The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is continuing a partnership with Bastille Networks – an Atlanta-based Internet of Things (IoT) technology start-up – by awarding the company a Phase 5 Other Transaction Agreement (OTA).

The funding “will allow development to continue for cutting-edge technology that keeps the wireless devices of unwanted intruders at bay.” Through software defined radios and machine learning technology, Bastille’s system can detect wireless devices in real time and support protective operations and law enforcement missions by repelling uninvited wireless-IoT devices, like cell phones.

“Bastille has developed a technology that fills high priority capability gaps as identified by DHS operational users,” SVIP Transition Director Ron McNeal said in a Dec. 11 news release.  “Their ability to solicit feedback from users and adapt their technology shows an understanding of what it takes to transition these much-needed capabilities to the government.”

Bastille’s commercial roadmap has led the company to adapt their solution and create the Flyaway Kit. This kit is a “self-contained mobile solution system that can fit into several types of protective cases for mobile deployments.” The Flyaway Kit aligns well with DHS operational needs as agency stakeholders “are continuously in search of capabilities that can be rapidly deployed for temporary field applications.”

“While Bastille Networks is selling their permanent system developed under SVIP to other government agencies, their ability to understand DHS’ evolving needs and quickly develop a mobile capability will enable transition of this much needed technology to DHS in the future,” SVIP Managing Director Melissa Oh said.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.