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St. Louis hosts public-safety IoT pilot

To ensure that various manufacturers' internet-of-things sensors and devices can be integrated with public safety applications, the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is conducting a test in St. Louis, Mo.

In collaboration with both the city and the Open Geospatial Consortium, DHS will test the viability of Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture as an open, interoperable framework that integrates standards-based, commercial IoT sensors across city departments to enhance public safety and efficient operations.

The partners will evaluate technologies -- including situational awareness platforms, computer-aided dispatch, dynamic routing and route planning, workforce mobility and in-building navigation – in a series of major flooding, flash flooding, vulnerable population outreach and building fires scenarios.  By seeing how the technologies work together, participants will better interoperability requirements in a real-world environment.

The pilot's goal is to give cities a reference architecture along with deployment guides, reusable design patterns and other IoT, sensor webs and geospatial frameworks to help them plan, acquire and implement standards-based, vendor agnostic and future-proof smart city technology.

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