The United States Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) is in search of blockchain-based options from startups to forestall the forgery and counterfeiting of digital paperwork, in line with a press launch published Dec. 4.
In response to the discharge, the request has been printed beneath the aegis of DHS’ Science and Know-how Directorate (S&T)’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). The decision is open to startups or small enterprises that haven’t had a authorities contract up to now 12 months (totalling $1 million or extra) and which have a workforce of beneath 200 workers. The discharge hyperlinks to an in depth solicitation, entitled “Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses.”
The solicitation outlines that DHS is curious about attainable interoperable implementations of blockchain and Distributed Ledger Applied sciences (DLT) that might serve the “mission wants” of a number of of its packages or elements; these embrace the U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS), and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).
The brand new SVIP name has been launched in partnership with all three – the CBP, USCIS, TSA – and is purportedly the primary SVIP solicitation to assist USCIS use-cases. S&T SVIP Technical Director Anil John issued an official assertion within the launch, outlining that:
“The broad Homeland Safety mission contains the necessity to concern entitlements, licenses and certifications for a wide range of functions together with journey, citizenship, employment eligibility, immigration standing and provide chain safety. Understanding the feasibility and utility of utilizing Blockchain and [DLT] for the digital issuance of what are presently paper-based credentials is essential to stopping their loss, destruction, forgery and counterfeiting.”
Homeland safety use instances are damaged down for applicant startups as essentially pertaining to one of many following six classes: “Identification Paperwork for Journey, Identification of Organizations and Organizational Delegates, Tribal Identification Paperwork for Journey, Citizenship, Immigration and Employment Authorization, Cross-Border Oil Import Monitoring, [and] Origin of Uncooked Materials Imports.”
Profitable participant startups will reportedly obtain as much as to $800,000 in non-dilutive funding over 4 phases; the press launch notes that participation, nonetheless, “doesn’t guarantee procurement contracts with DHS or its elements.”
As reported this week, DHS issued a pre-solicitation discover for events to remark and design functions for blockchain forensic analytics in respect to rising cryptocurrencies. DHS’ proposal known as for analytics options for privacy-oriented altcoins similar to Zcash and Monero particularly.
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