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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.

  • Advanced Opioid Trafficking Analytics to Aid Investigations

    The DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Opioid Program is working with HSI and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) to develop novel software applications that can be integrated with HSI’s Repository for Analytics in a Virtualized Environment (RAVEN) platform. This cloud-based platform enables users to perform analytics across datasets using a suite of search, analytical, and reporting tools. RAVEN serves as a central point to gather and conduct analyses across seemingly disparate datasets, replacing a largely manual process. This collaborative effort will apply advanced analytical approaches, like artificial intelligence and machine learning, to better recognize patterns in data and enhance investigators’ effectiveness.

  • Field-Portable Fentanyl Detection Instruments and Assays: Reference Data Collection and Performance

    The DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Opioid/Fentanyl Detection Program, in collaboration with the S&T Office of Standards, is funding the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to build spectral reference libraries of approximately 50 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restricted substances. including fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and other emerging illicit drugs. Through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with industry partners, PNNL will collect reference spectra on 20 different field portable detectors currently deployed for operational use.

  • Opioid Trafficking Intelligence and Investigation

    The DHS Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Opioid Trafficking Intelligence and Investigation Project provides research and development (R&D) support for improved investigative capabilities to aid in the confident discovery, identification, and disruption of illicit drug networks responsible for opioid smuggling. The project will include training on investigative processes for law enforcement partners and advanced analytic approaches to facilitate analysis of evidence, data fusion, and information sharing that enables automated discovery of high value targets and criminal associations. Project outputs will be integrated into HSI's existing suite of investigative capabilities, to support
    prosecution as well as collaboration efforts in furtherance of interdiction and disruption of the opioid supply chain.

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Emergency Relief Truck Fact Sheet

    Through an interagency collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense, and Cummings, Inc., an advanced hydrogen (H2) fuel cell truck prototype—known as H2Rescue—is being developed and testedy.

  • Master Question List for Monkeypox Virus

    The following Master Question List (MQL) was developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) to present the current state of available information to government decision makers in the operational response to the 2022 monkeypox virus (MPXV) outbreak.

  • 2021 Biometric Technology Rally Results

    The 2021 Biometric Technology Rally focused on evaluating the ability of systems to reliably collect and/or match images of individuals, including those wearing face masks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.