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Federal grants back very different SBU compu-efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Millions of dollars in new federal grants are flowing to Stony Brook University’s Department of Computer Science, with cyber-defense and mobile data playing large. The research couldn’t be more disparate: digital security via cryptographic codes and better understanding of alcoholism through mobile data. But the nine-digit awards – one from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the other from the National Institutes of Health – both support ongoing efforts inside the…

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Hauppauge innovator ups its video-surveillance game

By GREGORY ZELLER // Making good on a promise by CEO Pat Lavelle, Voxx International Corp. has unveiled a new line of “innovative public safety products” focused heavily on video surveillance. In reporting the Hauppauge-based manufacturer and global distributor’s third-quarter FY2018 financial results Jan. 9, Lavelle noted “several new product introductions on the horizon across all of our business segments.” Voxx International quickly followed up, kicking off 2018 with the release of new dashboard-mounted cameras,…


Homeland Security coming for Westbury hackers

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multistate hacking effort centered in Westbury has attracted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s attention – and agents are coming. But no arrests are imminent: When Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots hosts its Back-To-School Code-a-Thon later this month, it will welcome DHS representatives as partners in an educational data dump for high schoolers on potential cybersecurity careers, including government work. The federal agents are among several tweaks marking the…


Comtech inks $96.2M in new emergency-call contracts

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based communications cornerstone will manage a 911 emergency network and wireless 911 services affecting millions of U.S. customers, according to a series of new deals. Melville-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has announced a multitude of new contracts with “a major U.S. telecommunications company” providing for various 911-related services. The first deal – involving Comtech’s Safety and Security Technologies group, part of the company’s Commercial Segment – involves the implementation, maintenance…


Digital-writing pro lends a hand to the caregivers

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new alliance with a national caregiver-support network is among the biggest deals to date for digital-writing specialist FJD & Associates. The 2010 Westbury-based startup, which distributes high-tech document and data-capture solutions for paper and tablets, has announced a partnership with Caregiver Support Services, a Nebraska-based 501(c)3 dedicated to the wellbeing of personal and professional caregivers who look after homebound patients. Financial terms of the distribution deal were not disclosed, but…


Cemtrex closes in on key VR software acquisition

By GREGORY ZELLER // Reality check: A Farmingdale-based tech firm is reinforcing a lucrative virtual vertical with a big push into VR. International tech manufacturer and distributor Cemtrex Inc. announced Monday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a New York City-based virtual-reality software-development firm. While it has revealed some clues as to the target company’s identity – it was founded in 2010, employs more than 30 programmers and boasts annual sales…


Digital Donations eyes $5M (real) to back crypto ‘coin’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Melville tech developer pursuing distinct nonprofit and commercial verticals has launched a $5 million crowdfunding campaign to help create its own cryptocurrency. Digital Donations Inc. on Sept. 17 flipped the switch on its ambitious Crowdfunder.com equity effort, targeting what the company called “expanded development” of its proprietary cryptocurrency CoinGIV and its “digital wallet” PayGIV. Both services are designed to streamline charitable giving opportunities. It’s a return to form, somewhat, for…