Innovation at the fusion of the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain & Crypto, Cybersecurity & Privacy, Government Data Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence (AI), Geospatial & Open Standards, Mobile & Wearable Computing, Public Safety & Smart Cities, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), and Unmanned Systems (UxS) / Drones


Prototyping, Research, Systems Engineering, Communication & Information Security Assessments, and Program Management for clients such as the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), and other departments


Decades of experience in software engineering, computer networking, cybersecurity, IoT/sensor networks and mobile technologies across over a dozen federal agencies


Registered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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Marcus Alzona

keys Experience

Our principals, associates and partners have decades of experience working with government and industry for innovations in the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain & Crypto, Cybersecurity & Privacy, Government Data Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence (AI), Geospatial & Open Standards, Mobile & Wearable Computing, Public Safety & Smart Cities, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), and Unmanned Systems (UxS) / Drones

Internet of Things (IoT)

Research & Development to create, demonstrate, exploit and secure real-time monitoring, analytics, and actions based on data and devices defined by the Internet of Things. Focus areas include IoT data via open geo-location standards (OGC SensorThings), IoT big data analytic tools (Splunk), IoT mobile & wearable field implementations (iOS/AppleWatch apps), a Things Device Management (TDM) Security Framework, and IoT Identification & Exploitation via Unmanned Systems (UxS/drones/etc.).

Development of the SensorThings API IoT Standard as a voting member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)'s standards working group, including the SensorThings API Part I - Sensing standard & data model (2016), as well as the upcoming SensorThings API Part II - Tasking Core candidate standard.

Demonstrated standards-based IoT interoperability with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG) & OGC's
Incident Management Information Sharing Internet of Things Pilot. Developed first Public Safety AppleWatch app utilizing OGC IoT standards for the exchange of sensor data integrating COTS/BYOD wearables into across-organization emergency management / first response demonstration exercise. Demonstrated IoT Pilot results and devices at the DHS S&T First Responder Technology Capitol Hill Demonstration Day.


Cyber Exploitation Testbed and Unmanned Systems (UxS) Platform development within a non-profit innovation facility, enabling cybersecurity researchers to simulate, evaluate, and exploit (SEE) industrial & commercial IoT (IIoT/CIoT), standing up environments representative of deployed IIoT / CIoT / Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) / Industrial Control Systems (ICS) – utilizing components such as commercial heating, ventilating, & air conditioning (HVAC) embedded controllers & equipment, consumer valve & flow sensors, open-source & open-standards software on low-cost single-board computers (Raspberry Pi, Arduino), and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) traffic controllers. Utilized the Unmanned Systems Platform (UxSP) as a mechanism to detect & exploit IIoT/CIoT devices within the testbed, via remote-operated consumer, commercial, and “maker” UxS/drones to compromise the target physical location in addition to the target network and target device(”thing”).

DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)’s Cyber Automated Incident Triage Services (C-AITS), a Cybersecurity event identification and response system utilizing Java micro services in Docker containers, Apache Camel routes, and hybrid relational/NoSQL big data storage.

Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Certification and Accreditation (C&A) of the initial cloud-based implementation of for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

Prototype First Responder Public Safety Security Framework development for the DHS S&T Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), utilizing wireless networks, HSPD-12 PIV smartcards, and federated Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) cloud-based collaboration software development for Information Security Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) planning and compliance utilizing Google for Government, Google Drive, and Google App Script.

Geospatial & Open Standards

Location-based IoT/UxS device, software, & data interoperability via government, industry, and standards organizations such as the
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

Ongoing development of IoT data standards and ontologies as a voting member of theOGCSensorThings (IoT) Standards Working Group (Current Co-Chair)

OGC Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies Domain Working Group (Current Co-Chair)

OGC Uninhabited x Systems (UxS) Domain Working Group (air/surface/underwater drones, i.e. UAS, UAV, USV, UUV etc.) for interoperable UxS mission planning, tasking, & data exchange. (Current Co-Chair)

Participated in the chartering of multiple OGC Domain Working Groups (DWG): Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM), Smart Cities, and the UxS DWG.

Panelist at the OGC IoT Summit discussing IoT standards & demonstrating the results of the DHS S&T IoT Pilot.

Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory modeling capability detailed assessment for the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)’s Architecture Directorate, developing an initial implementation plan and systems architecture for adopting a common modeling platform (e.g. High-Level Architecture (HLA)), using open source tools & standards, SOA and cloud-focused alternatives.

Smart Cities & Resilient Communication Networks

OGC Smart Cities Working Group - founding and ongoing member.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SmartCities/Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC)Public Safety Supercluster 2016 roadmap planning, GCTC 2017 collaborationand 2018 Public Safety Supercluster leadship team.

DHS National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC) SHARES Resilient Network Expansion solutions investigation for physical and cyber resilience. Developed a network contingency architecture and prototype implementation connecting electromagnetic pulse (EMP) hardened backup emergency response communication facilities and users in a post-event scenario utilizing Point-to-Point (PtP) Wireless Backhaul radio/dish hardware (Ubiquity AirFiberX) and Enterprise Unified Communications (UC) servers and software (Mitel/ShoreTel) for voice/video/data communication on laptops and mobile devices.

DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) wireline network congestion modeling research for operable & interoperable public safety and national security & emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications efforts. Investigated the impact of streaming video services (70-80% of peak internet traffic), IoT devices & data, consumer & commercial cloud services, and the transition to Voice-over-IP (VoIP) on NS/EP user post-event emergency communications based on with-notice (Hurricane) and without-notice (Improvised Nuclear Device) scenarios.

Unmanned Systems (UxS) / Drones
Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV)
Transportation and Aviation

OGC Unmanned x Systems (UxS) Domain Working Group (air/surface/underwater drones, i.e. UAS, UAV, USV, UUV etc. + CAV) for interoperable UxS mission planning, tasking, & data exchange. (Current Co-Chair)

Department of Transportation (USDOT) Connected Vehicle (CV) Program Proof-of-Concept (POC) Vehicle-To-Vehicle/Vehicle-To-Infrastructure (V2V/V2I) Technology Test Bed (formerly VII/IntelliDrive) technical analysis and evaluation. Analyzed roadside infrastructure systems, in-vehicle systems, and communication networks, and developed back office systems architecture analysis and alternatives

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Flight Data Publication Service (SFDPS) Program multi-year support . SWIM provides Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based standards, guidance, and core capabilities software to National Airspace System (NAS) programs that will host the software on their existing hardware. SFDPS publishes flight data via SWIM using XML-based (and OGC based) international standards such as the Flight Information Exchange Model (FIXM) , utilizing the Apache-based Fuse ESB (Enterprise Service Bus). Annual participation in the Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference (ATIEC) for the development of open aviation data standards, and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Conference representing SFDPS and SWIM.

keys Departments / Agencies / Units

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate

DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications
Integration Center (NCCIC)

DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC)

DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation

Maryland Department of Information Technology

Maryland Comptroller