Artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics and virtual reality are at the top of every “hot technology” list, but translating emerging technology into practice is often a heavy lift, especially for government agencies working under budget and regulatory constraints.
A number of agencies, however, have been able to leverage these technologies to not only deliver government services more efficiently, but also “create public value and transform people’s lives.”
The Internet of Things
Security experts have long fretted about the rapidly expanding number of internet of things devices. While most such tools may not contain data that should be protected, many connect to the cloud and represent easy targets for hackers to gain access — not only to that device, but to all other devices connected to an IoT mesh.
To address this issue, AWS in 2015 released its IoT platform, which includes provisions for mutual authentication – which is intended to verify the integrity of all devices connecting to the AWS IoT cloud.
Ten startups will be working on EMERGE 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s program supporting research and development of wearable technology for first responders. EMERGE 2016 expands on last year’s pilot that accelerated the delivery of the latest innovative wearable technologies for first responders by bringing startups, accelerators and strategic partners together in a common research and development effort.
“We need to find technologies for first responders that can be integrated directly into their existing gear,” DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Reginald Brothers said in a statement. “The entrepreneurial world is on the leading edge of those inventive solutions.”
Code used to build a web-based communication platform for first responders is now available on GitHub, accessible to any person or organization that wants to put it to use, the Department of Homeland Security has announced.
The Next-Generation Incident Command System has already shown its effectiveness in beta testing in the field, according to Jeffrey Booth, NICS program manager and DHS science and technology directorate.