Public Safety

Legislation sets penalties for drone misuse

The Drone Act of 2022 would set new federal penalties for drone operators who weaponize drones, disrupt emergency operations or use the technology to deliver contraband into prisons.

For mental crises, send a pro not the police?

Evidence from a pilot program in Denver suggests that providing mental health support for nonviolent emergencies can help reduce crime and save money.

NIST offers $1 million for next-gen incident command dashboards

Teams that use advanced technologies to improve the quality, usability and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders can earn up to $1 million in the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen, or CommanDING, challenge.

Smart cameras automate recording, boost police transparency

Upgrades to cameras in New Hampshire’s State Police cruisers and officer uniforms will simplify camera recording duties and ease uploading footage to secure cloud storage.

Delivering emergency alerts to vehicle infotainment systems

Drivers may soon receive real-time emergency and fire alerts and improved evacuation routing on their vehicles' infotainment systems.

All eyes on the FCC as deadline for 911 overhaul approaches

By enforcing its z-axis requirements and moving toward nationwide deployment, the Federal Communications Commission can fundamentally transform national emergency response.

Wristband tracks firefighters’ chemical exposure

Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from the disease than the general adult United States population.

Why government should do more to drive down the cost of prison calls

Incarcerated people are charged exorbitant rates to make calls or send emails, making it difficult for them to contact loved ones. But more connection with the outside world could help in reducing recidivism.

Biden’s executive order on policing could help spur local reforms

The directive, which includes varied restrictions and alternatives, drew support from reform advocates as well as groups representing law enforcement officers and cities.

App eases public transit for blind riders

Waymap provides step-by-step audio instructions to blind commuters -- without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS or cellular signals.

Biden says agencies will be ready for hurricane season. But a watchdog is warning of shortfalls

Federal responders will have what they need, president says. GAO says the government should do more to help local communities prepare.

How 5G can transform public safety

At this time, 5G technology is still finding its feet, but it has already proven its value in several life-saving situations.

FirstNet, NIST launch immersive emergency response training lab

The customized space is equipped with a motion capture system, 42 high speed optical tracking cameras, a variety of augmented and virtual reality headsets, and gear and fixtures that add a tactile component to simulations.

FirstNet boosts in-building coverage

A new investment in the responder network will facilitate one of the most desired improvements.

NJ combats vehicle theft with license plate readers

New Jersey will expand its network of high-speed automated cameras to crack down on record numbers of stolen cars.

Pushing the envelope on drones for indoor emergency response

Participants in NIST’s First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge will design, build and fly a cost-effective, easily flyable drone solution to help search and rescue teams gain better situational awareness prior to entering a building.

Choosing the right mobile tech to enhance first responder workflows

Flexible and modular devices can improve responders’ efficiency and situational awareness while future-proofing a municipality’s investments.

Advancing public safety by protecting critical infrastructure

Integrated and collaborative systems improve situational awareness and help responders quickly detect and contain threats.