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:
- On-body or handheld sensors (e.g., physiological monitoring, environmental threat detection, indoor location tracking),
- 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,
- 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,
- Data analytics services that synthesize data, analyze and present actionable information to first responders and/or incident commanders,
- Body-worn power distribution and data connectivity systems,
- Indoor mesh networks for Land Mobile Radio, Wi-Fi and LTE devices,
- Interfaces between on-body or handheld sensors and situational awareness tools or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems,
- Interfaces between disparate CAD systems,
- Interfaces between CAD systems and collaboration applications, and
- 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.