The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a blueprint for advancing science and resilience from subduction zone hazards. The plan leverages scientific and technologic developments, improves hazard assessments, addresses stakeholder needs, and maximizes capabilities through partnerships to reduce risks. The resulting products will inform decisions and policies to make communities and critical infrastructure less vulnerable.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that a network flow analysis technology that will help strengthen cybersecurity has transitioned to the marketplace through its participation in S&T’s Transition to Practice program. The Network FLOW AnalyzER has been licensed by zSofTech Solutions, an Atlanta business providing cybersecurity and information technology services.
The Explosives Division (EXD) of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has taken measures to address the threat of vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED, also known as car bombs) attacks directly. EXD’s Homemade Explosives program conducts large-scale VBIED testing to mitigate the threat posed by massive car bombs and to ensure such attacks do not occur in the United States.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program is advancing technology to enable small unmanned quadcopters to fly autonomously through cluttered buildings and obstacle-strewn environments at fast speeds (up to 20 meters per second, or 45 mph) using onboard cameras and sensors as “eyes” and smart algorithms to self-navigate.
A National Institutes of Health-funded study led by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University has shown that an influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles.
First responders of all disciplines now are able to train together for active shooter and other critical incidents thanks to a new virtual training platform made available by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) training platform is now available to first responders nationwide at no cost.
The Sly Fox program worked to make the warfighter’s urgent need for an early warning chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) detection capability – adaptable to various unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – a reality. The modular CBR detection system accommodates multiple sensor modules across multiple UAV platforms, enabling sailors to better protect themselves from the increasing frequency of CBR attacks by relaying threat data to command and control assets.
Natural disasters, such as a hurricane, tornado, or super storm, can inflict severe damage to infrastructure, especially underground subways. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has a solution in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal off subway tunnels and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.
FirstNet and AT&T provided U.S. states and territories with individual State Plans to enable the rapid deployment of this first-of-its-kind FirstNet network. The network will modernize public safety communications and provide first responders with technologies to help them save lives and protect communities.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.