A list of the upcoming and current Open Innovation prize challenges can be found below, along with links to individual prize challenge pages for more information. Official announcements for all open opportunities are also made available on Challenge.gov.
2023 First Responder UAS 3D Mapping Challenge
To continue the innovative momentum of the First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge, NIST PSCR’s First Responder Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Three-Dimensional (3D) Mapping Challenge is an exciting opportunity to provide first responders with affordable, accurate, high-quality 3D digital mapping solutions in indoor environments. There is an urgent need to provide real-time situational awareness to first responders in indoor environments compromised by severe damage due to fire, flood, structural collapse, and other potentially dangerous situations. The ability to produce a 3D map that precisely locates obstacles, damaged structure, people, and other areas or points of interest in real or near-real time has yet to be demonstrated or is not commercially available as a low-cost solution, especially Blue UAS compliant or capable, in the marketplace. This challenge hopes to address just that. Learn more.
“The most exciting part was actually meeting the frontline firefighters. It was the first time that we were able to show (our solution) to the User and see what they think of it.”
- PSCR Prize Challenge Participant
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