Echodyne, Tamr and DataRobot have each transitioned the technologies they're developing for the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate into the Homeland Security Enterprise, DHS said Tuesday. The three startups’ platforms, created as part of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program, were deployed in 2018 to support Customs and Border Protection operations.
“By engaging with small businesses and startups, S&T has gained access to the previously inaccessible, cutting-edge innovations available in the commercial market,” said William Bryan, a senior official working for the undersecretary of science and technology.
Tamr developed the Global Traveler Assessment System, a database analysis platform for screening foreign travelers, while Echodyne produced the Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array for border security operations. DataRobot is the latest of the three firms to transition, with its GTAS automated machine learning technology being used by the CBP for counter-narcotics activities.
CBP was the first unit to partner with the SVIP for the development of new technologies since the program’s inception in 2015.