The agency has given an Austrian company a Phase One contract by offering a new degree of interoperability across the Department of Homeland Security.
Fremont, CA: Homeland Security has given over $143,000 to an Austrian technology firm. This is to establish consistency for the various data formats and technology-related blockchain projects of the department, and eventually to introduce a revolutionary supplier ledger solution to combat counterfeiting and forgery in immigration and citizenship documents.
The money has been given to Danube Tech GmbH by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), and is focused on developing encryption technology for blockchain. According to the press release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are all responsible for the data that can be protected through the use of blockchain.
Such organizations are responsible for procedures such as confirmation of identification, immigration status, eligibility for jobs, and protection of the supply chain. The agencies will issue credentials electronically via blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), which will result in "increasing security, ensuring interoperability, and preventing forgery and counterfeiting," said the press release.
The report also addresses the paper-based current processes within the DHS. These are not compatible with the other systems and may result in the mechanism being lost or destroyed. Danube Tech would incorporate interoperability support into its shared identifier for various credential data formats, blockchains, and structured and accessible application programming interfaces.
Participating companies will earn up to $800,000 in four phases to develop or adopt consumer technology solutions and tackle the challenges of home security. The contract's ultimate objective will be to create a structured, interoperable system that allows Homeland Security and all its agencies to access licenses, credentials, or other essential verifications.
The award was given under the Innovation Program for Silicon Valley. It's a California-based DHS program to help DHS embrace new technologies more quickly.