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Public Safety Communications Research Division

Serving as an objective technical advisor and laboratory, PSCR is driven towards advancing public safety communications technologies by accelerating the adoption and implementation of the most critical communications capabilities to ensure the public safety community can more effectively carry out their mission to protect lives and property during day-to-day operations, large-scale events, and emergencies.

Welcome to the homepage of the Public Safety Communications (PSCR) Division of NIST

NEW! The PSCR Digital Dispatch

A curated list of communications technology tools for public safety and the research community


 PSCR Research portfolios

News and Updates

Using Lasers to Save Lives

Scenario: you’re driving to your new job at a university campus and using your Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled smartphone to tell you—and your car—how

Press Coverage

The tech first responders really want

Responders who are first on the scene of medical emergencies, natural disasters, fires, crime scenes and domestic disputes don’t want more gadgets to help them

Major MCPTT landmark reached

Critical Communications World
With funding from PSCR, the first pre-verification of a Mission Critical Push-to-Talk conformance test case has been achieved.


PSCR Haptic Challenge Environments

This Unreal Engine project has been created specifically for the PSCR Haptic Challenge. It features three different first responder scenarios that will be

LTE Coverage Tool

This experimental application was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR)

Resource Library

View all PSCR publications and available resources in one location! Organized by portfolio area, the PSCR resource library provides access to recent research updates and articles to date. Visit the Resource Library now. 

About PSCR

New to PSCR? Visiting this site for the first time? Click here to learn more about the history of PSCR and our approach to research today.