The DHS agency was seeking a company to build a smart phone-accessible database of license plate information that agents could use in the field.
NASA now has 35 patents on its Marblar page, where it invites the public to propose practical applications of the agency's technology.
The goal is to provide a legal rationale that does not ban certain activities, but Republicans on the commission are skeptical.
The top three entries in the Travel Data Challenge will share $90,000 in prize money.
Advances in cloud computing, mobile technology, networking, data transfer and computing speed allow for immediate access to geospatial data, and the intelligence community is ready to put that data to use.
The move is the latest in the administration’s effort to free up spectrum for use in wireless broadband to meet the growing demand for data-intensive mobile services.
A solicitation said the database service should track vehicle license plate numbers captured by several sources, including cameras, law enforcement and repo men.
Two Texas airports recently joined the program, which is decreasing wait times for international travelers.
Rear Adm. Jan Tighe will move into the top spot from her current post as deputy commander.
Harris Corp. has warned that hacking is much less difficult in IP and wireless environments than with hardwired systems, which could prove problematic for air traffic control.
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