The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) enhances preparedness across communities at the local, state, territorial, and tribal levels by supporting federal homeland security Component agencies, public safety officials, and first responders on a national scale.
The purpose of this document is to clearly convey the procedures, requirements, and guidance used by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T) P25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) for approving and recognizing an Inter-subsystem interface/Console sub-system interface (ISSI/CSSI) Conformance Test Tool (ICCTT) for the conduct of the P25 Compliance assessment.
In light of the increased focus on the increasing proliferation of fire as a threat to community safety and security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the appointment of Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Kristin M. Crowley to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). A 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Crowley is the first woman and the first LGBTQ Fire Chief to lead the LAFD. She will be sworn in at the HSAC’s next meeting on September 14, 2023.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)-sponsored the C-THRU Real-Time Indoor Visualization System, which enables first responders to see surface edges and detect exit routes quickly. C-THRU is a real-time, helmet-mounted indoor visualization system currently in development that makes hazardous environments navigable and shares critical information. Because of this vital situational awareness tool, first responders will no longer be handicapped in smoky, dark, low-visibility environments.
Responders need a portable, intuitive technology that can be set up quickly and alert them of shooting incidents instantaneously and provide them critical information ahead of their on-scene arrival. DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) funded the research and development of a portable outdoor Gunshot Detection System (GDS) with the intention of improving emergency response time and identifying shooter locations. The GDS consists of Guardian outdoor gunshot detection sensors and Guardian Gateway (GW) and situational awareness (SA) applications.
A technology that detects the presence of life (people) through building walls and displays their location and movement would be a game-changing tool for SWAT teams, giving them valuable situational awareness before breaching a room. Similarly, this technology would be invaluable to law enforcement officers searching for kidnapping or human trafficking victims. DHS S&T awarded a contract to MaXentric Technologies, LLC (MaXentric) to develop three radar sensor Detection of the Presence of Life (DePLife) prototypes.
New Explosives Planning and Research Tool (ExPRT) aggregates decades of research and data into a central, accessible, and actionable repository.
As the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season opens, learn about an S&T collaborative tool that will help agencies conduct more effective and efficient response operations.