Tag Archives: first responder

Christopher Krebs, Ajit Pai Ask Governors to Support Communications Industry During Pandemic

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai have asked governors through a joint letter to provide the communications industry and its workers access to resources as they work to continue to keep citizens connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

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DHS Develops New Gloves for Helicopter Hoist Operators


The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has engaged with industry and academia to address the need for new, better gloves that helicopter rescue medics would use when handling hoist cables. S&T said Tuesday it worked with North Carolina State University and Higher Dimension Materials to create the most suitable fabric for durable rescue hoist gloves.

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DHS, DOE Labs Evaluate In-Suit Comms Gear for Emergency Responders

The Department of Homeland Security's National Urban Science and Technology Laboratory has collaborated with the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to evaluate in-suit equipment designed to help first responders communicate when they respond to hazardous material incidents.

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DHS S&T, USFA, FEMA to Close Wildfire Gaps Under Public Safety Partnership

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration have teamed up with the international first responder community to address wildfire concerns in wildland-urban interface areas. FEMA will help optimize and address operational issues for public communications, intergovernmental coordination and wildland fire monitoring to augment building codes and infrastructure security, DHS said Tuesday.

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GAO: Congress Should Enact Legislation to Allow T-Band Comms for First Responders

The Government Accountability Office has urged Congress to enable first responders to T-Band radio frequencies for mission-critical voice communications. A new report issued on Friday highlighted the challenges first responders are facing with the relocation of public safety communications spectrum from T-Band frequencies. 

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NIST Updates Cybersecurity Guide for First Responders

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the updated version of its cybersecurity practice guide to secure applications used in emergencies for first responders. The document details how organizations can utilize single sign-on and multi-factor authentication tools. The Mobile Application Single Sign-On: Improving Authentication for Public Safety First Responders aims to help public safety organizations accelerate authentication of responders. 

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Jose Arrieta: HHS Eyes Blockchain Tech Partnership With DISA for Identity Verification

Jose Arrieta, chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, said HHS plans to team up with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to leverage the HHS Accelerate blockchain procurement system in identity management, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Arrieta said he plans to meet with DISA officials to discuss a pilot project to link the blockchain tool to a user’s mobile phone or wearable device to better track behavioral data for identity verification.

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DHS S&T, Israeli Police Deploying 3D Visualization Tool for Crime Investigations

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate teamed with Israeli police to develop an interactive 3D tool for visualizing crime scenes or car crashes, DHS said Tuesday. The 3D-Hawk platform, designed by Israeli firm B-Design3D, is comprised of high-definition video equipment, a smart phone and a laptop containing software that converts footage into 3D models.

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