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DHS S&T Hosting Emerging Technology Innovation Showcase for First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced Friday it will host the EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology Showcase Wednesday, March 1, 9:30 AM to – 2:00 PM ET, “to review the results of the startups work with first responders and corporate partners on the next generation of first responder wearable technology.”

Throughout the day, S&T said, “there will be tech talks on innovation, next generation first responder programs, and trends in technology and hazards facing first responders.”

EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology is a partnership with the Center for Innovative Technology, a nonprofit corporation in Virginia that is a driver of innovation and entrepreneurship; TechNexus, a venture collaborative that works in conjunction with leading corporations and the global entrepreneurial ecosystem; and the Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

For details and to register for the March 1 showcase for S&T EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology program, see this DHS S&T website.

Earlier this year, S&T selected 10 startups to be part of the S&T EMERGE Accelerator Program.  EMERGE works with accelerators and incubators to find early-stage companies that have a commercial technology that could be adapted for first responders. This is the second time S&T’s EMERGE Accelerator Program has focused on wearable technology.

According to S&T, “Each of the EMERGE startups have a unique technology breaking through the commercial market that we think can be used by first responders. For the past several months, the EMERGE startups have worked with first responders, test and evaluators and corporate partners to adapt their technology for first responder use. EMERGE is part of S&T’s larger focus of tapping into the startup community to find technology for homeland security use.”

The EMERGE program “works with accelerators and incubators to find early-stage companies that have a commercial technology that could be modified specifically for first responders. The program includes pilot and path-to-market opportunities with the first responder, corporate and investor communities,” S&T explained.

“First responders have one of the toughest jobs on the planet. They run towards danger and rescue those in need. Programs like EMERGE help us find and also encourage the development of technology that can help them do their jobs safer, faster, and more efficiently,” saidDHS acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin. “The entrepreneurial world is on the leading edge of those inventive solutions, and at S&T we are looking for creative ways to put these technologies in the hands of first responders.”

The EMERGE technologies to be showcased:

Augmate, New York, New York, developed a provisioning and management platform for wearable devices that helps IT departments track users and their devices, collect sensor data, communicate with workers and control approved applications and situational connectivity.

CommandWear Systems, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, developed a software platform that integrates location and biometrics data from devices to provide personnel tracking, two-way text communication and video sharing to facilitate planning, mission execution, and review operations among teams.

HAAS Alert, Chicago, Illinois/Detroit, Michigan, has a mobile vehicle-to-vehicle communication platform that uses acoustic sensors to pick up environmental and situational noise, and location data to connect people, vehicles and things in cities, streamlining the disaster and emergency notification process to keep communities safe.

Human Systems Integration, Boston, Massachusetts, developed an integrated system that includes remote physiological monitoring. The system provides a plug and play wearable situational awareness and communications platform.

Lumenus, Los Angeles, California, created smart clothing that uses LED lighting and connectivity to improve visibility of consumers and industrial workers.

LuminAID, Chicago, Illinois, created durable, low cost and low profile inflatable solar lamps that can be stored efficiently and easily deployed.

Pear Sports, Los Angeles, California, has a coaching and training application that uses biometric signals like heart rate, VO2 max, location and environmental data to build training programs that improve the long-term health of users.

Six15 Technologies, Henrietta, New York, produced rugged wearable devices for military and industrial use that stream video and display data using augmented reality overlays for better situational awareness.

Vault RMS, San Diego, California, created a software platform that leverages biometric and situational data from wearable devices and other inputs to build a long-term health profile of workers exposed to health-compromising environments, driving improvements in health, safety and overall worker productivity.

Visual Semantics, Austin, Texas, created software that integrates with cloud-enabled wearable cameras and heads up displays to provide real-time facial recognition and alerts to help first responders more intelligently assess and react to situations in the field.

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