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The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) conducted an Operational Experimentation (OpEx) of the Internet of Things (IoT) Networks for First Responders on July 28, 2015. It was assessed during the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Urban Operational Experimentation (OpEx) event, which NUSTL hosted. This event brought together emergency responders and product developers to experiment with emerging technologies in operational conditions. Input from local emergency responder agencies helped select the technologies evaluated during this event, which also met capability gaps identified in Project Responder 4.
The IoT is a low-power, handheld, prototype transmitter-receiver technology. It is capable of sending and receiving signals through challenging environments, such as reinforced concrete buildings, using a unique multipath technique. All data is routed through an aggregator and can be displayed with associated software.