SVIP Portfolios and Performers

SVIP Portfolios and Performers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) has funded more than 60 companies to date. Below is a list of our current portfolio companies organized by topic call.

Emerging Need: COVID-19 Response and Future Mitigation

In August 2020, SVIP released the Emerging Needs: COVID-19 Response & Future Mitigation solicitation to call upon the startup community to develop cutting-edge solutions to address multiple near-term use cases in response to the pandemic and to prepare DHS for future mitigation.

  • Robust and open source application testing ecosystem to rigorously test and evaluate contact tracing applications to ensure data security  
  • Video analytics for self-screening TSA checkpoints to monitor social distancing of passengers and TSA officers, ensure the security process progresses smoothly, and detect deviant behavior
  • Products, technologies, or methods that enable automatic and rapid surface disinfecting at TSA checkpoints and other DHS facilities
  • Tools to help monitor, collect, integrate, and deconflict quantitative open source information from both authoritative (e.g., state and local health departments) and non-authoritative sources
  • Enhanced screening procedures and methods that protect individual privacy to provide robust point of entry screening as employees and visitors enter a DHS building or campus

Awarded CompaniesAppcensus, Bloodstone DivisionDeep North, Lauretta AI, Mesur.IO, Farmspace

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Energy Harvesting Fabrics

The Energy Harvesting Fabrics topic call was released in May 2017. The topic call sought out non-traditional power sources to power the various equipment used by first responders without adding to their current weight burden. Specifically, S&T was looking for innovative energy-harvesting smart fabric technology for integration into its Next-Generation First Responder Program. 

Awarded Companies: Protect the Force

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Enhancements to the Global Travel Assessment System

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Travel Assessment System (GTAS) is an open source project that provides foreign nation-states and border security entities the capacity to collect, process, query, and construct risk criteria against standardized air traveler information. In June 2016, in partnership with SVIP, S&T and CBP released this topic to seek out novel approaches and software improvements to advance the GTAS project, particularly solutions to enhance the project’s existing core features in the areas of Visualization, Predictive Models, and Entity Resolution. 

Awarded Companies: DataRobot, Omniscience, Skymind, Tamr

There are currently no active projects under this topic call.

Enhancing CBP Airport Passenger Processing

Every day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers process more than one million international travelers across 328 ports of entry, some of which are in remote locations. The Enhancing CBP Airport Passenger Processing topic call, released in July 2017, sought novel approaches to improve CBP operations and the international arrivals process.

Awarded Companies: iProov, Kiana Analytics

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Financial Services Cyber Security Active Defense 

In November 2016, SVIP released the Financial Services Cyber Security Active Defense Technologies solicitation, which sought solutions to cybersecurity threats challenging the nation’s financial institutions.

Awarded Companies: Cyber 20/20, Def-Logix Inc., Heilig Defense, Intafel, Morphisec, NexiTech, StackRox, Veramine

There are currently no active projects under this topic call.

High Fidelity Counting and Measuring CBP Queues and Service Times at Ports of Entry

In October 2017, the High Fidelity Counting and Measuring of CBP Queues and Service Times at Ports of Entry topic call was released to enhance Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) counting and measuring capabilities in airport security and customs processing queues. Counting and measuring are the processes by which CBP analyzes the flow of travelers through the customs process. High fidelity analysis of this information ensures the timely processing of international travelers and enables the prevention of queue bottlenecks.

Awarded Companies: Crowdvision, Kiana Analytics, Kickview, Quanergy

Learn more about the projects.

Identity and Anti-Spoofing of Non-Person Entities

In May 2017, SVIP released the Identity and Anti-spoofing of Non-person Entities topic call to seek out solutions to prevent spoofing of non-person entities (NPEs). NPEs are digital entities that can take actions in cyberspace but are not people (sensor platforms and the smart devices that make up the internet of things are common examples of NPEs) and can involve unfriendly actors pretending to be smart devices to launch attacks, access and steal user information, spread malware, or bypass security.

Awarded Companies: Plurilock

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Internet of Things (IoT) Security

Released in December 2015, the IoT Security topic call solicited startups for novel ideas and technologies to improve situational awareness and security to detect, authenticate, and update IoT components and systems.

Awarded Companies: Bastille, Factom, Ionic, M2MI, Pulzze, QED Secure Solutions, WhiteScope

There are currently no active projects under this topic call.

K-9 Wearable Technologies

The SVIP K9 Wearable Technologies solicitation, released in June 2016, aimed to use personalized, real-time data gathered from canines via wearable devices. DHS intends to evaluate this data to derive new insights that could improve animal health and performance. The project comprised technical topic areas to include Recording and Transmitting Canine Vital Signs; Receiving, Storing and Analyzing Vital Sign Data; and Maintaining and Updating Canine Sensor Components.

Awarded Companies: HaloLights, PetPace

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Language Translator

Released in March 2020, SVIP sought out language translation technology to enable the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel to rapidly and effectively communicate in real time with non-English speakers and those who are unable to communicate verbally. In a variety of rescue and investigation missions, USCG boarding teams must be able to communicate with vessel occupants who may not speak English or, in many cases, speak multiple languages. Accurate and swift translation of orders and directions are critical to the safety and security of the boarding team and the vessel occupants. Off-line capability is necessary because many USCG interactions where translation devices are required are far out at sea, in extreme environmental conditions, and in locations without cell service or internet connections.

Awarded Companies: Kynamics, TranslateLive

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Maritime Object Tracking Technology

SVIP released the Maritime Object Tracking Technology solicitation in March 2020 to support the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) need for a more reliable system for clearly marking and accurately monitoring objects in the water for recovery. This topic call directly supports the USCG mission to ensure the nation’s maritime safety, security, and stewardship.

Awarded Companies: Kenautics, Morcom

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Object Recognition and Adaptive Algorithms in Passenger Property Screening

Released in April 2018, the Object Recognition and Adaptive Algorithms in Passenger Property Screening solicitation sought proposals from startups on the use of adaptive image interpretation and object recognition to enhance the Transportation Security Administration’s ability to scan objects, materials, and other aspects of passenger property.

Awarded Companies: Analytical AI, Cignal, Kraenion Labs, Synapse, Synthetik Applied Technologies

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Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses

In December 2018, SVIP released the initial Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses topic call—with a follow-on release in June 2020. Through blockchain and distributed ledger technology solutions, DHS seeks to address the challenges of interoperable digital entitlement attestations that support individual control and accountability of data release.

These solicitations sought startup companies with solutions that can apply decentralized identifiers and resilient registries to the issuance and verification of identifiers and credentials to enhance security while employing privacy respecting mechanisms that implement standards-based, multi-platform interoperability. 

Awarded Companies: Danube Technologies, Digital Bazaar, Factom, Learning Machine Technologies, MATTR, Mavennet, Mesur.io, SecureKey, SICPA, Spherity, Stranger Labs, TransMute

Learn more about the projects

Please visit S&T’s Blockchain Portfolio page to learn more about the topic calls.

Real-Time Intelligent Traveler Wayfinding

Released in October 2017, the Real-time Intelligent Traveler Wayfinding topic call sought to augment U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capabilities through enhancing navigational resources available to international travelers.

Awarded Companies: Arup USA, LocusLabs

Learn more about the project.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capabilities

Released in July 2016, the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Capabilities topic call sought to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) sUAS security. CBP’s use of sUAS enhances mission capabilities and supports CBP agent activities, including greater overall situational awareness and detection, tracking, apprehension, and search and rescue operations.

Awarded CompaniesAsymmetric Technologies, Cryptomove, Echodyne, Goleta Star, Intelleuron, Planck Aerosystems, Shield AI

There are currently no active projects under this topic call.

Completed Phase 4 Companies

In this section, you will find a list of topics with performers that have completed all four SVIP phases.

  • Enhancements to the Global Travel Assessment System: Tamr
  • Internet of Things Security: Bastille, Factom, Ionic, and QED
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Capabilities: Asymmetric, CryptoMove, Echodyne, and Planck

Phase 5 New Use Cases

In this section, you will find a list of portfolio companies that have been awarded Phase 5 contracts. SVIP awards Phase 5 if the government determines that further operational testing is required, and/or the technology is applicable in additional DHS use cases.

Bastille

Bastille was awarded Phase 5 to conduct additional functional and operational testing of its Fly-Away Kit, a portable version of their solution developed in Phases 1–4 of their IoT Security project.

Learn more about the Phase 5 project.

Tamr

Tamr was awarded Phase 5 to address additional operational challenges within CBP's Office of Trade and Enterprise Services. Learn more about the Phase 5 project.

Learn more about the Phase 5 project.

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