DHS S&T today announced it awarded more than $1.5 million to develop an Alerts, Warnings, and Notifications (AWN) Guidance Tool.
First Responders Group (FRG)
S&T and NASA JPL successfully tested the Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders (POINTER) technology at the Veteran’s Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
DHS S&T teamed with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop POINTER, a groundbreaking first responder tracking technology that uses magnetoquasistatic fields to three-dimensionally locate responders during emergencies—especially when visibility is low due to heavy smoke or debris. With POINTER, incident command can pinpoint team members within one meter.
Currently under development by DHS S&T and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL), POINTER is a precision positioning sensor system that locates first responders via low-frequency magnetic fields that can transmit signals through materials including wood, concrete, brick, and rebar.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communication Research Group (PSCR), in research sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, has been studying IoT devices for first responders to determine how these devices can be utilized to meet the needs of the first responder in the field.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with Avon to develop a high-pressure, low-profile self-contained breathing apparatus that will meet National Fire Protection Association 1986 standards and have a more compact design and improved weight distribution across the user's back.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)'s First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) has identified light weight, conformable power for communications equipment, sensors, and overall body-worn electronic devices as a high priority for first responders.
DHS S&T and U.S. Border Patrol conducted a focused assessment Somewear’s Global Hotspot to provide portable situational awareness capabilities.
Seeking to support first responders by providing the information they need to make smart decisions when purchasing night vision technologies, DHS S&T has released a new Request for Information.