First responders rarely have an accurate picture of what is happening inside of a school during an emergency. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) sponsored the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and its subcontractor, SpectraRep, to develop an enhanced information technology infrastructure to better integrate and distribute video to address this issue and design an exercise to evaluate the potential of video integration to improve school safety.
DHS S&T saw a requirement to provide responders with a secure, readily accessible way to allow both the picture and the words to help responders make better decisions in a crisis.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate conducted an experiment in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area to determine the effectiveness of two different commercially available communication systems, the Mutualink communications system and the datacasting system. Datacasting is a project sponsored by DHS S&T and is currently not certified by JITC, but meets the other criteria of Public Law 114-120 2015 (U.S. Congress, 2015). This report describes the details of this experiment and discusses the results of use of these systems by more than three DHS components.
This study identifies and explains the technologies used in the TechEx and presents a case study for public safety agencies as an example of how to implement video sharing systems in rural areas to improve officer safety and resource management.
This report describes the most recent technical experiment where this enhanced public safety communications architecture was used to support security operations during Super Bowl LI, which was a National Special Security Event (NSSE) that took place in Houston, Texas, in February 2017.
DHS S&T recently re-defined the VQiPS Leadership Team (LT) membership roles, responsibilities and other proceedings. With that, S&T is seeking nominations and expressions of interest for membership on the VQiPS LT.
To support S&T’s mission to provide first responders with the tools and technologies they need, the Voice, Video, and Data Portfolio was established to address how first responders send and receive information.
2014 VQiPS Workshop was held April 29 - May 1, 2014.
On February 9-11, 2016, a team sponsored by DHS S&T and led by JHU/APL, successfully conducted a first-of-its-kind test of ad hoc hybrid architectures to provide backhaul for datacasting.
Datacasting, NCAA Final Four National Championship Games in April 2016, Deployment in Houston Report.