Athena Technologies, LLC is an Orlando-based, 8(a) certified network operations firm with clients ranging from the federal to commercial sectors.
Who We Are
Athena Technologies, LLC has over 25 years of Communications Systems Integration experience in the Federal and Commercial industries, from oil and banking sectors to large and medium enterprises. Our build-to-print experience with Government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) products has supported live training systems fielding CONUS and OCONUS.
Our roots go back to the initial cellular deployments in Latin America with our founding members having participated in network deployments from the original analog AMPS systems. The cellular industry evolved to 2G TDMA/CDMA/GSM and has since merged into 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE). Athena-Tek’s executive staff are in the growing process of supporting cellular network upgrades and the deployment and operation of satellite, wireless broadband, paging, trunking, and fiber networks.
Beginning in 2011, Athena-Tek supported the pursuit of the US Army’s largest Combat Training Center Instrumentation Systems (CTC-IS) Request for Proposal (RFP) project that called for the following networks: 4G LTE video, secured P25 voice, Life Fire Communications System (LFCS) and Range Data Management System (RDMS) data. Our team conducted an extensive requirements analysis, industry survey, and supported modeling and simulation efforts to select the best communications systems that met the CTC-IS RCS requirements.
Part of our support included a comprehensive radio frequency spectrum study that analyzed the Army Spectrum Management Office, FCC, and NTIA guidelines to provide the best frequency terrain to match the available technologies. Our findings were a combination of Department of Defense (DoD), Public Safety, and commercial frequencies that resulted in a Player Unit (PU) software and hardware redesign to meet the desired requirements. The RDMS player unit was fitted with the wireless personal area network (PAN) to support future interfaces and weapons systems.
In 2013, Athena-Tek supported the Army Mobile Instrumented Training System (AMITS) project that included an abridged version of the CTC-IS project and different radio frequency spectrum guidelines. The additional capability we offered in this effort was to support the system demonstration using the Home Station Instrumentation Training System (HITS). Towards that end, Athena-Tek built the HITS system which now resides in the Army’s Live Training Community’s Portal.
Athena-Tek is currently leveraging Government off-the-shelf (GOTS) and Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products to produce more innovative solutions. We are looking to the future as the evolution of next-generation technology branches out into the augmented and virtual domains offering many possible applications to support and develop training systems to offer more realistic situations.
Janio Sanchez is the President of Athena Technologies. He has over 30 years of communications system integration experience. Janio’s experience includes working for Grumman aerospace and Northern Telecom. Janio started Saniz Telecom Inc. in support of cellular networks being deployed in Latin America. He also invested in acquiring radio frequency licenses to provide services in Ecuador. Janio’s most recent position, before Athena Technologies, was as the subject matter expert in communications in support of a plethora of programs across Project Manager Training Devices (PM TRADE).
The Department of Defense experience afforded Janio the ability to understand firsthand Army communication use cases, requirements, spectrum challenges and available market solutions.
Janio has an electrical engineering B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, and he took graduate level courses in computer science at New York Institute of Technology and Duke University.
Tracy Sanchez. is a member of the leadership team as an Operations Manager and Project Manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish from the University of Miami and master’s of arts from Florida Atlantic University. Tracy has been part of Athena-Tek since its inception in 2010.
Tracy has managed U.S. Army projects in the live training/testing domain. She has been an integral member of the business development team member in charge of identifying, evaluating, proposal writing, and ensuring that customer’s needs were met. Her operations team successfully implemented multiple contracts and task orders with teaming partners that include four of the top five US defense contractors. She also handles project profitability, execution, and risk management.
Tracy obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2020 and has over 10 years of project management experience with the last two as program manager.
Marc Lamothe is the Chief Engineer at Athena Technologies. He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France.
One of his major accomplishments during his doctorate was the development of surface acoustic wave sensors (SAW) using ultra-wide-band coding. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, he pursued research to further develop SAW sensors.
Since 2018, Marc has held senior positions with Aviana Molecular Technologies and Athena Technologies in Central Florida. His professional accolades include software development (Qt/C++), RS232 communication, signal processing, and 4G jamming implementation on a Software Defined Radio to simulate a network attack.
What is your Network Requirement?
- Wireless A/R, V/R, Mixed Reality
- Unmanned Vehicle & Sensor
- Mobile Video Streaming
- Voice, Video, Data
- Warfighter Tracking