San Antonio funds homeland projects

San Antonio has given a $300,000 grant to a public-private partnership that will develop homeland security technologies.

The San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative, an economic development group, today unveiled the partnership known as the Southwest Enterprise for Regional Preparedness.

SATAI is seeking funds from the Homeland Security Department for the technology projects, spokeswoman Kara Sagebiel said.

It also plans projects in homeland security training and infrastructure assurance, she said.

One SERP project aims to set up an emergency response information center with fiber-optic links to the Texas Transportation Department's TransGuide communications system.

Another project, the Community Preparedness and Emergency Response Simulation System, would transform the area's existing civil preparedness plans into a simulation at the San Antonio/Bexar County Emergency Operations Center.

Participants include the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District and fire department, the Greater San Antonio Hospital Council and private companies.

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