ICAM, First Responder On-Body Power Model Included in DHS Research Topics
Friday, November 30, 2018 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted topics for the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.1 Pre-Solicitation including several specific to public-safety communications.

Identity, credential and access management (ICAM) on-the-fly, which could be important to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, along with an on-body power module for first responders, are two of the 10 topic descriptions.

Of the pre-solicitation’s 10 topics, eight are from the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and two are from the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office.

A cybersecurity peer-to-peer knowledge and lessons learned tool is another S&T topic, along with modeling for risk assessment. The planned CWMD topics are detector integration with networked systems and unmanned aerial system (UAS) autonomous search of limited area for radiological threats.

“The SBIR program provides an opportunity for innovative small businesses to find solutions that meet the technology needs of the department’s operational components and the nation’s first responders,” said William N. Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the DHS under secretary for S&T. “As the research and development arm for the department, S&T encourages all eligible U.S. small businesses to learn more about the planned topic areas for the upcoming SBIR solicitation as a first step toward addressing homeland security technology needs.”

Initiated in 2004, the DHS S&T SBIR Program is a competitive contract awards program aimed at increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development initiatives and to increase private sector commercialization of SBIR-funded solutions.

During the pre-solicitation period, which ends at noon ET Dec. 18, potential offerors can ask technical questions regarding the topic areas. The pre-solicitation can be viewed here.

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