Senior Network Engineer/Architect

Company Overview

AITC is a fast-growing, proven, and reputable Information Technology Company focused on Systems Integration, Value- Added Reselling, and Professional Services of IT and related products and solutions. We represent over 1,200 select manufacturers to a network of direct and indirect Customers in the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as in the Commercial sector.

AITC offers: Strategic Planning; Technology and Risk Assessment; System Design and Implementation; System Migration; Solutions Sales, Maintenance and Support Services; Training and Training Development; Consulting; Program Management; Lifecycle Management; IT Staffing Support; and Managed IT Services.

The company is focused on: Telecommunications Systems / VoIP / IP Telephony; Data Networking; Information Security; Data Centers / Cloud Computing / Virtualization / Storage; IP Video / Video Teleconferencing; Wireless and Mobility; Computing / Servers / Workstations / PC’s / Tablets, etc.

AITC has an opening for a Senior Network Engineer/Architect position in support of our Global mission but with primary duty station at our Winter Springs, FL. Headquarters.

Position Overview

The Senior Network Engineer/Architect will have diverse and extensive practical and working experience as a telecommunications specialist developing, designing, integrating and installing complex network systems including knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas: long term network planning and upgrade, expertise in IP, and optical test network assessments, optical fiber infrastructure assessment networks scalability and security, encryption techniques and protocols, theoretical and practical knowledge of network equipment, configuration, integration and testing, open systems standards architectures, hardware capabilities and configuration, network design verification and validation, installation, information assurance (RMF).

Primary Responsibilities/Tasks

  • Develop network architecture that effectively supports the customer’s objectives, service-level and availability requirements, Information Security and other technology parameters.
  • Gather operational requirements from clients to be used in the planning, forecasting, designing and securing of the enterprise network, including wide area and local area networks.
  • Plan, design, implement and optimize the network infrastructure
  • Produce topologies of complex, large-scale, converged network designs.
  • Communicate the network strategy, architecture and procurement opportunities to management through well written documents that capture the benefits and value provided.
  • Analyze technical needs and requirements, and provide recommended course of action for meeting customer objectives.
  • Develop multiple Course of Actions to functional problems and reduce abstract ideas to easily understood procedures.
  • Research methods, best practices, standards-based architecture and design philosophies to assure the overall health, security and scalability of the network.
  • Isolate problems, restore services, and determine the root cause of incidents.
  • Analyze, interpret, and present research findings required including technical analysis of requirements in an effort to properly scope and cost projects across the network lifecycle.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Program Management Office.
  • Other duties as assigned.

The incumbent is expected to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position- specific duties.

Qualifications

  • 8 -10 years of IT system and network administration experience working in a globally distributed infrastructure
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related area required.
  • Possess professional IT training and certifications to include:
    • A+ Certification required
    • Network+ Certification required
    • Security + Certification required
    • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) required
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) required
    • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) required
    • Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) preferred
    • Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) preferred
  • Must have strong experience with
  • Layer 3 technologies:
    • IPv4, OSPF, BGP, HSRP, VRRP, QoS, Multicast.
  • Layer 2 technologies:
    • STP, VLANs, Ether channel, UDLD, ONS, VDC, VPC, QoS; authentication technologies, IPS, Firewalls, VPN, DMVPN;
  • LAN/WAN technologies;
    • Multiple vendors hardware, routing/switching technology, network security integration, Wireless LAN technology, VoIP and VPNs.
  • Strong communication and documentation skills
  • Technical documentation and use of all Microsoft office products (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Effective time management and organizational skills as well as the ability to manage multiple and changing priorities with attention to detail.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Positive, self-motivated individual who can complete tasks independently
  • Department of Defense Secret Clearanc

Corporate Values

The following characteristics are expected of each employee of the corporation regardless of role or responsibility:

  • Positive attitude . . . a high level of enthusiasm, motivation and resilience . . . a sense of urgency to obtain results . . . an ability to maintain a positive attitude when under pressure . . . an ability to keep things in perspective.
  • Respect . . . a commitment to treat employees, clients and vendors with respect . . . a willingness to be respectful of others’ opinions and ideas . . . a commitment to respect the work of others.
  • Professionalism . . . a high level of professionalism in attitude demeanor and dress . . . demonstrate maturity in handling confidential matters . . . a consistent businesslike demeanor and performance . . . common sense and good judgment…have good attendance and be punctual.
  • Dependability . . . a reputation for doing what you say you are going to do . . . a willingness to go beyond the call of duty.
  • Integrity . . . a track record of doing the right thing for the right reason . . . honesty and sincerity . . . earning the trust of clients and coworkers . . . maintaining strict standards of confidentiality.
  • Commitment to quality . . . proof all work for accuracy…..a demand for excellence in all forms of communication . . . always looking after the smallest detail.
  • Creativity . . . a reputation for innovative thinking . . . working with an entrepreneurial spirit . . . not only in the visual aspects of our work, but in all areas of our business.

The Team

AITC provides a work environment that promotes employee growth and development. We are searching for an individual who wants to grow with AITC and who will strive to improve performance and results. If you are ethical,  driven,  personable,  and  energeticthere  will  be  additional  opportunities  for  you  here  at  AITC.

Our team members are diverse and experienced professionals who are driven to meet high standards. They are passionate and demonstrate pride in their work and in AITC. If you join our team, you will have the rewarding experience     of     working     in     an     innovative,     collaborative,     and     high-pace     work   environment.

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, expertise, education, and potential. We offer our employees competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

Project Manager

Company Overview

AITC is a fast-growing, proven, and reputable Information Technology Company focused on Systems Integration, Value-Added Reselling, and Professional Services of IT and related products and solutions. We represent over 1,200 select manufacturers to a network of direct and indirect Customers in the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as in the Commercial sector.

AITC offers: Strategic Planning; Technology and Risk Assessment; System Design and Implementation; System Migration; Solutions Sales, Maintenance and Support Services; Training and Training Development; Consulting; Program Management; Lifecycle Management; IT Staffing Support; and Managed IT Services.

The company is focused on: Telecommunications Systems / VoIP / IP Telephony; Data Networking; Information Security; Data Centers / Cloud Computing / Virtualization / Storage; IP Video / Video Teleconferencing; Wireless and Mobility; Computing / Servers / Workstations / PC’s / Tablets, etc.

Position Overview

Primary ongoing responsibility is for management of projects. Focuses on meeting project commitments, including communications with client. Spends significant time on project management responsibilities. As assigned, lead or assist in the planning, implementation and introduction of projects for new systems and technologies.

Primary Responsibilities/Tasks

  • Lead planning and/or implementation of projects. May participate in the design and/or testing phases.
  • Facilitate the definition of project missions, goals, tasks, and resource requirements; resolve or assist in the resolution of conflicts within and between projects or functional areas; develop methods to monitor project or area progress; and provide corrective supervision if necessary.
  • Responsibility for assembling the project staff; for their technical or functional development, performance, and/or termination during the project or projects.
  • Manage project budget and resource allocation.
  • Facilitate the definition of service levels and customer requirements. Interact regularly with existing or potential clients to determine their needs and to develop plans for improving delivery. Advocate on behalf of clients and represent clients’ needs as appropriate to senior management. Work cross-functionally to solve problems and implement changes.
  • Follow a defined, agreed upon project management methodology.
  • Present oral and written reports defining plans, problems, and resolutions to appropriate levels of management.
  • Reviews goals, accomplishments, and overall team performance at key stages.
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and direction setting to team members. Ensure project team and staff training and development.

Incumbent is expected to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional position-specific duties.

Qualifications/Technical Skills

  • Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible experience, including experience successfully managing various projects. Outstanding grasp of information technology concepts and processes. Demonstrated aptitude for effective leadership of staff. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of project management phases, techniques and tools:
    • Initiate
    • Prepare: definition/scope/requirements
    • Execute & Control: scope, workplans, resources, deliverables, Q/A, transition planning, etc.
    • Close: completion and assessment
  • Strong and tested project management skills, including risk management.
  • Understanding of IT
  • Recognizes problems or situations that are new or without clear precedent. Evaluates alternatives and finds solutions using a systematic, multi-step approach.
  • Develops improvements and innovations to enhance performance.
  • Consults and provides advice, facilitates discussion and resolves conflict; establishes trust; builds and uses cross- functional relationships to accomplish work objectives.
  • Creates a sense of belonging and ownership among team members; assembles a team with the right mix of skills; coaches and motivates team members; delegates responsibility; promotes mutual support and interaction.
  • Conveys goals and objectives clearly and in a compelling manner; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; interprets verbal and non-verbal messages that others communicate; produces clear status reports; communicates tactfully and candidly.
  • Ensures that project status, issues and successes are communicated to project team, customer and all levels of management and documented appropriately.
  • Ensures open communication on the project team. Addresses delicate situations and handles conflicts in such a way as to maximize opportunity and minimize exposure to risk.
  • Understands how and when to make a choice; how and when to escalate issues to higher levels. Analyzes the risks and future impact of decisions.
  • Makes decisions and takes timely independent action in pursuit of priorities.
  • Understands and effectively uses established policies and procedures.
  • Creates within the team a shared focus on the importance of achieving results. Creates work standards for project; establishes and defines roles and responsibilities, specific outcomes, and clear measures for quality and success of the team. Provides performance feedback and assists employees with plans for development and training.
  • Prioritizes own and team’s work. Anticipates consequences of actions, potential problems, or opportunities for change.
  • Sets and meets realistic deadlines. Forecasts changes and communicates current and projected issues.

Corporate Values

The following characteristics are expected of each employee of the corporation regardless of role or responsibility:

  • Positive attitude . . . a high level of enthusiasm, motivation and resilience . . . a sense of urgency to obtain results . . . an ability to maintain a positive attitude when under pressure . . . an ability to keep things in perspective.
  • Respect . . . a commitment to treat employees, clients and vendors with respect . . . a willingness to be respectful of others’ opinions and ideas . . . a commitment to respect the work of others.
  • Professionalism . . . a high level of professionalism in attitude demeanor and dress . . . demonstrate maturity in handling confidential matters . . . a consistent businesslike demeanor and performance . . . common sense and good judgment…have good attendance and be punctual.
  • Dependability . . . a reputation for doing what you say you are going to do . . . a willingness to go beyond the call of duty.
  • Integrity . . . a track record of doing the right thing for the right reason . . . honesty and sincerity . . . earning the trust of clients and coworkers . . . maintaining strict standards of confidentiality.
  • Commitment to quality . . . proof all work for accuracy…a demand for excellence in all forms of communication . . . always looking after the smallest detail.
  • Creativity . . . a reputation for innovative thinking . . . working with an entrepreneurial spirit . . . not only in the visual aspects of our work, but in all areas of our business.

The Team

AITC provides a work environment that promotes employee growth and development. We are searching for an individual who wants to grow with AITC and who will strive to improve performance and results. If you are ethical, driven, personable, and energetic, there will be additional opportunities for you here at AITC.

Our team members are diverse and experienced professionals who are driven to meet high standards. They are passionate and demonstrate pride in their work and in AITC. If you join our team, you will have the rewarding experience of working in an innovative, collaborative, and high-pace work environment.

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, expertise, education, and potential. We offer our employees competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

Cybersecurity Systems Administrator

Company Overview

AITC is fast-growing, proven, and reputable Information Technology Company focused on Systems Integration, Value-Added Reselling, and Professional Services of IT products and End-To-End solutions. We represent from top select manufacturers to a network of direct and indirect Customers in the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as in the Commercial sector.

AITC offers: Strategic Planning; Technology and Risk Assessment; System Design and Implementation; System Migration; Solutions Sales, Maintenance and Support Services; Training and Training Development; Consulting; Program Management; Lifecycle Management; IT Staffing Support; and Managed IT Services.

The company is focused on: Telecommunications Systems / VoIP / IP Telephony; Data Networking; Information Security; Data Centers / Cloud Computing / Virtualization / Storage; IP Video / Video Teleconferencing; Wireless and Mobility; Computing / Servers / Workstations / PC’s / Tablets, etc. AITC has an opening for a new Cybersecurity Systems Administrator position in Einsiedlerhof, Germany in support of Warrior Preparation Center (WPC) Network operations.

Position Overview

Cybersecurity Support candidate will provide cybersecurity support for all WPC networks to assist in developing constructive capabilities to train in a synthetic environment against cyber-attacks and assist other nations in obtaining and maintaining distributed connection with CFBLNet supporting SPARTAN Training/Exercise events.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the sustainment of the accredited cybersecurity posture of the WPC’s domain enclaves by actively tracking and maintaining assigned network’s cyber-vulnerability level and system compliance to applicable DISA Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) and Security Requirements Guides (SRGs);
  • Serve as the operations lead for WPC’s Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) systems and scan/report production processes;
  • Work with the WPC Cybersecurity Office to provide technical inputs for Cyber Vulnerability Management (CVM) and Risk Management Framework (RMF) Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&Ms) regarding remediation timelines or vulnerability mitigation to sufficient detail;
  • Actively maintain lists of active hosts on the assigned networks and the corresponding inventory listings of software used to determine STIGs and/or SRGs that need to be applied;
  • Research proposed configuration updates/changes and apply a “patch-and-test” approach as appropriate to determine if a configuration update/change will have a detrimental effect on the WPC
  • processes and operational training mission to make a determination on application in the operational environment;
  • Track/report event partner’s compliance of configuration changes based on CYBERCOM-driven tasking orders or other DoD short-notice threat response notifications;
  • Provide guidance and subject matter expertise of DoD and AF policies, instructions related to the C&A processes, AF Security, Interoperability, Supportability, Sustainability and Interoperability (SISSU) activities, the AF Certification and Accreditation Process (AFCAP), and DoD’s Risk Management Framework (RMF);
  • Provide security engineering to assist in implement security controls and ensure these controls do not degrade performance and availability requirements needed to execute and sustain M&S/LVC exercises/events;
  • Report security findings and issues associated with the RMF process to the appropriate Cybersecurity POCs;
  • Review system artifacts (e.g., documents) for accuracy and perform hands-on testing of system security features;
  • Conduct facility visits to US other nations distributed training center to observe the actual processes related to each IA control (technical, personnel, operational, or management in nature);
  • Utilize tools such as Retina and Nessus scanners, DISA System Readiness Review (SRR) and Gold Disks, and database and web server security test tools;
  • Perform hands-on validation of IA control implementation in M&S/LVC;
  • Base assessment primarily on the validation procedures of the DIACAP or RMF Knowledge Service and DISA STIGs;
  • Provide specialized subject matter expertise of the M&S/LVC community’s systems;
  • Support Configuration Management (CM) and documentation of the infrastructure, network, and equipment, physical locations of equipment, and facility features require baselines and shall be under change control;
  • Assist with CM, including the following: maintain circuit action records, maintain network and rack elevation diagrams;
  • Consolidate and maintain baseline hardware lists for each WPC network including other nations connecting to WPC network or systems;
  • Develop and maintain network diagram of network infrastructure for every communication room, including but not limited to: Coalition and Exercise networks, VTC systems, and IP telephones. Network drawings shall be updated regularly as defined by WPC standards. Network drawings and hardware inventory lists shall be updated monthly or as changes are made, to include all new and revised information obtained the previous month. Contractor shall maintain a database of communications equipment (such as switches, routers, hub, and encryption devices) used in all WPC networks;
  • Provide cybersecurity support for WPC LVC Operations Integration;
  • Provide cybersecurity support to enable WPC obtaining and maintaining cybersecurity approval to connect to Allied, Coalition and PfP nation distributed training centers and the associated network systems and training devices;
  • Provide cybersecurity advice, guidance, recommendations, and review of identified products created by units for their specific sites to comply with Federal, DoD and AF IA policies;
  • Provide security engineering support to the IAM and configuration management (CM) team and assist in providing balance between the reasonable implementation of cybersecurity/security controls and the performance and availability requirements needed to sustain the mission;
  • Work to provide solutions to security and technical challenges to the user’s connectivity including documenting problem areas with recommendations for resolution to WPC/DO, conducting site visit follow-ups on issues and resolutions as needed, documenting recommendations for process
  • improvements and provide to WPC/DO, providing lessons learned quarterly for the user community to WPC/DO for publishing, conducting annual security reviews and provide report to the IAM and WPC/DO, and providing customer service support to installation sites as identified by WPC/DO; 24) assist the WPC in achieving consistent application/implementation of network and system security policies, countermeasures, and procedures under development and fielded to user sites;
  • Assist the IAM in assessing the accuracy and completeness of system accreditation packages in accordance with DIACAP/RMF to increase the overall security posture of the WPC;
  • Assist as required in maintaining and updating CM control of the following documents: Configuration Management Plan, Risk Management Plan, Vulnerability Management Plan, Patch Management Plan, Incident Response Plan, COOP, and DRP;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Incumbent is required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

Mandatory Experience & Requirements  

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Craftsman: Server Infrastructure and/or Red Hat Certified System Administrator; 5-7 years’ experience.
  • DoD 8570.1 IAT Level II Certification required.
  • Experience with ACAS or Tenable Nessus vulnerability scanners. 
  • ISSO cybersecurity qualification.
  • Security Clearance:  Secret.  The selected applicants will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Desired Experience & Education

  • A bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of functional experience, OR; An associate’s degree plus 7 years of recent specialized experience OR 11 total years of recent specialized experience;
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Experience supporting LVC distributed training systems and Distributed Training Centers (DTC).

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience, expertise, education, and potential. We offer our employees competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

AVCATT Principle Tng Dev

Job Description:

Essential Job Functions

  • Conducts training courses, both on-site and on-line, for the company’s applications and systems to include lectures and hands-on sessions.
  • Works with applicable business unit/area to establish specifications of course, prerequisite skills and knowledge for trainees. Ensures that training courses address all levels of employee. Assists in the design and development of technical training programs and curriculums, both on-site and on-line, for employees on various software and/or hardware applications and systems.
  • Researches and assists in writing technical and user manuals to support training. Works with engineering, technical support, and/or applicable area to ensure that material is accurate and reflects current product features.
  • Gathers, reviews and analyzes course evaluations to determine effectiveness of training sessions.
  • Prepares recommendations and reports to senior level personnel and/or management. Implements approved revisions to course materials as necessary to improve training effectiveness.
  • Reviews, as requested, external training programs to determine feasibility of purchase as requested. Makes recommendations to management as appropriate.
  • Remains informed of and maintain proficiency with applicable company products.
  • Works with senior level personnel and business units/technical areas to conduct needs assessments to ensure training needs are met.

Additional Job Functions

  • Operates Semi Automated Forces (SAF) system and related exercise control systems per current and Applicable military doctrine, and as directed by the Battle Master Controller.
  • Generates and controls semi-automated exercise tactical entities to meet military instructors, observer controllers, and unit commanders training intent. Programs BMC controller radio frequencies, weapons configurations, navigation waypoints, target coordinates, and weather environmental parameters. Loads and verifies correct missions initial conditions defaults prior to initialization of flight modules.
  • Advises and provides guidance to exercise participants manning the role player stations.
  • Develops and manages electronic files containing overlays, scenarios, and user provided portable flight planning software, (PFPS), files for use during future training iterations.
  • Catalogs, maintains, and transfers mission files between external training devices and AVCATT.
  • Understands and applies basic aviation weather language and its application.
  • The SAF operator must be able to interact flight crews of AH64A Apache, AH64D Longbow, and OH58D Kiowa combat helicopter during arming and refueling training scenarios.
  • Understands and applies realistic control of semi automated forces, not limited to, infantry fighting vehicles, armor, infantry troops, artillery, rotary and fixed wing, combat service support elements, air defense systems, during day and night military training operations.
  • Verifies navigational points using Military Grid Reference System (MGRS), coordinates.
  • Must be able to communicate using UHF, VHF, FM, and HF tactical radios in the plain, and secure modes.
  • Supports aviation training exercises, (ATX), in preparation for actual real life deployments.
  • Facilitates device utilization for U.S. State Department sponsored training courses cadre conducting training in foreign languages.
  • Must be able to communicate with U.S. Army flight crews and act as a crew chief if necessary, to complement air assault, sling loads, and Medevac operations. Monitors flight modules and generates calls to maintenance personnel standing by over portable radios.
  • Operates playback of tactical map display, sensor video, MetaVR Stealth, and automated statistical reports recordings at the discretion of instructors and evaluators.
  • Must be able to perform orderly initialization and shutdown of the AVCATT training suite.
  • Performs flight modules reconfigurations in a daily basis.
  • Must be able to dead lift, and reposition reconfigurable aircraft consoles weighing up to 86 lbs from and to below flight cabin floors. Retrieves aircraft instrumentation panel overlays weighing up to 46 lbs, from above the shoulder heights, and secure the same to mounting frames at below the waist heights.
  • Supports training operations during weekends and shifting hours in a short notice when required.
  • Conducts helmet mounted video display system user fittings.
  • Conducts AVCATT in-cabin initial briefings to users. Provides engineering support feedback during software and hardware updates.
  • Monitors regularly posted training schedules updates ensuring reconfigurations requirements are met.
  • Conducts limited simulator test flights supporting maintenance checks and engineering support efforts. Will be assigned additional areas of responsibilities not associated with primary SAF duties.
  • Must be ready to travel with the AVCATT suite if relocated to training sites outside home station when required

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer science, engineering or related field preferred
  • Four or more years of technical training experience
  • Experience working with company software, systems, applications and network products
  • Experience working with communications practices, principles and procedures for both on-site and on-line presentations
  • Additional Qualifications
  • Two additional years of related training experience required.
  • Must currently possess at a minimum an Interim security clearance and be able to obtain/maintain an active/valid US security clearance.
  • Prior military experience and knowledge of transportation and convoy operations, up to and including major command level operations and training requirements.
  • Knowledge of site technical and operational staff functions
  • Experience with software languages used in simulation
  • Communication skills to write training manuals and procedures
  • Presentation skills to train and educate employees on technical material and applications
  • Interpersonal skills for interacting with all levels of employees
  • Comprehension skills for understanding products and applying knowledge to presentation
  • Personal computer and business solutions software skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Organization and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality regarding employee information
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability and desire to actively pursue learning opportunities in the technical/engineering and training fields
  • Ability to understand and apply federal, state and local changes to and/or new regulations/laws pertaining to human resources
  • Willingness to travel
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Work Environment:

  • Office environment
  • Must be able to travel to various locations.

Note: This job description describes the general nature of the duties and requirements of the job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to limit the supervisor’s ability to modify work assignments as appropriate, within multiple

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Innovations Improving Human Performance and Training

Innovations Improving Human Performance and Training

AITC partners with leading-edge innovators.  At I/ITSEC 2018, the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference held annually in Orlando, AITC invited SIMETRI, an 8(a) woman-owned, minority-owned, small business located in Winter Park, FL, to present their latest training innovations.  SIMETRI has been providing end-to-end solutions for critical training support and works with AITC to provide network engineering and architecture design support.

One of SIMETRI’s medical research assistants, Jordan Coulter, explained how SIMETRI’s technologies integrated with others, such as Laerdal manikins, for specific medical procedures and for more inclusive medical training.

SIMETRI’s Manikin Innovations

One of SIMETRI’s anatomical innovations is a leg which can be screwed into a manikin for an amputation procedure.

“It has the tubing where you can connect it into their blood system so that it actively bleeds and you can practice for the applications of tourniquet and other clinical procedures,” Coulter explained.

With more women joining the military, there’s a growing need to train for casualties which affect women, and that means having an anatomically correct manikin to train on. Usually, most manikins are male by default, but it can be expensive to buy a separate manikin for that purpose. So SIMETRI has a more cost-effective solution – a manikin retrofit kit which can be placed on a manikin, without voiding warranties or limiting the manikin’s capabilities.

“You can still do all the procedures, that includes the mask, the vest with the correct female anatomical parts. You can [perform] urinary catherization, needle chest decompressions, etc.” Coulter said.

A part of the kit’s innovation is the silicon skin which allows students to perform venipuncture and phlebotomy procedures. It’s quite resilient to puncture wounds, but they aren’t visible.

Part Task Trainers

Part task trainers allow medical students to perform specific procedures on various parts of the body. At I/ITSEC, SIMETRI showcased some of these devices.

One-part task trainer is for a fasciotomy in a lower leg. This is a surgical procedure where the fascia (connective tissue which covers muscles or internal organs) is cut to alleviate the pressure of a swollen injured muscle or tissue. The common ailment treated by a fasciotomy is called compartment syndrome. By performing a fasciotomy, this can help increase blood flow to the injured muscle and prevent the loss of a limb. SIMETRI’s part task trainer allows a medical student to train on all four compartments of a lower leg.

Not presented at I/ITSEC, but another part task trainer available from SIMETRI is the humeral head intraosseous (IO) trainer, which is a trainer for inserting a needle into the humerus bone for IO infusion into the bone marrow. This type of injection is performed on a patient when intravenous (IV) methods can’t be used. The humeral head is the more rounded part of the upper arm bone which inserts into the shoulder.

With this procedure, the patient’s arm is rotated so that the humerus is in the right position for the needle injection.  Most trainers have only a removable patch of skin to expose the humerus to see if the insertion was done correctly.

SIMETRI’s trainer also has that removable patch of skin, but it also allows surgical students to position a manikin torso with a rotatable arm, simulating how the injection would occur with an actual patient. Instructors can also use this trainer to demonstrate how to correctly position the arm for an IO insertion.

AITC and SIMETRI – Working Together

Innovations Improving Human Performance and TrainingAs a systems integrator, AITC can connect customers with SIMETRI’s medical training solutions such as the park task trainers.  Together we provide systems engineering and integration services and other professional services such as supply chain management, iterative prototyping and development, and systems engineering.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Angela Albán, President and CEO of SIMETRI. “AITC helps us to expand our portfolio, and SIMETRI helps to expand AITC’s. Our partnership is based on a friendship, with a desire to collaborate and find work together.” “By teaming up together, AITC and SIMETRI can use their unique capabilities to bring tailored solutions for their customers,” says Dave Balleweg, AITC’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

To learn more about how AITC can create end-to-end IT solutions for your organization, please contact Lydia Perez in our sales department at sales@aitcinc.com.

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.

Preparing America’s Warfighter for Success on the Battlefield

Preparing America’s Warfighter for Success on the Battlefield

The primary function of I/ITSEC 2018, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference held annually in Orlando, is to demonstrate a promising exchange of information among industry, the military, and the educational communities.  Ranging from the keynote addresses, to the exhibit hall and demonstrations, the conference was filled with discussions about preparing the warfighter to train as they fight on the battlefield.   Among many vendors present, were several showcasing target  capabilities.   AITC offered insight at our exhibit, to show and provide military training leaders and industry some of the latest technologies available – even if they’re still developing – as a way to know what is possible and how it can help the military meet its training goals.

As part of our interactive demonstrations, AITC showcased an end-to end solution for the military which involves target practice with a Stationary Infantry Target (SIT) or a SIT lifter. This lifter had a 3D Ivan silhouette that was about three feet tall, but there are larger lifters available for vehicle targets.

These digital targets are typically used in live fire ranges, where soldiers use lasers to shoot instead of live ammo. The SIT can also be outfitted with sensors that soldiers can aim and shoot at. There are other capabilities available which can show where the laser round hit the target.

The targets are controlled via laptop through a government-owned computer program called TRACR (Target Range Automated Control and Recording). This software allows the SIT to be fully controlled in any given scenario, and that can be through a direct cable connection, a Wi-Fi connection, or an LT connection.

The SIT is battery powered, but it can be operated on solar energy and electricity. With these features, live fire range trainings with this SIT and the TRACER can be more mobile and can be taken to more remote areas. Field cameras can also be used to show how trainees perform during target practice.

AITC helps as a system integrator and creates added benefits to military customers by taking all of these components – SIT lifters, computers, the software, the necessary internet connections and other equipment – to provide an end-to-end IT solution.   “In order to set up a live fire range, AITC can plan and set up the entire operation without the burden of dealing with hardware and software complexities,” says Steve North, AITC Senior Systems Engineer.

This is just one way that AITC provides tailored IT solutions for customers. To learn more about how AITC can leverage our partnerships and expertise to help your organization, please contact Lydia Perez in the 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.

Orlando Organizes Concert in Favor of Puerto Rican Entrepreneurs

“For love of Puerto Rico ” will be held on February 24th under the auspices of Hermes Croatto

(Translated from LaPrensa – February 12, 2019)
A non-profit organization Foster Advance Initiative (FAI) and Emmy-winning Puerto Rican singer Hermes Croatto have joined forces to carry out a special concert entitled ‘ For the love of Puerto Rico ‘. The concert revenue will be allocated to Puerto Rico Business Harbor, a social impact campaign aimed at helping Puerto Rican entrepreneurs displaced in Central Florida after Hurricane Maria.

The charity event will take place on Sunday, February 24th at 5pm at the Orlando Art Museum, 2416 N. Mills Avenue.

Croatto is a new folklore-style artist. With his music he seeks to keep alive the culture and identity that celebrates the history of Puerto Rico. Son of the legendary Tony Croatto, Hermes inherited the love of music and composition, so on February 24th he will be delighted with the audience with familiar songs from his father and original compositions written by him.

On the other hand, Central Florida has become the second natural home for thousands of Puerto Rican families composed of professionals and entrepreneurs who work to recover, be self-sufficient and contribute to the economy of the state of the sun. There are also Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who are trying to expand their companies to the Orlando metropolitan area.

“In order to help these newcomer entrepreneurs, Puerto Rico Business Harbor was established, which aims to provide commercial guidance, access to tutoring, connections and access to seed capital for selected participants. For this reason, this concert is special because it will benefit this platform and allow to carry out tutorials, workshops and trainings specifically designed for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who want to be part of the Florida business System, ” Gabriel Ruiz, founder of FAI, said.

Last year was difficult for many Puerto Ricans, especially for those entrepreneurs who have had to struggle with the recovery after the devastation that Hurricane Maria left. But the bright side was that the world discovered the beauties that the island of Enchantment has to offer its visitors. The Puerto Rican people inspired the world with its cheerful heart, courage and resistance from many heroes, innovative leaders and commercial propellants who acted quickly to help rebuild the beautiful paradise and now need support to grow and Expand your business opportunities here in Florida.

“We encourage the community, the government, the private sector and academia to join us in this special event and support the concert ‘ for the love of Puerto Rico ‘ that will open the door to great resources and growing opportunities that will help create a smooth landing, for Puerto Rican entrepreneurs who come to Central Florida, “Ruiz added.

Tickets for the concert are now on sale at Ticketerapr.com/hermes-croatto. For more information about the Puerto Rico Business Harbor Program and how to get involved, visit: www.fosteradvanceinitiative.org.