DHS S&T is working with Morphix Technologies to develop a simple, inexpensive, wearable smart chemical sensor badge that has high sensitivity and selectivity to multiple toxic industrial chemicals at trace (low parts per million or ppm) concentrations, and that triggers alarms at permissible exposure limits, short-term exposure limits and time weighted average concentrations.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responder Technologies Division initiated a project with the goal of enhancing roadway safety for first responders. Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) developed the Automated Driver and Responder Alert System (ADRAS) prototype to assist in reaching this goal.
First responders commonly enter situations with unknown threats wearing only duty uniforms. These uniforms offer little to no protection against atypical threats, causing the first responders to be exposed to unnecessary hazards. Multi-threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders, capable of withstanding chemical/biological, fire, stab and blast hazards, either do not exist in one garment or are bulky and unable to be worn at all times.
The News Extraction from Public Data Feeds for First Responders project seeks to develop a data-sifting social media ingestion system to help responders gain improved situational awareness without requiring large amounts of human attention.
S&T Activation of Body-Worn Cameras without Responder Manipulation Operational Field Assessment Report
Hitron Technologies Inc. (Hitron) developed the body-worn camera prototypes that were assessed during this operational field assessment (OFA) to address these limitations for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) First Responder Technologies Division (R-Tech).
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is funding Higher Dimension Materials, Inc. (HDM), and the North Carolina State University Textile Protect and Comfort Center (TPACC) to identify, test and select the most appropriate fabric and supporting materials to incorporate into an enhanced glove design.
This report documents the Advanced Multi-threat Base Ensemble for Responders (AMBER) research conducted by the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) within the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University (NC State) between September 2014 and December 2017. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) sponsored T-PACC to develop an advanced multi-threat garment for first responders.
S&T QuickRoute – Mobile Emergency Routing Services for First Responder Vehicles Fact Sheet and Video
DHS S&T is working with Azimuth1, LLC to develop QuickRoute, a routing system for emergency vehicles that accounts for all of these challenges: inclement weather, road conditions, vehicle characteristics and department-level protocols for handling vehicle usage.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) provides rapid technology solutions that address high-priority first responder capability gaps. S&T works with responders at every step and engages with industry, academia, national laboratories and the innovation community to ensure technology needs are met and exceeded.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), along with dbS Productions—known as the leading source of search and rescue research, publications, and training—has initiated a program to develop guidance, protocols and strategies responders can employ while searching for lost individuals. Called the Lost Person Locator, these guidelines and data sets will be readily available in an easy-to-follow format. First responders in the field will be able to use the Lost Person Locator software to quickly and safely locate missing people.