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Situational Awareness for First Responders

Our Contribution

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.

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