This planning tool enables communities to effectively reduce their vulnerabilities to hazards across their network of plans – including transportation, parks, economic development, hazard mitigation, emergency management and comprehensive land use
S and T Snapshot
The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is currently being used by state and local law enforcement in 48 states, by federal law enforcement agencies, and by international law enforcement agencies.
DHS S&T's Web-based HURREVAC platform integrates forecast and planning data to provide emergency managers with decision support tools for use in advance of and during tropical weather.
DHS S&T worked with United States Border Patrol and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers to research and develop training content and methods to enable agents to leverage knowledge, skills, and abilities of the expert trackers in their workforces.
DHS S&T Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform provides a safe, immersive environment where first responders, and now educators, can hone their skills and prepare for a multitude of incident responses.
DHS S&T, in conjunction with NASA JPL, is researching approaches to bring the possibilities of IoT to emergency communications for first responders today.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) launched two miniature cube-shaped satellites (CubeSats) into space on December 3, 2018, via the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Balancing speed and security at checkpoints, like airports, is essential to ensuring safe, reliable travel. Many of these checkpoints are increasingly using biometric technology to improve speed and reliability. While recent improvements in biometrics have lowered failure to match rates, many systems fail to quickly acquire biometric information in the first place.DHS S&T's first Biometric Technology Rally aimed to eliminate these obstacles by testing face and face/iris recognition systems.
Beyond startup programs, university partnerships and prize competitions, there are still countless ways to promote public safety innovation. One of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) most consequential efforts to do so has focused on giving the private sector legal incentive to continue developing and deploying large scale security technologies.
Using the ERAD Prepaid Card Reader, law enforcement officials can swipe cards and put a temporary hold on the funds until a full investigation may be completed. The upgrade will allow even more agencies to take advantage of the technology.