ResponderXLabs, a collaboration between Amazon Web Services and Responder Corp., aims to give public safety agencies better access to the innovation pipeline and help private-sector firms more effectively deliver those innovations.
The program works with first responder agencies to find the latest public safety technologies, supporting agencies with technology needs assessments, access to grant opportunities, and help identifying solutions and streamlining adoption.
Entrepreneurs have access to best practices, federal funding resources, corporate partnerships, demo opportunities, connections to local public safety agency buyers and feedback from responders. Thirteen companies have signed on so far.
ResponderXLabs also identifies solutions so established industry participants can partner with entrepreneurs and public safety agencies to incubate, validate and scale innovation.
In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate launched a business accelerator program to develop wearable technology for first responders.