The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) seeks innovative first responder technology for testing and evaluation at December’s Operational Experimentation (OpEx) in Texas. Specifically, it is looking for on-body, incident area, agency-wide or cross-jurisdictional capabilities such as sensors, data analytics tools and interfaces.
The official notice provides details on the specific gaps S&T is looking to fill and more information.
The Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program increases availability of life-saving technology to improve protection, communications and situational awareness for firefighters, law enforcement and EMS personnel, while still keeping it budget-friendly.
In addition to the NGFR, current Apex programs support flood resiliency, border security, airport screening and cybersecurity. S&T’s overarching goal is to integrate new technology, tools and knowledge products into everyday use by first responders.