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ViaSat Signs $90M Deal to Provide Satellite Systems to U.S. Government

ViaSat Inc. has honed in on a $90 million, five-year contract with the federal government.

Carlsbad-based ViaSat provides satellite and other communications products for remote areas. The contract is directly with the General Services Administration Federal Technology Service, but under the agreement, all agencies of the federal government may purchase satellite communications systems, information assurance products and engineering services.

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Attacks On IM Jump:

Akonix Systems Inc., which makes instant messaging security and compliance products, said it saw 73 percent more instant messaging attacks in May than in the same month in 2006.

The San Diego firm, which has 65 employees, said it identified 20 “malicious code attacks” over IM networks in May, bringing the year-to-date total to 170 threats.

The privately held company said there were also 11 attacks on P2P networks like Kazaa and eDonkey last month. Historical data on IM security threats can be found at www.imsecuritycenter.com.

Akonix said it has 1.9 million users globally and revenues of $10 million to $15 million annually. Founded in 2000, the firm is licensed by Microsoft Corp., AOL LLC and Yahoo Inc. to inspect and archive IM traffic.

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Appeal Appeals To Adobe:

Software giant Adobe Systems Inc. consulted a local Web design firm Appeal recently on how to improve its Adobe Dreamweaver product, which is used to design Web sites.

The companies met late last month for around four hours, said Appeal spokeswoman Rebecca Bamberger, though she said the companies have no plans to form an official partnership.

Appeal has 11 employees and serves clients in Japan, Australia and the United States. The firm was launched by Chez and Tracy Ochoa in 1997. Today, some of their clients include Trattoria Acqua, a fine-dining restaurant in La Jolla, as well as Fallbrook’s Grand Tradition event venue and Australia’s Sydney English Language Centre.

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Innergy Helps Map Parks:

Innergy Power, a local solar power company, is participating in a federal government project to create detailed maps of the nation’s 400 national parks.

The private San Diego firm is providing National Park Service mapping teams with solar battery rechargers to keep equipment charged in remote areas.

The project begins with the Grand Canyon, and 3D Marketing is the vendor through which Innergy is servicing the government.

Innergy has a manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Cymer Streamlines:

Cymer Inc. said it has signed a three-year agreement that expands its 10-year relationship with AT & T; Inc.

Cymer is a supplier of light sources used in the semiconductor industry with nearly 1,000 employees.

Under the agreement, AT & T; will enhance Cymer’s voice data and wireless services, which will allow Cymer to streamline those tasks through a single vendor.

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Hybrid Buses:

ISE Corp. will develop lithium rechargeable battery packs for use in industrial hybrid electric vehicles through a new agreement with Reno, Nev.-based Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.

The companies said they want to create an inexpensive product for heavy-duty buses, trucks, military vehicles and airport ground support equipment.

While ISE plans to design the system that will use the battery packs on the vehicles, Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. will provide NanoSafe cells and batteries.

The firms will jointly package and commercialize the product.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Astadia Opens Office Here:

Astadia Consulting LLC, a Dallas-based management consulting and technology firm, opened a San Diego office recently.

The firm helps companies configure software and integrate it with other applications.

The new office is located in the Clock Tower Office Plaza in Rancho Bernardo and will employ six people in technical consulting jobs. Vice President of Global Services Lonnie Wills will run the office.


Contact Katie Weeks with technology news at

kweeks@sdbj.com

or call her at (858) 277-6359.

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