NYPD Tests ATAK, goTenna

DHS S&T working with NYPDThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working with the New York City Police Department’s Counterterrorism unit to evaluate TAK for First Responder use.  They are evaluating ATAK, TAKServer and WinTAK.

From the Article:

The Department of Homeland Security Science (DHS) Technology Directorate (S&T) partners with first responders to gauge capability gaps and leverage existing technologies.

As a result DHS S&T can develop new technologies, test and evaluate existing technologies, and work with industry and the innovation community to ensure solutions are available to first responder agencies.

For example, S&T’s First Responder Group (FRG) recently examined a couple of noteworthy existing communications technologies and evaluated them for public safety use.

DHS S&T working with NYPDFRG evaluated the Mobile Ad-hoc Networking (MANET) system, a communications system originally developed for military use, and an Android Tactical Awareness Kit (ATAK) to determine if they could improve communications and public safety situational awareness.

FRG conducted a field test in collaboration with the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD’s) Emergency Service Unit (ESU) and with technical assistance from S&T’s partners Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and Persistent Systems.

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