Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SUM 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 24 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 | 23 TechUpdate TechUpdate Handheld Radioisotope Identifiers Smiths Detection Inc., has announced a new task order award of $40.9 million for its RadSeeker handheld radioisotope detector and identifier under its single award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). RadSeeker is a next-generation, self-stabilizing, accurate radiation detection and identification system. The handheld device detects, helps locate, and identifies the source of radiological material, and is used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), emergency responders and law enforcement agents around the world. Rob Ledenko, Vice President of North America Sales & Business Development, SDI, said, "Our cutting- edge RadSeeker technolog y was developed in cooperation with DHS to meet specific requirements to help keep our country safe from the threat of nuclear and radiological proliferation. We work with our customers to help them apply our reliable, swift and accurate threat detection and identification technolog y in solutions that address the constantly evolving threats we face around the world." RadSeeker's enhanced capability distinguishes masked and shielded radiological and nuclear threats from naturally occurring radiation or other legitimate radiological materials. It was specifically designed to meet DHS's mission requirements for a next- generation system capable of detecting and identif ying varied nuclear threats. More info: Tactical Comm Software for First Responders In an effort to improve the safety and efficiency of the country's more than 23 million emergency responders, a team from New Mexico State University recently tied for first place for its development of tactical communication software as part of an international competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technolog y's Lincoln Laboratory. Dubbed the "Icehouse Challenge," the goal of the competition was to enhance a responder's situation awareness during emergencies by using wearable communication devices, such as smart phones, smart bands and smart eyeglasses. After two rounds of elimination based on proposals and prototypes, the final round of the competition was in June during the 2016 IEEE Body Sensor Networks Conference in San Francisco. "We have millions of first responders who risk their lives every day, so any kind of technological support that we can provide is potentially beneficial," said Zach Toups, project adviser and assistant professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences. "I've always seen it as a space where people are kind of underserved as far as technolog y goes, so it's a good opportunity to design things that are helpful." Icehouse is a six-room, virtual training environment where real first responders and special operators "play" the roles of workers entering a dangerous situation. The NMSU team and other developers were tasked with creating technologies to help the workers perform their duties while also minimizing exposure to various threats. "The main idea of the challenge was to look at technolog y and see if it's ready for disaster responders or not," said Hitesh Nidhi Sharma, a computer science masters student who helped design the software. "They were trying to see if these kinds of new, wearable technolog y are actually useable in real contexts or not – that's why they set up this virtual game to simulate a real environment, and then see if the technolog y can be used in this semi- simulated environment, and maybe in real life as well." Using mixed reality, threats are electronically simulated and range from chemical hazards and explosions, to fires or injuries to team members. At the conference, members of the U.S. Coast Guard – equipped with an Android cellphone, a Sony Smart Band and Sony Smart Eyeglasses – tested out the final software designs by going to separate "rooms" in the Icehouse and checking in at computer stations to see what threat was in that location. To alleviate the problem, first responders had to conduct different activities that simulated the physical exertion needed in real-life rescue scenarios. For example, "the way you would put a fire out is by getting your heart rate up, so they're jogging in place with fitness bands on," Toups said. "It's supposed to require this physical exertion, but also simulate the need to make choices about which room to tack le first – what order do you deal with things in." The equipment and software helped the emergency responders better communicate by providing decision support among team members, while also monitoring team members' physiolog y and relaying data through displays in the smart glasses. "The most important part of all of this is to find some way to help the disaster responders maintain situation awareness between the workers," said Sultan Alharthi, a team member and interdisciplinary doctoral student. "So four workers have to keep track of all of their teammates through their heart rates, through the vital data that we collect." More info: Army TENCAP Program Engility has received a contract from the U.S. Army to continue providing engineering support to its Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) program. The contract requires the company to support TENCAP, which provides actionable intelligence information to mission commanders. The contract, awarded in the year's second quarter, includes an eight-month base length with four optional years. Engility has maintained regular contact and interactions throughout the (U.S. Army) (RadSeeker)

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