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DHS to Evaluate Solutions to First Responder Communication Jamming

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking to evaluate technology solutions that identify, locate and mitigate the impact of jamming of communications and position, navigation and timing systems used by law enforcement and public safety organizations.

These technology solutions should make existing public safety communications systems more resilient in the presence of jammers and spectral interference.

DHS S&T is inviting interested organizations to submit applications addressing innovative technology solutions for testing and evaluation during the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise, to be held July 17 – 22, 2017 at Idaho National Laboratory.

During the exercise, DHS S&T will test and evaluate the selected technology solutions in a live-jamming environment with active public safety communications systems. DHS S&T is looking to assess the current state of jamming identification, localization and mitigation technologies and determine if solutions are viable in a variety of jamming conditions, or if additional research and development is needed.

Industry participants will not only have the opportunity to validate their technology solutions in a rare open-air jamming test environment – which is illegal in the United States except under controlled and authorized conditions such as this exercise – but will also test compatibility with first responder equipment and gather feedback directly from the first responder community.

The First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise will also provide federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety organizations with exposure to jamming environments, allowing them to better understand the threats they face from illegal jamming. Participating responders will help test both the technology solutions and the techniques, tactics and procedures that will enable them to identify, locate and mitigate the impact of jammers.

As an outcome of this exercise, DHS S&T will provide clear recommendations to federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety organizations on technologies and tactics, techniques and procedures to identify, locate, and mitigate the impact of jammers.

Further details are available via Solicitation: 2017_FirstResponderJammingExercise. Applications are due January 20, 2017.

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