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Science and Technology Collection

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the Department’s primary research and development arm and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department's operational components and first responders.

  • Detection of Presence of Life through Walls Fact Sheet

    For law enforcement officers looking for victims and hunting criminals, searching around corners and behind blind spots can be time-consuming and dangerous. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Detection of Presence of Life through Walls system is a radar-based capability that will enable officers to safely detect life behind walls, barricades, household objects, and doors and will enhance their situational awareness and potentially save lives.

  • Data Upload Mechanism for First Responders Fact Sheet

    The DHS Science and  Technology Directorate (S&T)'s Data Upload Mechanism project will deliver a cloud-based software prototype being developed by Mappedin, Inc., that allows first responders to digitize, maintain, and access pre-incident floor plans from anywhere.

  • Gunshot Protection Systems Fact Sheet

    The goal of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Gunshot Detection technology development effort will be to explore enhancements to the current commercial off-the-shelf Guardian Indoor Active Shooter Detection System to enable it to operate in indoor/outdoor environments and be easily moved and "installed" by one officer in either environment.

  • 4G, 5G, and 6G Use Cases for DHS

    Developments in wireless networks enable evolving applications for general and DHS mission focused technologies. DHS operators can reference 4G and 5G enabled use cases to understand capabilities that are currently or soon to be available and use projections of 6G use cases to plan for the coming decade.

  • Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense Fact Sheet

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Defense (FAV-D) project coordinates research and development (R&D) initiatives based on DHS components requirements. Chiefly, to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the intentional or natural introduction of high-consequence threat agents affecting food and agriculture.

  • Project Responder 6: The Evolving Response Environment (Report)

    Project Responder is designed to document emergency response capability needs across significant changes in the operating environment. The innovative approach this data collection effort—now in its sixth generation—takes is to bring together responders from traditional (fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, emergency management) and non-traditional (public health, public works, medical examiner/coroner, search and rescue) response agencies to focus on identifying and prioritizing needs across disciplines. The Science and Technology Directorate funds Project Responder and uses the outcomes to guide research, development, and acquisition decisions for the response community.

  • Future of Flood Insurance Evaluation

    Flooding continues to be an important concern due to an increase in the number of flooding events and the associated personal and financial costs borne by residents and communities across the country. Multiple independent studies have reached the same conclusion: flooding causes more death and destruction than any other natural disaster. Recognizing the impact of these studies, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is conducting evaluation research to better understand threats to public safety following flooding.

  • Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience Research (CISRR) Fact Sheet

    Critical Infrastructure (CI) consists of the physical and cyber systems and assets that are so vital to the United States that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on our physical or economic security or public health or safety. The nation's CI provides the essential services that underpin American society.

  • Standards: Confidence in Products and Services

    The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Standards (STN), part of the Systems Engineering and Standards Division (SES), works closely with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components, homeland security partners and other end users (particularly first responders) to identify and develop relevant standards to address DHS mission needs and promote the use and implementation of such standards in DHS programs. 

  • Decontamination of SARS-CoV-2 on Filtering Face Piece Respirators with Vapor Phase Hydrogen Peroxide and Post Decontamination Performance

    During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, N95 filtering face piece respirators (FFRs) were in short supply or not available. As a result, decontamination for reuse was authorized to deal with the temporary shortages under Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).