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Next Generation First Responder (NGFR)

ST-Harris County - NGFR Case Study: Enhanced Situational Awareness

This case study describes how DHS S&T augmented situational awareness during the NGFR – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx), taking real-time data from numerous sensors and displaying it on unified situational awareness applications to give the Incident Commander, command staff and first responders the right information at the right time. It provides an overview of the systems used, the challenges encountered and the solutions implemented for the OpEx, as well as considerations that any public safety agency should think through if they intend to implement situational awareness applications for their organization.

ST-Harris County - NGFR Case Study: Sensor and Event Alerts

This case study describes how DHS S&T identified and applied sensor and event alerting standards during the NGFR – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx), taking real-time data from numerous sensors, assessing it against pre-established thresholds, displaying it on unified situational awareness applications, and issuing alerts when the sensor readings exceeded the thresholds. 

ST-Harris County - NGFR Case Study: Sensors

This case study describes how DHS S&T integrated sensors during the NGFR – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx), taking real-time sensor data and displaying it on unified situational awareness applications to give the Incident Commander, command staff and first responders the right information at the right time.

ST-Harris County - NGFR Case Study: Patient Monitoring

This case study describes how DHS S&T integrated and deployed physiological sensors for patient triage during the NGFR – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx), taking real-time sensor data and displaying it on unified situational awareness applications to give the Incident Commander, command staff and first responders the right information at the right time. It provides an overview of the systems used, the challenges encountered and the solution implemented for the OpEx, as well as considerations that any public safety agency should think through if they intend to implement patient monitoring for their organization.

ST-Harris County - NGFR Case Study: Mobile Device Management

This case study describes how DHS S&T employed mobile device management (MDM) for the smartphones that were provided to support Long Term Evolution (LTE) data communications during the NGFR – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx).

ST-Harris County - NGFR Case Study: Data Integration

This case study describes how DHS S&T integrated data during the NGFR – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx), taking real-time data from numerous sensors and displaying it on unified situational awareness applications to give the Incident Commander, command staff and first responders the right information at the right time.

S&T NGFR Future of First Response Videos

The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program is a five-year program that began in January 2015 but is part of a longer-term Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) commitment to envision and assist the responder of the future. NGFR continually collaborates with first responders across the nation on various projects -- from developing program requirements to testing prototypes of technology. These cutting-edge technologies will improve emergency response time and accelerate decision-making to save more lives.

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