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GSA adds health screening

A preventative health screening station offered by Computerized Screening Inc., Sparks, Nev., has gained a spot in the General Services Administration's fitness vendor catalog. The health station determines blood pressure, weight, fitness and health. It also offers the ability for users to compile and store test results along with information on physician visits, hospitalizations and prescription histories, all of which can be made accessible via the Internet. The company plans to market the stations to agencies and publicly funded health organizations.

System measures bioterrror threat 

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a system that can coordinate, through software agents, an evacuation of people in an area of an escalating bioterrorism crisis. The prototype, called the Interoperability of Multi-agent Systems to Support an Escalating Noncombatant Evacuation Operation, or Tie-3, can dynamically evaluate a situation, form an evacuation plan, monitor activity and reformulate escape plans as necessary.

Data sharing initiative

Defense Department CIO John Stenbit mandated the creation of a central registry of extensible markup language, or XML, components. Defense Department offices will register components they build or procure through this clearinghouse, which is run by the Defense Information Systems Agency. This registry will pave the way for offices to easily create systems that share information, said Patrick Fines of defense integrator FGM Inc., Dulles, Va. Fines is the director of the registry work that the company is doing for DISA.

Intelligence software

The Navy Training and Management Planning System, the central data warehouse for the chief of Naval Education and Training, has incorporated a business intelligence solution from Cognos Inc., Ottawa, to allow managers to tap into reports pertaining to funding, facilities, personnel, manpower, equipment and training courses.

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