The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate seeks partners from academia, industry and federally funded research-and-development centers that can provide anti-jamming technology systems that are ready for testing and evaluation.
DHS said Tuesday it will hold the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise at Idaho National Laboratory from July 17 to 22 next year to assess the effectiveness of jamming mitigation techniques and platforms.
The event will directly build on findings of the previous year’s exercise that helped validate the hypothesis that commercially available jammers pose a threat to public safety communications, the department added.
DHS S&T aims to evaluate technology systems that have the capacity to identify, locate and mitigate the impact of communications, navigation, position and timing systems jamming, according to a request for information for participation notice posted Tuesday on FedBizOpps.
“We want these technology solutions to make existing public safety communications systems more resilient in the presence of jammers and spectral interference,” said Sridhar Kowdley, DHS S&T program manager.
“The goal of this exercise is to be able to provide clear recommendations to federal, state and local law enforcement on technologies and tactics, techniques and procedures to identify, locate and mitigate the impact of jammers.”