Industry Watch

GTE, Infodata partner

GTE Government Systems Corp. has incorporated document management software from Infodata Systems Inc. into its InfoWorkSpace collaboration tool.

InfoWorkSpace enables World Wide Web-based audio and videoconferencing, online presentations and the use of electronic white boards. Document management and workflow capabilities from Infodata can be used to define rules for participating in such conferences, deliver needed documents to participants and route or store meeting results for later review.

"Virtually all collaboration results in some type of document," said Harry Kaplowitz, executive vice president with Infodata. The features the company is providing to GTE would enable those documents to be more easily edited, approved or published.


BMC consolidates storage products

BMC Software Inc. announced last week that it has created a new business unit combining the marketing of its storage- and disaster-recovery products called Recovery and Storage Management. As part of the consolidation, the company will sell these products under the brand name Resolve.

Kathy Taylor, senior director for marketing for the new business unit, said the change would not affect how BMC, which has a dedicated federal sales force, sells its products to federal customers, although the company plans to work more closely with integrators in the government market. In addition, Taylor said the new brand name would make it easier for customers to identify BMC's storage and recovery products, which have been part of different product lines.


FMS software approved

Digital Systems Group Inc. last week announced that its Integrated Financial Management Information System became the third system to be approved under the new certification test for core financial management systems.

The certification by the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program means that DSG's system will be included in the products available for federal agencies once the General Services Administration's current Financial Management System Software (FMSS) schedule expires Sept. 30.

DSG's system has been on the FMSS schedule since 1993, and the company is now in the process of putting the product and its associated services and support on the GSA information technology schedule.


Fortress signs reseller

Fortress Technologies Inc. last week announced it has signed an agreement with ITT Industries for the reseller to sell the NetFortress information security product line to the government market.

NetFortress virtual private network products will be sold through ITT Industries' Defense Group Aerospace/Communications Division. All installation and services will be supplied through ITT Industries' Systems Division.


GTSI adds NEC, Infostrat

GTSI this month announced that it has added many of NEC Computer Systems Division's products and support services to its General Services Administration schedule.

The NEC products include the PowerMate, Versa SX and VT 300 desktop series, the NEC Remote Access Server base system, the Express server base system and the MobilePro handheld series.

In addition, GTSI last week announced a partnership with Information Strategies Inc. (Infostrat) to develop and deliver solutions for Microsoft Corp. products such as SQL Server, Exchange Server and Microsoft Office. The services will include custom database design and implementation, World Wide Web development and publishing, and workflow application development.

Infostrat's solutions will be added to GTSI's General Services Administration schedule, its National Institutes of Health Electronic Computer Store II and its NASA Scientific Engineering Workstation Procurement II contracts by the end of the month.


Four win Courts pacts

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts recently awarded four contracts to provide a broad range of information technology services, courtroom technologies equipment and support services nationwide. The contracts were awarded to Telamon Corp., Quantum Technologies, Doar Communications Inc., and ExhibitOne Corp. The minimum value of each contract is $50,000.


Infodata wins FDIC contract

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has awarded a contract to Infodata Systems Inc. to provide consulting services focused on document management, imaging and development of World Wide Web technologies.

Infodata, based in Fairfax, Va., initially will install and integrate a new document management system based on Release 4i of Documentum Inc.'s Web application platform. Eventually, Infodata will assist FDIC's knowledge management needs across many departments, the company said in a release.

Infodata also will participate in implementing a new Web-based system designed to enable bank auditors in the field to access and manage documents from a laptop computer. The contract is worth nearly $4 million, beginning with a base year and two option years.


Intermec supplies bar code printers

Intermec Technologies Corp. will provide bar code printers to the U.S. Postal Service's Automated Airline Assignment system, which processes containers of mail and reserves space on flights automatically.

More than 500 of Intermec's EasyCoder 4420-E1 bar code printers will be installed in 110 Postal Service facilities across the United States under a subcontract that Intermec signed with Lockheed Martin Postal Systems Inc. The contract's dollar value could reach as high as $6.5 million, the company said in a release.

The printer, which can print 8 inches of bar code per second, is designed for constant use in harsh environments.


Navy selects DRS displays

DRS Technologies Inc. has been awarded a $5.5 million contract from the Navy to provide advanced display console emulators that will be used in operator training and testing.

The emulators use off-the-shelf display and data processing technologies to replicate the functions of various shipboard display systems that are part of the Navy's AN/UYQ-70 computer system program and emulate several legacy Naval Technical Data System consoles.

The emulators provide a less expensive solution to meet the Navy's requirements for shore-based operator training and testing, range and surveillance operations and software development, DRS said in a release.

The award, which will be fulfilled by DRS' electronic systems unit in Gaithersburg, Md., comes under an option on an existing multiple-year contract awarded in 1994 with a value capped at $40 million.


FAA tests satellite system

The Federal Aviation Administration, UPS and the Air Transport Association last week tested a satellite-based system that ultimately could enable aircraft to land safely in any weather.

The groups tested a prototype of the FAA's Local-Area Augmentation System, which is designed to increase the accuracy and availability of Global Positioning System satellite signals for approaches and landings at airports under virtually all weather conditions. LAAS can tell pilots where their aircraft is to an accuracy of less than one meter (39.5 inches).

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