MobileIron, Metronome Partner On First-Responder Mobile Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to secure first-responders’ Internet-connected mobile devices, and has announced a nearly $750,000 grant to a small software company to take first steps in doing so.

That software company is linking up with one of the big players in mobile security, and joining forces to create a new scope of Internet of Things (IoT) data protection.

A $749,930 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant was awarded to Metronome Software to develop a technology solution that will enhance the security of mobile device-based sensor systems used by first responders. The funding comes from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Metronome is a small firm that focuses on research and development for the U.S. Government.

“Strengthening the security of first responder sensor networks is needed to protect data flows from attack by cybercriminals,” said William Bryan, the DHS’s acting undersecretary for science and technology, in a statement. “The security enhancements developed through this project will be designed to ensure the system can be accessed and used only by approved devices and operators.”

The Next Generation First Responder Apex program, managed by S&T’s First Responder Group, is integrating multi-threat personal protective equipment, plug-and-play sensors and advanced communications devices to provide multi-layer threat protection and immediate situational awareness to first responders.

On the heels of the funding announcement, MobileIron released a statement saying it would be partnering with Metronome to help create the solution the DHS was looking for.

“MobileIron and Metronome will develop a security overlay that will provide the NGFR framework and its end-to-end infrastructure – including back-end servers, intermediate data centers and their proxies, and individual first responder mobile devices – with a high-level of security and data provenance,” said MobileIron in a statement.

Earlier this year MobileIron announced the launch of an entire IoT division, bringing in Santosh Nair is VP of IoT to lead the charge. The security-focused solution provider said it expects its first IoT-specific product to launch later in 2017.