Off-Network LTE Communications Project Receives U.S.-Israeli Funding
Monday, July 24, 2017 | Comments

The board of governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation awarded funding to three homeland security projects between U.S. and Israeli companies to advance technologies for first responders. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of the three projects to about $7 million.

One of the three projects will fund Elbit Systems Land, C4I and M87 to develop public-safety off-network broadband communications using multihop Wi-Fi/Long Term Evolution (LTE)/device to device (D2D) proximity services (ProSe) communications technology.

In addition, Beeper Communications Israel and Mantaro Networks will develop an unmanned search-and-rescue (SAR) system. Simlat and Sinclair Community College will develop an autonomous drone-based S&R solution.

The program funds technology collaborations between U.S. and Israeli partners that have significant commercial potential to meet the most pressing requirements of first responders. This joint research effort supports the development of next-generation first responder (NGFR) technology capabilities that will increase the safety and efficiency of all first responders. These research and development (R&D) efforts will lead to new technologies that ensure first responders are better protected, connected and fully aware, a statement said.

The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions.

Representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Israel Innovation Authority and experts from the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) review the projects submitted for consideration.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with the Israeli Ministry of Public Security and the BIRD Foundation to bring the best of U.S. and Israeli technology companies together to develop capabilities to support our first responders,” said Acting Under Secretary for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate William N. Bryan. “First responders across the world share common needs and capabilities, and the benefits of these partnership activities will enhance first responders’ safety and effectiveness across the globe."

The BIRD Foundation supports projects without receiving any equity or intellectual property rights in the participating companies or in the project itself. BIRD funding is repaid as royalties from sales of technology products that were commercialized as a result of BIRD support. The foundation provides support of up to 50 percent of a project's budget, beginning with R&D and ending with the initial stages of sales and marketing. The foundation shares the risk and does not require repayment if the project fails to reach the sales stage.

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On 8/1/17, Mark A Thompson said:
Jared Brody and the team he joined up with must be in their glory. He has worked hard to finally achieve something positive.


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