The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division seeks software developers, hackers, tinkerers, security experts, creative thinkers, and solvers to participate in a competition aimed at improving public safety operation through innovative improvements to SIM card functionality — the Expanding the SIM Card Use for Public Safety Challenge launched on April 3rd! PSCR will award up to $100,000 to successful contestants. Partnering with PSCR on this challenge are First Responder Network Authority; IBM and Nok Nok Labs.
Through this challenge, PSCR asks contestants to investigate the possibility of using a SIM card as a storage container for user credentials that could help first responders securely authenticate to mobile applications and that access critical information. NIST PSCR will award up to $100,000 to the winning teams that successfully propose and demonstrate their idea on how they will securely store a file on a SIM card; create a mobile application that accesses a credential stored on a SIM card; and authenticates to a FIDO2 service provider.
PSCR hopes to raise awareness of the need for convenient, standards-based, two-factor authentication for emergency responders, while also demonstrating an innovative approach that could lead to future innovations.