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Department of homeland Securities in the U.S. is inviting blockchain startupsto fight anti-forgery incidents

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the United States is looking form blockchain based startups to safeguard the counterfeiting and forgery of digital documents, as per a press release published on December 4.

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The press releases mention the request is being published under the aegis of DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). This is open for any startup or small enterprise that are not associated with any government contract in the last 12 months (worth of $1 million or more) and that have a workforce of a maximum of 200 employees. The press release has a link detailing the solicitation, termed as “Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses.”

Further, the solicitation highlights that DHS is interested in blockchains interoperable implementation and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) that could help the “mission needs” of one or multiple of its initiatives or components which includes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The new SVIP is released with collaboration from TSA, USCIS, CBP, and reportedly it’s the first SVIP solicitation to support use-cases fo USCIS. Anil John, the technical director of S&T SVIP issued a statement officially in the press release, pointing out,

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“The broad Homeland Security mission includes the need to issue entitlements, licenses and certifications for a variety of purposes including travel, citizenship, employment eligibility, immigration status, and supply chain security. Understanding the feasibility and utility of using Blockchain and [DLT] for the digital issuance of what are currently paper-based credentials is critical to preventing their loss, destruction, forgery, and counterfeiting.”

The use cases of Homeland securities are broken down for applicant startups which applies to these six mentioned categories, “Identity Documents for Travel, Identity of Organizations and Organizational Delegates, Tribal Identity Documents for Travel, Citizenship, Immigration and Employment Authorization, Cross-Border Oil Import Tracking, [and] Origin of Raw Material Imports.”

Re[portedly, the successful startups will receive up to $800,00 in non-dilutive funding across for phases, adding, however, the participation, “does not ensure procurement contracts with DHS or its components.”

Earlier, DHS issued a pre-solicitation notice for parties to design and comment on applications for blockchain forensic analytics with emerging cryptocurrencies. The proposal from DHS called for analytics solutions for matters related to privacy-focused altcoins like of Monero and ZCash particularly.

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