The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded $199,540 to Orlando, Florida-based HaloLights, LLC to begin prototype testing of canine wearable technology. The award is part of DHS S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).
Canine (K9) agents are critical members of law enforcement and border protection teams, but have a high mortality risk due to environmental factors—such as extremely high or low temperatures or dangerous terrain—and injuries in the line of duty. As K9s are unable to communicate the status of their health, their handlers rely on technology to monitor and navigate working dogs’ health. Read more here.