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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.

S&T Pointer Factsheet

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.

IOT Data Foundations First Responders Fire Service FY2020

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. 

S&T FRG Low-Profile Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Fact Sheet

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. 

S&T FRG Photovoltaic Energy Harvesting Fact Sheet

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.


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