Development

BOLOBeat – One Touch Safety

The word is out about BOLOBeat! In the last two months, BOLOBeat has been presented and positively received at two major law enforcement conferences and the team has built relationships with key industry partners.

In October, Lt. Steven Olson had the honor of presenting BOLOBeat at the Maryland Sheriff’s Association. Thirteen Maryland counties were in attendance and the majority of these attendees have expressed interest in further discussion. Lt. Olson will be following up with the sheriffs and collaborating with them on how BOLOBeat can best serve their county.

 

BOLOBeat representatives Lt. Steven Olson and Tony Alletag traveled to Baton Rouge, LA for the…

ACES, Inc’s new Domestic Watch wins award in EPIC App Challenge

ACES, Inc. (in coordination with our parent company IEA) recently participated in the 2018 Intelligence & National Security Summit (INSS) EPIC App Challenge where participants had a short 10 days to develop a capability utilizing open data sets which focuses on anticipating events that have impact to National Security.  The EPIC App Challenge is an Intelligence-Community-focused challenge for developers directed at one or more hard problems the IC is facing today. ACES, Inc. was one of 9 teams to participate in the App Challenge and was honored with a 2nd Place award for our capability which we called Domestic Watch.

The EPIC App Challenge…

BOLOBeat

ACES, Inc. is excited to announce BOLOBeat – a One Touch Safety App that aids in Getting Violent Offenders off the Street, Keeping Officers Safe, and Closing Cases.  BOLOBeat, a streamlined method for sending crucial and timely intel to officers who are affected most, serves as an instant conduit of information between detectives investigating violent crime and “boots on the ground” patrol officers.  By eliminating the communication gap that often exists between detectives and patrol officers, BOLOBeat serves to reduce violent crime, build strong cases in court, and hold violent people accountable for their actions.

How does one app do all this? Simple.…

ACES, Inc. Summer 2017 Internship

ACES, Inc. Summer Internship

Each summer, ACES, Inc. offers internship program opportunities to students nearing the end of their schooling. These internships provide learning experiences for the interns and directly benefits ACES, Inc. by expanding our internal and external customer base and improving our support to them. ACES, Inc. looks for real-world opportunities that interns can take on and accomplish goals set by those customers.

As the summer comes to an end, we asked our current interns to reflect on their experiences here at ACES, Inc. and below you’ll find some examples of the way our wonderful interns grew and accomplished…

ACES Supports Non-Profits

ACES worked with the board of directors of the Archeological Society of Maryland, Inc. (ASM) to revamp and modernize its public web presence. ASM is a 503(c) Educational Non-Profit organization, dedicated to encouraging public engagement and interaction between professional and avocational archeologists. ASM provides opportunities for the general public to have a voice in archeological issues throughout the state of Maryland and to participate in excavations, lab, and site documentation of archeological resources.

The modernized web site is now hosted on GitHub using GH-Pages and includes HTML5/CSS3, responsive mobile design, and an online store for ASM memorabilia. The online store is…

ACES, Inc @ GeoHackJam

This March, ACES, Inc. was able to participate in the first ever GeoHackJam presented by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) & Data.gov.  The purpose of the event was to explore technical solutions for several different problem sets faced by the USGS and supporting agencies.

ACES members Travis Scheponik and Michael Siegel were able to team up with Michael Flores of IBM to successfully prototype and showcase an FOSS solution for their mineral data set issues. Utilizing open source tools such as ElasticSearch and Kibana hosted on IBM Bluemix, the team was able to present a viable prototype solution that could be built and expanded to…

ACES, Inc. Feedback on Federal Source Code Policy

I have been a Government contractor and software developer for over 15 years. I have worked on projects where code wasn’t shared with anyone outside the development team to open source projects funded by the government (Ozone Platform). The Federal Source Code Policy could be monumental for advancements in technology and innovation by empowering open communication and collaboration with the largest producer of software in the world.
Below is my feedback on the policy (https://sourcecode.cio.gov/) which was posted to GitHub at https://github.com/WhiteHouse/source-code-policy/issues/237

Feedback on Potential Challenges:

Prevent all from Actively Protecting Silos
Both government employees and contracting companies’ aggressively protect their silos of…

Ozone is Open Source

This post is the third in a series of blog post that will discuss Ozone evolution from a widget framework to a software as a service platform. The goal is to generate discussion among the Ozone community to discuss challenges and possible solutions.
 
Ozone is an open source project. The community needs to collaborate and should seed the creation of a non-profit Ozone Software Foundation (OSF) with donations and volunteers to provide leadership for the Ozone community.  The OSF would be responsible for increasing the value of the Ozone Platform to existing and new users by creating an active open source…

Background and Current State of Ozone

This post is the second in a series of blog post that will discuss Ozone evolution from a widget framework to a software as a service platform. The goal is to generate discussion among the Ozone community to discuss challenges and possible solutions.

The Ozone Widget Framework (OWF) had a significant and growing presence across the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community by 2010. Initially this was done via the GOSS Board (Government Open Source Software), an inter-agency consortium comprised of government stakeholders who met to discuss & decide on the path of Ozone. Ultimately, it culminated in the National Defense…

A Home for the Ozone Platform

The Ozone Widget Framework (OWF) and Ozone Marketplace (OMP) product line are nearing end of life, with limited resources to support bug fixes and community requests. Resources have since been directed to development, deployment, and sustainment of Ozone Platform (OZP), the software that powers AppsMall, and the latest in the Ozone product line of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). OZP is a key component of the Office of Director of National Intelligence’s (ODNI) Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (IC ITE) effort to bring the various intelligence agencies together to share information, reduce hardware and software redundancies, and further collaborate…