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27 Apr 07. General Dynamics Information Technology will provide next-generation technical support services as a member of the Verizon Business-led Networx program team that was awarded the General Services Administration (GSA) Networx Universal contract on March 29. One of the largest federal communications contracts in history, the entire Networx program has an estimated potential value of about $20bn over 10 years to all awardees.

03 May 07. Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated based in Huntsville, Ala., has joined the Raytheon Company-led team in a bid for the U.S. Army Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). Teledyne Brown Engineering joins General Dynamics C4 Systems, Davidson Technologies, Inc., and IBM as members of Team IBCS. This world-class team will leverage its combined domain expertise while employing innovative,
industry wide best practices to provide the U.S. Army a transformational,
affordable and extensible air defense solution for integrated air and missile defense.

27 Apr 07. RS Components UK Ltd, Europe’s leading distributor of electronic, electrical, electromechanical and industrial components, has signed an agreement with HUBER+SUHNER to distribute 100 line items from their range of RF connectors and cable assemblies, high performance test leads and antennas. For the first time HUBER+SUHNER products will be available to purchase off-the-shelf and online by system and design engineers for next day delivery – including high frequency RF interconnects.

Apr 07. PEI-Genesis, the franchised assembler and distributor of electronic connectors, has been approved by Amphenol-Air LB to assemble its range of VG95234 multi-pin circular connectors. The connectors are now available from PEI-Genesis with its market-leading 48-hour assembly service. Designed to conform to the VG95234 German military standard, the connectors use the same dimensions and contact arrangements as specified in MIL-C-5015, but they are provided with a reverse bayonet coupling, which not only ensures quick and effortless locking/unlocking but also avoids unintentional unlatching in conditions of severe vibration. Available in ten shell sizes with a wide variety of contact arrangements, the VG95234 connectors feature aluminium alloy shells with an olive drab finish, neoprene inserts and silver-plated copper crimp contacts offering maximum current ratings from 8A to 245A.

01 May 07. Savi Technology announced a “QuickStart” licensing program for its intellectual property (IP) now incorporated into ISO 18185, the new standard for electronic cargo seals (e-Seals). The Savi QuickStart e-Seal Licensing Program includes a reduced licensing fee for orders received by June 30, 2007. Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin Company, anticipates that licensing its IP for the tag-to-reader communication requirements in ISO 18185 will accelerate the worldwide use of e-Seals, improve interoperability among RFID networks, and drive greater affordability of basic e-Seals. Approved in mid-April, the ISO 18185 standard addresses technical and application standards for e-Seals, which ISO describes as “non-reusable freight container seals” that “electronically evidence tampering or intrusion through the container doors.” e-Seals are an emerging class of active RFID devices that incorporate both a mechanical locking mechanism and an active RFID module to provide wireless alerting and location capabilities not currently possible with traditional bolt seals, which are easily breached. Containerized cargo accounts for 90 percent of world trade, and some 200 million containers move through the world’s ports each year. The SAFE Port Act of 2006 calls for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to define the voluntary use of container security devices in accordance with international standards, specifically referencing ISO, to potentially achieve faster clearance through U.S. Customs and Border

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