Synthetik Awarded $1Million Grant from the Department of Homeland Security to Develop Artificial Intelligence for Vehicle Inspections

Synthetik is working with DHS S&T to develop the next-generation of vehicle screening technology.

Synthetik Applied Technologies LLC, an Austin-based startup that develops technology solutions to address nation’s security concerns, has today announced the award of a $1Million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to continue development of DeepVIEW – a groundbreaking, low-cost under vehicle inspection and early warning system.

The grant supports Synthetik’s mission of improving global security through visionary technology. The development work will leverage state-of-the-art deep machine learning (ML) and computer vision (CV) and will be deployable on very low-cost commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment, and modern mobile devices.

Synthetik has already demonstrated the exciting potential of this breakthrough technology to DHS, and this grant will now allow the team to deliver a step-change in current capability creating a system that will learn, evolve, and improve over its lifetime. The DeepVIEW system is designed to make use of high-resolution, multi-vantage point imaging to provide real-time anomaly detection, and change detection for both automatic license plate reading (ALPR) and under-vehicle inspection and scanning applications in fixed and mobile configurations.

According to the Synthetik CEO Peter Vonk, “We are very excited about this award as it provides an opportunity to develop the next-generation of vehicle screening technology. The award builds directly on ongoing programs with DHS S&T which include the development of artificial intelligence (AI) object detection models for 2D and 3D passenger screening data, and the generation of synthetic training data for threat detection machine learning algorithms.”

The grant is funded by DHS S&T as part of the Vehicle Inspection for Early Warning (VIEW) initiative. The goal of VIEW is to develop a low-cost, automated, under-vehicle inspection system for roadway mounting at facility access points, road border crossing locations, checkpoints and other vehicle inspection locations.

About Synthetik Applied Technologies: 
Synthetik Applied Technologies LLC is a fast-growing technology start-up that is creating and developing breakthrough technology to mitigate the biggest threats to the world around us, including terrorism, extreme events and global environmental impacts. Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Synthetik works with the US Air Force, DARPA, Department of Homeland Security, and NOAA for highly competitive innovative AI projects. In addition, Synthetik provides consulting services to the world’s largest insurance companies and maintains their state-of-art software platforms cityCORE, DeepVIEW, blastFOAM, and DeepSeaVision-AI. Synthetik is a formal industry partner of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), and a Microsoft AI for Earth grantee.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Tim Brewer at (818) 296-8611, or email brewer(at)synthetik-technologies(dot)com.


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