NIST Seeks Iot Solutions Through Innovation Challenge


Incident command officials traditionally rely on writing emergency information by hand with no trusted and tested technology for responding to emergency situations. IoT devices can play an important role in emergency situations by helping first responders with emergency calling and gathering data without human interaction, as well as informing the public through public warning systems.

To leverage existing mobile and web-based technology to offer high-functioning, user-friendly incident command dashboards to first responders, announced a new challenge hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, in collaboration with LMI.

The aim of the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology Challenge is to advance incident command dashboard technologies, especially through IoT solutions, which would allow for real-time tracking of assets, personnel and objects of interest during emergency crisis scenarios.

“The CommanDING Tech Challenge will encourage innovation for developing user-friendly, next-generation interfaces designed for and with public safety, while showcasing the latest capabilities of PSCR research areas like IoT, analytics and location-based services,” said Dereck Orr, chief of NIST's Public Safety Communications Research division.

Contestants can submit dashboards designed in virtual reality, augmented reality, web-based, mobile, etc., but must ensure the dashboard is accessible for use in a mobile environment by first responders.

The challenge has a prize pool of $1 million that will be awarded to successful contestants over four phases. The final phase will give winners the opportunity to demonstrate their prototypes live to NIST and the public safety community. Best-in-class awards, travel awards and public safety collaboration awards are some of the awards that will be distributed to support the contestants as they advance through the challenge.

"Our grant programs and prize challenges help us make great leaps forward in solving public safety concerns by initiating collaboration with industry, academia and the public safety community," said Orr.  “We can't wait to see the innovators' concepts and prototypes for public safety incident command dashboards."

The challenge is an opportunity for contestants with experience in IoT, emergency response dashboards, UI/UX and software development, data science, telecommunications or other related fields to help develop and bring to market new solutions to enhance incident management and response capabilities.

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Edited by Erik Linask

IoTevolutionworld Editor

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