DHS S&T Seeks Innovators to Collaborate on Smart Cities Technologies

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and its research and development partners today issued a request for innovators seeking to prototype, test, and transition cutting-edge emergency response technologies. The goal is to put tools with smart city and internet of things capabilities into the hands of first responders by 2020.

WHO Prequalifies Breakthrough Vaccine for Typhoid

At the end of December 2017, WHO prequalified the first conjugate vaccine for typhoid, Bharat Biotech’s Typbar-TCV®. Typhoid conjugate vaccines (TCVs) are innovative products that have longer-lasting immunity than older vaccines, require fewer doses, and can be given to young children through routine childhood immunization programs.

ASU Scientists Develop New, Rapid Pipeline for Antimicrobials

With hospitals more often reaching for antibiotics of last resort to fight infections, the worldwide scientific community has been challenged with developing new antimicrobials to safeguard the population. The Defense Advanced Research Program Agency, or DARPA put out a call for researchers to figure out a process for making at least 1,000 doses to potentially any pathogen within a week of its discovery. An Arizona State University team rose to the challenge.

DHS S&T Pilot Project Helps Secure First Responder Apps From Cyberattacks

A pilot project by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) resulted in the successful remediation of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in mobile applications used by the nation’s public-safety professionals, supporting the creation of an on-going mobile app-testing program.

US/Canada Demonstrates Communications Interoperability Among First Responders

In mid-November 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science tested and demonstrated that seamless communication is possible between first responders from both sides of the border during a major emergency.

FDA Launches New Tool for Sharing Information That Allows Doctors to Better Manage Antibiotic Use; Improve Patient Care

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a new approach to get critical updates regarding antibiotics and antifungal drugs to health care professionals as part of an overall effort to combat antimicrobial resistance.

DHS S&T Is Enhancing the Autopsy Digital Forensics Tool

Autopsy–an open-source, digital forensics platform used by law enforcement agencies worldwide to determine how a digital device was used in a crime and to recover evidence–is being enhanced with the addition of several new capabilities requested by law enforcement.

Military Seeks to Learn Lessons of 2017 Hurricane Season

Following the recent hurricane season, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the commander of U.S. Army North, said hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria delivered a combination of blows that caused great damage in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and the military learned a great deal about defense support to civil authorities in the process.

Federal Resources Acquires Wright Tool Company

Federal Resources, headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland, completed the acquisition of Wright Tool Company, a leading provider of automotive and industrial equipment and tools, based in Troy, Michigan. Federal Resources, a prime supplier of defense and security solutions to U.S. and international governments, is expanding its products and services to include maintenance, repair, and operations.

TSA and LAMTA Partner on a Demonstration Project of a New Device to Detect Suicide Vests

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is partnering with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LAMTA) on a new device that can help officials detect whether an individual is concealing an improvised explosive device. The use of such a device enables a transit agency to help safeguard against terrorist threats in the mass transit environment.