The Defense Department has awarded the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service a potential three-year, $1.5 million contract to help DoD's Domestic Preparedness Support Initiative bring defense technology platforms to the commercial market.
The TEEX product development center will help DPSI determine focus areas and collaborate with the office of assistant defense secretary to identify products that have the potential for deployment in homeland security and emergency response markets under the contract's initial phase, TEEX said July 11.
Caleb Holt, TEEX PDC manager, said the center will seek feedback from emergency responders to identify their technology needs as well as leverage the Think, Build and Sell process.
Holt noted the center will select up to three technology tools from companies that will participate in a national first responder platforms showcase that is slated for the fall of 2016.
TEEX PDC will help companies develop prototypes and integrate their proposed platforms with existing first responder tools as well as provide them access to testing facilities and first responder system users under the second phase of the contract, Holt said.
The center will also provide engineering and test design support to companies through the Texas Center for Applied Technology within the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.