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The US Department of Homeland Security has exposed the areas of interest it plans to advance next year with small business partners. A request for comment published by the DHS describes 11 proposed research topics the agency intends to pursue through its Science and Technology SBIR program. 

Some of the topics will be intended to be used for public safety needs and rescue response, others are expected to improve standard security processes across other government agencies.

DHS S&T topics are:

  • Automated Artificial Intelligence (AI) Distress Alerts and Monitoring – for Coast Guard Command Centers to improve their radio communication systems with AI technology.  The AI system would ideally cue watchstanders within the Coast Guard and make search and rescue devices more successful, ultimately improving existing capabilities, according to 
  • Rapidly deployable countermeasures at protected perimeters and structures 
  • Non-Invasive and Real-time Detection of Counterfeit Microelectronics 
  • Broadband Push-to-Talk Interoperability Platform 
  • A Step Towards Agent Agnostic Detection of Biological Hazards
  • Streamlined Airport Checkpoint Screening for Limited Mobility Passengers
  • Mass Fatality Tracking System (MFTS)

The topics for the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD):

  • Next Generation Semiconductor-Based Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detectors (SPRDs) 
  • Field Forward Diagnostics for Select Agent List Toxins 
  • Wearable Detector for Aerosolized Chemical Threats 
  • From Port-Side to Pen-Side: Low-Cost Detection/Diagnostics for High Consequence Transboundary or Nationally Reportable Animal Diseases, Particularly Those with Zoonotic Propensity