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Crystal Group increases focus on autonomous vehicle development, Diesel Progress

3/19/2021

Teaching a compact excavator or a long-haul truck – or any type of machine – to perform tasks safely and effectively without human supervision involves a complex network of computers, software, sensors, cameras and more. While engineers at established original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and newer technology companies work to make science fiction a reality, most are making progress the same way the commercial vehicle industry has always advanced -- by partnering with key suppliers. One of those companies, Crystal Group, essentially gives hard-working industrial and off-road equipment a brain.

Crystal Group increases focus on autonomous vehicle development, KHL

3/19/2021

Teaching a compact excavator or a long-haul truck – or any type of machine – to perform tasks safely and effectively without human supervision involves a complex network of computers, software, sensors, cameras and more. While engineers at established original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and newer technology companies work to make science fiction a reality, most are making progress the same way the commercial vehicle industry has always advanced -- by partnering with key suppliers. One of those companies, Crystal Group, essentially gives hard-working industrial and off-road equipment a brain.

Commission: AI Dominance Requires Bold Action

3/16/2021

Crystal Group’s Jim Shaw recently provided his thoughts on the National Security Commission on AI’s final report to lawmakers. Learn why AI dominance requires bold action from National Defense’s Yasmin Tadjdeh.

Crystal edge AI compute for autonomous trucks

3/9/2021

Self driving truck manufacturer TuSimple is working with edge computing firm Crystal Group and robotics developers to improve autonomous self driving AI technology for trucks and heavy construction machinery. As part of this development, Crystal Group has introduced a range of rugged autonomous vehicle compute solutions in edge based systems.

AI-Powered Cooperation Will Transform U.S. Military Operations

2/6/2021

Between the kickoff of a new presidential administration, a seasoned (and recent) wartime leader as the new secretary of Defense and a government-wide modernization push, change is under way at the Pentagon. And as 2021 shifts into gear, the U.S. military is operating against a backdrop of not just these changes, but also an evolving threat landscape.

New Technologies, Avionics and Software

12/4/2020

Battle Space News. Crystal Group, a leading U.S. designer and manufacturer of rugged computing and networking solutions, announced today at TechNet Cyber the launch of new tactical-edge capabilities for advanced computing on the move.

Crystal Group’s Pandemic Plans

11/6/2020

Hiawatha Economic Development Corporation. Crystal Group has a history of transforming itself to remain relevant, and the pandemic has provided another opportunity for the manufacturer of rugged computer equipment to lean into that strength. Over the past year, their operations have changed along with the requirements of the pandemic to keep their workforce safe by minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

Crystal Group To Present Rugged Solutions, Share Tactical Tech Expertise As NVIDIA GTC 2020 Platinum Sponsor

10/6/2020

AiThority. As a Preferred Solutions Integration Partner in the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN), Crystal Group is paving the way for bringing seamless AI and visualization capabilities into harsh and unpredictable environments. By integrating NVIDIA GPUs into its rugged, high-performance compute offerings, both the U.S. Department of Defense and industrial customers now have the ability to analyze petabytes of data at the edge where accurate, real-time information and decision making are vital.

Reinforced Quality, Consistency & Training for Crystal Group

8/25/2020

VKSApp. Using VKSapp work instruction software, we reliably captures each customer’s unique program requirements along with current industry regulations to ensure products are designed, built and tested accurately and on time.

Crystal Group’s Rugged Firewall Attains NIAP Cybersecurity Certification

8/24/2020

COTS Journal Online. Crystal Group announced the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Common Criteria certification of its rugged firewall. Achieving NIAP approval represents a significant milestone in tactical cybersecurity proving the firewall’s effective layer of protection for networked communications in multiple harsh domains.

Pandemic Sends AV ‘Show on the Road’

7/30/2020

EE|Times. “The Crystal Rugged computer, designed for ADAS/AV development activities, comes with dual Nvidia GTX2080i accelerators that can handle “the most complex inference models,” noted Magney. “This is the most powerful computer VSI has every worked with.”

Crystal Group Supports Employee COVID-19 Initiative

7/29/2020

Industry Today. This special print issue was dedicated to highlighting manufacturing companies who are contributing their resources to aid the pandemic crisis. Wesley Allensworth’s face shield story is on pages 84-85.

Special Feature: Power in numbers: Industry Partnerships are Key to National Security

6/30/2020

COTS Journal, pages 16-19. Securing our country and defending national interests are enduring needs. As history shows, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) does not retreat amid challenging or unknown circumstances. On the contrary, they advance forward on critical strategies to maintain and elevate unmatched readiness, safety and security.

Rugged COTS Platform Takes On Fast-Changing Needs of Self-Driving Trucks

6/23/2020

Computer World. The fast-changing needs of self-driving trucks are forcing compute platforms to evolve. Advantech and Crystal Group are teaming up to power that evolution based on AV trends, compute requirements, and a rugged COTS philosophy converging for breakthrough innovation in self-driving truck designs.

Crystal Group announces a partnership with NVIDIA Partner Network

5/20/2020

Technology Magazine. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) has become an important part of numerous industries across the globe. Having understood its exceptional advantages, companies worldwide have been forging partnerships to leverage AI for strengthening their capabilities. One of the AI applications companies that has stood out in this regard is the Crystal Group.

2019 Fastest Growing Companies

4/21/2020

Corridor Business Journal. The annual Fastest Growing Companies event identifies and honors the region’s most dynamic companies that have made significant contributions to the local economy.

Inside Iowa’s grassroots campaign to produce PPE

4/21/2020

Corridor Business Journal. An effort that began with an informal group of companies and organizations 3D-printing face shields to protect frontline medical workers has grown into a statewide operation capable of producing as many as 250,000 FDA-compliant shields to assist in the coronavirus pandemic.

Rugged firewall receives NIAP cybersecurity certification

4/20/2020

Military Embedded Systems. Crystal Group, designer and manufacturer of rugged computer and electronic hardware, announced the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Common Criteria certification of its rugged firewall. Achieving NIAP approval represents a milestone in tactical cybersecurity, proving the firewall’s effective layer of protection for networked communications in multiple harsh domains.

Hiawatha Businesses Come Together To Make Face Masks

4/10/2020

Hiawatha Economic Development Corp. To help slow the shortage and increase access for hospital workers, three local Hiawatha businesses have transformed their production processes to help address the state’s dire need for face masks.

AI for Any Environment, All the Time

4/6/2020

Inside HPC. A guest feature from our partner, Advantech, highlights Crystal Group RIA™ (Rugged Intelligence and Autonomy) to demonstrate the factors that need to be considered and tested before a computer system can be incorporated into a broader functioning system.

The Best Hacker Defense is a Good Offense

3/31/2020

COTS Journal. This article discusses the expanding attack surface in IoT devices, and highlights solutions and features to protect against cyberattacks.

Sea-ready tech to be displayed by Crystal Group at AFCEA WEST

3/2/2020

Military Embedded Systems. Crystal Group, U.S. designer and manufacturer of rugged computing and networking solutions, announced the launch of several technologies to be unveiled at AFCEA WEST 2020. The solutions are designed for demanding deployment environments and evolving defense operations facing multi-domain adversaries.

Cutting through the AI, ML hype

2/26/2020

Security System News. The article discusses the importance of precisely defining what Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are, how both can be used in the security industry and defines relevant trends and use cases. Jim Shaw is quoted extensively throughout.

Expanding Hardware Security Trust

1/7/2020

Military Embedded Systems posted a blog by Joe Brand, chief security officer for Futura Cyber, on the imperative need to detect and prevent changes to system components to maintain system integrity as security threats continue to grow and undermine the trust in systems performing critical operations. As a cybersecurity consultant for Crystal Group, Brand highlights examples of Crystal Group’s approach to designing in security from the start.

Live 5 News

12/17/2019

Live 5 News covered the CDCA Defense Summit and interviewed CDCA President Heather Walker.

Auto Suppliers at a Crossroads

12/10/2019

Industry Week. Crystal Group’s Robert (Bob) Graham, manager of Test and Prototype, was quoted in this Industry Week article, which took an in-depth look into the state of the auto and autonomous industries.

Artificial Intelligence: Science & Engineering for Intelligent Machines

10/23/2019

a live webinar focused on architecture, platforms and software challenges and solutions for AI development. Chad Hutchinson co-presented with reps from ADLINK and Rover Robotics. During his portion of the presentation, he emphasized the need for a strong rugged hardware and exceptional thermal management expertise as the foundation for the effective implementation of AI.

Army to see Hiawatha company’s ‘rugged’ electronics

10/15/2019

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that Crystal Group will showcase the NAS solution at AUSA (Association of the United States Army) in Washington D.C. Jim Shaw, executive vice president, engineering explains how the company’s advances in FIPS 140-2 data encryption, instant data destruction, real-time data processing and tamper-evident security coating, will help the Army maintain its technological edge.

Government Marketing University names finalists for 2019 GAINER awards

10/15/2019

Business Wire online posted Government Marketing University’s announcement of the finalists for its 2019 GAINER awards, which honors top professionals in government marketing excellence across the U.S. public sector. Among the finalists is Crystal Group’s Leslie Griggs, director of marketing.

The ARC of East Central Iowa “Rise Up” Featured Individual Story

10/03/2019

The ARC of East Central Iowa. Price Strunk-Sosalla is a 28-year-old man who has risen up against many challenges to accomplish some great things in his life! Working together with The ARC of East Central Iowa, Price is a highly valued employee at Crystal Group.

Liquid cooling enters the mainstream

10/1/2019

Jim Shaw, executive vice president, engineering is quoted in the October issue of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine’s article on thermal management. Our RIA (Rugged Intelligence and Autonomy) and cooling system are also featured in the article, as well as the company’s FORCE rugged servers.

The right industrial PC can make railways safer, smarter

10/1/2019

ASMAG’s article (pages 47 & 48) quotes Bob Haag, vice president of sales and marketing about the rugged, high performance edge computing capabilities that railway operators need to monitor and control applications to enhance productivity and safety.

Group effort

9/18/2019

Autonomous Vehicle International. Our Jim Shaw, executive vice president, engineering explains the importance of autonomous developers and OEMs working with experienced engineering partners who can harness the latest technologies while speeding up time to market – safely.