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Biological Threat Analysis

APL is developing innovative ways to evaluate biological threats in a natural environment. The APL-designed and -built Rotating Drum System provides unprecedented aerosol research capabilities. With its continuously rotating drum, the system suspends aerosol particles for up to 24 hours so researchers can study biological viability due to environmental factors; while in suspension, the particles are exposed to ozone, simulated sunlight, and hydrothermal conditions resembling those in different regions of the continental United States. This is a capability unavailable anywhere else.

Situational Awareness for First Responders

Under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, APL partnered with the New York City Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit in April 2017 to field-test and evaluate a commercial Mobile Ad-hoc Networking (MANET) system. The MANET system comprises several components, including smartphone-based tactical awareness software, a wireless smart radio system, a tablet, GPS capabilities, antennas, and audio and video “plug and play.” MANET field tests are aimed at providing local, state, and federal law enforcement with situational awareness tools similar to what frontline military forces use, but adapted to meet specific requirements of first responders.

Senior Leader Helicopter Communications

APL is working with the Navy to enhance communications on the senior leader helicopter fleet. We took part in the tests that led to acquisition of an advanced broadband line-of-sight system and engineered the classified wireless mobility system used by a senior leader communications support organization. Using that system as a model, APL integrated a suite of equipment and mobile devices for the Navy test lab and helicopter, and validated the use of wireless devices for secure voice, video, and email during flight. We also designed and configured a smaller Wi-Fi system that was tested on board and will integrate the components for permanent installation on the in-service fleet.