Chicago Startup Gets $1.1M Contract to Develop Alert System for Emergency Responders

Government Technology: With tens of thousands of collisions between emergency and civilian vehicles each year, the notice of flashing lights and sirens isn’t cutting it.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $1.1-million contract to HAAS Alert, a Chicago-based startup, to answer the problem with mobile technology to help responding EMR vehicles warn approaching drivers, according to a news release. The contract directs HAAS to collect input from active and retired first responders nationwide via the Science and Technology Directorate's First Responder Resource Group, then design a solution to meet their needs and reduce collisions.

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