ZE Government Solutions (ZEGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of AI-based gun detection providers ZeroEyes, announced that it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Phase I contract focused on edge deployment of artificial intelligence to investigate its potential to fill capability gaps in the Department of the Air Force (DAF).

For this solution, ZEGS’ AI-based object detection video analytics will be added to edge devices such as LTE-enabled body cameras. This will enhance the safety of defenders during traffic stops or other engagements on or around installations worldwide, proactively providing real-time situational awareness in tense situations.

The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through a faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and losing bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering 'The Open Topic' SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now in July 2023, ZEGS will continue its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

“Throughout my military career, I had to enter countless dangerous situations with minimal information about my surroundings,” said Mike Lahiff, CEO and co-founder of ZeroEyes, parent company of ZEGS. “By deploying our AI-based object detection on edge devices, we will be able to provide situational awareness and an added layer of security to the brave men and women dedicated to protecting our country.”

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

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