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DHS S&T Evaluates Smart Building Technologies in Soft Target Exercise

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The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate held a live active shooter exercise at George Mason University in partnership with the Center of Innovative Technology to assess smart building technologies.

DHS said Tuesday it tested in-building sensor systems to validate their response, reporting and public safety capacities in line with the Smart City Internet of Things Innovation Labs initiative.

Some of the evaluated technologies included visualization tools, Wi-Fi detectors as well as light detection and ranging platforms. The department gathered the results of the exercise through an integrated sensor tool equipped with facility analytics and automated alert features.

The SCITI Labs team is set to collaborate with various organizations, government agencies and industry partners to design, build and test the technologies prior to their deployment.

“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 Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.

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