The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is committed to identifying innovative approaches from promising small businesses to help address homeland security needs. Our success stories highlight companies that have made lasting impacts to our nation with successful technological innovations through the DHS SBIR Program. These examples showcase a number of small businesses from around the nation that have worked with S&T to develop and support the technology needs of our nation and homeland security end-users.
Recent Success Stories
- Real-Time Authentication to Counter Caller ID Spoofing – June 2020 - The shift from land-line phones to mobile devices and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has enabled new types of call spoofing where an adversary appears to be coming from a trusted number but in fact has no relationship to that number or location. In response to the DHS SBIR Do Not Spoof Services for Modern Telephony (H-SB017.1-003) solicitation topic, Illuma Labs of Plano, Texas, developed an audio authentication technology that secures voice communications by verifying the identities of inbound callers in real-time.
- Hazardous Gases and Particulate Matter Detector – June 2020 - Fire Investigators and other first responders involved in a post-fire investigation require the ability to detect, monitor, and analyze the potential hazard fire gases and particulates could pose to the health of the first responders at the scene. In response to the DHS SBIR Field Detection and Analysis for Fire Gases and Particulates (H-SB014.2-006) solicitation topic, N5 Sensors, of Rockville, Maryland, developed an ultra-small, low-cost hazardous gas and particulate matter detector using novel chip-scale chemical sensor technology that can be used by firefighters.
- Code Ray: Software Assurance Risk Management Framework for Hybrid Analysis Mapping – Organizations need an automated security management system to efficiently and quickly detect security vulnerabilities in software applications. In response to the DHS SBIR Hybrid Analysis Mapping (H-SB013.1-002) solicitation topic, Applied Visions of Northport, New York, developed Code Ray, a software assurance risk management technology that improves the speed, accuracy and confidence in detection of vulnerabilities and source code weaknesses.
- Portable Imager for Stand-off Detection of Person-Borne Bulk Military and Homemade Explosives – The ability to safely detect concealed explosives on a person is a critical need for protecting the public. In response to the DHS SBIR Safe Standoff Detection of Bulk Explosives on a Person (H-SB012.1-003) solicitation topic, Polestar Technologies, Inc. of Needham Heights, Massachusetts, developed a portable system for stand-off detection of concealed explosives to detect and identify different types of explosives.
- Lost Person Locator for First Responders – Actions taken by First Responders in the initial stages of searching can impact the probability of exposure and time-related risks for the “lost person.” In response to the DHS SBIR Lost Person Locator for First Responders (H-SB013.2-003) solicitation topic, dbS Productions of Charlottesville, Virginia, developed an innovative and life-saving software application that enables first responders to easily see a heat map showing the area of probability for the missing person.
Past Success Stories
In 2016, the DHS SBIR Program compiled a series of success stories into one brochure highlighting companies that have made lasting impacts in the fields of particulate analysis, situational awareness, emergency management, and other important technological innovations. Learn more about our past success stories!