Updates

Smart Quadcopters Find Their Way Without Human Help or GPS

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program is advancing technology to enable small unmanned quadcopters to fly autonomously through cluttered buildings and obstacle-strewn environments at fast speeds (up to 20 meters per second, or 45 mph) using onboard cameras and sensors as “eyes” and smart algorithms to self-navigate.

Researchers Develop Microneedle Patch for Flu Vaccination

A National Institutes of Health-funded study led by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University has shown that an influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles.

Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Now Available to First Responders

First responders of all disciplines now are able to train together for active shooter and other critical incidents thanks to a new virtual training platform made available by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) training platform is now available to first responders nationwide at no cost.

Junior Navy Scientists and Engineers Make Early Warning CBR Detection Via UAVs a Reality

The Sly Fox program worked to make the warfighter’s urgent need for an early warning chemical, biological, radiological (CBR) detection capability – adaptable to various unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – a reality. The modular CBR detection system accommodates multiple sensor modules across multiple UAV platforms, enabling sailors to better protect themselves from the increasing frequency of CBR attacks by relaying threat data to command and control assets.

A Simple Solution to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Natural disasters, such as a hurricane, tornado, or super storm, can inflict severe damage to infrastructure, especially underground subways. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has a solution in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal off subway tunnels and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.

FirstNet and AT&T Advance Nationwide Broadband Network for Public Safety; Release Buildout Plans for States and Territories

FirstNet and AT&T provided U.S. states and territories with individual State Plans to enable the rapid deployment of this first-of-its-kind FirstNet network. The network will modernize public safety communications and provide first responders with technologies to help them save lives and protect communities.

NIST Awards $38.5 Million to Accelerate Public Safety Communications Technologies

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.

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U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) has partnered with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Priority Designs, to develop an improved neck-up personal protective equipment (PPE) concept. The new concept will improve the interface where a warfighter’s protective mask and hood meet, in order to provide greater protection from exposure to chemical and biological warfare agents.

New RightAnswer.com Service Makes Chemical, Health, and Safety Information Free to U.S. First Responders

RightAnswer.com has launched a new service that makes subscription to its extensive collection of environmental, health, safety, hazard, and regulatory compliance information completely free to first responders throughout the United States.

Farpointe Provides First Cybersecurity Vulnerability Checklist for Contactless Cards & Readers

Farpointe Data has posted the first radio frequency identification(RFID) Cybersecurity Vulnerability Checklist for access control manufacturers, distributors, integrators and end users to use to protect their access control systems from becoming hacker gateways to their facilities and IT systems.