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S&T Public Affairs, 202-254-2385
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a Phase 1 Other Transaction award of $119,678 to Sentinel Occupational Safety, a Fairborn, Ohio, based company, to develop safety monitoring technology for DHS personnel.
Under its Human Performance and Resiliency solicitation, the S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) sought groundbreaking solutions to identify and resolve issues before reaching crisis levels, and to promote resilience and wellness tools that could serve the mission needs of DHS components and programs, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
“We are committed to providing resources for the well-being of the DHS workforce. We employ highly-trained law enforcement, operations, and support professionals who have complex missions and job requirements, and experience significant amounts of stress in their professional and personal lives,” said Melissa Oh, managing director of SVIP. “Sentinel’s Safeguard platform brings a holistic and simple tool to a multifaceted issue that will be adapted for the department’s staff.”
Sentinel’s Safeguard platform combines wearable sensors and wireless communications with artificial intelligence and analytics software to monitor health and safety. In addition to environmental sensing for dangerous gases or compounds, it can monitor factors such as body temperature, respiration, heart rate, motion levels, posture, and noise exposure.
“I look forward to engaging with Sentinel to support the health and wellness of the DHS workforce,” said Jeremy Ocheltree, deputy director of the Customs and Border Protection Innovation Team. “The Safeguard platform offers the capability to track performance and wellness in real time, enhancing homeland security professionals’ resilience to intense stressors.”