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Synthetik Secures DHS Funds for Object Recognition Prototype Dev’t

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Synthetik Applied Technologies has been awarded a nearly $200K contract from the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate to create an artificial intelligence-based object recognition  prototype for the Transportation Security Administration.

The Texas-based startup proposed a “voxel-wise instance segmentation” technique to detect multiple items when TSA conducts airport screening procedures, DHS said Monday.

The method will employ AI technology to recognize objects in a three-dimensional images and augment human-based approaches.

S&T awarded the funds under the other transaction solicitation, titled Object Recognition and Adaptive Algorithms for Airport Passenger Property Screening, as part of the directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

The department noted that SVIP participants have the chance to receive up to $800K in nondilutive funds to create or modify commercial tools for homeland security applications.

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