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DHS Tests Next Generation WUI Alert Technology

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Washington – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has completed a proof-of-concept demonstration of its Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) integration model in Fairfax County, Virginia. The model integrates next-generation technology with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Warning and Warning System (IPAWS) to enable warning authorities to turn wireless emergency alerts (WEA) into “infotainment” for hazards and evacuations. New features such as displaying alarm information make it possible to spread the word. screen in the car. Demonstrations simulating real-world events will be held at the Fairfax Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and field locations in Fairfax County in partnership with the FEMA IPAWS program, the Fairfax County Emergency Management Agency, and HAAS Alert, Inc. was carried out.

By integrating IPAWS with new technologies such as GPS navigation applications and state-of-the-art technology, critical information such as evacuation routes and safe zones can now be communicated to the public in near real-time through vehicle entertainment and navigation systems. increase.

“The IPAWS program is committed to finding new ways and channels to effectively communicate emergency information to people so that emergency managers can reduce loss of life, personal injury, and property damage from disasters. I aim.” Antwane Johnson, Director, FEMA IPAWS Division“The WUI integration model will develop a connected platform that can deliver life-saving evacuation notices and digital alerts from emergency authorities to drivers on the road in an emergency.”

“Effective communication of emergency fire information and evacuation routes to people in at-risk areas is necessary for first responders striving to manage emergency operations and guide safe public response actions. is.” Norman Speicher, DHS S&T Program Manager“By connecting emergency management tools to WUI situations, emergency managers will have cutting-edge technology that helps them define, share, and manage situations, and communicate evacuation routes and safe zones in real time. We can use it to achieve better pathways and procedures.”

The project was made possible through an agreement with Corner Alliance, Inc., a Washington, DC-based small business consulting firm, through S&T’s Long-Range Broad Agency Announcement program. Automotive digital alerts and vehicle-connected safety solutions. HAAS Alert integrates the Safety Cloud® platform with the FEMA IPAWS Open Platform (OPEN) system for emergency networks to deliver preemptive alerts to in-vehicle systems and the largest mapping applications used by drivers today Receive emergency notifications from authorities.

The WUI integration model showed how a connected platform could deliver life-saving evacuation notifications to drivers on the road in an emergency, ultimately saving lives and property across the country.

About DHS S&T The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)’s mission is to apply scientific, engineering, analytical, and innovative approaches to deliver timely solutions and support sector acquisitions. enable effective, efficient and safe operations across all homeland security missions. Established by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration and testing related to supporting homeland security and first responder activities and protecting critical infrastructure. , and evaluation activities. For more information on S&T, visit