Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Security Systems Video/Audio Interoperability Device

HSHQDC- 17-C-00012 HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-001-0013-II
(HSHQDC-16-R-00012 Phase II)
MEGASCOP: Multi Interface Secure Audio/Video Rebroadcasting (SAVR) System

1551 Forbes St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405-1603


Through this SBIR, a system will be developed to enable authorized users to access video and audio from existing surveillance systems, and rebroadcast the video/audio signals for use by authorized users such as first responders. McQ will leverage its extensive camera interface, video compression, cryptography, and product development experience to both perform the appropriate tradeoffs in designing the system and to successfully build and test a prototype system. Interoperability is a critical feature of the system to allow the system to operate on a variety of closed circuit and networked camera systems; each with different physical interfaces, communication standards, and architectures. McQ's plug-and-play camera interface experience developed through developing its vWatch product, and its extensive networking and communications experience based on over a decade of developing video streaming products, will be efficiently utilized. During Phase I, a detailed analysis was performed to identify the dominant camera interface standards which encompass the largest variety of existing surveillance camera products; and a complete system design was developed to discover, interface with, and stream video from these devices. During Phase II, a prototype multi interface secure AV rebroadcasting system will be built and tested. The necessary hardware and software will be implemented to achieve the goals of the program. The technologies derived from Phase II development can be used to improve the ease of use of remote camera systems and allow operators to dynamically manage their video consumption, resulting in reduced costs of streaming video.

Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Privacy Respecting Identity Management

HSHQDC-17-C-00019 HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-002-0026-II
(HSHQDC-16-R-00012 Phase II)
Verifiable Claims and Fit-for-Purpose Decentralized Ledgers

Digital Bazaar, Inc.
203 Roanoke St W.
Blacksburg, VA 24060-7419


Blockchain technology shows promise when applied to identity management ecosystems. However, current blockchain technology stacks have been designed and optimized such that they are tightly coupled to a specific application area. More often than not, they focus on the transfer of financial value, not identity management. If ledger technology is going to be used to solve a wide variety of problems, a more generalized, modular design for producing many different ledgers may be a better alternative to trying to solve many problems using the same ledger instance, such as Bitcoin. Digital Bazaar therefore proposes to build a blockchain technology stack that is capable of producing many instances of "fit for purpose" decentralized ledgers. During Phase I, Digital Bazaar created a proof-of-concept for a generalized, configurable ledger technology stack from which many different ledgers can be instantiated, each narrowly-tailored for their own use case, while using a common, extensible core data model. In Phase II, Digital Bazaar intends to build upon the results of Phase I by creating a core commercial ledger product and additional technology to support three identity management use cases: Privacy-enhanced Credential Revocation, Privacy-aware Checkpoint Tracking, and Publishing Public Credentials for Status Checking. Digital Bazaar has successfully acquired and included letters of interest from multiple organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to running pilot programs in these areas for Phase II. The result of these pilot programs should be a commercial product with an initial set of customers.

Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor

HSHQDC-17-C-00022 HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-005-0030-II
(HSHQDC-16-R-00012 Phase II)
Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110-2210


Progeny Systems proposes to design and build 100 units of a deployable, low-cost flood inundation sensor for alerts, warnings and notifications to responders and citizens using Internet of Things (IoT) Wireless Emergency Alerts. The sensor will be ruggedized, modular, deployable, GPS-enabled, and submersible. The sensor will be part of a scalable wireless mesh sensor network. The sensor network will consist of an array of wireless sensor nodes that can measure ever-changing flood conditions and report them back to an operations center through a gateway node. The data from all the nodes in the network will be collected and analyzed at the operations center so as to rapidly predict, detect and react to inundation of low-lying areas, underpasses, and critical transportation corridors. This critical data will allow for federal, state and local governments to make real-time decisions pertaining to flood response.