An Early Success
One of the first successes of Cellucci's approach was a pilot to analyze explosions involving surface transportation. "The price point was $200" for video equipment that could survive close-range explosions, he said. "We had 29 companies come to us." Cellucci said the DHS has cooperative R&D documents to review and certify that vendor performance specs are what the company says they are-and are in total alignment with the operational document.The DHS is also working on projects that include a capability for mobile water purification and a communications solution for first responders. Cellucci said there are a number of similar projects in the works that will provide technology solutions more quickly and at lower cost than is available elsewhere in government. Providing reliable communications for first responders in the aftermath of a large-scale terrorist attack is essential because wireless phone networks are always jammed by people trying to find out what's happening or to contact loved ones who may be in the danger zone. "We need to bring modern IT communications assistance to people who are mobile, on the street and trying to provide assistance to citizens," said the Yankee Group's Rehbehn.
Once the first video prototypes were developed, DHS bought some buses, fitted them with the sensors and blew up the buses. Cellucci said that a blast-resistant video system from Visual Defence met the challenge and is now available to DHS, other government agencies and transportation companies.