BIRD to Invest in Advanced Technologies for First Responders
BIRD - Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation to invest
The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the Foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions.
Projects submitted to the “NextGen First Responder Technologies" program are reviewed by representatives of DHS, the Israel Innovation Authority (formerly, the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israel Ministry of Economy and Industry), and experts from the Ministry of Public Security.
The projects approved include:
· ARTsys360 (Holon, Israel) and Lion Group (Dayton, OH) will develop a Precision Identification Device (RAPID 3D).
· SayVU Technologies Ltd (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Opto Knowledge Systems, Inc (Torrance, CA) will develop an Indoor Positioning, Locating, and Reporting system.
Mr. Dan Cotter, Director of First Responders Group, DHS S&T, said: “S&T is pleased to continue strengthening our relationship with the Israeli government through this effort with the BIRD Foundation. As an R&D organization, we are constantly seeking non-traditional partners and mechanisms for finding technologies to fill our critical homeland security capability gaps. Our first responders are crucial to helping the public in emergency situations, and their safety is an utmost priority for us. We hope that these technologies will be able to assist in tracking responders and increasing communications for safer operations.”
Mr. Eliezer Rozenbaum, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Public Security, said: "In this first cycle of selecting projects relating to first responder technologies, we have created a unique channel for research and development which will promote binational HLS collaborations that will benefit public security in both our countries, for years to come."
Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation, said: "The joint proposals submitted to this first cycle of the First Responders program are a reinforcing testimony of the level of creativity and innovation that can be achieved by bringing together U.S. and Israeli companies. BIRD is proud to cooperate with DHS and MOPS to develop solutions for the most urgent First Responders' capability gaps."
About the BIRD Foundation
The BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects. BIRD has approved over 900 projects over its 39 year history.