DHS S&T Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform provides a safe, immersive environment where first responders, and now educators, can hone their skills and prepare for a multitude of incident responses.
As Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month kicks off, I want to talk about one component of infrastructure in particular—our schools—and a new technology S&T just released that will help protect not only the physical buildings, but also the individuals within them.
Photo Gallery - Highlights of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) platform (school environment) and first responders interacting with the technology.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) provides rapid technology solutions that address high-priority first responder capability gaps. S&T works with responders at every step and engages with industry, academia, national laboratories and the innovation community to ensure technology needs are met and exceeded.
DHS S&T First Responders Group (FRG) will showcase technologies that increase first responder safety and effectiveness at the 2017 IACP Annual Meeting. FRG works to strengthen the first responder community’s ability to protect the homeland and respond to disasters. With a focus on Electronic Jamming and the EDGE responder virtual training tool, FRG will demonstrate how advanced technologies help mitigate risks, drive efficiencies and improve decision-making.
First responders: you may have seen recent news about the release of Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE), S&T’s new virtual training that is now available to response agencies nationwide. Built on the Unreal gaming engine, EDGE allows responders of all disciplines to role-play complex response scenarios—the first, an incident at a local hotel, brings law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch, and unified command together to combat an active shooter.
Amid the chaos of an active shooter event, preparedness is key to a seamless, swift and effective response—and a new video game funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory just might do the trick.
EDGE is a multiplayer, scalable, online environment that trains first responders -- single agencies or across agency, jurisdiction, or discipline -- for a coordinated response to critical incidents.
Photo Gallery - Highlights of the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) platform (hotel environment) and first responders interacting with the technology.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host a media-only, online demonstration of the new Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform on June 28 via YouTube live stream.