Solution specific articles for Integrated Technology Services.
Lynker spearheaded the development and implementation of NOAA Fisheries’ new ESA Section 7 Mapper, an interactive, GIS-driven visualization tool NOAA scientists, federal action agencies, and the general public can use to help identify ESA-listed species and critical habitats in project action areas along the East Coast. We designed and implemented new GIS datasets for each Section 7 Consultation Area, locating where and when ESA-listed species (sturgeons, salmon, whales, turtles) of a given life stage (adult, juveniles, larvae, etc.) are found exhibiting relevant behaviors (migrating, foraging, spawning, rearing, calving) along major waterways and marine zones. The resulting interactive web map application allows Action Agencies to draw a project site, determine which Consultation Areas overlap, and generate a detailed report, expediting the process of determining whether further consultation with NOAA Fisheries is necessary. Lynker’s ESA Section 7 Mapper will reduce the number of unnecessary consultation requests and improve the quality and accuracy of necessary consultation requests. This easy-to-use mapping interface achieves those goals by publishing our agency’s current understanding of where the best available data dictates consultations are recommended.
Said the NOAA Federal project lead “This is some VERY GOOD news. Congrats to all who worked so hard on making this happen. I am quite excited to see how this goes and how this mapping tool helps our action agencies.”
Click here to access the mapper from the NOAA website.
Lynker’s Chart Tile Service (CTS) project demonstrates our ability to bring innovative solutions using emerging technologies. Lynker began a NOS/OCS internally-funded mobile application demonstration project in 2011 that eventually evolved into the highly visible CTS infrastructure initiative, which has added tremendous value to NOAA in terms of reducing redundancies, streamlining secure data sharing, and improving overall quality of NOAA charting products. As critical, CTS has also met NOAA’s mission goal of increasing the usefulness, accuracy, and availability of its services to a wide range of stakeholders, many of whose businesses, safety, and livelihoods depend on MCD’s outputs.
Understanding that consuming nautical chart information on mobile devices would become increasingly important, Lynker began an Internal Research & Development (IR&D) project of a mobile app for mariners. The purpose was to display NOAA’s suite of 2,172 nautical chart datasets with Coast Pilot books. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) liked the idea, and tasked Lynker to develop the prototype into a production-level NOAA technology demonstration project, with a one-year lifespan. The app was called MyNOAACharts, and was released on Google Play in May 2013. MyNOAACharts was widely considered a great success, with thousands of users and an excellent 4.6 rating.
Feedback on the demonstration app uncovered issues within other commercial chart plotters and mobile chart viewer apps. Many of these systems were reformatting NOAA charts, without any standard, and were not updating charts frequently for their customers due to the complexity and cost of the effort. This resulted in out-of-date and incomplete data, creating dangers to navigation.
That is when OCS and Lynker had an idea. What if, instead of offering a single NOAA mobile app directly to mariners and boaters, NOAA created the enterprise architecture and infrastructure to provide a free, standard, Cloud-based, pre-packaged chart tile service, updated weekly, with a defined Application Programming Interface (API) to the maritime electronics industry? Industry would add value-added content and determine the end products. This way, NOAA would provide a portal of chart information to industry that would be leveraged to millions of their customers – a force multiplier. Lynker, in collaboration with OCS, confirmed strong industry interest at Lynker-hosted industry days, and OCS directed Lynker to begin work on the CTS. Lynker developed a relationship with Amazon Web Services and deployed the prototypes on the Amazon cloud. This successful strategy facilitated a smooth integration with NOAA’s Integrated Dissemination Portal (IDP), our current hosting environment.
CTS completed its successful first public release in December 2015. One user on Facebook happily reported that “I’m super-impressed with the NOAA developers (Lynker employees)” Lynker helped OCS recognize an opportunity to increase the value of existing chart products and services to thousands of stakeholders, leveraging cloud and mobile technologies.
Lynker has successfully certified against the ISO/IEC 20000 standard. ISO 20000 is a global standard that describes the requirements for an Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) system. The standard was developed to mirror the best practices described within the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework.
Providing our customers with the highest quality information technology products and services is the key to our continued success. This certification further emphasizes to our employees and customers Lynker’s commitment to providing outstanding information technology services. Joe Linza, Lynker CEO, stated “By embracing ISO 20000 and standardizing our processes has enabled Lynker to further enhance our IT Service Management capabilities and offerings across the organization and to our clients. This demonstrates Lynker’s commitment and ability to implement and manage ITSM offerings aligned with industry best practices such as ITIL resulting in improved service while reducing operational costs for our clients.”
Lynker is pleased to announce our achievement of ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management. By achieving this internationally recognized certification, Lynker has demonstrated its commitment to data protection and continuous improvement of our security systems and operations.
In order to achieve this certification, Lynker’s processes and compliance was validated by an independent auditor, after demonstrating our ongoing commitment to managing and protecting company and client data.
Joe Linza, Lynker CEO states: “Obtaining our ISO 27001:2013 certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to robust security practices and risk management to protect not only company information but the information trusted to us by our clients. By evaluating our policies and procedures against this internationally recognized Information Security Management System Standard, our client and partners can assured by our commitment to security measures and controls.”
Lynker, an industry recognized and award-winning SBA certified HUBZone small business, today announced that it has been appraised at Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. CMMI® is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.
An appraisal at Maturity Level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and continuously improved over time.
Lynker continues to deliver high performing Agile IT services in application software development, data analytics/analysis, solution architecture, and emerging technology insertion. As we expand our capabilities, it is critical to continuously improve and optimize our processes and operations to meet our growing client’s mission.
“Through our continued refinement of best practices and integration of emerging technologies, our methodologies, which have been appraised at CMMI for Development at Level 3, provide a framework to improve our on-time delivery, quality, and agility to the benefit of our clients”, said Joe Linza, President of Lynker. “This appraisal recognizes Lynker’s dedication and commitment to continuous process improvement while keeping our client’s needs centrally focused.