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DHS Issues First Responder Tech RFI

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The Department of Homeland Security has posted a request for information to seek inputs on first responder technologies as part of an operational experimentation effort.

DHS said Friday it aims to evaluate various technologies in operational settings and carry out demonstrations for homeland security operators as part of the OpEx program.

The department is looking for technologies in the areas of crowd count analysis, backup emergency alert systems, remote monitoring for self-contained breathing apparatus and voice assistance systems for command, control, communications and computers.

Submissions are required to reach Technology Readiness Level 7 or above to qualify for the program.

Interested parties from the academe, government agencies, federally funded research and development centers as well as other organizations have until Oct. 12 to submit their responses to the notice.

"To date, the First Responder Portfolio has transitioned 22 technologies to the commercial marketplace for first responders to purchase, based on requirements these front line heroes have provided," said Greg Price, first responder portfolio manager at DHS.