DHS nurtures wearable tech for responders

Are wearables reliable enough for public safety?

National Institute of Standards and Technology will test wearables marketed to first responders.

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DHS seeks tech for a better border-crossing experience

Technology that counts international travelers in airports and guides them to the correct inspection areas would streamline the inspection process and improve travelers' experience.

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Government embraces next-gen citizen services with chatbots

Agencies are using chatbots to field citizen question, facilitate complex tasks and increase engagement.

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FirstNet launches app developer program

Developers now have access to a specialized resource portal to help them successfully build, test, deploy and maintain public safety applications.

FEMA Urban Search & Rescue teams (FEMA)

What's really slowing the restoration of Puerto Rico's communications?

DHS' emergency communications director told legislators that the devastation to the island's communications infrastructure means "we’re totally having to rebuild Puerto Rico.”

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Keeping inspectors connected

New York's Plant Inspections mobile application syncs with a backend licensing system and automatically updates inspection records.

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Tracking weapons without wasting officers' time

The Firearms, Armor and Credentials Tracking System mobile app makes it easier for law enforcement agencies to keep close tabs on their weapons and body armor.

caltrans quickmap

A mobile, multimedia, real-time traffic center

With Caltrans QuickMap, users can find out how quickly traffic is moving on state highways, check camera feeds for real-time conditions, see lane closures and more.

Emergency TeleHealth and Navigation (ETHAN) Project (Panasonic Toughbook Toughpad/YouTube)

Leveraging telemedicine to avoid ER visits

First responders outfitted with tablets collect information on patients and can even initiate a video chat with an emergency physician, possibly avoiding a costly, unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

VA Access to Care tool

From technically available to truly useful

The Access to Care tool lets veterans and their families view the wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, compare care ratings and review national data on access.

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Secure communications across radio and cell networks

With mobile security technology added to Lockheed's Universal Communications Platform, secure communications networks can be extended to commercial smartphones.

FEMA mobile derived PIV credential (FEMA)

Practical security for FEMA in the field

Federal Emergency Management Agency employees can now securely access work email, the intranet and other applications remotely by registering their mobile devices and receiving credentials derived from their FEMA-issued personal identity verification cards.

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