DHS S&T awarded Planck Aerosystems, Inc. of San Diego, California, $200,000 to begin testing its autonomous small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in operational settings.
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.
ADAC develops and transitions technology solutions, innovative products, and educational programs to improve situational awareness and crisis response capabilities related to emerging maritime challenges posed by the dynamic Arctic environment.
Coolfire Solutions is one of the SmartHub technology performers for Smart City Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) labs.
Airgility is one of the Unmanned Aerial Systems technology performers for Smart City Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) labs.
The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 grants the Department of Homeland Security statutory authority to counter credible threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset. This authority is paramount to the Department’s mission to protect and secure the Homeland from evolving threats. The Department is in the process of coordinating with Components and stakeholders regarding the need for additional counter-UAS (CUAS) authorities.
This factsheet communicates the Department’s legal authority under the Preventing Emerging Threats Act to counter credible threats from UAS to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset, ensure legal privacy protections, and educate the public on the future of DHS CUAS policy.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, which is why public safety personnel are trained for search and rescue operations in a variety of environments. Some of the environments are difficult, and conditions can endanger responders and those they aim to rescue. For this reason, one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Smart City IoT Innovation (SCITI - pronounced ‘CITY’) Labs initiative’s focus areas is autonomous platforms (AxPs) for search and rescue operations. The other two focuses include investigating building sensor suites and an on-body communications hub.
NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry have partnered to develop a capability to manage national airspace drone traffic in the future, called the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) infrastructure, rolling out in phases over time.
DHS Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T's) SCITI Labs initiative leverages cutting-edge Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to enhance public safety in communities across the country.