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Public safety

Overview

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

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

Extended Cell Testing

Ongoing
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

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

Additional Resources Links

News

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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
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PSCR Staff Spotlight: IT Security Manager and Security Portfolio Lead

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PSCR Awards More than $10M for Final Major Funding Opportunity

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Spotlight: An Honor From Abroad for the National Software Reference Library

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