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  • 1. Core Competencies
    • Mobile Computing – Timeliness, security, and availability of information are critically important in government and commercial applications. Next Century employs innovative uses of mobile platforms and wireless networks in these domains, and has the requisite expertise to build scalable, reliable, and flexible systems.
    • GIS and Mapping – Spatial visualization, mapping, and alerting are central to our approach to designing and implementing Strategic Insight solutions. Next Century possesses extensive expertise in the rapid, efficient processing, integration, presentation, and dissemination of spatially enabled information.
    • Data Presentation and Visualization – Next Century works closely with end users to identify the information that is most critical to them in performing their job or mission, and then prototype interfaces with innovative methods for presenting “at-a-glance” information in a highly intuitive and rapidly actionable fashion.
  • 2. Core Competencies
    • Signal Processing – Next Century has extensive experience with the effective integration of imagery intelligence (IMINT) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) data in ways that are highly beneficial and insightful for the end user. Our extensive background in the image and signal processing domains with the strong expertise of key partners, has enabled us to provide users with real-time actionable intelligence.
    • Data Fusion and Aggregation – Mining, integrating, fusing, and aggregating relevant information from multiple disparate data sources is a formidable challenge. Next Century incorporates our own leading-edge innovations with approaches formulated by key partners to effectively achieve this goal.
  • 3. Core Competencies
    • Image Processing – Next Century architects and implements comprehensive image processing solutions for a wide variety of defense, intelligence, and medical applications. Next Century has two image processing toolkits available: OpenELT and WIRES.
    • IT Infrastructure and Support – Next Century provides a comprehensive set of services to support the design, installation, operation, management, and continuous improvement of IT infrastructures.
  • 4. Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) Customer: National Library of Medicine
      • HTTP://WISER.NLM.NIH.GOV
    • Solution
    • Mobile and web-based decision support system to quickly identify substance and provide critical substance information
    • Synchronizes with the NLM Hazardous Substance Data Bank (HSDB) to provide critical information (patient care, chemical specs, protective equipment, containment suppression tactics, cleanup, etc.)
    • Intuitive, simple, and personalized user interface
    • Results
    • Operational Versions for Palm OS, Pocket PC, Windows, and Web (including phone)
      • 5000 chemical substances
      • Radiological/nuclear event support (30 radioisotopes)
      • Biological event support (12 agents)
      • Coming soon: Wireless collaboration
    • Freely available (over 200,000 copies downloaded)
    • Very well received and appreciated by user community
      • “ This is one of the best tools ever created for emergency response, period!” – DOD user
    • Problem
    • First responders to a Hazmat incident must be able to rapidly determine the substance (chemical, radiological, or biological) and the appropriate response .
  • 5. Measurement and Signature Intelligence Tactical Information Fusion (MASTIF) Customer: OSD
    • Problem
    • The warfighter has a limited capability to detect, identify, and track small groups of hostiles and threats employing natural and man-made obscurants.
    • Solution
    • Networking MASINT, IMINT, and SIGINT sensors
    • Use warfighter needs to cue in near real-time MASINT, IMINT & SIGINT sensors against targets in different environmental conditions from an aircraft
    • Supports retrieval of archived data for analysis
    • Results
    • Currently conducting flight testing
  • 6. Weather Risk Analysis and Portrayal (WRAP) Customer: U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL)
    • Problem
    • For mission planning and execution, commander and warfighter need to assess potential weather impacts (effectiveness and survivability) on equipment and personnel .
    • Military and commercial weather forecasts are moving to ensemble (probabilistic) forecasts, making already complex information that much more difficult to visualize.
    • Solution
    • Intuitive, easy-to-use weather-based decision aid for mission planning and execution
    • Calculates and visualizes weather forecast impacts using familiar “stoplight” colors
    • Enhanced depiction to reflect uncertainty around boundary conditions
    • Incorporates user’s risk tolerance (relates to operational risk management – ORM)
    • Results
    • Additional funding from Office of Secretary of Defense and Air Force Weather Agency to implement use of JEFS data and web-based version
  • 7. Advanced Visualization Tool Customer: DoD Intelligence
    • Problem
    • The old system provided an email like display, making it difficult for analysts to track and synthesize all the data. In high-volume periods, data would scroll off the screen.
    • Results
    • The analysts can now clearly recognize critical patterns within the data flows and apply powerful tools to further filter and highlight information to truly “connect the dots”.
    • Solution
    • Real-time and look-back modes, monitor real-time information while analyzing historical events and patterns
    • Alerting and geospatial support
    • Extensive “drill-down” and data-exporting functionality
    • Data filtering and highlighting features to assist in analysis
    Access to tools , configuration , etc . ( TBD ) Move to Hot List – view Hot List Historical Group Activity Bar with Temporal Slider , Aperture Control , Aperture Activity Bar , Mode and Temporal Status Item Focus ( drill down ) – create new window or tab with only this item . Total activity count within the selected aperture . Item Activity Bar – depicts this item’s activity filtered from the aggregate and within selected aperture . Items Attribute of Item ( configurable ) Time Frame and Group Information Sort by item , most recent activity , most active activity or other information . Item Activity Bar can help to detect trends and overlaps occurring across items .
  • 8. Threat Warning System Customer: US Special Operations Command
    • Problem
    • Front-line warfighters need easy, intuitive access to basic Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) information (i.e. direction, location, and classification of signal-based threats)
    • Access to real-time information requires use of SIGINT equipment that is complex and heavy
    • Solution must be lightweight, rugged, and low-power
    • Solution
    • Intuitive, easy-to-use interface displaying real-time threat information in a geospatial context
    • Integration of lightweight body worn antenna vest, receiver, CPU, and arm-worn display
    • Open architecture allows for easy insertion or replacement of key software and hardware components, as well as incorporation of additional sources of threat data and other intel
    • Networked system enhances situational awareness, allows SIGINT specialist control of ODA systems, communication of target locations and lines of bearing
    • Results
    • Field tested by SOCOM personnel at the Ft. Benning MOUT site
      • “ [The operators] are very confident in using the system to reliably detect and find RF emissions.”
      • “… The system is very easy to learn and operate and … can provide vital intelligence in the conduct of their missions.”
  • 9. Advanced Image Recognition R&D (EvoDevo) Customer: DoD Intelligence
    • Problem
    • No existing automated processes come close to the ability of a human being looking at images to identify objects of interest.
    • Years and billions of $ of R&D to develop software algorithms to find objects of interest in images have had limited success.
    • The volume of images to analyze has continued to grow.
    • Solution
    • Using recent advances in our understanding of how the brain processes images and the biological evolution process, develop and evolve algorithms that approach the efficiency and accuracy of the human brain for image understanding.
    • Evolve a solution to visual object recognition using an EvoDevo approach in combination with Genetic Algorithms to create a neural network.
    • Results
    • Achieved 92% recognition using Serre algorithms from MIT
    • Achieved 96% recognition using algorithms evolved from scratch
    Neural Architecture Detected Results CHALLENGE: Find the Cats Segmented Image
  • 10. Configurable Electronic Real-Time Assessment System (CERTAS) Customer: PICS
    • Problem
    • Scientists and researchers need an efficient method to create large-scale studies and gather data from study subjects.
    • Solution
    • Computer-based study creation, administration, and data collection
    • Desktop visual designer allowing researcher to easily assemble complex electronic surveys using a sophisticated user interface
    • Commercial grade CERTAS desktop protocol and survey design system constructed with .Net and C#
    • Results
    • Surveys and questionnaires automatically transferred to handheld devices for data collection from subjects, saving time and increasing data quality
    • Well received by researchers during usability testing…“intuitive”, “easy to use”, “elegant”, “wow!”
  • 11. Toxic Observation and Response Aid (TORA) Customer: U.S. Army Research Lab
    • Problem
    • Soldiers need a tool for dealing with toxic releases in the field.
    • The soldier may or may not have communications back to the base, where there are good chem-bio systems.
    • The soldier’s tool needs to be intuitive, quick to setup, and draw little power.
    • Solution
    • A PDA-based solution that combines
      • WISER, for toxic identification and treatment information
      • Basic plume prediction
      • A map-based display
    • Always have an answer
      • Provide the soldier with action recommendations
      • Depict contours that relate to impacts
      • As time and network allows, get better answers.
    • Results
    • Effort proved viability of WISER and plume modeling operating on mobile platforms
  • 12. Performance DNA Desktop Customer: Outcome Systems
    • Problem
    • Conversion of paper-intensive, Human Performance Improvement methodology into a desktop-based software application, supporting novice and advanced users
    • Allow user to navigate both an extensive set of directions and a large data set
    • Solution
    • Provide a form-based application
    • Use tree-based navigation to support organization and process induction
    • Provide alternative views that allow navigation directly by interviewee and form
    • Provide innovative “meta-analysis” tools to define model behavior
    • Allow at-a-glance view of form completeness
    • Results
    • Delivered a fully functional Version 1.0, amid strong demand from user community
  • 13. mQuit Smoking Cessation using Cell Phones Customer: PICS
    • Problem
    • Need to develop a personal cell-phone software application to help smokers “kick the habit”
    • Need the ability to measure quit rates achieved
    • Solution
    • Patented smoking cessation algorithm for cell phones using a Java micro-edition based solution
    • Alarming system that reminds users when/when not to smoke
    • Simple, intuitive, user interface for wide applicability
    • Transfer of smoking behavior data captured on a central server for analysis
    • Results
    • Delivered a fully functional version
    • Early indications very positive
    • Future - formal medical research study with real smokers who want to quit to validate the efficacy and usability of the solution
  • 14. Electronic Deck Log (EDL) Customer: Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab
    • Problem
    • A log of all events must be kept on U.S. Navy submarines (legal record)
    • The current logging application was antiquated
    • Solution
    • Working side-by-side with APL personnel, Next Century helped to design, implement and test the next generation of tablet-based EDL.
    • Designed to support SSN and SSBN subs
    • Java-based, platform-independent, robust design
    • Intuitive, easy-to-use user interface that supports logging and onboard analysis
    • Built-in review, editing, and approval features
    • Results
    • Fleet operational
    Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) Attack Submarine (SSN)
  • 15. Automated Observation Reports and Evaluations (ADORE) Customer: MdE, Inc.
    • Problem
    • Law enforcement agencies have limited time to complete Daily Observation Reports (DORs).
    • Need of a tool to reduce the time required to complete DORs
    • Solution
    • ADORE automates the DORs completed by training officers.
    • ADORE can compile a trainee's daily rating chart and generate comparison charts and reports which assist in analyzing trainees, trainers, and the training program as a whole.
    • Results
    • "Ease of use for evaluations, Great for tracking progress of trainees. Great customer service and follow-up.“ - Bullhead City, AZ Police Department 
    • “ My field trainers love it....... FTOs now can spend more time training rather than worrying about the evaluating and documenting portion of their phases.“ – US Capital Police, Washington, D.C.
    ADORE – Web Based ADORE - PDA