- Last Updated: Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:41
Federal Program to Provide Access to Unmanned Vehicle Systems
for Rural Mississippi Communities
Participate in the URAVS USER GROUP SURVEY
The Open Technology Center (OTC), a Mississippi-based non-profit organization, has received federal funding to assist government agencies in rural communities acquire and operate unmanned vehicle systems to support law enforcement, emergency management and critical infrastructure protection and maintenance objectives in these areas.
The Unmanned Remote / Autonomous Vehicle Systems (URAVS) program is sponsored by the Department of Defense's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).
Initial program activities will focus on communities within the 13 counties in south Mississippi which make up the State's Fourth Congressional District and will be conducted at OTC facilities located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC) new Hattiesburg, MS. Future activities will include agencies from across the state and ultimately across the nation.
The primary objective of Phase I activities is to identify specific benefits and challenges of using unmanned vehicle systems in rural communities. OTC has distributed a survey to participating public safety, public service and public administration representatives within the area. Data collected from survey results will establish a baseline of information regarding current use and future interest in using unmanned systems.
OTC will also host a series of informational workshops and technology demonstrations to provide government representatives with information regarding technology capabilities, privacy and policy issues, access to funding, training and maintenance support.
To participate in the program, please fill out the on-line user survey form found here: URAVS User Survey, or contact OTC PM listed below.
The Open Technology Center is a Mississippi-based non-profit research entity that serves to facilitate research, development and technology transfer between government and non-government entities. OTC's mission is to drive innovation, reduce costs, and increase technical efficiencies within government systems that support national defense and homeland security communities of interest.