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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 to Open for Commercial Aerospace Businesses

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.

 

ARC Site Control Center Interior

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.

A New Partnership Delivers Affordable RFID Asset Tracking

By Nova Team,

 

 

Businesses that have historically been unable to afford large-scale asset tracking now have access to customizable solutions as a result of a partnership between Brady Worldwide and CDO Technologies. The combination of Brady’s CenSys and CDO’s Critical Asset Tracking Solution (CATS) empowers businesses to efficiently locate items and dramatically reduce infrastructure costs.

“The benefits of RFID asset tracking are well known, but it hasn’t always been accessible for smaller companies,” said Al Wofford, founder and president of CDO Technologies. “The options we’re providing now are customizable and scalable, allowing businesses to compete more effectively with the big players in manufacturing, healthcare, and service industries.”

While each application is based on the unique needs of the end-user, Brady’s CenSys offers a lower cost yet highly reliable option for businesses looking for a tracking solution.

“Typical fixed RFID readers can be quite expensive, often costing several thousand dollars per reader. Combine that with infrastructure and software needs, and the overall cost investment becomes simply too much for most small to medium businesses,” said Wesley Columbia, Brady’s global strategy and marketing manager. “Requiring only power and a Wi-Fi connection, CenSys has been specifically designed to offer great performance and value at the sub-$1,000 price point while also being simple to install and configure.”

The Brady CenSys reader detects the presence and unique identity of passive UHF RFID tags within its field of view and feeds this information into CATS. The CenSys and CATS combination can connect to a cloud-based or on-premise server. CATS collects and records data to track asset movement, conduct inventories, or monitor work-in-process. Stored data can be integrated with other enterprise systems to construct financial analytics, measure production efficiencies, or validate logistical operations.

Because this asset tracking solution can be based in a cloud computing environment, businesses see a dramatic reduction in infrastructure costs by eliminating the need for on-site servers and custom software. Lower equipment costs can also be attributed to the strategic placement of readers.

“Many customers don’t need complete coverage of their facility,” said Columbia. “Instead, the last known location provides sufficient relevant data to update their customers or manage high-value items.”

For example, multiple lines, finishing processes, or manual processes complicate monitoring work-in-progress components but placing readers at specific production points make the tracking process smoother. The operator can log into the system to access information to update the customer. Tool tracking is also a common application where expensive or frequently used tools are tagged, and a series of readers are placed in the tool crib or on a workbench. This can reduce downtime spent searching for missing tools or the expense of replacing tools.

“Measurable ROI is definitely important to organizations,” said Robert Zielinski, CDO Technologies’ director of commercial solutions. “By combining an RFID reader with modern Internet of Things processing technology and a dedicated RFID asset tracking software, we can open up new opportunities for more companies to become efficient and profitable at the same time.”

Military Spouse Employment Partnership Creates Career Opportunities

By Nova Team,

CDO Technologies, Inc. is the latest member of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) through the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. The program provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide and offers comprehensive resources and tools as their careers progress.

“We have always maintained strong partnership with the Department of Defense and many of the people on my team have a history of serving in the military, myself included,” said Al Wofford, founder and president of CDO Technologies. “It’s an honor to extend our positive relationship to include formalizing our practice of recruiting military spouses.”

Recruiting will not be limited to CDO’s headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. Experts in Information Technology, Cyber Security, Logistics, and Maintenance and Repair are needed across the country to assist in implementing solutions like Application Migration to the Cloud, IT infrastructure installation and support, Automatic Identification Technologies (AIT), and Research and Development. Telework opportunities are also available. All available positions will be listed at MSEP Career Portal and on CDO’s website.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is part of the Department of Defense’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program, which seeks to reduce the 23 percent unemployment rate experienced by military spouses and close the 25 percent wage gap currently experienced by military wives. SECO provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering free comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness, and career connections. This program also offers free career coaching services six days a week. Learn more about Spouse Education and Career Opportunities by visiting Military OneSource or calling 800-342-9647 to speak to a SECO career coach.

3 Members of the Top 100 in Aerospace and Defense Given Special Awards

By R H,

May 11, 2017/DBJ The Dayton Business Journal is giving out three special awards as part of its annual Who’s Who in Aerospace and Defense. The editorial board of Dayton Business Journal again selected three individuals for special awards. We are honoring an individual in three different categories – Military Leader, Community Leader and Defense Contractor.

The winners are Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry (Military), John Leland (Community Leader) and Al Wofford (Defense Contractor).


Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry Jr. is the new commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The organization is the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems.

The Life Cycle Management Center has 26,000 people in 60 locations around the world.

McMurry previously was commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, also at Wright-Patt.

McMurry entered the Air Force in 1984 through the University of Texas ROTC program. He has served in a variety of engineering, program management, staff and command positions. Among his posts, he served as director, Iraq Security Assistance Mission in Baghdad. He also served as Space Programs Director for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles.

Among his major awards and decorations are:

  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Bronze Star
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal

As talk of a base consolidation process gets louder, preserving Wright-Patt and its installations is more important than ever.

McMurry addressed the possibility at his swearing in ceremony in early May.

“What I focus on is doing our job today as well as I can, taking advantage of the location I have and the resources that come with that and making sure that we’re doing the best we can to make the best use of taxpayer resources and deliver the best capability for our warfighters,” McMurry said. “If that ever rolls out, we just roll with it and deal with it.”


John Leland, Vice President for Research, University of Dayton; Executive Director, University of Dayton Research Institute

John Leland has been University of Dayton’s vice president for research since 2015 and director of the University of Dayton Research Institute since 2005. Leland sets strategic directions for research and the institute to support the development of its staff, growth in revenues and contribution to the university’s mission.

He has overseen tremendous growth at UDRI. The institute performed $117.6 million in research and development in the 2016 fiscal year — a 20 percent jump from the year before. This comes as a hiring spree has made the institute larger than ever.

UDRI now has roughly 520 employees, marking a 30 percent increase over three to four years ago. It’s been adding program management expertise, people with experience in laser technology and corrosion, as well as sensor technology. It also continues to hire engineers.

In all, UDRI has now done more than $2 billion in research, huge growth from a single, $10,000 contract awarded to UD 60 years ago by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to study aircraft fatigue.

Prior to becoming director, John served as associate director of operations for UDRI and head of the institute’s materials engineering division. He also served as UD’s director for technology partnerships, where he was responsible for the protection and licensing of the university’s patents and other intellectual property. He joined UDRI in 2000 after concluding a Congressional Science Fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During his 16 years as a researcher for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patt, Leland led a research group in the propulsion directorate, where researchers developed thermal management concepts and technologies for high-density power electronics, megawatt lasers and high-powered microwaves for future aircraft.


Al Wofford, President & CEO, CDO Technologies

From a team of two to a team of 300, Al Wofford’s vision has grown CDO Technologies into a leading provider of business and technology solutions. Under his leadership, revenues have increased every year since the company’s inception in 1995. The company has grown to 300 people with offices in Alabama, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Georgia, in addition to its local headquarters. That marks an increase of 100 workers since 2014. After flying under the radar, it has emerged in the past few years and scored a bevy of contract wins in the data world.

Late last year, the company was named to a $75 million contract for cybersecurity communications system work in support of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. Its work in access control, network support and technology has seen growing work in the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

In recent years, Wofford has also looked to turn some of its work in the government world into commercial products. But its bread and butter is the defense industry and Wofford has worked to navigate the ever evolving needs of the military.

“You have to change, you have to be nimble,” Wofford said recently. “But at the end of the day, our first task is to support the warfighter.”

Wofford also is active in the Dayton community. He has served on such organizations as the Wright Center of Innovation, I-Zone, Greater Dayton IT Alliance, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Dayton/Montgomery County Port Authority and Omega Baptist Church. He has an MBA in management from the Golden Gate University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina.