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Five companies snag FDA support services contract

The Food and Drug Administration last month awarded a network acquisition support and services contract valued at a total of $83 million to five firms.

This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract requires support services for telecommunications systems and hardware and software to support the FDA's 118 local-area networks and its 10,157 microcomputers. The contract, which was an 8(a) set-aside, also will be used to procure hardware and software, including microcomputer systems, telecommunications equipment, and local- and wide-area network equipment.

Contract winners were Global Systems Technologies, NCI Information Systems Inc., Multimax Inc., RGII Technologies Inc. and Sytel Inc.

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Project Software will track FAA air traffic expenses

Project Software & Development Inc. has been awarded a $10 million contract from the Federal Aviation Administration for its Maximo Enterprise Asset Maintenance system. Maximo will manage the resource management function of the agency's National Airspace System (NAS) Infrastructure Management System (NIMS).

NIMS will help the FAA monitor, control and maintain radar, navigation aids, communication facilities and other components of the NAS. Maximo will help the FAA track expenses so the agency can accurately measure how much it costs to provide air traffic control and air navigation services. Maximo also will allow the FAA to monitor the status of NAS equipment, trouble-shoot problems, and locate and dispatch technicians.

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V-One receives FIPS 140-1 stamp

V-One Corp. this month announced that the encryption module used in its SmartGate virtual private networking software client has received certification by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The module was certified to meet Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1, which specifies the security requirement for cryptographic modules used within the federal government.

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Vendor launches secure phone

Information Security Corp. last week introduced its new SecurePhone product, which is designed to enable a Windows-based PC to be used like a secure telephone.

SecurePhone allows audio conversations to be held over the Internet or an ordinary telephone using a modem. By sending compressed and encrypted digital voice packets over the Internet, SecurePhone is designed to maintain high-quality voice transmissions while bypassing traditional phone networks.

The company plans to offer the product to Defense Department users as a less expensive option to the Secure Telephone Unit, the Treasury Department and law enforcement agencies.

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Intergraph adds Intel processor

Intergraph Computer Systems is now offering its TDZ 2000 GX1 ViZual Workstation line with Intel Corp.'s new 450 MHz Pentium II Xeon processor. The GX1 will support either single- or dual-processor configurations.

According to Intergraph, the new processor provides up to a 15 percent boost in application performance over the 400 MHz model of the workstation. The TDZ 2000 GX1 is designed to support users who need extra horsepower to run demanding 2-D and 3-D modeling and design applications on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT operating system.

- Compiled by Heather Harreld, Colleen O'HARA and Daniel Verton.

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