San Diego Business Journal

Fifteen Companies Chosen to Participate in Metro Connect Program

Fifteen San Diego County companies will participate in the local World Trade Center’s Metro Connect program, a comprehensive support program to spur the companies’ global growth.

General Dynamics NASSCO Receives Contract That Could Be Worth $3.1 Billion

General Dynamics NASSCO received an order for six oilers — auxiliary ships that rendezvous with U.S. Navy combat ships at sea and refuel them — that could be worth in excess of $3.1 billion.

Navy Awards Contract to Blue Tech Inc.

Blue Tech Inc., a small business based in San Diego, is among 21 companies nationwide that received indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts from the U.S. Navy to supply electronic equipment.

San Diego to Get $1.1 Million From Navy Contract

Some $1.1 million of a U.S. Navy contract supporting “shock trials” for a new littoral combat ship will be spent in San Diego.

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Good Company

Qualcomm Ventures Is on the Hunt For Promising Tech Startups to Back

It’s been 31 years since Qualcomm Inc. was a startup. Today the chip maker has revenue of $25.3 billion. Still, it is very much a part of San Diego’s startup scene: Its venture capital arm is a source of capital for a lot of new companies.

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Clarity in Battlefield Conditions Is Aim of ViaSat’s Radios

They call them JTACs, short for joint terminal attack controllers, and they have an unnerving job.

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FAA Issues Rules for the Commercial Operation of Drones

TECH: Aircraft Must Remain in The Sight of Operator

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued its first rules covering the commercial use of drones. The rules take effect in late August.

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Locking In Our Gains In Cybersecurity Field

TECH: Study Finds Growing Sector Still Needs Nurturing

Like Comic-Con, there are good guys and bad guys. But in cybersecurity, the bad guys are real, and the good guys pack more of an economic punch.

Civic Leaders Launch Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation

In a nod to the estimated 110 startups downtown, San Diego civic leaders took the wraps off the Collaboratory for Downtown Innovation on June 28.

Allegiant Travel Co. Announces Twice-Weekly Flights to Provo, Utah

Allegiant announced new air service between San Diego’s Lindbergh Field and Provo, Utah, beginning Sept. 28. The flights will operate twice weekly.

ParentsWare Inc. Changing Name to Eturi Corp. as it Expands Reach

San Diego-based ParentsWare Inc. has changed its name to Eturi Corp. as it looks to expand its market beyond the parents of children and teens.

Conference Aims to Educate Small Business Owners on Getting Government Work

Small-business owners looking for insight into how to work with the government may glean some information at the Gold Coast conference in August.

Qualcomm Plans Demo of New 5G System at Trade Show

Qualcomm Inc. plans to demonstrate very fast, fifth-generation wireless communications technology during a trade show in Shanghai beginning June 29.

Google Plans to Open Office in Sorrento Mesa

Google plans to open an office in the tech-heavy San Diego neighborhood of Sorrento Mesa.

Qualcomm Files Complaint Against Meizu in China

Qualcomm Inc. said June 23 that it took legal action against the Chinese company Meizu, filing a complaint in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

Google to Open Office in Sorrento Mesa

Google plans to open an office in the tech-heavy San Diego neighborhood of Sorrento Mesa.

Qualcomm Files Complaint Against Meizu in China

Qualcomm Inc. said June 23 that it took legal action against the Chinese company Meizu, filing a complaint in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

Navy Awards 5-Year, $95 Million Contract to National City Joint Venture

The U.S. Navy awarded Multi-Media Environmental Compliance Group — a joint venture based in National City — a contract for architect-engineering services that could be worth up to $95 million over five years.

Kratos Receives $9.4 Million Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said it received a $9.4 million contract to provide helicopter maintenance training systems to an undisclosed customer, identified only as a major U.S. ally.

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Data Driven

Veyo Uses Predictive Analytics to Help Steer Its Nonemergency Medical Transportation Business

Years before he became president of Veyo, Josh Komenda had two jobs. He was an engineer at a big tech firm. And he had a “hobby company” on the side.

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Design Thinking Can Reshape Businesses

DESIGN: Clients’ Interactions With Settings, Products Seen

When Don Norman talks about design, he frequently talks about the big picture. It is as if he backs up so many steps that he can put a landscape the size of the Grand Canyon in his field of vision.

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Launchpad

TECH: Co.’s Mission Is To Bring ‘Fundamental Transformation’

Dan Goldin shows off the artwork in his office suite: large photos of a skier barreling down a steep slope, a surfer riding a giant wave and a sailor standing precariously on the high side of a small sailboat.

ViaSat Buys Land for New Texas Building

ViaSat Inc. plans to put its Texas work force in a new, 80,000-square-foot campus outside College Station, a short distance from Texas A&M University.

FAA Issues Final Rules for Commercial Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration on June 21 issued its first rules covering the commercial use of drones. The rules take effect in late August.

Northrop Grumman Corp. Awarded $203.6 Million Air Force Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $203.6 million contract modification covering logistic services and sustainment for its high-altitude Global Hawk aircraft.

Boeing Co. to Perform $1.36 Million of Work in San Diego

The Boeing Co. will perform $1.36 million of aircraft logistics work in San Diego under a recently received U.S. Navy task order.

Maxwell Technologies Shareholders Approve Several Proposals

Stockholders of Maxwell Technologies Inc. approved a proposal to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock from 40 million to 80 million as part of their business during the company’s annual meeting June 15.

U.S. Navy Awards Contract For Dredging, Pier Replacement

Manson Construction Co. of Seattle received an $834,000 modification to a U.S. Navy contract for dredging and pier replacement at Naval Base San Diego, informally known as the 32nd St. naval station. The deal augments a $9.6 million contract modification from Feb. 10. The Pentagon announced both deals on June 13.

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Passing The Tests

Calbiotech Meets the Challenges of Moving and of Moving Up in the Life Science World

It’s a good sign when a company has to move into a larger space. Calbiotech Inc., which manufactures life science products, outgrew 11,000 square feet in Spring Valley and recently traded up to 22,000 square feet in El Cajon. It also recently hired six employees, giving it a headcount of 45.

Novatel’s Telematics On Board With Uber in South Africa

Novatel Wireless Inc. said early this month that it will provide technology to help insure Uber drivers in South Africa.

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Keeping Tabs on Big Data Could Add Up for Algebraix

SOFTWARE: Encinitas Firm Captures Efficiency For Large Database Queries

An aptitude for math is optional if you want to understand Algebraix Data Corp. At the most fundamental level, the Encinitas business produces software that speeds up databases.

Indus Technology Inc.'s Defense Deal Potentially Worth $43.5M

Indus Technology Inc. said recently that it won a U.S. Navy task order with a potential value of $43.5 million over five years, if the Navy exercises all of its options.

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Leong Named Vice President of Finance at ID Analytics

ID Analytics LLC said June 13 that it named Peng Leong as vice president of finance. He will report to CEO Scott Carter.

GA-ASI Adds Improved Sensor to Predator Model

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said it has integrated a sophisticated sensor into its Predator C Avenger, a jet-powered aircraft in its Predator line.

Army Awards GA-ASI $24.8 Million Contract

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $24.8 million contract modification, covering an additional six months of logistics support for the Army’s Warrior A and Gray Eagle Block 0 unmanned aircraft systems. Warrior and Gray Eagle are versions of the Poway builder’s original aircraft, called the Predator.

Cobham's San Diego Operation to Share $18 Million Contract

Cobham PLC said in early June that it won $18 million in subcontracts to support an airborne electronic warfare program.

Manufacturer RF Industries Reports Q2 Net Revenue of $7.74 Million

RF Industries Ltd., a San Diego business specializing in cables and connectors, reported a net loss of $113,000, or 1 cent per share, on revenue of $7.74 million in its second quarter, which ended on April 30. In the same quarter of 2015, the business reported net income of $448,000 on revenue of $7.59 million.

Sempra Energy Gets Mexican Contract to Build, Own Natural Gas Pipeline

A joint venture that includes San Diego-based Sempra Energy received a contract to build, own and operate a 497-mile, $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline connecting South Texas and Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico. The pipeline will serve power plants in Tuxpan. Sempra (NYSE: SRE) announced the project on June 13.

ImageWare Systems Inc. Partners With Virginia-Based Telos Corp.

San Diego-based ImageWare Systems Inc., which specializes in biometric authentication, said on June 13 that it has partnered with Virginia-based Telos Corp.

Kratos Receives Multiple Orders Worth $10 Million

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on June 13 that it received multiple product orders worth approximately $10 million.

Mad Catz Ability to Continue as Going Concern Questioned

TECH: Peripherals Maker Reports Loss Of $11.6M for Year

Mad Catz Interactive Inc. closed the books on a disappointing year, despite the apparent promise of its fall release of peripherals for the latest installment of the “Rock Band “videogame.

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GA-ASI Looks to Build on Its Customer Base in NATO

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. wants to sell its unmanned aircraft to Germany.

Qualcomm Reportedly Losing Some of Its Apple iPhone Business to Intel

Apple Inc. plans to buy some of the modem chips for its next-generation iPhone from Intel Corp., denying San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. some of that business, Bloomberg News said June 10 in a report that cited unnamed sources.

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Kratos Defense Contract Potentially Worth $22.3 Million

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on June 10 that it received a defense contract that could be worth as much as $22.3 million if its client exercises all of its options.

Qualcomm Reportedly to Lose Some Apple iPhone Business to Intel

Apple Inc. plans to buy some of the modem chips for its next-generation iPhone from Intel Corp., denying San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. some of that business, Bloomberg News said June 10 in a report that cited unnamed sources.

Railroad Companies to Repair, Resurrect East-West Desert Line

Pacific Imperial Railroad Inc. and Baja California Railroad Inc. have agreed to a multimillion-dollar deal to reconstruct the east-west rail link between San Diego and the Imperial Valley, a line that travels part of that distance through Mexico.

Navy Awards BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair Contract Worth up to $61.1 million

The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair a contract that could be worth up to $61.1 million for the fitting-out availability and post-shakedown availability of a new San Antonio-class amphibious landing platform dock, named after Rep. John P. Murtha. San Diego will be the ship’s home port.

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App Gives Parents Option Not to Leave Kids to Their Own Devices

WIRELESS: Access To Internet and Apps Can Be Blocked

Build a better parenting app, and the world will beat a path to your door.

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ViaSat Flying High With Latest Deals

TECH: Air Force One, Airline, Canadian Air Force on Board

Air Force One, 100 new jets for American Airlines and roughly a dozen Canadian military patrol aircraft have something in common — they will all be connected to the world with the help of ViaSat Inc.

Kratos Receives Contracts Worth $6.2 Million From Several Customers

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on June 6 that it received $3.6 million in contract awards for specialized security systems for two unnamed major mass transit customers in the United States. The systems include access control, video surveillance, analytics and communications.

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