NCS News Desk

Switching from an entrepreneur to ‘intrapreneur’ helps Black Orlando Tech exec bring more minorities into the field (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on March 14, 2022 in Uncategorized,

Joshua Walker found early success as an entrepreneur, but he soon learned that starting a business isn’t for everyone. Walker and his wife ran a digital consultancy from 2016-2017, and the business was successful in landing projects. However, Walker changed directions on 2017, joining global consulting giant Deloitte. “The misconception of starting a business is, if […]

Here are 7 tech upgrades to enhance travel through Orlando International Airport’s new terminal (by Richard Bilbao)

Posted on March 11, 2022 in Uncategorized,

Orlando International Airport’s new south terminal complex is tapping into a variety of tech upgrades to make travel easier for millions of passengers headed to Central Florida. The new $2 billion-plus facility, which is set to debut in July, will feature technology to expedite the terminal process, arrival and departure, baggage processes and more. Here’s […]

Las Vegas-based immersive entertainment brand – Area15 plans to open an Orlando location (By Steven Ryzewski)

Posted on March 10, 2022 in Uncategorized,

A Las Vegas-based immersive entertainment brand plans to open an Orlando location. A 16-foot tall robot named Mechan 11 has been placed on the nearly 17-acre property, adjacent Interstate 4 and just north of Orlando Premium Outlets. In the robot’s hand is a flag reading “Area15” — which happens to be the name of an […]

Altamonte Springs firm Talon installs simulators for the military, arcades — and luxury homes (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on March 9, 2022 in Uncategorized,

The results of the simulator services offered by Talon Simulations LLC can be seen in U.S. Army installations, Dave & Buster’s arcades — and now, the ritzy home down the street. Altamonte Springs-based Talon offers consulting, installation and support services for virtual-reality motion simulators. While entertainment centers, like arcades, were its primary customers base before […]

Full Sail gives first look inside new virtual production studio that will attract film work here (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on March 8, 2022 in Uncategorized,

Before Full Sail University’s Studio V1 was even open, students were poking their heads inside to check out the new virtual production studio. They were there to get a glimpse of the $3 million facility on Full Sail’s Winter Park campus, which was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 8. What began as a […]

From sci-fi to reality: How the US Space Force launched a digital revolution )By Nathan Strout)

Posted on March 7, 2022 in Uncategorized,

In May, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond announced the new service’s intent to be the world’s first fully digital service, adopting digital engineering practices to transform how the military designs, buys and builds systems. The Space Force has abandoned Roper’s Matrix-heavy framing, but it’s using the same basic framework: hyper-realistic simulations of the […]

BAE Systems buys military simulations firm for $200 million (By Nathan Strout)

Posted on March 7, 2022 in Uncategorized,

WASHINGTON — BAE Systems has completed the $200 million acquisition of Bohemia Interactive Simulations, a company that specializes in building high-fidelity training simulations for the military. “The addition of BISim to the BAE Systems team expands our modeling and simulation capabilities and solidifies our systems integration strategy,” said Tom Arseneault, who heads BAE’s U.S. business, in […]

Virtual production studio Vu eyes Orlando growth after fundraising round (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on March 2, 2022 in Uncategorized,

A Tampa-based virtual production firm’s big seed round got heavy participation from investors in Orlando, where the company anticipates expanding this year. Vu Technologies Corp. raised a $17 million seed round, the company announced March 1. Waterfall Ventures Investments, managed by Orlando Tech Council Chair Charlie Lewis, brought 30 Orlando-area angel investors into the round, contributing […]

Video game studio Iron Galaxy rolls out Nashville expansion plans as it pursues new hires in Orlando (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on February 25, 2022 in Uncategorized,

A video game studio’s “pioneer vision” that led it to Orlando is taking it to another fast-growing southeastern market: Nashville. Adam Boyes, co-CEO of Iron Galaxy Studios LLC, announced Feb. 23 that his company will create 108 jobs in Music City in the next five years. Nashville will become Iron Galaxy’s third office, in addition to […]

Central Florida contractor Advanced IT Concepts turns scrapped cargo plane into NATO medical simulation facility (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on February 15, 2022 in Uncategorized,

A scrapped C-130 cargo plane just finished a 5,600-mile journey from Tucson, Arizona, to Belgium, thanks to a Winter Springs-based information technology and training defense contractor. Advanced IT Concepts Inc. led the renovation of the scrapped plane, which was slated for use in the film industry, into a realistic training environment for the NATO Special […]

Orlando PC hardware startup lands spot in Techstars accelerator (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on February 14, 2022 in Uncategorized,

An Orlando-based liquid cooling technology startup soon will join a Techstars accelerator program, an achievement accomplished by few other local firms. Fluix Inc. was accepted into the Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator in Knoxville, Tennessee, Techstars announced Feb. 7. Co-founder and CEO Abhishek Sastri will spend three months in Knoxville from Feb. 21-May 26, receiving coaching […]


Posted on February 1, 2022 in Uncategorized,

POLHEMUS, THE GLOBAL LEADER IN HIGH-FIDELITY MOTION TRACKING, OPENS ORLANDO SALES OFFICE Posted: February 01, 2022 COLCHESTER, VT (February 1, 2022) Polhemus, The Motion Tracking Experts™, announce the opening of a new office in Orlando, Florida. The Orlando office is the second U.S. location for Polhemus, with headquarters in Colchester, Vermont. Polhemus has been the global […]

Dubai-based air and travel services firm to open U.S. HQ in Lake Nona (by Richard Bilbao)

Posted on January 26, 2022 in Uncategorized,

Dnata, a Dubai-based global air and travel services firm, is set to open a new U.S. headquarters at Lake Nona in 2022. The new state-of-the-art facility will be the home to 50 corporate employees with the potential for future growth. The headquarters will take up the top floor and naming rights of Lake Nona’s new […]

SBA launches small-business cybersecurity grant program (by Andy Medioi)

Posted on January 26, 2022 in Uncategorized,

The Small Business Administration is rolling out a new $3 million pilot program to help small businesses develop stronger cybersecurity protections. The Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program, run through the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development, offers state governments and territories the chance to compete for grants and in turn use those grants to provide […]

Winter Springs firm Advanced IT Concepts keys up growth with $800M defense contract (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 26, 2022 in Uncategorized,

An information technology contractor’s largest contract win in its history sets up growth at the company’s Winter Springs headquarters. Advanced IT Concepts Inc. expects its Central Florida corporate staff to expand after it won a spot on a Department of Defense contract worth up to $800 million, CEO David E. Gardner told Orlando Business Journal. Advanced IT Concepts […]


Posted on January 24, 2022 in Uncategorized,

Launching a satellite, rolling out a new type of fitness training and amassing 100,000 users are just a few things some Central Florida startups are doing this year — and they’re just getting started. This week, Orlando Inno is recognizing 10 early-stage Central Florida companies to keep an eye on this year in the inaugural Startups to […]

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots (by Sue Halpern)

Posted on January 18, 2022 in Uncategorized,

On a cloudless morning last May, a pilot took off from the Niagara Falls International Airport, heading for restricted military airspace over Lake Ontario. The plane, which bore the insignia of the United States Air Force, was a repurposed Czechoslovak jet, an L-39 Albatros, purchased by a private defense contractor. The bay in front of […]

UCF downtown Orlando incubator and Starter Studio moving to new home (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 17, 2022 in Uncategorized,

The University of Central Florida Business Program’s Downtown Innovation District and startup accelerator Starter Studio on Dec. 1 will move into a 3,579-square-foot space at 130 S. Orange Ave — the ground floor of the 85-year-old Kress Building. Downtown Orlando is the site of one of three innovation districts operated by UCF, each with a […]

Changes in the digital ad market offer opportunity for Orlando influencer startup Statusphere (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 17, 2022 in Uncategorized,

Before 2020, it wasn’t uncommon for West Coast investors to stop founder Kristen Wiley mid-pitch when she mentioned her startup was based in Orlando. “They said, ‘I don’t want you to waste my time, because you’re in Florida,’” Wiley told Orlando Inno. However, that perception is changing quickly, Wiley added. The Sunshine State, Miami especially, in the past […]

Luminar CEO shares how his company’s growth sets up Orlando for future tech success (by Alex Soderstrom)

Posted on January 17, 2022 in Uncategorized,

When Luminar Technologies Inc. put down roots in Orlando a decade ago, the company’s leadership was betting that a tech firm partially based in Central Florida could go “toe-to-toe” with companies built entirely in Silicon Valley, founder and CEO Austin Russell told Orlando Inno. So far, the autonomous vehicle sensor firm’s bet has paid off. Last year, the […]