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DHS S&T Seeks Proposals for Data Utilization Projects

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is requesting proposals on two projects with a combined value of over $820,000. DHS S&T said Friday that it calls for universities to submit proposals on data utilization projects in support of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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DHS S&T, Google, IJIS Hold Text-To-911 Event

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate partnered with Google and the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute to conduct an event to help optimize public safety communication technologies for people with limited English language capacities. The Text-to-911 Translation TechFest delivered insights in current translation platforms and promoted the need for research and development efforts to reinforce efficient 911 call response, DHS said Wednesday

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DHS S&T Implementing Blockchain Tech for Homeland Security Operations

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate is launching an effort to promote research and development in blockchain technology for government and industry applications. DHS said Tuesday that the project, supported by S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program, seeks to foster public-private partnerships to test blockchain technology and develop relevant security, interoperability and privacy standards and specifications.

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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 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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USDA to Assume Ownership of DHS S&T Bio Lab; Greg Ibach Quoted

The Department of Homeland Security is set to transfer ownership of the science and technology directorate's National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to the Department of Agriculture. As part of an agreement, USDA will manage operations and planning functions, while DHS will complete construction efforts for the facility, USDA said Thursday.

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DHS S&T Pursues Development of Airport Shoe Scanner

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a millimeter wave technology designed to scan footwear for airport security. DHS' Science and Technology Directorate said Tuesday that it's pursuing this project as part of the Screening at Speed Program, an effort to boost security effectiveness and reduce waiting times for passengers.

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DHS S&T to Participate in FEMA Earthquake Response Event

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate in a Federal Emergency Management Agency exercise intending to simulate earthquake response and recovery efforts in Memphis, Tenn, DHS said Wednesday. The agency will team up with local, state, federal and international organizations to assess approaches and technologies in urban search and rescue and information sharing functions as part of the three-day Shaken Fury 2019 event.

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DHS Centers of Excellence to Close if Trump Budget Cuts Pass Congress

The Department of Homeland Security may close two Centers of Excellence and delay the planned launch of three other centers if Congress approves President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, FedScoop reported Thursday. William Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary of DHS Science and Technology Directorate, announced the plan at a recent meeting with the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation.

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