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By GCN Staff


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NIST funds public safety communications research

To help modernize public safety communications and operations, the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded $38.5 million for 33 research and development projects.

The multiyear grants are intended to support the migration of data, video and voice communications from mobile radio to the FirstNet nationwide public safety broadband network. The grants also aim to accelerate development of technologies related to indoor location tracking and public safety analytics.

The 33 selected projects span five key technology areas:

  • Mission critical voice (moving from traditional radios to cellular systems)
  • Location-based services (conducting indoor positioning, navigation and mapping)
  • Public safety analytics (handling and exploiting more data)
  • Research and prototyping platforms (enabling low-cost R&D tools)
  • Resilient systems (ensuring systems work in poor conditions)

Awardees are primarily universities, though some state office and private-sector companies were also given grants.  The full list of winners and their projects is online here.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM0 comments


CBP agent inspects a water drainage tunnel that spans from nogales ariz into mexico. DHS photo by josh denmark

CBP seeks innovative wireless solutions

With staff manning 328 ports of entry and 20 field offices, Customs and Border Protection faces a challenge providing its 135 border patrol stations with wireless connectivity across urban, rural, rugged, air, maritime, marine and subterranean environments. 

In a June 8 request for information, CBP’s  Wireless Systems Program Division said it is looking for  “innovative communications approaches” to wireless communications for transmission of “critical voice, full motion video, sensor data, still-images, biometric information and location-based situational awareness.”

CPB is seeking solutions that can leverage its current technologies, such as thermal hand-held imaging devices, mobile video surveillance systems, personal radiation detectors and night vision devices. It also called for solutions that can work with the current legacy land mobile radio and potentially replace it.

All proposed solutions must meet CBP’s Technical Readiness Level 7, which requires  a system prototype demonstration in an operational environment.  CBP may decide to invite vendors for field demonstrations of their products during the summer of 2017. 

Submissions are due July 10.  More information can be found here.

Posted on Jun 09, 2017 at 1:23 PM0 comments


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A better biometric ID for the battlefield

The Defense Department’s Special Operations Command is looking for the next generation of biometric identification devices for use in the field, during mass enrollments of personnel at forward operating bases or for watch-list matching.

According to the recent request for information, the technologies should allow the rapid collection and on-board storage of full-spectrum biometrics – including fingerprint, iris, face and voice capture -- and the transmission of that data to receive a match or no-match response.

The battery-powered device should be easy to learn and use – even when wearing gloves – and weigh less than three pounds.

Selected production models of hardware and equipment will be demonstrated at a March 2018  Tactical Biometric Event where they will be evaluated as to their accuracy and suitability for operators in a realistic environment.

More information is available here.

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 12:15 PM0 comments


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DHS seeks next-gen security analysis

To address the rising complexity of the threat environment, the Department of Homeland Security is looking for analytic approaches and data visualizations that can help stakeholders better understand of security risks.

DHS’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis works with public- and private-sector partners to provide analysis on a range of issues, including the effects of natural or human-caused events on critical infrastructure, the nexus between cyber and physical infrastructure and the impacts of cyber events on federal networks.

OCIA is looking for research, development and analysis tools and services beyond what is offered by commercial packages. Specifically, the office is requesting information on:

Analytic methods, including data/text mining, machine learning, pattern matching, forecasting, visualization, sentiment analysis, network and cluster analysis, simulations, complex event processing and neural networks.

Advanced hardware and software to analyze cyber and infrastructure risk at an advanced level.

Interactive data visualizations, graphics and multimedia products that can display information in several dimensions, showing temporal changes, hierarchies and geospatial information on dashboards or networks.

Read the request for information here.

Posted on May 25, 2017 at 10:47 AM0 comments


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State Department eyes airport security pilot in Mexico

The State Department is considering installing security equipment in eight Mexican airports as a part of an Airport Security Infrastructure Pilot Project.

According to a request for information, State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is looking for a vendor that can upgrade airport security with biometric doors and camera systems using equipment that is certified by the Transportation Security Administration or acceptable by TSA experts and Mexico's Directorate General Aeronautical Civil.

State is looking for body and bottle-liquid scanners; a CCTV/video system with monitors, servers and storage for at least four months of continuous video; and access control via biometric locks, access cards and PINs with video surveillance.

The vendor would be responsible for supplying and installing all hardware and software, project management and training of airport staff.

More information is available here.

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 10:34 AM0 comments