DHS Considering Small Business-Made Tech Greenlighted by Other Agencies


The agency wants to know if other parts of the government have developed tech that could help its mission.

The Homeland Security Department is interested in applying specific emerging technologies small businesses already started developing for other government entities to their own operational needs.

In three recent but separate other agency technology solutions, or OATS, requests for information, officials express intent to explore capabilities and research that were granted Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer awards from outside agencies.

DHS will host a webinar on July 20 for interested small businesses to learn more about the three opportunities, which will touch multiple DHS subcomponents.

One of the RFIs hones in on how autonomous vessel tracking can be used in the nation’s ports and waterways. Through it, the Coast Guard wants to explore how certain sensors could be used to autonomously record vessel transits in particular areas of water. In another RFI, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency requests details about SBIR and STTR technologies that could support a ubiquitous and robust 5G and internet of things situational awareness system. And the third RFI asks for details on technologies that could identify chemical, biological, radiological and/or nuclear threat detection across large coverage areas. That work would be done in alignment with DHS’ Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

“I am excited to see how small businesses can help DHS meet its mission, while saving time and money, by understanding how SBIR technologies could be used in new ways to address the requirements of these three RFIs,” DHS SBIR Program Director Dusty Lang said

Interested companies with applicable SBIR or STTR technologies are invited to submit white papers by July 30.