WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today three awards to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) capabilities. The sUAS capabilities will increase CBP’s mission capabilities and add support to U.S. Border Patrol agents’ activities, including enhanced overall situational awareness and detection, tracking, apprehension, and search and rescue operations.
The awards included:
“Providing capabilities to increase agent and officer safety and effectiveness is a CBP priority,” said CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan. “The technologies being developed by these innovative companies have the potential to substantially increase an agent’s and officer’s operational awareness and lead to safer operations.”
The companies join the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) portfolio under the Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS). The program was designed to engage non-traditional performers to develop solutions for some of the toughest threats facing homeland security. The awards were made under SVIP’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) capabilities project to develop new capabilities in support of CBP’s operational mission. Companies participating in the SVIP program are eligible for up to $800,000 in non-dilutive funding to adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.
“Giving our operators the best situational tools and state-of-the art technology is essential,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “This is exactly the type of problem set we need our nation’s innovators and start-ups to engage on.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.