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DHS, Canada Apply AI to Paramedic Operations

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the creation of an artificial intelligence platform designed to inform paramedic decision making. U.S. and Canadian organizations worked together to develop the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis or AUDREY, DHS said Thursday

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DHS Gathers Responders to Test New Techs in Texas

The Department of Homeland Security held a large-scale experiment in Texas to see how emergency responders can utilize new government-developed and commercial technologies integrated into existing public safety systems. The Next Generation First Responder Program– Harris County Operational Experiment at the Port of Houston gathered Houston-based public safety agencies, industry partners, DHS components and the U.S. Coast Guard, DHS said Tuesday.

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DHS Building New App for Faster First Responder Navigation

The Department of Homeland Security partnered with industry to develop a new app to improve how first responders navigate areas during deployment. DHS said Tuesday its Science and Technology Directorate is working with technology firm Azimuth1 to create the QuickRoute app, which uses more data sources than commercial navigation apps to provide responders with more flexibility. 

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House OKs Bills for DHS and First Responders

The House Homeland Security Committee passed four bills to support research efforts for first responder systems and update the Department of Homeland Security's cyber functions, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act seeks to push the agency to establish an approach for worldwide deployment and protect its personnel from potential foreign threats.

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DHS Seeks Public Feedback on New Land Mobile Radio Testing Requirements

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate has opened a 30-day comment period related to a new set of testing requirements under a program that seeks to ensure interoperability among land mobile radio systems and standardization of LMR components.

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NIST Researchers Analyze Security Threats to First Responder Devices in New Study

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have performed an analysis of the threats affecting modern communication and wearable devices that public safety officers use when performing their duties. The threat analysis is part of a new NIST study entitled “Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices,” a draft version of which has recently been made available for public comment. The researchers say that "[by] understanding the threats and risks posed to public safety systems and their users, life-threatening scenarios can be prevented from escalating due to malicious or accidental failures of technology."

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DHS S&T Explosives Unit Funds Oak Ridge Geospatial Tool Project

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s explosives division has funded an Oak Ridge National Laboratory research project to develop a geospatial tool for communication, collaboration and situational awareness uses in security events. DHS said Friday the Incident Management Preparedness and Coordination Toolkit aids bomb squads on the assessment of impacts …

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NASA Develops Tracking System for Firefighters Inside Buildings

NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created a tracking system that works to provide firefighters’ locations inside buildings. The agency said Tuesday the Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Responders system works to address tracking problems which occur when firefighters enter buildings that block radio signals. “To this day, the …

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