Honolulu digital company receives SBIR Phase II grant to improve defense software
By Ellen Ng • December 30, 2019
December 19, 2019
RevaComm, a Honolulu-based enterprise digital transformation company, was awarded Phase II of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to design a sustainable model that can improve and influence how software is delivered within the Department of Defense.
The project is in partnership with Pacific Air Force’s 15th Wing TRON team, Air Force Research Labs and the Air Force program AFWERX.
“We are pleased to have been awarded Phase II of the SBIR to continue to work with TRON Pacific Air Forces,” said Brett Kimura, vice president of operations for RevaComm, in a statement. “Through this partnership, we have made significant progress on PUCKBOARD, a project to help automate flight scheduling for the Aircrew on C-17’s throughout the 15th Wing, PACAF, and possibly the rest of the Air Force. Advancing this software development initiative will allow them to refocus on their mission and reduce the burden on support staff to ensure that crew are scheduled on flights appropriately.”
RevaComm is known for integrating business consulting, design and technology to improve human performance to help businesses and organizations become faster and smarter. RevaComm looked to create a sustainable, nimble software for the Air Force’s needs that can rapidly be scaled and incorporated into its best practices.
The SBIR is a competitive program nationwide that supports the entrepreneurial ideas put forth by business owners, allowing their businesses to participate in federal research and development with the potential for commercialization. To date, the program has provided SBIR grants to more than 153 Hawaii companies.
RevaComm was awarded the Phase I of the SBIR in last spring, where they sought to conduct feasibility of bringing the DevSecOps software and software training for Airmen to PACAF’s 15th Wing. After completing Phase I, RevaComm applied for Phase II funding in August. RevaComm will continue to work with the PACAF’s TRON team through 2021 on the software model.
No government funding is provided for Phase III but at that point, RevaComm will explore commercialization.
“The SBIR really helps small businesses to be able to contribute their skill sets to the greater good,” said Elden Ito, RevaComm president, in a statement.