The Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation has awarded funding to two homeland security projects, selected by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security (MOPS), between U.S. and Israeli companies to advance technologies for first responders.
In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of the two projects to approximately $4.5 million.
“Our partnership with Israel remains one of our most robust and has the strong support of leadership,” explained Acting Under Secretary for DHS S&T William Bryan.
“The recent visit of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen to Jerusalem attests to it.
(U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and YouTube. Posted on Jun 11, 2018.)
“It is important that Israel and U.S work together in combatting emerging threats,” continued Bryan.
“Under that framework, S&T values working with MOPS and the BIRD Foundation and looks forward to seeing outcomes from this and previous year’s efforts to determine how best to invest our limited resources for maximum benefit to the whole responder community.”
The program funds technology collaborations between U.S. and Israeli partners that have significant commercial potential to meet the most pressing requirements of first responders.
This joint research effort supports the development of Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) technology capabilities that will increase the safety and efficiency of all first responders (law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services).
These research and development efforts will lead to new technologies that ensure first responders are better protected, connected and fully aware.
(Learn More. The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program seeks to help tomorrow’s first responder be more protected, connected and fully aware. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube. Posted on Oct 18, 2017.)