Homeland Security Funds 5 New Projects Exploring Blockchain Technology

The Homeland Security Department tapped one U.S.-based and four international blockchain companies to explore the emerging, record-keeping technology’s potential to help refresh how the agency conducts operations.

The five startups were selected to receive phase I awards amounting to more than $800,000 collectively through the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program, or SVIP. Their work could eventually lead to the potential production of a Social Security number alternative that won’t divulge personally identifiable information, extend the agency and its subcomponents’ visibility into multiple supply chains—and more. 

Homeland Security leverages SVIP to invest in technological solutions that can be rapidly prototyped, and holds promise to modernize its own capabilities. Blockchain is a contemporary technology that tracks, records and authenticates information and transactions. Recognizing the burgeoning tech’s potential to transform its internal pursuits, the department launched a “Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses” solicitation in 2018 calling

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EcoGrid Technologies makes energy efficiency projects pay for themselves with innovative technology

TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Every day, Canadian companies struggle to reduce their carbon footprint without increasing their bottom line.

That might sound like a lofty goal, but EcoGrid Technologies, an energy equipment and solutions company based out of Toronto, ON, has a proven track record of helping industrial operators launch energy efficiency projects that pay for themselves and increase cash flow at the same time.

Recently, EcoGrid Technologies worked with LHM Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, ON to replace facility lighting in its 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing space, where they produce high quality precision components for the aerospace, military, automotive, oil and gas and nuclear energy sectors.

“We are proud to have helped LHM fit its production facility with our state-of-the-art wireless solution,” says George Filtsos, President of EcoGrid Technologies. “Using our exclusive cutting-edge Bluetooth controls to automate illumination levels base on usage has resulted in more than

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US Homeland Security Funds Anti-Forgery Blockchain Projects in Latest R&D Round

A CBP officer inspects a shipment of flowers entering the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 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 government’s 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 DHS’ client agencies. S&T’s 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 “digital twin” record of inbound e-commerce packages. The German company’s 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-19’s work shutdowns have proven
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Israeli, Emirati technology ministers discuss possible joint projects

Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay discussed on Wednesday in a virtual meeting with his Emirati counterpart, Industry and Advanced Technology Minister Sultan al-Jaber, possible collaboration in research and development between the countries. 
The discussion focused on fields in which both Israel and the United Arab Emirates have a shared interest. These include, for example, the civil space industry, the advanced agriculture industry and the development of artificial intelligence-based technologies, which both countries have shown an interest in in past occasions. 

The ministers also discussed the development of a foundation that will encourage future scientific and technological joint projects for citizens from both countries.

“These are exciting days for our nations,” Shay said. “As an Israeli citizen and a member of this government, I’m grateful for the opportunity of having this conversation and embarking on a new journey of peace between our countries.”

“Bringing Israeli and Emirati scientists and entrepreneurs

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These 7 Bug-Themed Science Projects Let Researchers Study What’s in Your Backyard

Citizen Science Salon is a partnership between Discover and SciStarter.org.


You can call them “insects, spiders and their relatives,” or you can call them “bugs” and incur the wrath of those who point out that the only true bugs are hemipteran insects like stinkbugs and cicadas. No matter what you call them, they’re fascinating and critically important. And you can help scientists who study bugs by volunteering with these citizen science projects.


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A spurge hawkmoth seen in Switzerland. (Credit: Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia Commons)

Caterpillars Count!

Help tally these moth and butterfly babies as they gorge on greenery this fall, gaining the strength to spin their cocoons and chrysalides. Your data will help the scientists at Caterpillars Count! understand how the abundance of these bugs varies from rural countrysides to major urban areas, and from coast to coast.


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(Credit: Matt Bertone/Never Home Alone)

Never Home Alone

You may never feel lonely again

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