The Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), the nation's first incubator dedicated to homeland security technology solutions, has opened in Annapolis, Md., with 80 percent of its space already leased. The seven companies' industry expertise includes biodefense, communication and information technology solutions.

The companies were competitively selected from more than 100 applicants from across the country. CIC client companies each receive value-added services based on an incubation model that aims to increase their likelihood of success. They have access to a network of investor resources and industry and business expertise, in addition to the CIC Partners.

The client companies of the CIC include:

  • Global Wireless Network, which designs and manufactures wireless hardware devices. Its products create interoperability among disparate communications systems on multiple frequencies allowing fire, police and emergency management teams to communicate safely and reliably.
  • ICUC, a communications services company that integrates telephone numbers with Internet services such as web, e-mail, instant messaging and voice transport. ICUC is the world's largest private holder of Internet telephone numbers.
  • Lighthouse Communications, a location-based services and wireless communication company that delivers safety, security and information to the mobile environment by allowing mobile devices to become personal safety and security devices for federal and state agencies, first responders, vehicle fleets, and individuals.
  • PharmAthene specializes in the development of human therapeutics and vaccines to treat and prevent diseases associated with biological warfare threats.
  • Realinterface Expert Systems provides first responders at emergency sites with wireless diagnostic and surveillance tools to diagnose, report and communicate threats and countermeasures in real time. Data collected is then used for surveillance of public health threats.
  • Real User Corp. has patented a "Passface" authentication technology that provides government agencies and businesses with a scalable means to reinforce or replace passwords, typically the weakest link in IT security.
  • Secured Processing is a security and information assurance company with patented security technology for insider threats on personal computers and workstations. Its Sentinel Security System offers multiple security levels and remote access capabilities for federal agencies and industrial contractors with information assurance requirements.
  • Each CIC applicant follows a four-step application process that reviews business potential, technical merit, commercial viability, quality of the management team and potential economic impact to the region. Application materials are screened and qualified by the CIC management team for nomination. The CIC Advisory Committee, a 21-member body comprised of business and government experts, reviews and advises nominated applicants for admission.