One of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program’s principal initiatives is to create an intelligent network that can rapidly adapt to a changing environment while promoting open standards required to develop technologies that integrate seamlessly. These standards enable responders to adopt commercial-off-the-shelf products and adapt technologies to better meet responder mission needs.
S&T's NGFR framework contains the architecture, standards, public safety cloud, and hardware, which allows first responders to discover, access, consume, translate and display voice, video, and data, making them better protected, connected, and fully aware.
NGFR has held a series of integration demonstrations to test and showcase the interoperability of technologies currently in development. These demonstrations have evolved into exercises with partner public safety agencies across the nation and have produced materials to aid first responders, command centers, etc. in implementing new technologies that address capability gaps.
The Grant County -- DHS S&T Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program Technology Experiment (TechEx) was the first partnership with a rural public agency that tested the integration of physiological and location sensors, situational awareness systems, drones, datacasting and deployable communications into a cohesive public safety solution.
The Grant County DHS S&T TechEx produced the NGFR Case Study series, which explains NGFR’s efforts to provide public safety agencies guidance on deployable broadband communications, location tracking, capturing, sharing and datacasting video, physiological monitoring and situational awareness based on conclusions from the TechEx. The case study series is meant to aid public safety agencies across the nation in assessing and implementing first responder technologies to assist responders in completing their mission.
NGFR’s integration demonstrations continue with the 2018 NGFR -- Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx) in December 2018.
For more information on S&T's NGFR Integration Demonstrations, please email NGFR@hq.dhs.gov.
Next Generation First Responder Case Study
- Next Generation First Responder Case Study: Deployable Communications
- Next Generation First Responder Case Study: Location Services
- Next Generation First Responder Case Study: Physiological Monitoring
- Next Generation First Responder Case Study: Situational Awareness
- Next Generation First Responder Case Study: Video Services