In-Building Sensors Evaluated During Live Active Shooter Exercise
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) evaluated a suite of in-building sensors developed through the Smart City Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs effort during a live active shooter exercise at George Mason University’s (GMU) Eagle Bank Arena. The exercise demonstrated how smart building technologies can inform daily operations and improve public-safety and response effectiveness in emergency situations.

SCITI Labs performers from EcoDomus, Mutualink and Datakwip Holdings supported the deployment and test of Wi-Fi detectors, blue force tracking, LiDAR occupancy detectors, particulate and environmental sensors, and 2D/3D visualization tools. The information was pulled together into an integrated sensor platform that supported facility analytics and automated alerting.

The event was the culmination of a two-year partnership with the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT), aimed at advancing smart technologies with DHS stakeholders. It was hosted by GMU, CIT and Smart City Works. Hundreds of first responders, researchers and volunteers participated in the effort, along with technology innovators and Virginia political and business leaders.

“This event demonstrates what homeland security research and development is all about: bringing operational users together with academia and public and private sector partners to invest in technologies that keep our citizens safe,” said William N. Bryan, DHS senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for science and technology.

Brian Moran, Virginia’s secretary of public safety and homeland security, announced the follow-on commercial first innovation contract with CIT, with a ceiling of $19 million and adding GMU to the team that will build on the research approach to address more challenging problems for homeland-security stakeholders.

“Given the number of emerging threats and challenges our public-safety officials face on a daily basis, we must seek out new technology to help better protect our communities,” said Moran. “The rapid development, implementation, and testing of new technologies, such as the building sensors and connected technology seen demonstrated at George Mason University, will greatly assist our efforts to better protect our public.

“How can we move these capabilities into the mainstream of critical infrastructure to give universities and schools the tools necessary to prepare for and respond to incidents, natural or manmade?”

The SCITI Labs team will continue to work with these industry partners, as well as government agencies, public-safety officials, infrastructure owners and private sector investment partners, to further design, develop and operationally test and evaluate these capabilities to ready them for adoption.

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