Technology Transition and Commercialization
BORDERS works to transition research discoveries to operational systems and processes by actively engaging with practitioners at all stages of the research process. BORDERS accomplishes this using the following three tactics:
1) BORDERS participates in academia-industry conferences and conventions and generates media content to gain exposure and generate new interest.
2) BORDERS partners with municipal and corporate institutions that work with border security and immigration issues.
3) BORDERS gathers, synthesizes, and integrates practitioner input via site visits and proprietary collaboration tools.
These tactics make it possible to move processes and prototypes that are successful in laboratory evaluations to field pilot tests and full transition.
BORDERS' researchers have a strong track record of transitioning technology to commercial ventures. Examples of past successes include the commercial collaboration technology BORDERS uses for information gathering and synthesis, and an information sharing and decision support tool for law enforcement agencies. Both of these technologies were successfully moved from laboratory evaluations to successful enterprise applications by BORDERS PIs.