Transit workers must operate at a heightened sense of awareness to counter surface transportation threats to buses, subways and trains. They must be alert to a variety of threats — from bombs, to intentional derailments, to chemical releases — while enabling millions of people to safely travel. To assist, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE) developed security training videos tailored to the unique needs of surface transportation workers.
Marcello is a customizable, Web-based tool that integrates oceanic and atmospheric forecasting, plume modeling, and real-time information updates that can help decision-makers and emergency responders prepare for, respond to, and recover from events. The tool overlays multiple datasets, model outputs, and information sources in a single, user-friendly interface.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is tapping a high-tech approach developed by the DHS S&T Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA) at Rutgers to enable safer crowd movement during emergencies and other events. The CVADA-Rutgers research team uses a combination of mathematical modeling and LiDAR (light and radar) to determine the best way to manage rush-hour crowds and bus schedules—including emergency evacuations— before, during, and after PANYNJ’s major reconstruction and rehabilitation construction projects.
S&T, through its Resilient Tunnel Plug project, is developing technologies that prevent or limit flooding in subway tunnels.
DHS S&T is developing a millimeter wave imager that will screen for potential threat items unobtrusively as people pass by, without slowing them down.
S&T’s Surface Transportation Explosives Threat Detection Program works to provide the surface transportation end-user community the capability to screen for potential threat items at the speed of the traveling public.
Surface transportation such as subway systems can be a unique security challenge due to the large crowds of travelers and the open, unstructured environment. Public safety officials (including mass transit operators, mass transit police, and state and federal law enforcement teams) need a capability to detect potential threat items on persons and in bags without negatively impacting the speed of travel. S&T is developing technology to meet this challenge with the Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection Program, helping provide a layered, integrated capability to detect and mitigate the explosive threat at the speed of the traveling public.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has a solution to protect subway systems from threats in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal off subway tunnels and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.
A giant, inflatable structure designed to prevent flooding in tunnels, will be unveiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in a special technology demonstration in Frederica, Delaware on June 6, 2017.
It’s actually not movie magic that facilitates saving the day; it is a technologically advanced reality being demonstrated right now thanks to tools in development by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The technology is being tested within the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) by the Metro Transit Police to ensure riders’ safety.