NIST AR, IoT contest aims to advance first responder communications

NIST AR, IoT contest aims to advance first responder communications

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By Rich Pell

Offering award prizes valued up to $1,100,000, the CHARIoT Challenge comprises two competitions – an augmented reality Contest and an IoT-based Contest – for innovators to design new interfaces and emulate IoT data to advance public safety communications. Interested participants are challenged to develop solutions that deliver first responders augmented reality interfaces leveraging data streams from buildings and city sensors.

Participants must design solutions aimed at assisting first responders in four emergency scenarios: wildfires, floods, active shooter situations, and tunnel collapses. These interfaces, says the organization, will improve decision-making and resource deployment capabilities for public safety personnel, ensuring America’s first responders have the tools to effectively save lives.

AR contestants are challenged to concept and design augmented reality interfaces for two public safety users: Incident Command Officers and boots-on-the-ground First Responders. They will earn points by creating interfaces for first responders (heads-up displays) or incident command (holograms) utilizing smart building and personal area network sensor data.

IoT contestants will emulate accurate smart city and public safety personal area network data by first determining the building and personal area network sensors that would be most useful for first responders and then creating data transmitters of the sensor data based on the provided emergency scenarios. The top selected data streams, developed by IoT contestants, will serve as a core data infrastructure for high performing AR contestants at a final live event competition at a public safety training center.

Submission deadline for Phase 1 – for concept papers/videos – is May 6, 2020. For more, see the NIST CHARIoT Challenge site.


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