DHS S&T, in conjunction with NASA JPL, is researching approaches to bring the possibilities of IoT to emergency communications for first responders today.
Wearable Alert and Monitoring System (WAMS)
The Wearable Alert and Monitoring System (WAMS) currently under development by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is a distributed, intelligent IoT communication system that will bring seamless situational awareness to first responders. WAMS works with JPL’s Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction & Synthesis (AUDREY) system. AUDREY uses human-like artificial intelligence to understand the needs of first responders and incident managers and provide feedback based on that understanding.
To support S&T’s mission to provide first responders with the tools and technologies they need, the Voice, Video, and Data Portfolio was established to address how first responders send and receive information.