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NCI Selected as ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation 2015 Awards Top 30 Finalist

Government and industry leaders encouraged to attend February 5 showcase and submit votes via social media to determine winner

Reston, VA, January 29, 2015 – NCI, Inc. today announced its Secure Passive Optical Network (SPON) for the U.S. Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) has been selected as a Top 30 finalist for the 2015 Igniting Innovation Awards, presented by the American Council for Technology – Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community. The awards program selected 30 finalists from a large pool of innovative government and industry solutions developed to address the government’s biggest IT challenges. One overall Igniting Innovation winner will be selected on February 5, 2015, at the Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event at the Ronald Reagan Building.

“NCI is proud to be chosen as a finalist for the Igniting Innovation award,” said Brian J. Clark, NCI’s president. “Developing and deploying innovative solutions for our customers that not only deliver results but improve efficiency is tremendously rewarding. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to implement the SPON technology for our long-term customer, NETCOM, and look forward to demonstrating this unique solution to those who attend the February 5 Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event.”

The secure passive optical network implementation at NETCOM’s Greely Hall facility located on Fort Huachuca, Ariz., established the first integrated network and physical security system at NETCOM headquarters. Responsible for the installation, engineering, operation and defense of the Army’s network and mission command capabilities, NCI implemented the SPON as the first step toward providing the U.S. Army with fully integrated monitoring of its network and facility assets across the enterprise. This innovation not only utilizes green infrastructure that achieves up to 80 percent energy savings, but also significantly reduces manpower costs by removing the requirement for daily visual inspections.

“We are proud to recognize NCI for its dedication to advancing the mission of ACT-IAC by enabling government to improve efficiency and effectiveness through its U.S. Army NETCOM SPON,” said Chris Smith, Igniting Innovation Program Chair. “Each of this year’s finalists have developed innovative and collaborative ways to creatively address government IT issues. Our Showcase will highlight the best uses of these groundbreaking tools, services and solutions.”

The Top 30 finalists will exhibit their solutions at the Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event on February 5, 2015, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Top 8, selected via social media voting during the event, will deliver live presentations to a judging panel of government and industry professionals, as well as the entire showcase audience comprised of IT executives, influencers and media.

Following the Top 8’s presentations, the social media tool will again be used to vote for the overall “Igniting Innovation” winner. Additional “Dynamite” awards will be given in the areas of: most disruptive; 3 Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse); high risk/high return; greatest citizen impact; and incubator.

Come to the Ronald Reagan Center on February 5, 2015, to cast your vote for NCI’s Army NETCOM SPON and learn more about some of the most creative IT solutions benefiting the government.

For more information and to register for the 2015 Igniting Innovation Showcase and Awards, see https://actiac.org/ignitinginnovation2015 or contact Sara DeCarlo at ACT-IAC via email (SDeCarlo@actiac.org) or call (703) 362-0410.

Join the discussion about Igniting Innovation on Twitter: @actiac #igniteinnovation.

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action

ACT-IAC has been recognized as the premier government IT community’s public-private partnership and is an example of how government and industry work together. We are a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government in serving the public through the effective application of IT resources. Our education, training, programming and collaboration opportunities enhance and advance the government IT profession. ACT-IAC’s objective, vendor- and technology-neutral, and ethical forum allow government and industry to collaborate and improve government through technology. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in the Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver). Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at www.actiac.org or call 703-208-4800.