WARNER ROBINS, GEORGIA (August 11, 2014) — MERC has received a Cooperative Agreement Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responders Group for the implementation of research on Personal Area Network (PAN) Interference and Compatibility issues for the Public Safety Personal Protective Equipment Project.
MERC intends to conduct the majority of the research at the Guardian Centers Disaster Preparedness training facility in Perry, GA.
Emergency responders typically use four or more communications devices to perform their job and critical communications are at risk of being disrupted during large scale incident responses.
Over the next year, MERC will team with the Guardian Centers and HVHF Sciences to evaluate communications devices during emergency response training events and to make technical recommendations to industry on how to improve the reliability of communications devices.
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.
To learn more, please visit MERC's website at www.merc-mercer.org.