Your challenges are unique. So are our solutions.
For us, it’s not just about engineering and expertise. It’s our creativity and innovation that enable us to deliver what no one else can. In our engineering (IR&D) lab, we break down every challenge to apply the smartest possible solution – and if that solution doesn’t exist, we’ll build one. And, we’ve got our fingers on the pulse of trending and cutting-edge technology so we can move at the speed of inspiration.
Innovation requires investment and Technica devotes significant resources to support our own Independent Research and Development Lab, providing technical vision three or more years into the future. We are dedicated to pragmatic and holistic approaches to problem solving that are nimble enough to respond to ever-changing client needs.
AI, Machine Learning,
Technica has developed and used a variety of machine learning algorithms—including deep learning/neural networks—on a spectrum of computing platforms to perform complex tasks like image recognition, anomaly detection, and time-series analysis. Probably no other technology will have a bigger impact on IT than AI in the next decade.
Big Data Analytics
Technica employs next-generation architectures and methods to derive meaning and value from massive datasets. Our solutions incorporate vendor and open source products and Technica developed IP for best-of-breed analytic insight. Utilize next-generation methods to derive meaning from datasets that are too large for traditional SQL databases.
Software Defined Networking
Technica brings the power of Network Services Orchestration (NSO) to support dynamic interconnectivity and communication require-ments on top of a complex and continuously evolving network infrastructure, catalyzing cyber defense and resilience without sacriﬁcing operational performance. The next-generation data center will be controlled by software, not the manual conﬁguration of physical hardware.
Technica has developed in-depth knowledge of cyber defense from operating some of the Federal Government’s largest networks. By combining the power of AI and deep learning in innovative cyber solutions, we stay on the forefront of the battle for cyber supremacy. Next-generation cybersecurity must integrate a defense-in-depth approach lever-aging the power of AI and incorporating the cloud.
Our Blockchain offering, based on Hyperledger Fabric, facilitates proof of concepts to discover how the transformative concept of distributed ledger and smart contracts can be applied within your organization. This concept and associated technologies is revolutionizing how data is shared in dynamic organizations.
Internet of Things
Technica’s expertise in Edge and Fog computing helps propel advanced IoT architectures that support faster, more effective solutions for security, data analytics, and AI in compromised or discon-nected environments, enabling near or real time use of information to make informed decisions at the edge. Data and insights generated from IoT will impact vast swaths of enterprise computing.
Technica has the knowledge and ability to integrate public, private and hybrid cloud models to deliver Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Our cloud automation solutions provide agility, scalability, capex reduction, and faster time-to-market.
High Performance Computing/GPU Acceleration
Technica’s expert GPU programmers bring the power of GPU-acceleration to your solutions. We capitalize on the beneﬁts of parallel processing where appropriate to dramatically improve total application performance and increase solution affordability and scalability. The parallel programming capabilities offered by GPUs is a game-changer, especially in the AI and Big Data analytics arenas.
We continuously evaluate emerging technologies to consistently deliver exceptional professional services with best-in-class IT solutions
Technica provides lab facilities in conjunction with industry partners at our Dulles, Virginia corporate headquarters. Our in-house lab enables engineering staff to dynamically build out capabilities and solutions for government customers including proof of concept (POC) demonstration, penetration testing, feasibility determination, cross-platform integration and solution validation.
The equipment racks in the lab are configured on separate IP subnets and divided into three focus areas:
The Lab is a climate-controlled data center with restricted physical access controlled by a badging system to ensure a secure environment.
Lab Focus Areas
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Problem to solve: AI to the tactical Edge, including the ability to mitigate D-DIL communications.
Technica Solution: SmartFog is a software-based, hardware agnostic, IoT reference architecture. SmartFog marries Fog Computing with DevOPs tools to create, deploy and run SmartFog Microservices. SmartFog’s design paradigm operates similarly to the deployment of apps to smartphones. SmartFog allows you to automatically manage SmartFog Microservices - from the Cloud to the Edge.
Use SmartFog to:
- Operate effectively on the tactical Edge, in areas of disadvantaged communications
- Deliver AI to the Edge, without an “always on connection” to the cloud
- Decrease latency of computing and analytics to the Edge
- Enhance data security and privacy
Anomaly Detection & Federated Learning
Technica Corporation has developed a SmartFog Microservices Catalog for AI. Technica’s AI algorithms, based on machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), learn from big data to make real-time and time-sensitive decisions. Compute within the Fog Nodes allows data processing required for AI to be performed closer to the Edge, without encountering the latency of the cloud or for use cases in which cloud connectivity is intermittent to non-existent.
With the Anomaly Detection Microservice, Technica utilized GPU acceleration to develop and train artificial neural networks (ANNs) to recognize outliers that do not conform to an expected behavior. In other words, anomaly detection helps to discover “rare” events, especially those that should not have happened. The Anomaly Detection Microservice can be trained to spot anomalies in network traffic, radio signals, IoT sensor data, etc.
Additionally, Technica has advanced a model for the training of DL algorithms that reduce the need for network bandwidth—Federated Learning. With Federated Learning, a single merged DL model can be utilized without all the Fog Nodes and IoT devices requiring visibility into all the data. Additionally, this means that DL algorithms can operate in areas of disadvantaged communications. In other words, you do not need access to the cloud to leverage DL algorithms.
The current SmartFog Microservices catalog includes:
AI Analytic Microservices
- Deep Learning algorithms with configurable Federated Learning
- Fall Detection - Convolutional Neural Network (CNN)
- Image Classification - CNN
- Time-series Analysis - Recurrent Neural Network (RNN)
- Long Short Term Memory (LSTM)
- Anomaly Detection – Autoencoder
- Blind Modulation Classification (BMC)
- Beginning work with Generative Adversarial Network (GANs) and Reinforcement Learning
- Genetic algorithms to tune hyperparameters (currently applied to time-series analysis but can be extended)
- Complex Event Processing (CEP), e.g., raise an alarm when an anomaly is detected
- MQTT Message Broker, allowing IoT devices to listen for specific messages
- Machine learning database, e.g., perform time-series analysis
- Data Transformer; e.g., binary data transformed to JSON
As use cases expand, Technica will prototype other microservices that benefit from the Fog Computing architecture and SmartFog platform.
AIOps Can be a Game Changer
But Real AIOps Success Requires a Skilled, Experienced Provider
Having too much data is not much different than having too little, or even none at all. The result can be a kind of organizational paralysis that jeopardizes mission success.
Facing — and conquering — the challenge of data-overload is something that information technology (IT) leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense and in other federal agencies knows very well.
But it gets tougher every year.
Data + Data = More Data
The sheer volume, variability, complexity and velocity of telemetry data that IT leadership and teams within DoD and the Federal Government are tasked with monitoring, processing, analyzing and managing keeps expanding — and expanding again.
With dynamics like that, even the best-equipped, most highly motivated IT personnel and teams can feel like they’re at a breaking point. So where we do go from here?
The answer is AIOps — the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to IT operations data to improve observability, automation, and forecasting in ways that help deliver secure, reliable, high performance IT services.
A Game Changer
AIOps is a game changer for IT leadership and teams within DoD and federal agencies alike – providing actionable insights that improve the agility, accuracy, and efficiency of IT operations. According to Gartner, there is no future of IT Operations that does not include AIOps.
However, it’s also important to understand that, as powerful and effective as it can be, AIOps is not a magic wand, a silver bullet, or a cure-all. It takes a skilled solution provider to align mission objectives with analytics provided through AIOps to deliver the highest value.
The Technica Approach to AIOps
At Technica, we provide AIOps solutions and/or services, tailored to customers’ specific needs, goals, and operational realities to deliver value-focused capabilities.
Your mission, goals and operational realities, no doubt, have some things in common with other federal entities, but they’re likely to have a higher number of characteristics that are unique to your organization. AIOps not only recognizes this reality, it thrives on it.
Effectively deployed, with a true understanding of a client’s mission and operational realities, our approach to AIOps will make the data across the sprawl of management applications more effective, makes brittle point-to-point integrations nimble, and facilitates intelligent automation for proactive operations. AIOps eliminates clutter, data duplication and noise, and maintenance headaches.
AIOps Value to IT Operations
Discover and act on meaningful insights to run more efficient operations, make better decisions, and support business productivity.
Bridging Silos of Operations
Where there were once silos, AIOps builds bridges to those and connects them to others with whom you want to interact.
This approach makes it possible to discover and act on meaningful insights to run more efficient operations, make better decisions, increase overall productivity, and enables federal agencies to be more predictive of future utilization of resources and capacity.
Our work centers on crafting a utility-based data infrastructure wherein every application has a single outlet that a data provider and consumer can plug into. The data utility infrastructure handles all the translation and scales independently of the data consumers and providers, enabling agility and flexibility as IT solutions and services evolve. Ultimately, customers want to be able to shield their AIOps platform from changes that may occur in other layers — and Technica’s AIOps solution delivers that, every time.
However, achieving that requires a provider who thinks not just about the universe of data that must be managed, but equally about the data pipelines that deliver it. In summary: AI technology is important, but the data pipeline – and understanding how the data is acquired – is just as important.
Executive Summary: Technica Corporation is collaborating with its technol-ogy partner ALTR to offer the only fully commercialized solution that utilizes Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to provide an unparalleled level of security, monitoring, visibility, and response capability against malicious user activity on all major database technologies. This U.S.-developed, U.S.-patented technology emerged from a vision that the security and immutability aspects of DLT or blockchain technology could be adapted to enhance data conﬁdentiality and integrity in ways never seen before and with a promise of ending damaging and expensive database hacks. This breakthrough security solution will detect and stop a future Snowden-type data theft in its tracks.
Technica Solution: The core of the solution is a private and permissioned blockchain that is based on the same technology employed in cryptocurrency networks but adapted and optimized to provide even higher levels of security assurance and dramatically-improved processing and response times compared to crypto-currency or other blockchain networks. The technology is deployed and proven in fully commercialized product deployments and addresses the problem of database security across all major database technologies (MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, and Maria databases). The technology deployable on-premise or in the Cloud.
The Technica/ALTR solution achieves its mission of immutable database security via three channels:
- Monitor: Provides real-time Visibility and Awareness for all views, additions, and edits to a protected data cell.
- Govern: Provides Real-Time Control. A data “Valve” that governs who can access what data, when, from where, and how much, with capabilities for real-time alerts.
- Protect: A unique security enhancement of the solution features Encrypted Data Dispersal, which provides a keyless vault that physically scatters theprotected data across multiple private blockchains; creating useless hash values for bad actors or unauthorized users but fully operational information for the business.
Typical Use Case:
- The Technica/ALTR solution works by applying a light-weight driver on top of the database application and does not affect or interfere with the internal functioning of the database application in any way.
- It enables database owners/administrators to apply and enforce security at the column level of database table for sensitive or high value data fields.
- Data from protected fields is strongly encrypted, scattered and encoded on several blockchains
(typically 3). Hashed values are inserted into the protected data fields.
- Least privilege-based granular permissions enable authorized users to view (retrieve/reassemble/decrypt) values from the scattered blockchain.
- Each view or edit transaction made by users through the database driver users is itself logged to the distributed ledgers/blockchains ensuring complete auditability and accountability.
- Users attempting to view the protected fields by directly accessing the tables see only the incomprehensible hashed values, eliminating the risk of data theft.
- The solution monitors and tracks all accesses to the database, recording who, what, when, and how much on every protected database and reports to any reporting tool.
cleArInsights for Cognitive Search
& Discovery (CS&D)
Problem to Solve: Move beyond enterprise search. cleArInsights for cognitive search and discovery enables next-generation search, discovery, and document comparisons through graphic visualizations that require no previous knowledge of the document’s contents or subject matter.
Technica Solution: cleArInsights is a Technica AI solution that provides cognitive search and discovery capabilities beyond Enterprise Search. While useful, Enterprise Search is a mature technology, relying on a relatively crude system of recognizing keywords and returning exact matches. When first envisioned in 2016, cleArInsights sought to extend enterprise keyword search with discovery via graph analytic algorithms and graph visualizations. Over time, Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities were added, including Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) algorithms.
cleArInsights capabilities were incorporated into two Application Programming Interfaces (APIs): the discovery API and the search API. The discovery API uses NLP and graph analytics and provides various graph visualizations. The search API leverages NLP and ML. Thus, cleArInsights is a software tool that offers several of configurable AI algorithms and visualizations that dramatically improve the effectiveness of knowledge discovery—extending traditional Enterprise Search.
Technica’s solution uses sophisticated AI algorithms to analyze unstructured text documents. The discovery API is used to explore and discover the critical elements of document or corpus of documents. The search API provides the ability to determine a document’s relevancy to the document corpus and recommends similar documents. Technica extended this functionality further by supporting geospatial metadata analysis for cognitive discovery of factual and contextual data within a temporal cube and/or, within multiple temporal boundaries.
cleArInsights’ cognitive search and discovery occur without the user needing any a priori knowledge of the corpus of data. The novel combination of graph analytics, NLP, ML, and advanced visualizations makes Technica’s cleArInsights for cognitive search and discovery unique.
- Enhanced NLP with configurable Taxonomies
- Cognitive Discovery — Using Graph Analytics and NLP to reveal Synonyms, Topics, Keywords, and Relationships; accessible via the Discovery Application Programming Interface (API)
- Cognitive Search—NLP with ML/DL to rank and return semantically similar documents —available via the Search API
- Configurable Visualizations, user interfaces (UIs), and dashboards
All of this occurs without the user possessing any knowledge of the document or documents under analysis.