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This is a banner indicating the PSCR Roadshow from NIST. It includes a photo of PSCR's mobile laboratory, which is a van with an antenna attached.

Because we rely on a diverse set of stakeholders across government, public safety, industry, and academia to continually inform our progress, we're going on the road to share our mission - and connect - with public safety stakeholders where they live and work.

America's First Responders Need Your Help


PSCR Program Summary
PSCR Program Summary

What does PSCR do?

PSCR's federally-funded research is aimed at advancing a wide-range of first responder communications technologies, including projects that impact mission critical voice, location-based services, data analytics, security, resilient systems, and user interfaces/user experience. PSCR accelerates innovation by investing in these research areas to transform the future of public safety communications, technologies, and operations.

Why come to PSCR's Roadshow?

We understand first responders' needs for reliable, modern, affordable communications technology devices, apps, and services. Since 2002, PSCR has worked with hundreds of public safety, government, and industry stakeholders through workshops and summits to identify public safety user requirements and put them at the forefront of our R&D investments. The voices of first responders are essential to the process; the PSCR Roadshow is a chance for YOU to personally experience our innovative technology prototypes and share your feedback.

What kinds of technology will you see?

PSCR brings a number of technology demonstrations on the road, including (but not limited to): augmented reality, virtual reality, SIM card multi-factor authentication, audio quality testing, and LiDAR. Whenever possible, PSCR invites external award recipients to bring their demonstrations as well. Past award recipient demos have included Real-Time Video Analytics for Situation Awareness, Mission Critical Voice Quality Under Adjustable Realistic Conditions, Mixed Reality Training and Testing Facility for First Responders, and Cognition-Driven Display for Navigation Activities.

This is a photo of a man in an augmented reality headset looking at the hologram of an IED.
This is a photo of a LiDAR demonstration. A man is wear a backpack outfitted with LiDAR technology while three men speak around him.
This photograph shows a woman wearing a virtual reality headset and holding controllers in her hands. She is trying out a SWAT scenario demonstration.

What do YOU get out of it?

  • Learn about PSCR and the ways its investing in innovation across key technology areas such as mission critical voice, location-based services, data analytics, security, resiliency, and user interfaces/user experience.
  • Get up close with - and even get your hands on - technology prototypes designed with YOU in mind. Ask questions and give your feedback directly to federal R&D leaders. 
  • Connect with government researchers and program managers, and discover how you can influence the future of public safety communications research.

What should you do next?

Contact pscr [at] (pscr[at]nist[dot]gov) (ATTN: Brianna Vendetti) to find out when PSCR's roadshow will be in your area, or express your interest in attending a free Roadshow event. Make sure you're signed up for PSCR's mailing list as well - it's the best way to stay up-to-date on new research, funding opportunities, and events!

Created February 12, 2020, Updated February 13, 2020