Pennington acquires high-definition imaging machine
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, which specializes in
nutritional research, has acquired a state-of-the-art, high-definition magnetic resonance
scanner, also called a Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI. The MRI will be the
centerpiece of Pennington's new imaging facilities and will allow investigators to probe
metabolism at the cellular level using a technique called multinuclear spectroscopy. The
technology will allow Pennington to compete with major medical centers across the United
States and abroad for grants and contracts. Pennington, the largest academically based
nutrition research center in the world, has nearly 600 employees on the 234-acre
campus. (
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 12/08/05)

NVision Solutions acquires PixSell
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NVision Solutions Inc. has acquired PixSell Inc. for an
undisclosed sum of money. NVision plans to operate the company as a wholly owned
subsidiary, specializing in tracking and real-time data management. In the transaction,
NVision received stock, assets, and existing contracts from PixSell, formerly PixSell Data
Brokers. PixSell will act as the commercialization agent supporting NVision’s proprietary
tracking and data transmittal systems. Some of the potential applications for this
technology include: fleet tracking, vehicle anti-theft, personal tracking, and real-time
sensor array deployment. Craig Harvey, CIO of Nvision Solutions, said tracking is
expected to be a multi-billion dollar market over the next 10 years. NVision Solutions has
been recognized for innovative ideas and solutions by various states as well as peers.
Source: NVision Solutions, 12/08/05)


Robot helicopter used to survey damage
KILN, Miss. – Building upon an earlier search mission using helicopter unmanned aerial
vehicles, engineering researchers from the University of South Florida are returning Nov.
28 to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a small, radio-controlled aircraft to examine damage
to multi-story structures still vacant after Hurricane Katrina. Researchers will also be
testing new night-time optic and range sensors. The miniature helicopters were used on-
site in the aftermath of Katrina to carry out aerial surveillance of the damage. Like90
provided the battery-powered miniature helicopter that can operate up to 300 feet in the
air and in a 0.25 mile radius. Robin Murphy, director of the USF Center for Robot-Assisted
Search and Rescue (CRASAR), will lead the team. "Our first objective is to provide photo-
documentation of multi-story commercial structures along the Mississippi Gulf Coast that
can be used by the structural engineering community," said Murphy. "The second
objective is to develop the payloads and procedures needed to foster the effective use of
helicopters by the larger engineering community, including structural engineers during the
response and recovery, and for use by insurance adjusters." Support will be provided by
the Emergency Operation Center in Kiln, MS and Jackson State University's National
Center for Biodefense Communications. The team will be based out of Kiln and operate in
Biloxi and Gulfport. Research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation in
partnership with Jackson State University's National Center for Biodefense
Communications and NSF's Safety Security Rescue Research Center, an industry-
university cooperative research center. Murphy speculates that inexpensive miniature
helicopters designed specifically for structural disasters will likely become commercially
available in time for next year's hurricane season. (
Source: National Science Foundation,
University of South Florida, 11/21-22/05)


Diamond Data awarded contract
NEW ORLEANS, La. – Diamond Data Systems Inc. in New Orleans has been awarded a
Phase II Small Business Innovative Research contract for development of a method to
leverage Light Detection and Ranging terrain and elevation mapping data. Uses for
LIDAR data include disaster prevention through flood hazard mapping and planning,
emergency management, weather studies and high-resolution mapping and analysis.
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate, 10/24/05)

JULY 2005

Micro Systems awarded contract
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Micro Systems Inc. of Fort Walton Beach was awarded a
not-to-exceed $12.2 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract
for the procurement of up to 731 AN/DSQ-50A Airborne Sets, including sensor and
telemetry downlinks. The Airborne Set is utilized in full scale and subscale aerial and
surface targets, which are used to evaluate capabilities of weapon systems and to train
weapon system operators. Work will be performed in Fort Walton Beach and is expected
to be completed in July 2014. (
Source: DefenseLink, 07/20/05)

APRIL 2005

Headquarters opens
BILOXI, Miss. - A company that specializes in airborne charting of the floor of coastal
waters has gone from three to 15 workers and is on track for more. Tenix LADS held a
ribbon-cutting marking the opening of its U.S. headquarters and operations center. Tenix
LADS is the U.S. subsidiary of Australia's Tenix LADS Corp., part of the Tenix Group, a
defense and engineering company. LADS stands for laser airborne depth sounder, used
to remotely survey shallow coastal waters. In 2003 the National Oceanographic and
Atmospheric Administration awarded a three-year laser surveying contract worth up to
$12 million to Tenix and its subcontractors. Tenix in May 2002 set up operations with one
business manager and two hydrographic surveyors. It now has 15 employees, primarily
transplants from Australia. In the United States, Tenix LADS operates one aircraft, a de
Havilland Dash-8 twin-prop, based at the AvCenter in Gulfport. (
Source: The Sun Herald,


Technology among winners in budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Technology is among the winners in the $2.6 trillion budget
President Bush presented to Congress. It boosts overall spending on information and
surveillance technology, providing hundreds of millions for computer security, technology
upgrades and aerial surveillance devices as part of a 7 percent increase in IT spending
by federal agencies. Also included is a proposal to make the research and development
tax credit permanent. It provides a tax credit for a portion of certain research expenses
and is scheduled to expire at the end of 2005. Among the highlights: Homeland Security
would get $174.8 million so border police could buy inspection and surveillance
technology, unmanned aerial vehicles and replacement aircraft. Grants from the National
Science Foundation would jump to around $5.6 billion, an increase of $132 million, while
the National Institute of Standards and Technology would get a 7.5 percent increase to
$485 million. Among the items funded: $600,000 to the Mississippi Technology Alliance,
charged with strengthening the state’s "technology culture." (
Source: CNET, 02/08/05)

Annual meeting to be held
BILOXI, Miss. – The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions will hold its annual
meeting Feb. 17 at the Grand Casino Hotel in Biloxi. Keynote speaker will be Steven
Cooper, CIO of the Department of Homeland Security. General registration begins at 11:
30 am with presentations by EIGS companies at 1:15. The companies will give briefings in
a showcase format with 5-minute snapshots of each company. (
Source: EIGS)

New training laboratory opens at Stennis Space Center
STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS – Officials cut the ribbon last week on a new training
laboratory at Stennis Space Center in southwest Mississippi. The Geospatial Training
Center is at Building 1103, the Center for Geospatial Excellence at the federal complex.
Digital Quest Inc. and the Berkeley Geo-Research Group combined forces to form
Spacestars Geospatial Training Laboratories, which have developed educational
programs and software throughout the country. The Stennis center features 14
workstations for training in homeland security, economic development, image analysis and
law enforcement. There are 230 geospatial labs in the United States. (
Source: The Sun
Herald, 02/03/05)


Lockheed demonstrates JCM tri-mode seeker
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In a series of tests here in December, Lockheed Martin
demonstrated its Joint Common Missile (JCM) tri-mode seeker, designed to replace the
Longbow, Hellfire and airborne TOW missiles. The tests showed the ability of the missile
to acquire and track a Swedish Boghammar coastal patrol boat moving at up to 30 knots
at ranges of 1 to 6 kilometers – a typical, hostile patrol craft war fighters would likely
encounter in a littoral scenario. This test demonstrated simultaneous detection and
processing by two of the missile's three sensors: the imaging infrared and the millimeter
wave radar. The third sensor, the semi-active laser, gives the JCM precision-strike
lethality. In the fall of 2003 during a mock Marine amphibious invasion near Eglin, the
seeker successfully acquired and tracked large ships and amphibious landing craft at day
and night temperatures and at varying sea states. The JCM is a multi-target, multi-service
weapon with fire-and-forget capability designed for rotary-wing aircraft and F-18 attack-
fighters. (
Source: PRNewswire, 01/19/05)

Robots with visual sensing edge
ARLINGTON, Va. – Researchers are developing new technologies that may give robots
the visual-sensing edge they need to monitor dimly lit airports, pilot vehicles in extreme
weather and direct unmanned combat vehicles. They want to create an imaging chip that
defeats arbitrary illumination, allowing robotic vision to leave the controlled lighting of a
lab and enter the erratic lighting of the natural world. Designed by robot-vision expert
Vladimir Brajovic and his colleagues at Intrigue Technologies Inc., the new optical device
will work more like a retina than a standard imaging sensor. Just as neurons in the eye
process information before sending signals to the brain, the pixels of the new device will
"talk" to each other about what they see. The pixels will use the information to modify their
behavior and adapt to lighting, ultimately gathering visual information even under adverse
conditions. (
Source: National Science Foundation, 01/12/05)