Phase II year
2021 (last award dollars: 2021)
DHS CISA seeks to develop a capability to identify and mitigate threats toward Soft Targets and Crowded Places (ST-CPs) with a software application. Advanced technologies such as Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence must be incorporated into the application to enable security professionals to view their environment through a mobile device to identify potential threats, assess vulnerabilities, and evaluate possible mitigation strategies. To address this need, K&C has developed a detailed software plan for an application called SMART to be developed and integrated into the software platform, as the major focus in Phase II effort. The proposed architecture for the SMART software allows it to consider different major threat mitigation strategies and combinations of these strategies to effectively assess the elimination and/or mitigation of the vulnerabilities threatening the security of an ST-CP. As part of Phase I effort, K&C completed a feasibility demonstration. K&C has also developed a detailed software maturation and commercialization plan which involves two major Beta and Production release milestones. A SMART Beta release is planned to be released for use by DHS and other security professionals with a 1-year evaluation period to gather user feedback. For the second milestone, a SMART Production release will be available after the 1-year Beta release is complete. The SMART Production release will be licensed using a subscription model. In summary, the proposed SMART application has the necessary features and capabilities to address the need for an advanced software application to support threat identification and mitigation using advanced technologies.