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Responder News: Datacasting in 100 Seconds

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Responder News: Datacasting in 100 Seconds

Release Date: 
December 21, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group (FRG) works diligently to ensure first responders have the tools, technologies and knowledge they need to save lives and protect property while staying safe. One of these efforts is the Datacasting Project. Datacasting is a way to transmit encrypted live video and data over existing broadcast television signals to a targeted audience within public safety, improving data sharing and interoperability at minimal cost and effort.

A woman sitting on a train looking at her smartphone.

This new 100-second video explains just how FRG and its partners—Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, SpectraRep (an FRG commercial partner) and several Public Broadcasting Service television stations—are working together to enhance public safety communications and provide speedy transmission of video and data.

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