Since April 2019, contestants explored whether the SIM card can be used as a storage container for public safety mobile application credentials. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division reached out to solvers globally to participate in a competition aimed at improving public safety operation through innovative improvements to SIM card functionality. The goal of this research was to raise awareness of the need for convenient, standards-based, two-factor authentication for emergency responders, while demonstrating an innovative approach to authentication that could lead to future innovations.
Challenge teams completed the following phases:
Participating teams were awarded prizes at each phase of the challenge with up to $100,000 in total available prizes. The judging panel announced challenge winners October 23, 2019 after performing the final evaluation of contestants' mobile applications, source code, hardware devices with SIM cards, and instructions. The judging panel and subject matter experts included individuals from APCO International, First Responder Network Authority, Motorola Solutions, Qualcomm, Texas Department of Public Safety and NIST PSCR.
PSCR would like to thank all teams who participated in the Expanding the Sim Card Use for Public Safety Challenge and for their hard work and dedication to creating innovative technologies for the public safety community. Congratulations to the top three winners of Phase 3!
Creativity in Public Safety Award - $4,000
Most Commercially Promising Award - $3,500
For more information on the Challenge including additional details on the opportunity timeline, contest stages, and more, visit Challenge.gov.