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Merit International First Responder Digital Badging SBIR Ph I DHS231-003

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT23C00000021
Agency Tracking Number: 23.1 DHS231-003-0058-I
Amount: $149,722.13
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHS231-003
Solicitation Number: 23.1
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-05-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-10-08
Small Business Information
100 S Murphy Ave Suite 200
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
United States
DUNS: 080331129
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Taylor Robinson
 Solutions Architect
 (650) 648-3613
Business Contact
 Philip Myer
Title: Proposal Manager
Phone: (540) 539-0136
Research Institution

Many first responder organizations at various levels, including federal, state and local, as well as non-profit agencies each have different methods of identifying first responders on scene during an incident. The lack of an interoperable and standardized credentialing solution for first responders results in more challenges with communication and coordinated access to information on identification and qualifications of the various responders. Physical ID badges are an expendable and costly method of addressing the challenges of identification and verification of credentials and are/were easily counterfeited in the past. Other approaches to physical credentials are more resistant to counterfeiting but use proprietary encodings that in turn are not universally readable. The emergence of international standards for identification and credentialing of first responders encompasses proof of identity, including verification and validation of name, age, home and work addresses, employment, etc. on and offline without needing to connect back to the issuing organization.

Merit International Inc. currently has an operational digital software platform capable of deploying immediate solutions for unifying identification credentials and qualifications for cross-jurisdictional responders and volunteers in a digital and interoperable system via an Application Programing Interface (API) that is made available to individuals at all times via the web or a dedicated smartphone app. Through the implementation of Merit, stakeholders can verify qualifications, time tracking, and organization affiliation in one system that connects to any (or multiple) database(s) or spreadsheet(s) necessary to aggregate this credential data into a single clearinghouse.

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