Skip to comments.DHS Wants to Outfit Its Dogs With Wearable Tech
Posted on 02/13/2019 8:41:40 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
Homeland Security is investing in a data analytics tool to ensure the thousands of dogs that work for the agency stay healthy.
...announced a $200k contract with HaloLights to prototype a sensor-equipped harness that monitors dogs heart rate, body temperature and other vitals. The harness would also track each dogs GPS location and monitor environmental factors like air temperature and humidity.
[harness] feeds data back to support staff in real-time and alerts them to any irregularities, allowing them to keep groups K-9 units safe and strong in the short- and long-term.
Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) K-9 units, which are responsible for sniffing out illegal drugs, firearms, currency and trafficked persons at ports of entry and along the border, often work in tough conditions. By providing a holistic picture of each dogs health, the companys C.H.A.M.P. technology would help the department keep its units safe and strong.
As of 2016, CBP had more than 1,400 K-9 units deployed across the country.
With the potential risks Customs and Border Protection canine agents face in their daily operations, there is an expressed desire for improved health monitoring tools to ensure their safety, Don Roberts, who manages the offices Detection Canine program, said in a statement. In funding this project, [the Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate] is working to ensure that officer safety, human or canine, is a priority.
The award was made under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program, an in-house startup incubator that fast-tracks tech with the potential to support national security. Under the contract, HaloLights would work with U.S. Border Patrol agents to beta-test and refine its the platform.
HaloLights is currently the only company working under the programs K-9 Wearable Technologies category, but the agency has funded similar projects in the past.
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President Trump highly approves the use of German shepherds for protecting our country.
Definitely protect those doggies.
Hopefully this will protect hero dogs from being left in hot cars.
Kewl!! Dogs with lasers, the best invention since
Or getting heat stroke while patrolling the border or checking out illegals.
Lasers are so 20th Century. Let's outfit them with rail guns.
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