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Robert Griffin: DHS Reaches Out to Industry for Public Safety Wearable Electronics

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe U.S. Department of Homeland and Security wants to adapt existing wearable technology to help first responders stay connected when they respond to an emergency, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Greg Otto writes Robert Griffin, deputy undersecretary for DHS science and technology directorate, said the office aims to expand a dialogue with other agencies and vendors to build public-safety wearable devices in the next three to five years.

“The long-term vision is that fully aware, fully connected, fully integrated responder,” he told Fedscoop.

“We need to think about how first responders are able to use this technology in situations when there is even degraded or no communications,” he added, according to the report.

The DHS S&T office is scheduled to launch a new website on Nov. 17 to gather technology ideas by using an Ideascale crowsourcing platform.

Otto reports the portal will also offer online meetups, hackathons, competitions and webinars aimed at helping the agency fulfill its research and development vision.

“This is part of what we are trying to do to be more transparent but also to begin a process of engaging industry and users and begin to think about the operators,” Griffin told the publication.

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