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DHS S&T has released a Request for Information for industry participation in the Next Generation First Responder – Harris County Operational Experimentation (OpEx) this December. This event will test integration of DHS-developed tech, industry tech, and existing responder infrastructure in the Houston area, in partnership with local responders and the U.S. Coast Guard. The NGFR-Harris County OpEx is part of the DHS S&T Next Generation First Responder program.

DHS S&T is inviting technology developers from around the world to apply for participation in the NGFR-Harris County OpEx. The United States would like to share this opportunity with the first responder industrial base. Here are the details:

DHS S&T is seeking to evaluate technology solutions that provide on-body, incident area, agency-wide, or cross-jurisdictional capabilities that make responders better protected, connected and fully aware, and is focusing on these capability gaps:

  1. On-body or handheld sensors (e.g., physiological monitoring, environmental threat detection, indoor location tracking),
  2. On-body or handheld situational awareness displays or devices (e.g., mapping application that can show responder location and sensor data alerts, heads-up displays) for first responders and/or incident commanders,
  3. On-body devices that manage or intelligently route multiple communications pathways (e.g., Land Mobile Radio, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Satellite, FirstNet) for first responders,
  4. Data analytics services that synthesize data, analyze and present actionable information to first responders and/or incident commanders,
  5. Body-worn power distribution and data connectivity systems,
  6. Indoor mesh networks for Land Mobile Radio, Wi-Fi and LTE devices,
  7. Interfaces between on-body or handheld sensors and situational awareness tools or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems,
  8. Interfaces between disparate CAD systems,
  9. Interfaces between CAD systems and collaboration applications, and
  10. Indoor responder location system.

While this RFI will not result in a contract (rather, a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement), participating organizations will get user feedback from more than 12 agencies and will get to join a ground-breaking integration initiative for first responders.

Please email us at NGFR@hq.dhs.gov if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your assistance!


The above was shared on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

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