Dualos hires Rich Lapen, Miles Altman into new leadership roles

Dualos hires Rich Lapen, Miles Altman into new leadership roles

TACOMA, WASHINGTONDualos, LLC has hired Rich Lapen and Miles Altman to fill two new leadership roles at the mil/aero firm. Lapen will be the new director of sales for the automated test & assurance division. Altman will be senior field sales engineer in the avionics test & simulation division.

Rich Lapen is a sales and marketing professional with more than thirty plus years of experience in advanced network communications technologies for all aspects of government, provider, equipment manufacture and commercial enterprise markets. He has an extensive personal and professional network of contacts from C-Level executives to key engineering decision makers.

Widely respected for the depth of his technical knowledge, Lapen is able to articulate needs to all customers and stakeholders. His particular areas of expertise include mobile, cloud, cyber, DoD tactical, service provider, enterprise, network equipment customer environments, architectures, business models, and procurement methods.

“Dualos has created a whole ecosystem leveraging internal IP along with strategic partners,” says Rob Harris, executive vice president of Dualos, “providing complete test and diagnostic solutions from LEO satellites to mobile networks. We feel Rich’s knowledge, experience, and leadership will propel Dualos’s success within tactical networks and 5G spectrum.”

Rich Lapen

Miles Altman brings to Dualos a deep experience in avionics, both in and out of the military. As a senior NCO in the US Air Force Reserve he worked on the C-17, learning its communication, navigation, and countermeasures systems, as well the data buses that connect many of its components. He was a Quality Assurance Inspector for the 315th Maintenance Group at Joint Base Charleston, and now leads and mentors a team of technicians to develop maintenance skills and readiness to meet Air Force needs.

Miles has also been a civilian employee for the Air Force, where he was a subject matter expert on flightline support equipment. He served as senior field engineer on F-16 flight simulators for Lockheed Martin, during which time he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in technical management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Miles will bring value to our customers by providing them with solutions to their more difficult avionics problems,” says Harris. “The most complex test and simulation challenges can only be addressed by a team that understands that complexity. Miles’ vast avionics maintenance and flightline support knowledge are crucial to providing customers with application assurance and expertise.”

Miles Altman


About Dualos

Dualos provides strategic business development for select OEMs with a direct focus on military, aerospace, and US government related sectors. Leveraging its expertise, Dualos offers an ecosystem of services comprised of global business development, go-to-market strategy, and complex program supply chain management.

Founded in 2008, Dualos is a minority- and woman-owned HUBZone small business. Data security and protection is of utmost importance. Dualos is NIST SP 800-171 compliant and monitored, ITAR registered, holds the latest ISO certification for quality management, and AS9120B, an aerospace industry-specific certification.


Dualos Sponsors HUBZone Small Business Week Virtual Summit

Dualos Sponsors HUBZone Small Business Week Virtual Summit

TACOMA, WASHINGTON—Dualos will be a key sponsor of the 2020 HUBZone Small Business Week Summit, which will be hosted online this year as a virtual event from September 8–11.

HUBZone is a program of the United States Small Business Administration that was created in 1998 to support growth in historically underutilized business (HUB) zones with the goal of awarding three percent of all federal contract dollars annually to qualifying companies. These  are communities that by definition lack capital investment from Capitol Hill and in federal agencies. Meeting the three percent goal requires coordination, networking, outreach, and advocacy, as well as lobbying for economic development and policy reform, for which the nonprofit HUBZone Contractors National Council was formed.

The Small Business Week Summit is week-long networking and educational summit organized by the HUBZone Contractors National Council. It features training and educational seminars from top industry professionals, government and industry matchmaking with agencies and prime contractors, and panel discussions. Typically held as an in-person meeting, this year the Summit will be held virtually due to ongoing public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dualos takes enormous pride in sponsoring this year’s event. Based in a HUBZone in Tacoma, Washington, Dualos itself is a Native American owned and women owned small business. Its advocacy for small businesses, women, and minorities not only makes strategic sense for the company—it’s part of its culture and values. Inspired by family, education, equal rights, and the environment, Dualos actively contributes to its local community by bringing higher paying jobs to the area and promoting the inclusion and advancement of minority groups in STEM industries.

“[Sponsoring this year’s Summit] was an easy decision for us,” says  Dualos President Nancy Papineau. “We try to lead by example. For business growth, economic growth, for our community, for our industry, for our personal growth. It’s who we are as a company. And the HUBZone program is a powerful tool for competition and the health of small businesses. Especially in 2020, and beyond.”


For more on the HubZone Council, please visit hubzonecouncil.org


BusTools 1553 Demo Part 2 - Exporting Bus Control List

Bill Schuh and Bill Tilman demonstrate how to export the bus control list using the free BusTools 1553 demo program from Abaco.


Intro to BusTools 1553 Demo

Bill Schuh of Dualos and Bill Tilman Abaco show how to use the free BusTools 1553 demo program from Abaco to create your data bus message list and how to use that list for both Abaco and non-Abaco interfaces as documentation or C code for your application.


Dualos, LLC Named to NSBA Leadership Council

Dualos, LLC Named to NSBA Leadership Council

Tacoma, WA – Rob Harris of Dualos, LLC, Tacoma, WA was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

Harris, a recognized leader in the community, is an authority within the military, aerospace and government sector. In nearly 30 years in the test and embedded solutions industry he led the successful growth of several small companies. Harris’s latest venture, with partner Nancy Papineau, is Dualos, LLC. Dualos focuses on selling test, measurement, simulation and emulation solutions into complex and challenging defense ecosystems. A global business development specialist, Dualos partners with the largest and most respected test, measurement, simulation emulation manufactures. It’s a woman and Native American owned small business, located in a Tacoma, Washington HUBZone.

“Small business is a big category,” says Harris. “It’s important to recognize those that are owned by minorities, by women, by Native Americans. It’s important to bring Congressional attention to these enterprising communities.”

Harris joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to tackle the many critical issues facing small business, including tax reform, regulatory restraint, health care costs and how the Affordable Care Act will impact small business. The NSBA Leadership Council is focused on providing valuable networking between small-business advocates from across the country while ensuring small business a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small-business proposals.

“I am proud to have Rob as part of the Leadership Council,” said NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “He comes to us highly recommended, and I look forward to our coordinated efforts for years to come.”


For more on the NSBA Leadership Council, please visit www.nsba.biz


Get the White Paper: Military Requirements for RF Channel Emulation

Dualos and Spirent Support Military Requirements for RF Channel Emulation with the Latest White Paper

Get the RF Channel Emulation White Paper

Today’s connected battlefield requires a new level of testing that depends on close collaboration between government defense agencies and private enterprises to ensure signals make it from Point A to Point B, successfully and securely. 

Whether you are designing battlefield radio hardware or software, building a military IoT device with an RF module, buying or evaluating devices, or developing network applications that use radios, you are probably grappling with the real-world challenges surrounding testing and simulation. 

Enter Spirent Communications. Long considered the foremost experts on the technical challenges that military radio system designers, integrators and buyers face, our partners at Spirent have developed a state-of-the-art tool for RF channel emulation. Known as the Vertex, it models real-world signal impairments and worst-case scenarios for fast and accurate testing, allowing users to bring new RF systems online quickly and at a lower cost than previously imaginable.

With Vertex, you can minimize your test challenges regarding wireless communications, electronic warfare, satellite communications, software defined radio, signal intelligence and mil/aero connected battlefield.

  • Vertex grows from 4 to 36 RF ports in a single chassis and is expandable to 144 ports in a multi-unit configuration
  • Its flexibility and density support a myriad of test configurations for SISO and MIMO, massive MIMO and beamforming, mesh networks, advanced MIMO OTA, and carrier aggregation
  • It supports up to 256 digital radio paths in a single instrument, has a native frequency range from 30 MHz to 5925 MHz (and up to 39 GHz via Vertex HFC), supports signal bandwidth to 200MHz (combinable channels for >1 GHz), and can replicate supersonic Doppler speeds
  • Vertex supports the Advanced Channel Model (ACM) software module which offers a user-friendly GUI that simplifies the design of the 3D propagation scenarios
  • The ACM software supports custom models and motion paths, as well as the latest 3GPP standards for LTE and 5G applications

If test and simulation challenges are inhibiting the launch of your RF system, then the latest white paper from Spirent and Dualos will be of interest to you. It provides a brief overview of RF channel emulation—a powerful and cost-effective means for testing military radio systems—and introduces Spirent’s Vertex Channel Emulator. 


Meeting the January 2020 Windows 10 Compliance Upgrade Deadline

Dualos is Here to Help You Make the Windows 10 Compliance Upgrade January 2020 Deadline

Windows cybersecurity and support issues affect military/aerospace avionics significantly and compliance is necessary to do business with, and continue doing business with the federal government. If your organization is not on track to meet the 2020 changeover deadline, now is the time to take action.  

If you’re part of the team responsible for system usage, these tasks fall on your shoulders—not on IT. But where should you start? With hardware? With software? How will you keep track of your unique system changeover needs? Remember, it’s not just your desktop PCs and servers that are in danger of next year’s compliance issues—it’s also you aircraft, shipboard, vehicle, and related test and development PCs, laptops and computers too. 

Take some guidance on where and how to start organizing your upgrade from the General Manager of the Avionics Business Unit here at Dualos, Bill Schuh. First, he recommends to list what the old system supports by asking questions like:

  • What does the system do? 
  • How is it used? 
  • Does the system still do the job and do you still need it?  
  • What software and peripherals are important? 
  • What would happen if you just turned it off and walked away?

Second, he advises customers to consider and note the following for your records:

  • Which version of Microsoft Windows is on the PC?
  • Standard Office needs (if any)—the specific applications.
  • All commercial applications, including development studios, control software, add-ons, etc.
  • Look closely for custom applications, custom add-ons.  
  • Special hardware or middle-ware drivers.  
  • Mods, macros, start-up routines or even remote booting 
  • Command line or special start-up icons
  • Back-up or mirroring connections/applications
  • Any database needs—SQL, etc.
  • Configuration files or keys
  • Bookmarks, secure logins, etc.

Finally, he recommends you do a system check and list the processor, graphics functions, local RAM and local storage.

If this all seems overwhelming, never fear. Bill and the application solutions experts at Dualos are happy to assist you during this stressful time. They’ve compiled a customizable checklist, delivered in a handy Word document to help you track the many moving parts so you can ensure continuity in operations and performance, while meeting compliance requirements with a system backed by modern cybersecurity. 

Get the Windows 10 Compliance Checklist

President Nancy Papineau, and Sales and Operations Director Cheryl Cavanagh recently traveled to Wisconsin to attend the 41st Annual Conference of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), where they led a group of 200+ volunteers! 

As a Native American owned small business, Dualos promotes a culture of inclusivity, giving back and supporting those in need. To this end, all employees are encouraged to contribute to non-profit organizations and/or events of personal significance throughout the year. 

This three day event attracts AISES members from across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. This year, 1,650 American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawiian, Pacific Islander, First Nation high school and college students made the journey to the highly anticipated event to further their personal and professional development.  

With a mission to increase the representation of American Indians and other indigenous groups in STEM careers – science, technology, engineering and math – the AISES hosts the annual conference in order to give students one-on-one networking opportunities with representatives from universities, national organizations and major corporations within STEM industries. 

“We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the annual conference and left feeling completely energized—even after 12+hour days of volunteering!” stated Nancy. “The AISES hits home with us at Dualos because we strive to grow inclusivity throughout STEM industries in order to elevate our community and expand the quality and innovation in these fields—and this event does just that! It’s simply not like other conferences we attend in a professional capacity, where people don’t even stay until the end of the event, and are only there to sell. This event truly IS about preparing these students for the realities of careers in STEM fields and we are honored to have the chance to contribute.” 

Over 250 exhibitors participated in this year’s conference, sharing resources, training and tips on vital topics such as, how to best prepare your resume, what interview skills to practice, and even how to apply for more specific career pathways, like working at a government agency. 

Universities from across the country also exhibited to promote their AISES chapter, introduce STEM specific areas of study, and even how to pay for post-graduate education. 

“Success for attendees of this conference can change the trajectory of their life,” stated Cheryl. “We saw many students taking full advantage of networking opportunities, leaving more prepared for the professional world, more knowledgeable of the steps to take to get the job they want, and some even with job prospects and/or follow up interviews!” 

The 2019 Annual Conference was a major success and we can’t wait for the 2020 Annual Conference which will be held in Spokane, WA! 

Abaco Extends Family of Avionics Devices

Abaco Extends Family of Avionics Devices for Test and Simulation, Flightline, and Development Featuring Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface

Abaco’s Thunderbolt 3 interface to Avionics I/O is arguably the best future-proof peripheral family of products in 30 years. While USB and Serial before that have marginally met functional needs, they both suffer from latency and bandwidth challenges. Abaco’s Thunderbolt 3 brings true backplane speed, latency and bandwidth to Avionics peripheral devices while maintaining a customer’s investment against the more frequent power hungry processor change-out requirements.

 

Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface:
  • Addresses demise of ExpressCard, PCMCIA card
  • Provides superior solution to USB
  • Leverages high speed 40Gbps interface for minimum latency, maximum channel density
  • Allows minimum cost/disruption expansion of existing test/lab systems
  • Delivers long term continuity for customers

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— August 8, 2019 Abaco Systems today further extended its range of portable avionics devices that feature the Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 interface with the addition of an ARINC664-compatible RCNIC-A2PA-TB and multiprotocol RAR15XF-TB that supports up to four channels of MIL-STD-1553 and 18 channels of ARINC 429 on a single device.  These new devices complement Abaco’s previously announced QPM-1553-TB and RCEI-830A-TB.

 

The latest platforms include:

  • The RCNIC-A2PA-TB is the first portable ARINC 664 device to come to market with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. It is a dual port ARINC 664 interface for monitoring, generating or analyzing full-bandwidth AFDX/ARINC 664 Part 7 protocol traffic. Abaco’s exclusive pipeline architecture maximizes packet throughput using parallel controllers and efficient DMA transfers, thereby avoiding the bottlenecks of CPU-based interface
  • The RAR15XF-TB is the highest density portable MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429 available. It delivers up to four channels of 1553 and 18 channels of ARINC 429 for the highest density in an extremely portable device. Its on-board firmware, large data buffers, and a high-level API are integrated to provide total flexibility in monitoring and generating ARINC bus traffic. Simultaneous scheduled and burst mode (FIFO) messaging is supported on all ARINC 429 transmit channels. Each ARINC 429 receive channel provides simultaneous dedicated and buffered mode storage, along with label/SDI filtering.


We are honored to contribute to the Fisher House Foundation

At Dualos, we are honored to contribute to the Fisher House Foundation and to promote their selfless acts that support our nation’s military members, veterans and their families. 

When service members are injured and hospitalized the costs of travel and lodging can be a drastic burden on visiting families, so the Fisher House Foundation covers these out of pocket costs for thousands of families each year. In fact, the Foundation helped more than 32,000 families in 2018 alone, and has saved military and veteran families an estimate $452 million since its inception in 1990. 

With 84 Fisher Houses located on military installations and VA medical centers around the country, the foundation gives the gift of a “home away from home” to military families during some of life’s most challenging trials. Additionally, the foundation offers scholarship programs, the Military Miles program, the Hotels for Heroes program, memorial service support and much more.  

As an active member of the avionics, military and aerospace industries, Dualos works to support this community through a range of philanthropic efforts, both locally and around the country. We truly believe that our business is successful when we can use our resources to help others achieve success in their own life, so they can in turn do the same for others. 

With multiple ways to participate in the Fisher House Foundation, anyone can help make a difference. We encourage everyone to learn how they can contribute to this excellent organization by visiting https://www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/