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DHS S&T Program to Explore Emerging Tech for Urban First Responders

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security invites commercial, academic and government organizations to participate in a new technology demonstration and assessment program that seeks to address the capability gaps facing urban emergency response communities.

DHS’ science and technology directorate plans to hold an event this October in an effort to find emerging technologies that city first responders can potentially use in the event of a critical situation, the department said in a FedBizOpps notice published April 21.

The directorate will collaborate with New York City-based emergency response agencies to review capability gaps and potential technologies as part of the DHS S&T Urban Operational Experimentation program, according to the department.

DHS will accept technology demonstration applications from the public and private sectors until May 13.

Desired capabilities for the Urban OpEx initiative include incident management, communications and tracking, counter-unmanned aircraft, optical head-up display, wide-angle thermal imaging camera, video analytics and handheld mobile detection and collection systems.

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