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National lab shops for wearable gear for first responders

In an effort to enhance safety and performance of first responders in fast moving, complex emergency environments, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is undertaking a multiyear project to create wearable communication systems for emergency responders.

According to a recent announcement on FedBizOpps, PNNL is looking for a partner with knowledge of the integration of communications systems typically used by the emergency management and first responder community, including 4G LTE cellular technology for public safety communications, Federal Land Mobile Radio Systems (LMR), as well as Wi-Fi and satellite systems.

PNNL wants to identify companies that can integrate these systems into wearable components that would enable first responders to transmit and receive mission critical voice, video, and data communications from fellow responders, incident commanders, dispatchers and central command and control facilities.

Specifically, the lab is looking for approaches that include the following:

  • Rugged, secure, voice activated, hands free, two- way voice, video and data communications with multiple parties.
  • GPS-enabled Blue Force Tracking of each responder.
  • Active noise canceling capability to eliminate any unnecessary background noise.
  • Smart technology to find and transition between cellular, LMR, Wi-Fi, and satellite systems and transmit and receive information based on information priorities and infrastructure availability.
  • Integrated sensors monitoring video, heart rate, external/internal temperatures
  • Recording and storage capability of up to 12 hours.
  • A seamless transition to existing federal land-based mobile systems and the ability to demonstrate compliance with existing Federal Communications Security Protocols for Emergency Management.

Posted by GCN Staff on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:44 AM


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