DHS lines up emerging tech for responder evaluation
At this summer's Urban OpEx 2022 exercise in New York City, responders will test a range of technologies – from biometric sensors and robotics to air-quality monitors and video analytics.
Ahead of the summer Urban OpEx 2022 exercise in New York City, where first responders can experiment with and test new tools in a realistic urban setting, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate put out a call for a number of technologies, ranging from fixed, on-body or hand-held sensors to deployable robotics.
For sensors, S&T is looking for solutions that can send and receive data to support or enhance the effectiveness of first responders’ missions; ideally, this technology should be able to detect threats and help maintain safety on public transportation systems, during large public events and everyday real-world response.
It also seeks drone technology that would help responders survey and model urban environments. According to the RFI, these solutions would help officials conduct pre- and post-storm analysis of coastlines, city infrastructure and general urban search and rescue operations.
Deployable, wayfinding robotics with an AI-based mobile, video, and multi-sensor platform would be useful for perimeter security, surveillance and inspecting public transportation facilities.
To further enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response, S&T wants situational awareness platforms that provide insights into oncoming weather and evacuation tools, especially those to help with caring and transporting patients. S&T also asks for handheld data collection systems to capture photos, tag locations, and take notes on different environments as well as AI-based video analytics solutions that have Wi-Fi capabilities and provide data in real time.
Also of interest are GPS sensor technologies that can track responders outdoors, indoors or underground and solutions that provide real-time information such as air level monitoring, and location, 3D imaging and biometric feedback on deployed responders. S&T also wants to evaluate resource management tools to track medical supplies and responder equipment.
S&T is looking for deployable communications solutions responders can use in high-rise or subterranean environments where communications systems are unstable.
To ensure that personnel can effectively use these tools, the S&T is asking for training hardware and software, including 3D holographic technologies for first responder training and exercises.
Responses are due March 25. The full RFI can be found here.