The Coast Guard Blue Technology Center of Expertise (BTCOE) is designed to educate industry, academic and government partners about Coast Guard missions and technology requirements and to facilitate integration of state-of-the-market tools and capabilities in support of the service’s operational mission needs. The BTCOE is located on the campus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.
What is Blue Technology?
Blue technology is defined by Congress as any technology, system or platform that is designed for use or application above, on or below the sea surface, or that is otherwise applicable to Coast Guard operational needs. This includes any technology, system or platform that provides continuous or persistent coverage and supports or facilitates the Coast Guard’s 11 missions.
The Blue Technology Center of Expertise (BTCOE) is the Coast Guard’s official conduit to the technology sector, seeking innovative ocean-focused technologies to enhance the service’s missions.
The BTCOE acts as a conduit between the service and the technology sector. The foundational mission of the BTCOE is to leverage partnerships to continually foster an innovative service culture and new ideas to enhance field operations.
Identify emerging ocean-focused technologies that may improve the Coast Guard’s national security and humanitarian missions.
Educate industry, academic and government partners regarding Coast Guard missions and technology requirements.
Advanced computing capabilities
Identification of technologies for collecting and utilizing information including: data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities that may improve Coast Guard operation and business models.
Next generation domain awareness
Identification of new technologies such as advanced sensors and autonomous vehicles that are poised to drastically mitigate risk and extend the reach of Coast Guard operations in the maritime domain.
Mobility solutions for operations and support activities
Introduction of emergent tools to enhance frontline operations and related support requirements by allowing members to collaborate and execute, on scene and on demand.
Enhanced technology systems
Identification of technologies that can increase operator safety and security by enhancing Coast Guard operations and improving logistics systems for global search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection and disaster response missions.
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The BTCOE is open to meeting with creators of technologies from across the United States and around the world. Highly tested or operational technologies have a significant benefit to the Coast Guard; however, we are also interested in technologies at various technology readiness levels. The BTCOE promotes awareness within the Coast Guard of maritime technologies that have the potential to enhance mission readiness and operational performance with not only current technologies, but also trends for the future. We are open to creative ideas and conversations about innovative tools that will lead to solutions.
Jennifer's work has focused in technical facilitation, knowledge management and project management. Having previously worked for NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she is excited and honored to bring her skills to the U.S. Coast Guard's Blue Technology Center of Expertise. A Southern California native, she spends her free time traveling and volunteering with various international conservation and women's organizations.
Dr. Peter Vandeventer
Peter is a multidisciplinary program manager and scientist with experience funding diverse and highly technical research and development activities for universities, small businesses and government labs to achieve innovative yet pragmatic solutions to challenging problems. He is excited to utilize his Department of Defense experience to support the U.S. Coast Guard’s Blue Technology Center of Expertise. While having spent the previous seven years in Virginia, he is a native of Los Angeles County, California. He enjoys spending his free time traveling, admiring nature, and spending time with his family and friends.
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U.S. Postal Service:
Blue Tech COE
9500 Gilman Drive #0210
La Jolla, CA 92093-0210
For FedEx, UPS, GPS:
Blue Tech COE
8675 Naga Lane Suite #107
La Jolla, CA 92037
We look forward to working with you. The easiest way to get started is to fill out this BTCOE Technology Submission Form to let us know what technologies, groups, events or other activities might be of interest to the Coast Guard.
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