The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division is hosting the Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen Technology (CommanDING Tech) Challenge, a four-phase competition looking for the best next-generation incident command dashboards.
Through improved user interfaces and user experience (UI/UX) and the ability to work with video, sensor, and map data in multi-story buildings, PSCR aims to improve the quality of incident command dashboards and, in turn, improve the effectiveness of emergency response. Contestants will bring new technology to the arena or improve their existing technology throughout the Challenge. The finalists will showcase their dashboards by completing a public safety emergency scenario in real time. Contestants' dashboards can use a variety of technologies for the Challenge, including but not limited to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), web-based, or hand-held devices (phone or tablet).
All submissions must be able to integrate and respond to multiple data feeds and have a mobile, intuitive user interface that makes it more efficient and effective for public safety officers to respond to emergency situations. PSCR and its Challenge partners will award prizes valued at up to $1,000,000 to Contestants that meet the eligibility requirements.
For the most up-to-date contest information, including signing up for challenge updates, visit www.freelancer.com/nist/first-responder-dashboard.
For official challenge rules, please visit https://www.challenge.gov/?challenge=commandingtech.
|Winner||Phase 3 Award(s)||Amount|
1st Place Prize, Advance to Phase 4, Phase 4 Travel Costs, and Public Safety Collaboration
2nd Place Prize, Advance to Phase 4, Phase 4 Travel Costs, and Public Safety Collaboration
3rd Place Prize, Advance to Phase 4, Phase 4 Travel Costs, and Public Safety Collaboration
4th Place Prize, Advance to Phase 4, Phase 4 Travel Costs, and Public Safety Collaboration
|Red Volta, LLC||
5th Place Prize
6th Place Prize
|Total Phase 3 Awards||$310,000|
|Total Phase 1 & 2a & 2b Awards||$376,500|
|Total Prize Awards to Date||$686,500|
Previous CommanDING Tech Challenge prize winners also include: 3AM Innovations; Apollo AI; Emergency Ventures; JANUS Research Group; Polaron World Engine; Smart Firefighting; Smart Response Technologies, Inc (SRT); Televerse Robot, LLC; Three Firefighters; and VALOARUS.
The goal of this Challenge is to leverage existing technology both within and beyond the incident command space and incentivize improving the quality, usability, and functionality of incident command dashboards for first responders. Existing dashboards are often limited by the quality of their user interface, ability to access data, or the cost to the public safety organization. As a result, public safety responders still rely on manual methods of staging and responding to an emergency situation. This Challenge aims to bring forward dashboards using multiple technologies, including VR, AR, mobile, and web-based solutions. All submissions for the Challenge must demonstrate an improvement to their updated dashboard throughout the Challenge. Public safety experts and video and data analytics professionals will support the Challenge, helping Contestants advance and enhance the state of the art of incident command dashboards.
The CommanDING Tech Challenge is being hosted by NIST’s PSCR Division and managed by Freelancer.com and LMI. The Challenge partners are First Responder Network Authority, University of Houston, and University of Memphis.
To find out more information about the challenge, visit https://www.challenge.gov/?challenge=commandingtech.