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A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) development program will support the development of tracking systems for accurately marking and monitoring objects in the water for recovery. The solution is intended to be used during operational missions to bolster waterway security, drug interdiction, search and rescue, and disaster response.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) has awarded $157,801 in Phase 1 funding to Kenautics under SVIP’s Maritime Object Tracking Technology (MOTT) solicitation. The program supports United States Coast Guard (USCG) missions.

The handheld Diver Navigation and Imaging System developed by the company is designed for waypoint navigation; subsea imaging; situational awareness; and information, surveillance, and reconnaissance ― by repackaging the system into a ruggedized buoy deployable from land, air, and sea under adverse conditions. 

The GPS-AIS Navigation and Tracking Buoy will be usable in both overt and covert operations and will be designed to provide tracking and position data, geo-referenced forensic data sets, localization capabilities, and interactive functions, according to newswise.com.

The system provides the diver with a complete suite of commercial underwater sensors for the purpose of waypoint navigation and underwater reconnaissance.