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Two CDO Teams Recognized for Outstanding Service

By sara bortz,

AFRC Recognized in Gears of the Government Awards Program: James Hein, James “Allen” Holmstrom, and Demarko Lee Thanked.

Congratulations to the Air Force Reserve Command for receiving the Gears of the Government Award. Gears of the Government awards are designed to recognize government individuals and teams “whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.” AFRC received the Gears of the Government Award in a letter dated 14 Jan 2021, signed by Barbara Barrett (former Secretary of The AF).

We are especially proud of three CDO team members who were recognized by AFRC when they received the Gears of the Government Award. James Hein, James “Allen” Holmstrom, and Demarko Lee were specifically called out for their outstanding work in support of the President’s Management Agenda and the National Defense Strategy. These individuals are excellent examples of hard work paying off as they each put forth daily effort in Program Management (Hein), Network Infrastructure (Holmstrom), and Virtualization (Lee). Their efforts were key to the Reserve Command receiving this prestigious award and sets these individuals apart as someone to emulate.


VTC Team at AFRC Recognized in Letter of Appreciation from General Stacey Scarisbrick: Alan Skinner, Samuel Butler, Joseph Miller, Nigel Mumford, and Aaron Pierce Thanked.

CDO’s VTC Team at AFRC was recognized in a letter of appreciation from General Stacey Scarisbrick. Members of the team (Alan Skinner, Samuel Butler, Joseph Miller, Nigel Mumford, and Aaron Pierce) provided valuable support to the coordination and facilitation of 61 AFRC Crisis Action Team (CAT) meetings.

Their diligence resulted in dissemination of vital information to the entire command, and their actions were instrumental in maintaining timely and effective crisis response command and control during a time of uncertainty. This action directly contributed to countless lives saved in the northeast US as 233 medical specialists were deployed to New York City and surrounding states.

Congratulations to these team members and thank you for all your hard work!

CDO Technologies Partners with XSENS

By sara bortz,

When selecting components, the parameters of size and weight are generally at or near the top of an aircraft designer’s list of priorities. Space is always limited inside an airframe. And the lighter the aircraft, the less power and fuel are required to lift it into the sky and keep it airborne.

So aerospace engineers are frequently tasked with reducing the size and weight of a component or sub-system. This often calls for the evaluation of new, advanced materials, or a radical re-thinking of an engineering design or process.

When CDO Technologies was invited by the US government to develop a prototype of a novel TSPI (Time and Space Positioning Information) flight test module, however, the hardware design turned out to be rather more straightforward. CDO’s prototype for a much smaller, lighter TSPI module for light aircraft comprised a strip of adhesive tape, an off-the-shelf rugged tablet and GPS antenna, and a matchbox-sized motion sensor from Xsens.

That unit from Xsens, an MTi-G-710 GNSS/INS inertial navigation system measuring just 57mm x 42mm x 23.5mm, provides the complete set of motion measurements and GPS signal required to track the attitude, position and altitude of an aircraft in real time. When combined with dedicated flight test data logging software developed by CDO, the prototype system was impressive enough to merit support for further development.

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Electronics replaces mechanics

The trigger for CDO to develop its novel flight test system was dissatisfaction with existing stand-alone TSPI systems in use, particularly in smaller aircraft. A TSPI system is a fundamental element in any flight test: when testing an aircraft’s systems, such as communications, flight controls or engines, the TSPI provides a baseline for an understanding of the operation of the system under test, enabling the test engineer to log the behavior of aircraft systems at known speed, acceleration, altitude and attitude.

Today, most large commercial aircraft have built-in TSPI instrumentation to support flight testing. But smaller or cheaper planes do not, and so flight testing in them requires the use of a dedicated TSPI instrument. TSPI instrumentation in general use in commercial aviation today is based on a Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG), a mechanical device which has traditionally been favored because of the reliable accuracy of its attitude and position measurements.

But an FOG has three main drawbacks in aerospace applications:

– It is large, so potentially hard to accommodate in a cramped airframe
– It is heavy and its weight presents a potential safety hazard if it accidentally breaks free from its mounting during aircraft maneuvers
– It is prone to over-heating

In addition, TSPI systems based on a conventional FOG typically require a differential GPS satellite positioning receiver for accurate altitude readings. Access to differential GPS signals is available on subscription, but is expensive.

The goal of the new TSPI prototype was to improve on all these features, creating a working design for a TSPI module which was much smaller and lighter than instrumentation in common use today, and avoiding the need to pay for differential GPS subscription. Chris Smith, a research engineer at CDO Technologies, describes the breakthrough that the developers made on learning about the use of Xsens GNSS/INS modules for position measurement in submarines. ‘A submarine, like an aircraft, presents electronic equipment with a challenging operating environment. In many ways, the 3D space in which a submarine operates in is similar to the aerial environment in which aircraft move. And like aircraft, submarines are subject to space constraints, which is why an Xsens motion sensor is attractive in that application.

CDO Technologies’ sponsor in the US government had asked us to investigate options for TSPI instrumentation which would be better suited to use in light aircraft – something lighter and smaller than the traditional FOG-based system. With the Xsens motion sensor used in submarines, the answer was staring me in the face. The device is a ready-made sensor system-in-a-box for TSPI systems – it gives all the position measurements needed for TSPI instrumentation, and because it is supplied as an integrated module, the outputs from the device are synchronized and calibrated.’

Inside an MTi-G-710’s shielded enclosure, there are a 3D accelerometer3D MEMS gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, GNSS receiver and a barometer, all operating at very high levels of accuracy and precision. It also provides an interface to an external GPS antenna. The MTi-G-710’s sensor fusion software, which intelligently combines each sensor’s outputs, helped to simplify the CDO team’s software development: the output from the MTi-G-710 is a precisely timed stream of roll, pitch, yaw, position, velocity and altitude measurements at a sampling rate of up to 400Hz – all the measurements which are required in TSPI instrumentation.

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CDO Technologies’ prototype flight test instrumentation system based on an Xsens MTi motion sensor

Chris and his team then drew on their expertise in flight systems technology to develop a user interface and back-end logging system. The CDO Technologies engineers’ software runs on a standard, rugged Getac tablet. The software provides a user interface for the flight test engineer to monitor the TSPI system outputs in real time during a test flight, and to log the data for post-flight analysis.

Because of the small size of the Xsens sensor and the GPS antenna, installation of the prototype for system testing was simple – the units could simply be taped to the floor of the cabin of the aircraft and plugged into the tablet’s connector.

Chris Smith is delighted with the performance of the prototype. It offers substantial and valuable savings in size and weight over conventional mechanical FOG-based systems. But, he says, the value goes further. First, it can be used with a standard GPS signal, because the altitude (barometer) outputs from the MTi-G-710 support correction of the receiver’s altitude outputs. This saves the cost of the subscription required for a differential GPS receiver.

And overall, the accuracy, precision and reliability of the TSPI measurements produced by the CDO prototype are slightly better than those of much larger and heavier commercial-grade TSPI systems approved for use today.

‘Evaluation of the CDO prototype has been a great success,’ says CDO’s Chris Smith. ‘We have now been invited by the US government to take our prototype forward into advanced system testing with a view to deployment. I’m delighted that we have been able to achieve our goal of reducing the weight, size and cost of TSPI instrumentation. And I’m certain that our development time was considerably shorter than we expected it to be, because the comprehensive functionality and user-friendly outputs provided by the MTi-G-710 sensor simplified both the hardware design and the software interface which we designed to run on the Getac tablet.’

For more information about the R&D and system engineering support services provided by CDO Technologies, go to www.cdotech.com/.

CDO Ranked #2 Dayton-Area Networking Technology Company

By sara bortz,

Every year, the Dayton Business Journal compiles a list of the Dayton Area’s Networking Technology Companies and ranks them by number of employees. The list for the year 2019 has been compiled and CDO Technologies has once again been ranked by employees as Number 2 for the year! This is the fourth consecutive year that CDO Technologies has been ranked Number 2, and CDO has been in the top 3 ranked for the last six years.

We provide data collection, advanced technology communications, and managed IT services to achieve tailored solutions for commercial and federal organizations. We have the best team and are so proud of them. We appreciate all of our employee’s hard work in helping our customers operate more efficiently and effectively.

If you would like to learn more about our services and how CDO can help you, you can visit cdotech.com/solutions. You may also call (937) 258-0022 to speak directly to us about your unique problems. We can create a tailored solution for you!

CATS Cloud Solution

By Katrina.Smiley@cdotech.com,

Investing in an Affordable Asset Tracking Solution

CDO Technologies, Inc. located in Dayton, Ohio, is the creator of the Critical Asset Tracking Solution (CATS) now available in the Cloud. Our CATS Solution improves asset management and logistics by providing greater visibility, accuracy, and efficiency to your business or organization. CATS is used by both private and public companies to facilitate tracking of their critical assets. Searching for missing items such as tools, equipment, client files, electronic components, consumer goods, or customer information can drastically hinder workflow efficiency and increase costs. By cost effectively adding visibility points to an asset’s travel path your company or organization will better serve customers, increase production capability, and reduce replacement costs.

Al Wofford, CEO of CDO Technologies explained, “Every company loses stuff. We’ve seen companies from law firms to manufacturing firms, to services and organizations, all using our critical asset tracking solution to keep track of things.” A specific example is tooling. For smaller manufacturing companies tooling is a significant investment and replacing lost tools is costly. With CATS Cloud a small company can afford to track critical assets and reduce unnecessary expenditures.

What are the benefits to CATS in the Cloud? The CATS Cloud solution is maintained and managed by CDO Technologies. We issue the CATS software updates and maintain the cloud-based server infrastructure. The customer is responsible for connectivity and data archive. CDO Technologies handles all the set-up in the cloud so launching your new asset tracking solution is easy… Just sign-up and start tracking!

“Where’s my stuff?” Asset tracking and visibility is an underappreciated challenge that is faced by companies of all sizes. Time costs related to searching for tools or raw materials, production downtime due to misplaced raw materials, delayed customer shipments due to lost finished goods are real expenses that impact your operations and shrink your bottom line. The perception that an asset tracking solution is big and costly is not true. We invite you to invest in a phone call to share your challenges with us and learn a little more about how an asset tracking solution can work for you.

Contact: Todd Muckerheide

Email: Todd.Muckerheide@cdotech.com

Phone: (937) 476-2224

CDO Technologies, Inc. is a recognized expert in technology applications to improve the delivery of work-flow efficiency, visibility and productivity benefits.

For more information: https://www.cdotech.com/solutions/ait-solutions/

Cybersecurity Added to our GSA Schedule

By Katrina.Smiley@cdotech.com,
Contract Number: 47QTCA19D000H

We added Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) to our GSA schedule. (HACS) includes proactive and reactive cybersecurity services that improve the customer’s enterprise-level security posture. The scope of this category encompasses a wide range of fields that include, but are not limited to, Risk Management Framework (RMF) services, information assurance (IA), virus detection, network management, situational awareness and incident response, secure web hosting, and backup and security services, Security Operations Center (SOC) services.

What we Provide

  • Certified personnel including networking and systems engineers and analysts who provide incident response as well as consultation and guidance.
  • Identify and protect a customer’s information resources, detect and respond to cybersecurity events or incidents, and recover capabilities or services impaired by any incidents that emerge.
  • Engineer and assist with firewalls, network edge devices, encryption devices, anti-threat, anti-intrusion devices and software.
  • Asset management, logistics management, process management, and data management.
  • System/Network Efficiencies and Performance Evaluations, specifically, recommendations to improve system/network efficiency and performance.
  • Periodic IA/cybersecurity testing utilizing ACAS.
  • Manual STIG compliance checks when necessary.
  • Analysis of scanning results/compliance checks (ex. identify false positives in the data, identify if updated security patches and STIG updates are implemented).
  • Recommendations on corrective actions based upon scanning results, which ensure continued system functionality.

The Benefit to GSA Schedules

Schedules, also known as Federal Supply Schedules, and Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), are long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial companies that provide access to millions of commercial products and services at fair and reasonable prices to the government. Schedules make buying easy and efficient with the use of modern technology to connect government buyers and industry.

Schedules offer Regulatory Compliance, Fair and Reasonable Pricing, Fast Order Placement, Full Product and Broad Service Offerings. GSA Schedules (also referred to as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedules) are long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms providing federal, state, and local government buyers access to more than 11 million commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing. For buyers, Schedules save your agency time and money.

For more information regarding GSA schedules read more here: https://www.gsa.gov/buying-selling/purchasing-programs/gsa-schedules/about-gsa-schedules

For more information about CDO Technologies offerings read more here: https://www.cdotech.com/solutions/cyber-solutions/

Aeroacoustic Research Complex for Commercial Aerospace Business

By Nova Team,

CDO Technologies, Inc. and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB (WPAFB) have established a new partnership through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

 

Project team members from left to right: Ken Johnson, Brian Davis, Tiffanie Moore, Chris Smith, John Hall and Matt Davis

 

Dayton, Ohio – CDO Technologies, based in Dayton, Ohio, will now support the Air Force Research Laboratory 711th Human Performance Wing Airman Systems Directorate Warfighter Interface Division, based at WPAFB, by managing the facility operations at the Aeroacoustic Research Complex (ARC) at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. A cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) is an agreement between a government agency and a private company on research and development. Relatively rare, this particular CRADA agreement will make the facility available to commercial aerospace companies to test their aircraft for a fee.

“This is a really exciting opportunity because we’re really breaking new ground. We’re taking something very specific we’ve been doing for the Air Force for years and commercializing it,” said Al Wofford, founder and president of CDO Technologies. “This will be one of the first times we can successfully transfer advanced technology capability from a government client to the commercial space.”

The team anticipates commercial organizations using the specialized facility, unique research capability and high fidelity 3-D modeling results to design quiet aircraft technologies.

As an Acoustic Signature Capture and Modeling Research and Development facility, the ARC’s primary purpose is to characterize air vehicle audibility signatures. The facility consists of a control system, a full-scale outdoor sensor array of 50 microphones calibrated down to 20 micropascals positioned on the ground and on two vertical towers sampling at a rate of 48 kilohertz and 24 bit in addition to five miles of buried cable. The ARC enables high-fidelity, 3-D modeling of aircraft sound signatures in the environment when aircraft overfly the array. The facility has been operational since 2009 modeling the audible footprint of over 50 military aircraft to include fixed wing, rotary wing, manned, and unmanned aircraft.

“We’ve got this facility that is capturing this fine fidelity on the acoustics of aircraft so we can provide customers data they can use to quiet aircraft and comply with noise abatement at commercial airports or even for drones as they become more prevalent,” said John Hall, Research Scientist for the Air Force Research Laboratory. “If you look at companies delivering packages with drones, we have the facilities to make sure those drones aren’t disrupting people’s daily lives in urban and even rural areas.”

 

 

ARC also samples atmospheric conditions during testing. Two atmospheric LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) stations on site sample the atmosphere during testing up to 1,200 feet above the ground. This enables the team to evaluate any atmospheric effects that may impact the acoustic data collection. Additionally, they continuously track the location of the aircraft in flight throughout the entire data collection.

 

 

“White Sands Air Traffic Control (ATC) keeps all non-test aircraft 20 miles away from the test site during testing and all road traffic is halted as well on the range to ensure the signatures we capture are pristine,” said Hall. “During our testing window, the ambient outdoor conditions are so quiet you can nearly hear your own heartbeat, other than the aircraft we are testing. But once we process the data, we can add back in noisier ambient conditions computationally, like rural and urban environments. So, our customers can understand the effects of their noise signature in a variety of situations. The final result of the testing is a 3D noise signature model of the aircraft that can be used for mission planning, noise engineering, or environmental impact studies.”

As part of the CRADA agreement, CDO Technologies will be responsible for managing and maintaining the facility while scheduling and conducting testing on aircraft that will be provided by third-party entities. The ARC has relied on CDO’s technical expertise and qualifications for the past six years to manage the facility and develop the software for processing and delivering of the final product, often in a classified environment.

 

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The ARC site control center.

 

“The Air Force was really looking for an organization that had a solid history of developing sophisticated software and effectively managing large data sets,” said Don Ertel, senior vice president of operations at CDO Technologies. “Over our 25+ years of working with the Air Force, we have really proven ourselves up to the task by building complex algorithms in the time frame needed with the level of accuracy required to develop the application needed to process the information we gathered.”

About CDO Technologies, Inc.
CDO Technologies provides data-collection, advanced technology communications, and managed services solutions to help commercial and federal organizations operate more efficiently and effectively. Visit cdotech.com to learn more or call (937)258-0022.

New Program Helps Veterans

By Nova Team,

 

Military Counselor talks with new patient

 

CDO Technologies joins other Dayton organizations as a Key Sponsor of the United Way’s new VetsLink 211 call referral service. When a veteran in the greater Dayton area calls the helpline, a trained specialist will connect them to resources, advocate on their behalf with service providers, and improve their overall quality of life. For CDO Technologies, supporting the creation of this service was an easy decision.

“Every day, members of our military give so much to protect our freedom and many CDO employees have a history of serving in the military, myself included,” said Al Wofford, founder and president of CDO Technologies. “We all agree that veterans, their caregivers, and their families deserve easy access to a service that can cut down on the frustration, stress, and delays that often happen in the process of finding support.”

CDO Technologies was recognized at the “Go Live” Event celebrating the launch of VetsLink program on November 13, 2018, at the Kumar Conference Room, Soin Medical Center. The complete list of sponsors includes SRC, Inc., Hospice of Dayton, Fifth Third Bank, The Dayton Foundation, Copp Integrated Systems, LexisNexis, Rodriguez Financial Strategies, LLC, and Triple M Worldwide Solutions, LLC. For more information about United Way’s helplines, visit their website.

CDO Technologies provides data-collection, advanced technology communications, and managed services solutions to help commercial and federal organizations operate more efficiently and effectively.

CDO Technologies Wins Navy Contract

By Nova Team,

 

 

CDO Technologies, Inc. announced its award of the U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Enterprise prime task order issued under an unrestricted solicitation on the Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) contract vehicle. The award is a one-year task order valued at $7.4 million commencing September 24, 2018 and is under the $37.4 billion, 10-year Army Contracting Command-sponsored Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.  This is the first RS3 task order award for CDO.

Under the terms of this task order, CDO will provide logistics services, data and software system enhancements, maintenance strategy development and implementation, engineering and technical services, and training and organizational support for COMFRC. The Navy Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Enterprise pursued this task order action in order to enhance their ongoing effort to improve industrial plant services across the FRC command and implement a Reliability-Based Maintenance (RBM) approach to industrial maintenance. The scope of the effort includes a mix of skill sets across a broad range of knowledge areas, including Reliability-Based Maintenance, maintenance of industrial equipment, IBM Maximo® Computerized Maintenance Monitoring System (CMMS), organizational training and development, and industry best practices and standards. These distinct but interrelated efforts will resolve current maintenance program limitations to enable the FRC Enterprise Vision to implement a RBM program for equipment and infrastructure that aligns maintenance with production schedules.  The goals of the effort are to provide: Industrial Equipment and Infrastructure Readiness, Information Availability, Management Insight, and Training Sufficiency.

The U.S. Navy FRC contract is a significant accomplishment for CDO Technologies. It represents our first award on the RS3 contract and expands our business offerings into the Department of The Navy.” said President Al Wofford “We are proud to have earned this Task Order award from the Navy.  Our Program mission is to develop standardized Maintenance and Logistics processes throughout the NAVY FRC enterprise. This effort builds on our experience in providing exceptional professional services to all military branches. “

Since 1995, CDO Technologies based in Dayton, Ohio has delivered the best solutions for unique business problems in the commercial and federal sectors. CDO Technologies provides data-collection, advanced technology communications, and managed services solutions to help organizations operate more efficiently and effectively.  CDO is ISO 9001:2008 Certified and an Equal Opportunity Employer.