DHS spurs wearable tech for first responders

With one eye on spurring innovation and the other on supporting first responders, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced a business accelerator program aimed at developing new wearable technology for the public safety community.

The program, dubbed EMERGE!, is aimed at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas for wearable tech that could be adapted for the “first responders of the future,” according to DHS.

New wearable systems might include body-worn electronics, advanced sensors and integrated voice and data communications applications embedded in a responder’s gear, according to the EMERGE! announcement.

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