S&T & NYPD test mobile ad-hoc networking communication systems for Public Safety

02-08-2017

The Department of Homeland Security Science (DHS) Technology Directorate (S&T) partners with first responders to gauge capability gaps and leverage existing technologies, As a result DHS S&T can develop new technologies, test and evaluate existing technologies, and work with industry and the innovation community to ensure solutions are available to first responder agencies. For example, S&T’s First Responder Group (FRG) recently examined a couple of noteworthy existing communications technologies and evaluated them for public safety use. FRG evaluated the Mobile Ad-hoc Networking (MANET) system, a communications system originally developed for military use, and an Android Tactical Awareness Kit (ATAK) to determine if they could improve communications and public safety situational awareness. FRG conducted a field test in collaboration with the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD’s) Emergency Service Unit (ESU) and with technical assistance from S&T’s partners Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and Persistent Systems.

Earlier MANET systems proved to be effective to address mission-based communication needs for the U.S. military and other DHS components, such as the U.S. Border Patrol. DHS S&T is exploring this capability with the NYPD to overcome such factors as wireless coverage dead-spots and service congestion associated with existing network infrastructures.



Source: American Security Today


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