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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

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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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
A black dog sniffs a wooden box.

K9 Chemistry: A Safer Way to Train Detection Dogs

A city in daylight represents systems that the profile covers, such as our energy, transportation and finance infrastructure. Nearby, in darkness, a dish antenna broadcasting a signal to several satellites represents what lies beyond the scope of the profile, including ground or space based source signal generators and providers.

Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure: NIST Releases Draft Cybersecurity Guidance, Develops GPS-Free Backup for Timing Systems

A medical worker administers a nasal swab test to a person in a car.

NIST Innovation Could Improve Detection of COVID-19 Infections

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Upcoming Events

Circular Economy in the High-Tech World

Wed, Jan 27 2021, 10:00am - Thu, Jan 28 2021, 5:00pm EST
This workshop will convene stakeholders from across the electronics, battery, and solar panel supply chains to assess