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S&T Transit Training Fact Sheet

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.

S&T Magello Fact Sheet and Video

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.

S&T Predicting Crowd Behavior Fact Sheet and Video

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.

Snapshot: Security at the Speed of Life

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.  

Securing Surface Transportation

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.

Snapshot: A Simple Solution to Protect Critical Infrastructure

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.

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