The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) established the Smart City IoT Innovation (SCITI - pronounced ‘CITY’) solutions lab in collaboration with the Center for Innovative Technology, TechNexus and Smart City Works. The initiative focuses on the integration of new and existing technologies applied to public safety needs with an emphasis on extensive validation and go-to-market support through industry partners.
Law Enforcement Partnerships
DHS S&T works closely with first responders, academia, research and development organizations, industry, innovators and venture capitalists to use science to help strengthen our first responders and the nation. Check out our infographic to learn more on how S&T is helping protect our homeland.
The goal of this project is to identify the characteristics of communities where persons indicted under terrorism related charges lived, planned, and prepared prior to carrying out terrorist attacks. Are there potential markers that can be identified to assist in intervention efforts before violence occurs?
This report includes a brief review of past social science research on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) followed by a series of focused observations resulting from data collection and analysis efforts.
America’s response to terrorism has changed dramatically over the past thirty years. Changes have included everything from the way in which terrorism is portrayed politically, to the manner in which terrorists are investigated, prosecuted, and punished.
Analyses of two past cases—efforts to counter eco-terrorists and violent Puerto Rican nationalists—demonstrate that law enforcement can have success in this role when agencies and individuals involved are willing and able to fully collaborate with colleagues, have access to an ongoing stream of intelligence and data, and apply innovative techniques for analyzing those data. These historical cases can provide important insights for today’s efforts to address persistent and emerging threats.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate conducted an experiment in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area to determine the effectiveness of two different commercially available communication systems, the Mutualink communications system and the datacasting system. Datacasting is a project sponsored by DHS S&T and is currently not certified by JITC, but meets the other criteria of Public Law 114-120 2015 (U.S. Congress, 2015). This report describes the details of this experiment and discusses the results of use of these systems by more than three DHS components.
This report documents the Advanced Multi-threat Base Ensemble for Responders (AMBER) research conducted by the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) within the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University (NC State) between September 2014 and December 2017. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) sponsored T-PACC to develop an advanced multi-threat garment for first responders.
Secretary Nielsen delivered a keynote address at the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 18th, 2018. During her remarks, she reiterated DHS’ commitment to partnering with the National Sheriffs’ Association in countering transnational criminal organizations, illegal immigration, human trafficking, and the opioid crisis.
The Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit (SMART) is an interactive web-accessible system that provides users with aggregated social media data (e.g., Twitter and Instagram) for analysis and visualization. SMART has been deployed to multiple real-time events to augment emergency responder situational awareness, helping scientists, engineers and first responders collaborate directly with each other.