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S&T Engine: Situational Awareness and Decision Support

S&T Engine: Situational Awareness and Decision Support

Through the Situational Awareness and Decision Support Engine (SANDS-E) the most critical and relevant information will be made available to decision makers in technology frameworks. The key focus for SANDS-E will be to ensure the right information is received by decision makers in time to make a difference.

Description & Approach

SANDS-E identifies, prioritizes and executes initiatives in technology and information required by S&T programs in the area of situational awareness and decision support. The Engine will provide programs with assured, secure access to essential elements of information, visualization tools and shared situational awareness that enhance the operational effectiveness of first responders. In addition to visualization tools, SANDS-E will support programs with open data standards and exchange, geospatial analytics tools, alerts, warnings and notifications, and other information required for first responders to make effective decisions.

  • Work with S&T programs to identify requirements and apply existing capabilities to meet immediate needs.
  • Coordinate with Engines and other S&T organizations to address program needs.
  • Assess existing DHS, government off-the-shelf and commercial off-the-shelf solutions to address gaps in existing architectures.
  • Work with programs to transition results to operational use.

Through this approach, SANDS-E will provide support across all S&T programs while closely coordinating with other Engines. For example, programs have the potential need for data exchange standards, visualization and interoperable enterprise architectures. The SANDS-E will work with other Engines to provide secure identity management, access to event and pre-event data to support modeling and simulation tools, which can be accessed and viewed by decision makers through their choice of shared situational awareness environments. This ‘whole-of-enterprise’ approach maximizes investment, capabilities and subject matter expertise for mission objectives.

To learn more about the Situational Awareness and Decision Support Engine, contact technologyengines@hq.dhs.gov.

View the Situational Awareness and Decision Support Engine Fact Sheet!

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