NIST recently launched a nationwide usability survey on public safety communication technology and needs input from first responders. The 15-minute survey asks questions about the communication technology first responders currently use, need, and want in the future. If you're a first responder, please help improve PSCR's research by taking this survey!
A PSCR award recipient, TRACLabs, reports advances made by its partner Diamond Age Technology on building a mixed reality training environment in collaboration with the Houston Fire Department (HFD). During FY2019 Q1, Diamond Age Technology developed a hose nozzle prototype with tracked bail and nozzle head for controlling water flow and spray pattern. The prototype can be turned through a 120 degree range to adjust the spray pattern. Their mixed reality environment also incorporates other physical assets (e.g., furniture) with a virtual overlay, allowing for simulated fire scenarios using real objects you can touch. HFD training specialists are providing feedback on the environment, fire propagation, and fire suppression. This research will presented at the 2019 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting. Preview the demo!
Are you - or is someone you know - a data scientist or mathematician? On March 10, register for the final match of the Differential Privacy Synthetic Data Challenge, which focuses on protecting individual privacy while allowing for public safety data to be used by researchers for analysis. Today, there is no absolute protection that data will not be mis-used, so this research will help advance practical applications and improve privacy protection. Learn more.
PSCR Open Innovation is looking for subject matter experts to evaluate contest results, and solvers to innovate and compete for large cash prizes! We welcome volunteers to join us as public safety experts or technical subject matter experts, and help support our prize competitions and research. Learn more on the web, or send us an email at psprizes [at] nist.gov to volunteer. View upcoming challenges!
MCPTT Off-Mode Test Scenarios
Security Analysis of First Responder Mobile and Wearable Devices
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting will be held at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago, July 9-11, 2019. REGISTER NOW! A draft agenda and hotel block information will be made available in the coming months.
Where to find PSCR staff this quarter:
And next quarter, in April, PSCR will head to Smart Cities Connect in Denver. pscr [at] nist.gov (Send us a note) if you plan to attend!
In the hopes of improving their virtual reality test environment, PSCR's VR team coordinated a fire fighter training day with West Metro Fire in Colorado. Their experience shed light on the gaps that technology must close in order to be useful for first responders. Read the blog post.
As FirstNet advances its mobile application offerings, ensuring proper security is extremely important. Critical Communications Today highlights the reasons why PSCR's security team, in partnership with NIST Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), is focused on mobile application security vetting and Federated Identity Credential and Access Management (ICAM) for the next three years, and what that means for devices including FirstNet phones, and the applications used on those devices. In addition, the article highlights an award recipient, MCOP, on their work to create an API and Open Source Implementation of an MCPTT client.
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.