Seeking to support first responders by providing the information they need to make smart decisions when purchasing night vision technologies, DHS S&T has released a new Request for Information.
System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER)
Wireless surveillance camera systems capture and transmit live video over the air for real-time viewing and/or recording. Law enforcement agencies often use these systems to provide security and surveillance video.
Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released a request for information on handheld, portable, and desktop explosives trace detectors (ETDs) that can analyze wipe samples collected from surfaces of packages, baggage, automobiles, or other objects
Language translation equipment is used to communicate emergency medical information between non-English speaking, hearing-impaired, or visually-impaired patients (or patient representatives) and emergency responders, including medical services, hospital workers and public health providers.
DHS S&T released a request for information to identify potential vendors, manufacturers and distributors with technologies for non-invasive febrile temperature screening to meet the needs of first responders and protective services as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Field portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers (GC/MS) are used by emergency responders during field operations to chemically analyze substances suspected to be narcotics, toxic industrial chemicals, or chemical warfare agents. Included report: Field Portable Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer Focus Group Report.
Radio frequency detection, spectrum analysis, and direction finding equipment detect, identify and analyze radio frequency signals from radios, cellular devices, GPS, Wi-Fi, and other emitting devices. These devices can be used to identify transmissions from suspicious or threatening sources, including interference that may be blocking or damaging first responder communications.
Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)—systems whose gross take-off weight is less than 55 pounds—offer tremendous potential for emergency responders supporting public safety missions, allowing responders to carry out missions at a fraction of the cost of a manned aerial response, while keeping them out of personal danger. These systems also offer opportunities to perform missions impossible for manned vehicles, such as exploring the inside of buildings or tunnels.
The purpose of the SAVER Program is to assist responders with procurement decisions. To this end, SAVER Program knowledge products focus on equipment that falls within the categories of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Authorized Equipment List (AEL)—a list of approved equipment types allowed under FEMA’s preparedness grant programs. While the FEMA AEL encompasses a wide range of equipment types, it does not include all types of equipment used by responders in the commission of their duties.
Less lethal technology devices are designed to be less likely to cause death when deployed than conventional weapons like firearms, and are used by law enforcement in two primary situations: crowd control and one-on-one suspect apprehension. For each of these situations, technology subcategories exist based on the modalities of the technology, such as chemical, kinetic and conducted energy.