Prizes and Challenges
Creativity is critical to solving complex problems, developing new strategies, facilitating innovation, and driving organizational change. PSCR's Open Innovation focuses on advancing public safety communications by leveraging the expertise and innovative solutions from a diverse array of contributors and collaborators across the globe.
Our mission is to create a framework in which we can work with individuals, companies, organizations, and academic institutes in a rapid, more collaborative ways than traditional engagements. Our Open Innovation program leverages financial awards and incentive-based activities to solve discrete and well defined problems through:
- Prize and Challenge competitions
- Data jams
- Collaborative iteration and design
- Team-building activities
Open Innovation focuses on outcomes and results, not on specific requirements. The problem solvers determine the “how” and the “solution” by using their creativity to reach the desired goal. The key focus areas targeted for innovation and technological leaps are:
Location Based Services (LBS): Z-axis, 3-D Indoor mapping, proximity services, centimeter-level accuracy, and more.
Mission Critical Voice: Direct mode, push-to-talk, and developing other land-mobile-radio functionality to LTE devices.
User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX): Design and functionality that works for first responders and their unique environments and needs. There is also a focus on measurements and standards in virtual, augmented and immersive universe and devices.
Data Analytics: Enhanced public safety-focused data analytics, integrating disparate data from a myriad sources and formats
If this sounds interesting and you have the skills and talent to solve problems in these areas, connect with the PSCR Open Innovation team.
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