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Public safety


From helping to develop technologies that detect explosives and locate survivors in a collapsed building to video software that identifies criminals and high endurance building materials, NIST is working to keep people safe.

The Research

Projects & Programs

Public Safety Communications Program

CTL advances public safety communication technology by researching, developing, and accelerating the adoption and implementation of critical communications

Extended Cell Testing

As public safety organizations deploy band class 14 Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks throughout the country, a major challenge will be providing economical

Mobile Application and Data Isolation

The nationwide public safety broadband network will enable first responders to use modern mobile devices for interoperable public safety operations. While this

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a collage of different graphical objects including representations of an ambulance, a police car, fire fighters, 911 call takers and various communications technologies like smartphones.

How NIST Is Helping First Responders Stay Connected

What do first responders do? It’s an easy question, and I used to think I knew the answer. Firefighters put out fires; police officers enforce the law; EMS workers treat injuries; 911 operators answer 911 calls and dispatch first responders to the scene. Simple, right? I am a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducting research focused on human
PSCR 2021 The Digital Experience 4 Cutting-Edge Research Sessions

4 Cutting-Edge Research Sessions at PSCR 2021

An image of radio frequency indoor localization and mapping hardware with a generator and antenna lines.

PSCR Awards $8M for First Responder 3D Indoor Tracking Prize

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Low-Cost NIST Demo Links Public Safety Radios to Broadband Wireless Network

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Upcoming Events

PSCR Webinar: The Road to PSCR 2021

Wed, May 26 2021, 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Since 2010, NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division has held an annual Stakeholder Meeting to receive

PSCR 2021 The Digital Experience

Mon, Jun 21 - Thu, Jun 24 2021
Since 2010, NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) has annually convened stakeholders across