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February 25, 2022

AretecSBD Awarded STARS III GWAC as part of Cohort 2

FAIRFAX, VA, February 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Aretec, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have received an award on the General Services Administration (GSA) 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resources for Services (STARS) III Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle via their Joint Venture (JV), AretecSBD, LLC. The STARS III GWAC has a $50 billion ceiling over 8 years and offers government users flexible access to customized IT solutions and emerging technologies from a diverse pool of 8(a) industry partners. The 8 (a) STARS III GWACs are known governmentwide as best-in-class, easy-to-use, streamlined procurement solutions to purchase information technology services from 8 (a) prime contractors. DoD and Civilian agencies throughout the government will benefit from obtaining their services from STARS III prime contractors that have been preapproved and vetted. \”This win marks an important achievement in Aretec’s growth by allowing us to deliver advanced IT solutions and services to more customers,\” Roby went on to say. For more information on GSA 8(a) STARS III, please visit the U.S. GSA website at: GSA ABOUT ARETEC Aretec is a business transformation partner that harnesses the power of emerging technology and ingenuity to help enable our clients to meet their mission objectives. We are focused on customer experience, digital transformation, and automation. Our ‘Why’ is to build upon trust and integrity of mission-critical systems and provide operational stability for our partners. Embracing our partner’s mission and making it our own enables us to deliver optimal services and solutions. Whether it be from domestic or foreign cyberattacks against an agency’s IT infrastructure, or financial market manipulation, we create customizable solutions based on existing and dormant data. We enable the enhancement of an agency’s capability to make better decisions.

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Records Management Roadmap ‚ AI for Documents Content and Records Management

Records Management Roadmap – AI for Documents Content and Records Management The Journey Begins – Records Management System Paper has long been the key way of storing documents. All types of documents have existed, and today we generate documents in electronics applications as well like messaging, emails, chats, and others. Although the documents or communications exist in paper and media, the media forms are dealt with in different ways, so they may be available to the end users, but the information is nonexistent in a cumulative format. The Challenge for Records Management The challenge with records management is the combination of paper plus electronic documents, even if they do exist in soft media, the various formats make it extremely difficult to manage them with any one application. The federal and other governments have a broad mix of document types but there is no system to manage these documents consistently, in a systematic way over long period of times. The White House Directive In 2019, White House OMB (Office of Management and Budgeting) issued a directive to convert all types of documents that are generally provided to NARA (National Authority of Records Administration) in paper form. All government agencies’ documents have to be provided to NARA in electronic form (with standardized associated metadata) by the end of 2022. One of the key Paragraph states what the documents are. Maintain permanent electronic records (e.g., emails, IMs, text messages, electronic documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, maps, videos, blogs and other social media tools that generate communications) electronically, and if applicable, in an approved electronic records system. The OMB-19-22 memo lists the types of documents that need to be stored in a way that take advantage of capabilities that are to be provided in one Document Management System that can collect, convert, transform, parse, analyze, and present in a way that ordinary users can search and review the documents. It is definitely a very complex task and there are no systems that can perform all these tasks or perform them in a secure, reliable, and distributed manner to a large audience in a collaborative manner. Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Documents, Content and Records Management Aretec saw the document space as an opportunity and created a platform called Context, which interfaces to Google’s AI-driven Document AI as the technology to perform all these functions. Google Document AI and the other AI functions like the Records AI and the ability to convert records or forms into a document format will help in organizing all records, paper document, and various content types into an electronic form for records management system. These document types can be collected, converted, transformed, parsed, analyzed, and presented as one document type.  This uses all the latest AI algorithms to convert a scan of the form into a record or an electronic document with a high degree of accuracy. Aretec also created a Human in the Loop function so that the Document or Record AI software learns from a human in the loop and its machine learning and AI capabilities improve with time. An array of all the document types mentioned earlier can be taken as a pilot and various types of documents identified as candidates for creating an all-encompassing content management platform that helps in creating the compliance required by current and future needs of all Federal, State, County or City governments to serve their communities. Context AI is a system that provides all the capabilities, and Aretec is willing to work with any organization to provide them a demonstration of these capabilities. It will take a group of people or experts and teams to prepare the plans, deploy the infrastructure, and eventually get to the point where you can start to get some traction with the record management project. This effort may go on for a year or two before any tangible progress will show. This team is typically look like below. Luckily there is a ray of light in the tunnel. Aretec looked at the problem and while we were all fighting with Covid for the past two years, and hired a large team that set out to take Google’s AI technology for documents and applied it to Content and Records Management. We developed the Context content platform that takes almost all the Google technology infrastructure and software AI assets and adds custom code to deliver a fully Self Serviced Context Platform. The plan was to build Context Self-Service to solve customer experience issues, and provide an easy-to-use interface for the citizen analyst. Digitalization Process in Records Management System The process first step is to use a paper Digitalization process that takes all the paper forms and documents and scans them into a large repository. This technology area of scanning has made a lot of progress in the past few years. Although you can scan any form or document with your smartphone or any tabletop scanner, that is only applicable to individuals. Government agencies whether they are federal, state, county or city governments contains thousands or millions of document forms. The only caveat is to use someone who can deliver on scanning reliably. Aretec partners with the industry leading digitization providers with the equipment and expertise to deliver document and forms in a reliable manner. Once the paper records or document or record forms are scanned, they can be loaded into Context with a simple drag and drop. Context also has an ever-growing list of pre-built connectors to whatever platform or system you use to store your records. Customers can upload thousands of documents or content in one go. Once the documents are loaded, Context takes over and it starts converting and indexing them. A few documents are done first with a human in the loop so that the Context AI gets trained and as the confidence improves, the number of documents increases substantially. Document Artificial Intelligence Function for Records Management As the Document AI scans the documents, it also creates all the ‘key’ and ‘value’ pairs that simple OCR

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