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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 their development, adoption, and implementation so that the public safety community can more effectively carry out their mission to protect lives and property.

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PSCR: Pulling the Future Forward
PSCR: Pulling the Future Forward
The brand short showcases PSCR's values and mission by discussing the communications technology needs of first responders and the research conducted by the Division and its partners to solve those issues. There are many emerging technologies that first responders can benefit from using to protect communities and save lives. Division Chief Dereck Orr provides a brief message to inspire stakeholders and highlight the importance of innovation in this space. 

 PSCR Research portfolios

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Security Cross-Cutting Research Portfolio logo
Resilient Systems is a cross-cutting research area at PSCR

News and Updates

Top 5 NIST PSCR Articles of 2021

From technology development to prize challenges and engagement across the country, 2021 was an immensely productive year for NIST's Public Safety Communications

PSCR Announces $7M Award Program

NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division recently released the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - 2022 (PSIAP-2022) funding


Press Coverage

Episode 106: First Responder Smart Technology

Smart Firefighting Podcast
Chief Christian Tubbs has a 40+ year career in the fire service with a background full of highly accredited certifications, degrees, and member statuses.


PSCR Mission Critical Voice QPP SIM

QPP Sim is a simple discrete event simulator aimed at helping and accelerating the study of Quality of Service (QoS), Priority, and Pre-emption (QPP) mechanisms

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.