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UAV Workshop No. 1: Strategic Vision for Rural Communities - Media Coverage




Date: Monday, May 16, 2016

Open Technology Center Awarded $1.86 Million to Bolster Cyber Security in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016 - The Open Technology Center, a Mississippi-based, non-profit research organization that supports homeland security and national defense objectives, recently announced it has been awarded two contracts through a joint effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate to facilitate development of open technology systems that support public safety, law enforcement and emergency management entities in rural and under-served communities.   The two contracts have an estimated value of $1.86 million.

 "OTC is sponsored by DHS and DOD to work with state, local and tribal agencies to help develop and transfer information and technology resources from federal to state and local agencies that support rural communities," said OTC Executive Director, John Weathersby.  

 "Federal agencies and larger, metropolitan communities have access to resources to address physical and cyber threats to their network systems and critical infrastructure.  Small, rural communities are not immune to similar threats such as cyber-related attacks where money or personal information is stolen over the Internet or responding to a natural disaster,” he said.  “However, smaller communities traditionally don't have access to funding or man-power to keep pace with the rapidly changing technology.  No matter the size or scope of the attack or disaster, the first on the scene and the last to leave are the local law enforcement, emergency management and community administration personnel. Our tasking is to help provide access to the best technology tools and information available."

Under the existing contracts, OTC will facilitate development, testing and implementation of mobile communication and sensor technologies, web-based applications and unmanned vehicle systems that support public safety, emergency management and disaster recovery operations.

As part of the program's activities, OTC will also host a series of informational workshops and technology demonstrations at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center to provide government representatives with information regarding technology capabilities, privacy and policy issues, access to funding, training and maintenance support. 

The Open Technology Center (OTC) is a non-profit organization established in 2013 through funding support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and the Mississippi National Guard's Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC).  OTC's mission is to facilitate research, development, evaluation, training, public-private collaboration and technology transfer of open source software and other open technologies to support national defense and homeland security objectives for federal, state and local government agencies.  OTC programs and activities seek to increase technical, administrative, economic and cyber security efficiencies of public and private sector IT systems.

For more information on OTC technology and activities, visit: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (601) 427-0152. 

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