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To: The Drexel University Community
From: Ken Blank, Ph.D. Vice Provost for Research
Subject: Drakontas, LLC receives $3.6 million contract from Department of Justice
Date: 1 November 2007

Drakontas, LLC receives $3.6 million contract from the DOJ to establish the Communications Technologies Center of Excellence to provide a means for testing, evaluating and demonstrating communications tools and technologies.

Drakontas, LLC has been awarded a $3.6 million contract by the Department of Justice to serve as a specialized criminal justice technology resource for law enforcement. Drakontas, a company co-founded by Drexel University researchers, will  establish the Communications Technologies Center of Excellence, to provide a means for testing, evaluating and demonstrating communications tools and technologies.

Drakontas, founded in 2004 as a startup at the Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) incubator in Camden, N.J., has commercialized technology developed by Drexel University for the U.S. Army. The work of Drakontas is based on research conducted by Drexel University faculty members Dr. Moshe Kam, the Robert Quinn Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. William Regli, professor in the Department of Computer Science. Its best-known product is DragonForce, a sophisticated communications software solution for law enforcement, emergency response and security operations. Drakontas has partnered with Drexel University with exclusive rights to develop and expand the intellectual property licensed from  Drexel University developed by researchers in the ACIN Program.

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is creating three other centers, at the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA., the International Biometric Group in New York, N.Y. and the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Largo, Fla.

The Technology Centers of Excellence will operate within the existing National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center System (NLECTCS), a component of OJP’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ), which serves as a nationwide network of technology research facilities.

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About Drakontas, LLC: Drakontas LLC builds software applications for secure wireless networks. The company's mission is to put trusted communications tools into the hands of first responders and security professionals. For more information about Drakontas, please see the company’s Web site, www.drakontas.com .

About ACIN Camden Technology Center: America's first incubator, located in Camden, N.J., dedicated to develop military technologies focused on wireless and mobile data applications, information assurance and network integrity, intelligent systems, C4ISR technologies and  other applications of benefit to the Department of Defense with potential for commercial development. More information is available at www.acincenter.org.



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