Architecture Technology Corporation was founded in 1981 to provide publications, seminars and consulting to the then new Local Area Network industry. Many of ATCorp's core people—coming from industry leaders such as Sperry, Honeywell, and Lockheed—were pioneers in the application of LAN technology and hold several key patents in distributed systems technology.
ATCorp's business 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. ATCorp has now performed more than 50 projects for the FAA, ranging from terminal and tower automation to runway safety. We continue to support the FAA—having developed, over 30 years, a broad and deep understanding of the National Airspace System architecture and its operations. And we provide software development and specialty engineering services to industry leaders such as Ford and Boeing.
In 1990, 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—and LAN Magazine has twice named Triticom's LANdecoder as product of the year.
To support this growing diversity, ATCorp founded a Research and Development (R&D) group in 1994. The principal interests of the R&D group include: distributed computing, next generation networking, information assurance, information management, intelligent systems, and reliable computing. The R&D group has received numerous Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) awards from agencies including the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, other Department of Defense agencies, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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. 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 its research and development projects, originally funded by competitive grants, have evolved into products: The Online Digital Forensic Suite™ allows investigators and administrators the ability of remote forensics investigation of a running system. The Cyber Marshal Training™ environment provides computer forensics training on virtualized computer networks. The Pedigree Management and Assessment Framework™ (PMAF) is a general-purpose, extensible system for maintaining the provenance of information that originates in disparate, distributed information management systems.
ATCorp founded Cyber Security Technologies in 2004 to develop and market its computer forensics products (including the Online Digital Forensic Suite) and in 2007 undertook a joint venture with richARO Enterprises, Inc. to market PMAF.
The cramped, one-room office opened in Minneapolis over 25 years ago has expanded to locations in New York and Washington, DC. ATCorp's business has evolved from seminars and publications, to consulting, to 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.
ATCorp has received many awards recognizing its commitment to excellence, including the LAN Magazine Product of the Year Award, the U.S. Army's 2002 SBIR Phase 2 Quality Award, and the Minnesota Entrepreneurial Award in 2002. We are four-time recipients of the Tibbetts Award (1998, 2000, 2007, 2011), given by the Small Business Administration to recognize extraordinary performance in meeting the SBIR goals of novel research and technology transition. The FAA honored ATCorp in 2002 for "exploring new and advanced technologies for increased runway safety in the National Airspace System" and again in 2005 for "superior support and outstanding commitment to the planning, technical oversight, and production of the FAA Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signal (FAROS) Concept of Operation video."