Wearable technology for responders gets a boost from accelerator

Wearable technology for responders gets a boost from accelerator

The Department of Homeland Security is a step closer to getting wearable technology for first responders.

TechNexus has announced its selection of 13 companies to take part in the DHS EMERGE! program, designed to accelerate development of hardware and consumer wearable for emergency medical technicians, law enforcement and other first responders. TechNexus is one of two accelerators chosen by DHS and the Center for Innovative Technology to help entrepreneurs develop and launch their ideas into investable companies by providing early market validation, mentoring and access to private investment.

Among the 13 TechNexus finalists are those that have developed wearable technologies that enable communication and interaction with other devices, harvest ambient energy to power equipment, sensors and networks, track the health of the responder and deliver indoor mapping information.  

The finalists are now collaborating with one another, as well as with corporate participants that could eventually become investors or partners.

These companies will be in San Francisco on Sept. 23 for demonstrations.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.


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