SAVER Document Library

SAVER Document Library

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) manages the SAVER Program to assist emergency responders in making procurement decisions. Since its inception in 2004, the SAVER Program has produced more than 1,000 knowledge products. These knowledge products—which include focus group, market survey and assessment reports, as well as technotes, application notes, handbooks, guides and other documents—are described in detail on the SAVER Document Descriptions page, and assist in providing emergency responders with information to inform their procurement decisions.

Publicly releasable SAVER documents are available here in the SAVER Document Library. SAVER documents with limited distribution are available to members of the SAVER Community on the First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP) website. To access limited distribution SAVER documents, request an account on

Language translation equipment is used to communicate emergency medical information between non-English speaking, hearing-impaired, or visually-impaired patients (or patient representatives) and emergency responders, including medical services, hospital workers and public health providers.

Field portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometers (GC/MS) are used by emergency responders during field operations to chemically analyze substances suspected to be narcotics, toxic industrial chemicals, or chemical warfare agents. Included report: Field Portable Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer Focus Group Report.

Personal radiation detectors (PRDs) are small electronic devices worn by emergency responders. These devices alert the wearer to slight changes in the background radiation level for the purpose of detecting and interdicting the illicit movement of radioactive material. Some PRDs, known as spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (SPRDs), also measure the energy spectrum of radiation to identify the radionuclide present. Included report: market survey report.

Facial recognition technology is a contemporary security solution that automatically identifies and verifies the identity of an individual from a digital image or video frame. Included reports: Three-Dimensional Facial Recognition Highlight; Three-Dimensional Facial Recognition TechNote.

Individuals who carry explosives or objects that contain explosives are likely to be contaminated with traces of explosives, microscopic residues that are invisible to the naked eye. Handheld explosive trace explosives detectors are small and light enough to be held and operated in the hand, and can be used to detect homemade, commercial, or military explosives, although not all detectors can detect all three types of explosives. In addition to explosives, some detectors can also detect narcotics, chemical warfare agents, or toxic industrial chemicals. Included report: Handheld Explosive Trace Detectors TechNote.

Ballistic-resistant body armor is worn by law enforcement officers while in the field to protect against specific ballistic threats; it has also traditionally been designed to conform to the male build. As women's presence in law enforcement continues to grow, body armor is being designed for the female form to ensure women are as protected and comfortable as men when wearing body armor. Included reports: market survey report and technote.

Chemicals absorb light in different narrow spectral bands in a unique manner, creating a spectrum that can be used to indicate the presence of a chemical, identify the chemical, and quantify the concentration. Infrared systems for remote chemical detection use these spectral signatures to remotely detect, identify, and characterize chemicals in the gas or vapor phase. This technology is relatively new, only recently becoming mature enough for emergency responder use. Included reports: market survey report and assessment report.

Radiation pagers and survey meters are small alarming personal radiation detectors worn by personnel that provide visual, auditory, or tactile warnings in the presence of radiation. These devices are the first line of defense when responding to a WMD event. Included reports: highlight, technote, and test and evaluation results.

Radiation survey meters are portable, handheld detectors that can be used during interdiction or response to radiological incidents. These detectors have bigger internal radiation detectors, therefore offering more sensitivity than smaller instruments. Included reports: highlight, technote, and test and evaluation results.

Radiation pagers and survey meters are small alarming personal radiation detectors worn by personnel that provide visual, auditory, or tactile warnings in the presence of radiation. These devices are the first line of defense when responding to a WMD event. Included reports: highlight, summary, and assessment report.

Portable Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy chemical detectors are widely used by responders to identify unknown or suspect materials. Applications include chemical spills, suspicious package screening, clandestine labs, illegal dumping sites, arson investigations, and identification of unlabeled containers or drums. These devices may be used in combination with other technologies to improve confidence in detection and/or identification. Included reports: highlight, assessment report, and technote.

Handheld multi-gas meters are equipped with sensors that monitor oxygen levels as well as sensors that detect the presence of combustible or toxic gases. These meters allow responders to detect multiple chemicals that could pose a hazard to themselves or others. Included reports: highlight, market survey report, and assessment report.

Satellite mobile phones utilize satellites to communicate with landline, cellular, or other satellite phones. By communicating through satellites, responders are able to coordinate rescue and recovery efforts in remote locations where there are no landline or cellular networks or in areas where existing networks are overloaded or out of service. Included reports: market survey report and technote.

Digital forensics is the process of recovering and preserving material found on digital devices during the course of criminal investigations. Digital forensics tools include hardware and software tools used by law enforcement to collect and preserve digital evidence and support or refute hypotheses before courts. Included report: technote.

Geographic information systems (GIS) can be used by responders to make quick and effective decisions in response to disaster events.  GIS disaster event models coupled with population data can quickly generate maps illustrating the statistics for affected populations, providing real-time information for evacuation and shelter-in-place planning. Included report: technote.

Throwable robots are a scouting and surveillance tool for law enforcement and military personnel. They provide situational awareness in unknown and potentially dangerous environments. Included report: technote.

Hearing protection with integrated radio communications refers to tactical headsets that are designed to fit under, or attach to, a ballistic helmet. These devices combine electronic hearing protection, radio communications, and the ability to maintain peripheral hearing in a tactical environment. Included reports: highlight, market survey report, and assessment report.

To work safely, rapidly, and efficiently, law enforcement officers must be confident that their uniforms will protect them from hazards that they may encounter, including physical interactions, exposure to liquids, and sun exposure. Enhanced law enforcement uniforms increase the level of personal protection from these hazards, while maintaining comfort and durability. Included report: market survey report.

Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) air-purifying respirators (APRs) consist of a facepiece with a head harness and a CBRN air canister that filters air to remove contaminants upon inhalation. These devices are worn by responders to protect them from inhaling harmful contaminants that may be present when responding to CBRN incidents. Included reports: highlight and assessment report.

Neutron detecting personal radiation detectors (PRDs) are pocket-sized alarming instruments with user-readable displays that are worn on the body and indicate the gamma radiation exposure rate and neutron count rate. Responders use these devices to detect radioactive materials for interdiction and prevention purposes. Included report: market survey report.

Radiation Isotope Identifier Devices (RIIDs) are used to perform spectroscopic analysis to distinguish between different radioactive isotopes. Responders use field-deployable systems to distinguish between legitimate radiation sources and illegal ones. Included reports: highlight, summary, technote, test and evaluation results, focus group report, market survey report, and assessment report.

Photoionization and flame ionization detectors are used to detect the presence of toxic and explosive vapors. Responders use these devices to determine whether or not areas are contaminated. Included reports: highlight, market survey report, summary, and technote.

Perimeter intrusion detection sensors provide perimeter security and may be used as stand-alone devices or in conjunction with other sensors, physical barriers, or access control technologies to enhance the probability of detecting intruders crossing boundary or entering a protected zone. Included report: highlight, focus group report, market survey report, and validation report.

Body-worn video cameras are designed to be head-mounted or worn at various locations on the body, depending on the model. These cameras are used by law enforcement to record traffic stops, arrests, sobriety tests, and interviews. Included reports: market survey report, assessment report, summary, and technical report.

Radiation Portal monitors are detection devices that provide a passive or non-intrusive means to screen people, vehicles or other objects for the presence of nuclear or radiological materials. These monitors are used to eliminate the need for individual searches using handheld monitors. Included reports: highlight and test and evaluation results.


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