NCS News Desk

South African tech firm opens local office with plans to create high-wage jobs (by Richard Bilbao)

Posted on June 13, 2021 in Uncategorized,

MFT Executive Advisory Services, a Johannesburg, South Africa-based tech firm, has expanded to Central Florida with plans to create dozens of high-wage jobs here. MFT, an Amazon Web Services firm providing cloud solutions and technology risk management, opened an office in Maitland at 555 Winderley Place, said a news release from the Orlando Economic Partnership. […]

Mayvin Joins National Center for Simulation

Posted on June 11, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Orlando, FL (May 27, 2021) – Mayvin, Inc., a woman-owned small business with a distinguished reputation in Florida’s Special Operations Community, has become a member of the Orlando-based National Center for Simulation (NCS), joining the organization’s league of industry members in the modeling, simulation, and training community. “Mayvin does not need much introduction to the Central […]

Out-of-state firms power big Orlando Venture Capital deals (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on June 10, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Two Orlando companies combined to raise more venture capital in May than all Central Florida startups raised in the first quarter combined, thanks to out-of-state investment firms. Boston-based Elephant led a $20 million round for Maitland-based cybersecurity company ThreatLocker Inc., and Santa Clara, California-based Intel Corp.’s Intel Capital co-led a $23 million round for Orlando-based autonomous shuttle firm […]

Breaking: Growing startup Tomahawk Robotics wins multimillion-dollar defense deal (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on June 10, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Tomahawk Robotics Inc. is growing fast, and it just landed one of its biggest defense deals. The Melbourne-based maker of robotics operating systems landed a $4.1 million contract with the U.S. Marine Corps, which will generate work at the company in 2021 and 2022. The award is for the Marine Corps’ Radio Agile Integrated Device […]

Profiles in Tech: Rear Adm. Paul Sohl (USN Ret.), Florida High Tech Corridor Council (by Lindsey Sandrin)

Posted on June 10, 2021 in Uncategorized,

The Orlando innovation ecosystem is rich with high-caliber tech talent and boundary-pushing entrepreneurs. In an effort to foster a more connected community, the Orlando Tech Council presents “Profiles in Tech,” a new series highlighting the region’s top executives, innovators and movers and shakers whose ideas and companies are changing the world right from our own […]

SOFIC NEWS: Commandos Asking for New High-Tech Training Tools (by Jon Harper)

Posted on June 3, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Cyber, electronic warfare and information operations are expected to be critical elements of future operating environments for U.S. commandos. Special Operations Command wants industry to provide new tools to help them train for these scenarios. Green Berets have a new information warfare center at their home base in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, which is supporting […]

“The future of conflict”: how a USF institute is developing military technology (by Natalie Weber)

Posted on June 2, 2021 in Uncategorized,

After launching satellites on a SpaceX flight designed and built by engineers at the University of South Florida, the college’s Institute of Applied Engineering has a slew of new projects in their orbit. Last year, the institute entered an $85 million contract with the U.S. Special Operations Command, after several years of collaboration between the […]

How a robot developed at UF could help first responders see through walls during rescues

Posted on May 28, 2021 in Uncategorized,

A University of Florida research team is working on a robot dog that has the ability to enter an enclosed space, scan it, and provide humans with a visual of what’s inside, an application that could lessen dangerous situations for first responders. The team of graduate and undergraduate students is led by Eric Jing Du, […]

Technology-related employment in Florida is taking off in 2021

Posted on May 28, 2021 in Uncategorized,

The Sunshine state is projected to add 16,000 net new tech jobs in 2021, according to a study by CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce. The study —CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2021 report — states Florida should see a 2.7% growth rate I new jobs, outpacing the national average of 2%.

Tech giant Hitachi to help Lake Nona beef up transportation network (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on May 26, 2021 in Uncategorized, The far-reaching endeavor will use cameras, drones, autonomous vehicles and more.  Lake Nona’s transit network features self-driving shuttles operated by Beep Inc.  

Behind Disney’s immersive attractions: A whole lot of data and edge computing

Posted on May 24, 2021 in Uncategorized,

The engineering director who helps make the magic happen shares how Disney uses enterprise technology in its attractions―and how working in aerospace has served him well. We spoke with Michael Tschanz, director of engineering technology and analysis at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise customer, to discuss what goes into bringing Disney […]

Orlando data firm HostDime plots dozens of hires (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on May 20, 2021 in Uncategorized,

HostDime, one of the region’s largest tech employers, likely will create high-wage jobs in Central Florida. Technology sector jobs in Orlando pay an average salary of $88,759, according to a report by Los Angeles-based commercial real estate brokerage CBRE Group Inc. (NYSE: CBRE). That’s more than the metro area’s average annual salary of $48,530, according to […]

NCS Roaring 20s: Bigs, Smalls and Alls Event

Posted on May 17, 2021 in Event News,

Bigs, Smalls and Alls – Doing Biz in the Roaring 20sJun 15, 2021 | 4 pm to 6 pm | Rosen Centre Hotel Register for our event here! Calling all Bigs, Smalls and Alls as the National Center for Simulation (NCS) Relaunches the 20s – in Roaring Fashion! Leading up to what’s sure to be […]

Orlando Health Surgeons Use 3d-Printed Fetus Models To Prepare For In-Utero Procedure

Posted on May 13, 2021 in Uncategorized,

New modeling technology allows surgeons to visualize complicated pre-delivery procedure (ORLANDO, Florida) – A state-of-the-art in-utero procedure allows surgeons to correct a birth defect on developing babies inside the womb. But operating on a mother and her unborn child at the same time can be challenging and unpredictable. To give their world-class surgeons even more […]

COVID speeds up financial and tech company relocations to Florida (by Amy Martinez)

Posted on May 12, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Last spring, Ian Campbell, CEO of technology consulting firm Nucleus Research, called a staff Zoom meeting to announce that he would be leaving Boston and moving to Miami. Campbell, who founded the firm in Boston in 2000, felt it made sense to open an office in Miami. Boston’s high cost of living and traffic were […]

Florida could become a major tech and finance hub (CNBC)

Posted on May 11, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Some say Florida could become a major tech and finance hub within a decade. That may be an overstatement. Florida has attracted dozens of financial firms and high-profile investors in recent months. Advocates believe the trend is sustainable and could solidify Florida as a major player in the world of technology and finance. Others say […]

Local colleges add, expand workforce training programs during pandemic (by Ryan Lynch)

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Uncategorized, Seminole State offers fast-paced training in project management, public safety, graphic design, IT and business. The program began with 189 students in fall 2020 and has since grown to more than 300, said Cheryl Cicotti, associate vice president of the Seminole State School of Business, Health and Public Safety. The urgent need for essential workers […]

AdventHealth to build freestanding ER at Disney’s Flamingo Crossings (By Richard Bilbao and Ryan Lynch)

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Uncategorized,

This would be Advent Health’s first facility just west of Disney. The number of freestanding ERs is on the rise in Florida, partly because of overcrowded ERs on hospital campuses. The state had 26 freestanding ERs in 2016, and that number has grown to 67, according to the Florida Agency For Health Care Administration. In […]

Sierra Nevada’s space plane to create ‘significant’ number of jobs in Brevard County (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Uncategorized,

Astronauts soon will leave Florida on a space plane. Space and defense firm Sierra Nevada Corp. will create Brevard County jobs as it gears up to begin launches and landings in Cape Canaveral in 2022, Executive Vice President of Space Systems Jane Kavandi said during a May 4 press conference. These jobs likely will include high-wage engineering and […]

Cyber firm ThreatLocker raises VC, plans to quadruple staff (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on May 6, 2021 in Uncategorized, ThreatLocker Inc. has doubled in size in less than a year, but the business needs to grow further to keep up with sky-high demand. The Maitland-based cybersecurity company on April 30 finalized a $20 million investment round, CEO Danny Jenkins told Orlando Business Journal. The capital will fund growth in ThreatLocker’s product, marketing, sales and cybersecurity support efforts […]