Alpharetta-based TEKWave Solutions and its Israeli partner have crafted one of eight projects selected to receive up to $1 million in government grants this year.
The projects were green-lighted this week by the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, which committed $7.3 million in this batch in line with its mission of funding joint innovation.
Including private money attracted by the joint government funding, the projects netted $20.4 million.
TEKWave, which provides monitoring, visitor management and inspection systems for buildings, is working with Herzliya Pituah, Israel-based MS Tech Ltd. to develop a rapid field analysis of chlorates, perchlorates, fentanyl and synthetic opioids using the company’s nanotechnology sensors.
MS Tech provides such sensors to law enforcement, militaries and government agencies to help detect explosives, narcotics and other substances at customs entry points and elsewhere.
Other projects approved in this round include a virtual-reality training platform for disaster volunteers, an oil pipeline disaster prevention tool, a cybersecurity readiness assessment and more. One project involving Somatix Technologies, basedin Atlanta’s sister city of Ra’anana, Israel, aims to develop a health care system catering to the needs of the elderly.
TEKWave’s project is the 11th BIRD has funded since 1981 in Georgia, which leads all other states in the Southeast outside of Florida.