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Blue Star Software To Sponsor Afcea 2015 Technology Over Bagels

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Falls Church, VA

Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, announced that the company is the 2015 sponsor of the monthly Technology Over Bagels events held by the Central Maryland chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Technology Over Bagels (TOB) is a free monthly technical presentation that brings together engineers, consultants, company owners, and business development executives to learn about technologies that are relevant to the Government. More than 1800 professionals working in the Fort Meade, MD area are members of the AFCEA Central Maryland Chapter (AFCEA-CMD), which is the fastest growing and third largest chapter within AFCEA International.

“Our commitment to ongoing education and technology enrichment led us to participate in Technology Over Bagels, and over time we became more involved,” said Dan Sherwell, president of Blue Star Software. “We believe in the value of these technical presentations and discussions, and are proud to support AFCEA as the 2015 TOB advocate.”

There is no charge to participate in Technology Over Bagels, and non-members are welcome.

Technology Over Bagels is held the second Tuesday of every month, except July and August. The next meeting is at Praxis Engineering in Annapolis Junction, MD:

“Extending Android with the Accessory Development Kit” February 10, 2015 7:30am - 9am

Android is the predominant operation system in the mobile marketplace today. However, Android is also being deployed in several embedded applications and as a controller for communications and industrial equipment. Android has a number of supported sensor suites. But, what if you need to provide a motor controller or hazardous gas sensor? You could rebuild the Android sources and try to extend the Android platform by writing device drivers, hardware abstraction layers, etc. or you could plug in a real-time capable extension and offload the control signals to an Android Accessory. In this talk, we will discuss the Android Accessory mechanism and how to extend Android’s capabilities without weeks of work and extensive knowledge of the Android source tree.

The speaker is Mike Anderson, the CTO and Chief Scientist for The PTR Group, Inc. With over 37 years in the embedded and real-time computing industry, Anderson works with a number of embedded operating system offerings. His focus over the past decade is primarily embedded Linux and Android on CPU architectures such as ARM, MIPS, PPC and the x86. Current projects include the deployment of SEAndroid on phones as well as Android bring up and its use in non-phone applications. As an instructor and consultant, Mike is a regular speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference as well as many other Android and Linux-oriented conferences around the world.

About Blue Star Software

Blue Star Software provides highly-skilled software engineers and technical experts with current security clearances to the United States Government. The company's technology professionals can immediately extend existing project teams or boost surge capabilities in a wide variety of areas, including software and systems engineering, especially related to big data, cybersecurity, mobile and cloud-based systems. Headquartered in Falls Church, VA, Blue Star Software maintains a website at blue-star-software.com.