Canines are widely used by law enforcement agencies and first responders to protect the homeland in various ways.
First Responders Group (FRG)
Innovators, researchers and canine training experts are invited to learn about funding opportunities in the detection canine field on December 10, 2019, at the Center for Innovative Technology.
DHS S&T recently collaborated with the USBP and FLETC to deliver a multi-part solution that enable agents to use the knowledge, skills, and abilities of expert trackers (professionals trained to detect, track, follow and apprehend potential adversaries).
The capability gaps or Statements of Objectives (SOO) developed as a result of these meetings help determine how S&T engages with business, industry, innovation and academia partners, and ultimately how S&T provides first responders the tools they need to protect communities and stay safe while performing their duties.
The DHS S&T recently partnered with public safety agencies from the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama, for the NGFR – Birmingham Shaken Fury Operational Experimentation.
In an effort to reduce first responder related crashes, S&T is collaborating with a Chicago-based company developing and standardizing C-V2X (cellular vehicle-to-everything) technology that enables emergency response vehicles to send real-time digital alerts to supplement their lights and sirens.
To help address the need to reduce preventable distracted driving incidents, DHS S&T has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL) to apply a system engineering approach for employing an Advanced Decision Support to help reduce preventable distracted driving incidents.
DHS S&T has funded a project to develop Responder to Vehicle (R2V) and Responder to Responder (R2R) Emergency Vehicle Alerts. To purpose of these alerts will be to provide a way for first responders to supplement their audio and visual emergency alerts with a digital one.
The SAVER Program, managed by S&T’s NUSTL, conducts assessments and validations of commercial technology to save money and time for first responders when they need to purchasing high quality equipment.
In August 2019, DHS S&T’s NUSTL conducted a SAVER field assessment of In-Suit communications equipment.