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The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) today recognized Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) as recipients of FOSA’s Champion of Innovation Award for 2018. The selection, based on the extraordinary leadership demonstrated by Tester and Hurd in the 115th Congress to make U.S. security programs more effective through advanced technology, was made at FOSA’s annual conference in Washington, DC.

As the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee, Senator Tester has encouraged the federal government to adopt the use of advanced technology, like fiber optic sensing, to solve border security and other security challenges. He has used his leadership role to provide funding to government agencies focused on solving issues of critical national security.

“Senator Tester is tireless in his work to provide the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security with innovative solutions to meet their missions needs,” said Scott Colton, CEO of Adelos, Inc., a member of FOSA. “He understands inherently the value of advanced technology, as those agencies work to ensure the safety and security of the United States.”

One of Representative Hurd’s signature bills in the 115th Congress was H.R. 3479, the “Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology Act” or SMART Act, a bill that directs the Department of Homeland Security to deploy the most practical and effective technology available, such as radar, tunnel detection technology, unmanned aerial vehicles, and sensors, to achieve situational awareness and operational control along the U.S. border.

“Congressman Hurd has brought to the Congress his experience in both technology and national security,” said FOSA Vice-Chairman John Williams of OptaSense. “Augmenting border security through advanced technology has support on both sides of the aisle and we appreciate his leadership in this regard.”

“We are pleased to recognize Senator Tester and Congressman Hurd as Champions of Innovation and look forward to working with them in the future,” Williams said.