CBP, DHS S&T Award $200K to San Mateo Start-up to Improve Small Unmanned Aircraft System Security

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today a $200K award to CryptoMove to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) security. CBP’s use of sUAS enhances mission capabilities and supports U.S. Border Patrol agents’ activities, including greater overall situational awareness and detection, tracking, apprehension, and search and rescue operations. The project is awarded under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) aimed at non-traditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission. Continue reading

CBP Partners with DHS S&T and Sunnyvale Start-up to Enhance Traveler Experience

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today a $179,800 award to Kiana Analytics, Inc. to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) passenger screening technology. The project is awarded under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) aimed at non-traditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission.  Continue reading

S&T News Release: DHS S&T, CBP to Test New K9 Training Technology

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today a $198K award to PetPace LLC to assess their product’s ability to provide real-time health monitoring of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) canines. The project is awarded under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) aimed at non-traditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission.  This is the first award under the K9 Wearables Solicitation, one of five active calls under the SVIP. Continue reading

FCC Proposes Call-Blocking from Invalid Numbers, Seeks Input on Other Blocking Criteria

March 23, 2017–The FCC today proposed allowing carriers to block “spoofed” calls that appear to be placed from a line for which the subscriber has made a “do-not-originate” request or from numbers that cannot be valid, such as unallocated or unassigned numbers. The proposal would expand on an industry do-not-originate (DNO) trial conducted by the Industry Robocall Strike Force last year (TRDaily, Oct. 26, 2016), in which participating providers, at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, blocked calls that appeared to come from certain IRS phone numbers, leading to a 90% reduction in consumer complaints about IRS scam calls.

In the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and notice of inquiry (NOI) adopted unanimously today in Consumer and Governmental Affairs docket 17-59, the FCC also sought input on how to address spoofed calls from outside the U.S. and on additional measures for enabling carriers to block illegal robocalls.  The NOI asks “how to create a safe harbor for providers from FCC call completion rules when they rely on objective criteria to identify and block calls that are highly likely to be fraudulent,” according to a Commission press release. The NOI also asks about what objective criteria might be used to assess whether a call meets the suggested “highly likely to be fraudulent” standard, Jerusha Burnett, an attorney adviser in the Consumer Policy Division of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, said in presenting the item to the Commissioners at their meeting today. Continue reading

FCC Approves VRS Trials Using Specialist Interpreters

March 23, 2017–The FCC today unanimously authorized eight-month trials using video relay service (VRS) specialists in legal, medical, and computer support terminology when appropriate and using deaf VRS interpreters on calls placed by people with limited signing ability or comprehension, although one Commissioner said he would not support making these changes permanent unless the trials demonstrate improved efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In a report and order, notice of inquiry, further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM), and order adopted in Consumer and Governmental Affairs docket 10-51 and 03-123 at today’s Commission meeting, the FCC also authorized VRS providers to make phone numbers available to hearing individuals who know American Sign Language so they can make direct-dialed video calls with deaf individuals.

It also authorized a pilot program to allow VRS interpreters to do their jobs from home “under strict requirements to maintain call quality and confidentiality,” according to an FCC press release.

“To help consumers compare VRS providers, the report and order requires [reporting of] monthly data on [each provider’s] speed of answer,” Robert Aldrich, a legal adviser in the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, said while presenting the item to the Commissioners. Continue reading

S&T Press Release: Encryption Requirements to Change P25 CAP Approved Equipment List

Washington The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced a change in the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) listing of grant-eligible radio equipment for first responders. In order to be fully compliant with all P25 CAP requirements, radio equipment that requires encryption must use Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256. Equipment that uses proprietary or other non-standard encryption capabilities without also providing the standard encryption (AES 256) capability does not meet the requirement specified in the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program Encryption Requirements Compliance Assessment Bulletin (CAB).

“Interoperability is a critical issue for first responders, said DHS Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin. “The problem posed by using variant, non-standard encryption capabilities exacerbates the interoperability challenge.” Continue reading

NPSTC Issues Correction to Blog Post on i3

Last week, NPSTC forwarded you an article, republished with permission from TR Daily, titled “FCC Seeks Comment on APCO, NENA Clash on Suitability of NENA’s i3 NG-911 Standard.” This title was erroneously produced when our publishing platform conjoined two unrelated article titles. NPSTC has received no information to suggest that the FCC intends to seek comment on this matter. The correct title of this article is “APCO, NENA Clash on Suitability of NENA’s i3 NG-911 Standard.”

NPSTC regrets any confusion that this blog posting may have caused.