Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


PSCR is committed to transparency. That's why we designed this page to help anyone learn about our accomplishments and impacts through a selection of multimedia resources. 

On a mission to influence and accelerate R&D

Part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), PSCR is the primary federal laboratory focused on conducting research, development, testing, and evaluation for public safety communications technologies. Our mission is to accelerate communications innovation in support of public safety communities and the citizens they serve. To do this, we actively pioneer R&D and partner with a diverse group of stakeholders, acting as a nexus for influencing the commercial development of the advanced communications first responders need. 

Helping first responders get the advanced communications capabilities they need 

By pioneering research into advanced communications technologies for public safety, PSCR creates new opportunities for the R&D community to innovate, invent, and commercialize. Through grants, cooperative agreements, and prize challenge competitions, PSCR has invested more than $60M to research projects across mission critical voice, location-based services, analytics, user interface and user experience, security, and resilient systems. Watch the video below to learn about one of PSCR's research investments, haptic interfaces for public safety.

Firefighters Test Prototypes Which Could One Day Save Lives
News coverage from the 2019 Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety Challenge.

Sign Up for PSCR's Mailing List

PSCR's email newsletter contains the latest news, R&D project successes, outcomes, funding opportunities, and events from PSCR and its partners. It is delivered every quarter to registered subscribers, with occasional updates to report on topical events. Sign up now!

New to PSCR? Check out these helpful resources.

Digital Brochure A summary analysis demonstrating how PSCR's investments translate into impacts to the U.S. 

Digital Dispatch

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

Virtual Tour A “behind the scenes” look into PSCR’s state-of-the-art innovation laboratory 
Video Gallery  A collection of videos on research updates by topic


Select interviews, speeches, and news coverage

View a full list of PSCR's press coverage here.

Stay up-to-date with PSCR

Newsletter Blog | Events | Press | Twitter | LinkedIn

Media Contacts

NIST News Media Center

Created August 30, 2016, Updated October 8, 2021