DHS awards $ 1 million to small California company for security solutions for soft targets and crowded places



The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program recently awarded $ 999,644.84 to California-based small business Karagozian & Case, Inc. to develop advanced software capability that enables security professionals to visualize their surroundings via a mobile device to identify and mitigate threats to soft targets and crowded locations. The research will support the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) ongoing work to address security and preparedness in places such as sports venues, shopping malls, schools and transportation systems.

“As crowded places continue to be the target of potential attacks, we must provide our security experts with the technology they need to effectively and efficiently mitigate these threats,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, senior DHS official. acting as Under-Secretary for Science and Technology (S&T). “The development of this cutting-edge technology will better prepare and secure flexible target areas. “

The DHS SBIR program, administered by the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate of DHS, selected Karagozian & Case, Inc. for a Phase II award after successfully demonstrating the feasibility of Phase I and development proposed in phase II of their flexible and overcrowded targets. Site security solution. This technology leverages and integrates advanced geographic information systems mapping software, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and machine learning capabilities to visualize threat environments and visualize various mitigation methods on one device. mobile. Karagozian & Case, Inc. will continue its research and development efforts on the development of its Risk and Threat Mitigation (SMART) software application that will analyze different threat mitigation strategies in order to effectively assess the elimination and l Mitigation of security threats for soft targets. and crowded places.

“We look to the most advanced research and technology to help keep Americans safe. Said William Brown, head of the security planning division for CISA. “We look forward to continuing the efforts started during Phase I with Karagozian & Case, Inc. to assist field staff in their work with partners to secure public gatherings, venues and events using of these technologies. “

By the end of the 24-month Phase II contract, SBIR winners will have developed a prototype to demonstrate the advancement of technology spearheading the funding potential of Phase III. Under Phase III, SBIR implementers will seek funding from private and / or non-SBIR government sources, with the possible goal of commercializing and bringing Phase I and II technologies to market.

“SBIR’s efforts, such as this project, can be the key to assessing and mitigating the security risks our country faces,” said Dusty Lang, Director of DHS SBIR. “By partnering with small businesses, we are able to advance technology and remain agile in how we respond to emerging threats. “

For more information on the DHS SBIR program, visit: https://oip.dhs.gov/sbir/public or contact [email protected] Visit the DHS SBIR Success Stories page to view past projects and visit our Deconstructing SBIR webinar series page to learn more about the program.

For more information on S&T innovation programs and tools, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/work-with-st.

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