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Military ATAK situational awareness tool serving Fire Fighters, law enforcement, and first-responder communities.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) deployed the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) to support the complex communication and coordination needs of the multi-jurisdictional responders. Most of the operators provided with ATAK in Texas had never used it before. Still, …

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Countries developing High Power Microwave Directed Energy Weapons to counter Drone Swarms carrying IEDs, biological or chemical agents

UAV threat,  has wide spectrum. On one end is the security threat of terrorists weaponising small commercially available drones. ISIS is already using them in in Syria and Iraq to carry small improvised explosive devices. They can also be used to disperse biological or chemical agents. These are small in size …

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Artificial Intelligence(AI) based Video Analytics for tracking targets during counterterrorism operations and identifying criminals

Police agencies are  using facial and object recognition technology for counterterrorism operations. Video footage  played a key role in finding the culprits responsible for the November 2015 Paris attacks, with a CCTV video at Brussels airport used to pin down one suspect. But, the sheer volume of video content produced makes identifying, …

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Technologies for Disaster prediction, management and response, including search for survivors, and delivering relief care

Disasters are becoming more commonplace and complex, and the challenges for rescue and humanitarian organizations increase. International reinsurer Munich RE has projected that worldwide losses due to 2017’s string of natural disasters will reach $330 billion, with only $135 billion of those costs insured. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria alone, which …

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Researchers improving speed, accuracy of biometrics for military intelligence, and security

Biometric verification is any means by which a person can be uniquely identified by evaluating one or more distinguishing biological traits. There are two categories of biometric identification and recognition solutions: Physical and behavioral. Physical biometric solutions use distinctive and measurable characteristics of particular parts of the human body, such as …

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