By Yaseen Nisar, Government Account Manager
The words “Artificial Intelligence” may conjure up many images of science fiction books and movies. There may be many assumptions and misconceptions of how artificial intelligence is used, but artificial intelligence (AI) is predominantly used in the business world for both commercial and government applications.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) are helping businesses become more efficient, more productive, and able to analyze large amounts of data more quickly with increased computing power. The use of AI is spread across a variety of industries in both the private and public sector, such as manufacturing, medical, utilities, media/entertainment, trucking/logistics, aerospace, military, and defense. Some of the main applications of AI include autonomous vehicles (self-driving automobiles and trucks), visual analytics, cybersecurity and edge computing for the United States Department of Defense (DOD).
The commercial sector has been an early adopter of artificial intelligence solutions, particularly in the autonomous trucking, visual analytics, and health care industries. Logistics and transportation utilize AI for distribution centers and autonomous trucks, resulting in loading and transporting goods in half the time and with more than double the safety record of traditional shipping and delivery methods. Many of these trucks are used for long haul delivery in harsh weather conditions of rain and snow, with heavy shock and vibration for extended periods of time. These trucks require ruggedized AI computer servers with multiple leading-edge GPUs to process large scale data from a variety of sensors and cameras at the edge.
Artificial intelligence is expanding high end video analytics workflows in several applications including facial recognition, criminal tracking, airport/railway security, and highway safety. These applications see growing demand for high performance computing (HPC) and data storage systems designed for large scale data processing. Ruggedized AI transportable systems are required to provide large amounts of processing, memory, storage bandwidth, and storage for data transfer.
The medical industry leverages AI by using (HPC) at the edge for biomedical research and development. Many private sector clinicians, biomedical and pharmaceutical firms are utilizing edge computing AI for optimizing workflows, analyzing scans faster and processing algorithms, such as genome mapping. Medical patients see the benefits by receiving medical imaging results more quickly than historically possible.
OSS is meeting the need for high performance computing (HPC) solutions and expansion systems at the edge for commercial customers with our AI transportable products.
Artificial intelligence is being utilized in a variety of government applications, but its largest growing sector is in military and defense, particularly with the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer (CDAO) within the US Department of Defense (DOD). The CDAO is leading the US Military AI technology with new innovations and integration programs and is the focal point for the execution of the DOD AI strategy.
OSS is addressing the need for growing AI technologies by providing solutions for air, land, and sea for the DOD with AI Transportable for defense. The military and defense sectors require ruggedized high-performance computing (HPC) for harsh environments with the highest level of reliability and security with CPU, GPU, sensor input, and storage technology. OSS land-based solutions for applications ranging from tactical portable command centers to mobile radar platforms are utilized by the US Army.
OSS airborne AI transportable applications for the DOD range from data center in the sky, computer systems for unmanned autonomous aircrafts, and pilot assist systems for warfare and applications such as threat detection. These solutions are used in both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force. The DOD utilizes OSS’ GAS-R Ruggedized Server which features the worlds most advanced accelerators, enabling the customer to consolidate training, inference, and analytics with a data center at the edge. The DOD also uses the OSS Rugged Flash Storage Array (FSAn-4R), a high bandwidth and low latency storage server with up to a petabyte of removable data capacity.
OSS sea solutions for the United States Navy include AI capabilities for advanced threat detection systems, autonomous or semi-autonomous surface ships and automated alert systems.
What is the difference in Commercial vs Government uses for AI?
Commercial applications follow guidelines required by private companies, and their requirements are fulfilled using US applicable laws. These requirements also fall under the guidelines of the Uniformed Commercial Code (U.C.C.), regulating commerce in the USA.
Government applications of AI include additional laws and regulations, such as the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) system, and for military/defense it also includes the Defense Federal Regulation Supplement (DFARS). The United States Department of Defense (DOD) also has specific defense standards to make sure solutions meet military standards through the Defense Standardization Program.
These three forms of regulations, the FAR, DFARS and the Defense Standardization Program are included for government applications when needed by government requirements.
What is the FAR, DFARS and the Defense Standardization Program?
The Federal Acquisition Regulation, or FAR, is a set of rules issued to make a standard set of processes for government acquisitions. They are guidelines for both vendors and the government to follow regarding federal acquisitions.
The Defense Federal Acquisitions Regulation Supplement, or DFARS is essentially the same as the FAR, except it is specifically geared toward the United States Department of Defense (DOD) contracts. It will be used in addition to the FAR if a vendor is working with a US defense agency.
The Defense Standardization Program is the official source for defense and federal specifications and standards, military handbooks and related standardization documents adopted by the DOD. They establish the military standard of ruggedization, products and solutions, otherwise known as “MIL STD” or “MIL SPEC” standards.
OSS business practices and solutions for AI Transportable applications in government applications meet the highest level of government regulations for FARS, DFARS, MIL-STD and MIL SPEC requirements for use in aerospace and defense. Al/Transportable solutions are designed to keep pace with requirements as needed by the DOD.
Looking to the Future
While customer needs and requirements are unique and varied, One Stop Systems ensures that customer requirements are met for either commercial or government applications after thorough research, investigation, and evaluation.
As the need for AI solutions grows for both commercial and government applications, OSS is committed to providing the highest quality solutions in both sectors and is continuously working to keep updated with new technologies, government regulations with the DOD, and requirements for clients in all sectors of artificial intelligence.
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The need to keep US and allied troops out of harm’s way, while still pursuing battlefield superiority, increasingly requires a need for battlefield assets throughout the military theater to become fully autonomous. Currently, most unmanned military vehicles are controlled remotely, but the military is expanding the role of autonomy within surface ships, submarine vessels, aircraft, and land vehicles to identify and take action on current and future threats.