GE Buys Ameridata
Ameridata Technologies Inc., which entered the government market nearly three years ago when it acquired General Services Administration heavyweight Bohdan Associates Inc., has been snatched up by General Electric Capital Services as part of an all-stock deal valued around $490 million.
Ameridata, a $1.5 billion integrator, mesmerized the reseller channel as it went on a two-year shopping spree for large independent integrators. Ameridata is expected to become a subsidiary of GE Capital Technology Management Services, a supplier of data center outsourcing services. Today, federal pundits praise the largely commercial integrator for not forfeiting Bohdan's government presence.
High-Tech Award Winner Hits Vanity Fair
William Haseltine, a recipient of KPMG Peat Marwick's 1996 High Tech Entrepreneur Award given May 15, recently was featured prominently in a Vanity Fair article on combatting aging. Haseltine is the founder of Human Genome Sciences Inc., based in Rockville, Md. The rapidly growing company is seeking the human genes that cause aging so that gene-based medicines can be used to combat the effects of aging.
Capital Area Internet Service, McLean, Va. and CGX Telecom, Washington, D.C., have announced a merger.
The new company hopes to attract customers that want telecom and Internet services from the same source. CAIS and CGX will continue to operate as two separate divisions, run by their original founders and maintaining their names.
"This rare combination of an Internet company and a telecom company will... result in an extraordinary advantage in the marketplace," said Bob Gibson, co-founder and vice president of business development of CAIS.
Banks, FBI Ally Against Fraud
The Secret Service and the FBI have formed a coordination group with several banking associations to combat financial fraud and computer crimes. The banking associations include the Washington-based American Bankers Association, Independent Bankers of America, America's Community Bankers and the Credit Union National Association.
CONGRESS ASKS WHITE HOUSE FOR ENCRYPTION POLICY
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has gathered the signatures of 27 Republican and Democratic representatives on a letter asking the White House for its policy on software, key-escrow encryption technology. Since a public meeting last August, government officials have been redrafting the policy, which would let the FBI decode messages between criminals using cryptography without crippling the encryption technology built and used by U.S. industry.
Only vote for politicians that place their statements on the World Wide Web -- that's the message being pushed by a pair of Internet boosters with perhaps too much time on their hands. To strengthen their message, the two Internet evangelists (firstname.lastname@example.org) are asking voters to sign an on-line petition promising not to vote for candidates that don't put their oratory on-line.
Paperless Transactions Launched This Month
Businesses and consumers are a bit closer to communicating with the government over the Internet.
Earlier this week, Frontier Technologies, Mequon, Wis., announced a plan to hook people to a paperless, reportedly secure system.
Individuals at personal computers and strategically placed kiosks -- in libraries and post offices, for example -- would be able to access confidential information. Any data that should be kept private, such as social security and Internal Revenue Service information, can be accessed through a World Wide Web server.
For example, a business person could present a picture ID at a post office, where she would be given a 'public key card.' She could then electronically sign a federal contract and send it over the Internet to a contracting agency.
Frontier's plan, called the Paperless Transactions for the Public Project, will be launched by the end of May with a pilot group including government employees, private citizens and business executives.
Olympic Fans Purchase Tickets on Web
Olympic fans are using the World Wide Web to snap up tickets to the summer games as fast as they become available. More than 32,000 tickets have been sold in the two months following the site's debut on March 2. To order tickets, visit http://www.atlanta.olympic.org and have your VISA card ready. IBM's Net.Commerce server software is used to run the site.
GSA Gets Web Access
Employees of the U.S. General Services Administration will have Internet access at their desktops by Flag Day, June 14. Acting Administrator David Barram believes the increased communications capability will help employees collaborate better and inspire new innovations.
TRANSLATION: JAPANESE INVESTMENTS
The Commerce Department has begun a computerized translation service for companies seeking more information about Japanese technology. The Machine Translation Center for Japanese Science and Technology Literature was created with help from Japan's Science and Technology Agency.
Java, the Crime Fighter
One of the first Java-based solutions aimed at fighting crime was introduced by PSI International Inc., a strategic partner of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Federal subsidiary. The solution, dubbed "Internet in blue," enables police departments and other law enforcement agencies to incorporate the Internet in their crime-fighting activities and promote citizen involvement and community-based policing.
Besides using the Internet, the PSI solution allows police to build intranets and enhance access to internal databases. The Internet in blue solution from PSI takes advantage of Java's security features, platform independence and database access capabilities. With Java WorkShop, a visual development environment for Java that can be included as part of Internet blue solution, police departments can design, test, deploy and maintain Internet and intranet applications based on Java.
Internet in blue includes suggestions for services that law enforcement agencies can develop to offset the cost of the Internet project, such as providing on-line crime reports and accident report information to authorized outside organizations including legal firms and insurance companies.
The total worldwide information services market is worth $320 billion, with the internal staffs of commercial companies supplying the largest single portion of services (34 percent), followed by information services companies ( 24 percent). The remainder is captured by different integration and facilities management companies (42 percent).