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Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator

Agency Info

Welcome to PSCR’s prize page. We are the public safety communications research division of NIST and our office develops the technology standards for devices and systems that are used by 60,000 agencies and 5 million first responders.

 

Launching January 2018 – 2 new challenges

* Have you designed and coded for HUDs (heads-up displays)?

* Have you designed and built drones or UAS (unmanned aerial systems)?

* Are you interested in cash prizes?

About:  If so, then keep a close eye on the left side of this page for two (2) new prize competitions being released by PSCR early January 2018.  There will be cash prize awards and a great opportunity to display your winning solutions to first responders, while enhancing public safety wireless research. Look for the PSCR First Responder VR HUD Navigation Challenge and PSCR UAS Flight Time and Payload Challenge to showcase your skills and be recognized in industry!

 

About PSCR:

Our PSCR laboratories provide research, development, testing, and evaluation to foster nationwide communications interoperability. Drawing on critical requirements provided by public safety practitioners, the PSCR program provides insight to wireline and wireless standards committees developing standards for voice, data, image, and video communications.

Housed within the Department of Commerce Labs in Boulder, Colorado, the PSCR program is a joint effort between NIST CTL and NTIA ITS. The very successful research performance of the joint effort has earned two Department of Commerce Gold Medal awards, the highest honor granted by the Department, as well as two Silver and two Bronze Medal awards.

Overview of PSCR Open Innovation Prize Program:

We invite you to participate in prize competitions to drive innovation and advances in the following areas:

  1. Location-Based Services (LBS) – 3D Indoor mapping, proximity services, 1-meter accuracy, and more
  2. Public Safety Mission Critical Voice – Direct Mode, Push-to-Talk, LMR to LTE, and more
  3. User Interface – measurements and standards in virtual, immersive, and augmented reality and devices
  4. Public Safety Analytics – analytic technologies to accurately and securely create robust tools that reduce time for first responders
  5. Security – enhancements in cybersecurity for mobile apps, wearable devices, UICC over-the-air, and more

The Challenge programs will continue over the next five years, so check back often.

To interact with us:

  • Sign up for our email list and get alerts and news.
  • Post a comment or question on the discussion board.
  • Register here at Challenge.gov through the “Follow agency” orange button on the top right of this page, and we’ll keep you posted on the latest launches, news, and winners. There’s also a “public safety” interest choice on the sign-up form.
  • Email the program office at PSprizes@nist.gov

 

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News / Updates

US Tech Agency Seeks Ideas for Testing First Responder Tools: https://www.bna.com/us-tech-agency-b57982085999/

 

More Information

The Public Safety Communications Research program is a joint effort between NIST/CTL and NTIA/ITS.  We are based at U.S. Department of Commerce laboratories in Boulder, Colorado.

Too often in critical situations, communications among public safety agencies are hampered by interoperability problems. These incompatibilities are largely due to a lack of standards for a common approach to public safety communications.

Our PSCR laboratories provide research, development, testing, and evaluation to foster nationwide communications interoperability. Drawing on critical requirements provided by public safety practitioners, the PSCR program provides insight to wireline and wireless standards committees developing standards for voice, data, image, and video communications.

The very successful research performance of the joint effort has earned two Department of Commerce Gold Medal awards, the highest honor granted by the Department, as well as two Silver and two Bronze Medal awards.

The PSCR program performs research on behalf of our sponsors at DHS OIC, DHS OEC, and NTIA FirstNet to advance public safety communications interoperability.

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One Discussion for "Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator"

  • tmarcoullier1
    Among the reasons we want you and everyone with ideas, concepts, and solutions to participate in the challenge competitions: "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones." Details and inspriation in the TED talk: Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers http://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_the_surprising_habits_of_original_thinkers#t-911997

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The Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge

Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator

Increase UAS flight time and versatility

Open UntilJan 29, 2018

Virtual Reality Heads-Up-Display Navigation Challenge

Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator

Create HUD concept with Location-Based Services (LBS) capabilities in a VR environment

Open UntilJan 26, 2018

NIST The Future of Public Safety Technology 100k Video Series

Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator

Inspire Americans everywhere to help develop the Public Safety communications technology of tomorrow with a Video series

Closed OnSep 07, 2017

NIST Virtual Public Safety Test Environment Challenge

Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator

Design a physical measurement environment that uses immersive virtual reality tools for testing new first responder technologies.

Closed OnMay 03, 2017

PerfLoc Prize Competition

Public Safety Communications Innovation Accelerator

Develop an indoor localization and tracking app using NIST test data!

Closed OnJan 17, 2018