BIRD Foundation addresses drones, video analytics, navigation with USD 2.3m in funding

The Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation has announced support of three homeland security projects with funding of USD 2.3m to address needs in the areas of drones, video analytics and indoor navigation, the company said.

The areas of need were selected by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) and approved by the BIRD Foundation´s Board of Governors to advance technologies for homeland security.

In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value for the three projects to approximately USD 4.8 million.

The three joint projects that received approval are:

-Blue White Robotics (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Easy Aerial (Brooklyn, New York) will develop a multi-mission, multi-type HLS drone command & control capability.
-3AM Innovations (Buffalo, New York) and S.H. Goren Management (Emek Hefer, Israel) will complete the development of an indoor positioning wearable for First Responders.
-Cawamo (Hod Hasharon, Israel) and LiveView Technologies (Orem, Utah) will develop a fully turn-key AI based analytics video security solution for remote sites.

The BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between US and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects. Since the establishment of the BIRD Foundation, USD 354M has been granted for joint development of innovative technologies and products.