The gigantic Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will occupy every convention venue and casino conference space across Las Vegas Jan. 8-11. Despite the misleading “consumer” in its name, CES brings together thousands of technology entrepreneurs and policymakers to cover many topics including products not bought by consumers. For example, this is the second year that CES has an Expo devoted to Smart City technologies at the Westgate hotel. This year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will have its “One DHS” showcase (Booth #1401) there. DHS seeks to increase its understanding of how emerging technological trends are relevant to the homeland security mission. DHS wants to secure the communities of the future by connecting with CES delegates on ideas and capabilities to protect hometowns nationwide. DHS representatives from the Science & Technology Directorate, FEMA, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency will be on hand. Startup partners from DHS’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program will be available to share insights on collaborating with DHS and funding opportunities. DHS is investing in smart solutions that build new capacity for building community resilience and security in its key mission areas: cybersecurity, infrastructure, public safety, flood resilience, transportation security, and border and ports security. Separately, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be at CES (South Hall 2, Booth 25401) to promote its efforts in hazardous materials safety onboard aircraft.
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