Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp) was founded in 1981 to provide publications, seminars, and consulting to the then-new Local Area Network (LAN) industry. Many of ATCorp’s core people—coming from industry leaders such as Sperry Univac and Honeywell—were pioneers in the application of LAN technology to distributed systems.
ATCorp’s business evolved and expanded from writing and running seminars to providing systems engineering services and consulting on the design and construction of computer networks. One of ATCorp’s first major contracts came from the Volpe Center in Boston, which was leading the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to develop next generation traffic control systems at the nation’s airports. Other early contracts involved consulting to venture capitalists, brokerage houses, and commercial customers seeking to understand and implement LAN-based systems. ATCorp founded a Research and Development (R&D) group in 1994. The principal interests of this group include: distributed computing, next generation networking, information assurance, information management, intelligent systems, data modeling, machine learning, and reliable computing.
In 1990, a division of ATCorp began to develop commodity-priced software and hardware products for computer networking. Those products, sold under the brand name Triticom, have received several industry awards. LAN Magazine twice named Triticom’s LANdecoder as product of the year.
In 1999, ATCorp purchased Odyssey Research Associates in Ithaca, NY, which now operates as the wholly-owned subsidiary ATC-NY. Odyssey was founded in 1982 by a group of mathematicians and computational linguists from Cornell University. Since its founding, ATC-NY has conducted advanced research and development in computer security, information management and reliable systems, and has a growing systems engineering group.
Several of ATC-NY’s research and development projects, originally funded by competitive grants, have evolved into products. The Online Digital Forensic Suite™, for example, gives investigators and administrators the ability to perform a remote forensic investigation of a running system. ATCorp co-founded Cyber Security Technologies in 2004 to develop and market its computer forensics products, including the Online Digital Forensic Suite. In 2007, ATCorp undertook a joint venture with richARO Enterprises, Inc. to market its pedigree management software. The Online Digital Forensic Suite was acquired by a major systems prime in 2014.
In 2011, ATCorp acquired AST Systems Engineering to expand its capabilities in the area of system performance engineering.
In 2015, ATCorp acquired Seagull Technology in Campbell, CA, from the Saab Group, complementing its expertise in air traffic flow management, human-in-the-loop simulation, and complex system modeling for the national air space. The ATCorp California office provides innovative air traffic management (ATM) research, modeling, simulation, analysis, and decision support tool (DST) development services to major national aviation research programs and organizations such as NASA and the FAA.
Other recent notable development efforts include: CYRIN™, an online training environment providing cyber security training on virtualized computer networks; USB Sentry™, the world’s first hardware USB firewall; Trestle™, offering cutting-edge vulnerability modeling and automated assessment capabilities; SYNAPSE™, offering substantial performance improvements for the Marine Corps JMPS/E planning system; and CSTAR and CYDANT, providing state of the art routing capabilities for IP-based radios.
The cramped, one-room office in Minneapolis over 35 years ago has expanded to locations in New York, California, and the Washington, DC area. ATCorp’s business has evolved from seminars and publications, to consulting, systems engineering, R&D, and product development. Its customers and clients rely on ATCorp to provide critical know-how and technology for the design, analysis, and implementation of highly complex real time systems—for this generation of systems and the next.
We are looking forward to our future as a thought leader in the design and implementation of complex advanced distributed systems.