Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Do Not Spoof Services for Modern Telephony

70RSAT18C00000013 HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-003-0006-II
(HSHQDC-17-R-00010 Phase II)
Verification of Caller Ascertained Logically (VOCAL)

AnaVation LLC.
11654 Plaza America Drive
suite 500
Reston, VA 20190-4700


For a DHS SBIR Phase I award, VOCAL (Verification of Caller Ascertained Logically), AnaVation built a prototype of the Do Not Spoof Service (DNSS), a modular, componentized solution for spoofed call detection and blocking and/or notification via multi-layered call and user authentication and validation. During Phase II we will focus on production-level development, such as improving and adding functionality, hardening code, refreshing the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX), testing and QA. This will result in delivering a production-ready minimum viable product (MVP) capable of deployment. The DNSS MVP will include five componentized services that will integrate across both mobile and VoIP systems and leverage applicable and operational best practices for the telephony industry to address multiple telephony spoofing challenges identified in Phase I research. The solution delivered at the end of Phase II will minimize the financial and security impact of spoofed calls. Our modified technical approach - as opposed to that of a single, take-all-or-nothing solution - will amplify DNSS's value and increase its commercial viability, and, most importantly, its impact in combating malicious spoofed calls. There are commercial applications for government organizations, telecommunications providers, industry organizations and caller-ID/call-blocking solutions providers. AnaVation has already received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Nomorobo, one of the largest call-blocking services, indicating that it intends to integrate/consume one of DNSS's services once production-ready (Do Not Originate as a Service (DNOaaS)).

Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge

70RSAT18C00000007 HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-006-0007-II
(HSHQDC-17-R-00010 Phase II)
Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge

Morphix Technologies
2557 Production Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5286


First responders such as law enforcement, fire department and emergency service personnel are subject to hazardous environments, including Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs). Protecting first responders and their long term health is a priority of the Department of Homeland Security. The objective of the proposed SBIR project is to develop a wearable chemical sensor badge capable of detecting at least four of the targeted high priority TICs. The badge will be designed to be worn by first responders, and will provide a visible and auditory alarm if TICs are present at a dangerous level. To enable everyday use by first responders, the badge will be small, lightweight, low-cost and rugged. In phase 1, Morphix developed a design for the badge and successfully conducted a proof of concept evaluation. In phase 2, Morphix will fabricate and evaluate badge prototypes. Morphix intends to market this wearable badge to federal, state and local law enforcement, emergency medical service and other first responders.

Over-the-air Authentication Technology for Messaging via Emergency Alerts

70RSAT18C00000012 HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-007-0001-II
(HSHQDC-17-R-00010 Phase II)
AlertPrime: Tokenizing WEA

NAND Technologies Inc
170 Shannon Woods Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630-9212


In an emergency or other special situation, government agencies can send messages to mobile phones in affected areas using Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The messages might convey life-saving information where it is needed, but vulnerabilities in the underlying mobile networks could allow bad actors to use WEA to send their own messages for harmful purposes. NAND Technologies will research and develop new methods to authenticate WEA messages and give mobile phone users the confidence that the emergency alerts they receive are legitimate, and to give U.S. Government agencies the ability to provide more information than the current system allows.