2014 Snapshot Archives

2014 Snapshot Archives

The following snapshots were posted before January 1, 2015.

For current articles, visit the S&T Newsroom.

  • DHS S&T Partners with Cybersecurity Small Businesses to Increase the Nation’s Security and Resilience: The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will showcase an array of promising cybersecurity technologies at its Cyber Security Division R&D Showcase and Technology Demonstration on Dec. 16. These innovative technologies contribute to the overall cybersecurity of our nation, and highlight the critical support that S&T’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) awards play in the commercialization on these products. (Dec. 15, 2014 -- Cybersecurity)
  • Pre-solicitation Topics Announced for Nine Homeland Security Challenges: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FY15.1 Pre-Solicitation. The Pre-Solicitation, contains topic descriptions from both S&T and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for which Phase I proposals are sought. These include seven topics from S&T and two topics from DNDO. (Dec. 5, 2014)
  • U.S./Canada test cross-border resiliency: Disasters aren’t constrained by borders, so emergency response can’t be constrained either. If a hurricane were to cause major damage in cities in the United States and Canada, responders and government leaders from both countries may need to work together to provide emergency assistance. The Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE) uses on cross-border information-sharing experiments to increase resilience at the U.S./Canada border. (Nov. 20, 2014 -- First Responders)
  • Turtle Mike technology bridges communications systems: In the midst of an emergency, communication is critical. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) is working to keep lines of communication between multiple responding organizations in order to communicate simultaneously and coordinate victim care, prevent further injuries and ensure available resources. Recent two-week field tests in Nebraska of the Hybrid Public Safety Microphone—or Turtle Mike—allowed law enforcement, medical, fire and rescue, and public works personnel to merge land mobile radio (LMR) and broadband systems so they were able to communicate with each other. (Nov. 7, 2014 -- First Responders)
  • Cybersecurity Innovation: Securing your Future: Cybersecurity technologies based on user requirements to be showcased Dec. 16. Today, cyber adversaries continue to present a full spectrum of threats not only to the U.S. government, but to private organizations and critical infrastructure sectors. At the 2014 Cyber Security Division (CSD) Research and Development (R&D) Showcase, planned for Dec. 16 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will unveil more than 40 technologies, tools and techniques – developed in response to real world requirements – that will protect and secure our nation and drive the future of cybersecurity. (Nov. 7, 2014 -- Cybersecurity)
  • Virtual Internet Tests Software Solutions for Real World Problems: One of the most important requirements for cybersecurity researchers is an environment to test their newest technologies and innovations. For the last ten years, the Defense Experimental Research (DETER) has provided that environment, significantly contributing to the security and resilience of critical cyber infrastructure and the Internet both in the United States and around the globe. Developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Cyber Security Division (CSD), the DETER testbed, described as the “Internet in a box” or a “virtual Internet,” provides a safe and secure option to conduct critical cybersecurity experimentation and testing in the context of complex networks and cyber‐physical systems designed to protect the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. (Oct. 21, 2014 -- Cybersecurity)
  • First Responders Identify Gaps, See Results, and Begin Process for Solutions: When first responders from around the nation recently gathered in Washington D.C., they saw firsthand the technologies that the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed based on issues they had previously identified. This highlighted the importance of their participation in the First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) 2014 Annual Meeting to identify high-priority capability gaps to prepare them for future success. (Oct. 16, 2014 -- First Responders)
  • Got Power? Resilient Electric Grid Feasibility Study Kicks Off in Chicago: Imagine a massive storm cell hits a major city in the United States, taking out a power substation leaving 20,000 people without electricity. Even with 24-hour support, it takes days before everyone’s power returns. That’s the reality today. But what if there was a way to prevent that power outage? The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with Massachusetts-based Company, AMSC, to develop a new superconductor cable – part of a Resilient Electric Grid (REG) program – that may enable urban utilities to “keep the lights on” during severe events. During a six-month feasibility study, S&T, worked with AMSC and Chicago electric utility company, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to determine the commercial-scale application of the superconductor cable. (Sept. 26, 2014)
  • S&T Announces First Success of Technology Transition Program: The very first technology foraged under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Transition to Practice (TTP) program has transitioned to the commercial market almost two years ahead of schedule. (Sept. 9, 2014)
  • S&T Support of Cyber Competitions Embraces Technology and Cybersecurity: From February through April, the cyber equivalent of the NCAA’s March Madness played out – keystroke by keystroke – at 180 colleges around the nation. The regional champions gathered at the National Collegiate Cybersecurity Defense Competition (NCCDC) in San Antonio Texas. While only one team emerged with the winner’s trophy, everyone walked away with an increased appreciation and understanding of current cybersecurity needs and a preview of emerging technologies. (Aug. 20, 2014 -- Cybersecurity)
  • New DHS facility tests biometric technology, improves air entry/exit operations: Together, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cut the ribbon on S&T’s new Maryland Test Facility (MdTF), on June 26 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The MdTF, designed by S&T along in partnership with CBP operational staff, will test and evaluate operational processes using both biometric and non-biometric technologies as part of the Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering (AEER) project. (July 30, 2014)
  • The SWAMP: A Key Resource in Improving Software Assurance Activities: The Software Assurance Market Place, or SWAMP, is an online, open-source, collaborative research environment that allows software developers and researchers to test their software for security weaknesses, improve tools by testing against a wide range of software packages, and interact and exchange best practices to improve software assurance tools and techniques. (July 24, 2014 -- Cybersecurity)
  • Virtual Shooter Technology Tests Ammo and Saves Joints: Firing and testing thousands of rounds of ammunition weekly can challenge the human body—even ones in top physical condition—causing debilitating stress injuries and chronic nerve and joint pain. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), with the help of agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Firearms and Tactical Programs (OFTP) Armory Operations Branch (AOB), has made an important stride forward in reducing or eliminating these injuries by developing of the “Virtual Shooter.” (May 15, 2014 -- First Responders)
  • Celebrating a Decade of Security Enhancements: On April 24, 2014, the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)—the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first Center of Excellence (COE)—celebrated its tenth anniversary with a one-day event highlighting its contributions and advancements in homeland security. (Apr. 24, 2014)
  • Improved Gloves Enhance Safety of First Responders: Firefighters wear protective gloves called “structure gloves” to keep their hands safe on the job. The protective equipment firefighters wear—including structure gloves—give them the confidence to focus on putting out fires and saving lives; however, the structure gloves currently used by firefighters are not designed for the precision movements our first responders must perform. (Apr. 24, 2014 -- First Responders)
  • Preventing Disease Outbreaks in Livestock – Now There’s An App for That: Veterinarians are our nation’s first responders for animal health. The Enhanced Passive Surveillance uses mobile applications, or apps, to capture information on both healthy and sick animals in real time. Veterinarians can document the number of animals observed or examined, describe clinical signs or symptoms that match certain endemic and high consequence diseases, and provide specific geographic locations—all while performing examinations and treating animals. (Feb. 11, 2014)

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