DHS S&T Awards 26 Public-Safety R&D Contracts
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded 26 competitive research contracts with 23 small businesses to participate in Phase I of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Each project will receive up to $150,000 from the DHS SBIR Program to conduct proof-of-concept research during a six-month period to address specific homeland security technology needs.

“The DHS SBIR Program offers an opportunity for the Department to explore multiple innovative concepts aimed at assisting the operational components in their mission,” said William N. Bryan, DHS senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for S&T. “I am eager to see the results from these small businesses awardees.”

The topics for the DHS SBIR 20.1 Solicitation, released in December, were developed by S&T to address the research and development (R&D) needs of DHS operational components and the greater homeland security enterprise. Epiq Solutions and TRX Systems received contracts for in-building coverage analysis system (ICAS) using existing first responders’ radios and smartphones.

Next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) multimedia content analysis engine capability for the emergency communications cyber security center (EC3) recipients included Accipiter Systems, Physical Optics, SecureLogix and Terasuma. Digital paging over public TV awards went to Desourdis Collaboration and Device Solutions.

At the completion of phase one, awardees will be eligible to submit proposals for consideration for a phase two award. The objective of phase two is to continue R&D efforts toward a demonstrable prototype.

“To meet our nation’s evolving technology needs, S&T is continually engaging the private sector for their innovative ideas and capabilities,” said Dusty Lang, DHS SBIR program director. “The DHS SBIR Program provides an opportunity for small businesses to explore their technology potential to advance homeland security solutions. We look forward to working with the awardees in this first phase of the program.”

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