U.S. DHS awards grant to blockchain firm

01 Oct 2019

blockchain The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a Vienna-based company $143,478 to develop blockchain security solutions.

The United States DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that Danube Tech has been awarded a contract to help the department combat forgery and certificate and license counterfeiting, says Coin Telegraph.

A press release published last week stated that services including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration, and Citizenship and Immigration Services can all benefit from blockchain-based security solutions: “Current issuance processes are often paper-based, do not facilitate data exchange, and use among systems and could be susceptible to loss, destruction, forgery and counterfeiting. S&T is exploring the application of blockchain and DLT to issue credentials digitally to enhance security, ensure interoperability, and prevent forgery and counterfeiting.”

“Danube Tech is building core interoperability infrastructure for issuers and verifiers,” said Anil John, SVIP Technical Director. “Interoperability between blockchains is enabled by using emerging World Wide Web Consortium standards to globally resolve and find information where it exists on a particular blockchain.”

The grant is funded via S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) which finances private sector partners to progress with security solutions for the Department of Homeland Security.

Companies that get involved with the Silicon Valley Innovation Program can receive funding of up to $800,000 to develop and adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases, says Coin Telegraph.

Back in August it was reported that the CBP advisory committee underwent tests of its blockchain-based “Intellectual Property Rights Proof of Concept,” which attempts to operate shipments through blockchain, dependent on pre-existing licensor and sublicensee relationships.

The CBP previously ran a test for a blockchain-based shipping project in August last year, which was a combination of CBP’s legacy application, and a blockchain-based platform developed by DHS.