SAIC given $42mn task order by US Army for tech integration
As part of this endeavour, SAIC (Science Applications International Corp.) must deliver ongoing development, deployment and maintenance of the Orion Decision Platform to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Orion, a decision-making platform created by Joint Staff J3, is envisioned to consolidate large amounts of data from each military service, give an easy visualisation on key resources and provide simulations of potential courses of action to determine which is the most optimal.
Tech-enabled decision making
Jim Scanlon, Exec VP at SAIC, expressed pride at the company’s recognition and stated that the opportunity would give SAIC a chance to demonstrate its technical capabilities.
“For the past two years, SAIC has provided direct support to Orion, a mission-critical decision tool for the Army, developing a deep understanding of the platform’s requirements, architectures, and technologies,” he said.
“As a technology integrator, SAIC appreciates the Army’s need to successfully maintain a feasible, executable, and comprehensive solution to assist mission-critical decisions.
“We are proud to continue and expand our work with the Army and the Joint Chiefs of Staff by integrating technologies that meet the evolving needs of our warfighters and senior leadership.”
The three-year contract, awarded under the SMDC’s (Space and Missile Defense Command) Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration - or D3I - programme, will be carried out in Huntsville, Alabama.
Developing service technology
In early May, SAIC also announced that it was amongst 40 companies selected as part of the US Navy’s $982mn sea systems command contract. The company will be competing for task orders on unmanned surface vehicles and associated services.
“SAIC is excited to continue this relationship with the Navy to support the expansion of unmanned surface vehicles within the Navy’s repertoire of technology,” added Scanlon.
“Our naval forces need to be machines of modern efficiency. The Navy needs to maintain and modernise its technology assets to meet current and future operational requirements. This contract will help them meet this mission.”
Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.