US Department of Homeland Security Funds Half a Dozen Blockchain Research Projects

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced a total of $3.1 million in competitive research awards for 29 small businesses located across 12 states, and Washington, D.C.

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Each business was awarded approximately $100,000 in preliminary funding through DHS S&T’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Thirty-one contracts were awarded in 10 topic areas including Blockchain:

  • Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Identity Management and Privacy Protection
    • Digital Bazaar, Inc.
    • Respect Network Corporation
    • Narf Industries LLC
    • Celerity Government Solutions, LLC
  • Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Analytics
    • Block Cypher
    • RAM laboratories, Inc.
  • Remote Identity Proofing Alternatives to Knowledge Based Authentication and Verification
    • Card Smart technologies
    • PreID Inc.
    • Pomian & Corella
  • Security Systems Video and Audio Interoperability
    • Balfour Technologies LLC
    • McQ Inc.
    • Systems Engineering, Inc.
  • Malware Prediction for Preemptive Cyber Defense
    • BlueRISC, Inc.
    • GrammaTech, Inc.
    • Red Balloon Security
    • ZeroPoint Dynamics, LLC
  • Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders
    • Robotic Research, LLC
    • Oceanit laboratories, Inc.
    • Integrated Solutions for Systems
    • Human Systems Integration, Inc.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor
    • Physical Optics Corporation
    • Progeny Systems Corporation
    • Evigia Systems, Inc.
  • Low-Cost, Real-Time Data Analytics for Underserved EMS Agencies
    • ElanTech
    • Azavea Inc.
  • Real-Time Assessment of Resilience and Preparedness
    • InferLink Corporation
    • Datanova Scientific LLC
  • Using Social Media to Support Timely and Targeted Emergency Response Actions
    • Physical Optics Corporation
    • ElanTech
    • Decisive Analytics
    • Utopia Compression Corporation

The solicitation, released in December 2015, included the above topics developed by S&T program managers to address the research and development needs of DHS components and the greater homeland security enterprise. Small businesses may be eligible for further development funding from their initial project results, as well as the scientific and technical merit and perceived commercialization potential moving forward into development.

Initiated in 2004, the DHS S&T SBIR Program is a competitive contract awards program to increase 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.

For more about the S&T SBIR Program, visit https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/sbir

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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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