San Diego Business Journal

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Company Introduces Robotic Dog at Consumer Electronics Show

A company with ties to San Diego has brought a robotic dog to CES 2016, the big consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

XCom Global Launches New Mobile Hotspot

XCom Global Inc., a Japanese company with its U.S. headquarters in San Diego, announced the April launch of a new mobile hotspot, which won a CES Innovation Award at the consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas.

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Andrew Viterbi Awarded Draper Prize for Engineering

Recognizing his work on a groundbreaking piece of software, the National Academy of Engineering awarded Andrew J. Viterbi the 2016 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering.

Cubic Corp. Awarded Three-Year, $15 Million Contract

Cubic Corp. said Jan. 4 that it won a three-year, $15 million task order to support U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command exercises. Under the deal, Cubic (NYSE: CUB) will help plan, prepare and execute activities as well as provide after-event assessment.

Kratos Announces Executive Appointments, Contract Award

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said on Jan. 4 that it named Marie Mendoza vice president and general counsel. Mendoza replaces Deborah S. Butera, who left the company in September.

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NATO Version of Global Hawk Makes First Flight

Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Dec. 19 that its NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft — a variation of the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft — made its first flight.

Soltek Pacific Construction Receives Navy Task Order Worth $16.7M

Soltek Pacific Construction Co. received a U.S. Navy task order worth $16.7 million, the Pentagon announced Dec. 30.

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From Commercial to Defense, Region Welcomes Robots

TECH: Robotics Hub Is Natural Fit With S.D.’s Tech Strengths

San Diego has been quietly preparing for its future as a robotics hub. Scientists at the U.S. Navy lab on Point Loma have long been working on machines that crawl and swim to help sailors and Marines do their jobs. The public, however, sees little of this work. Similarly, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) designs its autonomous military aircraft behind closed doors in North County.

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3-D Printing Companies Make the Mainstream

TECH: The Innovation Is Now Advancing In Variety of Sectors

Watch for news about 3-D printing during the year ahead. The process, also known as additive manufacturing, is an up and comer.

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Navy, Cos. Make Solid Cybersecurity Community

TECH: 2014 Study Put Impact at $1.5B For the Community

San Diego’s cybersecurity cluster is robust, robust because the world community continues to play badly together in cyberspace. Hacking and denial-of-service attacks are common. It’s not just individuals interested in making trouble. Criminal syndicates and nation-states employ hackers to make money and spy on adversaries. Such characters probably lurk in Southern California, heavy as it is with defense contractors.

LRAD Corp. Gets $710,000 Contract for System to be Used in Latin American Prisons

LRAD Corp., which makes electronics that send highly directional amplified sound over long distances, said on Dec. 29 that it received a $710,000 order for model 1000Xi systems and accessories. The company did not list a specific customer; it only said that the gear would be used at Latin American prisons.

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Budget Truce Gives Defense Cos. Chance for Wins

DEFENSE: Programs Of Some of the Big Local Players Are in Demand

The defense industry seems to be holding its own as 2016 begins. Because of a major deal struck in Congress, military contractors will not have to carve up a drastically shrinking defense-spending pie, at least not in the near term.

Qualcomm Signs Patent Licensing Deals With Two More Chinese Companies

Qualcomm Inc. announced early Dec. 29 that it reached patent licensing deals with two more Chinese companies, Tianyu and Haier.

Qualcomm Inc. Signs Licensing Agreement With Chinese Company

Qualcomm Inc. said Dec. 28 that it signed a licensing agreement with QiKu Internet Network Scientific (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.

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Steve Stallings Named Chairman of Indian Gaming Association

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association, a Sacramento-based advocacy group, has named Steve Stallings as its chairman.

U.S. Army Awards Cubic Corp. Contract Worth Up to $76.4 Million

Cubic Corp. received a five-year deal to supply parts for U.S. Army personnel locator systems, the Pentagon announced on Dec. 24.

Northrop Grumman Awarded Three-Year, $93.1 Million Contract

Northrop Grumman Corp. recently got a Defense Department deal to develop an unmanned aircraft called TERN. The Pentagon’s R&D arm has inked a three-year, $93.1 million agreement with Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) to develop the system, which could be used to gather intelligence or deliver weapons.

Company to Deploy Air Ambulance at Viejas Reservation

Northern California-based Reach Medical Holdings LLC announced on Dec. 22 that it is opening an air ambulance base at the Viejas Indian Reservation near Alpine, where it will station a helicopter.

Kratos Drone Successfully Executes Third Demonstration Flight

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said its jet-powered unmanned UTAP-22 aircraft successfully made its third demonstration flight on Dec. 11 at the U.S. Navy’s test range at China Lake.

Teams Competing for Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize Get One-Year Extension

Organizers of the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize competition have extended final judging and awards by one year, to early 2017.

Air Force Awards GA-ASI $338 Million Contract

The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $338 million in 2016 on logistics support for its fleet of Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft.

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Beyster Family Donates Businessman's Papers to UC San Diego

The late J. Robert Beyster and his employees were always discreet when discussing their business, Science Applications International Corp.

Cubic Corp. to Acquire Alabama-Based GATR Technologies for $232.5 Million

Cubic Corp. said Dec. 21 that it entered a definitive agreement to buy Huntsville, Ala.-based GATR Technologies Inc. for $232.5 million.

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Pechanga Breaks Ground on $285M Resort Expansion

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians broke ground Dec. 16 on a $285 million expansion that will double the size of its resort near Temecula.

PKL Services Gets $62.6M Contract for Work With Saudi Air Force

PKL Services Inc. of Poway received a $62.6 million, one-year contract for maintenance upgrade training for Royal Saudi Air Force personnel working on Saudi Arabia’s F-15 strike fighter aircraft fleet.

PKL Services Inc. Gets $62.6M Contract for Work With Saudi Air Force

PKL Services Inc. of Poway received a $62.6 million, one-year contract for maintenance upgrade training for Royal Saudi Air Force personnel working on Saudi Arabia’s F-15 strike fighter aircraft fleet.

Abacus Data Gets Equity Investment

Abacus Data Systems Inc. received a strategic majority investment from a Rhode Island-based private equity firm, Providence Equity, the San Diego business announced Dec. 16. The amount of the investment was not immediately available.

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S.D. Shows Potential to Become Robotics Hub

TECH: Some Local Cos. Already Well-Positioned In Blossoming Sector

Finding improvised explosive devices. Performing delicate surgery. Picking strawberries. Robots have been tasked to do it all, with a deft touch.

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Adtile’s Plan is to Shake Up Advertising With Artistic Flair

SOFTWARE: Moving Mobile Devices Creates Engaging Interactivity

Short attention spans … they are the bane of advertisers. How do you keep people focused on the small screens of their mobile devices when you are trying very hard to interest them in a product or service?

Kratos Receives $3.8 Million Army Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said Dec. 17 that one of its subsidiaries received a $3.8 million task order for unmanned aerial targets for the U.S. Army.

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Sticking With Their Principals

ECONOMY: Organizations Turned to Their Top Players To Skillfully Navigate 2015

To borrow a line from Frank Sinatra, it was a very good year. Perhaps not for all business leaders. But for those with foresight and drive, those in sync with the economy of 2015, the year was great.

Abacus Data Gets Equity Investment

Abacus Data Systems Inc. received a strategic majority investment from a Rhode Island-based private equity firm, Providence Equity, the San Diego business announced Dec. 16. The amount of the investment was not immediately available.

Qualcomm Inc. Rejects Split, Says It Will Remain One Company

Qualcomm Inc. said Dec. 15 that it plans to continue on its course as a single company, and not follow the advice of activist shareholders and break itself in two.

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General Dynamics NASSCO Christens, Launches Tanker

General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched the Independence, a 610-foot commercial tanker, in a morning ceremony Dec. 12 at its shipyard in Barrio Logan.

GA-ASI Awarded $57.1 Million Defense Contract

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a $57.1 million contract for logistics support for its Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft.

Making It Past ‘Milestone C’ Is Triton’s Current Mission

Executives at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Rancho Bernardo are keeping tabs on six test flights that its client, the U.S. Navy, is making with its Triton unmanned aircraft in Patuxent River, Maryland.

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European Commission Added to Qualcomm’s Fight Card

TECH: Co. Hit With Antitrust Allegations; Taiwan Also Investigating

The European Commission formally notified Qualcomm Inc. Dec. 8 that the San Diego company may have broken antitrust laws in two instances, engaging in one case in what it called “predatory pricing” and abusing its position as the world’s No. 1 baseband chipset supplier.

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Steve Orenberg Named CEO at EdgeWave

Cybersecurity provider EdgeWave named Steve Orenberg president and CEO, the company said on Dec. 8.

Air Force Awards General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. $32.3 Million Contract

The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. $32.3 million worth of work, which is expected to last two and a half years.

European Commission Accuses Qualcomm of 'Predatory Pricing'

The European Commission formally notified Qualcomm Inc. Dec. 8 that the San Diego company may have broken antitrust laws in two instances, engaging in one case in what it called “predatory pricing” and abusing its position as the world’s No. 1 baseband chipset supplier.

Achates Power Awarded 3-Year, $9 Million Federal Contract

San Diego-based Achates Power announced on Dec. 1 that it received a contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a more efficient gasoline engine.

AT&T Bringing Super-Fast Internet Service by End of 2016

AT&T Inc. announced that it plans to bring 1 gigabit Internet service to homes, apartments and small businesses in San Diego by the end of 2016. Dallas-based AT&T (NYSE: T) markets the service under the name GigaPower.

ViaSat, UCSD Team Up for Coverage of Tritons' Athletics

Sports fans have a new television viewing option thanks to ViaSat Inc.

ImageWare, Four Points Awarded Government Contract Worth Up to $3 Million

ImageWare Systems Inc. and partner Four Points Technology LLC received a deal from the Department of Veterans Affairs that could be worth as much as $3 million over two years, provided that the federal agency exercises all of its options.

UCSD, ViaSat Team Up for Coverage of Tritons' Sports

Sports fans have a new television viewing option thanks to ViaSat Inc.

LRAD Corp. Reports Net Income of $9.6 Million for Fiscal 2015

LRAD Corp., maker of devices that can send a highly concentrated beam of sound in a single direction, released its annual financial results on Dec. 3.

Younity Raises $8 Million in Series A Financing

Makers of an app called younity have pulled in $8 million of series A funding.

There’s a Lot of Work in the Cards for Cubic’s Transportation Arm

The sales force from Cubic Corp.’s transportation arm has been all over the place, under the elevated railroad in Chicago, on the turnpikes of chilly New Hampshire and in Brisbane, Australia, where the trains make stops in Walloon, Ipswich and Burpengary.

Drone Maker Seems to Be on Right Course at Right Time

TECH: Accelerators Help With Key Connections as Startup Gets Off Ground

The afternoon sun is low and Chad Ammon has found a seat on the patio of a San Diego eatery. The CEO has an Arnold Palmer for himself, and he’s gotten chips and salsa to share. Taking up a good portion of the table next to him is an eight-propeller unmanned aircraft with a complicated sensor suite hanging from its belly. The waitress arrives and barely blinks an eye when she sees the latest addition to the party.

Navy Aegis Upgrade Worth Millions

A portion of a $49 million weapons system contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. will come to the port of San Diego.

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