MERC Presents Final Report On Risks Of RF Interference To DHS

WASHINGTON D.C. (August 6, 2015)  MERC recently concluded a yearlong investigation of the potential risk of radio frequency (RF) interference to mission critical communication due to the increasing use of wireless devices by first responders.  The research was funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responders Group.


MERC Engineers position equipment in Guardian Centers Subway to collect RF and Human Factors data

The requirement was to collect RF data during medium to large size first responder events.  MERC teamed with Guardian Centers, a world-class training facility in Perry, GA for two exercise events involving multiple first responder agencies and National Guard personnel.

MERC also conducted research during a mock plane crash at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and during a major National Guard exercise in South Carolina.

The final report, presented to DHS S&T on 6 August, 2015 in Washington D.C., was very well received and MERC looks forward to continued opportunities to support the first responder community.

Video:  “Research on Personal Area Network Interference

About Mercer Engineering Research Center

Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) is the research and applied engineering arm of Mercer University, a private university founded in 1833. For over 175 years the University has served Georgia as a highly-respected educational institution. In 1984, the School of Engineering was established at the Macon, Georgia campus, with the charter class beginning studies in 1985.

Two years later, in 1987, the Mercer Engineering Research Center was established under the School of Engineering to provide locally available engineering and scientific services and critical specialized technical skills. Today, MERC functions as a non-profit operating unit of the University, with the Executive Director, Dr. David Barwick, reporting directly to the University president, Mr. William D. Underwood.

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