PSCR's Open Innovation program focuses on advancing public safety communications by leveraging the creativity, expertise, and innovative solutions from a diverse array of contributors and collaborators across the globe through financial awards and incentive-based activities. The program looks to solve discrete and well-defined problems surrounding: Crowdsourcing, Prize & Challenge Competitions, Hack-a-thons, Data Jams, Ideation, Collaborative Iteration & Design, and Team-building Activities.
One of the barriers for drone use in the public safety realm is payload versus flight time. In 2018, NIST launched the Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge to help address this challenge. More info at https://www.nist.gov/ctl/pscr
Current and Upcoming Challenges
Hosted in 10 cities across the U.S., the Tech to Protect Challenge is a national innovation contest that will bring together a diverse and talented community of collaborators to develop technology solutions to help first responders improve the safety of communities. Join fellow researchers, entrepreneurs, technologists, students, programmers, designers, and public safety experts to create solutions across critical technical areas of public safety communications. Design new applications and tools to support secure communications, location-based services, public safety data analytics, mission-critical voice, UI/UX and more. Winning solutions will receive cash prizes and national recognition. For more information, visit http://www.techtoprotectchallenge.org/.
On March 18, PSCR launches a new prize challenge: Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety. Up to $425,000 will be awarded to winning teams that create haptic interface prototypes that could improve public safety operations. This challenge consists of multiple phases with contestants developing three haptic interface prototypes for use in PSCR provided virtual scenarios and a final haptic interface prototype embedded in firefighter PPE for testing at a real-world firefighter navigation course. For more information, please visit: https://publicsafetyhaptics.com/.
While on the go, first responders need to access information securely without bulky external hardware. The Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) used in mobile devices has characteristics that make a robust storage device for critical data. This challenge will explore the possibilities and prove the UICC or SIM card can be used as a secure storage container for application credentials. Prize purse up to $100,000! Learn more at https://publicsafetysimcard.com/.