Intellisense Systems was awarded a grant of $3.2 million from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to develop a network of flood inundation sensors.
The technology will be used to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to alert first responders, government officials, businesses, and citizens to potential threats. The grant was awarded through the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This is an award for Phase III of the project. The DHS S&T previously funded Phase II awards, which were completed in July 2019.
This Phase III award to Intellisense will enhance the sensors for production and commercialization for both domestic and international partners to help densify their flood sensing networks for alerts, warnings, and notifications.
“I fully expect the Intellisense flood sensors to be a disruptive technology,” DHS S&T Program Manager Jeff Booth said. “The accuracy, performance, and dependability of the sensors and their projected cost points will provide federal, state and local governments—as well as industry sectors like critical infrastructure—a capability to help protect life and property, making communities more resilient from flooding events.”
The SBIR Program is designed to increase the participation of U.S. small businesses in federal research and development initiatives and increase private sector commercialization of SBIR-funded innovations.
“Small businesses performing under the DHS SBIR program continue to provide impactful technology solutions for homeland security and the general public,” William Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary for Science and Technology. “We look forward to seeing how these innovative small businesses advance their latest solutions.”