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July 30, 2008



A lot of our government contracting friends deal with secretive stuff, but the group at Trusted Computer Solutions sounds right out of Tom Clancy. We joined 50 others yesterday at Acadiana Restaurant to celebrate the SABI (Secret and Below Interoperability)-certification of its Linux-based SecureOffice Trusted Thin Client program that allows government employees to access information using both the Secret (SIPRNet) and Sensitive Internet Protocol Router Networks (NIPRNet) from a single desktop. We have no idea what any of the aforesaid actually means, but it definitely sounded cool and they had an open bar.


Cheers! That’s TCS COO Ed Hammersla, IBM’s Mary Anne Fisher and Welz & Weisel Communications co-founder (and newest NVTC board member) Evan Weisel. Those ribbons are from 1,000 balloons floating on the ceiling. Ed tells us Herndon-based TCS’s security blanket enterprise is a finalist for the LinuxWorld Conference best security solution to be announced next month. If Evan looks a little tan, it might be because he just got back from Las Vegas with the guys, but he should be in shape for the Run! Geek! Run! 8K Charity Race his company is sponsoring Nov. 2.


As you can see, the balloon ribbons attacked like sea monsters. That’s ITT’s Liz Adams, IBM’s Doc Shankar, TCS’ Amy Kankiewicz and SecDef’s Kevin Behn. The U.S. Coast Guard ran the program during the SABI-certification process, using a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system on an IBM System x server, so they got free drinks as well last night.



TrafficFlex CEO Larry Greenfield may be the only person in the Metro area who is happy to see traffic jams. We met Larry bright and early this morning overlooking the Dulles Toll Road to hear about how his Reston-based commuter traffic information service now covers the entire D.C. area with plans of being in the 30 worst traffic cities in the country by year’s end. “We were testing our service in beta mostly around the Toll Road and Route 7, but now are ready for a full-scale launch,” says Larry, who worked for MCI 16 years.


Larry creates his own traffic jam with some toy cars. The drivers of those toy cars could use the company’s TrafficTalk service to talk with other commuters in a free monitored conference call to learn about traffic conditions, accidents and alternative routes. So the red car in front could be telling the green car in back about the congestion ahead. “Radio stations give a brief overview of conditions on major roads, but our service lets people on the road pass along valuable information in real time,” Larry says. For instance, a driver stuck on 66 could call to see how far he is away from an accident, but also learn when the accident happened, if road crews were on scene, and if alternate routes are already blocked.

Qorvis Pairs with Post


Even getting a good meal nowadays can be a chance to show off your latest techie gadget. We met Jason Siegel, Managing Director of Qorvis Communications, at his McLean office yesterday, and he explained how his company recently paired with WashingtonPost.com to provide a free downloadable app that uses GPS to find all nearby restaurants, bars and clubs – and better yet – provide instant review from food critic Tom Sietsema. Users can list personal favorites or create lists of places they want to try. More than 2,000 area restaurants are featured, so we can finally say goodbye to the dog-eared Zagat Survey in our back pocket.

Thankfully David Stegon did not get hit by a semi while taking pictures with Larry this morning. If your company is doing something in a safer location, please email story ideas to David@Bisnow.com

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