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December 19, 2008
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The NVTC was busy yesterday morning with two great events, but since teleportation still isn’t available we could only make one. So how did we choose between the NVTC’s Emerging Business and Technology Showcase and the Business to Government Committee on Federal IT spending? We followed the money, of course, and that lies with the Feds, who are shelling out the big bucks these days.


No, it’s not Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas, although those directors’ chairs may give that impression. It’s GSA muckety-mucks: CTO for Integrated Technology Service Lawrence Hale, Office of Infrastructure Optimization Director Fred Schobert, and Practice Director of Government Programs with IDC Government Insights Thom Rubel. So where’s the cash going? “Health IT – especially around electronic medical records,” Thom says, noting several states have adopted electronic records, but GSA is pushing them nationwide.


Normally we’d take pictures of people before the event started, but apparently two and a half hours isn’t enough time to drive to Tysons from TechBisnow HQ. But we heard good news when we arrived: “The government will spend money, but cost savings is an undercurrent here more than ever before,” Thom says. When it comes to cloud computing, Thom told the audience, GSA is looking to enhance security on the ground level, namely security, data encryption and increased compliance. “Our goal is speed, storage and protection,” he says.

Catch the Wind

The air looks pretty clear to us, but apparently there are lots of microscopic particles floating around that Manassas-based Catch the Wind uses to measure wind speed and direction in front of an object, such as a wind turbine or a yacht. Stick with us here. That box next to CEO Phil Rogers is the Vindicator® system, a complex laser system that uses Doppler technology to calculate the speed of moving particles to measure and determine sudden changes in wind speed and direction. “Turbines on wind farms can then adjust accordingly to maximize the capture of approaching wind, along with protecting themselves from sudden gusts.  This action increases the efficiency of the turbine and reduces its maintenance costs.”


Phil, seen here on his 1964 Huey Helicopter with company execs David Samuels, Bill Fetzer, Claudia Jaques, and Steve Roy, started Catch the Wind this year as a spin-off from his other company, Optical Air Data Systems, an 18-year-old defense contractor.  Catch the Wind secured $15 million in financing this fall.  The technology is similar to that developed by OADS to help helicopters land in dusty or browned-out areas. Oh, and the Huey, which flew missions in Viet Nam, still flies. Phil is a Baltimore-native and aerospace engineer by trade. He’s got an entire hanger full of cool, vintage aircraft in back of his office.

Holiday Gadgets!

It seems everyone is getting cool gizmos (even if they haven’t figured out how to use them), so we’re asking our readers to send pics showing off whatever electronic wonders they get this holiday season. Show off your skills playing the new Rock Band; send a pic of your G1 phone from, well, your new G1 phone; or show yourself reading Tolstoy from your Kindle. (If you don’t know what that is, you will.) Send all pics by Dec. 28 to David@Bisnow.com who may regain control of his laptop by then.


Charlie Croom retired earlier this year from DISA and is now running Lockheed Martin’s Center for Cyber Security Innovation, but where does the retired general rank in the list of the 50 most powerful people in Federal IT that we plan to start unveiling in the new year? Read TechBisnow Jan. 5-9 to find out. In the meantime, send story ideas to David@Bisnow.com.

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