The U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityÃ¢ÂÂs research and development wing, the Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate, on Friday awarded $817,712 in total to five blockchain startups in a bid to reimagine the federal governmentÃ¢ÂÂs anti-forgery and counterfeit prevention operations.
From creating digital Social Security Number alternatives to building e-commerce tracing systems, the winners have up to six months to develop blockchain proofs-of-concepts for DHSÃ¢ÂÂ client agencies. S&TÃ¢ÂÂs Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), essentially an equity-free tech accelerator within S&T, is funding the round.
Spherity GmbH received $145,000 to develop a Ã¢ÂÂdigital twinÃ¢ÂÂ record of inbound e-commerce packages. The German companyÃ¢ÂÂs system would share critical information among parties without compromising privacy, SVIP said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the client.
New Zealand-based MATTR LIMITED will build U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services a digitally issued essential worker license using its $200,000 prize. S&T officials said COVID-19Ã¢ÂÂs work shutdowns have proven