AITC Achieves CMMI for Services Maturity Level 3

Appraisal Reflects Company’s Commitment to Quality and Continuous Improvement of Service Delivery Processes and Customer Satisfaction

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AITC, Inc., a leading SDVOSB and 8a certified small business Systems Integration firm providing Information Technology (IT) and Professional Services and Solutions to the United States Federal Government and Public Sector agencies, announced today it has been independently appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration for Services (CMMI®-SVC).

CMMI models are collections of industry best practices that help organizations to improve their processes.  The primary purpose of the CMMI for Services (CMMI-SVC) model is to guide service providers as they continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the way they do their work.

 “This demonstrates our commitment to consistently deliver quality services, products, and results to our clients as we assist them in achieving their performance goals and mission objectives. It is a testament to our people and processes to ensure the highest level of repeatability”.

Gabe Ruiz AITC President and CEO

AITC’s appraisal conducted by Alluvionic, a certified CMMI appraiser, included organizational process management, program and work management, service establishment and delivery, as well as supplier management for services customers across the Federal Government and Public Sector.

About the CMMI® Institute

CMMI Institute (CMMIinstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process and technology.  CMMI Institute’s promise is to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create sustainable competitive advantage. 

AITC Awarded U.S. Army Contract for Medical Simulation and Training Support at NATO Allied Centre for Medical Excellence (ACME) HQ Facility

AITC Awarded U.S. Army Contract
Demonstration during the opening ceremony of the NATO Special Operations Forces Allied Centre for Medical Education (ACME) at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Mons, Belgium, on Oct 17, 2013. The centre is equipped with the most advanced medical simulators and enables personnel to train in realistic combat conditions and provide vital care for the wounded. (NATO photo/SSgt Ian Houlding GBR Army – THIS IMAGE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY REAL CASUALITES, THE INJURIES ARE SIMULATED).

Project will Enhance Headquarter Training Capabilities and Expand Physical Footprint to Replicate Battlefield Environments and Medical Evacuation Platforms for Medical Training

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Joint Project Manager for Medical Modeling and Simulation (JPM MMS) has awarded Advanced IT Concepts (AITC) with a contract to support the relocation and outfitting of the ACME Training Facility at NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ), Mons, Belgium.

AITC is a certified 8(a) small business systems integration and information technology (IT) firm that provides solutions and services, such as training and simulation support to the federal government and public sector markets. The ACME Training Facility will be enhancing their training capability by expanding their physical footprint and providing simulation that tightly replicates the different battlefield environments and medical evacuation platforms, in which medical training could be performed. 

AITC will procure, install, integrate and operate the Medical Training Command and Control (MT-C2) system software, leveraged as Government Owned Training Software (GOTS), with Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) hardware, defined in the MT-C2 Technical Data Package (TDP) as designed for the Medical Simulation Training Centers (MSTCs).

AITC Awarded U.S. Army Contract
Demonstration during the opening ceremony of the NATO Special Operations Forces ACME at SHAPE, Mons, Belgium, on Oct 17, 2013. (NATO photo/SSgt Ian Houlding GBR Army – THIS IMAGE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY REAL CASUALITES, THE INJURIES ARE SIMULATED)

AITC teamed with Design Interactive (DI) to provide an optional C130 medical simulator at the ACME Training Facility.  DI specializes in building adaptive training systems and user interfaces.  Additionally, DI and AITC have an existing partnership at the Transport Medical Training Laboratory (TMTL) in San Antonio, Texas, where they developed the helicopter medical simulation and AITC is operating and maintaining the training systems.

“AITC’s experience at TMTL and delivery of IT solutions, system support and training operations provides the experience and collaboration capabilities necessary to deliver an innovative and adaptable solution to facilitate an effective medical training operations environment for the NATO Allied Center for Medical Excellence,” says Gabe Ruiz, CEO and President of AITC.  “We are pleased and humbled to have been selected by PEO STRI for this effort.

AITC will deliver a high level of infrastructure management, system test and implementation, logistics and instructor training support to enhance the ACME Training Facility at the NATO ACME Special Operations Headquarters, in Mons, Belgium,” says David Balleweg, AITC’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

AITC Awarded U.S. Navy Contract to Provide Upgrades to Infrastructure and Solutions to Training Capability and Classrooms Worldwide

Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) Program Supports Building the Framework Required to Fulfill United Nations Peacekeeping Requirements

Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise 2018 - Staff Training Exercise Training of Trainers
Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise 2018 – Staff Training Exercise Training of Trainers

AITC was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Florida to support the Global Peace Operations Initiatives (GPOI)/Building Partnership Capability (BPC) efforts.  The GPOI/BPC program supports building the framework to furnish international customers with a wide range of support to fulfill United Nations (UN) peacekeeping requirements.  With the rapid rise in the number and complexity of peace operations since the 1990s, this has increased the demand for well-trained and equipped peacekeepers.

The primary objective is to assist partner country efforts to build sustainable, indigenous peacekeeping training capacity.   The NAWCTSD International Programs Directorate has been chartered by the Naval International Programs Office (NIPO) to support the development and execution of GPOI/BPC requirements for benefiting nations.

As part of the requirements, AITC will provide upgrades to infrastructure and solutions to training capability and classrooms worldwide, but within United States Government (USG) partner country locations.  Delivery Orders have already begun being released for designated countries within the Geographical Combatant Commands: Africa Command (AFRICOM), Central Command (CENTCOM), European Command (EUCOM), Indo-Pacific Command (INDO-PACOM), and Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to perform delivery acceptance tasks, conduct inventory, and perform equipment procurement, configuration, integration and testing, as well as installation services.  Some of the solutions proposed can include, but are not limited to: Driving Simulators, Classroom Equipment, Multi-Media Language Labs, Language Software, Medical Training Environments and Equipment, Audio Visual and VTC Solutions, Field Radios and Antennas, Hand Held and Base Radio Upgrades, Smart Boards, Power solutions, Server and Desktop Computing and Communications Equipment.

“AITC is pleased to have been selected by NAWCTSD to support this important mission.  We are proficient at providing support worldwide in any type of environment and this continues to show our commitment to delivering solutions and services anytime and anywhere,” says Gabe Ruiz, CEO and President of AITC. 

Photo credit: GPOI – Global Peace Operations Initiative

AITC Showcases VR Technology at I/ITSEC 2018 Featuring DiSTI Training Platform, VE Studios

AITC Showcases VR Technology at I/ITSEC 2018
Siemens Director in VR new BG HP Backpack

In November last year, AITC Inc. was an exhibitor at I/ITSEC 2018—the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event hosted by the United States Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) —right here in Orlando, Florida.

One of the technology solutions we showcased was an innovative way that virtual reality (VR) has become more mobile—whether you’re inside or outside, but not lacking any power or capabilities.

VR: Beyond the World of Gaming and Into the Workplace and Classroom

VR technology has been linked with gaming for years, but what if you can take the fun of VR to empower people in the classroom or the workplace? Or, what if VR enabled you to take the classroom or workplace with you?

VR in the workplace and the classroom is becoming increasingly commonplace in several industries, helping users to become more engaged with their work. And let’s face it—trainings sometimes can be a little dull—or, at the very least, hard to take what’s written down on a page to incorporate it into the real world.

With traditional training methods, it can be challenging to engage new employees with pertinent information about their jobs and their companies. It can also be time-consuming to train someone on something that requires a lot of hands-on time and experience without possibly disrupting ongoing business operations.

HP’s VR Z Backpack

In 2017, HP introduced the Z Backpack—a more professional way to use VR. For training and simulation, this VR system can make work more alive and real in ways that traditional training programs cannot. What’s unique about this system is that it’s a sophisticated and powerful computer that you can take with you—but it’s not a laptop.

The Z Backpack is a wearable PC with hot swappable batteries—all without any cumbersome cords getting in your way. With a VR headset and two wireless controllers, you can immerse yourself in whatever simulation or training you desire.

When you’re inside, you can dock the system on your desk and wirelessly connect the PC to a desktop screen. If you need to move around or take it outside, you snap the PC to the backpack, put the backpack on, and you’re all set to go.

There are endless simulation and training possibilities with the HP VR Backpack, and that includes military capabilities.

DiSTI & HP – Creating Customized Virtual Training Solutions

In April 2018, Orlando-based software and training solutions firm, DiSTI, formed a partnership with HP as DiSTI’s hardware partner to develop more enterprise-level training solutions. At I/ITSEC, AITC showcased the power and freedom of HP’s Z Backpack along with DiSTI’s training platform, VE Studio. The virtual training showcased at I/ITSEC was created for the U.S. Army Air National Guard.

At I/ITSEC AITC showed how VE Studio created a training curriculum for a Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) to provide over 115 maintenance procedures used to maintain the EC-145 (commercial variant)/UH-172 (military variant) helicopter systems.

“The VE Studio tool/platform was used to develop the training program in its final rendered form and integrated with the HP backpack to provide an untethered training/demonstration experience at I/ITSEC.  VE Studio has been developing a host of training solutions for military and civilian programs around the world – such as helicopters, lawn equipment, tanks, aircraft, and gas turbines and AITC sees this technology as expanding training capabilities and efficiencies in many areas and markets,” says David Balleweg, AITC’s Director Sales and Marketing.

For the U.S. Army Air National Guard, DiSTI was able to quickly create and deliver a training program for half the cost of traditional VMT programs. They helped saved the government an estimated $4 million. In addition to saving time and money, DiSTI’s program helped to make soldiers ready to work on a helicopter without causing any disruptions that come with having to use an actual helicopter for training. DiSTI’s virtual training program also allows for multiple students to work simultaneously as a team in a VR vignette along with an instructor.

“VR and the Z Backpack are an environmental/experiential extension of the learning we create – allowing students freedom of movement within a virtual world so they can interact with the equipment much as they would in real life.  These training solutions can be created for enterprise-level customers with more intricate and complicated training needs or for smaller programs, it depends on the training need and the desired outcome,” says Kevin Mikalsen, DiSTI’s Director of Global Marketing.

As a systems integrator, AITC can leverage programs like VE Studio to help customers with their training needs—whether a customer would want to create their own training application or to create one for customers.  This is one way that AITC can create an end-to-end IT solution that best fits a customer’s needs.

For more information about this technology, please contact Lydia Perez in our sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

AITC Showcases Team Collaboration in a Box – A Powerful Collaboration Solution Removing Barriers for Usage and Deployment

AITC Showcases Team Collaboration in a Box

At I/ITSEC 2018, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event hosted by the United States Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), AITC showcased audio-visual integration capabilities at their exhibit. Teaming with their technology partner, AVI-SPL, a Tampa, FL-based company that provides collaboration and audio-visual solutions for organizations worldwide, AITC wanted to demonstrate a new technology solution, offering more intelligence and usability for team collaborations.

A Collaboration Space with Total Flexibility

If you had walked into the booth, you would have been able to experience the cutting-edge technology in our huddle lounge, a collaboration space that can accommodate a workgroup of up to six people.

The lounge was outfitted with a Cisco room kit, which enabled the demonstration computer to beam his screen to a TV screen – so no cords necessary. The lounge showcased how collaboration could happen not only within the same space, but also remotely. Whether you have a desktop computer, a smartphone, or a laptop, you could be a part of a meeting seamlessly. And this sort of technology could make facilitating training a whole lot easier and accessible.

“It’s not just about the high-end simulation facility, it’s about everyday learning continuing,” explained Steve White, Federal Business Development Manager for AVI-SPL.

How AITC and AVI-SPL Work Together

Working together, AITC and AVI-SPL want to help the U.S. government achieve their identified top two priorities for the federal workforce—to enable collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

“What AITC is able to do is to bring people together to create solutions for the government,” says Lydia Perez, sales operations manager at AITC. AITC can create bundled services and solutions to make it easier for the government and other customers to purchase.

What’s even more helpful and cost-effective is that by creating these bundled solutions, upgrading and maintaining equipment can be a seamless, unified process instead of in a piecemeal way. Whatever kind of IT system you have, when you’re ready to upgrade, these IT solutions can be integrated into yours. Not only can you have the latest software and hardware, but you can have them at a competitive price—saving you overhead costs.

But what if you’re not interested in purchasing equipment and software? We can provide something akin to software as a service (SaaS). It’s what White calls “facilities as a service”, which allows you to save capital expenditures and use operational expenditures. You don’t have to be responsible for servicing or maintaining the software and equipment. But if you want to own it after the service contract is up, that’s also an option.

“We’re putting you on that path to consistency. It’s all about making it standardized, making it easy to acquire, easy to specify, and streamline the acquisition process,” says Perez.

Some of the Available Technologies for Collaboration and Training

AITC Showcases Team Collaboration in a Box
Steve White AVI

So what kind of technology could be available in a smart space? White used the example of a conference room being able to recognize employees by facial recognition, greeting them and asking if they’d like to use the audio conference or by starting the audio conference immediately.

The conference room could also be able to count how many participants are in a room and start suggesting optimized usage (e.g., if there are larger conference rooms being used only by a small number of people).

One concern about having more remote capabilities for training and collaboration could be about security and confidentiality.   Our team can design and configure to any specialized classification, whether it’s secret, top-secret, JWICS, NIPRNet, SIPRNet, etc.

You could have a monitor-controlled video wall with as many LED screens as you might need. At I/ITSEC, AITC showcased a 2’ x2’ knowledge wall, but our capabilities can go far beyond that number of screens.

Video Link Services

If you’re seeking video link services, we also offer two types. One is a ReadyCam studio, which is used by national cable channels such as MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and others for interviews. These transmissions don’t require satlink trucks—just an internet connection and a 10’ by 14’ sized room. This media room give a professional, polished look for one person and can be remotely operated.

And one way this technology can be used in the government is if a leader wants to professionally, effectively, and quickly communicate a message within an organization. This live video could be fed into anywhere there’s a screen—desktops, laptops, cellphones, breakrooms and conference rooms.

Another way to use video link services is to capture content. If your desire is to make a training more educational and engaging, or you simply want to capture what a subject matter expert has to say on a topic, we can help with the post-production facilities, as well as with editing and graphics.

As a systems integrator, AITC wants to bring end-to-end IT solutions to governmental agencies as well as commercial organizations. To learn more about how we can help your organization facilitate collaboration and training, please contact Lydia Perez in our sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

AITC Team Secures New Multi-Year Contract from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

(From left to right: Rafael Arroyo (IT Systems and Security); Todd Martin (Network Engineering); Gabriel Ruiz (President/CEO); Jeff Lohrman (Director of Programs) and Dave Balleweg (Director of Sales and Marketing).

Advanced IT Concepts (AITC), Inc., an Orlando-based Information Technology (IT) Systems Engineering and Professional Services company, is pleased to announce that it was selected as a continuing contractor with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Information Technology Consulting Services Contract. The services include; program and project management; information technology research, analysis and product evaluation; data analysis and strategic planning; infrastructure support; systems engineering support; applications design, development, installation, configuration and testing; database management and administration; cyber and physical security; network operations and management, amongst other IT consulting services.

AITC established a program team and partnered with incumbents to support the functional area services required by the contract. The teaming partners include: AceApplications, EPIC Engineering and Consulting Group and ARCHIS Technologies.  AITC is a certified veteran owned small business located in the Orlando area that specializes in IT support services and solutions, cyber security and network operations and maintenance. The company manages multiple warehouses and a solution center and is Top Secret facility cleared.

“AITC appreciates the opportunity provided to us by the GOAA Professional Services Committee. This was a team effort and a solid match to our core competencies. Together with our teaming partners that bring legacy system experience as well as systems and applications development knowledge and expertise, we are confident in providing the support services required by the contract,” says Jeff Lohrman, AITC Director of Programs and acting program manager for the contract.

AITC was one of four companies recommended by the Professional Services Committee for contracts with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, all with somewhat different core capabilities to support the Aviation Authority’s service needs.

“We are excited to have been selected to support GOAA and expand AITC’s local public-sector business partnerships.  We strive to further develop Orlando based jobs and team with locally developed and competent partners.  Our team has extensive capabilities to offer and we are ready to make IT happen for GOAA,” says Gabriel Ruiz, AITC President and CEO.

AITC Receives New 7-Year Multi-Million-Dollar Army TADSS Maintenance Program Contract

AITC is pleased to announce that it was selected as part of the Army Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADSS) Maintenance Program (ATMP) contract as a sub-contractor to Lockheed Martin Corporation Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS). ATMP, a program under the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), will provide worldwide maintenance support for TADSS, Digital Ranges, and Combat Training Center Instrumentation Systems.

AITC is currently supporting several PEO STRI efforts, to include modernizing the Combat Training Centers (CTC’s) under the Army Combat Training Instrumentation Contract (ARCTIC) and the Army Test Ranges under the Test Network Modernization (TNM) contract. Under ATMP, AITC will provide Technical Expertise such as Simulation, Electronics and Supply Technical Support, Information Systems, Training Development, Production Control and more, in support of training systems such as Homestation Instrumentation Training System (HITS), Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer (RVTT), and several Aviation Maintenance Trainers.

“AITC is privileged to support the ATMP effort and extremely grateful to Lockheed Martin for having included us as part of their team. This contract signals AITC’s recognition as an excellent provider of Information Technology and related Training and Professional Services to the U.S. Army,” says Gabriel Ruiz, AITC President & CEO.

ATMP signifies an estimated $45-$50M in additional revenue over the 7 years of the contract and the addition of 65 new employees to support efforts at Ft Bliss, TX, Ft Eustis, VA, Ft Sill, OK, Camp Edwards, MA, Camp Grayling, MI, Camp Santiago, P.R. as well as Houston, TX and West Jordan, UT.

“For more than ten years AITC has been supporting critical training missions under PEO STRI by deploying Information Technologies, Training Devices and Simulators, and the required Subject Matter Expertise for a successful implementation. We are excited about this opportunity to expand our PEO STRI and PM TRADE support as a valued Small Business partner to Lockheed Martin,” adds Ruiz.