Friday, September 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot September 2017

Snapshot News from Technolink Members


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When you think of Alvaka Networks’ Advanced Network Management and Cyber Security firm led by CEO and President Oli Thordarson, you might imagine a room lined with large computer screens beaming systems health monitoring and alerting information. You can picture highly intelligent people solving computer problems for companies and individuals around the globe. The image of these super pros preventing systems failures, recovering down networks and helping frustrated computer users is totally understandable. Those Alvaka professionals might be defending network, rescuing IT hostages or even hunting cyber bad guys.  Well, if you are imagining this, you would be 100% right. Oli Thordarson has been successfully leading his company in doing just that for the past 34 years.

Now, imagine that former engineer turned technology business leader is a race car driver and a really good one at that? Imagine that during racing season he travels the country pulling behind him his winning car known as Alvaka Networks’ Thorvette! Once he arrives with his pit crew, and gets all set up, he walks the miles long track to understand its nuances? Now ready to compete, he climbs into the wrapped fiberglass hull of a Z06 Corvette and wins nationally sanctioned races going at speeds of 150 plus miles an hour? Oli is currently racing towards locking in the Trans Am Western States TA3 title at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX in November, to repeat his TT2 title with NASA at Thunderhill in October, and throw down his best effort in September at the SCCA Runoffs at Indy.If you want to drive your car on a race track, click here for the Alvaka sponsored Speed and Feed. 






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Ron Williams, CEO of Talon Companies, advises businesses and homeowners  to prepare for a rise in crime due to recent changes in California laws.  In May 2011, AB-109 was passed, realigning the California prison count by sentencing certain felony offenders to county jail rather than state prison and virtually eliminating parole supervision. County jails, already overcrowded, began releasing “low level offenders” in order to accommodate the misguided directive.In November 2014 as the shock waves from AB-109 were still reverberating, voters in California passed Proposition 47, a ballot measure to reclassify many drug and property felonies as misdemeanors.
The horrible result of these laws has been an unprecedented increase in crime. In Los Angeles through August 2015, violent crime increased 20% for the same period in 2014. Property crime was up 11% and shooting victims was up by 27%. In San Francisco, violent crime was up 13%, and property crime was up 22%. Crime statistics all across California rose significantly.
So, what are businesses and home owners to do in order to combat these predators that now roam our streets undeterred by threat of arrest and going to jail? Talon Shield recommends for a security risk vulnerability assessment to be completed to assess the protective measures that should be implemented to detect and deter criminals from targeting your business or home.  Once the risk assessment is completed, they also suggest install ing electronic cameras to control access and egress points for both businesses and homes. Install a robust alarm system with motion detectors and window break sensors. Also, lighting in parking lots is mandatory as well as intrusion lighting to discourage criminals from operating in the dark.
We always advise people to be prepared and observant of their surroundings.  For more ways you can be better prepared at home or at your business to prevent against potential crime, visit:  http://talonexec.com

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot August 2017

Snapshot News from Technolink Members

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Donn Silberman, Founding Director of the Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) and OpticsAge, a leader in the promotion of math, science, and engineering education through the use of optics and related technologies and phenomena, announces their newest educational ventures: GoSpectro USA and eLas Americas.  GoSpectro is a simple device that turns any smartphone into a light spectrometer. You can measure, save and export light spectra...on the go!  Laser educational kits sold under the eLas banner are in use in many colleges and universities around the country and world to provide students with hands-on experience with assembling the components of a laser and measuring many of their scientific properties.  The very popular Helium Neon and Nd:YAG laser kits are in use at our local Irvine Valley College's Laser Technology program. 

The OISC is very active in developing The Next Generation of STEAM - Optics & Robotic Education - Apprentice Programs and works with many students.  One current example is their mentoring of Emily (above) in her pursuit of learning about using advanced optical technologies on a small drone for agricultural health monitoring.  You can hear more about these programs during the Technolink Association's Presidents' Club Fall Forum.
To learn more about OISC, click here



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Congratulations to Tod Burnett who will be joining Brandman University, Irvine, as Executive Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Special Projects.  Mr. Burnett is a leader in developing partnerships and creating successful pathways for community college students to continue their education.  He spent the last nine years as president of Saddleback College, one of the nation’s preeminent community colleges with more than 40,000 students annually. He successfully led numerous initiatives enhancing instruction and academics, student support services, campus operations, college advancement, and community partnerships.  Mr. Burnett leaves Saddleback with a strong legacy of unprecedented achievements, including substantial gains in transfers, degree and certificate completions, career pathways, disadvantaged and underserved student support, financial aid and scholarships, veterans services, K-12 and business partnerships, economic and workforce development, infrastructure, and external resource development.
To learn more about Brandman University, click 
here.






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Congratulations to Kent and Kevin Peterson of P2S on receiving the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce distinguished award Destination Tomorrow. The award recognizes P2S for its engineering contribution to city.  The chamber also welcomed Kent Peterson as their new Chair of the Board.
To learn more, about P2S, click 
here.


  











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Closing in September, now is your chance to experience a unique partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Huntington Library.  The outdoor installation is the brainchild of Dan Goods and David Delgado, visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who worked in collaboration with composer Shane Myrbeck and architect Jason Klimoski of StudioKCA to produce an innovative “soundscape” experience representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites.” Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites’ missions. 

To learn more about the Orbit Pavillion, watch the video below, and click here.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Technolink Snapshot July 2017

 



Dear Technolink Community,

Hope everyone is enjoying the longer days of the summer season filled with many of our favorite American traditions: baseball games, holiday travel, picnics and barbecues with family and friends.


During the next few days as many are preparing for travels and Fourth of July celebrations, I encourage all of us to take a few moments to reflect upon the many liberties and freedoms we have today, in this great nation because of the selfless sacrifices of our military and public safety heroes of yesterday and today.  


As I think about our great heroes and the rich history of our country I find myself humming our national anthem. I share these poetic lyrics with you to enjoy as you are preparing for your Fourth of July celebrations with family and friends. 
Thank you for your continued support to our Technolink Community! I look forward to seeing you at the Fall Forum on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

The Star-Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot May 2017


Snapshot News from Technolink Members

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Congratulations to supporting members of Karish & Bjorgum P.C., Pasadena’s premier boutique intellectual property law firm, on their expansion to Orange County! Member Vincent Pollmeier will be heading up the Orange County office.  Karish & Bjorgum provides top quality legal services whether it be in litigation, in transactional matters, or just general counseling for a patent, copyright, trademark or trade secret matter. Their attorneys bring decades of experience in all facets of IP law, from protecting works of art and artists to the most sophisticated of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, information and spacecraft systems.
To learn more, visit 
Karish & Bjorgum online. >>
  


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Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens announces the formation of the Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Council (OCHSAC). The OCHSAC, chaired by Alan Orlob, chief security executive for Marriott International, is a non-profit organization that brings together business leaders from OC as well as local, regional, and national law enforcement representatives tasked with managing crisis events such as terror attacks, natural disaster, and cybercrimes.
A recent OCHSAC seminar on three different dimensions of cyber security, “People, Technology, and the Law,” brought together renowned speakers from industry and academia as well as representatives from the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center—part of the OC Sheriff’s Homeland Security command.   “These OCHSAC events help build the relationships between the Orange County business community and law enforcement that enable us to work together more effectively during crises,” said Sheriff Hutchens.
To learn more, visit the 
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Technolink Snapshot April 2017


Snapshot News from Technolink Members

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Dr. Jeffrey Reed, Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technologies at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), part of the energy group Sempra, shares the announcement of the installation of fiber-optic lines along all of the corporation's new and replacement gas pipelines, in a move that will help prevent pipeline damage and leaks. Believed to be one of the first gas utilities in the US to use the photonics technology, SoCalGas says these new lines will send early warning of pressure changes or vibrations that might indicate a leak or stress on the pipeline caused by construction work, changes in geology, or the impact of a broken water main.  The company, which maintains more than 100,000 miles of gas pipelines, says that it will install fiber-optics along all new and replacement pipeline segments that are wider than 12 inches in diameter and more than a mile long.
“The fiber optic cables will be installed approximately 36 inches below the ground surface and 12 inches above the pipelines,” it added. The first such installation, on a seven-mile stretch of pipeline in Bakersfield, which is around 100 miles north of Los Angeles, should take place later this year.  






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Mike Harrington of AK Constructors shares that the current trend in construction is collaboration. Whether the project is manufacturing, federal infrastructure renovation or commercial office space, all types of construction can benefit from an early stage collaborative process between owners, engineers and constructors. AKConstructors specializes in a collaborative project approach: forming design build teams and developing relationships between users, designers and builders that result in on-time, cost effective construction. Team players can share new technology and design concepts while determining the best methods of implementation for the specific project. Once construction begins the collaborative process continues with on-site communication technology that allows information and changes from the design to be reviewed and implemented on site within hours not days. 





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Wahid Nawabi, President and CEO of AeroVironment, the leading supplier of unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Department of Defense and 35 allies, is pleased to highlight two new innovations: Snipe™ UAS and Blackwing™. Snipe is designed specifically to provide dismounted ground troops with immediate organic tactical overwatch – over the wall, down the alley, around the hill. Weighing less than 130 grams (4.6 ounces), this ultra-compact air vehicle can be stored in a soldier’s tactical vest then launched into the air for operation in less than 60 seconds with no assembly. Each vehicle includes both an electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) sensor that transmits information in real-time for day and night operations.  AeroVironment’s Blackwing is designed to provide rapid response intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) from a wide variety of operational platforms including undersea, surface, air, land, and mobile launch vehicles.  The miniature flying ISR package can be operated manually or autonomously.  Blackwing’s built-in, interoperable datalink enables cross-domain command and control (C2) relay operations between land, surface and undersea manned and unmanned vessels.  Blackwing provides the operator with real-time video for information gathering and feature/object recognition.  The vehicle’s small size and quiet motor make it difficult to detect, recognize and track even at close ranges. Blackwing has a modular payload bay to enable specific mission capabilities.
AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems, and serves militaries, government agencies, businesses and consumers. For more information visit 
www.avinc.com.




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Oli Thordarson, CEO of Alvaka Networks, announces the move to larger headquarters in service expansion driven by security, DFARS/NIST 800-171 and IT uptime and performance management demands.  The 24x7 world of the internet is driving companies to operate in real time all the time with more security and compliance than ever before. Those challenges to public and private entities are driving continued growth at Alvaka Networks.








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Congratulations to Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology who has been selected to receive the 2017 OCEC Distinguished Engineer Merit Award from the Orange County Engineering Council.  Click here to read more about Mr. Fatehi and Corent's cloud migration platform in this recent article from the Orange County Business Journal






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A special thanks to Pasadena Star-News for
featuring the Spring Technolink Forum and highlighting CMTC Solutions!
To read the full article, click here.