Com is proposing as a new industry standard.

The company is developing applications for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Defense Printing Service.

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Silanis, JetForm partner on signature application

Silanis Technology Inc., Montreal, is providing a plug-in of its signature capture software to JetForm Corp. Silanis' ApproveIT software will allow handwritten signatures to be attached to electronic forms created using JetForm's FormFlow.

ApproveIT, which is being used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, allows documents requiring multiple signatures to be routed and approved electronically through the use of captured signatures stored in a database. It is designed to prevent electronic documents from being altered once they are signed.

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Excalibur unveils video search tool

Excalibur Technologies Corp. plans to announce today that it is shipping a new product, called Screening Room, that would enable users to create a searchable database of video materials.

The software can be used to capture analog or digital video and index it according to scene changes and closed-captioned text.

Mark Demers, director of marketing and corporate communications at the company, said federal users would be able to search libraries of training videos and analyze surveillance tapes for specific information without having to view, or fast forward through, entire programs. He said the Army plans to use the software at Fort Leavenworth for its archives, adding that intelligence agencies are also likely customers.

- Compiled by Diane Frank, Heather Harreld, Elana Varon and Dan Verton.

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